Clayton House - Frick Historical Center
The large Victorian turn-of-the-century Frick Mansion must be haunted - it just has that look about it. It is large, imposing and is set away from the other buildings on the property. The perfect setting for a ghost story!
This Pittsburgh historic landmark, the home of industrial magnate Henry Clay Frick and his wife, Adelaide Howard Childs, is located in Point Breeze. The Fricks took up residence in Clayton House in 1883 and had four children there before moving to New York in the early 1900s. Their youngest daughter, Helen Clay Frick loved Clayton House and, after the death of her parents, continued to visit and pay for the mansion's upkeep. She finally moved back into the home in 1981 at the age of 93. She died there three years later at the age of 96.
Most people suspect that the ghost of Clayton House is that of Helen Clay Frick continuing to watch over her childhood home. The home was opened to the public in 1990 and since that time, security guards have reported hearing someone walking around on the third floor of the building late at night when no one is there. Reported depressions left in the bed of Adelaide Frick, however, lend credence to the theory that the ghost is that of Mrs. Frick returning to claim her position as matron of the mansion.
Perhaps Mr. Frick's 1914 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost on display in the Carriage Museum is not the only ghost on the Frick property...
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