Most Haunted Places in America: The Catfish Plantation Restaurant
The Catfish Plantation Restaurant was built in Waxahachie, TX in 1895. In its early days, it belonged to a farmer named Mr. Anderson. When he passed away, he left the home to his daughter, Elizabeth. She lived in the house alone for many years, until she became engaged. In 1920, on the day of her wedding, she was murdered. Although nobody knows for sure who strangled Elizabeth, most people believed it was either her ex-boyfriend, or her fiancés ex-girlfriend.
Other people lived in the house over the years, until the last owner died in 1970. The Victorian home remained vacant for over a decade. In 1984, Tom and Melissa Baker bought the home and decided to transform it into a restaurant. Even though it wasn’t in the best condition, they still felt that it had a unique charm. They renovated it and turned it in to what it is today – the Catfish Plantation Restaurant.
Some of the former inhabitants of the building are still believed to be there. There have been countless reports of hauntings over the years. The ghost of the murdered Elizabeth has been witnessed by many people. Sometimes employees and guests will smell the scent of roses and experience cold spots. She has allegedly been seen looking out of the bay window.
Employees have also experienced wine glasses and coffee cups disappearing from one place and reappearing elsewhere in the kitchen. The kitchen ghost is believed by some to be that of former resident, Caroline. Caroline lived at the Catfish Plantation from 1953 to 1970. She was the last occupant of the home. According to those who knew her, Caroline loved to cook. Did she love cooking so much that she refused to leave the kitchen, all these years after her death?
Another ghost that hangs around the Catfish Plantation Restaurant is believed to be that of a farmer named “Will” who passed away in 1930. Will spends a lot of time on the front porch. Some police in the area have reported seeing a strange man in overalls standing on the porch. When they approached him, he disappeared.
Other strange phenomenon reported over the years include a broken clock that still chimes every now and then, lights flickering on and off, and doors unlocking themselves.