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The George Stickney House or simply
Stickney House or Stickney
Mansion is located in rural McHenry County, Illinois, in
the small village of Bull Valley, near Woodstock.
The Stickney House has housed the Village Hall and Bull Valley
Police Department since 1985. The
structure has been listed on the National Register of
Historic Places since 1979.
The house is widely considered bizarre due to its design, which
was based, in part, on George Stickney's belief in Spiritualism.
As an adherent to spiritualism, Stickney believed that the
spirits in his house required the freedom to roam without getting
caught in corners. Therefore, the home's interior was designed with
no 90 degree angles between the walls.
However, presently, only exterior "corners" in the house are
The Stickneys may have drifted toward spiritualism as a way to
communicate with their dead children; they had twelve children but
only three survived to adulthood. It is known that the family
conducted seances on the second floor of the
building. In the years since the house left the hands of the
Stickney family, owners have reported supernatural occurrences.
Today the mansion is occupied by the Village of Bull Valley and
its police department.
In 2005 Bull Valley Police Chief Norbert Sauers described his
experiences with possible paranormal events in the Stickney Mansion.
Sauers said that village employees have heard numerous sounds that
seem to defy explanation. He described hearing footsteps in the
second floor ballroom, a room that today is used only as storage
for village records but was used for seances when the Stickneys
owned the mansion. The footstep sounds have extended out onto the
stairwell at times. Other occurrences include hearing human
sounding noises or voices. They sometimes even hear the toilets
flushing when they are alone in the house.
The Chief said he has also personally experienced objects moving
around on his desk, lights turning off and, door knobs turning and
a door opening, seemingly by themselves, and voices from thin air,
having once heard a shout in his ear when no one was around him.
Another police officer in Bull Valley claims to have come face to
face with an apparition of
According to a local news report, "[o]ver the years, two men who
carry a badge and gun" have quit their jobs over the supernatural
Nunda Township Supervisor, Nunda Township, Retrieved Jan.
NRIS Database, National Register of Historic
Places, retrieved Jan. 2007.
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