Old Purefoy House


Furman, Alabama

BUILT: c. 1800s
STATUS: Still standing

History

During the early 1800s, Dr. John H. Purefoy was adding a new well in the backyard of his property. While working on it, the wooden rigging collapsed, burying a worker under tons of sandy soil. Rescuers could hear the man screaming out for help, but unfortunately, they were unable to save him. The body was never recovered from the accident.

Today, grass refuses to grow over the sunken area where the well collapsed centuries ago. Several witnesses have seen the spirit of an African American man, sitting hunched over the top of the well. Disembodied sounds of sobbing and cries for help have been heard.


Sources

  1. Hauck, Dennis William. Haunted Places: The National Directory

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