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Henderson haunted house is historical, too

HENDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - If you're looking for to mix history in with your haunts for Halloween, the Howard-Dickinson house in Henderson is just the place for you.

The Rusk County Heritage Association is offering ghost tours of the home on Halloween night.

"Well this house was built in 1855, and so there's a lot of history here. And through the years there have been some abnormal things that have happened to people," said Cyndi Walker of the Rusk County Heritage Association.

Things like seeing spirits and ghosts, making this home the perfect place to spend halloween night in henderson.

"I think when people are here they just sense a certain thing in the house that there could be spirits here, so...it just gets your imagination going, Walker said.

A lot of the house's haunted image came from a troubled period around 60 years ago.

"During the 1960s and back into the 50s this house sat abandoned and it was totally vandalized and so it really looked like a ghost house," said Walker.

But it also has a lot of history. After David and Martha Howard built the house in 1855, Martha's cousin, the one and only Sam Houston, made appearances there.

"Sam Houston visited Henderson quite often, he had business here when he was president of the Republic of Texas. When he visited Henderson, he stayed at the Howard House with cousin Martha," said house Docent Tommy Carter.

Houston's campaign trunk sits in an upstairs bedroom where Houston's wife's spirit is believed to appear.

Even Walker has seen what she thought was a spirit during her time in the house.

"We were here in the parlor and the young lady said I'm interested in the paranormal, has anything ever happened to you in the house? And I said no, not really... But at that exact moment a painting fell down, and so that sure got a shiver going up my spine," she said.

The house is at 501 South Main Street in Henderson. The ghost tours will be ongoing from 5 to 8 pm Monday night; tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students. All proceeds go to the upkeep of the house.

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