Hallway just inside the entrance of the historical Hanna House in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Hanna House was built in 1858 by Alexander M. Hanna in Indianapolis, Indiana. Both he and his wife, Elizabeth, were staunch abolitionists, and they had a secret room in their basement in which they hid slaves for delivery through the Underground Railroad. Hanna died in 1895.
A prevalent characteristic of Hanna House is strong and disgusting odors. There is reputedly a stench of rotting flesh from a second floor bedroom, and the smell of burning flesh in the basement. Psychics have said the smell in the upstairs bedroom is from a stillborn baby that was induced when it started to putrefy in Elizabeth Hannah’s womb.
A couple who ran an antique store out of Hannah house from 1968 to 1978 said they tried everything from scrubbing the floor with carbolic acid to repainting, but the rotten smell persisted.
The smell of burning flesh supposedly stems from burning slaves. Reportedly a lantern tipped over in the basement where slaves were hiding, and many were killed in the fire. To avoid being arrested for harboring slaves, Hanna had them buried in crude coffins in the basement’s dirt floor.
Hannah House is also host to a number of “classic” haunts. There are cold spots that move. Apparitions of a man in a black coat have been reported, and the ghost of unidentified woman has been seen by a second floor window. A TV crew visiting Hanna House experienced chandeliers and picture frames that moved unaccountably and sounds of unknown origin.