Pioneer Village Merritt Farm

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More than six spirits still call this farm home!



The main living quarters of the Merritt Farm house has a three rooms and a large pantry, that was later remodeled to be an indoor bathroom. The wrap around porch was built 3/4 around the main farm house. As the children grew, and desired privacy, the porch was closed in to provide more bed rooms.

The kitchen was separate from the main house to keep the heat away from the main structure. It got quite hot in the summer!

John Merritt was a clever man. The Pioneer Living History Village website explains, “John installed a carbide generator, which provided gas for lighting until the house was wired for electricity. Another improvement is located in the attic, one of the first solar water heaters found in Arizona.”

The Merrit Farm House is seen today the way it was during the early years of the Merritts’ home. A few other items are also on display, like the farm signage.



In the year 1910, John and Emma decided to move their family from their farm in Nevada, and better themselves by moving to Arizona. They bought a 100 acre farm that got its irrigation water from the 1885 Arizona Canal. Their two sons, Glenn and Melvin welcomed their baby sister, Beryl, who was born on this farm in 1915. Beryl lived in this house her whole life, raising her own family here.

The Merritt family prospered on this farm; having enough water to raise crops that included “cotton, corn, wheat and alfalfa. An orchard of grapefruit, orange, apricot, plum, peach, lemon, and fig trees provided fruit to eat and sell. The farm usually had forty to fifty head of cattle, and the family also raised sheep. The Meritt homestead provided the necessities for a comfortable life and enough income for a few luxuries over the years.”

Daughter Beryl lived on the family farm until 2008. She not only donated the Merritt Homestead Farmhouse, but also the farm’s water storage facility; the Water Tower, the Granary, and the Carriage House, that was eventually converted to a garage. The farm’s signage also came along.



Moving a structure can reawaken the spirit or spirits who loved the place.

Restoring a fixer upper opportunity can act like an environmental trigger. Two generations of the Merritt clan lived here. The last descendant donated the much beloved house in 1969 or after.

Items placed inside the house may have spirits attached them because all items and antiques were brought into illustrate how they lived in their era.

It is unknown who the nine spirits are; could be all family or spirits attached to antiques.

Family Trauma and loss can cause hauntings at the place where it happened. Children who die from illness or accident like to stay in places where they felt love. Their loved ones may stay with them. Over the years, the Merritt clan may have lost young family members, and find comfort staying here with the spirits of the children.



Members of the Merritt Family: Two generations of the Merritt Family lived in this house before it was donated to the Pioneer Living History Village.There are at least nine spirits residing or visiting here!

A Female Spirit – described as matronly and courteous.

She is clearly visible enough to be recognized as a woman.

She has been seen holding a baby in her arms in the small square area structure attached to the left of the main house. She was spied from the outside by staff and visitors.

An intelligent female spirit was cordial and answered questions of Phoenix Arizona Paranormal Investigators during several of their haunted tours events.

Q: Where are you from?  A: “Not Any more!”

Q: WE HAVE come a long way to see you.  A: “You don’t say!”

Perhaps a male spirit – not so welcoming was detected – Too busy to be bothered with the living’s questions.

Evp:”Go Away”. and “Who are they?” Obviously annoyed at the investigators’ presence.

An EVP of a conversation perhaps was caught between these two spirits: the female spirit and the boy or girl.

“I thought you took it off?” “Just slap it off.” “Don’t get trapped, OK?”

Spirit of a boy

His voice has been heard as a disembodied voice.

His apparition has been clearly seen looking out the from windows by staff and visitors.

He was caught on EVPS.

Statement: “I’m in trouble”. A. No you are not.” “I just want to play.”

For Pioneer Living History as a whole:

Mediums have come in and experienced spirit auras, and have described some of the spectral residents

Staff members have had many personal experiences, especially the groundskeepers. Sometimes they are the recipients of little jokes by the spirits. At one building, all the doors closed at the same time.

Visitors occasionally see spirits going about their business.

Paranormal Investigators, mainly, the Phoenix Arizona Paranormal Investigators have held several tours here and have caught a lot of hard evidence, due to their ability and investigation skills. These successful tours also are a fundraiser for the Pioneer Living History Village, as tickets to the public are available. Most spirits here at Pioneer Living History Museum also find them entertaining.

SPECIFICALLY for The Merritt Farm House

Over several investigations, Phoenix Arizona Paranormal Investigators have talked to the same spirits.

Some of their EVPS are listed above. Others can be found on the youtube video

Spirits of Mrs and probably Mr Merritt, a boy and perhaps a girl spirit, plus 6 others unknown.


Yes Indeed! The Merritt clan is front and center, very comfortable to be themselves in this world in their house in a familiar environment; Pioneer Living History Village in Phoenix.



Pioneer Living History Village in Phoenix:
The Merritt Farm House
3901 W Pioneer Rd,
Phoenix, AZ 85086

Pioneer Living History village is located about 28 miles north of downtown Phoenix, AZ. There is no public transportation to this location, so you’ll have to drive. See a map with directions to Pioneer Living History Village. The Merritt Farm House is located on the far east side of the Village.


  • Julie Carr’s Interview with a staff member.
    Phoenix Arizona Paranormal Society

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