Carleton House has a nurturing young nanny for all ages.
She mourns and looks for her dead loved one.
Made of stones and wood, the two story Carleton House has the characteristic bones of a building constructed in 1880. It’s a large structure and has a huge, “cavernous knotty pine” paneled living room. Its front door is actually located at the side of the house. The walls are made of adobe, and it has a nice porch. The house’s water heater was kept in a small room under the house, a sort of cellar and is reached by going through a door near the front steps.
Of course, modern amenities were added to Carleton House as the years passed, because it was essential to update for what was needed for its various uses; especially when it was renovated to become living quarters. It is still used as officer quarters.
Fort Huachuca was established in 1877 on the spot of an Army camp, by Captain Samuel M. Whiteside and two companies of the 6th US Calvary. Fort Huachuca was also home to four regiments of “Buffalo Soldiers”, the African-American army units of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. It was in a strategic spot, right at the mouth of Huachuca Canyon; about 190 miles south of Phoenix, Arizona. Their first purpose was to protect the settlers from Apache raiding parties and to prevent the Apaches from escaping into Mexico.
It became the army base that supplied the 6th US Calvary with supplies as they battled and hunted down Geronimo and his braves. When bandit Pancho Villa became a person of interest, AFTER leading a raid against the boarder town of Columbus, New Mexico, guess who was there to chase them down into Mexico, during General Pershing’s unsuccessful 1916 campaign to capture/kill him? The Tenth Calvary, that’s who!
Throughout the years, it has been “the site for advanced testing of electronics and communications equipment and today is the Army Intelligence Center and School and the army’s Information Systems Command. All C130 flight training for NATO takes place at the fort, as does some training for the Israeli air force and army.”
It was named in honor of Brig,. General James H. Carleton, who led “The ARIZONA Column” during The Civil War. Although built at first to be a hospital for soldiers injured in the Indian wars, it was soon used for a variety of purposes, beginning in 1885, because it only had room for 8 soldiers, and a bigger building was needed to take care of the wounded from the various battles with hostile native Americans and later Mexican bandits.
It has since served as housing for officers, an officers’ mess, Post Headquarters, a cafe, and a school house. For a brief time period, between 1947-1951, it was state property and was used by Arizona Governors, Osborn and Garvey, as a vacation retreat spot. It then once again became a residential house for various individual officers and their families.
As of 2016, Fort Huachuca Army Base is an active and viable military facility, making it one of the oldest bases in the United States. Carleton House is still there and used as housing for not only the living but for two spirit people as well.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS
1) Women who die before their beloved children or babies are sometimes restless, mournful or desperate and choose to stay in this world to try to find out if their babies/children are OK or look for their children’s graves.
A young woman, perhaps a teenager, died in childbirth in this building when it still was a hospital. Her son died a few days afterward; perhaps too premature to make it.
When the remains of people, children or babies are not properly respected in burial because they died far from loved ones, because of their economic status, and/or shameful circumstances that they found themselves in when they died, it can cause either the spirits to be restless; or their love ones to be restless.
The young woman may have been the daughter of an officer who lived at the fort and perhaps had an illegitimate child. If the child had been born in an legitimate marriage, he would’ve been buried with or next to his mother. This child wasn’t valued and instead of being buried with his mother in either the graveyard or the family plot located somewhere else, it is thought by psychics that he was buried in an unmarked grave, perhaps in the little basement near the water heater or somewhere around the perimeter of the building. He was abandoned in the hospital, to be cared for by hospital personnel and not expected to live.
2) Children who die suddenly from illnesses or accidents, sometimes like to stay in their favorite place in this world where they felt safe. Sometimes they are still looking for their parents.
A young boy who died in the house is still present.
Young male entity – name unknown
Probably the son of one of the officers who lived here, or perhaps he died during the school house years.
In the wee hours of the morning, Mr. T was in the kitchen, studying for an exam, and the door was shut to the dining room. He heard a young voice call to him from just the other side of this door, saying “Daddy, Daddy!” No one was there, and his son was fast asleep.
The little Boy Entity can be mischievous
BOTH INCIDENTS sound like the behavior of a younger child.
The doorbell would ring, and no one would be there. There was no time for a living person to run away before the door was answered, as the annoyed living human inside was determined to catch the rascal responsible. The door bells were finally disconnected.
A daughter’s jewelry box mysteriously flew off the fireplace in her room and landed in the middle of the room’s rug.
Spirit of Charlotte
This female entity was first called Charlotte by Colonel Roy Strom’s wife, Joan Strom who wanted to give her a name. Joan Strom had tried to find the young woman’s grave in the Post’s graveyard, to find out who this entity was in life, but her grave wasn’t found.
Unseen Presence Activity:
In the living room, the four chandeliers experienced unexplainable electrical problems. The one chandelier that is located over a part of the living room that is always colder than the rest of the house, never would work in the evening hours. Perhaps this is the area where Charlotte died giving birth in the hospital.
The Little Cellar Room:
For sensitive people, this room gives the living a sense of dread and uneasiness upon entering it. Mr. T came in to investigate the non-working water heater, but had to leave quickly as he was suddenly awash with dread. Psychics believe that somewhere in this room, Charlotte’s baby was buried in an unmarked spot near the perimeter of the building. He was abandoned in the hospital, to be cared for by hospital personnel and not expected to live.
Charlotte may have been a bit upset when Colonel Strom and family had first moved into the Carleton House.
While moving in the Strom family put some boxes in a bed room a few steps below the level of the rest of the house. (This room had been the location of the morgue, during the hospital era of the house.) Later that evening, the contents of those boxes had been thrown all over the room.
After a struggle, one family was able to securely hang pictures in the knotty pine paneled living room, which was the hospital’s ward for patients. The next morning, they found all their pictures on the floor. A solid brass, Asian trivet that was also hung on the wall, was bent nearly in half and was impossible to bend back into position by hand. It seems someone didn’t approve of their taste in decorations, and perhaps resented the invasion of her space.
What ended the antics of this upset spirit, was when Joan Strom made the colder part of the living room to be called Charlotte’s Corner; giving her a place of her own.
All the house’s residents continued to give Charlotte this space. Another resident family, later put a rocking chair and a doll in it to perhaps comfort Charlotte; letting her know she has her own space there to rest, if searching for her child gets to be too frustrating.
Charlotte’s Soft Spot:
Charlotte has a soft spot for the living, and does her best to help both adults and children.
Mrs. T was standing out on the porch in the early morning, around 5 AM. She heard a mechanical sounding voice coming from the house saying, “Sleep, sleep!”
Other people who have lived in this house say that Charlotte watched over their small children and kept them from harm.
A young girl of a family who lived in this house became sick, so her father who was the Post Chaplin and her mom who was his wife, put their very ill daughter in between them in their bed. When they awoke the next morning, their daughter was gone. They checked her room and then went downstairs, concerned.
They found her in Charlotte’s rocking chair in the living room; asleep. She told them that Charlotte appeared to her and led her downstairs to the rocking chair in Charlotte’s corner, where Charlotte rocked her to sleep.
The Appearances of Charlotte
Charlotte has made appearances to various members of several families and the neighbors as well.
One boy, who had fallen asleep in the TV room, awoke and had to go through the paneled living room, past Charlotte’s corner in order to get to his bedroom, the one mentioned above as being the old hospital morgue. As he passed Charlotte’s corner, he saw a long dress standing by itself, with no one seen inside it. It was an 1880s dress, often worn by young women in Arizona at this time. The light colored dress was a gown with ruffled edges around the sleeves and hem line.
A young woman, mistaken for Mrs. Strom’s teenage daughter, was seen walking down the hallway near the kitchen. It wasn’t the daughter, as thought by her mother, as the daughter was sleeping in bed at the time of this sighting.
While Mrs. S was carrying her clean towels to the linen closet, a white mist swirled all around her, engulfing her. It wasn’t cold, damp, threatening or frightening, just eerie. Perhaps Charlotte was giving her a ghostly hug!
A neighbor boy had run to the house to deliver a message when no one was home. He saw a blond-haired young woman in a dressing gown walking down the hallway, who ignored his door knocks.
Mrs. K’s daughter had agreed to check in with her mother after she came in from a date that night. When the daughter got home that evening, she went into the paneled living room and saw a woman standing at the end of the hall. She said goodnight to who she thought was her mom. The next morning, her mom asked her why she didn’t check in with her as agreed to and then learned that her daughter had said goodnight to the apparition instead.
When a General’s wife was in their bedroom, looking at herself in a hand mirror, she was quite shocked when she saw a young woman’s face in the mirror.
Most Probably so! Despite a blessing that was done in the house, activity persists. People who live there just accept Charlotte and the little boy as part of the family.
People who have lived in Carleton House over the years have had plenty of experiences with the spirits who live here. Not many paranormal investigations of the Carleton House that may have been done have been made public.
A PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION REPORT; Case No. 334-56, was made by Brian Roesch on April 19, 2000. Armed with a 35mm camera loaded with 800 speed film, Brian captured a spirit orb on film. Some don’t believe that orbs are good examples of catching spirits on film.
133 Cushing St
Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613
Carleton House is located on the Huachuca Army Base, along Officer’s Row, that can be found on one of the streets that are along the perimeter of the Fort Huachuca’s parade grounds. It is directly across from the Gazebo. The Fort Huachuca cemetery is close by as is the old courthouse.
How to Visit:
On the Fort Huachuca Home Tour, the Carleton House is one of the houses on this tour of turn-of-the-century homes, still occupied by officers, on the National Historic Landmark District of Fort Huachuca. These homes are beautifully decorated for the holiday season. Call for more info: 520-417-6960 Note: Fort Huachuca is an active military installation. Visitor passes are available to U.S. citizens at the Fort’s Main Gate with a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance (or rental vehicle agreement). All passengers over 13 must have photo identification.
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by Troy Taylor
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by Amanda Shell, posted on June 12, 2011 at Free Republic by SandRat
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Our Haunted Paranormal Stories are Written by Julie Carr