Jewkes-Draper House

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It still is the home of a gaggle of cavorting spectral children and one anxious entity.



In this historical home, guides demonstrate to visitors how the women did their spinning and weaving projects.

Anxious Spirit: Door Shaker

One evening, a male guide was sitting in the house, when all of a sudden, the door began to rattle and shake, because something unseen was desperately pulling on the door knob, tying to get out.

The next day the wife of the male guide was in the house, and the same occurrence happened. She calmly walked to the front door, and opened it. She told the unseen presence, “If you want out, all you have to do is ask.” After leaving the door open for awhile, she closed it.

Happy, Playful Child Spirits

The sounds of children cavorting around the house have been reported by others.


According to the volunteer guides, yes it is.



2601 Sunnyside Avenue
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

The Jewkes Draper House is located in the Old Deseret Village.

Old Deseret is a village of old, historic Mormon homes that can be found in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the Pioneer State Trail Park. This historical display is open to the public from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Like Williamsburg, Virginia, Old Deseret Village is like a living historical museum, where park employees dress up in the style of the age, demonstrate the way the people lived, and give tours of the old homes. All the homes are the original structures, except two, which are replicas of the original homes.

Many park guides have reported numerous para-psychological phenomena throughout Old Deseret, which clearly indicates that unseen entities still are hanging around there, on friendly terms with the living, with the exception of one.



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