Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Ashton Villa, 1859
Erected 1967. (Marker Number 9924.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Landmarks • Military • Notable Buildings • War, US Civil.
Location. 29° 18.008′ N, 94° 47.574′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway (Avenue J) and 24th Street, on the right when traveling west on Broadway (Avenue J). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Galveston TX 77550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Eugenia & George Sealy Pavilion (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rosenberg Library (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); J.F. Smith House (about 500 feet away); Original Oleander Planting in Galveston (about 500 feet away); St. Joseph's Church (about 800 feet away); Congregation B'nai Israel SynagogueSweeney-Royston House (about 800 feet away); The Galveston Movement (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
Regarding Ashton Villa, 1859. Ashton Villa Mansion is an immense, 3 story, palace-like mansion, built by a wealthy hardware businessman, James Brown, who believed in showing his wealth.
Ashton Villa is often called the "most haunted building in America." The ghost of Bettie Brown (one of James Brown's daughters) has been seen standing in the Gold Room, standing at the top of the staircase, and heard playing the piano as at one of her famous music recitals. People on tours have reported a presence joining them on the tour. A chest of drawers purchased in the Middle East stands in Bettie Brown's dayroom. It reportedly locks and unlocks spontaneously even though the key has been missing for years. Ceiling fans turn themselves on. One bed refuses to stay made. No matter how many times a day the sheets are straightened, they end up rumpled. The top of the staircase where Bettie's ghost has been seen leads to the dayroom where Bettie could go without wearing her “stays.”
Bettie Brown isn't the only ghost to haunt Ashton Villa.
Also see . . .
1. Article in the Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on June 9, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. Article in Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 9, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
3. On this Page of the National Register of Historical Places. Second from the top of the page (Submitted on June 9, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
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