A haunted house is born from a past tragedy, be it a grisly murder, a mysterious disappearance, or a long-forgotten bologna sandwich buried beneath the floorboards. Sign on for a spooky tour of an eerily cursed residence with today's Groupon to The Iron Island Museum. Choose between the following options:
- For $5, you get a one-hour guided ghost tour for two (a $10 value).
- For $10, you get a one-hour guided ghost tour for four (a $20 value).
The Iron Island Museum spooks thrill seekers as they journey through the eerie halls and more than 115 years of haunted history that have drawn the attention of investigators from Ghost Hunters and Ghost Lab. Built as a church in 1895, the house transformed into a funeral home in the late 1950s, and hosted more than 1,000 wakes while in operation. Currently a local-history museum, the habitation lines its halls with historic relics, hair-raising spirits, and framed Civil War–era jet packs. During tours, a knowledgeable guide leads visitors throughout the house, relaying tales of the antiques held within and stories of the tragedies that occurred throughout. A remnant from a bygone era, the manse's vaulted ceilings, stained-glass windows, and themed rooms harbor shadows enough to startle even the tamest of hairs. Tours take place Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and overnight ghost hunts (not included in this deal) can be arranged by reservation or séance.
The Iron Island Museum
Shadows dart across the wall, a strange voice emerges from thin air, and you get the eerie feeling that you’re being followed. This is no ordinary place. The Iron Island Museum's paranormal history has captured the minds of countless visitors and has been featured on TV programs such as Ghost Lab and Ghost Hunters. Originally built as a church in 1883, the house later became a funeral home in the late 1950s, during which time it hosted more than 1,000 wakes. The business eventually shut down, and in 2000, the building was donated to The Iron Island Preservation Society of Lovejoy, which made a startling discovery: 24 canisters of cremated remains had been left behind.
Today, an all-volunteer staff leads tours of the church's vaulted ceilings, stained-glass windows, and themed rooms. The church showcases hundreds of historic relics, including military uniforms, railroad items, and a wooden altar that dates backs to 1896. However, the museum's biggest draws can't be seen, at least not most of the time. Guides and visitors stay alert for signs of paranormal activity and look for chances to communicate with what they consider to be some of the building's resident ghosts. The staff has even taken recordings that play back the voices of unknown figures saying things such as "I'm cold," and "Why don't they make pants for ghosts?"