The two-story, fifteen-inch thick brick-walled Cedarhurst Mansion was built in 1823 by Stephen Ewing. Tragically, Mr. Ewing met an untimely demise, leaving im unable to enjoy is beautiful estate. Today, the mansion is closed to the public and is used as a clubhouse for the adjacent gated community.
While there are reportedly no records of her existence, Sally Carter, a sixteen-year-old relative (possibly younger sister) of Stephen Ewing, died of an illness in 1837 while staying at the mansion. In 1919, a teenage boy and his family were staying at the mansion when a severe thunderstorm rolled in. The ghost of a tall girl with dark hair appeared before him as he slept. She begged, “Help me! The terrible wind has blown my tombstone over!” Believing it to be a dream, the boy went back to sleep. The next morning, he shared the incident with his family; they laughed it off. He asked if there was a cemetery near Cedarhurst Mansion and he was directed to a small plot, where Sally’s grave had indeed fallen over.
There have been numerous sightings of Sally’s ghost since 1919. Her spirit is known to watch children as they sleep. She has also been seen roaming the halls and the grounds outside the mansion. Visitors have also reported disembodied footsteps and voices, furniture moving on its own, malfunctioning electric devices, and items breaking and/or going missing mysteriously.
- Alabama Haunted Houses. “Cedarhurst Mansion,” www.AlabamaHauntedHouses.com
- Haunted Journeys. “Cedarhurst Mansion Estate,” www.HauntedJourneys.com