The haunted Moore House in Villisca, Iowa is located in a dark, remote corner of Iowa that
most individuals who are living are afraid to visit. While the name Villisca means “pleasant
view” and was once considered to be a highly populated and appealing area of Iowa, it is far
less than standard in today’s world. Noted for once being highly populated, popular among
businesses, and a hot spot for the rail industry, this booming town was hit with tragedy on
the 10th day of June in the year of 1912. This is the day when darkness swept over the area
like wild, winding waters that rush to escape from the sides of a violent waterfall. Here,
you will learn about the haunted Moore House in Villisca, Iowa.
The Moore family was highly respected and revered in Villisca, Iowa in their day. As a
matter of fact, nearly one century later, these individuals are still considered to be
respectable and are still honored. Josiah Moore was the head of the household with his wife,
Sarah Moore, at his side. The names of the children were Boyd, Herman, Paul, and Catherine.
Members of the local Presbyterian Church, and avidly social among the community, the Moore’s
were well known and well liked. Unfortunately, the last time that they would be seen was
when they left a Children’s Day Program event that Sarah Moore had organized in the
Sarah Moore had gathered her family into one unit in order to walk home after the events
ended at the church that evening. It is believed that this occurred close to 10pm that
evening. The Moore family made arrangements with the Stillinger family for their two young
children, Ina and Lena to spend the night. The next morning, the neighbor to the Moore’s,
Mary Peckham, noticed that the home was unusually quiet and still. She considered the fact
that the family may be ill and went to check on them. Once receiving no response, she
assumed that they were ill and went around the home in an effort to assist the family with
their chores. Basically, she just let the chickens out and waited on the family to bustle
Ms. Peckham became quite uneasy and decided to phone Mr. Moore’s brother, Ross. He stated
that he would meet her at the home. They both attempted to get someone to come to the door,
and even tried to peer inside the windows. Unfortunately, it was too dark to see anything.
Eventually, he would get his set of keys out and unlock the home. They began to search
through the home, and ran across dead bodies. It was then that the Sheriff of the community
was called as a murder had taken place. All of the members of this family, as well as the
two young girls who had stayed with the family had been murdered by way of an ax to the
head…it was then that the dark cloud of the supernatural hung over the once, lively and
Throughout history, a large number of investigations have been done on the home in an effort
to communicate and/or identify spirits in the home. The sound of children playing and
laughing, faint whispers, sounds such as creeks, and even items moving and falling have all
been identified. To date, there are video, photographic, and audio hints that spirits still
reside in the Moore House in Villisca, Iowa region. To date, it remains to be considered one of the most haunted places in the United States….
Check out this video about the house.
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