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Welcome to The Grove, a historic property in the old riverport city of Jefferson, Texas.

The Grove is a private residence and tour home in the old Stephen Smith Land Grant section of town. The house was built in 1861 by Frank and Minerva Stilley.

It had one structural change in 1870, the addition of a room to join the detached kitchen to the house, and another change in the 1930's when an indoor bathroom was added and the side porch enclosed.

Other than that, the house stands pretty much as it did back in 1861. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Parks Service, and has been designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark by the Texas Historical Commission.

The house has been said to be one of the most haunted locations in the Lone Star State. The ghost stories go back over 100 years at this 1861 home, and the first indication that something odd might be happening there was in 1882 when a man named T.C. Burke purchased the home. He moved his family in, and had left within a month's time; the only explanation was, "We canít live there..."

Prominent spirits are a lady in a white dress that always takes the same path through the house when she appears, a man in the garden who is often seen striding through the Lily beds as if late for an appointment, and a mischievous entity in the den that seems to be particular fond of the ladies.

Click on any of the links at the left to explore The Grove!

Check out Mitchel's latest book - The Midnight Saint. It's a fictional novel that looks at the realities of life and death, and will make you laugh and cry. One reader, Isaiah B., wrote, "What a great book. It really changed my perspective on living life!" Recently, the book won a bronze medal at the Illumination Book Awards. To find out more about The Midnight Saint (and even read the first chapter) just click on the book cover.

Mitchel's book The Light at the Top of the Mountain: Ghosts in the Bible takes a look at what the Scriptures have to say about spirits and the supernatural. While many believe that the Bible condemns such things, you might actually be surprised at what it really says. Click on the book cover to check out this interesting - and somewhat controversial - new book!

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"Texas Monthly" names The Grove to The Top Eignt Haunted in Texas!

In the October 2009 issue, Texas Monthly said: "If you really want to scare your boots off this Halloween, take a look at these eight places, which our bloodcurdling, hair-raising, nerve-racking research has determined to be the stateís spookiest." The Grove was named as one of the eight!

We were notified that The Grove was selected as one of Houston Press' "5 Best Texas Haunted Road Trip Destinations" for 2014 - you can read about it by clicking on this link to the news story... at the Houston Press. - the site for trending stories on the web - selected the most haunted place in every state in the union for 2014. For Arizona it was the Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone, for Arkansas it was the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, and in Colorado, it was the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. What was the selection for the Lone Star State of Texas? You guessed it... they chose The Grove! You can see the selections for all fifty states by clicking here to visit the ViralNova website.

"This Old House" names The Grove to
The Top Twelve Haunted!

"This Old House" chose The Grove as one of the top twelve historic haunted houses in America! You can see all twelve by visiting their website,, and scrolling down to the haunted house link. Or you should be able to get there directly by clicking on this link.

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A Visit From The Traveling Beans

We've had distinguished visitors to The Grove before, but recently the can of beans from the celebrated "Beans Around The World" website stopped by for a visit. Click on the photo to the left to see what they encountered!
Update: It looks like the "Beans Around the World" website is down. That's hopefully not something permanent, because they have such an entertaining site. We're keeping our fingers crossed and hoping for the best.

Angels of Oakwood: Jefferson's Historic Cemetery

A new guide to Jefferson's cemetery that is indispensable if you're planning a visit. Click on the book cover to learn more!

Ghosts of East Texas

The book by Mitchel Whitington that explores all the haunts and haints, legends and lore of East Texas. Click on the book cover for more info!

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