Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Villa Paula Mansion the Most Haunted House in Miami
During this summer I'm going to post haunted spots that people don't really hear about often. So, this is the kick off post.
Villa Paula Mansion is located in the section of Miami known as Little Haiti. It was built in 1925 by Senior Don Domingo and his wife Paula. It was a neo-classical '20's mansion with a Cuban air to it's look. Ten rooms, 18 foot ceiling and hand painted tiles. Paula died 6 years later from complications of a leg amputation. The next owner was Muriel Reardon. She lived there for more then 30 years. Later the mansion became a home for seniors. In 1974 it was in disrepair and had become a place for the homeless to use. A gentleman bought it from HUD and invested thousands to restore it back to it's original state.
Many goings on have been happening at the mansion. There has been a steady knocking on the front door. The spirit of Muriel, who was known to hate cats, may be the one causing the deaths of several cats at the front gate. The main bedroom door would slam shut by unseen hands. It was known that Paula used to like her door closed so she wouldn't get a draft on her shoulders as she played her piano. The smell of Cuban coffee would permeate through the kitchen. Even though no one is brewing any coffee. The smell of roses in the dining room. Even though it's the most coldest part of winter. There was been sightings of the women. Once, clearly a Cuban woman with black hair in a bun was seen. You can hear also the swishing of a dressing gown happily going down the hallway of the house. The sound of clumping high heels have been heard on the stone path in the rear of the house. One of the ghosts is known to have temper tantrums. Huge noises can be heard in the kitchen. Dishes and silverware thrown all over the floor of the kitchen. The front porch chandelier became loose and crashed to the ground. A psychic once went to the home. Said that not only the two women are there, but, 4 more as well.
A tall thin man with a top hat. A crying woman in the garden looking for her metal. A young woman that may have worked there had a baby. And, buried it on the grounds of the home. Also, a heavy set woman dressed in red.
The house now is owned by a doctor. In 1989 The Miami Herald named the mansion the most haunted house in Miami.