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4 reasons I consider the Bellaire House a powder keg:
1. Iroquois and Shawnee inhabited the area and the property has a scared Native American burial cave located in back of the house which holds the remains of tribal shaman, chiefs, and healers.
The Bellaire House’s well known legacy begins with the immigration of an English family named Heatherington in 1830. The Heatherington family consisted of:
• John Sr.(Father)
• They were most likely illiterate
At age 18 Jacob worked for John Fink, a river boat captain who owned the mine at time under Bellaire House. Over time the men developed a long-time working business relationship. They became family when Jacob even marred his cousin Eliza Armstrong in 1835 and remained married until Eliza’s death in 1896.
During their 61 years of marriage Eliza and Jacob:
One of the first transactions between Fink and Jacob was the purchase of the land Bellaire House sits on with credit. In beginning of their marriage, Eliza and Jacob worked as team at the mine under the house. Jacob collected and carried coal to the surface and Eliza transported it to the river barge in a wheel barrow. In time, Jacob acquired a mule called Jack to assist with the transport of coal and they became beloved friends. Their relationship inspired “The House that Jack Built”, and after the completion of his dream brick home Jack was given a personal tour of the location, lead from room to room. At his death Jack was buried on the property of the new home, so even though the home was demolished years later Jack’s remains stayed. The corner stone done in his image for the house is on display in the Bellaire Public Library.
At his death in 1904 Jacob’s inheritance to his surviving children and their offspring included:
• 677 acres of coal and farm land
His granddaughter Eliza Lyde, daughter of deceased son Alexander, took over the business and resided at home with younger brother Edwin until her death in 1947. After her passing Edwin had some issues regarding home ownership and was initially forced out but eventually lived there until his death in 1962. During his residence he’d bring psychic mediums from around the world to reunite with his departed sister. At Edwin’s death his nephew John Alexander Dubois took over the property and it remained in their family for nearly a century before being sold in 1986.
Current owner Kristin Lee purchased as what she hoped would be her forever home for her and family with insurance check from flood that left them homeless; sadly the dream was shattered not long after moving in. While she still owns today, private residence is elsewhere. Today Bellaire House is a paranormal airbnb of sorts; teams can rent for a day or weekend and investigate the activity she endured living there. While I didn’t stay overnight stay I got to tour for a few hours and it was awesome!
When arriving at Bellaire and meeting Kristin Lee in person, I noticed immediately:
1. Kristin Lee possessed uniquely beautiful eyes; we’re talking natural Damon Salvatore eyes from Vampire Diaries!
Kristin wrote a book about living at Bellaire House titled, 1699 Belmont Street: A Portal to Hell which I read after my visit and soon a DVD will be released of it! Her experiences were featured on Paranormal Lockdown and TLC, Lifetime; A&E all aired the episode of “My Ghost Story”.
Some of Kristin Lee’s experiences include:
• She awoke while sleeping on the couch when she felt someone sitting on the cushion. She opened her eyes and saw a gray shade of man sitting and looking at her. She asked “Who are you?” Instead of answering he stood up and walked away to disappear.
My own experience at Bellaire House:
In Emily Davis’ room, I witnessed a dark shadow crawling on the floor by the side of the bed near a wall (larger than an animal). After seeing this I commented, “You’re going to have to do more to scare me” then turned to face the fireplace. Not long after I saw a head pop down from inside the fireplace and back in, I repeated my previous statement. Upon review of the recorder, between seeing a crawling creature and the fireplace, I had captured a male voice saying, “Prove it”.
While in the dining room, I captured an evp of a child crying which I heard it with my own ears as well as being verified on my recorder too!
I want to return and stay the night… would you be willing to join me?
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Below are a few more of the memorable photos I captured during my visit.