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Recently I was invited to investigate the 3rd floor attic of the famously haunted Selma Mansion, in Norristown PA by historian Maryann. I asked my friend and co-worker Cher (yes, it was the Cher and Cheryl show) to join me because this was an invitation we couldn’t refuse!
Selma Mansion was built by General Andrew Porter in 1794 who built the house around a structure the original owner Alexander McCammon constructed. Porter would raise six children here with his second wife: Five from his second marriage and a daughter, Elizabeth, from a previous marriage which left him a widower. They’d be the first of several families to live within these walls.
The Porter’s developed political connections that linked them to the White House:
• Andrew held the rank of General during the American Revolution leading to friendships with George Washington, Marques de Lafayette, and David Rittenhouse. He was a member of the Continental Marines which evolved into the US Marine Corp.
Porter’s widow sold the property in 1821 to Andrew Knox Jr. and their time at house was full of many highs and lows. Andrew’s son Thomas lived here with wife and four children but during 1846 an illness killed his wife and 3 of their children. Shortly after their deaths, Thomas and his daughter Ellen sold the property to Joseph Fornance Sr.
The Fornance’s raised their own children at Selma and on February 22, 1881 his son Joseph Jr. married Ellen Knox not only uniting their families but returning Ellen to her childhood home. Unfortunately, Joseph Jr. and Ellen’s children would be the last raised within Selma’s walls. Their son Joseph Knox and his wife Ruth never had children. After his death in 1965 Ruth remained at Selma until her own death in 1982 which marked the end Selma being a family residence.
After her passing no local or state organization wanted the house so the furnishings were sold and it was left to the spirits who resided there. Today the location is handled by the Norristown Historic Society and it is used for public and private events, Halloween storytelling, a haunted house, as well as for private ghost hunts.
Investigating the Mansion
My first investigation here was during an overnight ghost hunt and a team member, a friend of mine, and I stood in a room across from the children’s room. We were standing in front of a window near a closet talking when suddenly there was a knock from within a closed closet. We looked at each other and I moved while another team member opened the closet to investigate but nothing was found disrupted inside. Later in the same room a video camera captured a motion sensor flashing on and off as if someone was walking in front of it, yet the room was empty entire time.
Our Other Experiences Include:
The next time I returned with Cher, we spent time in the attic. Some of our experiences include:
Finally, some additional activity reported by the Knox-Fornance family includes:
If you get chance to see Selma Mansion, do so for its walls vibrate with emotions felt by its former residents and maybe while there you’ll encounter one of its spirits!
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Below are a few more of the memorable photos I captured during my visit.
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