503 North Second Street
Glick Mansion was began in 1873 by George Washington Glick. Glick had moved to
from Fremont, Ohio in the spring of 1859 with his
Ryder Glick, son Frederick H. and daughter with his Jennie. Soon, he
established a law practice with the Honorable Judge Alfred G. Otis under
the firm name "Otis & Glick". When the war between the states broke
out, Glick served as a Union soldier in the
Regiment during the Civil War.
In April, 1873, Glick purchased two lots for
$950.00 and razed a structure that was on the property to begin the
building of the mansion. First built in the old Gothic Victorian style,
construction of the grand structure would continue for the next 39 years.
was elected to the
Legislature in 1862 and served 14 of the next 18 years in that post. In 1874, Glick also became active in farming and stock raising on his
600 acre "Shannon Hill” farm, which was well known in the area.
In 1879, Lizzie
Glick, George’s wife, purchased two adjoining lots north of their home
for $1,000 and another building was raised to make room for expansion
of the mansion. It was also during this year, that George
Washington Glick would become the 9th governor of
and the first ever Democratic governor of the state. Though he
only remained in office for one term, he continued to remain active in
the political arena, as well as being active in local businesses,
participating as one of the original founders of the
& Santa Fe Railroad.
After years of civic service, George Glick was
forced to abandon his political career because
of a throat infection that nearly destroyed his ability to speak. He
continued, however, as an attorney for various railroads. He also
managed his farm and served as a charter member and first vice
president of the
In October of 1909,
George deeded the
property to his daughter Jennie and her husband James Orr. Just
two years later, at the age of 83, George
Washington Glick died on April 13, 1911.
In 1912, James
and Jennie Orr began to remodel the home, retaining the appearance of
the mansion but transforming it from a Victorian style to the current
Tudor Revival Manor style. When James Orr died in February, 1927, the
mansion was left with Jennie until her death in 1944.
Having no children,
the estate was divided among relatives, friends, the First Church of
Christ Scientist of Atchison,
the Atchison, Kansas
Public Library. The mansion was then sold by the estate to the local
mortician, named William Stanton Jr. in January 1945 for $4,000 dollars.
After Mr. Stanton passed away in August, 1962, his wife Amelia sold the
property to James M. and Christeen Griffith. It passed through
several hands until it was purchased by its current owners Ray and Joyce Barmby, he currently own and operate the beautiful, restored mansion as a
Bed and Breakfast Inn.
The Glick Mansion
was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 26,
Along with the rest of
the Glick Mansion
is also said to have a ghost of its own rattling around in this century
old home. Allegedly, the strange sounds heard in the night are that
of a resident benevolent ghost. The sounds of doors
being opened and inexplicably closed by unseen forces is a common
occurrence, as well as the sounds of footsteps when no one is around.
Today, guests can enjoy the century old home by
sipping English Tea or wine and tasting the lovely
d'oeuvres in the parlor.
Tuck You Inn at
North Second Street
McInteer Villa - This stately mansion,
called the McInteer Villa, at 1301 Kansas Avenue was built by Irish
Immigrant, John McInteer in 1890. The villa was placed on the National
Register of Historic Places on March 26, 1975 and odd phenomena is
reported in the mansion, including lights turning on and off in the tower,
which does not have electricity. People walking or driving past the
building have often reported seeing figures at the windows when no one is
in the house. Figures have often been reported to appear in
photographs taken inside the old villa.
College - Located on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River,
the 150 year old Benedictine College, is also said to be haunted. Not by evil spirits, this historic college is said to remain home to the
spirits of some of the old monks who founded the institution more than a
century and a half ago. Continuing to look after and protect the old
school, at least one of these spirits is known to be lurking about Ferrell
Hall, a campus dormitory.
It all began in 1858, when the monks opened a
boarding school with just six students. The following year, St. Benedict’s
College was officially opened with 16 students.
From there, the college continued to grow into
the beautiful 120 acre campus which now serves the educational needs of
over 1000 students.
At another dormitory called Memorial Hall, several eerie things have been
known to occur. According to legend, a girl who was in
her closet changing, when the dresser mysteriously moved in front of the
door. When she tried to open the door, it wouldn't budge. Immediately believing her roommate was playing a prank on her, she yelled
out "haha, very funny, let me out." However, her roommate wasn't
even in the room. It wasn't until she began to scream at the top of
her lungs, that someone finally came to her rescue.
Another girl reported
that while she was at the mirror in her room, her desk chair began to
rock, then suddenly stopped. Frightened she immediately left the room, and
was to afraid to return for some time.
While all manner of
freakish occurrences have been reported at the college, they are seemingly
harmless to the students of Benedictine College.
Reader Update: I am a
sophomore at Benedictine College in Atchison,
last year, when I was a freshman, I lived in the Memorial Dorm. On
my very first night at the dorm, I was awakened at 3:00 a.m. by a noise in
my room. When I opened my eyes, I was startled to see someone
standing in my closet rifling through my belongings. Exhausted and
thinking it might be some kind of prank being played as part of
"Recruitment Week,” I said nothing, as the person came and went several
times, always returning to the closet. The next morning, my roommate
stated that she had also heard the commotion from the night before. Checking the closet the next morning, I found it to be a mess. When
I reported the strange event the next morning to the Resident Director,
she responded that perhaps someone might have inadvertently gone into the
wrong room. However, our door was locked. To this day, both my
roommate and I are convinced that we were visited that night by a ghostly
spirit. - Maria, October, 2004
– Built in 1885, this old home was host to frequent Saturday night
parties. On one such evening, the event ran into the wee hours of
Sunday morning. Having been kept up very late, a maid who had worked
the party the prior evening overslept the next morning. Rushing from
her bedchamber, she ran down the back staircase to the kitchen and fell to
her death. Today, witnesses report that lights from the back
staircase turn on and off by themselves on Sunday mornings, followed by
the smell of cooking bacon from the kitchen when no one is there. This house, which serves as an Art Gallery today, was listed on the
National Register of Historic Places on July 12, 1974 and is located at
704 N. 4th Street.
husband and I took a guided tour of the Muchnic House two years ago,
and I had quite an interesting experience. The nice lady who gave us the
tour was giving us all the history of the house when I happened to glance
up to the top of the stairs and saw a young woman, maybe early 20's,
peering over the edge of the banister.
She seemed to
be regarding us with wary curiosity, as if to say, " What are you
doing here?!?" When we went upstairs to tour the rest of the
house, no one was up there!! It wasn't until we took the Haunted
Trolley tour that I learned about the young woman who supposedly died
there, falling down the stairs. I've also had some other spooky
experiences at other places in Kansas, as well. - Anonymous, February,
Theatre Atchison, 401 Santa Fe Street
- Built in 1913, as the First Church of Christ, Scientist, the building
was modeled after the architectural lines of its Mother Church in Boston. In 1973, the Presbyterian Church bought the building and ten years later
they created a community theater organization. Today the Building is
known as the Presbyterian Community Center and is home to Theatre Atchison. Allegedly,
it is also home to an unearthly spirit. Guests often describe
feeling an unknown presence with them while visiting the theatre, while
others working in the building describe odd noises that are often heard
that have no apparent earthly cause.
The Santa Fe Depot - Built in 1880 as a freight depot for the
& Santa Fe Railway, the old depot stands as a landmark to
Atchison's historic past. The restored building houses a
visitor information center, historical museum and Chamber of Commerce
offices. A trolley takes visitors on tours around the historic city,
including a Haunted Atchison
Depot is reportedly haunted by the ghost of "Hangman Bill," a railroad
worker known for his habit of hanging from freight being loaded on and off
cars. However, this prankish skill got him killed one day when the cable
carrying one of the loads snapped and he was buried beneath the freight
cargo. At the Santa Fe Depot today, staff reports hearing the sound
of footsteps coming from above; however the depot does not have a second
Haunted Atchison Trolley Tours and
- In September and October of every year, the Atchison
provides trolley tours, murder mystery dinners, cemetery lantern walking
tours, and more. See the
Atchison Chamber of Commerce website HERE for more information.
Also visit -
Discover Atchison (Official online community resource)
of America, updated March, 2017.