Chittyville School Haunted House

401 Chittyville Road
Herrin, IL 62948

618-942-6111

History:

Over a century ago, in 1836, a small community, drawn by the local coal mines, began to grow in the area now known as Chittyville. Here they worked hard, raised their families, and died. The dead were buried in a cemetery somewhere along Chittyville Road .As years went by, most of the early settlers died or moved on and the cemetery became overgrown and unused.

Slowly the wooden tombstones rotted away, leaving no sign of the sleeping souls. In October 1912, officials claimed the land to build a new school needed for the thriving community.

The townspeople were thrilled at the prospects of a new school, except for one man, a local who was very old and tended to keep to himself. He warned the officials not to build the school or face dire consequences. "You should never disturb the dead," were the last words ever heard from him, as he was never seen or heard from again

Officials ignored the old man's ominous advice and construction began. The project was soon plagued by problems. Workers reported constant unexplained events. Nine workers perished over the next ten months due to mysterious construction accidents. The entire project seemed to be cursed.

With construction complete, the school opened in August of 1913. Almost immediately, the children and teachers complained of seeing ghostly figures in the hallways and strange noises coming from the boiler room.

Officials refused to close the building, blaming disappearances on the "Big Muddy Monster" as sightings of this creature were beginning to grow in the Chittyville area. The officials knew the truth, but they took their secret to their graves. They feared the community's reaction should they ever learn what they had done.

After the school closed in 1989, neighbors continued to report strange noises coming from the school. The new school officials leased the property to a local university who used it for offices, but employees refused to go into the school alone due to the strange sightings of ghostly figures and the constant sounds of children both laughing and screaming.

So, Chittyville School sat empty for many, many years...until an unwitting couple purchased the school in December of 2004.

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