Located at 8201 State Line Rd in Kansas City, Missouri is the historical Alexander Majors House. This lovely antebellum house was built in 1856 for the family of Alexander Majors. The house served as both a family home and as the headquarters for Majors’ very successful freight company. Many people carry on memory of Majors as a kind and gentle man, and it was said that he treated his animals well, avoided profanity, stayed sober, had a great work ethic, and let his oxen and his men rest from Saturday afternoon to Monday morning. That being said, there was still a darker side to history of this man and his home…
Majors and his family owned approximately 16 to 17 slaves in 1860 (according to census records) and it is believed that these slaves did much of the homes construction. There is also a round iron ring in the wall of the basement where a chain would have been slid through; most likely to keep a slave, for whatever reason, down there. This is a detail that often gets left out when the history of this home is shared, so I felt that it was important to incorporate it in my writing.
Majors passed away on January 13th, 1900, and he was buried in the (haunted) Union Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri, which was previously covered here on Ghouls Trip. (It’s like the Marvel cinematic universe, but instead of superhero’s meeting, it’s me finding links between haunted places in the mid-west!)
The house stayed in the family until 1904, when it was sold to the Ruhl family. The house was then converted and acted as a school house for three years until it was essentially abandoned; laying vacant and deteriorating until the late 1920’s. In 1930, the great granddaughter of Alexander Majors, Louisa Johnston, bought the home from the school district for $2,500 and she began the homes restoration. Louisa lived in the home for about 50 years until her death in 1979. The house was left to Terry Chapman who undertook more restoration and opened the home for tours in 1984. Terry and his wife, Victoria, managed the house museum for more than 25 years until his death in 2010. The house then fell into the hands of the people responsible for the John Wornall House Museum (another historic home nearby in Kansas City) where it remains open for tours today.
It is no surprise that such an old location might have gathered some ghosts over the years. Staff and visitors have reported hearing disembodied voices and phantom footsteps coming from empty rooms, as well as experiencing the feeling of being touched and unexplainable cold spots. Much of this activity seems to center around the basement, which might be due to the fact that enslaved people were likely sometimes chained to the wall…
There is a barn next to home that has a fair amount of rumored paranormal activity as well. The spirit/entity seems to prefer men, and will often interact with and respond to them more.
My Findings and Final Thoughts:
During the investigation that I attended at this location, two other women in the group claimed to have a small rock thrown at them in the basement. Other than this, there were no other paranormal experiences with my group for the rest of the house. As disappointing as that was, it is still a lovely old home and is a great location to spend time in regardless.
While up in the second floor of the barn, I not only heard, but also felt heavy footsteps in boots walk on the wooden floor behind me while I was sitting on the ground asking for a sign of a spirit presence. There was a couple other women in the group sitting to my left on the floor who also heard and felt them; we all just looked at each other with wide-eyes before speaking about it because we were so shocked. We also had some potential flashlight communication as well! (Side-note: I accidentally left a Maglite Mini flashlight in the barn that I never retrieved. Always check that you grabbed all of your ghost-hunting gadgets before leaving!)
In all, it was a wonderful place to investigate, and I cannot wait to return again someday! Although paranormal investigations there do not happen often, if you find yourself in the area and there are tickets for an investigation available, I highly recommend it!
My Tips for Visiting Alexander Majors House:
- The house currently allows self-guided tours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday for only $5 a person. Guests doing self-guided tours can stay for about 30 minutes to an hour. If a paranormal investigation is not in the books, you can still spend some time wondering the house and taking as many photos, videos, or even audio recordings (for possible EVPs) as you please.
- The first floor of the home, the barn, gift-shop, and restroom are handicap accessible, but due to the age of the home, the second floor of the house is not wheelchair accessible. They do offer a visual guide of the second floor to anyone in need.
- It is a very old house, and I would not be surprised if some “cold spots” are just caused by a draft.
- The wooden floors can be quite creaky and loud, so be mindful of this while investigating. (This could also potentially debunk some of the phantom “footsteps” that might just be the house settling/creaking.)
- Take lots of photos! Not only to capture a possible ghost or spirit on camera, but also because the interior is quite beautiful and it is furnished similarly to how it would have been decades ago.
- Dust is definitely present. If you capture any orbs on camera, it could just be dust!
My main sources:
Some of this information has also been gathered by me being a local and hearing the rumors and stories first hand!