Georgetown's haunted history unearthed

In the late 1800's and early 1900's, it was the place Seattle residents frequented to have a good time. There were bars, brothels, gambling halls.

At the time, Georgetown was described by many as the "cesspool" of Seattle. It wasn't part of the city until 1910, so many thought of it as the "Wild West." Things have certainly changed in this neighborhood, but today, if you're looking for them, you can still run into Georgetown's past residents, including Sarah.

"Oh yes, everybody knows about Sarah," says a woman simply known as "Jake." She's the proprietor of {A href="" target=_blank}Private Eye Tours and regularly gives tours of the most haunted haunts in the area. Jake agreed to walk us around Georgetown, and our first stop was the aforementioned "Sarah's" home, the Georgetown Castle. Not really a castle, it is one of the largest homes in the neighborhood, and since it was built in the late 1800's, it has quite a history.

"The first owner was married, and had a sister-in-law who came out to visit," Jake said. "Word is that the sister-in-law, named Sarah, became pregnant with his child (some speculate she was raped). When the baby was born, the man murdered it, and is said to have buried it under the castle's front porch."

Sarah is said to have gone insane at that point.

"And she was locked, like a prisoner, in that second floor tower room that you see," Jake continues. "...until she eventually died."

But Sarah's voice continued to haunt the house. One later tenant is said to have been haunted by her voice to the point he jumped off the Aurora Bridge. After that, the landlord took no chances. He screened future tenants, and warned them about mysterious voices.

"The landlord made you sign a release statement saying you knew what you were getting into," Jake recalls.

Even today, Georgetown Castle's current tenants report Sarah remains a part of the house. Matter of fact, they say she's been especially vocal the past few years as the house has been under renovation. Jake speculates Sarah isn't a fan of the new dcor.

And there are other stories in Georgetown. The church that sits at 12th and Bailey is said to be "filled with the spirits."

Jake also shows us the area where you enter and exit I-5, near the Georgetown Playfield.

"This used to be the King County Hospital and the poor farm," she tells KOMO. "And also the hospital's cemetery."

As the story goes, the hospital was closed, and 3200 bodies from the cemetery were unearthed and moved.

Well, at least, that's the theory.

Those who have family histories in Georgetown tell a different story. There are claims that while some of the bodies were moved and reburied elsewhere, other remains weren't given the same respect. Jake says she's heard some people remember seeing bodies thrown into the Duwamish River.

Disturbed remains, unearthed bodies, and suspected spirits NOT at peace, make this general area a hotbed for paranormal activity.

"One of the most recent stories that people still tell today is of a young woman," Jake begins. "She's wearing a long white gown and has long red flowing hair. She's barefoot, no matter what season. And when you approach her, she vanishes."

The next time you drive through Georgetown, take a second look. You never know who might be looking back at you.


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