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Haunted mansion in Montgomery, Alabama – later a playground

Haunting of Crommelin Estate

During the 1930s, Great Depression era, many writers were employed to interview people around the United States, so their experiences and life history could be recorded The program was named the U.S. Work Projects Administration, Federal Writers’ Project and it gave employment to historians, teachers, writers, librarians, and other white-collar workers. This is a transcribed unedited interview


O. O. Lowrey

10/21/ 1936

On the corner of North Hull and Columbus Streets once stood a handsome residence which belonged to the Crommelin Estate.

After the death of Mr. and Mrs. Crommelin the home remained furnished, for rent. Many families moved there at different times, but were unable to remain more than a week or two.

Often after midnight weird noises were heard, sometime like the breaking of dishes; then again like stones were being thrown against the house, or windows being rattled. The people were never able to ascertain just what made this dreadful noise. The house stood vacant for many years before it was razed to make room for a city playground.


Hattie Davis (colored)

Mrs. W. E. Dughan

The photo above may be a picture of the house and was taken before 1936. It is identified as Crommelin House in Montgomery, Alabama according to the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Please comment if you know the Montgomery location of the photo.

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  1. Is this the same Crommelin family whose war heroes have a huge monument in Wetumpka?

    1. I’m not sure. That’s why I didn’t state it, but they are more than likely related.

  2. Where is the rest of the article/interview?

  3. About 20 years ago, I was a police Officer in Montgomery. I was assigned a walking beat in downtown. The area where this was, is now part of Old Alabama Town. I regularly visited the office of Old Alabama Town and heard stories about the old houses and reported hauntings of the old homes. After visiting one day, I headed outside to continue along my beat. As I walked outside an older Oldsmobile drove by headed North from Columbus on McDonough St. There were several people outside and some construction workers were working South of us on McDonough St. As I watched the car slowly drive by, the rear end of the Oldsmobile lifted up into the air approximately 6 feet off of the ground, then stopped suddenly and fell back down to the ground. I immediately suspected supernatural activity and a chill went up my spine. I then noticed that the construction crew was working on the power lines and were stringing a new wire on the overhead power poles. The rear bumper of the Oldsmobile had hooked the drooping power line on the passenger side and the back bumper rode up the wire. The driver of the car got out, unhooked his bumper and continued on his way.

  4. sounds like someone lived in the attic

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