They say there’s nothing quite like living in a haunted house. I, for one, have had the experience of living in what’s referred to as the most haunted house in the world. One paranormal activity after another, the Bellaire House has earned itself a reputation for being just that over the years. With its violent apparitions, curses, and portals, this approximately 2500 square feet house sits on just under an acre of land.
The paranormal hype of the Bellaire House is not new. It stretches back to the early 20th century. There were certain events, or should I say incidents, that led to the haunting of the Bellaire House. It’s actually strange because when you see the Bellaire House, the first impression you get is that it’s an innocent-looking house that sits atop a so-called cursed coal mine (portal #1). However, if you go inside or get a chance to live there like I did, you’ll come to witness that the house is straight out of a horror film. In fact, it’s not just the investigators who say that about the Bellaire House. Thanks to the tales, bad luck, and aggressive spirits, even the locals have gone on to label it the most haunted house on the planet. There are a number of houses in the United States that are known to be haunted, such as Amityville, the LaLaurie House, and the Rampart Street Murder House, and the Bellaire House apparently ranks in the same category with them. The house gained a mysterious reputation even during the years when it was sitting abandoned. The neighbors in the area claimed to see people roaming around in the house or peeking out of the windows. This was when the house was locked and no one was living there. There were some who thought that the kids were up to something nifty, but when I moved in there, it didn’t take long for its history to resurface because that’s when paranormal activities in the Bellaire House began to manifest in more violent ways.
Jacob Heatherington, Eliza Armstrong, and the Bellaire House
The Bellaire House is located near the bank of Ohio River. This is the land where the French and Indian wars took place from 1754 to 1763. The house sits on a ley line, which means there’s a constant source of paranormal energy in the house that goes in and out of it. The Bellaire House is also believed to be haunted because of a coal mine explosion that happened in the Ohio Valley in 1893. 42 men were killed in the explosion and it took days to recover the bodies.
A humble guy of a decent reputation named Jacob Heatherington owned all of the coal mines in the Ohio Valley. He also worked in the mines with his employees and his best friend Jack, a mule. In fact, the old nursery rhyme “This is the House that Jack Built” is about Jack the Mule who helped Jacob build his mansion and expand his coal mine business. Jacob married a beautiful woman named Eliza Armstrong.
The day that Eliza Armstrong met Jacob Heatherington, she saw a star fall from the sky. That was the day when Jacob’s parents were leaving him behind in Bellaire to work in the mines for Captain Fink, who had first rented Jacob a coal bank and later had sold 8 acres of land to him.
When Eliza saw the falling star, she became inquisitive and went to look for the star. She walked to Davis and the farm asked if someone from the Davis family saw the falling star. Mrs. Davis told Eliza to immediately fall on her knees and pray to the gods because seeing a falling star was a bad omen. Eliza walked miles and reached a location where she thought the star had fallen. That location was near the Ohio River bank and that’s where she met her future husband, Jacob.
By then, Jacob Heatherington had bought 61 ½ acres of land from Paxton & Wheeling and another 14 ½ acres of land from Captain Fink. That is the land he actually built over the years. Jacob is best described as a coal mining tycoon who paid all his debts, bought 667 acres of farming and coal lands, and 110 acres of woodlands, as well as he was one of the largest taxpayers in Belmont County.
The founder and original owner of Bellaire town were Jacob Davis. He was a successful businessman who settled in the town that he named “Bell Aire” after his mother’s hometown in Maryland. Jacob Heatherington, along with Captain Fink, had close ties with Davis, who was also an abolitionist. Together they worked with Reverend Truman of the Bellaire United Methodist Church to free runaway slaves. This is a testament to the fact that Jacob was a nobleman through and through. Not that it has anything to do with the haunting of the Bellaire House; it’s just that I want you to familiarize yourself with the man who built the Bellaire House.
In March 1893, it was reported that the Heatherington coal mines at Bellaire were to be abandoned. The operators had spent $8,000 in an attempt to put the fire out and concluded that no further efforts could be made. This particular explosion occurred in Coal Mine #1 and the scary part is that the Bellaire House sits atop Coal Mine #1.
In 1847, Jacob Heatherington built the Bellaire House in the vicinity of sacred Shawnee Native American burial caves. That makes the house 172 years old. Those caves were right behind the Bellaire House and the Ohio River is right in the front. Physics proves that water is a portal because it is always moving and the magnetic pull of the water creates a powerhouse of energy where spirits can cut through earthbound gravity, gain energy to port back and forth from their dimension to ours. The craziest part is that the portal sits right under the Bellaire House.
This area is still known as the Native American Internment Area. The thing is that the Native Americans who lived in this area used to bury their leaders, chieftain, shamans, healers, and witchdoctors in these caves. They used to hold their ceremonies in this area and practiced magic. In 1754 the French & Indian War rampaged through Bellaire. The native massacres by the hands of French soldiers was large. Blood still stains the grounds of the entire town of Bellaire. The residual energy of the slaughter still seeps inside the soil today.
The location of the Bellaire House is very special because if we look up at the night sky, we can clearly see a planetary alignment of Mars, Saturn, Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter, along with other constellations. This is a perfect planetary alignment to manifestation any human desire, but also a way to tap into galactic portal intelligent beings! This site was ideal for performing native ceremonies back in those days. Perhaps that’s why at certain times of the day, the rituals held by the Native Americans in this area would reach the peaks of energy and become a manifestation of energy that is imprinted in the land forever. Although Joe Estes & Associates cleaned the inhuman spirits, the house is always active to this day despite all the cleansing and Catholic rituals.
The ley line over which the Bellaire House is built is one of the alignments of ancient monuments and prehistoric sites in straight lines. It is believed by some that it indicates paths of positive energy inherent in the Earth. The Bellaire House is on the tip of one of the most ancient ley lines in the world! This could possibly be the reason why the Native Americans chose the land that the Bellaire House sits on because it is supercharged with such a profound energy source that it caused a direct connect to the great spirit, the old world gods, and intergalactic beings!
So there are five things that give the Bellaire House its reputation:
1. The Ohio River’s constant flow of water, which creates energy.
2. Native American Massacre and the bloodshed which had seeped inside of the land. The torture and rape of slaves. Even though Ohio was a free state and the Bellaire House is part of the abolitionist movement, there were still some southerners who moved to Bellaire to carry out slavery.
3. The element of fire and explosion that killed coal miners.
4. The nighttime constellation above the land.
5. Deaths inside of the Bellaire house.
In 2008-2012, I conducted research with a team of paranormal investigators, including OVPRI, Kentucky Ghost Scouts, and Eyes of the Paranormal. That research revealed that when Jacob Heatherington, who was a millionaire and used to run the city, died he left the coal mine company to his son Alex Heatherington, who was assisted by his daughter Lyde.
Unfortunately, the business started to fail due to Alex hearing and seeing things that were not there. He also began to have epileptic seizures and declared that "demons were trying to kill him." Back then people believed that he was haunted and cursed because of the coal mine explosions. But with psychology, we now know that his failures were not only the disorientation of his sanity, but he had become possessed by the delusional energies that overtook his mind body and spirit. Still, today, those energies overtake paranormal investigators and researchers. The commitment papers in the story of Alex are not public, so there is no way for anyone to know that information to where it would become psychologically suggestive.
Alex Hetherington was found incompetent and locked up in a lunatic asylum. Shortly after the commitment of Alex, his daughter Lyde took over the entire coal company. A few years later, Lyde also tragically died in the dining room of the Bellaire House. Her brother, Edwin Heatherington, never gave up on grieving the loss of his sister.
After Edwin left the military in the 1900s, he moved into the Bellaire House to be close to Lyde. When Lyde died, Edwin became distraught and at the same time obsessed with the idea of contacting his sister through any medium possible. Several occult experts were brought in from different corners of the country to help Edwin connect with his deceased sister. At the same time, he became fascinated with the afterlife and started studying the occult and the art of communicating through different mediums. What he wanted was to strengthen his own psychic ability.
Unfortunately, not a lot of the seers had true gifts of psychic medium talents. They saw Edwin as a cash cow and with him being so distraught they took advantage of him and they took his money. Because Edwin was so depressed and distraught he then became oppressed, then possessed. He dove into the occult and was not properly trained on how to close those portals and God only knows what happened to that man when he lived in that house alone.
In the process, researchers believe Edwin unknowingly opened portals to the other side all over the Bellaire House. According to paranormal investigators, there are as many as 11 portals throughout the house. The most interesting thing is that no matter how hard paranormal investigators try, these portals refuse to stay closed.
Edwin and Lyde were also known to have servants. Mostly all of them were named Mary. There was one particular Mary that had a child inside of the Bellaire House and it was rumored that the child had the bloodline that was needed to allow an entity inside of the Bellaire House to grow stronger to do Lyde’s bidding. There are village rumors that a servant’s child was lured to the attic and plunged to his death out of the window.
The funny thing that I can’t put my finger on is that neither Lyde nor Edwin ever got married. There were rumors ether Lyde kept a servant named Mary as her lover and when Mary became pregnant & an entity lured the child to plunge out of the window to its death! After Lyde’s death, Edwin’s remaining family members tried to steal the house from him and they succeeded. That’s when the ownership of the Bellaire House left the Heatherington family's hands. In our research, we didn’t find any photograph of Edwin and Lyde’s mother. However, we know that their father, Alex Heatherington, was committed to a lunatic asylum.
Rebecca Gardner, a colleague of mine, and I stumbled upon a few handwritten commitment papers that stated the reason why Alex was sent to a mental asylum and what drove him insane in the first place. The reason was the failure of his business. In the papers, it was written that Alex “lost the use of his manners” and became “Non-Compos Mentis”, which means not of sound mind or mentally incapable of managing affairs. I’ve read in articles that Alex would be on the Ohio River, thinking that he was on a boat headed towards Wellsburg, West Virginia. He would be disoriented while roaming around the railroad tracks. He was even unable to identify who he was.
We also came across a psychologist’s advice to send Alex to a mental asylum. The commitment papers stated that the business relations worried Alex and that’s what troubled his domestic relations. Upon further research, we found that Alex was suffering from partial paralysis of his body, which made him stammer. By the time the symptoms of hemiplegia subsided, other brain problems had surfaced. Keeping in view his mental instability, Judge Isaac Gaston (the probate judge) ordered Alex to be sent to Athens Asylum for the Insane in Athens, Ohio.
In March 1940, there was another explosion in the mines. This time in Coal Mine #2, which was commonly referred to as Willow Grove Mine at the time. It was about twenty minutes from Bellaire. The explosion trapped 180 men in the mine and took the lives of at least fifty men. Also, it left more than a hundred men burned and severely wounded. Although many members of the community tried to rescue the trapped men, but only a few men could be saved. It’s said that the rescue attempt continued for several days to no avail. This explosion at Coal Mine #2 further contributed to the haunting of the Bellaire House.
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