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The antebellum house known as the Haunted Mansion

The Antebellum Mansion is the titular location of the original Haunted Mansion.

Description

Appearance

Located in New Orleans Square on Esplenade street, this mansion is built in the antebellum style of architecture which would mean that it was built around the late 18th century or the early 19th century. Through the gateway of the mansion there is a small family cemetery located on a berm above a series of crypts. Closer to the front of the mansion there is a pet cemetery, sundial and white hearse whith no driver or horse. Located at the back of the estate is a large cemetery which can only be accessed via the house itself, or by a flooded mausoleum located outside the mansion's grounds. The mansion also has a garden area filled with statues that serves as an alternate entrance to the grounds.

Known Rooms in Mansion:

Background

The Haunted Mansion was a white antebellum mansion of early 19th/late 18th century architecture built on Esplanade Street within the French Quarters of New Orleans, Louisiana. While unconfirmed and typically seen as non-cannon, it is sometimes said by Disney sources and cast-members that the mansion was built by a ruthless and ill-fated sea-captain. It is known that the mansion was once owned by a family which seemed to suffer great tragedies and who all wound up dying from sudden and unnatural causes, being buried within the estate's berm plot.

At some unspecified point in time likely within either the 19th Century or early 20th century, a transatlantic man (who was possibly the manor's owner or a head-of-staff) commit suicide within the Mansion's cupola by hanging himself to death and went on to become the estate's "Ghost Host". At another unknown point there was a clairvoyant Romani woman known as Madame Leota who worked out of a Caravan where she sold her supernatural services. Leota had some affiliation with the Mansion and upon death became it's undead medium.

By 1879, the mansion was owned by a wealthy man named George Hightower. George was engaged to a beautiful and charming woman named Constance Hatchaway but little to George's knowledge, she was secretly a gold-digging serial-killer intent on murdering George after their marriage to inherit his wealth; a scheme which she had already enacted on four different occasions. Constance succeeded in the scheme and used the manor's attic to hide the evidence and twisted "souvenirs" of her criminal-career, going on to live a long and happy life which only ended in her old age.

It can be inferred from Constance's age in her 1879 bridal photos compared to her portrait in the Stretching room that she would have likely died at some point in-between 1910 and 1930 if not later.

Becoming known as "The Haunted Mansion", the estate served as a kind of retirement home for ghosts and spirits from creepy old crypts all over the world who acquired "Post Lifetime Leases" from the mansion's Ghost Relations Department. The Mansion was seemingly run by the Ghost Host and the Ghostess so by the anachronistic time in which the attraction takes place, the manor has 999 happy haunts occupying it. Although, there is always room for a thousand if any mortal guests care to volunteer.

Alternate Versions

Haunted Mansion (Slave Labour Graphics Comics)

See:  Gracey Manor (comics version)

This version of the antebellum mansion is listed as having the 1313 address on its street. It was most notably owned by the pirate captain William Gracey AKA Captain Blood.

The Haunted Mansion (film)

See: Gracey Manor (film version)

Haunted Mansion (Disney Kingdoms comics)

A version of the antebellum mansion serves as the main location of this series. Here, apparently there are only four ghosts who actually died on the manor's ground (even though the series clearly shows us the corpses of ghosts who unequivocally died on the estate) with all the other spirits coming there from across the world. These four ghosts being: The Hatbox Ghost, Constance Hatchaway, Madame Leota, and the Captain.

The spirit of the Captain is apparently obsessed with hunting down a supposed treasure which is stored in the halls of the manor. The manor is also home to the Endless Staircase which connects it to haunted locations all across the world (such as the comic variant of the Museum of the Weird). Due to the captain's obsession, the manor became engulfed in a cloud of mist which prevented all 999 of the ghosts from leaving.

Trivia

  • The mansion was modeled after the (now-defunct) Shipley-Lydecker House in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Outside of the mansion is a sundial which reads "Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be", it is also decorated with the design of a winged hourglass.
  • One of the porches has empty glasses and a lemonade pitcher set on a wicker table set.
  • There used to be a spyglass and a barometer found on one of the second floor balconies but they were removed in 2001. These set-pieces alluded towards a deleted draft from the Haunted Mansion known as Gore Manor in-which the house was originally built and owned by a pirate called "Captain Gore".
  • There also used to be an empty birdcage hanging on the exterior of the house hanging from the southern porch. This referenced the Raven found within the ride who would go on to get it's own bird-house.
  • Both the mansions the comics, and in the 2003 film are visually inspired by the Antabellum Mansion and are set in New Orleans. Oddly enough both the Haunted Mansion from the comics and the Haunted Mansion from the film are referred to officially as "Gracey Manor" while the only version of the attraction canonically called that is Walt Disney World's Mansion.
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