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Gainesville ghosts: The Adams House
The Adams House, an over 100-year-old home that sits on the edge of Brenau Avenue, allegedly has been known to have paranormal activity. - photo by Kelsey Podo

Toward the back of the Northeast Georgia History Center on Brenau Ave. NE, lies a two-story white house that has been in Gainesville for over 100 years. 

Kathy Amos, retired director of the Brenau University Center for Lifetime Study, said the home was built in 1909 and first owned by a resident named John Adams. He lived there with his wife, Pearl, and two daughters, Lucy and Sarah.

Amos, who lives in Gainesville, said her interest for investigating the home first peaked when her friend Rosemary Dodd mentioned that it was haunted. Dodd previously used the home for her business. 

“She was convinced there was a ghost there, but she thought it was a little boy,” Amos said. “Rosemary told me that she had put a ball on the top floor and the ball rolled by itself down the hallway.”

Through investigating with a few other ghost hunters, she said they uncovered history about the Adams family and concluded that the entity they believed to haunt the house wasn’t a boy and instead a young girl. When finding sources for her research, Amos said she typically sifts through obituaries, old newspaper articles, census records and

One night, Amos and a few others visited the house and turned on a digital voice recorder to pick up any unnoticed audio in the house. When they played it back, she said they heard the voice of a little girl call out, “Mama.”

After digging around historical records about the Adams family, Amos said she concluded that the ghost was John Adams’ daughter, Lucy. 

“We found out that Lucy died of appendicitis in October 1913,” Amos said. “Her mother and father had come out for the evening, and Lucy went to bed with a tummy ache. They came back home and rushed her to the hospital, and she died.”

Amos said John Adams was so distressed by the death of his daughter that he later committed suicide. 

Around 10 years ago, both Amos and Denise Roffe, founder of the Southeastern Institute of Paranormal Research, prayed over the Adams House to help Lucy “go to the light.”

“You could sense a presence in the house and as we talked, that presence disappeared,” Amos said. “We haven’t felt anything in that house since.”