Join American Hauntings & Host Loren Hamilton for our Second Annual Festival of Haunts -- A Ghostly Event to Benefit the Historic and Haunted James Eldred House in Eldred, Illinois! The FREE daytime event will include Speakers on Ghosts and the Supernatural; Vendor's Tables; Food & Drink; Live Music and More!

Additional Events will include a Late-Night Ghost Hunt at the Eldred House -- where You May Get the Chance to Meet the Former Occupants Face-to Face!

Admission for the Daytime Events are FREE but there is additional cost for the ghost hunt! See the Form Below to Register!
Limited Spots Are Available for the Ghost Hunt!
A Portion of the Proceeds goes to Eldred House Restoration!

The Eldred House is Featured in the Book ILLINOIS HAUNTINGS and many of the authors included in the book (like Troy Taylor, Loren Hamilton, Kelly Davis & John Winterbauer) will be available during the event! See the form below to order a copy of the book in advance!

1. Because of the isolated location, we suggest using an on-line mapping system to reach the Eldred House. You can  also use a GPS unit but since there is no street address, you should enter the city center for Eldred, Illinois. The zip code is 62027.

2. This will take you to Eldred and you will be heading west on Highway 108. After passing under a canopy of trees, you will come to the bottom of a hill and come to the Eldred-Hillview Blacktop.

4. There will be a small bar / tavern on your left. Make a right turn onto to the Eldred-Hillview Road. Go down the road to 1300N (watch for the green street signs) and make the right.

5.  The house is the first house on the left and just drive up into the yard through the rock fence opening.
Vendor Tables  
* Food & Drink from the Illinois Valley Cultural Heritage Association
* Psychic Readings * American Hauntings * Whitechapel Press
* Friends & Fans of St. Jude

Raffle Drawings to Benefit the Eldred House
* Books, Shirts, Baskets, Ghost Hunt Passes

Live Entertainment
* Open Music Jam at 5:00 PM -- bring your guitar, banjo, fiddle, spoons, washboard, whatever you like! Or to be a featured performer, use the link above to contact Loren Hamilton!
Exclusive Book Published for the Festival of Haunts by Author Troy Taylor!
True Tales of Illinois Hauntings, Horror & Homicide

This Exclusive, Print Only book has been published just for the Festival of Haunts and is available at the event!  A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit Eldred House Restoration!

For the last two decades, author Troy Taylor has been chronicling the hauntings of Illinois, from its ghost-infested houses to its abandoned graveyards, but he has also become known for his tales of the state’s blood-spattered criminal history – especially when it pertains to the ghosts left lingering in the wake of murder, horror and death.   From tales of pirates and killers, a vanished sausage-maker’s wife, a tragic young woman’s murder, a mysterious hanging tree and the Prohibition wars that raged in the southern part of the state, this collection of the author’s favorite stories of homicides and hauntings will haunt the reader long after closing the final pages of the book! Only $10!

Author Troy Taylor will be presenting a special program, based on the exclusive book that he is offering for the Festival -- Over my Dead Body, some of his favorite true tales of crime, murder and ghosts in Illinois history. It just may scare the pants off you!

American Hauntings Rep, Alton Hauntings Guide and Author Luke Naliborski will be presenting on the "lighter side of darkness" featuring his new book, Lights Out!

A special presentation on the history and hauntings of the former Pollak Hospital, which was once part of the Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville, Illinois. One of the creepiest and most haunted locations on the American Hauntings Roster!

Want to know why a house or location is haunted? Representatives from the Historical Society will show you how to make history work for you, using public records to find out everything you always wanted to know about homes, buildings and more!

ALL daytime sessions are FREE and open to the public!

After Hours Event!

Ghost Hunt at the Eldred House: Join American Hauntings for a ghost hunt at the Eldred House! This chilling night will include a real-life ghost hunt and investigation of Eldred House, spooky cellar & the surrounding grounds! The James Eldred House dates back to the 1820s, resting on land that was among the first to be occupied in Greene County. There have been at least four deaths in the house over the years and legend tells of a Native American who was buried on the property --- leading to ghost stories that are still being told today. Experience this historic location first-hand and see for yourself if there is truth to the rumors! Starts at 8:00 PM -- $40 Per Person -- Payable at the event!

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