When Dee and
Kemal Joseph purchased their old ante-bellum home in Social Circle last year,
they never expected to find someone else "living" there. As the town folks
became aware of their new neighbors and introduced themselves to Dee and Kemal,
sometimes one would ask, "Have you seen her?"
spent eight months renovating their home before they actually moved in to it.
The house was originally built around 1860 by Dr. Joseph T. Brown and was sold to the James
Wiley family in 1919 and they occupied it for 49 years. It was then passed on to
other families. The Josephs purchased the house in 1995. As with any older home
there were many repairs to be made. There was plastering and wallpapering to be
done, floors to be refinished, bathrooms to be remodeled, many long hours
accompanied by many aches and pains to complete the task and make the house the
home of their dreams. And every once in a while, as they painted and scrubbed,
someone would come by and ask, "Have you seen her?"
many years of the home's existence, "she" has been seen with her full hooped
skirt, hair tied neatly in a bun of the times. "She" has watched children as
they played at the top of the stairs, children that are now in their
mid-sixties. "She" has been seen strolling through the halls of the old home and
walking up and down the staircase that reaches to the upper level.
After the family
moved into their new home, the Joseph's son, Matt, was in the downstairs sitting
room watching television one evening when he looked over to see "her" walking up
the stairs. He was alone at the time and when Mr. and Mrs. Joseph returned from
their outing, Matt asked, "Is this house haunted?" To his surprise, Mrs. Joseph
said, "Yes, we have heard there is something here. Why? Have you seen 'her'?"
while Matt was resting on his bed, "she" quickly appeared in the doorway of his
room, looked at him, and then just as quickly swished away.
On yet another
occasion, Dee Joseph was in the den resting after a long day's work and "she"
peeked around the corner of the doorway at Dee and vanished.
There is no
feeling of fright here, just wonder. The Josephs are not bothered by "her."
They love their new home and have accepted the fact that they will probably
always have this lady-of-long-ago living with them, watching them, and sharing
their halls and stairways. So now when someone asks them, "Have you seen her?"
they will calmly answer, "Yes we have."
The next question
may be, "Who is 'she'?"