The Most Haunted House in All of Lakonia
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The next afternoon we arrived in Sparta, once again staying in the â€˜Hotel Sparta Innâ€™ which looked just the same as we left it. Sparta is still an empty town. Aubrey, Bridget, Amanda and I went for an iced coffee in an air conditioned cafÃ©. The heat can be very draining. At 8:30 our professor, Stavros, announced an optional walking tour to visit the â€˜most haunted house in all of Lakoniaâ€™. Of course I went. We ran after Stavros through the town into a residential neighborhood, stopping on a random street across from the supposed haunted house.
The door to the house was open, inside we could see lit candles in front of an icon, and a tv playing. It was just about dusk, and the house really did look spooky. The front of the house was covered by overgrown plants, and the paint was weathered and chipped. The bronze gate in front was rusting and broken. It was the perfect backdrop to make Stavrosâ€™ story believable. Iâ€™ll recount it here.
During the Nazi occupation in Greece many Greeks were killed in revenge for the deaths of German soldiers. This cruelty was widespread and targeted at all Greeks. Greeks were the only country that formed underground resistance movements against the Nazisâ€™ but that is another story.
A family used to live in this large house, and this family for whatever reason was targeted by the Nazi occupation, and one day they came and took the three children out of the house and murdered them, leaving the parents to live in misery. Four years later, WWII had ended and the Civil War was beginning, and both of the parents drowned themselves in the backyard well on the exact anniversary of their childrenâ€™s death. Greek culture can be a little superstitious, so the house was boarded up and left unoccupied for 30 years. Neighbors would report seeing lights flickering on and off in the house at all hours of the night, and occasionally hear screams coming from the house. People avoided it until sometime in the 70â€™s, when two curious neighbors decided to go in and have a look. The neighbors entered the dark and dusty house, to find everything untouched. The whole house was exactly how it had been when it was boarded up. They made their way to the childrenâ€™s room to find everything also untouched, frozen in the moment that the Nazis came through. A doll was left lying on the floor, a paint palate and half finished childâ€™s painting sat in the corner. The parents had left the room untouched for the four years after their childrenâ€™s death.
The haunted house sparked a night of ghost story telling in a cafÃ©. About six of us went out to a cafÃ© with Stavros who treated us to some Sangria. That night was a little spooky in the run down Hotel Sparta Inn, after hearing everyoneâ€™s best ghost story.