Richmond, Kentucky: Ghostly Image in a WindowThe upper right hand window of White Hall mansion contains a mysterious, permanent image of a slave woman's face and torso, preserved as if looking out at something. Unfortunately, a UV coating applied to the window in 2007 has made the ghost invisible!
White Hall State Historic Site
- 500 White Hall Shrine Rd, Richmond, KY
- I-75 exit 95, then drive west two miles until the road ends at White Hall State Historic Site.
- Daily 9-5 (Call to verify)
- Free to look at, $8.00 to tour the house.
Visitor Tips and News About Ghostly Image in a Window
An earlier tip that the ghost in the window is no longer visible is correct. We spoke with one of the park rangers, who told us that in 2007 all of the house windows, including the one with the ghost image, were coated with a UV blocker. The purpose was to protect the house furnishings and draperies from sun damage, but it had the unintended effect of making the image invisible. It's still there, you just can't see it.
It will remain invisible until the coating wears off, or is removed and replaced with a UV blocker that doesn't also block ghost images. Science, please, help![RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 09/08/2013]
I tried really hard to see the image. I even used my Nikon binoculars from several angles. I was concentrating on the third floor "house left" window (on the upper right when facing the house). I saw some sort of wispy something on the glass, but could never make out a shape. In any case, it's a nice stop. Access is from exit 95 off of I-75, but my iPhone gps persistently tried to take me through an inaccessible gate on the south end of the estate.[Greg, 04/06/2010]
South of Lexington, at Clay's Ferry is Whitehall Mansion, historic home of the Clay Family. It's a state shrine now. In the upper right hand window of the three story house is a permanent (some say) imprint of a black slave woman's face and torso, as if she's looking out at something. Tried several times to get a photo of the reflection or imprint without any luck, but saw it myself.[Mike Steely, 05/06/1998]
See the Lightning Portrait of Henry Wells, and a KY tip for Russellville.