Manor, Texas: Ghost Town - Rebuilt, Spirits Return

Farmland turned out to contain remnants of a destroyed town. Rebuilt with the scrap wood, it's a party rental locale, occasional movie set, a bar, and a haunt for ghosts to rattle around.

J. Lorraine Ghost Town

Address:
14219 Littig Rd, Manor, TX
Directions:
J. Lorraine Ghost Town. About a mile off Hwy290, 11 miles east outside of Austin.
Hours:
Open if not rented out. F 4-12 am, Sa 11 am -12 am, Su 12-6 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
512-922-2683
Admission:
Free.
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Ghost Town - Rebuilt, Spirits Return

Such a neat place. I'm going to have to go back in the daylight so I can see it better. But it was super fun at night, kind of spooky.

[Angie, 12/03/2017]
Ghost Town - Rebuilt, Spirits Return

They have incredible hamburgers, an outdoor movie theatre and they just added a maze. Excellent place for family entertainment! Friendly staff as well.

[Jay Davis, 12/26/2011]
Ghost Town - Rebuilt, Spirits Return

Ghost Town Austin serves the best hamburgers in town. They also have beer and wine coolers for sale. Extremely friendly and courteous staff! I love going out there. They also have an outdoor movie theatre.

[Jay Davis, 08/12/2011]
Ghost Town - Rebuilt, Ghosts Return

In the mid-1990s, George Richards bought this property to do some simple farming and began in earnest to till the first 16 acres of his property, but what he kept finding were old pieces and planks of wood buried just a few inches below. After collecting a small stack, he realized that he should find out what all of this wood was from.

He contacted an old friend, well-versed on all things history, and found out that an old town back in the late 1800s named "J. Lorraine" used to sit on this very spot. Not getting past much more than about 500 or so occupants, it met with a deadly hurricane that took down most of the town and about half of the people with it [RA: another story sez a morally outraged mob from another town burned it down]. Instead of rebuilding the town, the remaining people, out of respect for the dead, decided to leave and let the earth take it back.

George decided to rebuild the town with all of that wood he had dug up. It was when the buildings began to regain their shape that bizarre things began to occur. The distinct aroma of pipe smoke would occasionally waft in and out, strained voices from virtually nowhere, and the almost otherworldly noises from the rebuilt buildings made George realize that some of the original occupants seemed to never have left their homes that had collapsed into the ground over a hundred years ago.

Stop by for a beer, a burger and a chit-chat with George -- you will not believe what you see.

[John B., 01/24/2011]

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