Haunted Mordecai House Ghost Tour

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Have you heard of the ghost of Mordecai House? Have you ever attended the Mordecai House Ghost Tour?  While it isn’t on many vacationers’ radars it is very popular among Raleigh locals.

I’ve always wanted to take my family, but due to a nasty combination of procrastination, and forgetfulness, it never happened. Seeing as this will be our last Halloween in Raleigh for a while, buying tickets early finally became a priority.

Whether you’re like me and need a helpful reminder; interested in going but not sure how to purchase the tickets; or have never heard of the Mordecai House before now… This post should be able to help you out.

Mordecai House History

Built in 1785, Mordecai Historic Park was once the site of the largest plantation in Wake County. It is the oldest home in Raleigh that sits on its original location.

The oldest portion of the home was built by Joel Lane for his son Henry. Lane is considered a founder of Raleigh and his personal residence is open to the public for touring.

Henry passed the home to his daughter Margaret. She married Moses Mordecai, a prominent judge, and lawyer in Raleigh. Moses Mordecai became the house’s namesake.

In addition to the house, the Park includes the birthplace of President Andrew Johnson, the Ellen Mordecai Garden, the Badger-Iredell Law Office, Allen Kitchen and St. Mark’s Chapel, a popular site for weddings.

TIP: -If you’re interested in the family history click here to view the pdf provided by the city of Raleigh. You can also learn more at 


The Ghost Of Mordecai House

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As legend would have it, the ghost that inhabits the house is said to be the spirit of Mary Willis Mordecai Turk, who lived from 1858 to 1937.

Mary Willis Mordecai Turk, a descendant of Margaret and Moses Mordecai, lived there during the 19th century. One of five generations of Mordecai’s who owned and inhabited the mansion, she enjoyed socializing, playing piano, and showing off her magnificent house.

According to the website northcarolinaghosts.com, She is said to appear sporadically as an apparition in a grey Nineteenth Century dress. She can occasionally be heard playing the piano in the downstairs drawing room, and visitors to the house have occasionally seen a grey mist hovering near that piano.

A different website reports that portraits of family members who resided in the home seemed to fly off the walls when tour guides mentioned the names of those pictured.


 Buying tickets for the Mordecai House Ghost Tour

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Has intrigue and excitement begun to consume you? Trust me, you aren’t the only one. Personal experience has taught me to purchase the tickets as soon as possible. There are a finite number available and once they’re gone… they’re gone.

Do yourself a favor. If you’re interested in attending, don’t wait until the last minute. Go ahead and purchase them now.

Also, while I lumped all aspects of the ghost tour together in this post, there are technically two separate parts.

If you’re ready to book your tickets here’s what you need to know:

The Mordecai Haunted Lantern Tour

One day only! Take a nighttime tour of the Mordecai house and find out for yourself if the home is really haunted.

Hours: 5pm to 8:45pm
Prices: $5 per person.

Haunted Trolley Ride

The trolley’s dates of operation are October 20, 27th, and 28th. They will take you on a special nighttime tour of downtown Raleigh’s most haunted places. The trolley will leave from Mordecai Historic Park.

TIP: -Make a day of it! Plan to go Oct.28th and you can enjoy the Haunted Mordecai Festival at 1pm, lantern tour at 5pm, dinner, then trolley ride to end the night. 

Hours: Varies – see website below
Prices: $10 per person.

To register you’ll need to either visit the Raleigh Park’s and Rec site or call 919.996.4364

*Click Browse Programs, then click on City Wide events. Scroll down until you see Haunted Mordecai Lantern Tour*

Other fun things to do near Mordecai House

  • Joel Lane House Museum  Head 2 miles away from Mordecai House and you’ll arrive at Joel Lane’s House. Learn more about Raleigh’s founder and the man directly responsible for the making of Mordecai House.
  • Cameron Village Unique shopping center established in 1949. Perfect for window shopping and grabbing a bite to eat… Or actual shopping… If you’re into that sort of thing.
  • Krispy Kreme Hot n Ready donut’s. No further explanation necessary. As a bonus you can walk directly from Mordecai House.
  • Pullen Park take a break and enjoy the best park in Raleigh. Pack a picnic or buy lunch at the park. With or without kids, Pullen Park is always enjoyable.
  • Historic Oakwood One of my favorite neighborhoods to walk in. Many homes built in the early 1900’s have been restored and are a pleasure to look at.
  • Historic Oakwood Cemetary Beautiful and historic. The final resting place for many Raleigh notables and confederate soldiers.
  • Videri Chocolate Tour I once was thiiiiiis close to going on the chocolate tour. Unfortunately for me my eldest daughter decided to hug and kiss a cat prior to our departure. What’s wrong with hugging a cat? Nothing… unless you’re allergic. Her face swell up and our chocolate tour was over before it began 🙁
  • North Hills –Whether are interested in a quick bite to eat, your Starbucks fix, fine dining, boutique shopping, jewelry stores, working out, heading to the movies, or finding a hotel; this place has it all.

Did you enjoy reading about the Mordecai Ghost Tour? Want more? Check out our Raleigh mini-series for great information on things to do and places to eat in the area.

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