Summary: Ghostly legends surround this 1890 Queen Anne house, dubbed "America's Favorite Victorian."
Location: The Morey Mansion is located at 190 Terracina Blvd. in Redlands. It is not open to the public.
Built in 1890, the exquisite Morey Mansion is one of most beautiful and elaborate California Victorian homes. In fact, the 4,800-square-foot home — which boasts 20 rooms — was dubbed "America's Favorite Victorian" by John Mass, author of "The Gingerbread Age."
The history of the Morey Mansion dates back to 1890, when David and Sarah Morey built the home next to their citrus orchards at a cost of $20,000. Upon its completion, the house was one of the most elaborate Queen Anne Victorian homes in the state — complete with an Eastern European onion dome, Gothic windows, French mansard roof and intricate wood carvings personally crafted by Morey, a former ship builder.
Sadly, Sarah Morey died in 1901, and husband David committed suicide in San Diego roughly a year later.
The Morey Mansion operated as a Victorian bed and breakfast between 1985 and 2009, when several guests reported unusual activity in the home. Among the accounts included rattling door knobs in the Blue Room (where Sarah reportedly died), along with falling objects, doors opening and closing, and the sounds of children playing inside.
But is the Morey Mansion haunted? In 2009, the TV show "The Othersiders" decided to investigate. The paranormal team reported hot spots and orbs in the home, but local historians have passed it off as "urban legend."
In 2010, the Morey Mansion was purchased by Sara and Bill Taylor for $1.7 million. Although the home is now closed to public tours, you can still admire its beautiful gardens and architecture from the street.
The Redlands Morey Mansion is located at 190 Terracina Blvd., right next door to Redlands Community Hospital.