Old House Dreams: a former funeral home in North Carolina priced at $38,000 (but wait, there’s more …)

This afternoon, I agreed to do four 10-hour graveyard shifts in a row next week. Consequently, I opted to NOT spend my evening writing part 2 of the series I started yesterday, The #paranormalhotel: what it looks like, who stays there, and how we make it work. (Part 1.)

Instead, Ogre and I made dinner together, then walked to the local bar to have a beer. After that, we caught up on our new favorite show, Fargo. Later, we visited the gym (30 minutes before closing time) to take a quick dip in the pool and soak in the hot tub for a few minutes.

Later still, after I tucked him into bed, I decided to relax and revisit a website I haven’t recently checked in on: Old House Dreams. I’ve posted about it before, but if you missed it, just know that this is a site where I can look at listings for, and pictures of, beautiful, creepy, old houses that need someone special to love them.

(Sadly, the only way that special person will ever be me is if I manage to become rich, because I am neither handy, nor willing to learn to be handy. I’d love to pay fine craftspeople fair wages  to bring such places back to life though.)

Anyway, I stumbled across an interesting find tonight, and I thought I’d share. I did a little extra research on the property and discovered that the price is actually lower that that listed on OHD. It seems that all the listings are outdated, so I suspect it may have sold. I wish there were more pictures and descriptions, but pop over and have a look at this faded beauty:

ohd children of the corn house nc

Click the pic to read more about her, and view some interior shots.

Okay. I admit it: though there is potential in the house, it’s not as beautifully creepy as some I’ve seen. (Though that price is a bit of a stunner.) The thing that makes this particular home  REALLY special is that …

it is the actual house that was dropped on Ruby Burke by the evil kids in Children of the Corn 2: The Final Sacrifice.

Now how much is it worth?



18 Comments on “Old House Dreams: a former funeral home in North Carolina priced at $38,000 (but wait, there’s more …)”

  1. I can’t wait to look through the Old House Dreams site; thanks for sharing it.

  2. zipcoffelt says:

    Looks pretty creepy to me… And I love Fargo! Good luck on those four grave-yard shifts!

    • Fargo occasionally irritates me with it’s over the top Minnesota-ness, but I think it’s great TV and I LOVE the female lead, Molly.

      The overnights will be okay because I’ll just go nocturnal for the week. With the weather heating up, I would have started staying up later anyway. I just will want to avoid sleeping the whole day away.

  3. It is so much fun to imagine what one could do with a place like this. Several years ago when we were looking for a new home we decided to do the “This Old House” thing. We looked at a farmhouse that I’d always admired. It was large with a lot of good features but needed a lot of love. My daughter, then age 10, said, “I will never live in this house. I will sleep outside. This place is awful.” I think she was smart enough to know her parents would be in restoration mode for the next 40 years – because that is the way we work. We looked at quite a few interesting houses that while priced right would take a fortune to restore or even make comfortable. We eventually settled on a lovely house built in 1986 that only needed a new roof and some exterior paint. Yet I still dream of that Arts and Crafts house or maybe a Queen Anne…

    • I agree. I know that I am not good at home maintenance so the ONLY way I’ll every take up this restoring homes hobby is if I become comfortably wealthy. Then it seems like a good way to preserve history (and stories) and aid the economy. Plus I would simple love to see such places brought back to life.

  4. Buying a house that used to be a funeral home is a mistake for anyone that is even slightly sensitive. (and most children). Don’t do it.

    • Hmm. I don’t think of a funeral home as necessarily haunted … but then I don’t think graveyards offer many restless spirits either. I tend to think that the site of the death and life of the deceased would be more likely to retain impressions of a specific spirit. That said, I am now realizing how much grieving and angst the living may leave behind in a funeral home. That could certainly taint the space.

  5. NetherRealm says:

    I started subscribing to OHD after one of your previous postings. A friend’s son lives in a former funeral home with his new wife. They regularly have experiences ranging from seeing people walking around to hearing conversations. It’s all positive the past three years he’s lived there. It really depends on who moves in, and what they make of the place.

    • I’m thinking that a former funeral home would be a really interesting place to study for paranormal phenomena. I mean, it’s just as likely to be traditionally haunted as any home that has raised at least a few people from birth to death. Then, as I mentioned in another comment, I have to wonder if the grief impressions of living visitors linger.

      Have you ever interviewed your friend’s son and put together a true-haunting piece?

      • NetherRealm says:

        I haven’t, but I could ask her son and wife if they’d like to answer a written interview.
        I think it would be interesting.

        The closest place I’ve investigated was a 110 year old doctor’s office/church. The family home is a few feet away. It’s a museum now, but there are rooms where things happen regularly. Aside from the doctor’s wife and daughter dying on the property, they’ve brought in donated items with a bunch of attached energy. I have fun sorting through donated versus original pieces without a docent telling me.

        • I am so intrigued by the item sorting game … I don’t have much of a gift, but I wonder if I could pick up on the differing energies in that situation.

          If you do end up interviewing the funeral home owners, please give me a heads up. I know I miss things and I’d really like to learn more about that.

  6. I think it exudes creepiness! And is a steal at that price. Of course, it needs a lot of fixing up. You’d probably pay double or triple that by the time you were finished.

    You know which house I’d love to buy? 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville…

  7. I share your addiction to Fargo. I think they purposely Minnesota-ize it to give comic relief to the dark stuff. Love the old house pic too.

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