Travel Iowa

Official blog for Iowa Tourism promoting Iowa's attractions, events, communities & destinations.

Get your free account at Travel Iowa.

  • Vote

    for your favorite new posts
  • Publish

    your own original blog posts
  • Earn

    $20 for your posts voted to Top Posts
  • Sign Up!
Scariest Place in Iowa?
Facebook Tweet Google+ Pinterest Email More Sharing Options

Scariest Place in Iowa?

Every October, people want a good scare.  You may enjoy scary movie marathons, or even reading a suspenseful book. I suggest one short road trip to find yourself at the scariest place I have ever been, The Ax Murder House in Villisca, Iowa.

I have made a hobby out of traveling to haunted places with my “Spooky Tour” group of friends.  We all agree that the Villisca Axe Murder House is one of our favorite stops.

One summer, we decided to take a road trip to southwest Iowa.  I was very interested in Villisca after I had watched an episode of “Scariest Places on Earth.”  I can assure you, this destination deserves the recognition.

If you have never heard of the Villisca Axe Murder House, it's as terrifying as it gets.  One night in late June of 1912, the Moore family and their two house guests were mutilated by axe in their beds as they slept. Unfortunately, the murders were never solved.  Even 100 years later, the home still remains, with a scary presence.

Once you get to Villisca, stop at the downtown museum.  A nice man will greet you and explain the contents of the building.  Many newspaper clippings, pictures, and memorabilia from the early 1900s.  It really helps setting the mood for the tour that is up next.

The tour is $10 per person, and well worth it, if you want a good scare.  The museum director then leads you, by car, to the cemetery where the Moore family and their house guests are buried.  Once your pay your respects, it's time for the Moore home. The man takes you in, gives you a brief history and tour and leaves you alone! 

That’s right, I said ALONE!

Dowsing Rods, Crystals, and other props are available if you really want to try and connect with the spirits in the house.  My friend and I sat on the floor and rolled a ball back and forth trying to interact with some of the younger spirits.  It was a very interesting to be in the house that still looks as though it belongs in 1912.  There was something very unsettling to me.  My chest felt heavy and it was strange to walk through pockets of cold air in an old home without forced air, even though it was the middle of summer!

There is something still lingering in that house - whether it is the innocent or evil.  If you are brave enough to check it out, it is just a small drive away.  The countryside is beautiful and the spirits are out.





Leave a Comment

  1. jobanker1
    My sister-in-law, two nieces and I, drove from Omaha to the Villisca House. We paid the $10 to walk through the house. The guide gave us the history of the house and the investigation. We weren't taken to the cemetery or told anything about it. I was fine, sitting in the living room, listening to the story. I got up, and started walking around, downstairs. Everyone else headed upstairs. I went into the kitchen, the pantry and the downstairs bedroom,. I started getting really dizzy and light-headed in the downstairs bedroom. I continued upstairs, started getting nauseaus, my head started itching and I got a bad case of heartburn, mush-mouth and a headache. I did get some EVP's on a program on my phone, and we were the only ones in the house, the other 8 left quickly. I also took pictures inside the house, and out. We looked at my pics before leaving the property, and everything was there. When we got back to Omaha, I uploaded my pics to my facebook page, and noticed, some of the pics didn't upload. Three pics, didn't upload, and won't open. One was the inside of the outhouse, (I stuck my phone in and snapped the pic), and two, taken in the downstairs bedroom, where my niece got scratched on the back of her neck, about 4 inches long! After leaving the house and stopping at the nearby convenience store, my heartburn stopped, headache, dizziness, nausea and itching stopped. Would love to go spend the night!
    Log in to reply.


Connect with Travel Iowa

Sign Up to Vote!

10 second sign-up with Facebook or Google

Already a member? Log in to vote.