By Kathryn Tucker Windham
Jeffrey is the mischievous "something" that has headquarters within the Windham domestic in Selma, Alabama. He first made his presence identified in October 1966, and because then he has persisted, at abnormal and rare periods, to clump down the corridor, slam doorways, rock in a chair, frighten the relatives cat (now deceased, via no fault of Jeffrey), stream heavy items of furnishings, reason digital apparatus to malfunction, and conceal items. He usually accompanies Mrs. Windham on her travels, and stories of Jeffrey's antics are greatly recounted.
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Mrs. Figh, an authority on folklore, has collected ghost stories for many years. Out of that consultation grew this book, a collection of stories not about Jeffrey but about thirteen of Alabama's other famous ghosts. You, the reader, please note: we have called upon the spirits at our command in visibly, rather than invisibly, printing Kathryn's letter in this Foreword. THE STRODE PUBLISHERS Page xi Preface Alabama has many ghosts. Stop in almost any town in the state and if you inquire around, the chances are that you will find a ghost story.
Gaineswood, the great house built in Demopolis by General Nathan B. Whitfield in 1842, has been haunted by such a restless ghost. General Whitfield began the building of his home in 1842, and when it was completed it was the showplace of Alabama. His friend, George Strother Gaines, the Choctaw Indian factor, had lived on the site, and General Whitfield decided that it was most fitting for the mansion to be named for him. No ghost could have found a more beautiful house to haunt than this neoclassic mansion with its twelve great Doric columns on the portico, in pleasing contrast Page 56 with the more elaborate Corinthian drawing room and the priceless Chippendale furniture throughout the house.
Rich velvet carpets covered the floors of her home, imported lace curtains hung at the windows, and the soft glow of candles danced in the crystal prisms of the candelabra on the marble mantel. A lodge at the main entrance to the estate provided shelter for the slaves whose duty it was to open and close the heavy gates. A long driveway bordered by flowering shrubs and evergreens led from the gate to the house. One approach was bordered with pink and white altheas, and in the formal gardens were thousands of roses.
13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey by Kathryn Tucker Windham