Want to investigation one of Chicagolands most haunted locations?
- A.C. Clement Home Paranormal Excursion February 26 , 2011
Want to be a part of a professional paranormal investigation? Join
the Will County Ghost Hunters Society on Saturday February 26 , 2011
from 10pm to 6am for an overnight experience at the A.C. Clement home
located at 519 Campbell Street in Joliet.
The home was built in 1902 by one of Joliet's most well renowned
businessman of the time, A.C. Clement. A.C. purchased the land from his
father, Charles Clement. His father moved from New Hampshire in 1834 and
quickly became a prominent business man in the Joliet community. Charles
built a Dry goods business and was the first treasurer for the town of
Joliet. In 1844 he married Cordelia Wilcox. The couple had 2 children,
Arthur Charles (A.C.) and Jill. Much like his father, A.C. became a
renowned businessman. In 1897 he formed a business partnership with his
brother-in-law Samuel D. Chaney. He constructed the business block at
the corners of Jefferson Street and Ottawa Street. The business
partnership dissolved in 1902 and A.C. went into business for himself.
During the time of its construction, he served as the president of
Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. He later married Miss Georgia Smith in
New York. They had two children Charles and Laura. The couple
constructed a home on 519 Campbell Street, while living in their home at
300 South Eastern Avenue in Joliet. Georgia passed away in the home on
December 27, 1918. A.C. daughter August Beltzner (Laura C.) and her
husband moved into the home at 519 Campbell Street. On April 27, 1929
A.C. passed away at the residence. August had two children August C. and
Viloa H. In 1937, Charles Clement (son of A.C.) committed suicide by
hanging himself at his home located at 300 South Eastern Avenue. In 1950
the home was sold to Daniel N. and Mildred F. Ayola. In 1953 the home
was converted into Ayola Rest Haven Home. The retirement home closed in
the 1965. Shortly after the retirement home closed the Blackburn Funeral
Home moved into the location. The funeral home operated at the location
until 1989 when they moved to their current location at 1500 Black Road.
The location was then converted back into a private residence in 1991.
The current home owners purchased the property in 2000.
Shortly after moving into the home, they began to remodel. It was at
this time they began to notice unusual things happening. Over the course
of the past eight years the residences and guests have seen the
apparitions of a woman, which is sometimes accompanied by the smell of
perfume or flowers. She has been seen on mainly in the parlor/ living
room of the home. This is the area that was used to wake bodies when the
location was used as a funeral home. The apparition of a tall, thin man
has been seen in the rear of the home on the first and second floors. In
a second floor guest bedroom the apparition of a small boy has been seen
as well. There have been unexplained odors such as smoke, perfume, and
the smell of urine on the third floor. On one occasion, while in the
parlor room a cold breeze passed though the room that was accompanied by
the smell of perfume. Unexplainable voices, knocking, footsteps have
been heard throughout the home. The lights and TV have been turned on by
themselves numerous times over the past several years. There has also
been two separate occasions where items have been moved by themselves.
The first is the appearances of two books that were not in the home, and
the home owners are unaware of where they may have come from. The second
is when several baby gates that are used to contain the dogs were
completely moved to a different location. There is no possible way for
the dogs to have moved them and all the residences deny having moved
them. The dogs have acted strangely on several different occasions. They
sometimes bark at nothing, and will not go into certain rooms of the
home. There has also been a few occasions that guests have felt like
someone was touching them or pushing them.
The Will County Ghost Hunters Society has investigated the home on
several different occasions. They were able to capture a solid
apparition of a man on the second floor. To view the photo, please click
HERE . The voices of men, women, and even children have been recorded at
this home. To listen to the voices, please click HERE.
The overnight ghost hunting excursion will be lead by Chicagoland's top
paranormal investigators. Participants will be using state of the art
ghost hunting equipment, while exploring this 25 room home. Some of the
equipment that will be used is EMF detectors, Geiger counters, ion
counters, noncontact infrared thermometers, 16 channel DVR system
complete with IR cameras, a thermal imaging camera, and numerous other
pieces of equipment. Will you been the next one to photograph the ghosts
of this historic home?
This is a private residence and is not open to the public. This is a
rare opportunity, and maybe the last time this event is offered.
Tickets are $75.00 each and the tour is limited to 12 people! Tickets
can be purchased at
***No refunds will be given for unused tickets, unless the event has
been cancelled, or the time and/or date has been changed.***
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