Sightings at Mill Creek Haunted Hollow

Over the past century, numerous sightings of Elizabeth have been made. Some encounters have even been photographed. As the lore of the mansion grew over the years, adventurous souls would often tempt fate by visiting the grounds to try and search out Elizabeth. Some explorers, who stayed on Halloween night, were never seen again.

The only known photo of the Barnard picnic outing from the summer of 1912. The group of friends spent the day on the mansion grounds. In the evening, Lucile and Bernadette both heard the sounds of a running horse, but a horse or rider was never identified. The reported the incident to Luciana, who was still living on the estate, who told them it was common to hear and see Elizabeth and her horse, Daemon, on the grounds.

In 1922, two couples went to the mansion on Halloween night after wanting to explore the claims of supernatural events on the property. All four members of the group disappeared.

One of the first recorded photographs of Elizabeth was taken on August 14th, 1950, when the Mayfields went to the estate to explore the grounds for the day. A group shot was taken and later developed. The Mayfields attested the photo was not staged or manipulated in any way.

The Davenport sisters (Agnes and Catherine) went to the estate on Halloween, 1950, in part, due to the circulation of the Mayfield photo. The sisters intended to stay the night, camping near the mansion, and investigate for any supernatural events. The girls did not return from the grounds, and after a three week search by local sheriffs, the case went cold.

A group of boyscouts explored the grounds in the spring of 1954. Some claim this photo of two scouts looking at fallen tree also captured an image of Elizabeth riding her horse.

James Kallberg drove his truck onto the property in 1960 to explore the mansion grounds after a section of the property was sold to developers. This photo, taken by his girlfriend, Lana, also captured an image of a mournful Elizabeth.

As the story of Thomas and Elizabeth evolved into a ghost story told from generation to generation, the allure to explore the mansion grounds increased. Many groups of daring young investigators would go onto the property in the hopes of a supernatural encounter. Most of the time, groups would come and go without incident. In 1963, Rebecca Lunds was photographed by a friend while camping near the mansion. When developed, it was revealed that she was not alone.

A sadder incident took place in 1964, when three young women from the University of Washington went out to the mansion as part of a research project into the paranormal. They went to the mansion on several occasions, but when they made plans to spend the night on Halloween, they were never heard from again. Just as with the Davenport sisters 14 years earlier, the Snohomish Sheriff's Department spend weeks searching the grounds, but cound find no evidence or leads. Due to the publicity and public outcry, the county constructed a fence surrounding the main grounds in hopes of deterring future incidents.

Alison Nieport was the next young woman to go missing on the property. In the fall of 1971, Alison went through the perimeter fence and onto the mansion grounds.

Lawerence Rogers was a member of the search party who investigated Alison's disapearance. This shot shows Elizabeth on horseback.

Ben Edlund, seen here in a candid photo taken by a friend in 1980, was a journalism major at the University of Washington when he heard about the history of the Burnside Manor. He went to the grounds several times and was last seen on October 31, 1980 when he set out to investigate the mansion and grounds once again.

A young girl, Clarrisa DeSanto, went to visit the property on October 31, 1982. Reports state that she was dared to venture onto the property on Halloween by classmates. She was never found.

Family camping on the estate property in 1985 captured this photo showing Elizabeth on her horse.

A photo of a make-shift campsite on the property in 1996 reveals a cloudy figure some say is Elizabeth on her horse.

Brian Kripke and his family camped on the property in June of 2007. Heather Kripke (mother) snapped this fireside photo with her camera. When the film was developed, they noticed the cloudy figure of a woman walking with a horse.

John and Cindy Edmonds took this photo of their campsite when visiting the estate in 2009. Once again, the camera captured an image of Elizabeth.


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