The home of Michigan pioneers who helped develop the Capital City still stands in Lansing today.
The Turner Dodge house was built 160 years ago and is listed on the National Register of Historic places.
It’s celebrating “Victorian Halloween” this October.
“There were servants quarters in the basement and most of the house was bedrooms because there were so many kids,” says Event Manager at the Turner Dodge House, Barbara Loyer.
She gave us a tour of the 8500 sq. foot mansion.
She warns.. it’s Victorian Halloween.. meaning eerie surprises lurk around every corner.
Loyer says the house was built by the Turner family in 1858 and was later expanded by the Dodges around 1903.
Both families were pioneers.
Loyer says helping improve transportation and serving as political leaders in the state.
More than 150 years later, the house remains open for tours and special events.
But around this time of year, Loyer says it can get a little spooky.
“I’m like hello hello is somebody here.. and nobody answered,” says Loyer.
She decks out the 3 story home with Halloween charm and volunteers share their favorite ghost stories.
“People love Halloween. and when they look at this house they just automatically think ghosts mostly. So I thought well let’s just kind of take advantage of that and enjoy it,” says Loyer.