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Edinburgh Manor, located in Wayne Township, Iowa, has a haunting history that stretches back to the mid-19th century. Originally established as the county seat of Jones County in June 1840, the town was positioned at section 36 in Wayne Township. The land was officially deeded for courthouse purposes, and the grant received the signature of none other than President Buchanan. However, the promising beginnings of Edinburgh as the county seat were short-lived, as the seat was soon relocated, leading to a pivotal change in the destiny of the land.

In 1910-1911, a new chapter in its dark legacy was written as Edinburgh Manor itself was constructed. Described as a "comfortable retreat for the lazy, able-bodied, and willingly dependent applicants," the County Poor Farm served as a haven for the poor, the incurably insane, and the disabled. In exchange for their labor, tenants were provided with shelter and sustenance. 

For decades, Edinburgh Manor operated as a place of residence for those in need, witnessing the struggles and suffering of its inhabitants and seeing over 230 deaths. The building, with its gothic architecture and imposing presence, seemed to absorb the energy of the countless stories that unfolded within its confines.

Edinburgh Manor continued its grim operation until November 2010, when the last patients and employees vacated the premises. Strangely, none of them ever returned. Left behind were not just the empty corridors and vacant rooms, but also remnants of the lives once lived within—the personal belongings and documents of those who had called Edinburgh Manor home.

The echoes of the past linger in Edinburgh Manor, creating an eerie atmosphere that draws those with a fascination for the supernatural. Witnesses have reported unexplained phenomena, from strange sounds and voices to apparitions that seem to manifest from the shadows. The documented deaths on the property only add to the mystique, making Edinburgh Manor a focal point for those intrigued by the paranormal, and a place where the veil between the living and the dead appears thin, allowing the past to reach out and make its presence known.


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