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Albino Farm Legend

springlawn11As with all legends there is always a modicum of truth. Whether veering into wild stories from that truth over time or twisting back to it in some form of reality, the Albino Farm legend continues to haunt the outskirts of Springfield, Missouri to this day.

The actual farm was built before the Civil War and with one family’s determination and hard work it later became the toast of the town Рso popular that people came far and wide to admire the farming techniques and animal husbandry on display. The local townsfolk continually flocked to the site for picnics, horse races and had a grand time touring the huge horse barns and see the rare Jersey cattle. In the afternoon people would gravitate toward the stately manor house which became the gathering place to socialize into the evening.

af-pics-3Over time, and with several changes in ownership, the farm fell into disrepair and a series of personal setbacks fell hard on future owners. Reports came out that seemed to defy logic after two sisters, living out their remaining lives in the manor house as reclusive spinsters, spurned serious distrust to outsiders and took action to protect their privacy. Tales of suicide befalling their close family members and then hatchet murders and decapitations blamed on a lone albino caretaker spawned imaginations to run wild.

After speculation became fact to many and with others, creating myth or legend, the site never could live down its eventual existence. The sole albino caretaker was said to be from a colony of albino people held captive or a descendant from an outcast group sent from nearby towns at the turn of the century. Further talk made mention that these albinos were used for heinous medical experiments in an underground bunker secretly located deep into the woods but still on farm property.

springlawn_iAfter the last family member died, an auction was held at the farm and one hundred years worth of memories were carted off and the site eventually became abandoned. The manor house and other buildings were near derelict and finally succumbed to fire in early 1980 from an act of arson. The suspects were never caught but presumably thought to be from the myriad of teenagers and miscreants that used the site as a local hangout for mischief and misdeeds.

The ensuing years brought continual notoriety after strange occurrences spawned other stories of havoc. A nearby iron bridge, the site of the hatchet murders, is said to host paranormal activity which includes ghost sightings on the bridge and occurrences where cars parked in the middle of it would move on their own accord or not startup unless rolled completely off the bridge.

springlawn02The old iron bridge may be gone (replaced by a new cement structure) and the farm site being slowly encroached by new housing tracts, but stone remains of the manor house and several out-buildings and towers can be seen through the woods. Its once grand entrance with stone pillars, skilled carvings on capstones and a beautifully constructed stone bridge are just off the main road but hidden under overgrowth and can only be found if stumbled upon. With decades of further neglect and the latest series of arrests of Goth kids running around the place, the once proud estate is but a shambles of its former glory. Further graffiti and acts of destruction speed up its eventual demise but new myths will follow the old, and in all of that, a truth is still somewhere to be found.