Finding out that an old, historic building such as the White House is haunted is not a surprise, but this doesn't stop us from getting spooked every time we hear a story about a ghost encounter at America's most famous residence.
Over the years, many people have grown to believe that the White House is filled with several spirits, including a British soldier, Abigail Adams (the wife of President John Adams), David Burnes, (a landowner), President Andrew Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln.
Some of the ghost sightings have been reported by the first families who once called the property home, while other stories were told by staff and visitors.
According to one of the legends, former British prime minister Winston Churchill stayed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in the 1940s, but left in a hurry after spending one night in Lincoln's old bedroom.
He allegedly saw the late president's ghost as he was stepping out of the tub in the en-suite bathroom.
First Lady Grace Coolidge and Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, and former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager, have also claimed that they have had ghostly encounters at the White House.
Jenna, who is now a Today show host, recently opened up about a terrifying experience she and her twin sister Barbara had when they lived at the White House with their parents, President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush.
Jenna recounted the story of that eerie night to fellow Today host Hoda Kotb and it will give you chills:
“My phone rang, it woke us up in the middle of the night. We had a fireplace in our room, and all of a sudden we started hearing, like, 1920s piano music, as clear as day, coming out of the fireplace. I jumped in Barbara’s bed, we were both awake.
The next week, we heard the same thing but opera. And we talked ourselves out of it, but then I said to a guy, Buddy, one of my favorite men in the world, who still works at the White House. I said, ‘Buddy, you wouldn’t believe what we heard last night.’ And he goes, ‘Oh, Jenna, you wouldn’t believe what I’ve heard.’
It’s haunted! It’s scary, but they came with all good intentions. They were friendly ghosts."
Over the years, people have claimed that they have heard different types of sounds and noises around the iconic house.
It is believed that at times Andrew Jackson's laughter can be heard coming from the Queens Bedroom.
Thomas Jefferson supposedly plays his violin in the Yellow Oval Room, while loud banging on the doors have been blamed on the ghost of Anna Surratt, who apparently pleads to see President Andrew Johnson, so he could pardon her mother, Mary Surratt, for conspiring to assassinate Lincoln.