Following The 1900 Storm, which still stands as the deadliest natural disaster in United States history, thousands of bodies were stored in numerous buildings in Galveston’s downtown. This designation has resulted in Galveston being cited by ghost hunters as one of the most haunted cities in America. Now, in addition to the island’s popular ghost tours, visitors can enjoy a new permanent haunted house – Haunted Mayfield Manor which opens tonight at 6 p.m.
 
Haunted Mayfield Manor is housed in the 1885 Butterowe Building, located off Saengerfest Park (23rd and Strand). This twelve-room haunted mansion is themed around the fictional Dr. Horace Mayfield who supervised the operation of one of the morgues following the 1900 Storm. While the story is fictitious, bodies of the dead were stored for identification in the Butterowe Building. Celebrity haunted house creator Leonard Pickel was involved in the design of Haunted Mayfield Manor and will be on site for the opening weekend on Friday from 6 to 11:30 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 11:30 p.m. Pickel has done work for Universal Studios, the Playboy Mansion and, most recently, Martha Stewart.  
 
Owner Joyce McLean describes the experience as a “psychological theatrical haunt that involves the lost bride of Dr. Mayfield portrayed by actors, mechanical props and pneumatic animations.” The cost for regular admission is $10 per person while a VIP ticket is available for $15. The VIP ticket puts guests at the front of the line. Regular operating hours for Haunted Mayfield Manor are Fridays from 3 to 11:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sundays from 1 to 9 p.m.; and Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.hauntedmayfieldmanor.com or call (409) 762-6677.
 
A second attraction called Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast is scheduled to open in early November in the same building as Haunted Mayfield Manor. Both attractions are new tenants of Mitchell Historic Properties (MHP). MHP oversees Galveston properties owned by George Mitchell and the Mitchell family, including its commercial and residential properties located downtown. For leasing information, visit www.MitchellHistoricProperties.com or call (409) 763-5806.
 
Haunted Mayfield Manor Contact: Joyce McLean
Cell (315) 420-6170