DRISH HOUSE BACK IN BUSINESS AS A VENUE WITH CENTURIES OF STORIES
Stories surrounding Tuscaloosa’s historic Drish House have been told and retold, but is the newly renovated building really haunted?
The 179-year-old building has stood housing just about everything, including a school, a church and even an auto parts shop.
Built as a private home in 1837 by the Drish family, it has long held a reputation as being one of the most haunted locations in Alabama. John Drish, father of the house at the beginning of its life, mysteriously fell down the stairs and died. Soon after, his daughter Sarah died in the house as well. Superstitious people claim they can feel her presence even today.
“After spending all the nights in it, and all the activity we got from it, there’s something in the house,” said Tuscaloosa Paranormal Group member David Higdon.
Others claim they’ve seen candles alight in the tower in the middle of the night when no one’s there, or gotten a whiff of roses even when the windows were shut tight. There’s also been claims of fires that vanish when firefighters arrive ready to battle the blaze.
The newly remodeled house now features air conditioning and plumbing, and can play host to weddings, charity events and parties of all kinds.
Drish House owner Nika McCool said she was drawn to the building because it represents centuries of fascinating history.
“It spoke to me and I can’t put it any better than that,” she said. “I think this house is important. This place is important, and it really spoke to me and said to me, ‘I need to be saved’.”