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I Saw A Ghost–Will You?

The Drury

A couple of years ago, I was giving a Cleveland Storyteller presentation at the Drury Mansion on Euclid Avenue, one of the four Millionaire’s Row mansions that is still standing. With 52 rooms and walls of remarkable wood detail, the mansion’s sheer size and splendor took us all back into time. I was speaking with my back to the grand fireplace, entertaining a crowd that had gathered to hear about Francis Drury and his wife, Julia.

When I spoke Julia Drury’s name, the lights over the fireplace flickered quickly—intentionally. The simple mention of her name triggered an obvious sign of her presence. I halted; the audience gasped.

Our eyes darted around the room. My wife described Julia’s appearance with stunning accuracy, and she had never seen a picture of Mrs. Drury before.

The following Monday I returned to the Drury Mansion to return some photographs to the mansion curator. Again, I mentioned Julia Drury’s name while standing in the living room with the man. And, again, the lights flickered fast—on and off, on and off.

The ghost of Julia Drury was letting us know we were in her company.

My personal experiences with the ghost of Julia Drury match the incidences others have shared about seeing her, talking with her, noticing her signs. Some have witnessed the ghost at the Drury Mansion on Euclid Avenue, and others have spotted her at Gilmour Academy, which was formerly the Drury’s property and Cedar Hill Farm.

Hear about Julia, and other Famous & Infamous Women of Millionaire’s Row like Mrs. Rockefeller and the influence she had on her husband-and Cassie Chadwick, an outlandish swindler who died in prison. Join me Saturday, May 13, 3 to 6 p.m. at Mather Mansion, 2605 Euclid Avenue, for Famous & Infamous Women of Millionaire’s Row. The mysteries unfold with mansion tours, hors d’oeuvres and an open beer/wine bar, followed by a presentation and more exploration of the mansion.

The $37 registration fee includes food, drink, a tour and presentation. How will you experience the intriguing women of Millionaire’s Row? Save the date in May and find out!

>>For information call 216-326-7700, or email Dan Ruminski at Visit

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