Ashmore Estates has long been known as a haunted building. The building
for 20 years off-limits to the general public. Many had visited the site illegally and
experienced the haunt first hand. Now you can experience this 'massively haunted' site for your self.
The owners have made the site available in many ways.
Ashmore Estates is a three floor building that was built in 1916. It
has housed people who were indigent and those who had mental
disabilities. From 1916 to around 1956 the building was the Coles
County Almshouse located on the 200-300 acre Coles County Poor Farm.
As many as 200 people died on the site. From 1956 to 1976 it housed the "mentally
as a mental institution. In 1976 Paul Swinford purchased the
building and reworked it to be used as a ICFDD (Intermediate Care
Facility for the Developmentally Disabled). The building remained
in use until 1987 when it was closed due to lack of funding. 31
paranormal groups (as of 11/10) have visited here since July 2006. The
consensus is that the building is
Many have experienced the mystique of Ashmore Estates for them selves.
Genealogical Links (being complied):
Deaths in the Poor Farm 1880
Coles County Poor Farm
cemetery grave stone photos (with names and dates)
Plat Map of Coles County Poor Farm between 1913
Plat Map of Ashmore Township 1913
Plat Map of Oakland 1913
Plat Map of Ashmore 1913