The Barton Mansion

In September of 2001 four people entered the Barton Mansion, which is billed as being one of the most haunted houses in California (it's in Redlands, east of LA). What happened to them is described in great detail on the Barton Mansion website that they created a couple of years later. Included is a videoclip of their supposed encounter with a ghost (the clip looks staged to me). I'm not sure what the purpose behind the creation of the site was. They do sell a Barton Mansion dvd, but they're only asking $9 for it, so they can't make a huge amount of money from it. Maybe they're just big fans of the supernatural, or they're amateur storytellers hoping to create a Blair-Witch style mystery.


Posted on Wed Aug 03, 2005


Jeez, it looks like a person in a sheet when you step through the video frame-by-frame. I've seen more realistic ghosts on Scooby-doo.

Of course I'm not open-minded enough to believe in ghosts, so I might be wrong. 😉
Posted by Robbity-bobbity-boo  on  Wed Aug 03, 2005  at  09:51 AM
Going through it frame by frame, it just looks like one of their buddies. And why were they busily looking at a ball on the floor??
Posted by Winona  on  Wed Aug 03, 2005  at  10:00 AM
That story is the biggest pile of BS I have read recently.....
Posted by X  on  Wed Aug 03, 2005  at  10:17 AM
Yeahhhh i personally believe you should take this off your site. They dont deserve all the hits and visits to their site that your giving them.
Posted by Jockamo  on  Wed Aug 03, 2005  at  10:26 AM
I have to agree with Jockamo, Alex. They don't deserve the publicity. The video is so obviously fake that they should be banished from the ENTIRE interwebamathing for trying to pass it off as real.

So far as the $9 US for the DVD goes, if the blank costs the $1, and it costs $1 to ship, they have made $7 on the whole deal, less time spent on production and computer equipment and such. While $7 isn't a huge profit, it is ok for a self-made DVD.
Posted by BugbearSloth  on  Wed Aug 03, 2005  at  03:52 PM
since no one's ever seen a real ghost, who's to say *real* ghosts don't look like people in sheets?

But none the less, this doesn't make this video any less stupid.
Posted by Tom  on  Wed Aug 03, 2005  at  04:10 PM
Jesus, what a crock!

This isn't a hoax, it's just a load of crappy ghost stories cobbled together by some kids. Did anybody read the letters? 'So I was like, 'I dare you to go to the swings', and my friend was like'ok' but like, when he got there, it was like really cold, and so we ran

Posted by Dangerous Dave  on  Thu Aug 04, 2005  at  03:16 AM
Oh yeah, I forgot to add, what sort of site starts out by insulting it's readers? 'Complete thieves who deserve to be ran over by a semi'?
Posted by Dangerous Dave  on  Thu Aug 04, 2005  at  03:18 AM
This seems to be some kind of private joke.
Posted by katey  on  Thu Aug 04, 2005  at  07:12 AM
I agree... "Jesus - What a crock!"

The Barton Mansion thing is what it is... entertaining fluff. It's funny, it's fun, so who cares if it's real. People spend a hell of a lot more than $9 on utter crap, CGi ladden Hollywood drivel, that probably isn't half as entertaining as this. At least it's 4 people splitting the "$7", than some multi billion dollar machine, that spits out crap after crap every week, all the while whining they're "losing money."
Posted by Chuva  on  Thu Aug 04, 2005  at  03:19 PM
I couldn't agree more with Chuva. Let them do this, and keep them on the site, after all it is a hoax museum, and they put a good effort in this one and keeps the Barton Mansion tradition alive.
Posted by aylk  on  Fri Aug 05, 2005  at  04:01 AM
ahaha, I live in the town next to Redlands!!

In fact... I have an article from the papers right next to me where some people are planning on coming to my city to make a Blair Witch like film because supposidly the streets I drive to school on every day are 'haunted'

I had never laughed so hard.
Posted by Mera  on  Fri Aug 05, 2005  at  12:06 PM
I rent a small house across the street from the Barton mansion on Nevada Redldands, CA. Believe it or not this is a true story. There are so many creepy things that have happened at that mansion and locally in Redlands. I met these guys involved at the mansion and they are good guys. The funny thing is that these guys are christians and this really threw them for a loop. One of them commented to me that he was put on meds to sleep and that his pastor told him to destroy the tape and to leave it alone. The Redlands police chief took a couple of officers with him to the mansion about 3 years ago and they got a fright when a window shattered while they were in a room. This mansion is not a joke. I think these guys got a bad rap because of the blair witch story and all the typical horror cliches that are out there that are similar already. This is too bad that this unique capture on tape is thrown to the curb by many. Thanks- Pete
Posted by Pete  on  Tue Aug 09, 2005  at  10:24 PM
Pete is right, this is real. I know because I am a ghost living in the Barton Mansion. I loved scaring the crap out of those damn cops. They didn't even have a warrant! As for the comment that Scooby Doo has better ghosts, well screw you.
Posted by Casper  on  Wed Aug 10, 2005  at  02:06 PM
These guys are Christians??? Give me a break! Since when do Christians practice lying & deceiving? I've been to their forum and asked some valid questions, concerning the video and never have gotten an answer. All they did was DELETE my posts. This happened to others as well, not just me. It seems like they are avoiding the truth, which is that the "ghost" is not really a ghost, but someone dressed up in a costume. For example, one point I & others have brought up is why does the face of the "ghost" look just like a mask of Nosferatu? To see what the mask looks like, here is a link:
Also, since when do Christians threaten to "meet up" with me, just because I kept reposting at their site, wanting answers? I told them in a reply, "Anytime", meaning anytime they want to meet up, I'd be more than glad to discuss the statements posted. And their reply was: "Barton Mansion Team (Moderator) posted 8/21/05 6:25 PM ---(and I quote)--- Hey scott, anytime? Now is great, you didnt mention where your punk ass is located and a meeting spot. If you have the balls, we highly doubt, you are probably some little punk kid that was molested as a child and is such a looser that all he can do with his day is get off by posting on our site. Let us know where we can meet you. If you have the balls. Did we mention how much of a pathetic looser you must be? Get a life you little shit!"
(this is what I copied & pasted)
Since when do Christians act/talk like this??? By them deleting all valid posts that question the authenticity of the video and/or "ghost", it leads you to believe that they set the whole thing up.
Also, the 1977 pictures they are passing off as real, are totally fabricated. The proof is the picture itself. The clue is the windows. In the photos of the actual mansion itself, you can clearly see that the 3rd story windows are dorm windows. But, in the 1977 picture, the windows are flat. I addressed this point in a post, but the post was deleted. That just draws even further suspicion.
Posted by Scott  on  Tue Aug 23, 2005  at  11:25 AM
i've been by there before, and yes, really weird things happen there.

if you really don't believe-- you should actually go to the house.
Posted by Jai  on  Mon Aug 29, 2005  at  07:10 PM
Ghosts have flashlights nowdays? Oh come on...
Posted by Yeah...  on  Tue Oct 04, 2005  at  01:31 PM
... did anyone actually read the story or just watch the clip, if you read the story you'd see that even the author of the story didn't refer to the creature as a ghost... but as a demon, and considering the satanic background that the mansion already had i'd say it's not just some friend dressed up in a sheet. plus if u looked at any of the other pictures you'd see that the floor of the closet has no floor, since when do humans float in the air?
Posted by crump  on  Wed Oct 12, 2005  at  03:37 PM
so, I bought the DVD and here's what I have to say. First off, this guy can't hold a camera for shit. It's always shaking around and it gets you extremely dizzy. The DVD looks like a real thing, but then again, so was the blair witch. It has extras, one of which is the guy who told the story's friends checking each room of the mansion, one by one (what's funny, is they're carrying areound a gun, an axe and a baseball bat... what good will tht do you with a ghost/demon/etc...). They get to the "room" and they look in the closet. The ceiling of the closet is exactly as high as the top of the doorway. Which makes you wonder how, if this "guy" had to duck down to get out, then he wouldn't have fit in the closet. plus the closet is really thin. If you look at the video, they shine the light in the closet , and you see nothing.. you would have been able to see something.. but then while they were looking at the "thing" where that door was, he could have snuck around and into the closet.... I really don't know what to believe...
Posted by Sam  on  Sat Oct 22, 2005  at  04:44 PM
ive actually visited the mansion myself about a year ago. a couple of friends Took some digital pictures just through some windows and things...Beleive it or not some weird Shit showed up in those photos. I know there are skeptics, which is understandable... But from what i saw, those photos captured many things that i cannot explain..ive seen it all with my own eyes, and thats all the proof i'll ever need.
Posted by Amy  on  Sun Oct 30, 2005  at  06:40 PM
i cant confirm of denie what in the video or the house, but how many of you have actualy seen a "ghost" or demon. and as for them being christians... i hate to brake it you but christians are people. people are not perfect and its the beliefs that save you not the actions. so if cursing and or fighting doesnt make you a christianthen Go F**K yourself (and thats coming from a Christian). have anice day and God bless
Posted by Aahs  on  Wed Nov 16, 2005  at  07:58 PM
I told these guys on their message board and I will tell everyone here, please stay out of my mansion and leave me alone.
These guys keep bugging me and making my life more of a hell than it already is (and that is hard to do since I am from Hell). Mrs. Demon has been so freaked out with these guys coming and going at all hours of the night that she won't even give up the demon coochie anymore.
The night this happened we were relaxing and watching some Will Smith movies when we heard all the noise in the other room. I went through the evil vortex in the closet to see what was up and these guys start yelling and running around. My hounds of hell started barking and almost woke up most of the underground. I still have goblin neighbors from the lower planes of Hell complaining about the noise.
Please leave me alone so I can go about my non-existence in peace. I am a simple demon who works hard doing evil deeds all day and I like to spend my free time quietly stealing souls and causing unrest in the universe. I also like to spend quiet nights in my mansion with my demon wife without worrying about meddling kids coming in and making all kinds of noise.
Posted by Barton Mansion Demon  on  Mon Dec 05, 2005  at  01:02 PM
Amy is it possible for you to send me one or two of those pics, I would love to see them myself.
Posted by Angel Sanchez  on  Wed Dec 07, 2005  at  08:11 AM
why u guys got to be as holes man if its a hoax o well no one gives a fuck me honestly think its real but dats just my state of mine seriouslyu oh and why the hell u think it is staged seriously u have no evedince why dont u ust let this shit be and dont ruin it with ur opinion fucker
Posted by cayston  on  Wed Dec 14, 2005  at  07:41 PM
I have mixed feelings about the video, the one side of me tells me it might be true, and the other one obviously tells me it's nothing else but a fake attempt at making something horrifying. What bothered me was all the theories, since most does make sense. The authors of the site seems to be naive and seemingly blocking the truth, which gives a good reason to believe that this indeed is a hoax. If it's a hoax, it doesn't bring a smile on any paranormal believers' face, i bet. I take things like this quite seriously myself. Even though i'd like to check out the DVD, as it's quite cheap, and a reasonable price if it indeed is just a joke.

The history of the mansion (and the area) also brings a hint of curiousness, which leads me to believe that there just might be something wrong in there, but who knows what.

Some believe in ghosts and supernatural and some don't. Deal with it people!
Posted by Mikael  on  Tue Dec 27, 2005  at  06:23 AM
I've been following the history/events of the Barton Mansion for several years. I'd like to clear up one misconception re: the DVD. Initially, they offered the disc for FREE. All they asked was that the person remit for the cost of SHIPPING,only. And that was *AFTER* the DVD was sent. These great guys did this on the HONOR SYSTEM. When was the last time you bought ANYTHING on the honor system?
It was only when 100 or so dipwads failed to repay that they decided that rather than be completely ripped off, they'd SELL it for cost, shipping, and a very modest profit to go towards the maintenance of the site.
Anyone who thinks these guys are making any real money off this project is an idiot.
Posted by Pamela  on  Mon Feb 20, 2006  at  04:30 PM
This video is very real!! I have seen it first hand & I have had my own experiences with the Barton House. I live right by it.
Posted by ME  on  Sun Mar 19, 2006  at  03:35 PM
Is the mansion still there? i would love to visit it with some friends....
Posted by Matt  on  Sun Apr 09, 2006  at  01:33 AM
Matt, i believe the mansion is privately owned by some person now, so nobody should try to break into it or anything. Not sure if the mansion is still in there, cause, heh, i live quite far away from there. I'm sure it's alright to go take a look at the mansion, but not going inside it, of course.
Posted by M  on  Sun Apr 09, 2006  at  03:24 AM
Everyone stop for a minute.
Look at the "creature".
It's wearing a white robe, and is holding a goddamn flashlight.
Notice when they shine the light twords the closet in the beginning there's no reflection, yet when the creature comes out, there's a light by it's right hand.

This video is FAKE.
Posted by Mike  on  Sun Apr 16, 2006  at  02:45 PM
man you need to get your eyes checked mike.
its not a flash light its a lantern.
and if you read anything on there website they didnt have flashlight to be shinning (if my memory serves me right) what the camera has is a night vision mode. it emits IR and amplifies ambient light. and why does wearing a white robe and having a light make it hoax? i cant say its real but i have yet to see anything proving its a fake.
Posted by Aahs  on  Wed Apr 19, 2006  at  01:25 AM
What happened to the website? oh, it's back now.."Under Paranormal Construction"..ahahaha! oh yeah, can't wait. They should hire someone to build up the html code. Even the current site looks so 1997 =P
Posted by mwaha  on  Wed Apr 19, 2006  at  12:59 PM
I live in the next city over and have always heard the Barton house to be haunted. I met guy filming at Crafton hills college before this incident occurred. By a judge of character, I perceive him to be trustworthy. He was in my speech class and the day after the 2nd day he took the video, he told me and a few others about what had happened. They seemed questionable at the time until we saw the video directly from the camera he took it on. There was no film editing and he seem freaked out about it. This was not intended to be a joke or anything of the matter. He was shocked the even occurred. I had visited the house shortly after and the police at set up a fence with bob wire around it with cameras. All I know is that the tape was real, I believe it when I saw it the first time, and I believe the guy who took it.
Posted by Travis J  on  Sat Apr 22, 2006  at  11:38 PM
i dont think its a houx because i dnt think that there is a person that tall.(if you look at the ghost,demon,etc) you can see that its head is almost as high as the door and its not standing take a look !!!
Posted by abdullah zibdeh  on  Sun Apr 30, 2006  at  09:41 AM
Real or fake, this video scares me, i mean right now im looking behind my back out of mere paranoia. This mansion intrigues me and it makes me wonder what is really in that house. Half of me wishes to go to that house and the other half doesn't. lol it's crazy. I have to admit though that it was funny as all hell when those guys were running down those stairs screaming. lmao priceless. I will say one thing, if that was me and my friends, we would be too scared to even try to stage a hoax like that in the pitch dark (leave the lights on for me hahaha). If anybody has any real stories and articles about the history of the Barton mansion (and they don't have to be paranormal-related) post them on here.
Posted by I dont know what to believe but....(Justin)  on  Fri May 12, 2006  at  11:25 PM
does anyone know the address to the barton mansion? i live in redlands by rev and I cant find the mansion. I personally want to see this "demon".
Posted by Sky  on  Thu May 18, 2006  at  03:45 AM
The mansion IS privately owned now and has been completely remodeled. While it used to be almost tradition for the local kids to sneak in there, now it is someone's business. Also, since the remodel, it doesn't have quite the same presence. It used to freak me out just to drive by it but now it looks like a beautiful old building. As for location..I think I am not positive as to the street name because it's on odd little street that no one uses but It's located Between Barton Rd and Redlands Blvd. just west of the Beaver Occuaptional Health Center. Near the Asistencia Mission (Closer to Barton than Redlands Blvd.) I do Know that the street name is a state ( anyone familiar with the area knows that Redlands has a bunch of street names that are states) I want to say Nevada but don't hold me to that. It could also be New Jersey.
Posted by Girl raised in Redlands  on  Thu May 18, 2006  at  10:40 AM
Well, here is the is a hoax! I, and many members of my family believed it too because we know one of the young men involved in filming it. He is a Seventh Day Adventist ( I believe his friends are too) and we thought he was being very honest about what he saw.

Surprise! Later he confessed that it was all just a sham. So, yes, Christians are humans and they have been known to lie. They thought it would be funny and they had a lot of people believing it.

I saw the mask that the "demon" was wearing in a Spencer's store in the local mall a while back. There may be real supernatural occurances somewhere but this isn't one of them. Sorry.
Posted by laney  on  Sat May 20, 2006  at  05:15 PM
ok, not only do I live in Redlands but I have worked on projects regarding the history of the town. I have also met the guys that made the video and they have been affected by what they've seen. I would love to explain more about Redlands and the House, but I don't think anyone here is intersted in learning, just judging what you don't understand. There is a very good explanation for what is in the Baron House and if anyone is interested feel free to email me. By the way, the remodel that was done on the house took over a year, and they went through three construction companies. The workmen also would not stay past mid day. I know that for a fact because my daughter went to school across the street at Montessori. once again, if you want to understand more here's my email ****
Posted by sarah  on  Mon Jun 12, 2006  at  09:41 PM
the entire barton story is going to be on TLC The Learning Channel this thursday at 7:00pm on a show called the "X-Testers". Go to for more info on the show. This is the show to prove one way or the other if this is the real deal!
Posted by pete  on  Tue Jun 13, 2006  at  11:22 PM
The Barton Mansion incident is not a hoax. The "thing" that came out of the closet space might have been a person but it was not orchestrated by the guys who filmed it. Pamela's post (last February) is accurate because I work right next to the guy who put up the website. He is not making any money off the website outside of just covering his expenses (and barely at that). Cody, like a lot people, is interested in the paranormal and just wanted to get a lot of discussion going but had no idea that it was going to take off so far and fast. At first, Cody was sending out the DVD for free (minus shipping costs) but so many people took advantage of him so he eventually started to charge. In addition, the people at X-Testers contacted him regarding an interest in shooting an episode and not the other way around. Up until that contact with the X-Testers group, Cody was just about ready to shut down the website as it was beginning to cost him in time and energy. Anyway, thought this would be informative.
Posted by Dave  on  Fri Jun 16, 2006  at  04:27 PM
I know one of the guys who did the video/website. When I watched the tape, I was skeptible, but was still pretty open minded. It wasn't until what I saw 5 weeks later that made me believe the video.

I promise on anyone close to me that I love, that this is a true story.

I was driving back with my friend on San Timeto Drive, which is a long street that connects Redlands to Moreno Valley. I was coming back from a friends house at around 1 am. There is a railroad that runs parellel with the road. As I came up to the crossing, this tall figure, and when i say tall, he was literally 7 feet tall came lunging at my car. Take into consideration, there are no houses in this remote area.

What I saw scared me to death. He was dressed in dark clothing, held a lit lantern with his right hand, and had enormous ears. That is what I remembered the most. Thoes ears. He lunged so close to my car that I had to swerve into the other lane. Me and my friend both screamed. We kept saying to each other, what the hell was that!!! It didn't look human!!! Now, I am not one of thoes crazy people who believes in ghosts...I've never seen one. But I know what i saw. Its just so scary thatthe ghost in the video resembes what i saw. And this was about 3 miles from the Mansion.

It wasn't human. Thats all I remember saying.
Posted by Shelley  on  Tue Jun 27, 2006  at  12:50 AM
I don't know if it is real or not - and now I am kind of wondering about the whole Blair Witch hoax idea...I was totally taken in by the documentary the Blair Witch guys made before the movie came out- and when I watched the movie, I freaked out because I thought it was real. I'd rather believe that the Barton Mansion deal was just like that, because to believe it is scarier...
The video gives me shivers, and I can't fathom what they would be getting out of the whole deal other than grief from skeptics. I'm sorry I missed the X-testers show about it...anybody know when or if it airs again?
Posted by Katie  on  Sat Jul 29, 2006  at  02:06 AM
it looks real to me, buckos
Posted by Ryguy  on  Sat Aug 05, 2006  at  07:03 PM
I went by the Mansion this morning. I pulled right into the small parking lot. There was a directory out front with a sign above it that said, Barton House Village. I have to say, even after the renovation (which doesn't seem to be completed) there is a creepiness to the upper level. The 1st floor appears to have had the majority of work done on it so far. It's too bad the city of Redlands didn't open it up as a museum with historical/ haunted tours. I know a few of my daughters teenage friends that would like to go sit outside w/ a Oujia board just to see if anything would happen. Ahhh, to be young again. If you belive, do so. If not, don't.
Posted by Kim  on  Mon Aug 07, 2006  at  12:44 PM
I told you to stay out of my house! Me and my wife are getting sick of this, we will KILL the next person that comes to my house.
Posted by Barton Mansion Demon  on  Tue Aug 15, 2006  at  09:27 AM
I live and work in Loma Linda, which is about 5 minutes from the Barton House. I've been in the house with my friend and his young son at night, exploring with flash lights. We didn't see anything freaky happen. You could fell a presence though. We almost got busted leaving though. The Redlands Police saw us, so we lied and said that we were just to go in when they showed up. They told us we were tresspassing, and waited till we got in our truck and left.We didn't even know the place was haunted when went over there. We just heard about it after my friend's son buddies said that there was a website about it. Funny thing is, its now a Dental Office.

However, I know a retired police officer whose grandfather was also a police officer, and they would tell me old stories of some of the rich well to do families there, in Redlands that would have wierd fire side rituals in the early morning hours at San Timeto canyon. They would get calls to the station from scared people asking them to go down and break it up. He said they were all dressed up do some weird sh?t.
Posted by Jim  on  Sat Sep 16, 2006  at  12:50 AM
September 2006 - The Barton House is now restored and in the home of private offices. All the pigeons and ghosts have moved on to darker places.
Posted by Frank Herendeen  on  Tue Sep 19, 2006  at  09:19 AM
What threw me was the lantern in the "demons" hand. Notice in the film that the lantern is lit while the ghost makes its appearance, then it slowly dims until it is out.
Posted by Garrett  on  Thu Oct 05, 2006  at  01:21 PM
I live in orange county now, but i grew up in yucaipa. ive benn to the barton housew three times, except for only on the first floor. evryone knows its huanted.
Posted by Brett  on  Thu Oct 12, 2006  at  11:05 PM
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