Tuscaloosa’s Drish House has officially been named the most haunted place in Alabama. It was built in 1937 by Dr. John R. Drish over a 450-acre plantation.
The Drish mansion has as much reason to be haunted as any place in Alabama. Apparently, Dr. Drish, who loved gambling and drinking, died in 1867 from falling down a stairway while drunk. One evening he ran from his bed and headed towards the staircase. He fell halfway down the stairs and died.
His wife, Sarah, became obsessed with planning her husband’s funeral. A custom, at the time, was to place candles about the room where a body was laid to rest. Dr. Drish’s wife Sarah did this for her husband’s funeral and put them away so they would be lit for her funeral when she died. Her ceremony was forgotten. One evening after her death, the slaves on the grounds noticed that the tower was on fire and called for the fire crew. When the crew arrived the flames had disappeared, along with any sign of having burned. Once the fires disappeared, so did the ghost of Mrs. Drish.