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Redstone Arsenal's Goddard House preserved

(Source: U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Redstone Arsenal Historical Information) (Source: U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Redstone Arsenal Historical Information)
(Source: U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Redstone Arsenal Historical Information) (Source: U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Redstone Arsenal Historical Information)
(Source: U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Redstone Arsenal Historical Information) (Source: U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Redstone Arsenal Historical Information)
(Source: U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Redstone Arsenal Historical Information) (Source: U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Redstone Arsenal Historical Information)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

On the grounds of the Arsenal stood one of the oldest buildings in Redstone's history.

It was home to many VIPs since the 1800's, but others decided not to stay in the "haunted house."

“People grew up here, people were born here,” said Ben Hoksbergen, the Culture Resource Manager at Redstone Arsenal.

Built in the 1800s, the Goddard House is known to many who pass through Redstone Arsenal.

It was originally a farmhouse and stood on the Oakendale Plantation, where Gate 9 now sits.

Then, the two-story building was taken over, by the union army.

Hoksbergen said there is proof of their presence.

“We did the archeology, we actually found civil war artifacts, union bullets on the grounds to confirm some of that story,” said Hoksbergen.

In 1942, the U.S. government remodeled the house to fit the needs of arsenal personnel. In 1955, it was moved to another end of the post.

With the rise of the Arsenal’s missile and rocket programs, the Goddard House became home to many VIPs visiting the area. Then spooky stories started rolling in.

Katie Stamps, an Architectural Historian for Redstone, described the Goddard House ghost tales.

“The MPs go into the house because they see lights and wondering if anyone in the property. They have a dog with them and the dog won’t go up the stairs or they’re a little antsy when they get around the property. There was a family when they were living in the house that saw, they described it as a dog with the head of a man that was standing in the doorway. Several family members saw that and then it ran away,” said Stamps.

With renovations taking over the home, historical properties fading, the final straw was a water-line break. The Goddard House landed on the demolition block in January.

However, it’s not all bad news.

“It’s not all gone, we were still able to salvage some special items,” said Stamps.

Beams, baseboards, smaller pieces of framing and even a fireplace mantel were saved to keep the memory of the old Goddard House alive.

All the original woodwork taken from the home will be donated to The Huntsville Historical Society.

Many of it will be used for restoration projects throughout Huntsville.

The FBI now owns the land the Goddard House used to sit on.  

Right now, the land is being leveled but will eventually have development.

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