Seward is a city in southern Alaska. It is famous for the Kenai Fjords National Park because of the glaciers flowing from the Harding Icefield. Whales and porpoises are also seen in the area making it a great tourist spot. Other places to visit when in Seward are the Alaska SeaLife Center, Resurrection Bay, Seward Boat Harbor, and the Holgate Glacier.
Downtown Seward, Alaska. (Link: https://blog.nationallife.com/main-streets/seward-alaska-fourth-avenue/)
Another tourist spot in Seward, Alabama is the Jesse Lee Home for Children. Allegedly, it is haunted because of the many children who died there during the 1964 earthquake.
Kids photographed playing outside the Jesse Lee Home for Children in this undated snap. (Link: https://www.alaskapublic.org/2012/04/20/life-at-jesse-lee-home/)
History of the Jesse Lee Home for Children
The Jesse Lee Home for Children was established in the year 1926 by the United Methodist Church. It was named after a Methodist minister in the United States. It became the home of displaced children in Alaska and was originally located in Unalaska.
A photo of some children in the steps of the Jesse Lee Home for Children. (Link: https://www.alaskapublic.org/2012/04/20/life-at-jesse-lee-home/)
Accordingly, these displaced children were the result of the Spanish flu that killed many of their parents in the 1910s to the 1920s. The new building for the Jesse Lee Home for Children was relocated in Anchorage but it is unclear why. However, because the transportation of supplies and children became a problem when it was in Anchorage, it was relocated once again and this time it was in Seward. Accordingly, they chose Seward because it was the largest port and transportation point that time.
A group of boys standing in the snow for a group photo outside the Jesse Lee Home for Children. (Link: http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~coleen/genealogy/seward_alaska.html)
The Jesse Lee Home for Children had three main buildings and several other smaller buildings. It had classrooms, a library, and a gymnasium so the children living there can go to their classes. During World War II, the children had to be relocated. After the war, the Jesse Lee Home for Children was re-opened but it no longer served as a classroom for the kids. They had to attend the Baview Elementary and Seward High School.
Some children at the Jesse Lee Home for Children in their classroom. (Link: https://www.hotelsewardalaska.com/historic-hotel-seward-blog/history-seward-hotel-seward-jesse-lee-home/)
By the year 1964, an earthquake destroyed the Jesse Lee Home for Children. Many children allegedly died there. There are conflicting stories about this because according to records, the Jesse Lee Home for Children was located in such a high hill that it escaped the destruction of the earthquake and tsunami in 1964. Also, all the children were reportedly safely evacuated.
The Friends of the Jesse Lee Home later tried to raise funds for the restoration of the building. The non-profit organization wanted to use the restored building as a public state-wide leadership charter high school. However, despite the fundraising activities, the Jesse Lee Home for Children was demolished. The demolitions began on November 4, 2020.
The Jesse Lee Home for Children before the demolition. (Link: https://www.archpaper.com/2020/07/officials-ok-demolition-jesse-lee-home-for-children/)
The Ghosts at The Jesse Lee Home for Children
Although the Jesse Lee Home for Children has already been demolished, it was famous in the past for being haunted.
According to reports, many have heard children playing in the area even if no children were actually there. Some even claimed they hear giggling and the sounds of children playing the jump rope. The other paranormal activities at the Jesse Lee Home for Children include the sound of little children running past the people who visit the area followed by the sound of cheering. It seems that the children who stayed at the building lived happy lives so there apparitions only show the fun activities they did when they were still alive.
Another photo of smiling children at the Jesse Lee Home for Children. (Link: http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~coleen/genealogy/seward_alaska.html)
However, there are reports that visitors who have gone to the Jesse Lee Home for Children claiming they experienced melancholy or sadness. It is unclear why but many said this was what they felt when they stepped onto the old grounds of the building.
The most frequent spirit seen at the Jesse Lee Home for Children is said to be a three-year-old boy. He is reportedly seen wearing a dirty top. It is unclear who this boy is.
The Jesse Lee Home for Children fell into disrepair. (Link: https://www.reddit.com/r/AbandonedPorn/comments/bfvv05/the_jesse_lee_home_for_children_seward_alaska/)