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EAST LIVERPOOL – The historic 1876 Thompson House in East Liverpool is holding a fundraising event on October 22 when Timothy Brookes, a recently retired lawyer and head of the East Liverpool Historical Society, tries to spend the night in the haunted Victorian mansion.

“The Ghost and Mr. Chicken”, a cult classic starring Don Knotts whose character must spend the night in a seemingly haunted mansion eerily similar in many ways to the Thompson house, will be shown to a limited number of guests. The event is sponsored in part by Glenmoor Italo’s Pizza, Chicken, Subs & Pasta restaurant. Dinner and a tour of the 146-year-old mansion located downtown at 305 Walnut St. will also be on the agenda. All proceeds raised for this charity will go towards the care and upkeep of the property which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The house was built by pottery magnate Cassius Clark Thompson, who owned and operated CC Thompson Pottery in East Liverpool. Cassius and his wife, Elizabeth, had a baby girl before moving into their new home just before Christmas 1876. Sarah “Sadie” Ida Thompson was born October 12, 1873 and died in the newly built home on December 31, 1876 after a 24-hour battle with scarlet fever.

Is it his spirit that sometimes creates mischief there? Sponsor Brookes to spend the night alone in the house with no more than a sleeping bag and a flashlight, according to the character in the movie, to find out.

Send a check to the East Liverpool Historical Society at PO Box 476, East Liverpool, OH 43920 marked “chicken” in the memo, or donate via Venmo with username @Thompson-House-1876.

Additional viewings may be added and updates will be listed on their Facebook site, The Historical 1876 Thompson House of East Liverpool, Ohio.

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