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Former haunted house in Richmond will be moved, expanded for 2010 spooky season

November 14th, 2009 Posted in Opinion

By Dan Fawson

RICHMOND–With the Halloween season officially over, many Cache Valley residents may have wondered about the absence of a spooky Richmond landmark. The Haunted Mansion, formerly located at 500 W. 200 South, was denied a business license from the city last year after failure to comply with county building codes.

“It was the (City) Council’s decision based upon the facts presented by the county inspector and the fire inspector,” said city recorder Marlowe Adkins.

Formerly a cheese factory, the 107-year-old building had been in need of repairs as early as 2008. According the haunted house’s Web site, owner and operator Jaime Forbush had received written notification from the Cache County Building Department in 2008 that “the building was not reasonably safe due to some cracks in the brick masonry.” At the time, Forbush and those working with him assured frequent and future patrons that the house would return. “One thing for sure is that the Richmond Haunted Mansion is not going away,” said the Web site.

However, after again failing to comply with county codes last year, Forbush announced on the Web site plans to move the production closer to the center of Cache Valley and reopen in the 2010 season.

“We will be doing a much better production called Dark Meadows Manor which is both a haunted house and haunted forest,” Forbush posted. Dark Meadows Manor will be in partnership with the Food Pantry, affiliated with the Utah Food Bank. Admission to Dark Meadows Manor will be discounted $2 when patrons present an item for the Food Pantry, such as canned food items and toiletries.

The current progress of Dark Meadows Manor is not yet known, and Forbush could not immediately be reached for comment.

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