Built by one of Atchison's first contractors, bridge builders and stone masons, Adam Dilgert, a hearty 300-lb. German, was very well-respected and had a hand in almost all the bridges, buildings, foundations, and stonework in Atchison from 1866-1894. He built his solid modest family home at 919 Atchison St. between 1880-1882. There was an addition to the house around 1895 and another around 1905. Rich in history, scandal and the juicy "wild" west of Atchison, the house has her own stories to tell. Keli Adams, psychic medium, author, and founder of The Adams Family Paranormal, bought the house in 2014, restoring her back to her historic beauty.
During haunted season 2018, Keli is doing her GatheringZ (spirit communications) in the cozy parlor of the completely restored Dilgert House. This year Keli takes you on a personal tour of the house which is included with your GatheringZ. Tickets may be purchased through the visitors center at the Santa Fe Depot. Come play and learn some colorful history about Atchison and Dilgert House, and see some of the interesting "stuff" found in the house during the rehab, as well as the perplexing engraved stone from the 1880's outside in the stone wall.
The energy of the house is very sweet and innocent. We attribute that to the bubbly, much-loved, young Frances V. Dilgert (we call her "Frannie V"), Adam's great niece, who spent a great deal of time in the home as a child. Various workmen who have worked on the house for the past 4 years restoring the comfortable home back to her simple original beauty, have commented that there is "something about the house" that made them want to do a good job for her, looking forward to working on the place.
Keli's book,"Atchison, Kansas-Portal to Other Worlds" is available online or at the Atchison Visitor's center at Santa Fe Depot, along with copies of Keli's 6 other books.