Munster star marries and moves to Macon, calls haunted house home

Stairway in Patrick's Macon home

It's not 1313 Mockingbird Lane, but a ‘Munster’ has moved into Macon.

He is making the home where his grandmother lived, his Munster Mansion.

Butch Patrick spent his childhood growing up on set as Eddie Munster.

But a place in the Heartland would on occasion lure him back.

“Over the years, every time I would drive cross-country or visit the area, I’d always stop by to see some old school chums or see the house,” said Patrick. “Five years ago someone said the house was actually vacant and foreclosed upon, and they're thinking about knocking it down to build little duplexes on the property, and I couldn't have that.”

141 years ago, in 1875, the Wardells built a home.

And while Butch Patrick and his wife Leila Murray have moved in, they say at least one family member of the Wardells never left.

“Right behind me on the stairway, Ms. Rubey as we like to call her, her name is Elizabeth Wardell. This is a house that was built for the Wardells, he was a coal barren back in the 1860s and 70s, this house was built in 1875 and it was the first of many houses built around the area,” said Patrick. “She had kind of a tough life, she actually took her money and went to the west coast to produce the first Tarzan move in the early 20s. Lived out there until she died, and then she returned home for whatever reason, she must have had fond memories of this house because this is her domain.”

Patrick was in the acting business for 12 years, doing more than just The Munsters.

And now, he's working on a new show with Kevin Harrington from Shark Tank called Property Horrors.

It's about what happens when home buyers also get a haunting with their new home purchase.

“Leila is very intuitive to it, when we first came here we actually spent a lot of nights staying at the hotel, because come around 9 o’clock she would say, ‘No, I don’t think we can stay here tonight,” said Patrick.
“The feeling of someone or something in the room with me, not that they're demonic or hurtful it's just a presence,” said Murray.
“This house is apparently built on a vortex, and a vortex is where it's kind of a crossroads from the other side where people and ghosts are kind of passing through, occasionally they pop their head in,” said Patrick.

Patrick says he and his wife are there to stay.

But if they did want to get away for a while...they could head out on the ‘Dragula.’

He has one in his garage, just like what was on the show.

“My favorite thing to do on The Munsters was I would read my script, and if I saw the Munster Koach was going to be utilized, it would be cool for two reasons. Number one, we would be outside and it was a very nice change from a dark and dingy sound stage, and number two, I’d be riding around in the top seat of the coolest TV hot rods ever,” said Patrick.

The hot rods are how Patrick met his wife.

They first got to know each other at a car show.

“I thought maybe I’m not destined to get married. I've met a lot of people, dated a lot of women. My mom and dad had multiple marriages, no big deal, they were all amicable and friendly but I just, I was so nomadic and I travel so much and for a long time I really wasn't marrying material because I was still living in the 60s and 70s and drinking and using and doing all kinds of bad things but what happened was I got clean and sober almost six years ago and since that happened, my life has gone really at light speed in a positive direction. So in the last year and a half, I bought cars, I bought a house, got married and things couldn't be better. This is the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. Leila's a big part of that."

They still travel and do car shows together.

And although The Munsters was just a show, its impact has gone far beyond the screen.

“These people really enjoy it and they love the memories of growing up with you, they look at you as an extended family member and I think that's one of the biggest surprises Leila had when we went out on the road together was how many people The Munsters has touched in a really positive way,” said Patrick.
“We've had from grandpas to grandmas to great grandchildren that people are showing generation after generation The Munsters and people still love it. I still watch it and it never gets old it's always fun,” said Leila.

You can also get a chance to share in the haunted house.

Currently, the couple is fixing up the home.

And soon, they'll open it up for the public for '1313 weekends,' where thirteen people can visit on Saturday and then thirteen on Sunday.

They’ll be invited to tour the home, go for a ride in the Dragula and learn a little about the haunted history of Macon.

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