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76. Marie Laveaus' House

Laveau House Legend has it that MarieLaveau lived in a house at 1020 St. Ann Street. The World's Most Haunted Places best known and most revered practitioner of voodoo in the city, and some say the "founder" of New Orleans voodoo, was Marie Laveau, a free woman of color born in 1794 in Haiti. Laveau was also a devout Catholic; it was this unique blending of Voodoo rituals and Catholicism that would differentiate New Orleans voodoo from other forms of the practice.

 

About 1875 the original Marie Laveau I, bereft of her youth and memory, became confined to her home on Rue St. Ann and did not leave until claimed by death some six years later. "It was then," reports Tallant (1946, 73), "that the strangest part of the entire Laveau mystery became most noticeable. For Marie Laveau still walked the streets of New Orleans, a new Marie Laveau II , who also lived in the St. Ann Street Cottage."

The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits asserts: "One popular legend holds that Marie I never died, but changed herself into a huge black crow which still flies over the cemetery." Indeed, "Both Maries are said to haunt New Orleans in various human and animal forms" (Guiley 2000). Note the anonymity inherent in such phrases as "popular legend" and the passive-voice construction "are said to." In addition to her tomb, Marie also allegedly haunts other sites. For example, according to Hauck (1996), "Laveau has also been seen walking down St. Ann Street wearing a long white dress." Providing a touch of what literary critics call verisimilitude (an appearance of truth), Hauck adds, "The phantom is that of the original Marie, because it wears her unique tignon, a seven-knotted handkerchief, around her neck." But Hauck has erred: Marie in fact "wore a large white headwrap called a tignon tied around her head," says her biographer Gandolfo (1992, 19), which had "seven points folded into it to represent a crown." Gandolfo, who is also an artist, has painted a striking portrait of Marie Laveau wearing her tignon, which is displayed in the gift shop of his New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum (and reproduced in Gandolfo 1992, 1).

THE REAL VOODOO QUEEN MARIE LAVEAU

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With a bit of literary detective work we can track the legend-making process in one instance of Laveau ghostlore. In his Haunted Places: The National Directory, Hauck (1996) writes of Marie: "Her ghost and those of her followers are said to practice wild voodoo rituals in her old house. . . ." But are said to by whom? His list of sources for the entry on Marie Laveau includes Susy Smith's Prominent American Ghosts (1967), his earliest-dated citation. Smith merely says of Marie, "Her home at 1020 St. Ann Street was the scene of weird secret rites involving various primitive groups," and she asks, "May not the wild dancing and pagan practices still continue, invisible, but frantic as ever?" Apparently this purely rhetorical question about imaginary ghosts has been transformed into an "are-said-to"-sourced assertion about supposedly real ones. In fact, the house at 1020 St. Ann Street was never even occupied by Marie Laveau; it only marks the approximate site of the home she lived in until her death (then numbered 152 Rue St. Ann, as shown by her death certificate). That cottage, which bore a red-tile roof and was flanked by banana trees and an herb garden, was demolished in 1903 (Gandolfo 1992, 14-15, 34).

Many of the tales of Marie Laveau's ghost, if not actually invented by tour guides, may be uncritically promulgated by them. According to Frommer's New Orleans 2001, "We enjoy a good nighttime ghost tour of the Quarter as much as anyone, but we also have to admit that what's available is really hit-or-miss in presentation (it depends on who conducts your particular tour) and more miss than hit with regard to facts" (Herczog 2000). Even the author of New Orleans Ghosts II-hardly a knee-jerk debunker-speaks of the "hyperbolic balderdash" which sometimes "spews forth from the black garbed tour guides who are more interested in money and sensationalism than accurate historical research" (Klein 1999).


One alleged Laveau ghost sighting stands out. Tallant (1946, 130-131) relates the story of an African-American named Elmore Lee Banks, who had an experience near St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. As Banks recalled, one day in the mid-1930s "an old woman" came into the drugstore where he was a customer. For some reason she frightened the proprietor, who "ran like a fool into the back of the store." Laughing, the woman asked, "Don't you know me?" She became angry when Banks replied, "No, ma'am," and slapped him. Banks continued: "Then she jump[ed] up in the air and went whizzing out the door and over the top of the telephone wires. She passed right over the graveyard wall and disappeared. Then I passed out cold." He awakened to whiskey being poured down his throat by the proprietor who told him, "That was Marie Laveau."

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Some believe Laveau materializes annually to lead the faithful in worship on St. John's Eve. The ghost is always recognizable, they say, thanks to the knotted handkerchief she wears around her neck. A man once claimed to have been slapped by her while walking past her tomb. It is also said that Laveau’s former home at 1020 St. Ann Street is also among the French Quarter’s many haunted locales. Believers claim to have seen her spirit, accompanied by those of her followers, engaged in Voodoo ceremonies there.

Read More Here: MARIE LAVEAU The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans

Also see: The Ten Most Haunted Places in New Orleans, Louisiana To see a Real Ghost! By Gina Lanier

 

77. Hollywood Forever Cemetery

This cemetery is the final resting place for the greats of Hollywood's Golden Age. A few are still around, so it seems. Rudolph Valentino has been seen near his cript as well as the ghost of Clifton Webb. Other sightings, cold spots etc.. are found all over. Pay attention to the grave of forgotten actress Virginia Rappe where a sad ghost has been seen weeping. You can pick up a map of the stars graves at the flower shop at the entrance to the cemetery.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard in the Hollywood district of the City of Los Angeles, California. It is adjacent to the north wall, or back, of Paramount Studios, who, with RKO Studios, bought 40 acres by 1920. The Beth Olam Cemetery, which can be found in the southwestern section of the cemetery, was set aside for members of Hollywood's Jewish community.

Founded in 1899 on 100 acres as Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery, by the latter part of the 20th century it had become quite run down. Allegations of financial mismanagement caused the state of California to forbid the sale of plots. On the verge of closure in a bankruptcy proceeding, the Forever Enterprises purchased it in 1998, renamed it "Hollywood Forever," and restored and refurbished it.

Among those interred or entombed in the cemetery are a number of important personalities, famous persons, including men and women from the entertainment industry, important people in the history of Los Angeles, and their relatives. Some of the tombs are quite lavish.

Burials continue to occur from time to time. The longtime ban on the sale of plots was rescinded when the Forever Network restored the cemetery, which has meant that plenty of space for future graves remains.

During the summer, movies are screened at the cemetery. Hundreds of people come armed with beach chairs and picnics to view films projected onto the side of one of the buildings.

There is a documentary about this place titled "The Young and the Dead".

78. San Antonio

San Antonio is world-famous as the home of the Mission San Antonio de Valero (otherwise known as "The Alamo"). If you are planning to travel in the state of Texas, do yourself a favor and plan to spend several days in this beautiful city. I highly recommend an after-dark tour of the river on the riverboats.

Ghost Railroad Tracks
San Antonio ... Is it an urban legend, or do the ghosts of children k... San Antonio ... Is it an urban legend, or do the ghosts of children killed in a bus crash in 1948 push your car over the railroad tracks where they once died?

 

Downtown San Antonio
Not surprisingly, the spirits of those involved in that famous battle have opted to stick around, but they are not the only ones. The original incarnation of the Alamo was the Mission San Antonio de Valero, and when Santa Ana ordered it destroyed, the deceased monks supposedly reached through the walls and threatened the troops assigned to its destruction. To this day there are reports of strange creatures and apparitions dancing or walking along its outer wall. The plaza in front of it is reportedly haunted as well.

There are two major reasons for all of the activity in the downtown area of San Antonio.

One, is because of the burial ground that was used between 1724 and 1793 that takes up most of what is Alamo Plaza today. There are probably about a thousand people that were buried in this area. 954 are recorded in Spanish records from the time.

The ghosts of the Alamo

Two, is because of the actual battle, where people died a violent death or before their time. When Santa Anna left SA to go to San Jacinto with about 1500 troops, he left about 1,000 men in SA to keep control of the area for him under the command of General Andrade. Because the bodies of the Texas defenders were burned in two or three locations around the Alamo grounds, General Andrade moved his troops about a mile or two out of SA and set up camp. When Santa Anna was captured at San Jacinto, it was reported that he got off a couple of messengers. He ordered Andrade to move his troops south of the Rio Grande, but before he was to leave SA he was to go into the Alamo and totally destroy the Alamo chapel. Santa Ann hated the Alamo for a couple of reasons. One, he lost about 1,600 troops taking the place in 1836 and two, his brother-in-law, General Cos had been run off with the 1,100 troops he had there in late 1835 by about 300 Texas Rebels.

 

General Andrade started to organize his troops for the march to the Rio Grande and he ordered Colonel Sanchez to go to the Alamo and destroy it. It was reported that the Colonel returned to camp rather quickly with a story about six Diablos, or ghostly looking devils coming out of the front doors of the Alamo and waving flaming sabers over their heads and yelling, "Do not touch the Alamo, do not touch these walls."

General Andrade thought that this story was ridiculous and he got a group of men to go with him to destroy the Alamo. When he got there, he also saw the same six ghosts. Now a lot of people want to think that these six ghosts were the ghosts of the most famous people involved in the battle. The ghosts of Bowie, Crockett, Bonham and Travis. I even get into arguments with people about the fact that I do not believe that the ghost of John Wayne was there too. Anyway, the General also looks over at the long barracks and sees the image of a person that is larger than life and has their hands up in the air with balls of fire in their hands. This is one of the images that is depicted on the Cenotaph (the Alamo defenders monument that is located in Alamo Plaza). It is the image of the spirit of sublime heroic sacrifice and it is given credit with saving the Alamo from physical destruction. The story goes that when the ethereal energy was released from the flames of the fires that burned the bodies of the Alamo defenders, this spirit used that energy to manifest itself, make itself visible, to scare away intruders of the Alamo grounds.

As far as the plaza hauntings that I know about. The report of the six ghosts and the spirit of sublime heroic sacrifice is widely known as the first reported ghost sightings at the Alamo. But there were also reports that two women were walking across the Mission grounds back in the 1700's, right about where the Plaza is today and they were struck by lightning. One died and the other survived. There are reports today, by people that work in the plaza on a daily basis that they have seen a ghostly woman walking across the plaza. It just might be the person killed by lightning. Just talk to some of the people that sell snow cones in the plaza.
This information provided by Martin Leal of Alamo City Paranormal.

Alamo Street Restaurant & Theater
"Miss Margaret" shows up in the choir loft in Victorian dress. She is believed to be Margaret Gething, an actress who lived just a few blocks away.

More on haunted Texas Ghosts: Peter Haviland of Lone Star Spirits, "Texas Top Ten Most Haunted List"

79. Key West, Florida

Haunted Tales from Florida’s sun kissed beaches abound and would not be complete without the treasure of all haunting's, Haunted Key West. Where else might generations of ghostly cats try to steal your soul or Robert the Haunted Doll try to follow you home?

From artists who still linger in Victorian era homes, and long dead morticians who still attempt to practice their craft on less than willing victims, or the unrelenting spirit of Elvira who likes to hang around the famous Hanging Tree in the middle of Captain Tony's famous bar, Key West is brimming with the unusual and the unexplainable.

There are the ghosts of famous writers and famous seafarers, of light housemen and soldiers, of rum-runners and Cuban refugees, and the disturbing but true tale of the eye doctor who had an eye for necrophilia and kept the body of his paramour around long after she should have been peacefully at rest.

Not resting very peacefully either is the little stuffed doll called Robert who long ago lost his owner, but is always looking for a new one. Those of you in the market for bringing home a little "souvenir" might get more than you bargain for when you visit Robert at his museum home.

The Ghosts of Key West truly rise to the occasion and help make any visit to Florida's second oldest city one that you will never forget. Ghosts of cigar makers, pirates, wreckers, and Voodoo practitioners all await you. While their ghostly journeys continue through time, yours is just about to begin courtesy of Haunted America Tours.

Haunted Key West has long been a hot spot for vacation destinations. Who can resist the, fresh seafood, rich history and the beautiful beaches? But it is also known for it's haunted side.

Key West is an island located just 150 miles south of Haunted Miami, Florida and just 90 miles across the Gulf of Mexico north of Havana Cuba.

Key West measures a mere 2 miles by 4 miles , however, With its sorted past history and notorious newly discovered recent ghost filled haunting's and sightings, Haunted Key west by the inch may be the most haunted island in the world.

The many supernatural residents like any other residents on the island all await your visit. You can take a nightly or daytime ghost tour. Or, you can stay at a very haunted hotel! Here are but a few of the haunted houses and buildings on Key West. Take a haunted Key West Ghost filled haunted Tour and find out more.....

Also See: Mickey Of Miami's "Top Ten Haunted Places Florida"

80. Jefferson Hotel, Jefferson, Texas

The Jefferson Hotel might be considered as one of the most haunted hotels in America. This haunted hotel should be in the Top 20 list of haunted hotels to visit in Texas. The apparitions or ghost have been said to hurl objects and lock tourists into one of the haunted rooms quite often

The Jefferson Hotel, after a post-Civil War fire led to its reconstruction, is a haunted hot spot some report mysterious echoing footsteps, knocks on your door in the middle of the day and night. Now a days Jefferson, Texas is known as the most haunted small town in Texas due to fame on the Travel, Discovery and SciFi channels.

Guests at the one hundred and fifty year old building on the historic Jefferson waterfront regularly report similar paranormal occurrences . . .

Whispers from nowhere, orchestra music from a closed dining hall, knocks on walls and headboards, the smell of cigar smoke in the smoke-free building, faucets opening of their own accord, and doors pulling back when pulled shut!!!

People who have been the only guests in the hotel have heard the click-clack of footsteps walking the halls in the middle of the night - even though the hall is carpeted! Children have been heard laughing and romping throughout the hotel in the middle of the night. A ghost child calls for mama, a spirit of a dead baby often cries. www.historicjeffersonhotel.com

More on haunted Texas Ghosts: Peter Haviland of Lone Star Spirits, "Texas Top Ten Most Haunted List"

81. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

Union and Confederate forces gathered around the city of Fredericksburg, Virginia for almost a month before the actual engagement took place, but on December 12, 1862 the Union forces crossed the Potomac River into the City and into history. One of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, it, like Gettysburg, spread out over the surrounding farmlands and rustic homesteads. In the end, there were 17,000 casualties of which most were Union soldiers.

"Six times did the enemy, notwithstanding the havoc caused by our batteries, press on with great determination to within 100 yards of the foot of the hill, but here encountering the deadly fire of our infantry, his columns were broken and fled in confusion to the town. ...the last [assault] occurred shortly before dark. This effort met the fate of those that preceded it, and, when night closed in, the shattered masses of the enemy had disappeared in the town, leaving the field covered with dead and wounded." -- General Robert E. Lee, CSA

Our killed amounted to 1,152; our wounded, about 9,000; our prisoners, about 700, which have been paroled and exchanged for about the same number taken by us. The wounded were all removed to this side of the river before the evacuation, and are being well cared for, and the dead were all buried under a flag of truce."

-- Major General Ambrose E. Burnside
Official Report
December 17, 1862

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and elsewhere in Spotsylvania County, commemorating four major battles in the American Civil War.

Reports continue to come in of paranormal occurrences including the sound of ghostly rifle shots and voices giving commands to unseen ghostly troops. Many have heard ghost whispers in the cemetery and seen the wandering figure of a band of soldiers walking among the headstones.

 

82. Haiti

Officially the Republic of Haiti, is a Latin American country on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. Haiti also includes many smaller islands such as La Gonâve, La Tortue (Tortuga), Les Cayemites, Île de Anacaona, and La Grande Caye. The uninhabited island of Navasse is claimed by both Haiti and the United States. Any one who looks at the history of voodoo and its profound impact on this island nation knows this spot is very haunted.

Hatti Voodoo altar

Roman Catholicism is the state religion, which the majority of the population professes. An estimated 20 percent of the population practices Protestantism. A large percentage of the population in Haiti also practices the religion of Vodou (Voodoo), almost always alongside Roman Catholic observances (in most sects, it is required to become Roman Catholic first). Many Haitians deny the recognition of Voodoo as a stand alone religion and some claim it is a false religion.

"One common saying is that Haitians are 70 percent Catholic, 30 percent Protestant, and 100 percent voodoo," said Lynne Warberg, a photographer who has documented Haitian voodoo for over a decade.

In April 2003 an executive decree by then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide sanctioned voodoo as an officially recognized religion.

"It is a religion in the same way Judaism or Christianity is," said Bob Corbett, professor emeritus of philosophy at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. "Voodoo doesn't have a sacred text, a church, or a hierarchical structure of leaders, but it is very similar culturally."

Voodoo, meaning "spirit," may be one of the world's oldest ancestral, nature-honoring traditions, according to Mamaissii Vivian Dansi Hounon, a member of OATH, the Organization of African Traditional Healers in Martinez, Georgia.

Some anthropologists estimate that voodoo's roots in Benin—formerly Dahomey—West Africa may go back 6,000 years. Today an estimated 60 million people practice voodoo worldwide.

During the ceremony, the houngan or mambo—priest or priestess—sacrifices a sanctified chicken or other animal to the Loa. Participants then ask the spirits for advice or help with problems. More than half the requests are for health.

It is said that the Loa sometimes communicate prophecies, advice, or warnings while the believer is possessed. Other messages are sent through the priest or priestess, or sometimes come later in dreams.

These disembodied spirits are believed to become tired and worn down—and rely on humans to "feed" them in periodic rituals, including sacrifices. "It's not the killing of the animals that matters, It's the transfer of life energy back to the Loa."

83. Stonehenge

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire, about 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones. Archaeologists believe the standing stones were erected around 2200 BC and the surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC. The site and its surroundings were added to the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1986 in a co-listing with Avebury henge monument, and it is also a legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument. Stonehenge itself is owned and managed by English Heritage while the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust.

Stonehenge

 

Christopher Chippindale's Stonehenge Complete gives the derivation of Stonehenge as coming from the Old English words "stan" meaning "stone", and either "hencg" meaning "hinge" (because the stone lintels hinge on the upright stones) or "hen(c)en" meaning "gallows" or "instrument of torture". Stonehenge is a "henge monument" meaning that it consists of menhirs (large rocks) in a circular formation. Medieval gallows consisted of two uprights with a lintel joining them, resembling Stonehenge's trilithons, rather than looking like the inverted L-shape more familiar today.

The "henge" portion has given its name to a class of monuments known as henges. Archaeologists define henges as earthworks consisting of a circular banked enclosure with an internal ditch. As often happens in archaeological terminology, this is a holdover from antiquarian usage, and Stonehenge cannot in fact be truly classified as a henge site as its bank is inside its ditch. Despite being contemporary with true Neolithic henges and stone circles, Stonehenge is in many ways atypical. For example, its extant trilithons make it unique. Stonehenge is only distantly related to the other stones circles in the British Isles, such as the Ring of Brodgar.

84. The Rose Hall Great House - Montego Bay, Jamaica
The Rose Hall Great House is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jamaica due in no small part to the legend of its mistress, Annie Palmer. Palmer came to Rose Hall in 1820 and was known for her gruesome treatment of slaves. Considered a Black Witch by locals, she brutally tortured slaves and killed many of them simply because she was bored by them. She is also said to have murdered three of her husbands: the first by poison, the second my stabbing and then pouring boiling oil in his ears, and the third my strangling. All of Annie's victims are said to haunt the grounds and tourists come armed with instant cameras in hopes of snapping a picture of ghosts such as the ones in the picture. There is also rumored to be secret underground tunnels on the grounds and visitors have spoke of bloodstains smeared in numerous places. It should also be noted that the included picture was taken without a flash or sun exposed windows. Find out more about the history, hauntings and personal experiences here.

85. The Castillo de San Marcos "The Fort"

What better place to find restless souls than in the dark halls and former fort. The Castillo is a masonry star fort made of a stone called "coquina", literally "little shells". This is what the stone is made of, ancient shells that have bonded together to form a type of stone, similar to limestone. Workers were brought in from Havana, Cuba to construct the fort. The coquina was quarried from Anastasia Island across the bay from the Castillo, and ferried across to the construction site. Construction lasted twenty-three years, being completed in 1695.

The city of St. Augustine was founded in 1565. Over the next one hundred years, the city was defended by nine wooden forts. Following the 1668 attack of the English pirate Robert Searle, it was decided by the Queen Regent of Spain, Mariana, that a masonry fortification be constructed to protect the city. In October 1672 construction began on the fort that would become the Castillo de San Marcos.

In 1670, Charles Town (modern-day Charleston, South Carolina) was founded by the British. Being just two days sail from St. Augustine, this was one of the events that spurred the fort's construction. In November 1702, forces under orders from Governor James Moore of Charles Town, set sail from Carolina in an attempt to capture the city.

Upon their arrival at St. Augustine, the British laid siege to the city. All of the city's residents, some 1,200 people, along with all of the fort's soldiers, some 300, remained protected inside the wall of the fort for the next two months during the siege.

The British cannon had little effect on the walls of the fort. The coquina was very effective at absorbing the impact of the shells, allowing very little damage to the walls themselves. The siege was broken when the Spanish fleet from Havana, Cuba arrived, trapping the British in the bay. The British were forced to burn their ships to prevent them from falling into the Spaniards' hands, and march overland back to Carolina. As they withdrew, they set fire to the city of St. Augustine, burning much of it to the ground.

After the siege of 1702, the Castillo underwent a period of reconstruction. Beginning in 1738, the interior of the fort was redesigned and rebuilt. Interior rooms were made deeper, and vaulted ceilings replaced the original wooden ones. The vaulted ceilings allowed for better protection from bombardments and allowed for cannon to be placed along the gun deck, not just at the corner bastions. The new ceilings required the height of the exterior wall to be increased from 26 to 33 feet.

In January, 1861, Florida seceded from the United States in the opening months of the American Civil War. Union troops had withdrawn from the fort, leaving only one man behind as caretaker of the fort. In January 1861, Confederate troops marched on the fort. The Union soldier manning the fort refused to surrender it unless he was given a receipt for it from the Confederacy. He was given the receipt and the fort was taken by the Confederacy without a shot. Most of the artillery in the fort was then sent to other forts, leaving the fort nearly defenseless.

The fort was taken back by Union forces on March 11, 1862 when the USS Wabash entered the bay, finding the city evacuated by Confederate troops. The city leaders were willing to surrender in order to preserve the town, and the city and the fort were retaken without firing a shot. Throughout the rest of the fort's operational history, it was used as a military prison. During the 1880s and 1890s many Native Americans were imprisoned in the fort during the American expansion westward. In 1898, over 200 deserters from the Spanish-American War were imprisoned at the fort.

The Fort is very haunted sights sounds and many an eerie feelings have affected the many who dare to tread the steps of those that have died before them.

Also see: Ghost Tours of St Augustine Lee N. Pallas's Top Ten Haunted Places in St. Augustine, Florida and Mickey Of Miami's Top Ten Haunted Places in Florida where you can spot a ghost!

Also: A Haunted Reconstructed Building Haunted St. Augustine ROYAL HOPE HOSPITAL OUR LADY OF GAUDALUPE

86. Loch Ness, Inverness, Scottland

Loch Ness (Scottish Gaelic: Loch Nis) is a large, deep freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands ( 57°18'N, 4°27'W) extending for approximately 37 km (23 miles) southwest of Inverness. Its surface is 15.8 metres (52 feet) above sea level. Loch Ness is best known for the alleged sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster ("Nessie").

;och Ness Monster

More on the Loch Ness Monster visit here! also visit the Haunted Museum here

Loch Ness is the largest body of water on the Great Glen geologic fault, which runs from Inverness in the north to Fort William in the south. The Caledonian Canal, which links the sea at either end of the fault, uses Loch Ness for part of its route. The only island on Loch Ness is Cherry Island, visible at its southwestern end, near Fort Augustus. It is a crannog -- an artificial island usually from the Iron Age.

At Drumnadrochit is a Loch Ness Monster exhibition centre, which contains information on the legendary creature. Boat cruises operate from various locations on the loch shore, giving tourists the chance to look for the monster.om the lock are several haunted hot spots Boleskine Grave yard Urqhart castle amd several more. If you ask the locals anout the hauntings you will find out more.

Boleskine House

Boleskine Lodge house Aleister Crowley

Some say Boleskines Lodge Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley, (12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947; was a British occultist, writer and mystic's former home and Jimmy Pages from Led Zepllin is very haunted by ghosts demons, angles and Crowley himself. Boleskine House was the estate of Aleister Crowley from 1899 to 1913. It is located on the South-Eastern shore of Loch Ness in Scotland. It was built in the late 18th century by Archibald Fraser.

Aleister Crowley

Crowley eventually sold the manor in order to fund the publication of The Equinox, Vol. III. However, he later alleged that the funds were stolen by the Grand Treasurer General of the Order, George MacNie Cowie. (The extensive mortgaging of the house by that time may in fact have left little funds to steal.)

From the early 1970s to well into the 1980s, Boleskine was owned by famed Led Zeppelin guitarist and Aleister Crowley enthusiast, Jimmy Page. Sections of Page's fantasy sequence in the Led Zeppelin concert film, The Song Remains the Same were filmed at night on the mountain side directly behind Boleskine House.

Boleskines Lodge Cemetery facing North, with view of Loch Ness is said to harbour man a restless soul.

87. Leeds Point, NJ

Home of the Devil's Baby The Jersey Devil. There are many different versions of the birth of the Jersey Devil. One of the most popular legends says a Mrs. Shrouds of Leeds Point, NJ made a wish that if she ever had another child, she want it to be a devil. Her next child was born misshapen and deformed. She sheltered it in the house, so the curious couldn't see him. On stormy night, the child flapped it's arms, which turned into wings, and escaped out the chimney and was never seen by the family again. A Mrs. Bowen of Leeds point said, "The Jersey Devil was born in the Shrouds house at Leeds Point."

The Jersey Devil is a legendary creature or cryptid said to inhabit the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey. The creature is often described as a flying biped with hooves, but there are many variations.

Another story that also placed the birth at Leeds Point said that a young girl fell in love with a British soldier during the Revolutionary War. The people of Leeds Point cursed her. When she gave birth, she had a devil. Some people believe the birth of the devil was punishment for the mistreatment of a minister by the Leeds folk.

Also see: Do the Devil's children haunt America? OOOH BABY, BABY!! The Devil Babies of Satan

Also see: The Jersey Devil

88. Rajasthan Alwar / Bhangarh-Ajabgarh - Bhangarh ruins

Rajasthan - the largest state of the Republic of India in terms of area. It encompasses most of the area of the large, inhospitable Great Indian Desert (Thar Desert), which has an edge paralleling the Sutlej-Indus river valley along its border with Pakistan. The region borders Pakistan to the west, Gujarat to the southwest, Madhya Pradesh to the southeast.

Alwar / Bhangarh-Ajabgarh - Bhangarh ruins - Bhangarh is situated in state of Rajasthan, India, in the Alwar district. It is known for its historical ruins. This is still the reason people are fearful and restlessness after sunset. People even hear strange sounds of music and dancing in the night despite no one being there.

Bhangarh is a place on way from Jaipur to Alwar city in Rajasthan state of India. Today Bhangarh is known for it's ruins where nobody dares to stay after sunset. Going to history we find that this town was established by Madho Singh, younger brother of King Akbar’s General Man Singh, in 1631. But the city seems to have been abandoned in a hurry some centuries later. As per local folks, due to some curse the whole town was vacated overnight. According to this curse It was also said that if the town was ever rediscovered, the township would not be found, but only temples would show up. True to the story, only temples dot the landscape and even far up on the mountains only shrines can be seen. People say that nobody returned from there who stayed there after dark. The biggest thing is that as per Govt. of India rules there has to be an office of Archaeology Survey of India (ASI) beside every historical structure in India. But even Government authorities couldn’t dare to open an office there and they opened their office about one kilometer away from the ruins of Bhangarh. Also ASI has put a signboard at Bhangarh saying, "Staying after sunset is strictly prohibited in this area." People who visit this place out of tourist interest say that there is a strange feeling in the atmosphere of Bhangarh, which causes sort of anxiety and restlessness.

89.Stockholm, Sweden

The capital and largest city of Sweden, and consequently the site of the national Swedish government and parliament as well as the official residence of the Swedish monarch. Stockholm has been the political and economic centre of Sweden since the 13th century. Stockholm is one of the most crowded museum-towns in the world with some 70 museums, visited by over 9 million people per year.

The Palace of Scheffler is the most famous "haunted house" in Stockholm and is often simply known by its nickname, the Haunted Mansion, (Spökslottet).

The Royal Palace in Stockholm is supposedly haunted by several ghosts, including the so called White Lady (vita frun) and the Grey Man (grå mannen). The White Lady is said to appear when someone in the royal family is about to die, and old King Oscar II even writes about her in his memoirs. Some believe that the Grey Man is the ghost of Birger Jarl, the founder of Stockholm.

The Stockholm Metro is reputed to be haunted by the ghost train Silverpilen.
Borgvattnet is a very small village in northern Sweden, but it has been made famous for its old, reputedly haunted vicarage

90.Quesnel District Museum and Archives

Quesnel and District Museum and Archives, Quesnel, British Columbia - This museum is home to a doll named Mandy who is reported to be or have been possessed. It is unknown who or what possesses Mandy; or if it still possesses her. The doll however, remains a huge tourist attraction for the museum.

Also see: Mandy the haunted Doll

Also: Real Haunted Dolls a Haunted Doll Photo Gallery and their Haunted Ghost Stories

91.Reichenstein Castle

Dietrich von Hohenfels and his nine sons were robber barons who used the castle as a stronghold. His sons were caught by the authorities and killed; Hohenfels was captured the next day. He asked that he be hanged and his sons' lives be spared, but upon seeing that they were already dead, his head fell from his body. All ten bodies were buried in St. Clement Chapel, in the castle, and the ghost -- headless -- is said to haunt the castle.

It is difficult to say exactly how old Reichenstein really is. The oldest building indications date the foundations from the early 11th century: Reichenstein is almost 1,000 years old. At that time the region belonged to the distant abbey "Kornelimünster" near Aachen which was received as a gift from Ludwig, the Pios. The Abbey appointed bailiffs for the administration and for the safeguard of its rights. One of these bailiffs for was the knight Rheinbodo (1151-1196) and his descendants. Gerhard of Rheinbodo who resided in the castle raged as robber-knight through the region and demanded goods violently from the travelers and shipmen. In 1213, he was disposed of. The first documentary writings of the castle originate from that year. Knight Philipp became his successor. He came from the powerful family "von Bolanden." In 1218 his son Werner took the name "von Reichenstein," but since he died without an heir, the castle feared robber-knights of his time. He did not follow the instructions of his feudal lords in Kornelimünster and overpowered more and more tradesmen who were traveling the Rhine River Valley.

Reichenstein Castle

In 1253, the archbishop of Mainz and the army of the town association conquered and destroyed Reichenstein. Philipp von Hohenfels had surrendered and promised good conduct so that he could live. He used the following period to rebuild Reichenstein stronger and more defensive than ever before. He carried on with robbing during these politically unstable times and ascended to the high office of Imperial Vicar and began to steal church property. As a consequence the Archbishop of Mainz banned him from the church. All this happened during the times of "Interregnum," and came to an end when the imperial power was once again strengthened. The times of robber knights on the Rhine was over.

In 1282 the new king besieged the castle. Nevertheless he did not succeed to storm the stronghold, but forced the garrison to surrender by means of starvation. These battles were better fights, raging during the 13th century around Reichenstein. Many arrow points have been found on the castle grounds and can be seen in the museum.

Contrary to the legend, Dietrich of Hohenfels was not decapitated, but actually escaped. His companions were hung on the trees in the valley by order of Rudolf von Habsburg. The castle was burnt down in 1290. The king had forbidden that Reichenstein and the neighboring fortress (also a nest of robber knights) be rebuilt, but both were restored.

92. Newstead Abbey, UK

One of Nottinghamshire's most beautiful historic haunted buildings.

Newstead Abbey, near Nottingham, originally an Augustinian priory, is now best known as the ancestral home of Lord Byron. Many additions were made to the original building. The 13th-century ecclesiastical buildings are largely ruined during the dissolution of the monasteries. Early in the 18th century, the 4th Lord Byron landscaped the gardens extensively, to which William Byron, 5th Baron Byron added Gothic follies. It became a stately and glamorous estate. William Byron, known as "the Wicked Lord", was eccentric and violent and ruined the estate. Lord Byron's son and heir (also named William) eloped with Juliana Byron, the daughter of William's brother John Byron. Lord Byron felt that intermarrying would produce children plagued with madness and strongly opposed the union. He also needed his son to marry well in order to escape the debt that had been incurred in the Byron name. When defied by his son, he became enraged and committed himself to ruining his inheritance so that, in the event of his death, his son would receive nothing but debt and worthless property. He laid waste to Newstead Abbey, allowing the house to fall into disrepair, cutting down the great stands of timber surrounding it, and killing over 2,000 deer on the estate.

His vicious plan, however, was thwarted when his son died in 1776. William also outlived his grandson, a young man who, at the age of twenty-two, was killed by cannon fire in 1794 while fighting in Corsica. The title and Newstead Abbey was then left to his great-nephew, George Gordon, who became the 6th Baron Byron when the 5th Lord died on 21 May 1798, at the age of seventy-nine. Upon his death, it is said that the great number of crickets he kept at Newstead left the estate in swarms.

The young Lord Byron soon arrived at Newstead and was greatly impressed by the estate. The scale of the estate contributed to Byron's extravagant taste and sense of his own importance. However, no less impressive was the scale of problems at Newstead, where the yearly income had fallen to just £800 and many repairs were needed. He and his mother soon moved to Nottingham and neither lived permanently at Newstead for any extended period. His view of the decayed Newstead became one of the romantic ruin, a metaphor for his family's fall:

Thro' thy battlements, Newstead, the hollow winds whistle;
Thou, the hall of my fathers, art gone to decay.

The estate was leased to the 23-year-old Henry Edward Yelverton, 19th Baron Grey de Ruthyn, from January 1803. The lease was for £50 a year for the Abbey and Park for five years, until Byron came of age. Byron stayed for some time in 1803 with Lord Grey, before they fell out badly.

In 1808, Lord Grey left at the end of his lease and Byron returned to live at Newstead and began extensive and expensive renovations. His works were mainly decorative, however, rather than structural, so that rain and damp obscured his changes within just a few years.

Byron had a beloved Newfoundland dog named Boatswain, who died of rabies in 1808. Boatswain was buried at Newstead Abbey and has a monument larger than his master's. The inscription, Byron's Epitaph to a dog, has become one of his best-known works:

NEAR this spot
Are deposited the Remains
of one
Who possessed Beauty
Without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferocity,
And all the Virtues of Man
Without his Vices.
This Praise, which would be unmeaning flattery
If inscribed over Human Ashes,
Is but a just tribute to the Memory of
"Boatswain," a Dog
Who was born at Newfoundland,
May, 1803,
And died at Newstead Abbey

Nov. 18, 1808.
Byron had wanted to be buried with Boatswain, although he would ultimately be buried in the family vault at the nearby church in Hucknall.

He was determined to stay at Newstead—"Newstead and I stand or fall together"—and he hoped to raise a mortgage on the property, but his advisor John Hanson urged a sale. This would be a preoccupation for many years and was certainly not resolved when Byron left for his Mediterranean travels in 1809. Upon his return to England in 1811, Byron stayed in London, not returning to see his mother who had been living in Newstead. She died, leaving him distraught at his own negligence of her. He lived again at the Abbey for a time but was soon drawn to life in London.

The Abbey is said to be haunted by

Little Sir John
Sir John has been seen sitting in his favourite chair in the library, reading a book.

Sophie Hyatt - The White Lady
A devoted fan of Byron, The White Lady continues to walk around the estate of her hero. Not so likely to be seen indoors.

The Goblin Friar
Dressed from head to toe in a black cloak the Goblin Friar appears before a disastrous event.

The Rose Lady
This lady could be hard to spot. She is mostly recognised by her distinctive Victorian scent.


The Black Friar
Unlike the other friar this one displays a much more caring nature as he points out the way to the lost.

For the next few years, Byron made several attempts to sell the Abbey. It was put up at auction in 1812 but failed to reach a satisfactory price. A buyer was found, however, who offered £140,000, which was accepted. By spring 1813, though, the buyer, Thomas Claughton, had only paid £5,000 of the agreed down-payment. Byron was in debt and had continued to spend money on the expectation that the house would be sold. Negotiations began to degenerate and Byron accused Claughton of robbing the wine cellar. By August 1814, it was clear that the sale had fallen through, and Claughton forfeited what he had paid of the deposit. Byron was now without settled financial means and proposed marriage to the heiress Anne Isabella Milbanke. Claughton did return with new proposals involving a reduced price and further delays. Byron turned him down.

93. Hellfire Caves

Located just outside of West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Built around 1750 by the second Sir Francis Dashwood, the Earl of Rosse (1708-1781), they are an intriguingly named site… named after the Hellfire Club, founded by the same earl… and for more than two centuries linked with an awful lot of intrigue and ghost stories.

West Wycombe Caves, located in the Chiltern hills, Buckinghamshire, England, are most famous for being used as a meeting place for members of The Hellfire Club. The caves were extended by Sir Francis Dashwood (later Lord le Despencer) between 1748–1752 to provide work for unemployed farm workers following a succession of harvest failures, and lie close to Dashwood's country house, West Wycombe Park (now owned by the National Trust).

The Hellfire Club was the popular name for what is supposed to have been an exclusive English club established by Sir Francis Dashwood which met irregularly from 1746[citation needed] to around 1760 as an extension to his Society of Dilettanti. There is no evidence that they referred to themselves by this name, rather it is likely they used the names of a number of mockingly religious titles, beginning with the Brotherhood of St. Francis of Wycombe. Other titles used included the Order of Knights of West Wycombe and later, the Monks of Medmenham. Other clubs using the name "Hellfire Club" were set up throughout the 18th century, most notably the "Hell-Fire Club" founded around 1719 in London by Philip, Duke of Wharton.

The members called each other "Brothers" and Dashwood as "Abbot". Female "guests" (prostitutes) were "Nuns". Unlike the more determined Satanists of the 1720s the club motto was Fait ce que vouldras (Do what thou wilt) from François Rabelais, later used by Aleister Crowley. Though they may have indulged in pseudo-Satanic rites, a Monk named Horace Walpole said the " practice was rigorously pagan: Bacchus and Venus were the deities to whom they almost publicly sacrificed; and the nymphs and the hogsheads that were laid in against the festivals of this new church, sufficiently informed the neighbourhood of the

The chalk mines that were extended to form the caves had existed near High Wycombe for a considerable time. The mines are said to have a prehistoric origin, and were presuambly created to extract the flint found in the chalk to make hand tools. Locally, flint is used as a building material. The entrance to the caves is built from flint, and St Lawrence's church, above the Inner Temple, is also built using flint. Due to the extensive alterations made by Dashwood, all evidence of the caves' earlier history seem to have been destroyed.

The underground "rooms" are named, from the Entrance Hall, through the Circle, Franklin's Cave (named after Benjamin Franklin, a friend of Dashwood who stayed with him at West Wycombe), the Banqueting Hall, the Triangle, to the Miner's Cave; finally, across a subterranean river named the Styx, lies the final cave, the Inner Temple.

The caves were refurbished and made suitable for visitors during the 1950s by the late Sir Francis Dashwood, Baronet. They are now open as a tourist attraction, with life-sized waxwork figures in period costume illustrating the life of the caves in the 18th century. The caves have attracted over 2 million visitors since 1951.

The caves were investigated by the Sci-Fi Channel original series, Ghost Hunters which aired on June 13, 2007.

94. DUDLEYTOWN

Connecticut's infamous Village of the Damned

The deserted village of Dudleytown, while largely forgotten today, is believed by many to be one of the most haunted places in New England. It is felt that the place could be a concentrated area of negative energy, which may explain why it was abandoned and cursed many years ago. Dudleytown, also known as Owlsbury, is an extinct settlement in Connecticut. A remote extension to the town of Cornwall, it is best known for its "haunted" forest. It is listed in Weird U.S.

Dudleytown was first settled in the mid-1700's as a farming community, despite the fact that the soil was too rocky and that the overhanging hills made the valley too shadowed for anything to grow profitably.

Cornwall itself was never a large settlement, but was inhabited by farmers, millers, blacksmiths and other itinerant workers. Current records show initial settlement at Cornwall to have begun in 1738 by Thomas Griffis, with the incorporation of the surrounding farming community in 1740. All that now remains of this early settlement (located at an elevation of nearly 1500 feet) are some foundations, cellars and remnants of buildings erected over a century after the founders' initial log cabin was established.

Despite the difficult landscape, Griffis soon had neighbours who began to clear the land and to build additional homesteads and stone walls from the abundant stone found in the area. At least two of these neighbours were Abiel and Barzillai Dudley. Abiel is recorded as having bought more land in Cornwall on December 31, 1748.

That there were Dudleys in Cornwall before 1750 is clear, as Abiel was included in the tax list of 1744, and by 1748 Gideon Dudley had been recognized as a taxpayer. On January 2, 1749 Gideon Dudley was born in Cornwall, the son of Gideon. Abiel Dudley later acquired additional land in Cornwall on October 23, 1753. Joseph Dudley, another son of Gideon, was born in 1755. Barzillai Dudley married Sarah Carter on March 6, 1750 in Cornwall and they raised two children, Sibe and Sarah, born in 1750 in 1752, respectively.

Barzillai Dudley is listed in Captain Lyman's company during the French and Indian War for 14 days in 1757 and is again recorded in the 1758 Cornwall tax records. He seems to have left the area soon afterwards, as no further tax records for him are listed. Along with other early arrivals (the population never exceeded 100), the Dudleys cleared the land, planted buckwheat, hunted deer for the winter store and established their farms on the rough upland plain. Small streams were dammed to supply power for at least three mills, but Dudleytown remained fairly isolated. Ice Age glaciers had removed most of the topsoil from the Dudleytown plateau, leaving an abundance of glacial rock and granite ledges; evidence of this can be seen in the maze of stone walls bounding farm lots, roadways, bridges, fords, and sluiceways.

Abiel Dudley's property was sold to the township in 1771 and Gideon was recorded in the Cornwall tax records for the last time in 1773. He departed the area shortly afterwards, abandoning 30 years of work. By 1766 his sons Gideon and Joseph had died, after their mother, Elisabeth Dudley, in 1765. A plague (probably smallpox) reached Cornwall and Dudleytown during 1774. The cause of this outbreak is not known, but is important in the context of the numerous infant deaths recorded in the small community over the previous decade. Abiel Dudley did survive, to die of old age in November 1799.

Of the various plagues that affected 18th century North America, perhaps none were more devastating than the smallpox outbreaks of 1775 to 1782. An appearance of yellow fever occurred in the United States during 1702. Thirty-five further outbreaks were recorded from this initial event until 1800, with almost annual recurrences between 1800 and 1879.

With no new families moving in to occupy the abandoned homesteads, the houses that had stood for a hundred years crumbled. Their massive hand-cut beams collapsed and decayed beneath protective blankets of wild tiger lilies. Brush and vine now reduce Dark Entry and Dudleytown roads to little more than tangled trails in a permanent gloom.

Due to its "haunted" reputation, the area has attracted many ghost hunters, as well as adolescents willing to cause trouble. They have become such an annoyance to local residents that the Connecticut State Police currently forbids entry to the area and patrols there.

Dudleytown is located on private property. It is not open to the public. The land it rests on is owned by the private interest, "Dark Entry Forest, Inc." and is posted thoroughly with "no trespassing" and "no parking" signs on all roadways leading into the area. The state police vigorously enforce these injunctions. Dudleytown is not located on state property nor in a state forest.

95. The Old Spaghetti Factory, Gastown, Vancouver, British Columbia

If you are looking for eerie eating in Vancouver, check out the Old Spaghetti Factory in the Gastown neighborhood. You may hear stories of inexplicable cold drafts and moving table settings, shenanigans attributed to the ghost of a certain train conductor who met his end during a tragic collision on the underground railway track upon which the restaurant is built. Enjoy the delicious food, but watch that your cutlery doesn’t float off on you!

The Old Spaghetti Factory, Gastown, Vancouver, British Columbia
http://www.oldspaghettifactory.ca/location_vancouver.html
If you are looking for eerie eating in Vancouver, check out the Old Spaghetti Factory in the Gastown neighborhood. You may hear stories of inexplicable cold drafts and moving table settings, shenanigans attributed to the ghost of a certain train conductor who met his end during a tragic collision on the underground railway track upon which the restaurant is built. Enjoy the delicious food, but watch that your cutlery doesn’t float off on you!

 

96. Ballygally Castle - Ballygally Bay, Ireland

Though now a newly renovated hotel, Ballygally Castle was built in 1625 by James Shaw. True to most castles in Europe, it is, of course, haunted. The most notable ghost in Ballygally is that of Lady Isobel Shaw, who was locked in a room by her husband James and starved to death. Said to be friendly, she amuses herself by knocking on doors and then disappearing. Another apparition is Madame Nixon who can be seen and heard walking around in her silk dress. When Ballygally was actually a castle it came under attack several times and many soldiers lost their lives. Consequently, their restless souls frequent the castle grounds in military uniform toying with guests, and perhaps searching for their enemies. This genuine 1625 Castle has all the facilities to be expected from an International Hotel, although it still maintains its links with its historical background. It can also cater for functions and conferences.

97.Cold Harbor Battlefield, Mechanicsville, VA

CONSIDERED MOST HAUNTED BATTLEFIELD #10. Cold Harbor, Richmond National Battlefield, Richmond, Virginia.

The Battle of Cold Harbor was fought between May 31 and June 12, !864 and is one of the battles at which General Ulysses S. Grant was present in personal command. This did not forestall the Confederates or prevent a Union loss, but men of both sides fought and fell valiantly: 16,000 men died or were wounded or lost at Cold Harbor and years later the number was being revised as farmers and hapless visitors continued to uncover remains of men who fell in this horrible corner of Virginia. Visitors to the Cold Harbor / Richmond battlefields have reported encounters with ghostly soldiers and unexplained lights; the sound of hoof beats and cannon fire still persist to this day.

Richmond National Battlefield Park commemorates more than 30 American Civil War battles around Richmond, Virginia. These battles include: Beaver Dam Creek, Cold Harbor, Drewery's Bluff, Gaines Mill, Glendale, Malvern Hill, and New Market Heights, site of 14 Medals of Honor for United States Colored Troops.

The national battlefield park was authorized on March 2, 1936. As with all historical areas administered by the National Park Service, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.

Ghost Photos, EVP's and more happen her all the time.

Also see: HAUNTED BATTLEFIELDS and THE TOP TEN MOST HAUNTED BATTLEFIELD LIST

98. Berkeley Plantation

Berkeley Plantation Viginia, Charles City founded in 1619 by 38 settlers from Berkeley Castle in England. The manor house was built by Benjamin Harrison in 1726. Both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were guests at the plantation. During the Civil War, General McCellan's Federal troops occupied Berkeley after retreating from Richmond. After the war, the plantation was bought by John Jamieson, a Scotsman who served as a drummer boy for McCellan. In 1927, the estate was inherited by his son, Malcolm, and has been in the Jamieson family ever since. Visitors to the restored mansion have reported seeing and hearing the ghost of a little drummer boy. The apparition of a tall, gaunt man has been seen walking along the riverbank, sometimes walking side-by-side with the little drummer boy along the old picket fence that runs up the hill to the cemetery.

Berkeley Plantation, one of the first great estates in America, comprises about 100 acres (0.4 km²) on the banks of the James River on State Route 5 in Charles City County, Virginia. Berkeley Plantation was originally called Berkeley Hundred, and named after one of its founders of the 1618 land grant, Richard Berkeley.

Benjamin Harrison IV built the mansion on the estate in 1726 and married Anne Carter, daughter of Robert "King" Carter of Lancaster County, Virginia, who was the most powerful land baron in the area. His son, Benjamin Harrison V, a signer of the American Declaration of Independence and a governor of Virginia, was born at Berkeley Plantation, as was his son William Henry Harrison, a war hero in the Battle of Tippecanoe, governor of Indiana Territory, and ninth President of the United States.

During the American Civil War, Union troops occupied Berkeley Plantation, and President Abraham Lincoln twice visited there in the summer of 1862 to confer with Gen. George B. McClellan. The Harrisons were not able to regain possession of Berkeley Plantation after the war, and it passed through several owners' hands and fell into disrepair. In 1907, it was bought by John Jamieson, a Scotsman who had served as a drummer boy in the Union army during the Civil War, and it was his son Malcolm Jamieson (who inherited it in 1927), and Malcolm's wife Grace, who restored the manor to the beauty that attracts visitors from all over the country and other parts of the world, too.

The architecture is original, and the house has been filled with antique furniture and furnishings that date from the period when it was built. The grounds, too, have been restored, and cuttings from the boxwood gardens are available as living souvenirs for its visitors.

Among the many American "firsts" that occurred at Berkeley Plantation are:

1st official Thanksgiving: 4 December, 1619
1st bourbon whiskey distilled: 1621, by George Thorpe, an Episcopal priest
1st time Army bugle call Taps played: July 1862, by bugler Oliver W. Norton; the melody was written at Harrison's Landing on the plantation by then General Daniel Butterfield.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE VERY NOTABLE HAUNTED HOUSES IN AMERICA TODAY!

A list of some of America's Most Haunted House swhere people have reported ghostly encounters. These Haunted House are all located in the United States.

Most Haunted House in America: The Myrtyles Plantation West Feliciana Parish Louisiana, LaLaurie House New Orleans, Louisiana, The Whaley House San Diego, California, The Winchester House San Jose, California The Stranahan House Fort Lauderdale, Florida, The White House Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC Congelier House Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Franklin Castle Cleveland, Ohio Hull House Chicago, Illinois Lemp Mansion St. Louis, Missouri The Wademan House Navarre, Ohio Stickney Mansion, Shitell House Crystal Lake, Illinois Moore Home Ax Murder House Villisca, Iowa, Luna Mansion, Los Lunas, New Mexico,The Borden House Fall River, Massachusetts Ashton Villa, Galveston, Texas Sterwart Mansion, Gilmore House and the Bishop's Palace, Dallas, Texas The Harry House Houston, Texas, O'conner House San Antonio, Texas, Casa Del Toro Gordo Longview, Texas, The Kendall House, Bamal, Texas, The Sidney House Adams, Tennessee, Minnick Manor Averill Park, New York, The Hannah House, Indianapolis, Indiana, The Hemmingway Home Key West, Florida, The Whitlock Seabrook Wilson Homestead Port Monmouth, New Jersey, Winchester Illinois, House Ellicott City, Maryland, The Reese Smith House Marion North Carolina, The Johnson House, Harrisburg, Illinois, VILLA PAULA The Cuban Embassy , Miami, Florida, Whaley House, San Diego,"birthplace of California", Sheeley House Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Old Mary Buth House, Germantown, Wisconsin, The Becker house, Bristol, Rhode Island, The Sanders House, Harrison, Arkansas, Dorothea Puente's F Street Boarding House Sacramento, California

 

99. Charleston, South Carolina

As one of the most venerable "Old Ladies" of the Confederacy, Charleston, South Carolina, has much in common with its haunted "sister city" of Savannah, Georgia. And real ghost videos Happen here al the time.

Both these cities were pivotal in the Civil War, with Charleston perhaps the more significant of the two, at least to invading Union soldiers who saw her as the Birthplace of the Rebellion. The first shot of the great conflagration that became the Civil War was fired just outside the city at famous Fort Sumter, and it was a shot that has echoed through all the long years since.

Charleston is filled with an almost storybook beauty. Classically styled homes reminiscent of the great plantations still peek from behind romantic tangles of jasmine and bougainvillea or stand proudly under the moss-hung shadows of the great old oaks. Its rich history as one of the great port cities of the young republic is readily explored in the oldest sections of this fabled Southern town; centuries of history have drifted past her, too, in the lazy waters of the nearby river which pirates used to ply their contraband trade all along the coast of the Eastern United States.

In the earliest days of American colonies, Charleston became a haven for many of Europe's persecuted and deprived, especially the French Huegenot who fled the religious persecution of the French Civil War and found a home in the lush and verdant acres of what would become Charleston. The Huegenot Church is one of the oldest houses of worship in America and can still be visited to this day.

At the height of his power, in May 1718, Blackbeard blockaded Charleston, South Carolina for a week. Shortly afterwards the Queen Anne's Revenge ran aground and was wrecked. Blackbeard sailed on to Bath, North Carolina which was then the state capital. The Governor, Charles Eden (with whom, it was rumoured, Blackbeard was in league) granted him a pardon and even officiated at his wedding - to what was reputed to be his 14th bride! SOME LOCALS SAY HIS GHOSTLY HEAD STILL HAUNTS THE AREA!

No event forged the character of this old city more than the great rebellion that was the American Civil War, and seemingly no event has supplied more ghosts to the streets and historic areas of Charleston than this dramatic and tragic event.

Fort Sumter is among the most visited historical sites in the United States, and is among the most haunted sites anywhere. Guided tours are available, and occasionally after-hours tours are offered. Many visitors have reported encounters with the paranormal and unexplained while touring this fabled location. Ghosts of both Confederate and Union soldiers seem to be on eternal sentry, and completely unaware of each others' presence, as they walk the stones of this old bastion of war. The first shot of the Civil War was fired here, and it did not bode well for the Federal soldiers who were stationed there. In 1861 the Union troops were forced to surrender. In 1865 the fort was occupied by men of the famous 54th Massachusetts (Colored) Regiment who, under the command of Bvt. Brig. General Edward N. Hallowell had the distinction of occupying many of the famous "symbols" of the rebellious South. Hallowell, in command of the city from his quarters at No. 8 Meeting Street, placed his colored infantry in such significant locations as Sumpter, Morris Island, and the infamous Battery Wagner where the regiment received its trial by fire. Many visitors to some of the historic sites that still remain have reported seeing the strong and erect images of these brave colored soldiers to whom victory over the South meant so much more. Others who have visited the area where Battery Wagner once stood have reported hearing cries and explosions coming to their ears over the waves under which the old fort sank long ago.

Many of the oldest and most famous buildings in the old city boast numerous hauntings from all eras of the city's past. Church Street, Chalmers Street, Queen Street, old Meeting Street -- in almost every area of the old town there are ghosts to be found.

Paranormal experiences occur with such regularity that many Charleston residents are proud to call Charleston home. Charleston offers historic and haunted walking tours, cemetery tours, buggy and trolley tours. Some include tours of underground passages that criss-cross the city: used by pirates to transport treasure long ago and later by sympathetic Southerners as passages on the Underground Railroad, this is a Charleston "don't miss." Boat tours along the historic waterways also include numerous tales of ghostly paddlewheel steamers and the wafting strains of calliope music from long silenced pipes. And there are any number of graveyards and cemeteries to add to the overall ghostly gallivanting that is a highlight of any visit to this famous town.

With such a rich and tragic history there is no reason to doubt that Charleston is truly one of the most haunted cities in America! Don't miss it!

ALSO SEE: Blackbeard’s Pirate Treasure

100. Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

Lafayette No. 1 is the cemetery most often used in films made in New Orleans, and is across the street from the famed Commander's Palace Restaurant in the Garden Distict. It was the burial grounds for what was once the City Of Lafayette. You will find a number of prominent New Orleanians buried here. Designated a city burial site in 1833, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is placed on the National Register of Historic Places by virtue of its significant history, location, and architectural importance.

"Interview with a Vampire" starred Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst. It was filmed throughout the French Quarter and Lafayette Cemetery No. 1,Dracula 2000", starring Johnny Miller and Omar Epps, .

Located in the Garden District, Washington Ave and Prytania, section of New Orleans and accessible by the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar. New Orleans Garden District was settled in the 1850’s by successful entrepreneurs — the “nouveau riche” of that time. They built large, elegant mansions exemplifying many architectural styles, including Greek Revival, Italianate and Queen Anne Victorian.

Built in 1833, by 1852 - when 2000 yellow fever victims were buried here - the Garden District cemetery was filled to capacity. Today it is an eerie haunted place, with many tombs still sinking into the ground, and some of them slowly opening in the shadow of tangled trees. Near the downtown-side gate of Lafayette No. 1 Cemetery stands a tomb that, to a father's eyes, resembles a crib. Nestled within, according to the fading inscriptions, are the earthly remains of three siblings who in a matter of days fell victim to yellow fever.

Ghost stories and tales of the undead, Zombies and being burried alive. Many of these ghost tales are said to be just Cemetery urban legends... Others swear thia is the most haunted Cemetery for parnomal encounters and a feeling of being truly haunted.

It's no surprise that all this decaying grandeur should capture the imagination of local author Anne Rice, who has used the place in many of her books - she even staged a mock funeral here, to launch publication of Memnoch the Devil ; the corpse was herself, wearing an antique wedding dress, in an open coffin carried by pall bearers.

Tombs in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 are constructed with a shelf near the top where recently deceased bodies are placed. The shelf doesn't extend all the way to the back so when it's time to add another body to the family tomb the previous bones can be pushed to the rear where they fall through joining any remains already present.

Regulations limit the opening of tombs to once a year, not nearly frequently enough during times like the yellow fever epidemics, so temporary "storage ovens" line some of the exterior walls in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.

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Saturday: 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sunday & Holidays: Closed (Except Mother's Day, Father's Day and All Saint's Day)

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