Haunted places around the world, The World's Most Haunted Places
may make you a real believer in ghosts. Here is a collection of true
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have some familiar names, and some places you never expected to be
haunted. Paranormal activity is an really a very international affair,
and ghosts and apparitions intermingle with the living everywhere
day and night. When it comes to the number and regularity of ghost
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Ghost - Study And Research
Ghosts - in the news
News stories about ghosts, Haunted houses, Paranormal Research and ghost hunters, And Ghost Tours often fill TV, Newspapers and magazines articles on a daily basis hitting it's climax on Halloween. Many "Haunted Web Sites" like Haunted America Tours report over 12 million hits just for the month of October alone.
Participant-observation is a straightforward technique. It suggest that by immersing one self in the subject being studied, a researcher is presumed to gain understanding of the subject. In paranormal research, a participant-observer study might consist of a researcher visiting a place where alleged paranormal activity is said to occur and recording observations while there. Participation levels may vary. In studying a supposedly haunted location, for example, the researcher may conduct a séance or participate in other activities said to cause paranormal activity. At which time many photographs are being taken not knowing if a ghostly image or spirit is being captured on film. the only way of finding out is by reviewing the material to see what strange anomalies have been captured during the investigation.
One significant modern example of a paranormal phenomenon is electromagnetic fields (EMF). At one time EMF was debatable from a scientific perspective but later was proven to be real and is currently accepted by scientific and medical communities. Some investigative teams use these spikes in their meters as a sign to snap a ghost picture.
New Orleans, Louisiana is very well known as being the Most Haunted City in The United States. Ghost Photos happen there all the time. From Cemetery ghost photos to Voodoo Spirit manifestations. This is the reason that now a days so many flock to investigate the cities of the dead.
Three days of the bloodiest fighting of the American Civil War have forever etched these hallowed fields into the memory of a country and a people. But in the hundred-plus years since the last shot was fired and the last man fell, there continue to be reports from the fields of the fallen: reports of spectral armies still marching in step, of ghostly sentinels and horsemen, of mournful women in white, and the ghostly wails of orphans and animals alike.
GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD GHOST PHOTO SUBMITED BY RANDY BERGAMO
The Gettysburg Battlefield was the site of the Battle of Gettysburg, fought July 1 to July 3, 1863, in and around the borough of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the county seat of Adams County, which had approximately 2,400 residents at the time. It is now the site of two historic landmarks: Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg National Cemetery.
The town was the center of a road network that connected ten nearby Pennsylvania and Maryland towns, including well-maintained turnpikes to Chambersburg, York, and Baltimore, so was a natural concentration point for the large armies that descended upon it.
To the northwest, a series of low, parallel ridges lead to the towns of Cashtown and Chambersburg. Seminary Ridge, closest to Gettysburg, is named for the Lutheran Theological Seminary on its crest. Farther out are McPherson's Ridge, Herr's Ridge, and eventually South Mountain. Oak Ridge, a northward extension of Seminary Ridge, is capped by Oak Hill, a site for artillery that commanded a good area north of the town.
Directly south of the town is Cemetery Hill, at 503 feet (153 m) above sea level, a gentle 80 foot (24 m) slope above downtown. The hill is named for the Evergreen (civilian) cemetery on its crest; the famous military cemetery dedicated by Abraham Lincoln now shares the hill. Adjacent, due east, is Culp's Hill, of similar height, divided by a slight saddle into two recognizable hills, heavily wooded, and more rugged. Cemetery Hill and Culp's Hill were subjected to assaults throughout the battle by Richard S. Ewell's Second Corps.
Extending south from Cemetery Hill is a slight elevation known as Cemetery Ridge, although the term ridge is rather extravagant; it is generally only about 40 feet (12 m) above the surrounding terrain and tapers off before Little Round Top into low, wooded ground. At the northern end of Cemetery Ridge is a copse of trees and a low stone wall that makes two 90-degree turns; the latter has been nicknamed The Angle and The High Water Mark. This area, and the nearby Codori Farm on Emmitsburg Road, were prominent features in the progress of Pickett's Charge during the third day of battle, as well as General Richard H. Anderson's division assault on the second.
Dominating the landscape are the Round Tops to the south. Little Round Top is a hill with a rugged, steep slope of 130 feet above nearby Plum Run (the peak is 550 feet (168 m) above sea level), strewn with large boulders; to its southwest, the area with the most significant boulders, some the size of living rooms, is known as Devil's Den. [Big] Round Top, known also to locals of the time as Sugar Loaf, is 116 feet higher than its Little companion. Its steep slopes are heavily wooded, which made it unsuitable for siting artillery without a large effort to climb the heights with horse-drawn guns and clear lines of fire; Little Round Top was unwooded, but its steep and rocky form made it difficult to deploy artillery in mass. However, Cemetery Hill was an excellent site for artillery, commanding all of the Union lines on Cemetery Ridge and the approaches to them. Little Round Top and Devil's Den were key locations for General John Bell Hood's division in Longstreet's assault during the second day of battle, July 2, 1863. The valley formed by Plum Run between the Round Tops and Devil's Den earned the name Valley of Death on that day.
Northwest from the Round Tops, towards Emmitsburg Road, are the Wheatfield, Rose Woods, and the Peach Orchard. As noted by General Daniel E. Sickles in the second day of battle, this area is about 40 feet higher in elevation than the lowlands at the south end of Cemetery Ridge. These all figured prominently in General Lafayette McLaws's division assault during the second day of battle.
After the battle, the Army of the Potomac and the citizens of Gettysburg were left with appalling burdens. The battlefield was strewn with over 7,000 dead men and the houses, farms, churches, and public buildings were struggling to deal with 30,000 wounded men. The stench from the dead soldiers and from the thousands of animal carcasses was overwhelming. To the east of town, a massive tent city was erected to attempt medical care for the soldiers, which was named Camp Letterman after Jonathan Letterman, chief surgeon of the Army of the Potomac. Contracts were let with entrepreneurs to bury men and animals and the majority were buried near where they fell.
Two individuals immediately began to work to help the town recover and to preserve the memory of those who had fallen: David Wills and David McConaughy, both attorneys living in Gettysburg. A week after the battle, Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin visited Gettysburg and expressed the state's interest in finding its veterans and giving them a proper burial. Wilson immediately arranged for the purchase of 17 acres (69,000 m²) next to the Evergreen Cemetery, but the priority of burying Pennsylvania veterans soon changed to honoring all of the Union dead.
McConaughy was responsible for purchasing 600 acres (2.4 km²) of privately held land to preserve as a monument. His first priorities for preservation were Culp's Hill, East Cemetery Hill, and Little Round Top. On April 30, 1864, the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association was formed to mark "the great deeds of valor ... and the signal events which render these battlegrounds illustrious", and it began adding to McConaughy's holdings. In 1880, the Grand Army of the Republic took control of the Memorial Association and its lands.
On November 19, 1863, the Soldiers' National Cemetery was dedicated in a ceremony highlighted by Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The night before, Lincoln slept in Wills's house on the main square in Gettysburg, which is now a landmark administered by the National Park Service. The cemetery was completed in March of 1864 with the last of 3,512 Union dead were reburied. It became a National Cemetery on May 1, 1872, when control was transferred to the U.S. War Department.
The removal of Confederate dead from the field burial plots was not undertaken until seven years after the battle. From 1870 to 1873, upon the initiative of the Ladies Memorial Associations of Richmond, Raleigh, Savannah, and Charleston, 3,320 bodies were disinterred and sent to cemeteries in those cities for reburial, 2,935 being interred in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond. Seventy-three bodies were reburied in home cemeteries.
Gettysburg National Military Park
Travel back in time to Civil War days.
97 Taneytown Rd.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Located 50 miles northwest of Baltimore, the small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was the site of the largest battle ever waged during the American Civil War. Fought in the first three days of July 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg resulted in a hallmark victory for the Union "Army of the Potomac" and successfully ended the second invasion of the North by General Robert E. Lee's "Army of Northern Virginia". Historians have referred to the battle as a major turning point in the war, the "High Water Mark of the Confederacy". It was also the bloodiest single battle of the war, resulting in over 51,000 soldiers killed, wounded, captured or missing.
Mark Nesbitt has over the years gathered many ghost stories from park rangers, visitors and people who live in the Gettysburg area. Nesbitt tries to gather factual data on the stories he receives so he can offer a background as to why these ghost stories may have evolved. His stories are factual and interesting and do not just talk about battlefield soldiers and civilians , all are also involved in famous ghost stories in Gettysburg!
The entire Ghost Of Gettysburg series is well researched, documented and written. And presents each haunting in a straightforward, no-nonsense manner and maintains the perfect balance of skepticism and belief.
It could be said that Mark Nesbitt’s first ghost investigations took place in the 1970s when he was a National Park Service Ranger at Gettysburg. Patrolling the battlefield at night could be a downright thrilling experience. When his shift was done, he would head for home, one of the historic buildings on the battlefield—buildings that had been used as hospitals during the battle. More than once, in the middle of the night, he was awakened by strange noises which appeared to have no source—at least no visible source.
Haunted New Orleans is by far considered by locals, visitors and paranormal investigators world wide as actually the most haunted and No. # 1 Haunted City in all the United States and the world. With all the past and present spiritual activity taking place in this central plot The haunted French Quarter - transcendent, dark, and in between two worlds - most who witness this City for all it's worth of supernatural origins. With 200 years of ghostly legends involving Voodoo curses, Spanish moss draped oak encircled duels, cold-blooded murders, Stories of Revolutionary War Pirates and Civil War soldiers, and Jazz. New Orleans has earned a serious reputation as one of Haunted New Orleans Tours most haunted cities. Locals say that the concentration of extremes leaves the city open to ghosts within the homes and businesses of Central New Orleans.
" The most popular tourist site to have your possible brush with the supernatural. But there is more to Haunted New Orleans then just the supernatural Locales. It's an experience you will never forget!"
Haunted New Orleans Voted Haunted New Orleans the best Haunted City in the United States for 2004 - 2008. By the readers of www.hauntedamericatours.com.
South Louisiana possesses the Crown Jewel of all Haunted Cities - New Orleans. Haunted hotels, haunted cemeteries, haunted houses you name it it;s haunted... And real Voodoo Too!
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Long before the docks of haunted New York City became crowded with European refugees, the port of New Orleans was already melting everything in its wondrous Creole pot. Among the earliest settled cities of the New World, New Orleans' place at the bend of the mighty Mississippi River more than guaranteed it a unique and interesting life. Held by French and Spanish, threatened by the British, and governed by Abraham Lincoln's Army of the Republic during the Civil War, this venerable "Old Lady" has seen generations come and go with grace and quiet charm.
One could spend an entire lifetime in the Crescent City - so-called because of its auspicious placement at the river's turn - and still not know all there is to know of her, nor ever, it has been said, get enough of her. Characterized as an almost living being, the City itself has been suspected of casting a spell over all who come to her, assuring that all who visit will eventually come back.
The first known reports of paranormal events date to around 1863. At this time, a few locals reported hearing footsteps within the house. On 28th July 1900, four of the daughters of the rector reported seeing what they thought was the ghost of a nun from 40 yards' distance near the house in twilight: they tried to talk to it, but it disappeared as they got nearer. Various people would witness a variety of puzzling incidents, such as a phantom coach driven by two headless horsemen, through the next four decades. Henry Dawson Ellis Bull died in 1892 and his son, Revd. Harry Bull, took over the living. In 1911, he married a younger divorcee, Ivy, and the couple moved with her daughter to nearby Borley Place until 1920 (when he took over the rectory), whilst his unmarried sisters moved to Chilton Lodge a few miles away.
On 9th June 1927, the rector, Harry Bull, died and the rectory again became vacant. In the following year, on 2nd October 1928, the Reverend Guy Eric Smith and his wife moved into the home. One day, soon after moving in, Mrs. Smith was cleaning out a cupboard when she came across a brown paper package, inside which was the skull of a young woman.Shortly after, the family would report a variety of incidents including the sounds of bells ringing, lights appearing in windows, windows shattering, unexplained footsteps, and their daughter was locked in a room with no key. In addition, Mrs Smith saw a horse-drawn carriage at night. The Smiths contacted The Daily Mirror to ask them to put them in touch with the Society for Psychical Research. On 10th June 1929, the paper sent a reporter who promptly wrote the first of a series of articles detailing the mysteries of Borley. The paper also arranged for Harry Price, a paranormal researcher, to make his first visit to the place that would ultimately make his name famous. He arrived on 12th June. Immediately, objective 'phenomena' of a new kind appeared, such as the throwing of stones, a vase and other objects. 'Spirit messages' were tapped out from the frame of a mirror.
Finally driven from their home by the poor state of the house, the Smiths left Borley on 14th July 1929 and, after some difficulty in finding a replacement, the Revd. Lionel Foyster, a first cousin of the Bulls, and his wife Marianne moved into the rectory with their adopted daughter Adelaide on 16th October 1930. Lionel Foyster wrote an account of the various strange incidents that happened, which he sent to Harry Price. Price estimated that, between the Foyster's moving in October 1930 and October 1935, some two thousand incidents took place there, including bell-ringing, stones, bottle-throwing and wall-writing. Lionel Foyster's wife Marianne reported to her husband a whole range of poltergeist phenomena which included her being thrown from her bed. On one occasion, Adelaide was attacked by "something horrible". Twice, Reverend Foyster tried to conduct an exorcism, but his efforts were futile. In the middle of the first, Foyster was struck in the shoulder by a fist-size stone. Because of the publicity in The Daily Mirror, these incidents attracted much attention at the time from several psychic researchers who investigated, and were unanimous in suspecting that they were caused, consciously or unconsciously, by the Rector's wife, Marianne Foyster. Mrs. Foyster later stated that she felt that some of the incidents were caused by her husband in collaboration with one of the psychic researchers, but other events appeared to her to be genuine paranormal phenomena.
The Foysters left Borley as a result of Lionel's ill health, and Harry Price, after a gap of over five years, renewed his interest in the house, renting the building for a year from May 1937 to May 1938. Through an advertisement in The Times newspaper on 25th May 1937, and subsequent personal interviews, he recruited a corp of forty-eight 'official observers', mostly students, who spent periods, mainly at weekends, at the Rectory with instructions to report any phenomena which occurred. In March 1938, Helen Glanville conducted a Planchette séance in Streatham in London. Price reported that Glanville made contact with two spirits. The first was that of a young nun who identified herself as Marie Lairre. She said she had been murdered on the site of Borley Rectory. Her answers were consistent with the local legend . Her French name, though, was a puzzle. She was a French nun who left her religious order, married, and came to live in England. The groom was supposedly none other than Henry Waldengrave, the owner of the seventeenth-century manor house. Price was convinced that the ghostly nun who had been seen for generations was Marie Lairre, condemned to wander restlessly as her spirit searched for a holy burial ground. The wall writings were her pleas for help.
The second spirit to be contacted identified himself by the strange name of "Sunex Amures". He claimed that he would set fire to the rectory at nine o'clock that night. He also said that, at that time, the bones of a murdered person would be revealed. The predictions of Sunex Amures came to pass, in a way, but not that night (27 March 1938). In February 1939, the new owner of the rectory reported that he was unpacking some boxes when an oil lamp in the hallway overturned. The fire quickly spread, and Borley Rectory was severely damaged. An onlooker said she saw the figure of the ghostly nun in the upstairs window. The burning of the rectory was investigated by the insurance company and determined to be an insurance fraud. Harry Price conducted a brief dig in the cellars of the ruined house and, almost immediately, two bones of a young woman were discovered. A subsequent meticulous excavation of the cellars over three years revealed nothing further.
Aprail 18, 1882, Sloss Furnaces began producing iron and did not stop until ninety years later. Over the decades, Sloss Furnaces gave rise to the city of Birmingham and served as a battleground for economic, employment and social reform. Now recognized as a National Historic Landmark, Sloss Furnaces is open to the public as a museum of industry which speaks to the contributions of the working men who labored there. With its massive furnaces, web of pipes, and tall smokestacks, it offers us a glimpse into the great industrial past of the South and our nation.
Shut down in 1970 when it was no longer profitable for parent company U. S. Pipe, the property was donated to the City and is maintained as a museum, and a monument to Birmingham's iron industry. Sloss Furnace today is a fascinating place to visit, and a great way to gain an understanding of the making of iron that was such a key element in the development of the Magic City.
Sloss Furnaces has been the focus of numerous paranormal investigations, and has appeared on many national television programs about haunted sites. The site has been billed as one of the nation's most haunted sites with reports of hundreds of unexplained occurrences over the years. The annual Fright Furnace Halloween haunted attraction capitalizes on this legacy. Internet ghost site Dread Central has a feature on paranormal activity at Sloss.
Tower of London
Often counted as the number one of the most haunted Castle in Great Britain. Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress The Tower of London, more commonly known as the Tower of London (and historically simply as The Tower), is an historic monument in central London, England on the north bank of the River Thames. It is located within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and is separated from the eastern edge of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill.
The Tower of London is often identified with the White Tower, the original stark square fortress built by William the Conqueror in 1078. However, the Tower as a whole is a complex of several buildings set within two parallel rings of defensive walls and a moat.
The Tower's primary function was a fortress, a royal palace, and a prison (particularly for high status and royal prisoners, such as the Princes in the Tower and the future Queen Elizabeth I). This last use has led to the phrase "sent to the Tower" (meaning "imprisoned"). It has also served as a place of execution and torture, an armoury, a treasury, a zoo, a mint, a public records office, an observatory, and since 1303, the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.
Inside the torture chambers of the tower various implements of torture were used such as the Scavenger's daughter, a kind of compression device, and the Rack, also known as the Duke of Exeter's Daughter.
Prisoners in the Tower
The Tower of London was used as a prison for those of high rank and for religious dissidents. Those of high rank, including prisoners of royal status, were housed in relative comfort. Religious dissidents were however much more severely treated and were often tortured.
The first prisoner was Ranulf Flambard in 1100 who, as Bishop of Durham, was found guilty of extortion. Ironically he had himself been responsible for various improvements to the design of the Tower after the first architect Gundulf moved back to Rochester. He escaped from the White Tower by climbing down a rope, which had been smuggled into his cell in a wine casket.
Other prisoners include:
John Balliol King of Scotland
David II King of Scotland
John II King of France
Charles I de Valois, Duke of Orléans was one of the many French noblemen wounded in the Battle of Agincourt on October 25, 1415. Captured and taken to England as a hostage, he would remain in captivity for the next twenty-five years, at various places including Wallingford Castle. Charles is now remembered as an accomplished poet owing to the more than five hundred extant poems he produced, most written when a prisoner.
Henry VI of England was imprisoned in the Tower, where he was murdered on the 21 of May 1471. Popular legend has accused Richard, Duke of Gloucester of his murder. Each year on the anniversary of Henry VI's death, the Provosts of Eton College and King's College, Cambridge, lay roses and lilies on the altar which now stands where he died.
Margaret of Anjou, wife of the above
Sir William de la Pole. A distant relative of King Henry VIII, he was incarcerated at the Tower for 37 years (1502-1539) for allegedly plotting against Henry VII thus becoming the longest serving prisoner here.
Queen Elizabeth I, imprisoned for two months in 1554 for her alleged involvement in Wyatt's Rebellion.
John Gerard, S.J. (1564-1637) an English Jesuit priest, operating undercover during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, when Catholics were being persecuted. He was captured and tortured and incarcerated in the Salt Tower before making a daring escape by rope across the moat.
Sir Walter Raleigh spent thirteen years (1603-1616) imprisoned at the Tower but was able to live in relative comfort in the Bloody Tower with his wife and two children. For some of the time he even grew tobacco on Tower Green, just outside his apartment. Here he wrote The History of the World.
Niall Garve O'Donnell Irish nobleman, ironically a one-time ally of the English against his cousin, Red Hugh O'Donnell.
Guy Fawkes, famous for his part in the Gunpowder Plot, was brought to the Tower to be interrogated by a council of the King's Ministers. However, he was not executed here. When he confessed he was sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered in the Old Palace Yard at Westminster, however he escaped his fate by jumping off the scaffold at the gallows which in turn broke his neck - killing him.
Johan Anders Jägerhorn, a Swedish officer from Finland, Lord Edward FitzGeralds friend, participating in the Irish independence movement. Spent two years in the Tower 1799-1801, but was released because of Russian interests.
Lord George Gordon, instigator of the Gordon Riots in 1780, spent 6 months in the Tower while awaiting trial on the charge of High Treason.
Rudolf Hess, deputy leader of the German Nazi Party, the last state prisoner to be held in the tower, in May 1941.
The Kray Twins, the last prisoners to be held, for a few days in 1952, for failing to report for national service.
Kutna Hora's 'Bone' church, Sedlec Ossuary
Henry, the abbot of the Cistercian monastery in Sedlec was sent to the Holy Land by King Otakar II of Bohemia in 1278. When he returned, he brought with him a small amount of earth he had removed from Golgotha and sprinkled it over the abbey cemetery. The word of this pious act soon spread and the cemetery in Sedlec became a desirable burial site throughout Central Europe. During the Black Death in the mid 14th century, and after the Hussite Wars in the early 15th century, many thousands of people were buried there and the cemetery had to be greatly enlarged.
Many say ghost photos, sightings and strange feelings often overwhelm the visitors to the Chapel. Chandelier made of bones and skulls and many other macabre decorative designs by František Rint.
the Gothic church was built in the center of the cemetery with a vaulted upper level and a lower chapel to be used as an ossuary for the mass graves unearthed during construction, or simply slated for abolition to make room for new burials. After 1511 the task of exhuming skeletons and stacking their bones in the chapel was, according to legend, given to a half-blind monk of the order. Read More Here Now !
Investigating a Haunted Hotel
THE Best Haunted Hotels in America Listed By State
Do you know what experts suggest before you book your stay in a haunted hotel?
Planning a Stay Overnight in a Haunted Hotel or Haunted Motel or B&B? Here is what the experts think you should know!
An overnight stay in one of the Haunted America Tours Top 10 Hotels can sometimes make for a really unforgettable paranormal experience. But if you plan to visit one of our Top 10 or another haunted hotel, here are a few tips that many professional paranormal investigators believe you should follow.
Story by Goldi Beals and Gina Lanier
I am always looking for information about a supposedly very haunted Hotels or B&B to stay at since I travel a lot for Scifi conventions. Each year I attend Dragon Con In Atlanta and usually share my haunted hotel stories with those in attendance while sipping a tankard Klingon ale or my personal recipe for Roomful Rum. Many tell tales of Haunted Motels across the country and how they checked in and checked out real fast because it was haunted! Haunted hotels I believe gives you a chance to get up close and personal with a few real ghosts.
Ghost stories are great but what do you do when the room your staying in is haunted by a ghost that wants you out!
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, which inspired Steven King's 'The Shining,' has a few ghosts of its own. I stayed there during TAPS and CM Punk's visit and also Elijah Burke's Halloween ghost hunts.
Ghost Hunters Live Scared Up Big Ratings For SCI FI Channel Ghost Hunters Live (October 31/November 1, 11pm-5am), a never-before-attempted, live, 6-hour Ghost Hunters investigation delivered impressive Halloween-night ghost sightings. Sci Fi orders fourth 'Ghost Hunters' season, extends third season. The Sci Fi Channel has announced that it has extended Ghost Hunters' third season and renewed the reality show for a fourth season.
I got really spooked and wanted leave, so did a few others but their was no place to go. America's Most Haunted Places to me are hotels, motels and B&B's.. I always wonder how many people check in and don't check out because they die in the bed or room I'm sleeping in.
October 31, 2008 Sci Fi will broadcast its "third annual" Ghost Hunters Live Halloween night special. Similar to last fall's first Ghost Hunters Live special -- the 2008 live special will allow home viewers once again to follow a live investigation and report their own paranormal sightings via a "live interactive panic button." I just pray CM Punk is there again if so I will be too!
The most famous haunted hotel I stayed in during a convention in Hollywood is, without a doubt, the Hollywood Roosevelt. And yes I stayed there and investigated with my daughters two friends that just had to leave at the first sounds they heard at 2:am.
AMERICA'S MOST HAUNTED HOTELS, INNS & BED & BREAKFASTS
Crescent Hotel- 75 Prospect Ave., Eureka Springs AR 72632
A number of rooms are haunted in this historic hotel. Room 218 is the spot where Michael, an Irish stonemason, landed when he fell from the hotel's roof during construction. His ghost is said to bang on the walls and turn the lights and television on and off. Rooms 202 and 424 are also said to be haunted. Outside of the Recreation Room, the ghost of Dr. Norman Baker often appears, looking a bit confused. He ran a controversial hospital and health resort in the building during the 1930s. A nurse, dressed in a white uniform, has been seen on the third floor. A woman in Room 419 introduces herself as a cancer patient to guests and housekeepers, then vanishes.
Hotel San Carlos - 202 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix Arizona
On May 7, 1928, 22 year-old Leone Jensen ended her life by jumping off the roof of the seven-story Hotel San Carlos. Dressed in an evening gown as if she had planned for a night of dancing, Jensen died heartbroken from the lost love of a bellboy at a nearby hotel. Seventy-five years later, her spirit remains at the hotel, leading some to wonder if she did indeed jump from the roof, or if in fact she was pushed. The two different newspapers in Phoenix reported vastly different circumstances surrounding her death. Since her death, there have been reports of strange breezes, haunting noises and the white cloud of a woman's figure throughout the hotel. Leone Jensen checked into the Hotel San Carlos in 1928, and to this day has never checked out.
230 S. Cortez Street, Prescott, Arizona
Phone: 888-468-3583 928-776-0900 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hotel manager Abby Byr and her cat passed away in 1921 after sending her husband to get medicine, he never returned. Refusing to eat or drink, Abby still waits for her husband. Guests, paranormals, ghost hunters experience and feel her presence. Many television shows, magazines and books share her story. Inn Room 16
122 E. Gurley Street, Prescott, Arizona
Phone: 800-322-1927 928-778-9434 email@example.com
Shortly after the hotel opened in 1927, a honeymooning couple checked in to room 426. The husband left on an errand. Three days later, Faith hung herself from the balcony. Her presence is said to still haunt the room and hallways. Her crying can be heard coming from the room. Hotel Room 426, Lounge & Housekeeping.
18767 Main Street
Groveland, CA 95321
Phone: 800-273-3314 209-962-4000
Home to Lyle, our resident ghost. He's very quiet and doesn't really bother anyone; but, he has been seen on many occasions. Lyle, while working on the Hetch Hetchy Water Project, died of mysterious circumstances in this room. Mirrored English armoire, marble topped night table, Queen size French bed, private bath.
Ask for Lyle's Room #15.
333 Wonderview, Estes Park, CO 80517
Phone: (970) 586-3371
If you are a Stephen King fan, request room 217. It was in this room that King, inspired by the hotel, wrote half of "The Shining." Room 418 seems to have the most ghostly activity reported. In fact, the entire fourth floor (formerly the servants quarters) is quite active. Often, the sound of children playing in the halls can be heard, even when no children are present. > Read More Here Now about the ghosts of the Stanley Hotel <
42 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic, CT
The Whitehall Mansion was built in 1771 by Dr. Dudley Woodbridge, a former theologian and minister of Groton, CT, who later became a successful medical doctor, Guests have reported hearing children laughing and seeing "floating clouds". Lucy, Dr. Dudley's daughter is said to be the "main" ghost in the house.
Don Cesar Beach Resort
3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Petersburg, FL
The Don Cesar Beach Resort is haunted by Thomas Rowe, who built the hotel in 1928. He build the hotel as a tribute to his beloved, Lucinda, a Spanish opera singer. Lucinda dies before the hotel was completed. Construction workers began seeing the ghost of Thomas in 1972. Thomas is seen wearing a panama hat. He liked to roam the fifth floor where he used to live and the lobby.
833 Poydras Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Toll Free: 800-535-9095 Phone: 504-581-3111
Within a five-minute walk you can find yourself at the Louisiana Superdome for a NFL Saints home game or at the New Orleans Arena for a world-class concert or NBA Hornet’s game. If your travel to New Orleans is conference related, you will be pleased to know that Le Pavillon is only eight blocks to the Morial Convention Center, the largest convention center in Louisiana. During Carnival season in New Orleans, Hotel Le Pavillon is an ideal location as Mardi Gras parades roll only two blocks away from the grand entrance of this classic French Quarter hotel.
Built in 1907, Le Pavillon New Orleans Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America and maintains membership in the Leading Hotels of the World. Le Pavillon New Orleans Hotel has been the proud recipient of AAA’s four-diamond award since 1996. Out of hundreds of eligible New Orleans Hotels, Le Pavillon Hotel was named to the "Gold List" by Conde Nast for 2005. At one point a few years ago the hotel management was said to have hired several local well known paranormal investigator, who identified several ghosts in the hotel. One group found four and recorded EVP"s saying "Please, get out." and " Hold On I see You Now.", another Investigative team say they documented over 100 individual Ghost and haunted hotspots in the hotel. And still another Ghost group said it was actually a portal to the other side.
5 Greenwood Street
Toll Free: 866-637-0975 Phone: 413-637-0975
English Tudor mansion featured on the "Travel Channel, Haunted Hotels - 'Where Spirits Speak", National Geographic Travelers, Great Escapes, NY Mag, Fodors. In the heart of the Berkshire Hills. Home of author Richard Chase Mears. Novel "Anubis Rex" reflects mystery of the inn.
Whistler's Inn is named after Ross Whistler, a railroad tycoon and
relation to the artist James Abbott McNeil Whistler. The inn is also
called The Love Inn since all the stories that have taken place in
the inn have been about love affairs. The main story is told by a
relative of one of the ghosts about Mrs. Whistler who befriended a
Swedish beauty queen after Mrs. Whistler's husband died. Needing help at the Whistler's mansion Mrs. Whistler hired (at the suggestion of the beauty queen ) the beauty queen's sister and husband (from Sweden) not knowing that the beauty queen was in love with the sister's husband. A scandal ensued and today three ghosts wander around the Whistler mansion. The beauty queen, her sister and husband are buried together in an old cemetery across the street. Odd things are constantly happening at the inn. Windows unexpectantly fall from their casings. Water appears in strange places at strange times. Guests have asked to move to other rooms because of strange, uncanny impressions. (Rms #1, #5, #7 and #12). Also, the innkeeper reports having a dream of one of the ghosts, a black lady who may have been the main (devoted) servant at the Whistler Estate. They feel that she has possessed them in order to maintain the spirit and upkeep of the estate.
Lake Superior, Michigan
Around the time the hotel first opened in 1930 on the shores of Lake Superior, a librarian in town fell in love with a sailor. He was to make one last journey before coming home to marry her, but the ship and crew never returned. The librarian is said to still haunt the Lilac Room, which has a view of Lake Superior. She is believed to be watching for her sailor's return.
Garnet Ghost Town - Garnet Preservation Association
3255 Fort Missoula Rd.
Ski, snowshoe or snowmobile to GARNET GHOST TOWN and stay in a miners' cabin which comes complete with beds, cook-stove, heat-stove and plenty of split wood. The Dahl Cabin ($40/night) sleeps eight while McDonald's Cabin ($30/night) sleeps four. Fees help preserve the town 40 miles east of Missoula.
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
During the hotel's construction in the 1930s, one of the laborers was killed. His body was never found. "The Lady in Green" has been seen in the Mezzanine level and the Hall of Mirrors. It is believed that she is the widow of the construction worker who died, and her restless spirit seeks his body.
The Heathman Hotel
1001 SW Broadway at Salmon, Portland, Oregon 97205
Room 703 in particular is a hot spot. Guests who leave a clean room return to find a towel used, a glass of water out, a desk chair moved. Hotel records report no one used the electronic key to get in to the room. The incidents happen too often to be brushed off as a fluke. All the rooms in a particular column (703, 803, 1003) have reports of mysterious phenomena.
Back Inn Time
68 Fairfield Rd.
St. Albans, VT 05478
This beautifully restored Victorian Manor was built in 1858 by Victor Atwood in the old Railroad town of St. Albans, VT. The house is haunted by several ghosts. Guests have reported seeing "Laura" a former resident of the house and a gentleman has been seen in the sitting room.
Grey Gables Mansion
122 River Street
Richford, VT 05476
Stories circulate about the ghost of an old lady who likes to clean, of a boy and girl who stare out from the bedroom window and the old lady watching from the widow's peak.
Ramada Plaza Hotel
1 North Main Street St.
Fond Du Lac, WI
Employees have reported Optional strange occurences in the ballroom. The chandelier inexplicably shakes and sways. One employee who heard a noise late one night saw a couple dancing. They disappeared, and he turned and left as fast as he could. The staff's code name for the ghosts who are responsible for the strange happenings at the hotel is "Walter," after the original owner of the hotel.
Some hotels like to keep these legends under wraps, while others, like the Queen Mary, use it as a marketing tool by offering ghost tours and special packages. But if you like the idea of possibly sharing your room with an unpaying, not to mention transparent, ghost, er, guest, these haunted hotels will be sure to raise your spirits.
The Stanley Hotel
333 Wonderview, Estes Park, CO
If you are a Stephen King fan, request room 217. It was in this room that King, inspired by the hotel, wrote half of "The Shining." Room 418 seems to have the most ghostly activity reported. In fact, the entire fourth floor (formerly the servants quarters) is quite active. Often, the sound of children playing in the halls can be heard, even when no children are present. > Read More Here Now about the ghosts of the Stanley Hotel <
Waverly Hills Sanatorium, located in Louisville, Kentucky, opened in 1910 as a two-story hospital to accommodate 40 to 50 tuberculosis patients. It has since come to be considered one of the most haunted buildings in the Eastern United States. In the early 20th century, Jefferson County was severely stricken with an outbreak of tuberculosis. The original Waverly Hills building was soon home to over 140 patients. A larger hospital was needed for the overwhelming number of patients coming in, so construction of a five-story building that could hold more than 400 patients began in March 1924.
The new building opened on October 17, 1926, and was eventually closed in June 1961. The building was reopened in 1962 as Woodhaven Geriatrics Hospital; Woodhaven was closed in 1981 due to patient abuse. > READ MORE HERE<
The Winchester Mystery House
California mansion that was under construction continuously for 38 years. Deeply saddened by the deaths of her daughter and husband, and seeking solace, Sarah Winchester consulted a medium on the advice of a friend.
According to popular history, the medium, who has become known colloquially as the "Boston Medium", told Winchester that there was a curse upon the Winchester family because the guns they made had taken so many lives. She told Winchester that "thousands of persons have died because of it and their spirits are now seeking vengeance." > READ MORE HERE <
Chickamauga National Battlefield
The 5,200 acre Chickamauga Battlefield, scene of the last major Confederate victory of the Civil War, contains numerous monuments, historical tablets, wayside exhibits, and trails. Major points of interest can be reached by following the seven-mile auto tour. The Visitor Center includes exhibits, a bookstore, and the Claud E. and Zenada O. Fuller Collection of American Military Shoulder Arms.
The four Union generals given credit for bringing an end to the Civil War (Generals Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, George H. Thomas, and Philip Sheridan) were all in Chattanooga in the autumn of 1863. There are stories of ghost soldiers, and the sounds of gun shots, marching, crying, and moaning. > READ MORE HERE<
The White House
The White House - its kitchens are reputedly haunted by Mamie Eisenhower, wife of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Mrs. Eisenhower had a difficult relationship with household staff who worked in the kitchens. After her husband left the presidency, kitchen staff during the Kennedy and Johnson presidencies reported finding the kitchen reorganised overnight back to the way Mamie had demanded.
Lincoln's ghost is just one of the many spooks and specters top roam the great halls. After Lincoln's assassination in April 1865, Mary Todd Lincoln attempted to stay in contact with her dead husband through private readings and seances. Whether she achieved genuine communication with the late president will never be known. Mary also visited the studio of William Mumler, a Boston engraver who claimed to photograph the dead. This photo (right) of Mary with the ghostly Lincoln was the result of her sitting with Mumler.
In 1869, Mumler was arrested for public fraud, larceny, and obtaining money under false pretenses. The highly-publicized trial ended in dismissal for lack of evidence. Was Mumler a fraud? Probably, although many of his sitters claimed to recognize loved ones in Mumler's photos who had never been photographed in life. Others claimed that some of the "spirits" in his pictures had been identified as living models.
For further research on Mumler and his "spirit" images, visit the American Museum of Photography's The Mumler Mystery. This site includes many examples of Mumler's carte de visites with background on each image.
After the death 'Mamie reorganisations' were reported by a number of staff in the kitchen who could find no explanation for the changes and none of the security staff on duty saw anyone entering or exiting the kitchens at night. Some staff claimed to have seen Mamie on occasion in the kitchen rummaging through cupboards.
Machu Picchu ( (Quechua: Machu Pikchu Old Peak; sometimes called the "Lost City") is a pre-Columbian city created by the Inca Empire. It is located at 2,430 m (7,970 ft) on a mountain ridge. Machu Picchu is located above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, about 70 km (44 mi) northwest of Cusco. Forgotten for centuries by the outside world, although not by locals, it was brought back to international attention by archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911, who made the first scientific confirmation of the site and wrote a best-selling work about it. Peru is pursuing legal efforts to retrieve thousands of artifacts that Bingham removed from the site. Machu Picchu is probably the most familiar symbol of the Inca Empire. Often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas". The site was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1983 when it was described as "and absolute masterpiece of architecture and a unique testimony to the Inca civilisation".
Many call it the most Mystical Place on earth and have reported paranormal expierences and enlightment. Machu Picchu was constructed around 1450, at the height of the Inca empire, and was abandoned less than 100 years later, as the empire collapsed under Spanish conquest. Although the citadel is located only about 50 miles from Cusco, the Inca capital, it was never found and destroyed by the Spanish, as were many other Inca sites. Over the centuries, the surrounding jungle grew to enshroud the site, and few knew of its existence. In 1911, Yale historian and explorer Hiram Bingham brought the “lost” city to the world’s attention. Bingham and others hypothesized that the citadel was the traditional birthplace of the Inca people or the spiritual center of the “virgins of the sun,” while curators of a recent exhibit have speculated that Machu Picchu was a royal retreat.
It is thought that the site was chosen for its unique location and geological features. It is said that the silhouette of the mountain range behind Machu Picchu represents the face of the Inca looking upward towards the sky, with the largest peak, Huayna Picchu (meaning Young Peak), representing his pierced nose.
Never make your reservations or plan your stay during "holiday" dates, such as Halloween, Christmas, or, in New Orleans, Mardi Gras. The haunted world doesn't know the difference or the date, and unless the actual haunting is connected to that date or to a particular ghost, don't expect the spirits to show up "on cue." Try finding out details about the haunting and, if possible, information about the most usual times to experience it: hotel clerks and staff are often quite aware of their "haunted attraction" and generally don't mind giving out helpful information. Also, consider that a holiday booking may make it harder for you to secure a room, and your stay more expensive. If the haunting is connected to a historical figure, research will tell you facts about that person and can also provide dates that were significant to that individual in life, such as a birthday, anniversary, or actual death date.
No discussion of the history of Haunted Galveston would be complete without mention of the most traumatic event in the city's history -- the Great Storm of 1900. And now Hurricane Ike.
Founded in 1836, Galveston has a history as old and phantom-filled as the entire state of Texas. Tales of pirates and civil war soldiers, of drowned victims of the Great Storm of 1900 that still wander the Galveston streets looking for home. These are but a few of the phantoms of Haunted Galveston.
Galveston was the first Texas city to have electric lights, electric street cars, a post office, naval base, a newspaper, public library and hospital and many other products of civilization. Galveston is rich in history and was the area known as the "Strand" encompasses many of the most historic buildings in the old city including the 1894 Grand Opera House, many museums, shops and eateries. The Galveston Strand was once called "The Wall Street of the Southwest" because it's location and climate attracted so many of the formidable "old money" families of the Northeast. This barrier island also boasts one of the country's largest bird migratory flyways, beautiful beaches and amazing, rich salt marshes.
In the early 1800's the island was used as a headquarters by the famous buccaneer pirate Jean Lafitte who used the remote and trackless surroundings to hide his treasure and further his clandestine trade with outlying territories. Legends abound of the buried treasure left behind by Lafitte and his men and treasure hunters still seek the lost booty to this day. In 1821, Lafitte was ordered to leave by the American forces aboard the warship "Enterprise." Lafitte sailed out of Galveston aboard his frigate "Barataria Bay" was never seen in Galveston again - at least not by any living eye.
During the years of the Texas revolution, the island was used as the naval headquarters for the rebelling fleet. Santa Ana was held prisoner on the island following his defeat in the battle of San Jacinto, and this was just the beginning of its tenure as a prisoner's hold.
During the Civil War many buildings on the islands were used to hold prisoners -- the island changed hands twice and so both Union and Confederate soldiers were at one time held prisoner here. Many of the island buildings were also used to hospitalize wounded from both sides of the War of the Rebellion. Some of these buildings still stand to this day and there are reports of sightings of both Union and Confederate soldiers who still linger where their souls passed on.
The Reconstruction of the Union was barely underway when, in 1867, Galveston was struck with the worst Yellow Fever epidemic in its history. The same epidemic had struck nearby Houston and the graves of the small island cemeteries filled to capacity so quickly that many of the deceased had to be transported to Houston and outlying towns for burial. Islanders are still known for their loyalty and pluck; perhaps these distant burials didn't please them and caused them to return to haunt their old "digs?" During the height of the 1867 epidemic the city was eventually quarantined and the small cemeteries became an overcrowded morass of decaying corpses and exposed, rotting coffins. The Jefferson Davis Hospital was ultimately built over the remains of the worst of these city cemeteries. There are claims that many of the restless dead from cemeteries and hospital alike still haunt the location.
The Great Storm of 1900
This storm, now known to have been a category 5 hurricane, is still recorded as the worst natural disaster in US history. The death toll of the 1900 Storm was estimated to be between 6,000 - 8,000 with 4,000 homes and other buildings leveled by the onslaught of torrential rains, wind and storm surge. Barometer readings recorded during the storm set a record low for any area of the United States up to that point and sustained winds were estimated at speeds of in excess of 100 mph.
When the storm was approaching authorities attempted to calm the island residents with assurances that the low tidal level of the Gulf of Mexico would keep the destructive force of sea and waves to a minimum. On the morning of September 8, 1900, there was an almost carnival atmosphere as Galveston residents assembled along the beaches to greet the oncoming storm. Before long, however, they were fleeing in terror as the realization of the full impact of what was approaching came over them.
With full might the category 5 hurricane pounded into the Galveston coastline. Winds whipped down trees and cable car lines, fence posts and shop signs took flight over the heads of the now-hysterical residents who were literally running for their lives. Torrents of rains blinded them as the dispersed throughout the streets and lanes of Galveston, many climbing over those who fell in their path. Trains en route to the island were called back too late and were washed away with their trestles; entire houses collapsed in the onslaught of the winds.
With the howling of the winds came the rising flood waters and panicked crowds took refuge where they could in the face of the oncoming deluge. Hundreds jammed into the Tremont Hotel in downtown Galveston (now the Tremont House Hotel) where their ultimate refuge was the roof of the building, exposed to the wind and rain. As the storm surge pummeled ashore entire buildings were washed away or overturned like teacups into the murky tide. People clustered on roof tops watched in horror as friends and neighbors were swept past them to their deaths. People grabbed onto anything that would float, including coffins washed out of their resting place in the local cemeteries.
Galveston reeled in the wake of the horrible storm. The clean up began as the waters receded and winds and rain died down. Bodies seemed to be everywhere. Those collected immediately after the storm were hauled out to sea on barges and dumped for burial at sea. But nature had a last cruel trick to play and as the tide turned, bodies began to wash up on the beaches by the thousands. Temporary morgues were set up in the mercantile district, now called the Strand, and ultimately were set on huge pyres for burning. In some cases, sympathetic citizens would bury as many of the dead as possible in their courtyards and back lots. To this day it is not unusual for renovators in the older areas of the city to unearth bones presumed to be those of flood victims from plastered walls or from shallow back yard graves.
After the storm Galveston engineers began the construction of the 17 foot bulkhead that still stands on the Gulf side of the islands, and in an amazing feat of engineering the entire city was raised to a level that could withstand a similar storm, and has been tested many times over since the Great Storm of 1900.
Do the ghosts of the lost dead still haunt the old streets and historic buildings of Haunted Galveston?
Reports of a ghostly frigate sailing in Galveston bay under a moonless sky still are made to this day. Could this be the famous Barataria Bay, captained by the ghostly Lafitte? Soldiers still grimace in pain and moan fitfully in the once makeshift hospitals that now house bright shops and chic cafes. It is not uncommon to be relaxing with a cup of coffee and a newspaper and to look up and find you are being studied from afar by the ghost of a long dead soldier. In one Strand shop, a body is sometimes seen apparently floating in thin air near the rafters -- a remnant, no doubt, of the floods of the Great Storm of 1900 when it washed in and was caught against the ceiling. Reports are even made of phantoms standing atop the sea wall and gazing rigidly out to Sea, perhaps awaiting the next killer storm? Other reports are more troubling, that those of a family who recently visited the haunted Galveston beach and were alarmed when what appeared to be a weeping woman and a small child began to follow them over the sand. When the family finally stopped and turned to confront them, there was no sign of either the woman or her child. It seems that nearly every building on the Strand has a ghost or two.
Whether you come for our haunted Galveston's history, or just a vacation or to be a bit curious or even a little of it's spooky fun, let your next destination be Haunted Galveston, Texas!
The Galveston Island Visitor Information Center, operated by the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, is located in two locations on the Island: 2428 Seawall Boulevard, and in a satellite location at 2215 Strand in the Old Galveston Square building.
The main Galveston Island Visitor Information Hotline is 888.425.4753.
For the next tour time call our Ghost Line at 409-949-2027. For reservations call 832-892-7419
Prices: $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under.
Haunted Galveston's longest running and most widely respected historical and haunted tour since the year 2000!
The most deadly battle of the Civil War took place in 1863 in the tiny Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg. Union soldiers were low on ammunition and losing the fight, nearly capitulating them to the advancing Confederate army. Then, as they used up the last of their gunpowder, a ghostly George Washington on a white stallion appeared before them, urging them on to victory — an event that ultimately turned the tide of the war. That's the way the legend tells it anyway, and to this day, the people who live in and around Gettysburg maintain that George Washington's ghost rides regally across that same battlefield every summer. Of all the forlorn, countless souls awash in time, none reach out to us more than those of the dead at Gettysburg . . . Their presence on earth was silenced forever by death. Or maybe not." -- Mark Nesbitt.
Terrifying visions and horrible scenes of the atrocities of a Civil War. Battlefields, houses, lonely roads and shallow entrenchments all still bear the tell-tale marks of three days of gore and terror that seared themselves into the collective memory of America.
"Gettysburg" This one word can conjure up all these Haunted images and chills.
But the horrible days of the Battle of Gettysburg are not just distant memory in this haunted Pennsylvania town. It is as if the soldiers who fought and died here, and the people whose lives were touched by this great catastrophe, cannot help but continue to remind us of what sacrifices were made here, of what was won and lost on the sprawling hills of Gettysburg.
It is said that Gettysburg is very likely the most haunted destination, "acre for acre," in all of America. The dead do not rest easy in Gettysburg, and they are not hesitant to remind the living that they refuse to be forgotten.
Mark Nesbitt is an award-winning author and paranormal investigator who has spent years researching and categorizing reports of haunting's in and around the battlefield and town of Gettysburg. Many of his experiences are first-hand, and he has made painstaking efforts to document as many as possible in his series of books called "Ghosts of Gettysburg." Nesbitt has also presented his findings in television documentaries and on radio programs across America. He is considered the expert on all things Haunted Gettysburg.
His tour company, also called Ghosts of Gettysburg, is available to travelers seeking to experience the paranormal side of historic Gettysburg. Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours®
Although most of the paranormal activity is centered around the battlefield, every street of Gettysburg is filled with ghosts of the unquiet dead.
Visit the home of Jenny Wade, the only woman killed during the Battle of Gettysburg, where ghostly activity occurs on an almost daily basis. Visit the apothecary shop in the heart of Gettysburg where the ghost of a mournful woman still holds vigil over the casket of her dead father. Stay at a haunted bed and breakfast that once served as a hospital during the war. The odds are great that you'll be sharing your room with something "else."
Take an extended night time walking tour of Haunted Gettysburg, or opt for the convenience (and guaranteed chills) of a Haunted Horse and Buggy Ride. Visit the old Pennsylvania College Campus where several buildings served as makeshift morgues during the height of the bloodshed. Reports are made regularly of visitors who encounter ghostly apparitions and hear horrible moaning's of long departed soldiers. The cries of spectral infants from a long deserted orphanage, another site used to shelter the Gettysburg dead and dying, are said to mingle with the suffering moans of the dying soldiers.
Visit the lonely battlefields where reports by several eyewitnesses tell of ghostly regiments still charging each other in pitched battle, complete with the sound of musket and cannon fire. Visit the lonely paths and promontories where soldiers from both sides held out as long as fate would allow them, sometimes dying and being buried where they fell. Or visit the National Cemetery where reports tell of the strains of the Gettysburg Address still being uttered by Abraham Lincoln 13 decades after the event.
The gatehouse of the National Cemetery is occupied by an invisible sentry still on guard. The apparition descends the stairs, footsteps are heard and a chill of spiritual energy proceeds it, but the apparition never appears!
Whether you come for Haunted Gettysburg great battlefield Ghost or history, Haunted Ghost tales, or just to vacation let your next destination be Haunted Gettysburg, Pennsylvania!
Mark Nesbitt, author of the best-selling Ghosts of Gettysburg book series recently won two national awards for his six-volume collection of tales of paranormal happenings on the battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, site of the 3-day Civil War battle. His popularGhosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours®and many books tells more of the whole story
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.....
The Catacombs of Rome
The Catacombs of Rome are ancient Jewish and Christian underground burial places near Rome, Italy. There are forty known subterranean burial chambers in Rome. They were built along Roman roads, like the Via Appia, the Via Ostiense, the Via Labicana, the Via Tiburtina, and the Via Nomentana. Names of the catacombs – like St Calixtus and St Sebastian alongside Via Appia – refer to martyrs that might be buried there.
Christian excavators built vast systems of galleries and passages on top of each other. They lie 7-19 meters (22-65 ft) below the surface in area of more than 2.4 km² (600 acres). Narrow steps that descend as many as four stories join the levels. Passages are about 2.5x1 meters (8x3 feet). Burial niches were carved into walls. They are 40-60 cm (16-24 in) high and 120-150 cm (47-59 in) long. Bodies were placed in chambers in stone sarcophagi in their clothes and bound in linen. Then the chamber was sealed with a slab bearing the name, age and the day of death. Fresco decorations were typically Roman. The catacomb of Saint Agnes is a small church.
In 380, Christianity became a state religion. At first many still desired to be buried in chambers alongside martyrs. However, the practice of catacomb burial declined slowly, and the dead were increasingly buried in church cemeteries. In the 6th century catacombs were used only for martyrs’ memorial services. Apparently Ostrogoths, Vandals and Lombards that sacked Rome also violated the catacombs, possibly looking for valuables. By the 10th century catacombs were practically abandoned, and holy relics were transferred to above-ground basilicas. In the intervening centuries they remained forgotten until they were accidentally rediscovered in 1578, after which Antonio Bosio spent decades exploring and researching them for his volume, Roma Sotterranea (1632).
Archeologist Giovanni Battista de Rossi (1822-1894) published the first extensive professional studies about catacombs. In 1956 and 1959 Italian authorities found more catacombs near Rome. The catacombs have become an important monument of the early Christian church.
Currently maintenance of the catacombs is in the hands of the Papacy which has invested the Salesians of Don Bosco the supervision of the Catacombs of St. Callixtus on the outskirts of Rome.
They have frequently been a topic in classical music, featuring in one of Respighi's Pini di Roma and in Mussorgsky's Pictures from an Exhibition.
Marie Laveau's Tomb
In a sense, it does not really matter if Marie Laveau was buried here, because the tomb has been accepted as her final resting place and for generations the devoted and the curious have been visiting this site, conducting all kinds of rituals, leaving all kinds of gris-gris. You never quite know what you will find upon visiting this gravesite, anything from a statue of a monkey and a cock to a wedding cake couple circled in coconut, cayenne, and honey, to a freshly dead rat wearing Mardi Gras beads. Located in St. Louis Cemetery Number 1.
The true Statue of Marie Laveau
But you will always find the innumerable “X’s” blanketing this tomb and several others. The origins of this proverbial New Orleans Voodoo practice are unclear, but contrary to popular belief, it is not rooted in age-old local ritual. Judging from the sheer amount of X’s scrawled throughout the cemetery, it would appear the legions of Voodoo practitioners make their way through the City of the Dead on a regular basis. Although more Voodoo is practiced at this one tomb than any single tomb in the United States, many people who worship through Voodoo and genuinely live it as a lifestyle have never left a mark on the structures of the City of the Dead.
New Orleans Voodoo, like New Orleans culture, is a mixture. Marie Laveau herself was a mixture: She was a free person of color, born to Charles Laveau, a wealthy French planter, and a mother who sources indicate could have been a mulatto slave, a Caribbean Voodoo practitioner, or a quadroon mistress. Marie may also have been part Choctaw. The objects and actions employed in the practice of New Orleans Voodoo are called “gris-gris.” “Gris” is the French word for grey, signifying a mixture of black and white magic, magic which can be used for different purposes. Gris-gris, the basis of New Orleans Voodoo practice, is a concept which is based upon mixture.
Marie Laveau’s gender is indicative of New Orleans Voodoo. Hers was a matriarchal sect, like the African religion upon which it is based. Marie Laveau also embodies New Orleans Voodoo as an impresario. Voodoo ceremonies in Marie Laveau’s day were looked upon by some people as entertainment; she was the one who introduced this show-biz element. She understood theatrical staging, possessing a good sense of what people would line up and pay to see. These performances, and her general voodoo practice, were highly lucrative. Aspects of nineteenth-century New Orleans Voodoo were also business-oriented, and she was a consummate businesswoman.
Many say her tomb is haunted and report feeling her presence. Real host photos happen here all rhe time, so do EVP"s and the appearence of her apprition and her great snake Zombi.
The oldest public library in the state of Indiana, established in 1885 in Evansville Indiana. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.The library opened in 1885 and apparently the ghost, whoever she is, dates from that time period because her clothing matches costume of that era. Despite visits from psychics and ghost researchers, no one has been able to learn the identity of the spirit who haunts the building.
Live, 24-hour a day camera inside a haunted library in Evansville, Indiana. See if you can catch the 'Grey Lady Ghost' in Willard Library!
The Willard Library Ghost Cams were inspired by the question "Is Willard Library Haunted?" It has become a fascinating, and somewhat credible, legend that drives thousands of people to search the library for remnants of lost spirits. The site is a virtual ghost hunting mecca. Take a virtual tour of the library with Greg Hager, Willard Library Director, and see if you can locate the cams hidden in the building. Libraryghost.com offers three cams for your ghost hunting pleasure. The Children's Room cam and the Research Room cam are both refreshed every thirty seconds. The newest cam, which is located in the basement, is virtually live - it refreshes every second! > MORE ON HAUNTED LIBRAIES VISIT HERE NOW <
FENG-DU: The Realm of the Dead
The town of Fengdu, said to be the abode of devils, is one of the first stops on your Yangtze River cruise. The famous 'Ghost City' Situated on the northern bank of the river between Zhongxian and Fuling, the city was depicted as the 'City of Ghosts' in two ancient, classic Chinese works - "Monkey King" and "Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio". The origin of the town's extraordinary reputation can be traced back to the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. - 220 A.D.) when two officials, Yin and Wang, became Taoist recluses here and eventually Immortals. Later in the Tang Dynasty, their names were combined to mean "King of the Underworld".
Thereafter, Mt. Mingshan gained its reputation as the 'City of Ghosts' where the king lived.There is a necropolis called Fengdu modelled after the Chinese Hell in Taoist mythology, built over 1800 years ago. The famous ghost town will become an island after Three Gorges Dam project. Specifically, part of the ghost town of Fengdu will be submerged, but scenery above the "Door of Hell" will remain.
Today, the town throngs with many tourists who come to visit temples and shrines dedicated to the gods of the underworld. Landmarks here bear horrific names - Last Glance at Home Tower, Nothing-to-be-done Bridge, and Ghost Torturing Pass - the three trials for ghosts who wanted to enter the nether world. > READ MORE HERE<
Shanghai Tunnel Portland
The Shanghai Tunnels that run under Portland. If you haven’t heard of this place before don’t worry it’s not that well known. There are many mysterious archways and tunnels leading all throughout old-town Portland. You can see a variety of architectural periods represented in the structure of the tunnels and walls. A segment of the once-hidden world of shanghaiing. You will venture into the "Portland Underground" to see remnants of this shocking maritime history --- unique architecture, underground holding cells, a "dead fall" trapdoor, unearthed artifacts of this terrible, misguided labor practice, and more. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the secret haunted history of shanghaiing.
People who want to find Portlands ghosts usually seek out this reported real "Haunted Hot Spot" this is the great noths "Paranormal Zone" like cemeteries or vacated houses and buildings with histories of disasters or multiple deaths these tunnels are very haunted.
75 Prospect Ave., Eureka Springs AR 72632
A number of rooms are haunted in this historic hotel. Room 218 is the spot where Michael, an Irish stonemason, landed when he fell from the hotel's roof during construction. His ghost is said to bang on the walls and turn the lights and television on and off. Rooms 202 and 424 are also said to be haunted. Outside of the Recreation Room, the ghost of Dr. Norman Baker often appears, looking a bit confused. He ran a controversial hospital and health resort in the building during the 1930s. A nurse, dressed in a white uniform, has been seen on the third floor. A woman in Room 419 introduces herself as a cancer patient to guests and housekeepers, then vanishes. Also roaming the grounds is a gentleman in Victorian clothing who haunts the lobby, the confused ghost of Doctor Baker (who ran the facility in the 1930s when it was a hospital/health spa), and the ghost of a nurse dressed in white who wanders the entire hotel.
Guests have reported sightings and other odd happenings in a number of guest rooms, the lobby, dining room and the grounds of this great historic hotel in Haunted Eureka Springs.
You don't need to stay in a haunted room to see a real ghost at the Crescent Hotel. Outside of the Recreation Room, the ghost of Dr. Norman Baker often appears, looking a bit confused. He ran a controversial hospital and health resort in the building during the 1930s. Many people believe honestly that the spring water that flows underneath the hotel is high in energy and it attracts ghostly apparitions. Is this just a publicity gimmick to help a failing hotel? It could be, but actually the hotel was starting to do well before the ghosts were sighted.
The Crystal Dining Room of the Crescent Hotel is particularly active, and many spirits in Victorian garb hve been spotted there at the tables or in the mirrors. Once, at Christmastime, the staff reported leaving a Christmas tree and presents at one end of the locked and empty Crystal Dining Room. Upon their return, the staff found the tree and presents moved to the other end of the room, and chairs facing the tree in a semi-circle.
The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa has a rich and fascinating history. Read about some of the earliest accounts from these stories taken from the Eureka Springs Times Echo, one of Eureka Springs' early newspapers which is still in existence today and some fascinating information on Dr. Norman Baker, one time owner of the Crescent Hotel who ran a "Cancer Hospital" in his "Castle in the Air".
The hotel was designed by the architect Isaac L. Taylor in 1886.It was used as a hotel for several years before it could no longer sustain itself financially.
In 1908, the hotel was opened as the Crescent College and Conservatory for Young Women. Soon it couldn't afford to stay open as a school either.The school closed in 1924 and then reopened from 1930 to 1934 as a junior college.
The Crescent was leased as a summer hotel after the school closed. In 1937, it got a new owner.Norman Baker turned the place into a hospital and health resort. Baker was an inventor and had made millions of dollars by 1934. Baker wasn't happy just inventing things because he thought of himself as a doctor (even though he had no medical training). He claimed to have discovered a number of "cures" for various ailments, including cancer.He was sure that organized medicine was conspiring against him. He had recently been ran out of Iowa for practicing medicine without a license.
Baker moved his cancer patients to Arkansas and he advertised the health resort.The "cure" was basically drinking the natural spring water. No one was really harmed by this, but it wasn't really the advertised "miracle cure". Federal charges were filed against him for mail fraud and he spent four years in prison. The Crescent Hotel was left ownerless.
The hotel stayed closed until 1946 when new investors took it over and began trying to restore this odd and historical piece of Ozark history.
Established in May 1864 as a final resting place for Union soldiers who died in Louisiana during the Civil War, the cemetery also contains the remains of veterans of the Spanish- American War, World Wars I and II, and Vietnam. Four Americans who fought in the War of 1812 are buried here, but only one of them took part in the Battle of New Orleans.
Six miles southeast of New Orleans is the Chalmette Battlefield, which preserves the site of the January 8, 1815, Battle of New Orleans, a decisive American victory over the British at the end of the War of 1812. Facilities include a tour road, visitor center, and the Malus-Beauregard House (c.1833). Adjacent is the Chalmette National Cemetery. Located on St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette. The Battlefield is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Adjacent to the battlefield, is the United States Civil War Chalmette National Cemetery, honoring Civil War soldiers who died on both sides. Those buried there include members of the famous Buffalo Soldiers. The cemetery sits on a tract of land which is approximately where the British artillery was located during the Battle of New Orleans. Both of these sites are maintained by the National Park Service, and are open to the public.
Also located on the Chalmette Battlefield grounds, and serving as a museum and visitor center, is the Beauregard House. Beauregard House was never used as a plantation, and was built in 1830. It is named for René Beauregard, its last owner, the son of the Civil War Confederate General, P. G. T. Beauregard (whose monument is at the entrance to City Park, at the north end of Esplanade Avenue). While many visitors arrive by automobile, many also arrive by riverboat, the Chalmette Battlefield being part of the tour.
Additional artifacts of the Civil War can be seen at the Confederate Civil War Museum, located in downtown New Orleans, 929 Camp Street, just one block from Lee Circle.
Voodoo Cemetery Gates Of Guinee
One old tradition still observed in New Orleans today was to search for Secret Voodoo Cemetery Gates Of Guinee, The Mysterious Portal To The Afterworld. Bringing something as an offering, (a piece of King Cake, Mardi Gras Beads etc.). The dead love sweets and gifts, and even more so they love King Cake in New Orleans.
In Voodoo, the soul continues to live on earth and may be used in magic or it may be incarnated in a member of the dead person's family. This belief is similar to Catholicism in that the soul is believed to be immortal. Elaborate burial customs have been established to keep the dead buried in the ground. It is believed that corpses, or a persons spirit bottle* that have been removed from their tombs may be turned into zombies, who then serve the will of their masters. > Read More Here <
Haunted Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia is considered by many the most haunted city in America. It was named so by Fox Television's Scariest Places on Earth television series and there is enough history and legend permeating the old town to fill hundreds of books.
Its colorful and legend-filled past enthralls visitors to this day; its streets are filled with the shadows and ghosts of bygone days, perhaps still waiting to greet the inquisitive traveler.
The city's founding father, Englishman James Edward Oglethorpe, was so enthralled with the areas lush tropical shoreline and very mild climate that when he landed on the shores of the Savannah River in 1733 he chose to remain. Shortly after his arrival, Oglethorpe chartered the great city of Savannah in what was to become the final New World Crown Colony of England's King George II.
Much of the original, dreamlike beauty that Oglethorpe experienced over two centuries ago endures to this day. Spanish moss still hangs low from the spreading oak trees, the deep waters of the Savannah River still lazily pass by, and the sea breezes still waft in from the open ocean waters. The classic beauty of this old Southern bastion has inspired writers and artists alike over the centuries. Many films have used Savannah as a backdrop, most notably the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
But many residents and visitors insist that Savannah really does have a "midnight side" and that it is a city still holding onto its past with a strong grip. In fact, many believe that some of of its citizens still feel the tug of this gentle city even from beyond the grave.
In Savannah you can hear chilling, ghost-filled tales on historical walks into the city's storied past; or you can experience first hand the "midnight side" of this Old Southern Lady in one of her haunted cemeteries or historic residents. There is a haunted train ride and a horse-drawn trolley tour through the dark streets; or visit a haunted plantation and historic locations where soldiers of the Civil War still plan battles or stand guard despite the long passage of time. You may even want to experience a ghost tour from the seat of a real hearse!
Savannah's Fort Jackson is the oldest standing fort in Georgia. The site where the fort now stands has been used since the 1740's, and has a rich history relating to the defense of Savannah from earliest days to the end of the 19th century. The site was fortified during the Revolutionary War as an earthen fort. The original brick fort was begun in 1808 and was manned during the War of 1812. During the Civil War, Fort Jackson was held for a time by Confederate forces until the Old Southern Lady made the acquaintance of one W.T. Sherman. Union soldiers took the old fort and held it until the end of the war. The fort is one of Savannah's most popular haunted tourist attractions with unmatched daytime educational and historical programs and "after hours" programs for ghost hunters of all ages.
Savannah's Historic Railroad Shops, Built on the site of the second bloodiest battle of the great Revolutionary War, the shops were begun in 1845. Thirteen of the original structures survive, including the blacksmith shop and the brick mason shop. A National Historic Landmark since 1978, the shops were used in filming the movie "Glory" in 1988. The shops are recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as the most significant complex of ante-bellum railroad structures to survive in the United States. They also serve as the state of Georgia's official railroad museum.
The Savannah History Museum is Savannah's only museum dedicated to the history of the whole coastal community and is located in the passenger station of the Central Railroad. Constructed before the Civil War, this building is now one of Georgia's 43 National Historic Landmarks and houses a 20,000 square foot exhibit area with a variety of exhibits reflecting Savannah's history from her founding in 1733 to the present. The museum is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
These are just some of the options for the avid ghost hunter and paranormal enthusiast. Be sure to explore every nook and cranny of this famous Southern city!
Haunted 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.
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!
Haunted San Francisco has many a said haunted location from buildings to cemeteries and the most famous hot spot of mystery Alcatraz Prison. The now closed prison ghost are not so quiet, sounds of ghostly footsteps and the real sounds of cell doors opening and closing also echo throughout the empty haunted corridors. Visitors, Tour guides, and paranormal investigators and workers have all reported feeling many localized "cold haunted ghost spots" in certain common areas, and the feeling that they are not alone. EVP"S, ghost photos and ghostly encounters abound.
The prison on Alcatraz Island, a lonely outcropping in the middle of San Francisco Bay, was opened in 1933 as a maximum-security facility for America's most dangerous criminals. Among its most celebrated internees were Chicago crime boss Al Capone and Robert "Birdman" Stroud. Life on Alcatraz was hard: Inmates were lucky to spend one hour a day outside their cells, and those so favored usually spent the time breaking rocks. Violating prison rules could mean months of solitary confinement, sometimes in the Hole, a tiny cell with no light. The prison was shut down in 1963, and Alcatraz Island became a national park site. But the building still stands, and some of the poor souls that served time and died there seem to be locked forever behind its dank walls.
Several visitors have reported hearing moans, agonized cries and chains rattling in cell blocks A, B, and particularly C. A psychic who visited the site claimed to identify the unruly spirit of a man named Butcher inhabiting the place. Prison records confirm that Abie Maldowitz, a mob hit man nicknamed Butcher, was killed by a fellow inmate in the laundry area of cell block C. The D cell block is supposedly haunted as well, with visitors reporting cold spots and the sound of phantom banjo music coming from rooms that once housed Al Capone.
Many a haunted building and location will tempt you to visit. From San Francisco Arts Institute often said to be built on a cemetery in the early 1900's after The great earthquake, it is haunted by more then a few hundred said restless spirits. San Francisco Art Institute
Ghosts are also identified with the Russian Hill area several blocks north of Nob Hill. Some of these ghosts, however, seem anchored to earth not by honor but by anger, a fury engendered by the violation of their resting place. A cemetery once occupied the land here, but the graves were moved to make room for new homes and office buildings. Some of the displaced spirits appear to have attached themselves to the tower at the San Francisco Art Institute on Chestnut Street.
The institute was built in the 1920s, and its red-tiled roofs and ochre-colored walls distinguish it as a fine example of Spanish Revival architecture. Its tower, styled like the bell towers of the California missions, has been the site of several strange encounters. Early in its history, a night watchman with a room on the top floor was surprised to hear the street-level doors he had locked open and close. Waiting fearfully, he listened to footsteps slowly ascend three sets of stairs. The door to his room opened and closed, but he saw no one enter.
Some years later, students partying in a room at the top of the tower had a similar experience. Eerie lights are said to flicker in the tower at night, and power tools used by sculptors have inexplicably turned on by themselves. When the institute was renovated in the 1960s, some construction workers quit because the site scared them, and a series of near-fatal accidents delayed work for months.
Haunted Golden Gate Park with ghostly joggers and strange paranormal occurrences. The Golden Gate Bridge connects more than San Francisco and Marin County; it connects the world of the living and the dead. Since its opening in 1937, the 4,200-foot suspension bridge that spans San Francisco Bay has played dispassionate host to more than 1,000 suicides.
The bay's haunted stories, however, predates the actual bridge. In the 1800s, the clipper ship Tennessee disappeared into the dense fog of Golden Gate Strait and went down with a full crew.
The phantom ship has been sighted by often many credible witnesses over the years since, often seen passing below the bridge. In 60 seconds, the ship fades.
The bay's choppy waters have swallowed more than sailors and suicides. On Feb. 17, 1937, 10 construction workers rode a falling scaffold through a safety net.
Atherton Mansion, After her husband died and left her his vast fortune, Dominga de Goni Atherton built the Atherton Mansion at Octavia and California streets in the exclusive Pacific Heights district in 1881.
Dominga lived there with her son George, an aimless bumbler, and his wife Gertrude. George was somewhat of an embarrassment to the socially prominent Athertons, and the two strong-willed women with whom he lived constantly called his manhood into question. That is probably why, in 1887, he accepted an invitation to sail to Chile. Ostensibly he was going to visit friends, but in actuality he sought to prove his mettle and earn a place of honor in his family.
George Atherton developed kidney problems during the voyage and died. The ship's captain preserved George's remains by storing the body in a barrel of rum, which was shipped back to the Atherton household several weeks later.
George was duly dried out and buried, but shortly thereafter, his Ghost apparently decided to avenge itself on the women who'd tormented him in life. Dominga and Gertrude reported being awakened at night by knocks at their bedroom doors and by a cold and disturbing presence. The phenomenon grew so troublesome that Dominga sold the mansion and moved out. Subsequent tenants also have been unsettled by phantom knockings and roaming cold spots. A séance conducted by a local psychic identified several spirits active in the house, including those of George and Dominga.
These are just a few haunted tales this city has many more for you to unravel. so visit haunted San Francisco and you might just be hauntingly surprised.
Although more then notably recognized for its many ghosts, Hauntings and paranormal happenings, Urban legends and myths Chicago is also rich with history. From a fatal fire started by Mrs. O' Leary's cow to tales of gangsters and Al Capone. Haunted Chicago stands alone as a haunted Mecca to the strange. More strange tales come out of this Haunted Windy City then any other. Haunted houses buildings and an assorted array of hauntings of every type and measure. This Haunted city is an never ending ghost hunters paradise.
Many a tale of horror is associated with that of Jane Addam's Hull House. Founded by Jane Addams in 1889 on Chicago's Near haunted West side, this now world famous social settlement has become a museum dedicated to Jane Addams and her many works. The house is in a community where, long ago, immigrants fought in the streets to find their place in Chicago. Hull House is rumored to be the most haunted place in the area... Some hear footsteps, voices are often heard, and a cold touch or bump by an unseen specter. The stories told time and again by both staff and visitors.
The most notorious inhabitant of Hull House might be the Devil Baby of Hull House. That is if, in fact, one ever existed. Even though Jane Addams did everything within her power to persuade people, both in person and in print, that this child was just myth, to this day some still believe the Devil Baby remains trapped in the attic of Hull House.
Who was the Devil Baby?
Legend says it was a child born to a poor immigrant mother. Her husband himself called Satan within their walls by refusing to permit her to hang a picture of the Virgin Mary, stating he would rather share his home with the devil. Some say their child -- born deformed, scaled, and sporting a pointy tail -- was brought to Hull House by it's enraged father when he could no longer endure the scorn of the neighborhood. Others feel that the child might have been just a regularly deformed child.
Regardless of what people believe, these rumors persevere to this very day. Some say that, if you stand outside and peer at the attic windows of Hull House, you will see him.
Resurrection Mary perhaps is the most spoken of ghost of Haunted Chicagoland. Many times a topic on morning radio shows across the country and haunted tales. Mary is said to still be wandering lost each night on a stretch of Archer Avenue.
Could Resurrection Mary be searching for something unseen amongst the living?
Or is she just a lost soul all dressed up and no place to go?
This haunted Chicago legend tells that Mary was killed by a passing car while returning from an evening of dancing with her boyfriend at the O Henry Ballroom, now known as Willowbrook.
Some tell of a argument between the two lovers, Mary was said to have stormed out into the cold winter's night and her untimely death. Many locals say she died on the spot others tell that she died days later. What ever the case, her grieving parents buried her in Resurrection Cemetery, dressed in her new white party dress and dancing shoes. Since that night when she died in the 30's, numerous people have witnessed Mary roaming the road. There have been many haunted claims of the young lost woman in white hitching a ride or two,from many a passerby. They pick her up , she says hello and thank you, then only to vanish before the drivers very astonished eyes at or before her destination.
Bachelor's Grove Cemetery From unusual lights, orbs and mist to supernatural beings and lost ghost animals in the deep daylight shadows. Bachelor's Grove is a haven of paranormal activity, many on going Paranormal investigations happen here all the time. There seems to be something specific about the general area of Bachelors Grove cemetery, The unseen link or portal to the other world. That supernatural force draws so many people to it, to explore and research it for answers. Is it the many ghost photos people take or the EVP's, Tales of terror or just the haunted spooky fun? Haunted Bachelor's Grove Cemetery is a sight to see. One research tells of phenomena that will baffle all the experts. and it all happens in broad daylight. No haunted stop in Chicago is well worth the visit then that of Bachelor's Grove Cemetery. It will chill you and if your going to see a ghost this is the spot to see it.
South Beach, Florida, is very well known as a hot exciting nighttime spot of fun and mingling with the rich and famous. It's the home of some famous Haunted night clubs, haunted hotels and haunted bars that are sure to provide you with the live and dead entertainment you're looking for. It also offers haunted places that you won't want to miss. If you're going to be in southern Florida, you'll certainly need to stop in South Beach to truly experience all there is in the region including some great ghost stories.
Haunted South Beach is a barrier island that is surrounded by Biscayne Bay on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Once a large coconut plantation, John S. Collins bought the property in hopes of building a beautiful beach town. Between the 20’s and 50’s South Beach was the gambling Mecca of South Florida.
Prohibition did not stop the liquor from flowing nor did it stop the frequent visits from the very notorious gangster Al Capone. The haunted buildings that stand as silent testament to the Art Deco Style were built in the 1930’s. World War Two came along and turned the city virtually into a city military base. Since it’s early days South Beach has become home to Cubans, South Americans, Europeans and many retirees making it one of the most diverse Haunted populations in the world.
The Biltmore Hotel (1926-1999)
In its heyday, The Biltmore played host to royalty, both Europe's and Hollywood's. The hotel counted the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Ginger Rogers, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Al Capone and assorted Roosevelt's and Vanderbilt's as frequent guests. Fashion shows, gala balls, aquatic shows by the grand pool and weddings were de rigueur as were world class golf tournaments. A product of the Jazz Age, big bands entertained wealthy, well-traveled visitors to this American Riviera resort.
But with the onset of World War II, The Biltmore was converted to a hospital by the War Department. It served the wounded as the Army Air Forces Regional Hospital. Many of the windows were sealed with concrete, and the marble floors covered with government issue linoleum. Also the early site of The University of Miami's School of Medicine, The Biltmore remained a VA hospital until 1968. This is why many of the haunted reports keep flowing in say many Paranormal / Ghost hunters.
In 1973, through the Historic Monuments Act and Legacy of Parks program, the City of Coral Gables was granted ownership control of The Biltmore. Undecided as to the structure's future, The Biltmore remained unoccupied for almost 10 years. Then in 1983, the City oversaw its full restoration to be opened as a grand hotel. Almost four years and $55 million later, The Biltmore opened on December 31, 1987 as a first class hotel and resort. Over 600 guests turned out to honor the historic Biltmore at a black tie affair.
Since before it's restoration in 1983, the Biltmore Hotel has been known for being haunted, unexplained noises on the 13th floor, a ghostly girl out on the golf course, and restless spirits from its time as a VA hospital, are but only a few of the ghostly stories associated with it.
Take an evening tour by lantern and learn the mystery of one of North America's most important archeological sites - the Miami Circle. Believed to be on the site of an ancient Tequesta village dating back more than 2000 years, sights and sounds from beyond have scared those who dare to visit.
Also visit The ornate and mournful and said to be very haunted Miami City Cemetery, visit long-deceased pioneers and settlers.
Whether you come for our Night life or the white sandy beaches or even a a haunted night of fun, let your next destination be Haunted Miami Florida!
Haunted Salem, Massachusetts
Salem, Massachusetts is home to a world of haunting's! Walk the narrow streets What it has been branded “ The Haunted Witch City” with haunted shops, strange haunted museums,and very many haunted house and building. In a Salem haunted cemetery read the epitaphs of history on one their many colonial haunted graves. Meet real Salem Witches who are waiting to guide you through our city’s mysteries haunted streets on a Haunted Witch or Haunted ghost tours.. Shop mystical emporiums that will entice you with treasures found nowhere else.
Whether you earnestly try to unravel Salem's haunting's or Witch trial ghost filled present or past, or just to experience Salem's bewitching haunted charm and beauty , a journey to Haunted Salem, Massachusetts is a journey into a truly haunted city.
The infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692 gave birth to a deeply haunted heritage that haunted Salem citizens cannot ever try to openly deny.
Today, Haunted Salem embrace's the dark haunted past that so many would try to dismiss. Listen closely to the haunted ghost whispers on the winds and you will hear the cry of the ghost of innocent victims who were tortured and killed because of the ghastly gruesome Witchcraft hysteria of 1692. You can also experience the Witch Trials first hand by visiting one of our many said haunted museums that are dedication to them.
Haunted buildings, haunted houses, even the Town Center is said to be more then just haunted by a few, but by a multitude of ghost.
The Haunted Underground Vaults, Edinburgh,
Far below the busy streets of modern Edinburgh lies a dark, forgotten
corner of history. Discovered in the mid-1980’s, the Edinburgh
Vaults had been abandoned for nearly two hundred years. Lying
beneath the South Bridge, a major Edinburgh passage, the rooms
were used as cellars, workshops and even as residences by the
businesses that plied their trade on the busy bridge above. Abandoned
soon after they were built due to excessive water and moisture,
the vaults remain, unaltered, never illuminated by the light of
The South Bridge has stood since 1785 and it was around this time
that the huge supporting arches were first divided for use by
nearby businesses. The vaults were once bustling with life, the
vast overflow of an ever-growing city.
When the vaults became mostly abandoned because of the unwholesome
atmosphere they were still used sporadically by the poor and homeless
of Edinburgh society. As with any great concentration of unhealthy
people, there were outbreaks of plague and other devastating illnesses;
many of the people who took refuge in the vaults ultimately died
there. There is evidence that at least some of these people may
have met untimely ends because it was here in the Edinburgh Vaults
that the nefarious pair, Burke and Hare, plied their trade of
providing cadavers to the nearby teaching hospitals of Infirmary
Paranormal investigations have been conducted in the vaults practically
since their discovery and to date the location has not failed
to provide a wealth of disturbing and unexplainable activity.
Recently visited by the crew from England’s “Most
Haunted,” the vaults maintained their reputation as the
spookiest place in Edinburgh – no member of the team would
voluntarily return there.
Cemetery - Sydney, Australia
Victorian Rookwood necropolis in Sydney, but it is the grave of
the notorious Davenport Brothers, famous spiritualists. Rookwood
Cemetery (officially named The Necropolis and named when it opened
as The Necropolis, Haslams Creek.) is the largest multicultural
necropolis in the Southern Hemisphere, close to Lidcombe Station
in Sydney, Australia.
The name Rookwood came some 20
years after the establishment of the necropolis, it was a means
to differentiate the local village of Haslams Creek from the association
of the burial ground, the village changed its name to Rookwood,
and naturally the cemetery was soon known as Rookwood, the village
changed its name again in the early 20th Century to "Lidcombe"
(a combination of two Mayors names, Lidbury and Larcombe - Larcombe
was also a Monumental Stone Mason). The cemetery retained the
Approximately one million people
have their final resting place within the boundaries of its almost
3 km². The "Friends of Rookwood Inc" raise public
awareness of the cultural and historical value of the cemetery
and also the need to ensure its preservation.
Some older sections of Rookwood are overgrown with a riot of
plants, early horticultural plants, some now large trees or groves,
as well as an interesting array of remnant indigenous flora. This
results in quite an eclectic mix of flora to be found within the
necropolis. Many say that since so many are interred here it can't
just help being one of the most haunted places where the dead
Approaching paranormal phenomena from a research perspective is often difficult because even when the phenomena are seen as real they may be difficult to explain using existing rules or theory. By definition, paranormal phenomena exist outside of conventional norms. Skeptics contend that they don't exist at all. Despite this challenge, studies on the paranormal are periodically conducted by researchers from various disciplines. Some researchers study just the beliefs in paranormal phenomena regardless of whether the phenomena actually exist. In 1957, the Parapsychological Association was formed as the preeminent society for parapsychologists. In 1969, they became affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. That affiliation, along with a general openness to psychic and occult phenomena in the 1970s, led to a decade of increased parapsychological research.
Typically, a ghost "ghost hunting party" will involve individuals who work as a team to collect evidence of paranormal activity. Ghost hunters usually record data in a scientific manner, making observation using electronic equipment of various types, such as; EMF Meters, digital thermometers, infrared and night vision cameras, handheld video cameras, digital audio recorders, and computers. Organized teams of ghost hunters are also called paranormal investigation teams. Easy access to information on the world wide web, movies like White Noise, and TV shows like Most Haunted and Ghost Hunters are thought to be partly responsible for the current boom in ghost hunting. One popular website for ghost hunting enthusiasts lists over 300 of these organizations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.
Scores of small businesses selling ghost-hunting equipment, ghost investigation services, and even ghost counseling, are booming outside of their prime season, Halloween. Several companies recently introduced new devices billed as ghost detectors, along with the traditional electromagnetic field detectors, white noise generators, and infrared motion sensors. The paranormal boom is such that some small ghost-hunting related businesses are enjoying increased profits through podcast and web site advertising, books, DVDs, videos, and other commercial enterprises.
While interest in the paranormal gains more popularity, so does the competition between ghost hunting organizations. As many groups get air time for publicity, personal rivalry and feuds are happening on a wide spread level. Larger groups such as TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) and IGHS (International Ghost Hunters Society) often attempt to discredit the other's paranormal claims.
Ghosts - Ghost Tours
An offshoot of ghost hunting is the commercial ghost tour conducted by a local guide or tour operator who is often a member of a local ghost hunting or paranormal investigation group. Since both tour operator and 'haunted' site owners share profits of such enterprises (admissions typically range between $50 and $100 per person), some believe the 'haunted' claims are exaggerated or fabricated in order to increase attendance. The city of Savannah, GA is thought to be the #1 US city for "Ghost Tour Wars" by having more than three dozen individual tours at last count.
A ghost tour (also called a haunted tour, ghost walk, or haunted walk) is an activity themed around the paranormal providing an entertaining and often educational way to present ghostlore. Tours often take place around sites with a reputation for unusual occurrences. They are usually conducted at night and will combine a mix of history and legends.
Tours themes around the paranormal can introduce historic, social and scientific topics to a wider audience than might not otherwise be addressed. Stories centered on ghosts and mysteries are more attractive to many people to whom leisure time is precious, than purely academic pursuits. A well presented thematic tour can create the interest for further investigation into the stories behind the topics.
Presentations use drama, humour and analogies to weave stories in an interesting way. Tours may be conducted on foot, vehicle or even a self led tour finding clues along a predetermined route.
Increased popularity of tours has led to the formation of several professional bodies aimed at promoting ghost tours and improving the experience and security of customers.
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Haunted locations are often regarded to contain the spirits of deceased beings who may have been former residents or were familiar with the property. Supernatural Activity inside homes is said to be mainly associated with violent or tragic events in the buildings past such as murder, accidental death, or suicide — sometimes in the recent or ancient past. Amongst many cultures and religions it is believed that the essence of a being such as the 'soul' continue to exist. Some philosophical and religious views argue that the 'spirts' of those who have died have not 'passed over' and are trapped inside the property where their memories and energy is strong. Entities which are said to 'haunt' homes are often known to make noises, appear as apparitions, and shift or launch physical objects. This is sometimes manifested into 'poltergeist activity'; poltergeist meaning 'noisy spirit'. Traditionally an exorcism is the method used to remove unwelcome spirits from the property.
Walachia, Transylvania, Land of Dracul, Romania.
“Beyond the green swelling hills of the Mittel Land rose
mighty slopes of forest up to the lofty steeps of the Carpathians
themselves. Right and left of us they towered, with the afternoon
sun falling full upon them and bringing out all the glorious colours
of this beautiful range, deep blue and purple in the shadows of
the peaks, green and brown where grass and rock mingled, and an
endless perspective of jagged rock and pointed crags, till these
were themselves lost in the distance, where the snowy peaks rose
grandly . . .
“Just then a heavy cloud passed across the face of the moon,
so that we were again in darkness . . . This was all so strange
and uncanny that a dreadful fear came upon me, and I was afraid
to speak or move. The time seemed interminable, as we swept on
our way, now in almost complete darkness, for the rolling clouds
obscured the moon.
“We kept on ascending, with occasional periods of quick
descent, but in the main always ascending. Suddenly, I became
conscious of the fact that the driver was in the act of pulling
up the horses in the courtyard of a vast ruined castle, from whose
tall black windows came no ray of light, and whose broken battlements
showed a jagged line against the sky.”
-- “Dracula” by Bram Stoker.
“Perhaps the only place I felt Dracula’s presence
was on a long, curving road that twists over the Transylvanian
Alps. The area is so remote and impenetrable that no major road
crossed this often stormy mountain pass until 1974. As my car
climbed into the mist, traffic disappeared, and the radio stopped
working. The road passes a dam and a hydroelectric plant guarded
by a handful of soldiers standing alone in the gloom. And at the
bottom of the road are the ruins of a castle.
Dracula created this fortress as a refuge. When the Turkish army
surrounded him, he is said to have escaped through a tunnel and
disappeared into the mountains.
His young son was strapped to the side of his horse but slipped
off and was left for dead. His wife didn’t even try to flee.
She threw herself to death from a tower window.
I stepped out of the car to take a look. But it was night now,
and the climb to the castle would be difficult. I looked up at
the dark mountains and started to shiver, glad to have a car to
spirit me away.”
--Larry Bleiburg, The Dallas Morning News, January 2, 2005
We think that’s enough said!
The Haunted Catacombs, Paris,
Long ago, as the city of Paris grew, it became necessary to provide
more space for the living. To do so, engineers and planners decided
to move the mass of humanity least likely to protest: in this
case, the dead. Millions of Parisian dead were quietly disinterred
in one of the largest engineering feats in history and their remains
were deposited along the walls of the chilly, dank passageways
lying beneath the City of Light. They lie there to this day, in
the eternal darkness, an Empire of the Dead.
The Paris Catacombs are infamous and much has been written about
their history and purpose. A million visitors a year are said
to walk the dank corridors and to stare at the bones and gaze
fixedly into the empty eye-sockets of the long dead. Many of these
same visitors, and some of their guides, have encountered more
than just the silence in the catacombs: they have had encounters
with ghostly inhabitants that roam the empty passageways and mutely
follow the tour groups around.
Several report seeing a group of shadows in one area of the catacombs;
as the living walk along, the dead follow in complete silence.
To some the experience is completely overwhelming and tours have
been cut short by the growing sense of unease. Photos have revealed
orbs and ghostly apparitions, and EVPs have been recorded throughout
The catacombs were first cleared in Roman times, with succeeding
generations of Gauls and Frenchmen perfecting the Roman engineering.
Now the catacombs are a veritable rabbit’s warren, and though
many boldly enter without a guide, to do so puts one at risk of
being lost there forever. There have been many reports of rash
individuals who wandered into the catacombs for a laugh and who
have never been seen again.
This, and many chilling tales of experiences in this Empire of
the Dead, put the Paris Catacombs on our list of most haunted
Myrtles Plantation, Saint Francisville,
Saint Francisville is located in West Feliciana Parish Louisiana.
A small town on the Mississippi River. Once the Capital of
the Republic of West Florida, it is here that John James Audubon
(Birds of America Collection) created over 80 of his beautiful
watercolors. There are seven Magnificent Plantation homes
opened for public tours. And The Myrtyles Plantation is the
one you would not want to miss. And with all the recent investigations
by TAPS is now fast becoming the most famous ghost filled
haunted house in America.
Exploring the myrtles you will see grand fine antiques and
architectural treasures of the old South and you personally
might discover why The Myrtles has been called "America's
Most Haunted Homes".
"The actual haunting hour at the Myrtles Plantation
is said to be at three AM.
At that exact hour each dark night, Chloe's
restless ghost roams the great dark haunted plantation,
The Myrtles isn't an ordinary plantation. It's
supposed to be one of the most haunted houses in America. "
"Whiskey Dave" Bradford--former leader of the whiskey
rebellion-- built the great haunted house on a Tunica Indian
burial ground in 1794. He was actually the very first to see
a ghost at the Myrtles Plantation, a naked Indian girl wandering
lost on the grounds is what he is said to have observed. But
many of the locals state it is Bradford's' many ghostly children
and grandchildren that haunt the Myrtles today.
Sara Matilda, Bradford's' daughter, married Judge Woodruff.
Woodruff was said to have kept a slave mistress named Chloe
or so the haunted tale goes....
When Woodruff grew tired of Chloe, and she was afraid she
would be sent to the fields she is said to have started eavesdropping
on him to learn of her future fate.
When Woodruff caught her, he cut off her left
ear and sent her to work in the kitchen. From then on, Chloe
wore a green turban to hide her disfigurement. She devised a
plan to regain the affection of him and the family. She boiled
poisonous oleander leaves and baked them into a cake.
The Road Where Urban Legends Actually Are Real
By Gregory & Judith Myers
Missouri Paranormal Research
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