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Haunted Alabama

Auburn, Alabama
First Presbyterian Church
Built in 1851, this is the oldest public building in Auburn. It is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a Confederate soldier. During the Civil War,
this church was used as a hospital. In 1864 a British fighter named Sydney Grimlett was injured during battle by shrapnel from a cannon. In attempt to get rid of his gangrenous leg, the tried to amputate it, but he bled to death during the surgery. He then was buried in the chapel cemetery not far from the chapel. There were not accounts of hauntings until the 1960's when a theater group named the Auburn Players took over the chapel. No one knows why this group would of awakened the ghost of Sydney Grimlett, but this is the point from which his ghost became known. His ghost was witnessed by several separate members of the theater group on separate occasions. This spurred interest on finding out who he was so they contacted him through a Ouija board to find out is identity. Besides actually seeing Sydney himself there were other ghostly manifestations such as making floating orb lights, moving props, whistling in the attic when no one was up there, and tapping his foot. No witnesses have ever mentioned if his ghost has both of his legs or just the one.
First Presbyterian Church, 334-887-5571143 E. Thach Ave, Auburn AL 36830

Haunted Carrollton
, Alabama


Pickens County Courthouse. No one really knew who set the fire that burnt down the original Carrollton Courthouse on November 16, 1876. But everyone blamed Henry Wells, a rowdy black man who lived outside of town. The sheriff arrested him and held him in the attic of a building that was to become the new courthouse. One afternoon in February 1878, a lynch mob gathered in front of the new courthouse and demanded that Wells be turned over to them. As a violent thunderstorm approached the town, Wells peered out at the crowds through the garret window at the top of the building. Suddenly, a lightening bolt struck the roof, killing Wells. The flash of brilliant light etched his defiant expression into the window pane, and no amount of scrubbing or solvents in the decades since has been able to erase it. And on those when thunderstorms roll through Pickens County, it is said the ghost of Henry Wells stares out from the garret window of the old courthouse. (Carrollton is 30 miles west of Tuscaloosa in Pickens County, at the intersection of Hwys 17 and 86. The face of Henry Wells can still be seen in lower right-hand pane in the garret window of the Pickens County Courthouse.)

Haunted Hotel: Tutwiler Hotel

2021 Park Place North, Birmingham, AL (205) 322-2100

In downtown Birmingham, convenient to the Business, Banking and Law districts, Museums and Cultural attractions and 3 blocks from the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.

Nearest Airport Birmingham International Airport is ten minutes by car. Complimentary transporation is provided.

Tutwiler Hotel, a grand dame of Birmingham from 1914 to 1974, found new life in the Ridgely building, a similar structure built nearby during the same era. Although in disrepair, a $15 million restoration gave gracious new life to the eight-story Italianate building and since it’s opening in 1986, the Tutwiler name has once again been synonymous with Southern hospitality.

Its turn-of-the-twentieth century interiors, coffered ceiling, antique furnishings and Italian marble and tapestries recall both the original hotel and the Ridgeley’s earliest days.


Alabama Haunted Tutwiler Hotel Ghost Story

In 1995, a bartender at The Tutwiler in Birmingham, Ala., was responsible for turning everything off in the restaurant and kitchen at the end of the day. Since it was past midnight, he was the only person on duty. He began by turning off the lights in the bar, then the restaurant and then he would go downstairs to turn off the stoves and the kitchen lights. He clocked out but noticed lights were on again in the bar, as well as in the restaurant and, in the kitchen, the lights and stoves were on. He then turned everything off again. The process was repeated four times before the bartender finally left.

The next day, the hotel general manager wanted to know why everything was left on. The bartender explained what happened. The scenario repeated itself for five nights and each following day the bartender got in trouble. On the sixth day, the general manager called the bartender at home and told him to come to the hotel immediately. He could not believe his eyes. Someone had cooked a multi-course meal with candles, had drawn the curtains and took a very old bottle of wine out of a locked cabinet. For years, rumors spoke of the spirit of Colonel Tutwiler, a local businessman, roaming the halls of the hotel. The bartender resolved the situation. Every night, the bartender would say, "good night colonel, please leave the lights and stoves off and don't make a mess."

Many reports of loud slamming hotel room doors, a few ghostly mist and orbs on film, And often strange echoing sounds throughout the hotel.

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The city of Birmingham was founded in 1871 at the crossing of two railroad lines. The city flourished as the South’s foremost industrial center, renowned for its abundant deposits of coal, iron, ore and limestone. Visiting business men and dignitaries flocked to the original Tutwiler Hotel, a bastion of hospitality that was built in 1914 and named for a prominent local businessman. For the next sixty years, the hotel was the center of Birmingham’s social scene, hosting a press conference by Charles Lindbergh and movie star Tallulah Bankhead’s post-wedding party.

Unfortunately, in 1974, the building was one of the first major structures in the country to go down by “implosion.” Thanks to the effort of Tutwiler’s great-grandson, the spirit of hospitality was reborn in the nearby Ridgely Apartment building, a contemporary of the original hotel. This 1913 structure was fully renovated and opened as a sumptuous hotel in 1986.

Alabama is nestled between the Gulf Coast and the Appalachian Mountains. The name Alabama is believed to be a word from the Native American Choctaw tribe, which means "thicket clearer" or "vegetation gatherers." Alabama became the 22nd state on December 14, 1919.

This area of the country is filled with wondrous nature experiences and offers a unique look into the history of the southern United States. One of the more popular ways to see Alabama is by walking tour. Several Alabama cities offer extensive walking tours through historic areas, nature reserves and Civil War battlefields.

 

Alabama Ghost Tours

The Selma, Alabama Ghost Tour is one of the more popular walking tours. The Ghost Tour is a self-guided tour that begins at the Selma, Alabama Chamber of Commerce. Tourists can pick up a map with descriptions of each location at the chamber building.

Selma Alabama Ghost Tours
The GHOST TOUR

The Selma, Alabama Ghost Tour is one of the more popular walking tours. The Ghost Tour is a self-guided tour that begins at the Selma, Alabama Chamber of Commerce. Tourists can pick up a map with descriptions of each location at the chamber building.

This haunted ghost tour takes visitors passed six haunted homes as well as through the local cemetery. Many of the famous Selma haunters are buried in this cemetery and walkers will be guided passed their graves. If ghostly encounters are not of interest, Selma, Alabama also has a historic walking tour that follows the steps of Martin Luther King. This tour takes walkers past 20 memorials that highlight the history of the Voting Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama during the 1960s.

Offical tour Visit here The GHOST TOUR

 

Huntsville, Alabama

Very Many a walking tour through the cities Old Town Historic District, which begins on 122 Walker Avenue. This tour is a guided showcase of some of the cities finest architecture. Tours begin each day at 10:00 a.m. After completing this walking tour, visitors are encouraged to visit Huntsville's Constitution Village and Early Works Museum Complex. Both offer a glimpse into Alabama's colorful historical haunted past.

Florence, Alabama

Home to the Florence Indian Mound Park and Museum. This ancient site is 42 feet high and has an approximate 310 foot diameter base. The summit of the mound measures 145 feet by 94 feet. Visitors to this Alabama treasure are encouraged to spend much of the day walking the mound and its surrounding grounds; then spend some time in the museum dedicated to the history of these mysterious people. There are several similar mounds found throughout Alabama.

The City of Florence, Alabama was founded in 1818 on the banks of the beautiful Tennessee River in the scenic Northwest corner of Alabama. Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Tuscumbia, and two counties, Lauderdale and Colbert, comprise the Shoals area.

The history of Florence and the Shoals began over 10,000 years ago when Native Americans inhabited the area. Evidence of their existence can still be found at the ancient Florence Indian Mound.

In 1818, the Cypress Land Company was formed to develop a thriving river town. A young Italian surveyor laid out the town of Florence and named it for his favorite city in Italy — Florence.

The area is rich in Civil War history. Although no major battles were fought here, there is ample evidence of skirmishes all over the area. Popes Tavern, located in Downtown Florence, served as a hospital for both Union and Confederate troops - depending on who controlled the area at the time. It now serves as a museum that highlights Florence's rich history.

Tuscumbia is the birthplace of "America’s First Lady of Courage," Helen Keller. The music legacy began with the birth of the "Father of the Blues," William Christopher Handy in Florence. Florence is also home to the state’s only Frank Lloyd Wright designed structure.

DeKalb County Alabama

Here you can shop at the "world's longest" yard sale. The shopping begins on top of Lookout Mountain at the Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden, Alabama and ends in the city of Covington, KY. This incredible collection of junk and/or treasures can be perused each year during the first two weeks of August.

Walking tours are just a small part of Alabama's southern charm. There are also hundreds of museums, parks, beaches and more for visitors to explore in Alabama. No matter how you choose to see Alabama, we invite you to slow down and get to know this incredible state.

Bladon Springs Alabama

Bladon Springs Cemetery and James T. Staples Riverboat

This case is both Staples's river boat and his children's graves. Some believe that the destruction of his beloved river boat was by the ghosts own doing. This was one of the most elegant boats on the Alabama river's and it's maiden voyage was is 1908. It was named after the father of the ship's designer and the captain himself. Unfortunately they lost their beloved ship in December 1912 because of the unfair practices by the larger steamboat company in the area. Captain Staples was completely distraught and on January 2, 1913 he held a shotgun to his chest and pulled the trigger taking his own life. Shortly after he was buried he shadowy figure began appearing to the crew members of his ship. Eventually all these men quit and had to be replaced by men that had not heard of his ghost. Then there was a bad sign when all of the ships rats jumped ship and swam to shore. On January 13, 1913 (the same hour that Staples had taken his own life) the ship docked at Powe's Landing to take on cargo, and the ship then exploded killing the new captain and twenty-five crew members and passengers. Some people were able to escape the explosion, the boat then drifted downstream and sank right near the shore of the Bladon Springs Cemetery where he had been buried.

Since there is no more boat for the captain to haunt he has been seen hovering over the graves of his children, James, Mabel, Bertha, and Norma.
His apparition seems to guard and protect the graves of his children. He has also been seen with his hands against his head like he is mourning
or regretting his decision to take his own life.

James Alfred Staples (Infant Son of Norman and Dora Staples), died Dec. 13, 1903. Mabel Clare Staples, born Aug 6, 1899, died July 6, 1900.
Bertha Jaquetta Staples born Mar 19, 1895, died Oct 8, 1900. Norma A. Staples born July 19, 1896, died Mar 14, 1973.

Carrollton Alabama

Pickens County Courthouse

This courthouse was burnt down on November 16, 1876, by an unknown individual. Everyone at the time blamed the fire on a rowdy man named
Henry Wells who was an outsider that lived on the outskirts of town. The sheriff arrested Henry and held him in a attic of a building that was going
to serve as the new courthouse. On February 1878 a lynch mob formed and Henry was looking down through a window at the angry mob of
people that had formed below. At this time a intense electrical storm was brewing and a flash of lightening hit the roof of the building taking a
snapshot of Well's face looking out the window burning it into the glass. Some people said that it didn't exactly look like Henry Well's but, it did
have all of this emotions present in the face he must have been feeling at the time including horror, pain, and sorrow. They have attempted many
times to remove this image, but no solvent or scrubbing have taken it off.

Henry Well's actually died from wounds he received from attempting to escape one evening. Every pane in this old building has been destroyed
because of storms etc., all but this one pane of glass with his picture. Some incorrect versions of this story he dies by being struck by the
lightening which burned his picture into the glass. This does make a more dramatic story, but is not the truth.

Claiborne Alabama

McConnico Cemetery

At this old cemetery, twelve Union horsemen phantoms have been seen riding. The first sighting was in the autumn of 1865 by Captain and Mrs.
Charles Locklin. They were traveling by carriage one morning by the cemetery when the soldiers, 2 rows of six, on gray horses passed on each
side of their carriage. They noticed that each horseman wore white gloves and a white bandage wrap around their heads. The couple was certain
that they had seen the victims of the Confederate soldier Lafayette Seigler. He was known to ambush Northern Patriots, kill them, and then cut off
their ears (explaining the white head bandages). Supposedly he had a large collection of ears from Yankee victims.

Monroe County on Mount Pleasant Rd off I-84.

Decatur Alabama

Highway 11

This is where the ghost of a young man named Lonnie Stephens is trying to flag down a ride. He was falsely accused of the murder of his
girlfriend in the September of 1934. He was eventually proven innocent when the real killer surfaced, but at this point it was already to late for him.
He had managed to escape from his working chain gang and was trying to flag down a car to give him a ride to escape, when he was killed by a
passing motorist. He can still be seen occasionally trying to flag down a car, and he is usually in the middle of the road frantically waving his
arms trying to get vehicles to stop. Strange enough many people still run him over to this day, but he just seems to go through their car, and
when they stop of course no body can be found.

Demopolis Alabama

Gaineswood

This mansion was built in 1842 by General Nathan Whitfield, but there is a ghost that still haunts this beautiful home. She is believed to be
Evelyn Carter, sister of Nathan Whitfield's second wife. Evelyn lived in their home, but eventually died of an unknown disease during the middle of
the winter. During this time it was a common practice to keep the dead in the basement until the ground was thawed in early spring, which is
what they did with Evelyn. They stored her in a pine box under the cellar stairs, until the ground thawed. This is what they believe upset her spirit
because the haunting began when they placed her under the stairs. Her manifestations include soft footsteps through the hallways, and her voice
could her heard echoing from the basement singing her favorite song. She is mostly "felt" rather than heard in this home today which still has a
feeling of an overwhelming presence in the cellar.

Hickory Hills Alabama

Hunterwood Dr. House

This home was only built 28 years ago in 1976. There is no known reason for this house to be haunted. This house is a brick house that is filled
with unexplainable sounds, movements, and a figure. In this home the doors lock and unlock right before peoples eyes, drawers would close and
open, and footsteps in the hallways when no one else is home. This phantom also has taken form of the family members that were in the home.
They dubbed the ghost "Helen" after it's former owner even though they weren't sure it was her.

Huntsville Alabama

Athens State College

Athens State College was founded in 1822. There are a couple different hauntings in this college but the most famous is a blond woman who
appears in a third story window of McCandless Hall. Many people believe it is the ghost of Abigail Lylia Burns who was an operatic soprano, but
she never was at the college between the years 1908-1922 which is during the time that the haunting started, so the ghosts real identity is still
not known. When she is seem, she is always wearing a formal white gown.

Another ghost in this college is Madam Childs, whose identity has been somehow confirmed. She was a proctor in one of the woman's dorms.

300 North Beaty St. Athens, Alabama 35611-1999

Mentone Alabama

De Soto Falls

At this site is the ghosts of an elderly woman named Nancy Dollar, and her dog which can be seen walking around the woods by the waterfall or
the ruins of her old cabin. She died in 1931 when she was 108 years old, and when she died her friends put her old dog Buster asleep and buried
him as well. Right after her death is when people broke into her house and stole her money she had been saving for her funeral and her
gravestone. Because of the thieves she never had a gravestone placed over her grave, and this is why many people think she could not rest. She
was being seen so often people decided to take up a collection in 1973 and had a marker put over her grave. This seemed to satisfy the ghost of
Nancy but it has not satisfied the ghost of Buster because he is still seen in the area.

Mobile Alabama

Boyington Oak

Charles Boyington was hanged for the murder of his friend, Nathaniel Frost on February 20,1835. These two friends used to relax in the Church
Street Graveyard. Then one day Nathaniel Frost was found stabbed to death, and everyone in town assumed that they had an argument and
Charles killed him. Boyington, and innocent man kept proclaiming his innocence. On his way to the gallows he said that a great oak tree would
grow from his grave to prove his innocence. Within a few months of his burial, a small oak tree started to grow on his grave, and the tree is still
there to this day. Other than this strange "coincidence" of the oak tree growing where he said it would, people have heard the cries of a man
proclaiming his innocence in the breeze.

Newton Alabama

Choctawhatchee River Bridge

At the shore of this river is a shallow hole which is haunted. Locals say that if the whole is filled with dirt, by morning the hole will be dug again.
Once highway workers completely filled the hole and pitched their tent on top of it, and by next morning the hole was completely dug out. The
ghost is thought to be Bill Sketoe, a former pastor of the Methodist Church who was hung on December 3rd, 1864 from an old tree that once
stood at that spot. He was accused of being a traitor to the Confederacy, but he claimed to be innocent. A lynch mob hung him from the tree at
that spot but it wasn't strong enough to hang hill and it bent enough for his feet to touch the ground. The lynch mob quickly dug a hole beneath
his feet so he would hang, and he was slowly strangled to death. After he was killed he was eventually found to be innocent, but was obviously to
late. The six men that hung him started telling stories of how they were seeing the ghost of the innocent pastor that they had killed, and they all
eventually died violent deaths.

Tippens Eddy Alabama

Burnt Corn Creek Bridge

People in this area say that if you look into the black waters of the Burnt Corn Creek on a dark still night you can see a greenish glow. From this
glow a form then emerges from the water and then disappears into the brush on the banks. In this area parents are known to tell their children to
not go to close to the water because if they fall in they might never come up. There have been a number of strange stories coming from this
haunting. One was in the 1960's where a couple was arguing and the girl got out of the car and started to walk across the bridge. The boy
reached to grab for her, and because there was no guardrails on the bridge at the time, she fell into the water and was never found again.

A couple weeks after that story another couple was standing on the bridge when they looked into the water below and they saw the strange glow
in the water. As they stared at the glow, it took form of the girl that was lost in the river and she struggled her way out of the water and onto the
bank of the river. Some believe the girl was probably trying to get home.

The bridge is no longer there, but that doesn't stop people from voyaging to the area to find the ghost. Although it is not seen often, there is
always a cool breeze even on the hottest days and fish are never caught is this area of the river.

Tuscaloosa Alabama

Drish Mansion

This ghost is the original owner, Sarah Drish, of the mansion that still does not want to leave. She keeps returning to the tower room to light
candles, which makes the tower look like it is on fire. This home was constructed in 1830. After Dr. Drish died, his wife lit dozens of candles
while he laid their in his coffin. When she was done using the candles for her husband, she asked that they be used again at her own funeral. Her
later years in life she became obsessed with this candle ritual, and pleaded with her friends and neighbors to make sure they put the candles
around her coffin. When she died, her relatives were to busy and did not look for the candles or perform the ritual she asked for. Within months
after her death, fiery lights started appearing in the tower. There were many reports called in to the fire department because people thought it
looked like a fire had started in the tower. Sarah's ghost has also been seen materialized in the downstairs parlor, so the residents of the home
are almost positive that she is the culprit causing the lit candles.

 

Alabama Facts

Alabama the slave-owning planters were dominant because of the prosperous cotton crop, and as the Civil War loomed closer, the support of Southern rights and secession sentiment grew under the urging of “fire-eaters” such as William L. Yancey.

 

Alabama State Icons

flower camellia (1959)
bird yellowhammer (1927)
song “Alabama” (1931)
tree Southern longleaf pine (1949, 1997)
salt water fish fighting tarpon (1955)
fresh water fish largemouth bass (1975)
horse racking horse (1975)
mineral hematite (1967)
rock marble (1969)
game bird wild turkey (1980)
dance square dance (1981)
nut pecan (1982)
fossil species Basilosaurus Cetoides (1984)
official mascot and butterfly eastern tiger swallowtail (1989)
insect monarch butterfly (1989)
reptile Alabama red-bellied turtle (1990)
gemstone star blue quartz (1990)
shell scaphella junonia johnstoneae (1990)


Nickname: Yellowhammer State

Origin of name: May come from Choctaw Indian meaning “thicket-clearers” or “vegetation-gatherers”

Mardi Gras in the U.S. begin in Mobile, AL in 1830, with Michael Krafft and the Cowbellion de Rakin Society. Their Mardi Gras celebrations continued until the Civil War. New Orleans' claims to be the origin of American Mardi Gras come from the fact that it is likely that the French & Spanish upper crust of the Louisiana celebrated Mardi Gras as part of their French Catholic heritage long before the first parade in New Orleans in 1857.

Haunted Alabama
by Pat Killion Coate

Below the Mason-Dixon line, you'll find that tales of ghostly visits and crossing dimensions abound. There's something about those warm sultry nights and grand old buildings that seems to excite acclerated activity in the supernatural. Here is your portal to "the other side of Alabama;" true ghost stories from the Deep-South's Goldenrod state.

 

 

Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama

A celebration preceding Lent, Mardi Gras culminates on Shrove (or "Fat") Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. For nearly 300 years, Mobilians have observed this pre-Lenten celebration.

The first carnival observance occurred at 27 Mile Bluff in the year 1703, continuing the cultural traditions settlers in Mobile (the "Port City") began back in their homeland of France. Celebrating Mardi Gras gave Mobilians the chance to enjoy a fine meal, some wine, and reminisce with families and friends.

Many years later, in 1830, Mobilian Michael Krafft, one one-eyed Pennsylvania Dutch transplant, celebrated the season with friends at a restaurant in downtown Mobile. Following the meal, these tipsy revelers "borrowed" some agricultural implements from a sidewalk display outside a downtown hardware store. Then, with cow bells, rakes, and hoes in hand, Krafft and his friends paraded through the streets of the town and thus was born the Cowbellion de Rakin Society, the first parading Mystic Society.

In 1866, after the Civil War, during the period when Mobile was still occupied by Union Forces, another group of gentlemen, led by Joseph Stillwell Cain, decided to revive the Krafft parade (which had been on hiatus during the war). They "borrowed" a coal wagon from a local business, and dressed in improvised costumes depicting a legendary Chickasaw Indian chief, Slacabamorinico, they paraded through the streets of town on Shrove Tuesday, thus giving rebirth to Mardi Gras, which has been observed in Mobile ever since.

Highlights of Mobile Mardi Gras history include the crowning of "royalty." In 1872, Daniel E. Huger first reigned as Carnival King Felix I, and a carnival association was established. Ethel Hodgson ruled as Mobile's first Mardi Gras queen in 1893. Later, in 1939, The Colored Carnival Association (later to be renamed the Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association) selected a king and queen and elected the "Mayor of Colored Mobile," later retitled Grand Marshal. In 1968, Joe Cain Day was established as an all-inclusive street celebration that anyone was welcome to join.

While originating in Mobile, the Mardi Gras celebration quickly spread to other locations throughout the Gulf Coast. Mobile's Mardi Gras reputation as an major tourist attraction is reaching international proportions. More recent events in Mobile Mardi Gras tradition include, in 1993, the organization of the International Carnival Ball as a joint effort including both the Mobile Carnival Association and the Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association. In that year also the only public Mardi-Gras style ball was begun to salute the Port City's carnival and international heritage.

The Museum of Mobile has documented the history of Mardi Gras in several of its galleries, including the Queen's Gallery which houses 18 magnificent outfits -- gowns, trains, jewels -- worn by queens of carnival over a period of 30 years. Also on display is the attire of a 1920's flapper queen, as well as costumes of several jesters of well-known parading societies. The Museum of Mobile's collections also include original Mardi Gras art and posters by various area artists, doubloons, tableaux designs, and ball invitations

http://www.loc.gov/bicentennial/propage/AL/al_s_sessions3.html

Auburn
First Presbyterian Church - The First Presbyterian Church is the oldest public building in Auburn and is haunted by the ghost of a Confederate soldier from the Civil War. A British volunteer fighting for South Carolina named Sydney Grimlett was wounded in the leg and died from blood loss during an operation to amputate his leg. In the 1960's, a theater group took over the old chapel, and this is what is believed to awaken the spirit of Mr. Grimlett. He makes his presence known by moving theater props, tapping his foot, and creating floating lights.
The building is once again being used as a place of worship, and is located on the corner of S. College and East Thach Sterets at143 E. Thach Avenue


Bladon Springs
Bladon Springs Cemetery - Captain Norman Staples watches over the graves of his four children in this cemetery. Buried are James Alfred, Berth Jadetta, Mable Claire and an unnamed infant. The ghost of Captain Staples is seen hovering over the graves as if trying to protect them, while at other times the apparition is witnessed holding it's head as through in great anguish.
Located in southwestern Alabama in Choctaw County.


Cahawba
Pegue's Ghost - In a grove of cedar trees behind the home of Colonel C.C. Pegues, who lived there from 1830 until 1860, a strange ball of light can be seen hovering a few feet off the ground. The light ball has been known to tease and sometimes chase visitors.
Cahawba, formerly the first capital of Alabama but currently an archaeological park managed by the Alabama
Historical Commission. It's in Dallas County 12 miles from Selma on Hwy 22 South.

 


Carrollton County

Pickens County Courthouse - They say the ghost of Henry Wells has haunted the Pickens County Courthouse since his death there in 1876, and his face is said to still be seen in the lower-right hand pane of the garret window.
30 miles West of Tuscaloosa at the intersection of Hwy. 17 and Hwy 86


Claiborne
McConnico Cemetery - Near this old cemetery, the ghosts of twelve Union horsemen have been witnessed. Each member of the group wears white gloves, and rides with his hands crossed on the pommel of his saddle. Each one also has a white bandage wrapped tightly around his head.
Located in Monroe County, off I-84


Decatur
Decatur High School - The unexplained sounds of footsteps in the hallways has been reported by students and faculty alike, but the source of the phenomena has never been discovered.
Located in Morgan County at the junction of I-65 and US Hwy 72 at 1011 Prospect Drive SE

Highway 11 - In 1934, Lonnie Stephens was falsely accused of murdering his girlfriend. Years later the real killer came forward and confessed, but not before Lonnie had managed to escape from the chain gang and was struck and killed by a car while trying to flag down a ride. His ghost can be seen in the highway, waving his arms in an attempt to get a ride.
The northbound lanes of Highway 11 between Decatur and Huntsville


Demopolis
Eliza Battle - On the Tombigee River in February of 1858, a steamboat named Eliza Battle caught fire and sunk causing the deaths of at least 50 people, and the injury of nearly 100 more. Fisherman today claim that the ghostly outline of the steamboat can sometimes be seen going down river, and take it to be an omen of impending death on the river.
The river runs from Demopolis to Mobile, the boat is most often seen during the winter months. It has been spotted near Naheola where it sank as well as Nanafalia, Tuscahoma and Yellow Bluff.


Huntsville
Athens State College - In McCandless Hall, the phantom of a golden haired woman can be seen wearing a white formal gown. Many thought that this was the ghost of Abigail Lylia Burns who allegedly died in the building in 1914, but subsequent research has discovered that Ms. Burns had never visited the area between the years of 1908 and 1922, and the real identity of the young woman remains a mystery.
Located in Limestone County, 20 miles west of Huntsville off US Hwy 72. 300 N. Beaty St. Athens


Marion
Carlisle Hall - Anne Carlisle leapt to her death from an imposing brick tower which faces the road leading to the mansion after learning that her lover, a Confederate soldier had been killed.
Eighty miles south of Birmingham on Hwy 5. Carlisle Hall is located off the main highway about 1 mile west of Marion.


Mobile
Spring Hill College - The ghost of mathematic professor haunts the area near his former office at this quiet Catholic college that was founded in 1830.
400 Dauphin St, Mobile


Montgomery
Lucas Tavern - Eliza Lucas can be seen waving happily from the door to this tavern that was an overnight rest stop built in the 1820's. She made her first appearance soon after the building was restored in 1980.
Located in the Old North Hull Historic District. 310 N. Hull St.


Prattville

Gurney Manufacturing Company - The mill opened in 1846, and approximately one hundred years ago, 10 year old Willy Youngblood, who was working in the third floor spinning room, fell to his death in a elevator shaft. The apparitional form of his mother, dressed entirely in black can be seen roaming between the rows of machines looking for her lost son. Her apparition has been seen by dozens of workers over the years and once in the 1920's the entire night-shift watched as she walked through the first-floor weaving room.
Located 12 miles northwest of Montgomery in Autauga County. The mill is located just south of town.


Selma
Windham House - A ghost named Jeffrey haunts the home of author Kathryn Tucker Windham, who was inspired to write a series of books about ghosts in the south after living with the friendly Jeffrey. His ghost slams doors, moves furniture or simply rocks quietly in the antique rocking chair in the living room.
This is a privately owned residence. Ms. Windham can be contacted through the University of Alabam Press, Box 870380, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487

 

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