Haunted History

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Haunted History
Genre Paranormal
Documentary
Format Live-action
Written by Jim Lindsay
Scott Paddor
Directed by Jim Lindsay
Scott Paddor
Richard Ross
Narrated by John Glover
Michael Dorn (special only)
Composer(s) 615 Music Productions
Chris Stone & Jeljko Marasovich
Country of origin United Kingdom
United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1 (UK), 2 (US)
No. of episodes 8 (UK), 24 (US)
Production
Executive producer(s) Craig Haffner
Donna E. Lusitana
Producer(s) Greg Goldman
Jim Lindsay
Jonathan Moser
Richard Ross
Editor(s) Michael W. Andrews
Rod Decker
Bradley Holmes
Jonathan Moser
Steve Pomerantz
Camera setup Multiple-camera
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Greystone Communications Inc.
Distributor History Channel
Broadcast
Original channel History Channel
Biography Channel
Original run October 26, 1998 (1998-10-26) – August 11, 2001 (2001-08-11)

Haunted History is a 1998 UFA/Cafe Productions series exploring the supernatural. Executive Producer Ed Babbage for Cafe (London). The American version of the show also debuted in 1998 (as a special) with the same premise of exploring the world to investigate the "haunted history" of reportedly haunted locations.

Premise[edit]

Tell ghost stories related to famous people and events using a mixture of experts and dramatic reconstructions of both the supernatural events and the history underlying them.

Season One (UK)[edit]

  • Episode 1: Legacy of the Battle of Little Bighorn examines the ghost stories associated with Custer's Last Stand.
  • Episode 2: Echoes of an Earthly Hell: Perched on a craggy peninsula on the south coast of Tasmania are the ruins of the infamous Port Arthur Penal Settlement. Do psychic echoes reverberate here?
  • Episode 3: Ghosts of Slavery The Myrtles is a two-hundred-year-old Louisiana plantation house with a turbulent past. A ghost story from America's South.
  • Episode 4: The Witches Who Cannot Forget: The story of Matthew Hopkins, Witchfinder General and the Witch Trials, and the ghosts which are still said to linger.
  • Episode 5: Verdun: The Secret Battle Underground: claims of ghosts haunting tourists in the underground tunnels of the fortifications of this terrible First World War battle.
  • Episode 6: Mary Queen of Scots: The Tragic Queen: retells the tale of the tragic Queen and the many ghost stories today associated with her romantic life.

U.S. version[edit]

Haunted History premiered as a special in October 1998. The series begin on October 26, 1999 on the History Channel and ran until August 11, 2001. It was produced by Greystone Communications. The show featured haunted locations where ghosts have been reported from all over the United States, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean. It was executive produced by Craig Haffner and Donna E. Lusitana, and produced by Greg Goldman, Jim Lindsey, and Jonathan Moser, among others.

Opening: "Stories of the supernatural: fact or fiction? Through a veil of sightings and encounters, we catch a glimpse of our historical past on our journey through Haunted History."

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 15 October 26, 1999 December 23, 2000
2 10 February 16, 2001 August 11, 2001

Haunted History Special[edit]

Sp. # Special Title Original Airdate
1 Haunted History: Charleston October 1998
Locations
  • Old Exchange Building, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Peronneau House, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Old City Jail, Charleston, South Carolina
  • St. Philip's Church, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1837 Bed & Breakfast, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Charleston City Hall, Charleston, South Carolina
  • "History of the Civil War in Charleston" - Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina
  • The Battery Carriage House Inn, Charleston, South Carolina
Overview

Summary: A love-struck poet killed in a pistol duel; a murderess in an abandoned jail; a headless torso of a Confederate soldier from the Civil War; and a "Gentleman Ghost", all call this historic city their home.

Haunted History New York[edit]

In October 1999, documentaries of places with ghostly manifestations aired on the History Channel. There were five segments on Haunted History New York.

  • The first segment involved the ghost of a woman named Gertrude Tredwell, who was born in 1840 and died in 1933. She closed herself from the rest of the world after her father, Seabury Tredwell, refused to let her marry her lover, Lewis Walton.
  • The spirit of George Sullivan haunted the USS The Sullivans
  • Beardslee Castle manifested with the ghosts of Guy Beardslee and some spirit once known for scaring out employees at night by making a shriek/growl noise.
  • A house on Staten Island known for the ghost of Christopher Billup.
  • The ghost of Lavender, a girl that went to a dance with two boys going stag.

Haunted History episodes[edit]

Season One (1999-2000)[edit]

Ep. # Episode Title Original Airdate
1 Haunted History: New York October 26, 1999 (1999-10-26)
Locations
Overview

Summary: In the series premiere tales of ghosts in a Greenwich Village brownstone, on board a World War II ship, a Mohawk Valley castle, and a Revolutionary War house on Staten Island. Also featuring "The Lavender Story" about a mysterious lady in a lavender dress as retold by folkorist Chuck Stead.

2 Haunted History: San Antonio October 27, 1999 (1999-10-27)
Locations
Overview

Summary: Alamo heroes return home; a hotel's beautiful murder victim; an actress's ghost; a museum of circus memorabilia; and a haunted hearse coach.

3 Haunted History: Haunted Ships October 28, 1999 (1999-10-28)
Locations
  • The Great Eastern, London, England
  • The Star Of India, San Diego, California
  • The Cape Of Good Hope/The Flying Dutchman, Cape Towm, South Africa
  • The Charles Haskell, Salem, Massachusetts
  • Miller's Wharf, Salem, Massachusetts
  • Palpatine Light/Block Island, Rhode Island[1]
Overview

Summary: Prowling the world's oceans, haunted ships are harbinger's of doom.

4 Haunted History: Washington, D.C. October 29, 1999 (1999-10-29)
Locations
Overview

Summary: Known for skeletons in the closet, the U.S. Capital may claim equal notoriety for its political ghosts.

5 Haunted History: Ghosts of Gettysburg October 30, 1999 (1999-10-30)
Locations
  • Gettysburg, College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Cashtown Inn, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Civil War House, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Hood House, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Spangler Springs, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • George-George House, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania[1]
Overview

Summary: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania has been called the most haunted battlefield in America and its ghost soldiers are still fighting a never ending battle in the Civil War.

6 Haunted History: Savannah May 10, 2000 (2000-05-10)
Locations
  • Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia
  • Pirates House, Savannah, Georgia
  • Olde Pink House, Savannah, Georgia
  • Bonaventure Cemetery Savannah, Georgia/(architectural history of Antebellum houses)
  • Old Fort Jackson, Savannah, Georgia
  • Marshall House Hotel, Savannah, Georgia
  • Juliette Gordon Low House, Savannah, Georgia
  • Hamilton-Turner Inn (aka: Charles Addams House), Savannah, Georgia
  • Hampton-Lilibridge House, Savannah, Georgia
  • Mercer House, Savannah, Georgia
Overview

Summary: Savannah is considered to be one of the, if not the most haunted town in the U.S. Historical hauntings; Civil War spirits; and ghostly encounters revealed in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil".

7 Haunted History: Haunted Tombstone August 12, 2000 (2000-08-12)
Locations
  • Crystal Palace Bar, Tombstone, Arizona
  • Bufford House, Tombstone, Arizona
  • St. Jones House, Tombstone, Arizona
  • O.K. Corral, Tombstone, Arizona
  • Aztec House, Tombstone, Arizona
  • Bird Cage Theater, Tombstone, Arizona[1]
Overview

Summary: The dusty streets of Tombstone, Arizona gave birth to wild west legends of cowboys, lawmen, and outlaws. Believers say the ghosts of the Earp brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Clanton gang still roam the dusty streets of Tombstone, Arizona.

8 Haunted History: Hollywood August 26, 2000 (2000-08-26)
Locations
Overview

Summary: Haunted movie studios, spooky hotels, and creepy cemeteries all make up the Hollywood the backlot tours don't want visitors to see.

9 Haunted History: Key West October 21, 2000 (2000-10-21)
Locations
Overview

Summary: In Key West, Florida, one way discover Ernest Hemingway's ghost, Civil War soldiers, restless spirits, and the ghost of a young woman whose lover stole her corpse.

10 Haunted History: Haunted Edinburgh April 11, 2000 (2000-04-11)
Locations
  • Hollyrood Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Greyfriars Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • West Bow Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Rosslyn Chapel, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Dalhousie Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland[1]
Overview

Summary: Edinburgh, Scotland is steeped in murder, mystery, and mayhem.

11 Haunted History: Nevada November 25, 2000 (2000-11-25)
Locations

TBA

Overview

Summary: Spirits of prospectors, gamblers, entertainers, and ladies of the night all haunt Las Vegas, Virginia City, Goodsprings, and the Hoover Dam in Nevada.

12 Haunted History: Philadelphia December 2, 2000 (2000-12-02)
Locations
Overview

Summary: A statue walks, Betsy Ross' ghost, Hessian soldiers dwell in the cellar of an inn.

13 Haunted History: Haunted London December 23, 2000 (2000-12-23)
Locations

TBA

Overview

Summary: In London, England, a city with a violent past, many ghosts are said to roam the streets and the Tower of London.

14 Haunted History: New Orleans February 2, 2001 (2001-02-02)
Locations
Overview

Summary: Marti gras spirits; a voodoo queen gravesite; ghosts of poisoned children; and a phantom family.

15 Haunted History: New England February 9, 2001 (2001-02-09)
Locations
Overview

Summary: Salem witch trials; a heartbroken ghost; a murderous breakup; and a tortured witch.

Season Two (2001)[edit]

Ep. # Episode Title Original Airdate
1 Haunted History: Hawaii February 16, 2001 (2001-02-16)
Locations
Overview

Summary: Hawaii is home to a volcano goddess Madame Pele, ghosts of violent native warriors, exorcism, and spirits that attack victims in the dead of night.

2 Haunted History: More Ghosts of Gettysburg II February 24, 2001 (2001-02-24)
Locations

TBA

Overview

Summary: "The Pickup Truck Ghosts": A woman using her pickup truck to shuttle extras to and from the battlefield sets from Gettysburg; "Buried Alive": an old barn on Seminary Ridge during the Battle of Gettysburg, becomes a burial place for a wounded Union soldier wrongly mistaken for dead.

3 Haunted History: Northwest March 2, 2001 (2001-03-02)
Locations
Overview

Summary: A gold miners ghost is sealed under Seattle's streets; haunted hotel; restless Jesuit priest; young murder victim.

4 Haunted History: Haunted Baltimore March 9, 2001 (2001-03-09)
Locations
Overview

Summary: Haunted naval ship; Edgar Allan Poe's home; spirits of the roaring '20s mingle with modern revelers at Club Charles.

5 Haunted History: Haunted Chicago April 6, 2001 (2001-04-06)
Locations
Overview

Summary: Creepy cemetery; haunted restaurant; gangster ghosts; spirits from the St. Valentine's Day Massacre; Clarence Darrow's ghost.

4 Haunted History: Atlanta April 20, 2001 (2001-04-20)
Locations
Overview

Summary: Civil War hospital; former plantations; old prison for Union soldiers.

7 Haunted History: Haunted Maine June 8, 2001 (2001-06-08)
Locations
Overview

Summary: A witch on her lover's grave; the spirit of a murdered maid reaches out to a woman in dreams; a mad lighthouse keeper takes an ax to his wife and her piano.

8 Haunted History: Haunted Houses June 22, 2001 (2001-06-22)
Locations
  • Surratt Tavern, Clinton, Maryland
  • Old Washington Arsenal, Washington, D.C.
  • Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, California[1]
Overview

Summary:

9 Haunted History: The Rockies June 29, 2001 (2001-06-29)
Locations
Overview

Summary: For some, the American west's only offerings were tragic death. The Rockies; haunted hotel; former town, Molly Brown's Denver mansion; Estes Park big haunt.

10 Haunted History: The Caribbean August 11, 2001 (2001-08-11)
Locations
Overview

Summary: The Caribbean is known for its ghosts, zombies, pirate ships, and the Bermuda Triangle.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Haunted History". LocateTV. 

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