List of reportedly haunted locations in the United States

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The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, is said to be haunted by the spirits of people who have fallen victim to Winchester rifles.

This is a list of locations in the United States which have been reported to be haunted by ghosts or other supernatural beings, including demons. There are entries on this list from all 50 states.

Reports of haunted locations are part of ghostlore, which is a form of folklore. Many of these locations have been featured on ghost hunting television shows. Many are tourist attractions.

States with a great many haunted locations are listed on separate pages, linked from this page.

States and federal districts[edit]


Adams Grove Presbyterian Church in Dallas County
The Dr. John R. Drish House in Tuscaloosa
Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham
Sweetwater Mansion in Florence, in 1934.
  • Adams Grove Presbyterian Church and the adjacent cemetery in Dallas County are sites of multiple reported paranormal events and have been studied by several paranormal research groups.[1][2]
  • Auburn University Chapel on the Auburn University campus in Auburn was used as a Civil War hospital. Reports have been made of a haunting by a Confederate soldier named Sydney Grimlett.[3]
  • The Boyington Oak in Mobile is a Southern live oak that reportedly grew from the grave of Charles Boyington in the potter's field just outside the walls of Church Street Graveyard. Boyington was tried and executed for the murder of his friend, Nathaniel Frost, on February 20, 1835. He said a tree would spring from his grave as proof of his innocence.[4]
  • The Dr. John R. Drish House in Tuscaloosa has a tower that has reportedly been seen on numerous occasions to be on fire, when no fire was actually there. Also, ghostly lights are said to have been seen emanating from house.[5]
  • Gaineswood in Demopolis is reportedly haunted by the ghost of a former housekeeper from Virginia. She was in charge of running the house for General Whitfield after the death of his wife. Her ghost supposedly plays the piano in the music room.[6]
  • Kenworthy Hall near Marion has a fourth-floor tower room that is alleged to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman. She sits in a window awaiting the return of a lover who died during the American Civil War.[7]
  • Edmund King House on the University of Montevallo campus in Shelby County is reported to be the site of spectral lights, the sound of footsteps, and other unexplained noises.[8]
  • Oakleigh in Mobile is said to be haunted by a female ghost in the front parlor and also to have poltergeist-like activity in other parts of the mansion, including furniture moving by itself, disembodied voices, and shadow figures.[9]
  • Pickens County Courthouse in Carrollton is alleged to be haunted by the ghost of a former slave, Henry Wells, who was lynched by a mob after being accused of burning down the second county courthouse. Soon afterward, the ghostly image of a face appeared in an upper window of the new third county courthouse to profess Wells' innocence. Supposedly, every windowpane in the courthouse was broken in a hailstorm one year, except for that pane.[10]
  • Pratt Hall at Huntingdon College in Montgomery is reportedly haunted by a Red Lady. Huntingdon was originally a Methodist female college and the Red Lady is alleged to be the ghost of a lonely girl who committed suicide.[11][12]
  • The Richards DAR House in Mobile is reportedly the site of disembodied laughter, the singing of childlike voices, and a ghostly figure that appears in an upstairs bedroom window.[13]
  • Rocky Hill Castle, site of a former plantation near Courtland, is purported to be haunted by a "lady in blue", ghosts of Civil War soldiers, and the ghosts of tortured slaves. Prior to its destruction, it was also alleged that knocking and banging of unknown origin occurred in the house.[14][15][16]
  • Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham is allegedly haunted by workers who died there in its time as a working blast furnace. It was investigated on the TV series Ghost Adventures.[17]
  • Sturdivant Hall in Selma is purported to be haunted by the ghost of the second owner, John McGee Parkman. Parkman, imprisoned by Reconstruction authorities for alleged embezzlement, died during an escape attempt from Cahaba Prison in 1867.[18][19]
  • Sweetwater Mansion in Florence, Alabama was built in 1828. Both Union and Confederate officers stayed there during their respective occupations of the city during the Civil War. Reported activity including children's laughter, moving objects, and numerous apparitions has been investigated by local paranormal groups and a team from the television show Paranormal State.[20][21][22]
  • The Tombigbee River near Pennington is reportedly haunted by the ghost ship Eliza Battle. The ship is supposed to return during especially cold, stormy nights to warn of impending disaster.[23][24] Likewise, the former captain of the James T. Staples reportedly appears near the site of that disaster at Bladon Springs.[25]



  • Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone is reportedly haunted by laughter, yelling, gunshots, and people in period dress.[27] These reports date back to the 1880s. It was investigated on Ghost Adventures. It was also investigated by TAPS on Ghost Hunters.
  • Boot Hill in Tombstone is reportedly haunted by apparitions, including men dressed as cowboys. Some of the men have appeared with their guns drawn and pointed at people who visit the cemetery. An apparition of a little girl has also been seen by tourists. Other paranormal activity includes light anomalies, shadow figures, and numerous and frequent cold spots.[28]
  • Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee is reportedly haunted. The owners claim mysterious voices, odd sounds, odd smells, and levitating objects.[29] It was investigated on both Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters.
  • Gadsden Hotel in Douglas is reportedly haunted by a few specters including a cowboy and two "shoppers". This place is also home to a few stories, such as those of a woman being pinned to her bed, another having her hair pulled, and yet another having someone lay down next to her in bed.[30]
  • Part of the football field at Lee Williams High School in Kingman lies atop an old Pioneer Cemetery. Women in prairie gowns and men wearing suits from the 19th Century have reportedly been sighted during outdoor graduation ceremonies.[31]
  • Monte Vista Hotel in Flagstaff is reputed to be haunted. A phantom bellboy is said to knock on the door of room 210 and announce "Room service." John Wayne reported seeing a ghost in his room while staying at the hotel in the early 1950s.[32]


  • The Crescent Hotel is a historic hotel in Eureka Springs. Built in 1886, it is still in service today and reported to be haunted. During night hours, people have reported to hear unknown voices and creepy sounds.[33][34][35]
  • Fort Chaffee in Western Arkansas, which is near Fort Smith, is reportedly haunted. It was featured in the TV series Ghost Adventures on Friday, November 19, 2010.[36]
  • The King Opera House is a historic live performance venue in Van Buren. Opened in the late 19th century, the opera house is purportedly haunted by a young Victorian man who was whipped to death by the father of his lover when they attempted to elope.[34]
  • The Gurdon Light is a mysterious floating light above the railroad tracks near Gurdon (Clark County), a few miles away on Highway 67, which was first sighted during the 1930s. A popular legend is that a railroad worker was in an accident in which he was decapitated and now he is holding a lantern going up and down the tracks searching for his missing head. The other legend involves the murder of a foreman for the Missouri-Pacific Railroad. The Gurdon Light was reportedly sighted shortly after his murder near those tracks in 1931. Many have believed that the light is the railroad foreman's lantern glowing. The local legend appeared on NBC's Unsolved Mysteries in 1994. Scientists have tried to explain the light saying it could be headlights from the traffic on Interstate 30, but the light began appearing in the 1930s, while the interstate was not constructed until the 1970s and is 3 miles or more away. They have also looked for methane gas, but the light can be seen glowing in all types of weather. Another explanation some scientists believe is that or sparks of electricity come from pressure on underground quartz crystal.[37][38][39][40][41][42]


California is the location of many supposedly haunted locations. Notable locations with reputations for being haunted include tourist destinations such as Alcatraz, Disneyland, and the Winchester Mystery House.



  • Bara-Hack is a ghost town in the northern part of the state that is reportedly haunted.[46][47]
  • Dudleytown is an abandoned town founded in the mid-1740s. It lies in the middle of a forested area in Cornwall. The original buildings are gone and only their foundations remain. Videos purport to show restless spirits in the area[48] and hikers have reported seeing orbs in the area.[49] Visitors claim that the area is unusually quiet and devoid of wildlife.[49] It is on private property and is closed to the public.[50]
  • Hartford Conservatory in Hartford. Anonymous apparitions dressed in 19th Century clothing, shadowy figures, spectral footsteps, and disembodied voices have been reported at this now-defunct performing arts school.[51] It was investigated on Ghost Hunters.
  • New London Ledge Lighthouse in New London is said to be haunted by a lighthouse keeper named Ernie, who jumped from the roof.[52][53]
  • Union Cemetery in Easton (also Bridgeport), which dates back to the 17th century, is touted as "one of the most haunted cemeteries in the entire country" by authors of paranormal books who report that visitors have photographed orbs, light rods, ectoplasmic mists, and apparitions. A spirit known as the "White Lady" has also been reported.[54][55][56]
  • The Remington Arms factory in Bridgeport was once a weapons factory. It was closed in the 1980s. It is claimed that accidents and fatalities were the cause of the closing. People have claimed shadow figures, voices, yelling, and residual working sounds.[57] It was featured on the TV series Ghost Adventures.
  • The Union and New Haven Trust Building in New Haven is said to be haunted.[58]
  • A house in Southington was the location of a series of supposed paranormal events first depicted publicly in the book In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting (1992). Such events[59] are said to be the inspiration for the film The Haunting in Connecticut (2009). But, in 2011, the main author of that book admitted that he will not claim this work is non-fiction anymore due to several inconsistency and reliability problems during its production.[60]


  • Delaware Governor's Mansion in Dover is said to be haunted by some wine-loving ghosts, known to empty a decanter that was filled every night. Among the ghosts reported here for decades are the apparition of former owner Dr. M.W. Bates' father, another apparition of a man who wears a white wig, a floating specter who wears a Revolutionary War outfit, and a little girl in a red gingham dress.[61]
  • Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island is reportedly haunted by imprisoned Confederate soldiers who fought during the American Civil War.[62]


  • Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine is said to be haunted by a fancily-dressed man in 1920s-era clothing.[63]
  • Don CeSar Hotel in St. Petersburg Beach, Fla, is haunted by the unchained[64] ghost of its original owner, Thomas Rowe, who built the Moorish-style "Pink Palace" in 1926. The romantic love story attached to this haunting is that Thomas Rowe was forbidden, by her parents, to marry the love of his life, a singer in the opera Maritana. He built the Don CeSar in remembrance of her, and named it after a character in the opera. "Time is infinite. I wait for you by our fountain", she wrote to him on her deathbed, and after his own death, it was reported that they were seen to be meeting by the fountain in the hotel lobby {See "Ghosts in the Pink Palace"[65] and "Haunted Love: Tales of Ghostly Soulmates"[66] for full particulars of this 'historia reconti'}. Ghost tours of the Don CeSar are given by a local sightseeing company.[67]
  • The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables is reportedly haunted by the ghost of Thomas "Fatty" Walsh, a mobster who was murdered there on September 7, 1929 during a gambling dispute. Claims include that his ghost haunts the hotel elevator. Guests also have reported seeing the ghost of a woman who was said to have jumped out of a window to save her child and a woman in white clothing in their rooms.[68]
  • Fort Cooper State Park in Inverness was the site of the Second Seminole War. An anonymous spectral Seminole chief lingers at this state park.[69]
  • The Leaf Theater in Quincy is reportedly haunted by several former movie operators and theater attendees[70]
  • Velda Mound in Tallahassee is said to be haunted by Native Americans sitting by a fire at night and a white glowing wolf that prowls the premises. Locals report it howling night after night.[71]
  • The University of South Florida Library in Tampa is reportedly haunted. For years, reports have been made of automatic doors opening and closing without anyone near them and the sounds of doors closing with no students left in the building.[72]




  • Farragut State Park in Athol has numerous reports of The Brig being haunted by full-body specters as well as objects moving by themselves in the former military jail cells. It was the site of at least one homicide and suicide during World War II. In its day, this site was the home of three hundred thousand Navy personnel.[80]
  • Frazier Hall at Idaho State University in Pocatello is said to be haunted by a ghost named Alex. The building houses the speech and theater departments. In addition to the sound of steps on the fourth floor, there have been reports of people seeing specters in the seats of the auditorium, and hearing the piano playing when no one is present.[81]
  • Old Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise is reportedly haunted by former prisoners.[82] It was investigated on an episode of Ghost Adventures.
  • Owyhee Mountains in Owyhee County are allegedly inhabited by demon-possessed canibalistic dwarves in some caves. The two-foot-high naked creatures are exceedingly strong, and one of them can carry a dead elk on his back. According to Shoshone and Bannock legends, the dwarves can be identified by their long tails, which they sometimes hide by wrapping them around their bodies. The dwarves have been accused of abducting little children and devouring them.[83]


Ashmore Estates, circa August 2006.
Congress Plaza Hotel



  • Drake University in Des Moines has a paranormal report from students of feelings of being watched by the spirits in its municipal observatory. Some staff members even claim that the spirit of Dr. Robert Morehouse helps guide the students on their academics.[101]
  • An abandoned brick elementary school building in Farrar featured on The Travel Channel TV show My Ghost Story is reputed to be haunted.[102][103]
  • Independence State Hospital in Independence reportedly has paranormal activities including cold drafts, whispers, and the feeling of being watched by apparitions. Those who work there often avoid the area if possible, seeing shadows and hearing disembodied screams.[104]
  • The Jordan House in West Des Moines is said to be haunted by the ghost of Eda Jordan, the three-year-old daughter of Iowa abolitionist James C. Jordan. She broke her neck and died in 1893 when she fell off the banister which she was sliding down. She supposedly walks the halls of the house carrying a white cat.[105]



Old Louisville in 1897.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium
  • Bobby Mackey's Music World in the small town of Wilder is often called "the most haunted night club in America". The site of a former slaughterhouse, the headless corpse of Pearl Bryan was found near the nightclub in 1897. Her alleged killers, Scott Jackson and Alonzo Walling, avid Satan worshipers, both claimed that they would haunt the area when they were executed by hanging. Today, Walling and Jackson are said to haunt the well room, and an urban legend holds that the well is a portal to Hell, allowing demons to enter the nightclub. An urban legend also claims the site is haunted by the spirit of a dance hall girl named Johanna, who committed suicide after avenging her murdered lover after he was killed by her disapproving father. This claim was investigated on the first episode of the TV series Ghost Adventures. The show has also done several "returns", one of which includes the supposed possession of the lead investigator, Zak Bagans. They also show a video of the caretaker, Carl, being possessed.[113]
  • X Cave at Carter Caves State Resort Park located in Carter County, Kentucky is said to be haunted by two Cherokee Indian lovers according to the book, 'More Kentucky Ghost Stories' by Michael Paul Henson. Huraken, a warrior in the tribe, found a rich vein of silver but kept the secret to himself because he wanted to use the silver to make gifts for Manuita, daughter of the chief. One day Huraken and a group of warriors left the tribe's village for a battle; when the warriors didn't return, the tribe believed them dead and prepared to move. Manuita didn't want to leave the only home she had ever known, or the memory of Huraken, so she threw herself off a cliff to end her life. Huraken, however, was not dead, but returned to the vein of silver to make gifts for his love Manuita; unfortunately, the night he planned to return and present the gifts as a way of asking for her hand in marriage was the night Manuita threw herself from the cliff. On his way back to the village, he found the body of the princess and carried her into a cave, concealing her body so he could watch over it (the cave is now known as "X Cave" because the four entrances meet in the middle). The chief accused Huraken of being responsible for the death of his daughter; Huraken was captured and sentenced to death. As a last request, he asked to go to the site of her body one last time; He entered the cave alone and never came out. When the cave was reopened, the bones of two Indian bodies and silver artifacts were found, but later lost.[114]
  • Old Louisville, reputed to be "America's Most Haunted Neighborhood,"[115] is one of the largest historic preservation districts in the country - and supposedly the largest Victorian neighborhood in the nation. It is also said to be home to dozens of haunted mansions and local ghost stories. According to locals, few evil spirit haunt this place and thus, a lot of paranormal happenings continuously happen at this very place.[116][117]
  • The Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville is a former tuberculosis hospital that has been of strong interest with paranormal investigators, some calling it "the most haunted place on Earth". There are unconfirmed reports of more than 60,000 deaths at the site (though the real number is estimated to be about 8,000), and the property owners, workers, and investigators have claimed that at almost any time you can see strange lights, phantasms and shadows moving around the corridors and rooms of the building.[118]
  • White Hall near Richmond in Madison County, owned by a man named Cassius Marcellus Clay (1810 -1903), is said to be haunted by ghosts. White Hall is 11 miles north of Richmond, the original house being built in 1798 by Clay's father. Paranormal activities reported in the house include candle lights moving around the perimeter of the house or through the house, strange sounds and smells throughout the house, footsteps in rooms that were found empty, the occasional sound of violin or piano music echoing in the empty ballroom, and even sightings of apparitions of three ghosts at the house: Clay himself, his former wife, and his son. "Very, very odd and more than a little scary", notes ghost hunter Keven McQueen.[119]



  • Camden Hills State Park in Camden allegedly has an apparitional image of Elenora French's pink hat that has been seen still floating in the winds. There are also stories of her hat floating in the Atlantic Ocean, but the cliff does not overlook the ocean and is too far from the lake for it to be floating there. Visitors have also claimed to hear her disembodied screams from when she fell from the cliff edge.[125]
  • Fort Knox in Prospect is a 19th Century seacoast fortification located on the banks of the Penobscot River. Investigated by numerous paranormal groups, including SyFy's Ghost Hunters, it has had numerous reports of apparitions, sounds, EVPs, touching and film/photo evidence,[126] although there is no reason to believe EVPs are indicative of anything paranormal.[127]
  • University of Southern Maine in Gorham is supposedly haunted by an anonymous woman who hung herself after discovering her pregnancy.[128]


  • Auburn House at Towson University in Baltimore County is said to have a female ghost.[129][130][131][132]
  • Chesapeake and Ohio Canal is said to have a few ghosts, including dead soldiers from the Battle of Ball's Bluff fought during the American Civil War haunting near the 33–34 mile mark,[133] a lady ghost on the 2 mile level at Catoctin (between locks 28 and 29),[133] a headless man haunting the Paw Paw Tunnel,[134] and a ghost of a robber at the Monocacy Aqueduct carrying a lantern.[135]
  • Chestnut Lodge in Rockville was a private facility treating mental patients for over one hundred years. Closed in 2001, the building was slated for renovation for resale as upscale condominiums. However, in the early morning hours of June 7, 2009, the building burned down.[136]
  • Morrill Hall at the University of Maryland, College Park is the oldest academic building on the UMD campus and is named for U. S. Senator Justin Smith Morrill of Vermont, the father of the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862. Over the years, members of the campus community have reported hearing the sound of marching feet outside the building, as well as a number of strange smells within its walls. The Morrill Land Grant Act required mandatory military training, so students were organized into a corps of cadets, who drilled on the field in front of Morrill Hall. This field was also the scene of many a punishment when individual cadets misbehaved and were required to shoulder their rifles and march back and forth for hours to work off the demerits they received. The smells are alleged to originate in the experiments conducted in the building's early days as Science Hall or as remnants of the Great Fire of 1912. The Maryland Ghosts and Spirits Association detected the presence of numerous spirits in this building during their 2002 visit to campus.[137]
  • Point Lookout Lighthouse, at the southernmost tip of Maryland's western shore of Chesapeake Bay, has seen numerous shipwrecks, bodies washed ashore, and plenty of paranormal activity, documented over the centuries.[138]
  • Westminster Hall and Burying Ground in Baltimore is said to be haunted.[139]



  • Big Bay Point Light is reputedly haunted by the red-haired ghost of its first keeper, Will Prior.[144]
  • Holy Family Orphanage in Marquette is said to be haunted by children who were abandoned, or possibly abused, during the facility's 40 years of active operation.[145]
  • Eloise Asylum in Westland, Michigan, was in operation for 150 years. It was abandoned in 1970 and is reportedly haunted by a female specter wearing white, who walks the old D building's upper floors and roof. It is now a government building. Others have reported eerie and disembodied voices around the grounds where other buildings once stood.[146]


Greyhound Bus Museum
  • Greyhound Bus Museum in Hibbing is said to be haunted by anonymous active spirits. Paranormal investigators have confirmed the residence of ghosts in this museum and employees report bus windows opening and closing on their own. Visitors have reported shadows that appear and disappear as well.[147]
  • Minneapolis City Hall in Minneapolis is said to be haunted by John Moshik, who was hanged here for murder in 1898.[148]
  • Winona State University is said to be haunted by anonymous specters, especially in Lourdes and Richards Hall. Other paranormal reports include pictures getting knocked off walls and moved around by themselves, doors opening and closing by themselves, and apparitional people walking through the halls when no one is around.[149]


  • Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi is said to be haunted by various specters in the 334th and 338th training squadrons. Paranormal activities include lights flickering and an abnormal coldness radiating from the place, radios turning on and off by themselves, and windows and lockers opening by themselves.[150]
  • Longfellow Place in Pascagoula is said to be haunted by ghosts of slaves who were abused and murdered here. Legend says that the mistress of the house was particularly cruel to the slaves and would often beat them to near death, and more than a few would later succumb to their wounds. The doomed slaves stay on, causing mischief in the form of slamming doors, throwing items about, and other spectral occurrences.[151]
  • In the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, an anonymous 19th Century man's specter roams his office. He died from a heart attack at his desk. Staff members claim to hear strange noises and the sounds of doors opening and closing coming from the office when no one is there.[152]
  • Rowan Oak in Oxford is said to be haunted by William Faulkner's spirit.[153]
  • Vicksburg National Military Park is said to be haunted by Confederate soldiers who fought in the Battle of Vicksburg during the American Civil War. Paranormal reports include spectral battling shouts and gunshots.[154]
  • Waverley Plantation in West Point is said to be haunted by an anonymous spectral young girl who is apparently searching for her mother and also by an anonymous man in military uniform who is prone to appearing in mirrors. Other paranormal activity includes objects moving by themselves.[155]


  • Town of Avilla on historic Route 66 is said to have large numbers of Shadow Folk throughout village and also haunted by a Revenant Civil War-era bushwhacker nicknamed "Rotten Johnny Reb", from a gruesome historical event now called the "Legend of the Avilla Death Tree".[156]
  • Kemper Arena in Kansas City is said to have sightings, sounds, and lights flickering on and off in the arena late at night from a former WWF wrestler named Owen Hart who died in 1999 by falling 78 feet (24 m) to his death from the ceiling of the arena. There are also said to be sightings of him still in his Blue Blazer suit at the top of the arena looking down with the cable hooked up to him.[157]
  • Lemp Mansion is a historical restaurant and inn located on 3322 Demenil Place in Benton Park, St. Louis. It formerly served as the home and office of the Lemp family, owners of the Lemp Brewing Company. The site of three Lemp family suicides, it is said to be haunted.[158]
  • The Missouri State Penitentiary, was a prison in Jefferson City, Missouri, that operated from 1836-2004. Part of the Missouri Department of Corrections, it served as the state of Missouri's primary maximum security institution. Before it closed, it was the oldest operating penal facility west of the Mississippi River. Once dubbed the bloodiest 47 acres in America. From 1938 to 1965, thirty nine prisoners were executed in the penitentiary's gas chamber.
  • Pythian Castle[159] is said to be haunted. The castle was built by the Knights of Pythias as an orphanage and senior citizens home for its members and their families in 1913. It was called the Pythian Home of Missouri.
  • Vaile Mansion in Independence, Missouri is said to be haunted.[160]


Bannack, Montana a ghost town reportedly haunted by executed outlaws and a woman in a blue gown named Dorothy.[161]
  • Bannack, a ghost town that was one of the first-settled towns in its county, is reportedly haunted. It was founded in 1862 and named after the Bannock Indian tribe. Several reports of hauntings have been made there, including the apparition of a woman in a blue gown named Dorothy who drowned in Grasshopper Creek. A gang of outlaws were also executed in the town and their ghosts are said to haunt the area. There were several epidemics of illnesses there as well, and a reported 8 to 14 infants died in the town; visitors have often reported hearing babies crying.[161]
  • Carroll College, in Helena, supposedly has a ghost in the men's restroom in St. Charles Hall, where a drunken student died of a cerebral hemorrhage after falling and smashing his head against a sink in the middle of the night.[162] The bathroom was closed for a period after the death, but was later reopened for student use. Several maintenance men and students have reported coming into the bathroom and seeing blood in the sink where the student hit his head. St. Albert's Hall is also said to be haunted by a nun who died of influenza in the college's early days.
  • The Copper King Mansion in Butte is said to be haunted by its original owner, Senator William A. Clark.[161] Owners have reported a warm and welcoming presence in the house, but have reported witnessing unexplained shadows and footsteps and cold spots. The mansion also served as a Catholic convent in the early 1900s.
  • Garnet, a ghost town nestled in the Garnet Mountain Range about 40 miles outside of Missoula, is said to be haunted by several ghosts, including gold miners and a woman executed for murder there.[161] People have often heard voices and loud music when nobody is there.
  • Little Bighorn National Battlefield, a battlefield in Big Horn County, Montana, is said to have recent claims of paranormal activity at the park from visitors as well as employees. These include taps on shoulders, rangers seeing apparition movement out the corner of their eyes when no one is around, orb spectacles throughout the fields, a Native American war cry, and moans and screams. Lt. Benjamin Hodgson was a member of Company B who died in the battle and has been claimed to have been seen a few times near the Stone House.[163]
  • Montana State Prison Museum, located in Deer Lodge, is reportedly haunted and had a history of extremely violent criminals, countless executions, and several riots.[164] Built in 1871 and in operation until the 1970s, the prison is now a museum open to the public, and guests have reported disembodied voices and footsteps in all areas of the prison. An underground solitary confinement section of the prison, known as "the hole", which housed prisoners in total darkness, is said to be haunted, and guests have reported being pushed and touched while in the cells.
  • Virginia City, a ghost town-turned-tourist-attraction, is said to be haunted. The saloon and theater are two areas of reported ghost sightings.[162] The town had a violent past and was home to many outlaws. Calamity Jane lived in the town as a child.[162]



  • Abraham Curry House in Carson City is a historic residence reportedly occupied by the spirit of its namesake builder Abraham Curry, the founding father of the city and state capital, who died in 1873 with only one dollar in his pocket.[170]
  • The Madame Tussauds wax museum in Las Vegas is said to be haunted by famous celebrities.[171]
  • In Redd Foxx's former home in Las Vegas is said that the famous American comedian is playing pranks on the current tenants as a ghost.[172]
  • The Nevada Governor's Mansion in Carson City was first occupied by the family of Governor Denver S. Dickerson in July 1909. Guests and staff have reported seeing a woman and child on the premises, thought to be Dickerson's wife Una and daughter June, the only child to have been born in the residence.[173]

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New Jersey[edit]

Clinton Road.
The Devil's Tree.
Front elevation of the Ringwood Manor.
  • Burlington County Prison in Mount Holly is reportedly haunted by a legless, floating spirit that moves from the entrance to the yard, a tall male in a uniform in the basement, and the third floor is claimed to have a flurry of paranormal activity.[177]
  • Burnt Mill Road in Atco is reportedly haunted by a young boy killed by a speeding car many years back. If one drives to a specific spot at midnight, a little ghostly boy may be seen running into the road chasing his ball.[178]
  • Cape May is the oldest seaside town in America, established in 1620. It is also said to be one of the most haunted cities in the country, with many haunted Victorian style house bed & breakfasts, including Congress Hall, the Emlen Physick Estate, Peter Shields Inn, and Southern Mansion (featured on Ghost Hunters). However, the town's top haunt is Higbee Beach, famous for its quartz "Cape May diamonds", said to be haunted by a phantom black dog, or "hell hound", that is said to carry the curse of the land brought by Native Americans.[179][180]
  • Clinton Road in West Milford is a secluded road that is home to many local legends and folklore that include strange creatures, ghosts sightings, Druid and witch gatherings, Ku Klux Klan meetings, Satanic rituals, a demon "hellhound", and a "phantom truck" that follows motorists and causes them to crash on "Dead Man's Curve". It is also the location where Mafia hitman Richard "Iceman" Kuklinski buried his victims' bodies.[181]
  • The Devil's Tree in Martinsville, Bernards Township is said to be one of the old headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan in New Jersey. An area surrounding the tree is said to give off unnatural warmth where snow doesn't seem to stick in the dead of winter. They say that the tree has a branch that still hangs low from where the KKK would lynch people. People who have tried to cut it down or do harm to the tree have allegedly met an untimely death.[182][183]
  • The Essex County Hospital Center in Verona is believed to be haunted by full-body apparitions of nurses and patients. Some have claimed a demonic presence. The sound of a rolling gurney can frequently be heard.[184][185]
  • Lakehurst Hangar No. 1 located at the Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst in Lakehurst is where the Hindenburg crashed and is said to be haunted by its passengers who died in the 1937 disaster, since this airship hangar was used as a morgue. The hangar was featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters.[186]
  • Leeds Point is the birthplace of the "Leeds Devil", better known as the Jersey Devil. The Pine Barrens (New Jersey) gave fame to the legend of the Jersey Devil, said to have been birthed by a local woman named Mrs. Leeds in 1735. It was her 13th child and she didn't want any more, so she cursed the child by saying, "May it be the devil!" Another version tells of Mother Leeds giving birth to a hideous horned monster that attacked her and her midwife, sprouted bat wings, and flew out through the chimney, disappearing into the Pine Barrens, which is where most of the alleged sightings have occurred.[187][188]
  • Proprietary House in Perth Amboy, originally the Royal Governor's Mansion of William Franklin, is reportedly haunted by two apparitions: "the little boy in blue", who's seen in old fashioned clothes, and a woman in white. Visitors also hear disembodied voices and footsteps, get grabbed by an unseen force, and capture ghosts on camera in the old mirror in the ballroom. The house was investigated by TAPS and was featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters.[189]
  • Ringwood Manor was the home of General Erskine, who was a geographer and surveyor for General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. The house is open to the public and many visitors report paranormal activity and ghost sightings that include the General Erskine entity by his grave on the property, and also the spirit of a housemaid who was supposedly brutally beaten in one of the bedrooms.[190]
  • Seabrook-Wilson House (nicknamed the Spy House) in Port Monmouth, Middletown, was a tavern during the Revolutionary War where patriots spied on the British. The former museum is said to be "one of the most haunted houses in America" due to the numerous reports of paranormal activity and apparition sightings that include the woman in white looking for her crying child, the spirit of a little boy seen looking out the windows, and the ghost of Captain Morgan, who buried treasure there and is known to wander the halls.[191]
  • Shades of Death Road in Allamuchy, Warren County, has reputed paranormal activity and is the subject of folklore and local legends at nearby "Ghost Lake", "Lenape Lane", and "Fairy Hole". The road was first given its name ("The Shades") because of the twisted trees shading the roadway; then later giving way to "Shades of Death" because of the many murders and car accidents that have occurred there over the years.[192]
  • The Union Hotel in Flemington has had claims of Poltergeist incidents and other ghost sightings since its upper floors were closed and it was converted into a restaurant.[193]

New Mexico[edit]

  • On Highway 666 in Gallup, paranormal activities include a large gasoline truck driving up the center of the road (some have seen it on fire) at high speed and trying to run other vehicles off of the road, two female apparitional hitchhikers (one who disappears from cars when picked up, and another who will run out into the highway in front of cars, disappearing when she is about to be hit), cars with no driver passing travelers, spectral dogs running across the highway, and mysterious lights appearing in the sky.[194]
  • At the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, people do not use the phonetic alphabet word "Juliet" (for J) for one of its troops because it is believed to be a curse. During in the 1800s when the school was still an all male military school in the frontier, Juliet troop was one of the troops to go out and defend the school from Native Americans and other Wild West people. After one such excursion, no one from the Juliet troop survived.[195]

New York[edit]

  • 112 Ocean Avenue House, (a.k.a. Amityville Horror House) in Amityville is the basis for the 1977 book The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson.It was the scene of a tragic mass murder of the DeFeo family on November 13, 1974 committed by Ronald DeFeo, Jr., the Lutz family, the next inhabitants of the home, claimed that it was haunted and fled after 28 days. Their experiences were portrayed in Anson's bestselling book, which was followed by a hit 1979 film The Amityville Horror, which in turn spawned a cottage industry. Despite accusations of fraud, the Lutzes maintained that they experienced paranormal phenomena while living in the Ocean Avenue home.[196]
  • Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York was once the scene of a murder that inspired a fictional character in the Theodore Dreiser novel An American Tragedy, along with Jennifer Donnelly novel A Northern Light. There are reports of victim Grace Brown's apparition seen by witnesses in the cabin where she stayed until Chester Gillette murdered her. Witnesses have reported to the media seeing her both from the outside and the inside of Covewood Lodge. She is also seen by visitors in the lake as she reenacts her tragic drowning. Her presence is experienced as a feeling of wet chills descending over witnesses and her face has been seen staring up from the lake's depths.[197]
  • Cherry Hill Estate, in southern Albany is a late 18th-century farm manor house that was the site of an 1827 murder that led to Albany's last public hanging after a controversial trial. An unidentified ghost has been seen on the property.[198]
  • Church of St. Barnabas in Irvington reportedly has some ghosts of former occupants. In 2000, workers installing a new organ left the church in haste after seeing one.[199]
The Farnam Mansion, where eight people are known to have died, is said to be haunted by human spirits as well as a phantom cat.[200]
  • Farnam Mansion in Oneida is a 19th-century Victorian-Italianate mansion said to be haunted by human and animal spirits alike. Guests of this former bed and breakfast inn have reported seeing male and female apparitions, shadow people, phantom cats, objects moving of their own accord, ghostly voices, and the sensation of being touched. Research conducted by the current owners, Gerri and Brian Gray, found eight known deaths had occurred in the mansion. The mansion is featured in the books, Ghost Hunting the Mohawk Valley by Lynda Lee Macken, Cano Davy and Marcus Zwierecki; and Chasing Shadows: New York Ghosts by Katya Von Heuser and P.W. Creighton.[200]
  • New York State Capitol building in Albany is said to be haunted by the ghosts of a night watchman who died in a 1911 fire, artist William Morris Hunt, and others.[201]
  • Onondaga County Criminal Courthouse in Syracuse is said to be haunted by a woman named Claire. The site of the courthouse was formerly a parking garage for the Syracuse Police Department. In the 1950s, Claire is said to have traveled to Syracuse from her home in Brockville, Ontario, to visit her policeman boyfriend, only to find him with another woman. She was so distraught she climbed to the top of the garage and jumped to her death. Cleaning personnel and those working late on the top and bottom floors have reported sounds and sights of an unidentified woman, along with objects seemingly being thrown at random.[202]
  • Former Plattsburgh Air Force Base in Plattsburgh is said to be home to numerous hauntings. The military presence at this site dates back to the War of 1812 and continued nearly uninterrupted until the Base's closure in 1995. Much of the paranormal activity centers around the older 19th Century portions of the Base. Plattsburgh Air Force Base was featured in a 2013 article in Military Times entitled "Haunted bases, boats, and battlefields: Military spots where spirits are said to roam".[203]
  • Smith-Ely Mansion in Clyde is said to be haunted by the ghosts not only of its historic inhabitants but also of more recent victims of suicide. The house has since been converted into a bed and breakfast. The B & B now draws patronage from casual tourists and ghost hunters alike.[204]
  • SUNY Geneseo's Erie Hall dormitory (room C2D1) in Geneseo is alleged to have been haunted in 1985 and popularized in the media as the "C2D1 Haunting".[205][206]

North Carolina[edit]

  • The Attmore-Oliver House in New Bern has been the scene of some poltergeist-like activity stemming possibly from either deaths in the house during a smallpox epidemic or the spirit of the last private owner.[207]
  • Brown Mountain in Burke and Caldwell Counties is reputed to have ghostly orbs of light radiating from the mountain. According to local Cherokee legend, the "Brown Mountain Lights" date back as far as 1200. This was the year of a great battle, and they believed the lights to be the spirits of Indian maidens who still search for lost loved ones. Also, there has been speculation of extraterrestrial activity. Wiseman's View on Linville Mountain is the best vantage point for viewing the lights. This lookout was used by German engineer, William de Brahm in 1771 while studying the phenomenon. He attributed the lights to nitrous gases emitting from the mountain and combusting upon collision, but his theories were later disproven.[208]
  • The Carolina Theatre in Greensboro was set ablaze on July 1, 1981, by a woman who was assumed mentally disturbed. Ms. Melba Frey went up to the upper balcony and started the fire, which burned the entire balcony and lobby. Her body was found in the stairway by firefighters, and she is now believed to haunt the area in which she died, flipping the folding seats up and down.[209]
  • The Devil's Tramping Ground near Bennett is a 40-foot ring in the middle of a forest devoid of any growth for at least a century. Legend has it that this a site where the Devil rises to the surface of the earth to plot his misdeeds against mankind. A United States Geological Survey team could uncover no scientific explanation for the lack of growth within the ring.[210]
  • Fayetteville hosts ghosts such as "The Lady in Black" who haunts the Sandford House, formerly called the Slocumb House.[211] Her apparition first appeared in the late 19th century and has been sighted by members of The Woman's Club of Fayetteville.[212]
  • The Harvey Mansion Historic Inn and Restaurant in New Bern has reports of an older woman in 18th-century dress haunting the second and third floors. A North Carolina State University professor reported seeing her glide by his table while dining in the second-floor restaurant.[213]
  • The Tar River, near Tarboro in Edgecombe County, is associated with a legend of a banshee. The legend speaks of a Patriot miller who was killed by a small group of British soldiers during the American Revolution. Before they drowned him in the river, he warned the soldiers that if he were killed, they would be haunted by a banshee. After his death, she appeared and caused the deaths of the soldiers and supposedly still haunts the river.[214]

North Dakota[edit]

  • The Apple Creek Country Club in Bismarck is said to be haunted by an anonymous former female chef in the kitchen. She tends to vanish quickly without appearing to take any notice of living people.[215]
  • Chateau de Mores in Medora was formally the home of duelist Marquis de Mores, and is now a museum open to the public for tours. Visitors have reported seeing a female apparition and feeling cold spots throughout the historic home, and have witnessed lights turn on and off with by themselves when nobody is around.[216]
  • The Liberty Memorial Building in Bismarck, according to former employees is said to be haunted by a ghostly presence nicknamed the "Stack Monster". When the building housed the State Historical Society of North Dakota, an archivist reported hearing a voice call him by name. A Historical Society superintendent claims he stepped off the elevator in the basement and thought he saw a man in a white shirt walk into a storage room. Archivists working at night say they were "suddenly overwhelmed with the sensation" and immediately left the building. One employee speculates the "Stack Monster" vacated the building, while an assistant says they observed the heavy entrance doors on the building's south side slowly open and close as if someone was going outside. Employees humorously created an ID badge to invite the "Stack Monster" to "check into newer quarters" at the Heritage Center.[217]
  • At North Dakota State University in Fargo, Ceres Hall is believed to be haunted by a male janitor who hanged himself from a heating pipe during World War II. The basement and the third floor are both believed to be haunted, perhaps by two different entities. And in Minard Hall, once rumored to be the site of a possible double murder, witnesses describe a strange feeling of an unseen presence around them.[218]
  • At the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks in John C. West Hall, administrators have seen an apparitional young girl's torso, believed to be that of an anonymous spectral student who froze to death outside the dorm. The ghost is said to tinker with the electricity and TVs in the complex. Also, in Stacher Hall (Technology Department), staff members have sporadically seen an apparitional man's arm has in the doorway of the second-floor graphics darkroom. Investigators have detected a feeling of being watched by spirits and a floral perfume along with small gusts of air in the computer lab.[219]


  • Arnold's Bar and Grill, the oldest continuously-operated bar in Cincinnati, is rumored to be haunted.[220]
  • Cincinnati Music Hall is a theater that was built over a potter's field. Reports of spirits on the property date back to 1876. In 1988, during the installation of an elevator shaft, bones of adults and children were exhumed from under the hall.[221]
  • Emmitt House in Waverly is a hotbed for paranormal activity. The house was featured on both My Ghost Story and Haunted Collector before it burned down in January 2014.[222][223] Some human remains had been found at the site.[224][225]
  • Franklin Castle, also known as the Hannes Tiedemann House, in Ohio City, Cleveland, Ohio, is one of the more well-known hauntings in Ohio. Renovations by the owner made this home quite intricate: there were many hidden passages and rooms throughout this house, including a trap door that led to a tunnel that goes nowhere, and, more infamously, a room in which dozens of human baby skeletons were found. Many gruesome rumors have been spread as to more tales occurring in this house, including additional murders and the possibility of Nazi Spies meeting there in the early 1900s. There are many stories of possible hauntings occurring in this house since, ranging from "ghost children" playing with child residents of the house, to reports of the sound of babies crying and lights swinging, because of which Franklin Castle is purported to be the most haunted house in Ohio.[226][227]
  • The defunct Lima Tuberculosis Hospital is rumored to be haunted,[228] but some attribute the noises to the nearby Lima Refinery.[229]
  • Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield is a defunct prison that was shut down in 1990. People report cell doors slamming, yelling, physical attacks on women, and shadowy figures. It was featured on the TV series Ghost Adventures.[230]
  • Prospect Place in Trinway is rumored to have had Satanic rituals performed on the site, with many people killed during its time as a stop on the Underground Railroad. It was investigated on the TV series Ghost Adventures.[231]


  • Dead Women Crossing in Weatherford has paranormal activities including a mysterious blue light with no particular shape that originates in the creek and an anonymous spectral woman crying for her baby around the area.[232]
  • Fort Washita in Durant is reportedly haunted by the headless ghost of a 19th-century woman known as "Aunt Jane", who appears in period clothing without her head.[233]


The Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City is one of Oregon's many reportedly haunted locations

There are a number of Reportedly haunted locations in Oregon. Reported hauntings in the state are linked to such historic places as the Oregon Trail and early coastal communities, as well as the gritty history of Portland, the state's largest city and metropolitan area, which was considered the most dangerous port city in the world at the turn of the 20th century.[234] In 2012, USA Today named Portland among the top ten most haunted cities in the United States.[235]

Reportedly haunted locales in Portland include the Bagdad Theater, a vaudeville theater built by Universal Studios in 1927, which is reportedly haunted by a maintenance man who committed suicide in the building; Pittock Mansion, a mansion overlooking the city that is reportedly haunted by its original owners; the Roseland Theater, a former church and music venue that is haunted by a club promoter who was murdered there; and, perhaps most widely reported, the city's shanghai tunnels,[236] made up of various passages that run beneath the streets of northwest Portland that were used to smuggle prostitutes and sailors onto ships in the port, where they were often sold into slavery or forced labor.[237] The shanghai tunnels have been widely reported on as one of the state's most haunted locations, and were featured on The Travel Channel's documentary series Ghost Adventures.[238]

Other sites widely reported to be haunted include the Hot Lake Hotel in Union; the Multnomah County Poor Farm in Troutdale; Rhododendron Village, a stop along the Oregon Trail near Mt. Hood; and the Welches Roadhouse, where a pregnant woman jumped to her death.


Pennsylvania has many locations that are reported to be haunted. The town of Gettysburg, site of the Civil War battle of the same name, is reputed to be one of the most haunted cities in the United States.[239] Civil War battlefields aside, though, Pennsylvania has many supposedly haunted buildings in its cities and countryside.

Rhode Island[edit]

  • Belcourt Castle, a French Renaissance-style château in Newport, is alleged to be the location of numerous paranormal phenomena and events, including moving chairs, moving armor, ghostly apparitions, a possessed statue, and various other sightings.[240]
  • Crescent Park, an amusement park in Riverside, was said to be haunted. The park has since been razed, with the exception of its historic carousel.[241]
  • Paine House Museum, a 17th-century former stagecoach inn and tavern in Coventry, has a long history of documented paranormal activity that includes, disembodied voices, object maniupulation, physical contact, eerie footsteps from empty rooms and shadowy figures roaming the rooms and hallways.[242]

South Carolina[edit]

  • Pawleys Island is said to be haunted by an anonymous man wearing gray. Travelers see him before a hurricane hits and he warns them to get off the island to avoid it. Visitors have often encountered the spirit of that ghost man. However it is not an evil spirit and hence, you can try to experience paranormal here.[243][244][245]
  • St. Helena Parish Chapel of Ease Ruins in Saint Helena Island has paranormal reports from visitors about strange lights in this area. Legend says it may be the ghost of a murdered Confederate officer still looking for his head or that a slave looking for revenge. Tourists also have reports about a general feeling of unease and being watched by specters at this location.[246]

South Dakota[edit]

  • Mount Marty College in Yankton is said to be haunted by many anonymous specters. Paranormal activity reports include showers turning on and off by themselves, water fountains running by themselves, mysterious footsteps, and apparitional shadows.[247]
  • Northern State University in Aberdeen. Two buildings at this university are rumored to be haunted by separate apparitional spirits. The Jerde Hall dormitory is home to a spectral little girl who has been seen and heard in rooms and hallways. The Johnson Fine Arts Center has an apparition who whistles a tune from the empty men's restroom and occasionally jingles keys or tinkers with the lights. This spectral spirit has been known to play pranks by moving, throwing, or dropping objects as well.[248]
  • Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City has a paranormal report from employees about apparitional sounds of children crying and the supposed sighting of these children on the third floor.[249]


  • The town of Adams was the site of the Bell Witch haunting, as well as the Bell Witch Cave. Townspeople (even in modern times) have reported strange occurrences, including seeing a little girl in a green dress who disappears shortly after being seen. This is a common apparitional state in which the Bell Witch chooses to be seen.[250]
  • The Carnton Mansion in Franklin was used as a hospital for Confederate Soldiers during the Civil War. Many of the deceased here were buried in mass graves. Several of their apparitions have been seen, heard and even felt here. Among them is the white apparition of a woman who appears on the back porch.[251]
  • Ellis Middle School was haunted by ghostly footsteps and random apparitions in the 1960s and 1970s when it was known as Hendersonville High School. Students once described the apparition of a dark coachman on the location. The 1970s TV-Series "That's Incredible" once considered a segment on the hauntings but passed it over.[252]
  • Loretta Lynn's Plantation House and the area surrounding Hurricane Mills are both said to be haunted by the founders of the plantation and its town. There have been unexplained reports of Civil War soldiers walking and camping around the town and near the plantation. In 2011, the Ghost Adventures crew conducted an investigation inside the house, and aired the episode Loretta Lynn Plantation House, during which the crew observed a significant amount of unusual activity.[253]
  • The Orpheum Theatre in Memphis is said to be haunted by the ghost of a small girl who was killed in a car accident in front of the theater. She appears in Seat C5 watching the performances and around the structure. In 1979, a parapsychology class from the University of Memphis found evidence of six more ghosts on the location.[254]
  • Built in Kingsport in 1818, Rotherwood Mansion is said to be haunted by the ghost of a "Lady In White". She's believed to be Rowena Ross, the daughter of the builder of the house. She supposedly returns looking for her true love, who drowned on the Holston River.[255]
  • Also known as the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium in Nashville was originally built as a church, but years of music concerts here made the location the home of Country Music in the United States. Many believe the location is haunted. Footsteps have been heard, doors close, and the voice of Hank Williams Sr. has been heard singing his old songs. Others have described the image of a Confederate Soldier on the premises.[256]
  • Tennessee High School in Bristol is said to be haunted by former students and a phantom locomotive that roars over the gym and down the hall. Part of the school was reportedly built over forgotten railroad tracks.[257]
  • Tennessee State Prison in Nashville is said to be haunted. A former warden describes odd voices, strange sounds and disembodied footsteps. This location was used in the movies Ernest Goes to Jail and The Green Mile. It was also elaborated on in the television series "Celebrity Paranormal Project."[258]
  • The Woodruff-Fontaine House in Memphis is said to be haunted by the ghost of Molly Woodruff. She has been seen and felt in the Rose Room, which was once her bedroom. The location is now a museum, and one docent once heard Molly's voice say, "My bed doesn't go there." Others have sensed cigar smoke in the old mansion they can't explain.[259]
  • The Wheatland Plantation in Sevierville has a history of massive murder, death and destruction. Just behind this place is the grave of 28 cherokee indians and many africans. During silent dark hours, one can easily listen to creepy noises and sense weird paranormal happenings going in there.[260]


  • The Alamo in San Antonio is reportedly haunted by many spirits of people who died during the Battle of the Alamo. The site has been the scene of many ghostly sightings, starting shortly after the battle and continuing up to modern times.[261] It is also said to be haunted by monks in the cathedral portion of the original building.
  • The Devil's Backbone in Texas Hill Country is allegedly haunted by Spanish monks, Native Americans, Confederate soldiers on their horses, and a wolf's spirit.[262]
  • Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston has long been a popular spot for local ghost hunters. The existing building was completed in 1925, allegedly on the site of a mid-19th century cemetery, and was remodeled into apartments in 2005.[263]
  • The Marfa lights have been attributed to haunting. In May 2004, students from the Society of Physics Students at the University of Texas at Dallas spent four days investigating and recording lights observed southwest of the view park using traffic volume monitoring equipment, video cameras, binoculars, and chase cars. The conclusion was that all of the lights observed over a four night period southwest of the view park could be reliably attributed to automobile headlights traveling along U.S. 67 between Marfa and Presidio, TX.[264]
  • The commissary at the Houston Zoo may be haunted by the first zookeeper, Hans Nagel, who was shot by a park police officer in late 1941 after being caught spying on teenagers in a parked car. Commissary employees report "eerie happenings and strange shadows" at night.[265]


  • American Fork Canyon is said to be haunted by people who lost their lives in automobile accidents, including a hitchhiker.[272]
  • Roy High School is said to be haunted by former students.[273]
  • The Shilo Inn is hotel that is reported to be haunted by the ghost of a woman and a child. Guests have reported to listen creepy laughter and heart rendering screams during the strange night hours.[274]


  • At Bennington College, students in the Jennings Hall music studies facility have reported hearing voices and footsteps, particularly after dark, and have reportedly seen the image of a woman coming down the main staircase, allegedly the spirit of Mrs. Jennings, who died in the house. It was the inspiration for the Shirley Jackson novel "The Haunting of Hill House".[275]
  • University of Vermont in Burlington is said to be haunted.[276]


Aquia Church in 2011.
  • Aquia Church in Stafford is said to be one of the most haunted churches in Virginia. Legend says that the church and the church graveyard, which has graves dating back to 1738, are both home to paranormal activity that has taken place for over 200 years.[277][278]
  • Ball's Bluff in Leesburg was the site of a Civil War battle in October 1861 and is said to be haunted by people who died during the fighting here.[279][280]
  • A house at Bremo Recess in Bremo Historic District in Bremo Bluff, is reportedly haunted by Anne Blaws Barraud Cocke, the wife of John Hartwell Cocke, brigadier general in the War of 1812 and builder of the plantation estate.[281]
  • Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail in Fauquier County Built in 1808, the sixth jail in Fauquier County ran for only fifteen years before a new jail was erected behind it after a lawsuit with the Commonwealth of Virginia. In those fifteen years the four-cell jail saw death and disease from neglectful conditions. Soon after the 1823 jail was constructed the 1808 jail was transformed into a jailer's house, so that he and his family could move in and care for the prisoners. In the 143 years that followed, the jail would see death and disease again, not just among the prisoners, but among the jailer's families that lived there. One family suffered from the deaths of three young daughters, one of whom is still *very* present at the site today. But the three young girls were not the only deaths for the jailer's family, in 1881 the mother was working in the kitchen when, unbeknownst to her, her skirt caught on fire, engulfing her in flames. She succumbed to her injuries several days later in the home. Employees report hearing footsteps on the stairs in both buildings, doors shutting and closing on their own accord, displays are pulled down, shadows are seen, and some have even reported seeing the figure of a woman in white walking through the walls of the museum. Paranormal groups have recorded EVPs throughout the jail, but have yet to capture an image of the ghosts in the jail.[282]
  • Ferry Plantation House in Virginia Beach, a colonial and plantation era house, has 11 reported ghosts, including people who perished in an 1810 ship wreck at the ferry landing, a former slave named Henry—who still considers this his home, Sally Rebecca Walke—eternally mourning the loss of a lover, former resident/artist Thomas Williamson, and the Lady in White from 1826, who reportedly died from a broken neck falling down the stairs.[283]
  • Manassas National Battlefield Park has many reports of paranormal activity. An unfinished railroad located within the battlefield which was ordered by Robert E. Lee to be constructed during the Civil War is said to be a hot spot for paranormal activity.[284][285]
  • Monticello in Charlottesville was the home of Thomas Jefferson, and employees have often heard him whistling on the grounds, as he was known to do during his living days. There are reports of sightings of an apparition of a 10-year-old boy wearing a uniform and a tri-cornered hat peering out a 2nd floor window.[286]
  • The Rosewell plantation in Gloucester County is a mansion constructed in 1725 that has been the subject of many accounts of paranormal activity.[287][288]

Washington (state)[edit]

Washington, D.C.[edit]

The capital city of the United States, Washington, D.C., has a long and storied history, and it is replete with locations said to be haunted. The city was founded on July 16, 1790, and since then has been the site of military battles, deadly duels, assassinations, untimely deaths, and associated tragedies.

West Virginia[edit]

  • The Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg is a grand hotel that was built in the late 19th century and is reported to be haunted by several ghosts.[293][294]
  • Many apparitional people from the Civil War reportedly roam Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, including John Brown. He is in a brocade vest and glares at tourists in a hostile way. An anonymous woman and child believed to be Brown's wife and daughter have also been seen by tourists. Many other apparitions wander here including an entire spectral Confederate army that marches down the street.[295]
  • The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, formerly Weston State Hospital, is said by its owners and visitors to be haunted by the spirits of patients who died there. Ghost Hunters has investigated the facility. Ghost Adventures did a live event on October 30, 2009, where they performed an overnight paranormal investigation.[296]



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