Ferris Mansion Bed & Breakfast – Rawlins, Wyoming
The George Ferris Mansion looks like it could exist in American Horror Story. The story is pretty sad, but what story on this list won’t be? George Ferris built the mansion, but he died before seeing completion when he was thrown from a runaway carriage. The family couldn’t catch a break. Soon after, the Ferris family’s youngest son was killed by his older brother accidentally.
The mother lived there until she died in 1931. After that, the building was converted into apartments in the ’40s. Those who lived there reported paranormal activity and strange poltergeist behavior. The house was eventually converted back into a single-family home before becoming a bed and breakfast. It’s said the children are still seen running through the house while Mrs. Ferris can be spotted doing chores.
Eddy House – Chittendon, Vermont
The Eddy House may not look like much from the outside but going in is a completely different story. Zephaniah Eddy built the house. Two of his children were mediums, descending from a long line of psychics. The two suffered physical abuse from their father and were eventually sold to a sideshow act.
Years later, they returned to hold seances, conjuring spirits, and invited paranormal entities into the Eddy House. Some suspect that the ghosts were trapped there once invited in, while others bring up seeing a ghostly carriage near the home.
Jesse Lee Home for Children – Seward, Alaska
The Jesse Lee Home for Children was a home for displaced children. By the turn of the century, it was swelling with children who had lost their parents to the Spanish flu. Tragedy struck decades later in 1964 when a massive earthquake shook the home to its core, causing the walls to fall in the dormitories. More than a dozen children were killed.
The school was damaged beyond repair, so the government closed the building. Now, the older buildings still stand in Seward as an eerie reminder of lives tragically lost. Some who visit claim they hear giggling children behind corners and the sounds of bouncing balls or jump ropes. Others claim to have heard running footsteps that speed past them in the hallway.
The Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm – Fargo, North Dakota
The history of the Yunker farm is a little shrouded. What we know is that the Yunker family had 10 kids. They eventually turned their farmhouse home into a Children’s Museum, and that’s what it is today. The history doesn’t seem particularly malicious or tragic, but there are strange spirits that wander around.
Two of the most famous ghosts is a woman named “Vanessa,” who flicks lights on and off, moves the elevator floor to floor, and opens windows. Another is a young girl who drowned on the farm in a well. Those visiting the farm have claimed to feel shortness of breath and chest pains. These feelings are attributed to the little girl passing through a person.
Deadwood – Deadwood, South Dakota
Deadwood is perhaps one of the most haunted places in America, so it’s naturally the most haunted in South Dakota. In 1876, all sorts of people flocked there because of the gold rush from pioneers to unscrupulous thieves. There are many haunted places throughout the town.
The Historic Bullock Hotel has a famous ghost, the first sheriff of the town. He’s known for smoking a cigar, causing the scent to travel throughout the building. Another is the Adams House, where visitors and employees hear old man Adams, who purchased the house in 1892 but later died of a stroke. Could he also be the ghost that rocks in the chair or the shadowy man walking around upstairs?
Fort Delaware State Park – Delaware City, Delaware
Fort Delaware is a darker place than many people may realize. The fort became one of the biggest controversies during the Civil War and served as a camp for prisoners of war. The captors were notorious for holding them in extremely harsh conditions.
The prisoners were tightly packed, so disease flourished like a wildfire. The captors didn’t feed them, so inmates would often fight over rats. A total of 2,700 men died in the camp during those times, and they still roam the grounds. Even now, soldiers’ voices can be heard. Some have even been physically touched by spirits.
Chestnut Hill Cemetery – Exeter, Rhode Island
Way back in the 1880s, some people believed tuberculosis was spread when their loved ones died and came back as a vampire to spread the illness. Well, the Brown family (during 1889) believed this, so when they started dropping like flies, the father decided it was his daughter Mercy’s fault. Her father decided to exhume her, cut out her heart and liver, burn it, and turn it into a tea for his sick son to drink.
Gross, right? It apparently trapped Mercy’s spirit here on earth. People visit her grave and report terrifying occurrences, like their phone’s battery immediately draining or feeling someone watching them. Others say a ghostly apparition of a woman follows them around the graveyard, without saying a word.
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument – Crow Agency, Montana
A lot of anguish and death occurred at the Little Bighorn Battlefield. In June of 1876, Custer led a troop against the Native Americans who lived on the land – the Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne. Tensions had been escalating as the tribe refused to leave their home. Custer attacked them, but the Native Americans stood their ground.
Many died on the field that day, leaving a bloody mark on the land. Now, people visit the grounds and listen to the history, but that isn’t the only thing that happens there. Visitors and employees report hearing strange noises and ghosts of soldiers in the dark. One of the scariest places is Stone House, where people see a soldier’s torso without his head or legs.
Fort William Henry – Bristol, Maine
Maine was initially occupied by indigenous people when settlers arrived, and they wanted the land for themselves. The fort was built for the English to defend itself and keep out those who originally occupied the land. The English murdered Chief Taukolexis by hanging him from a tree.
It’s said his soul still roams the area around the fort. Employees and visitors say they see a white orb where he was killed. Considering the violent battles that went on there, it isn’t too strange (although it is terrifying) to hear voices or see ghosts roaming.
Omni Mount Washington Resort – Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
The Omni Mount Washington is one of the most popular haunted hotels in America. The hotel was built by Joseph Stickney, who died a year after the hotel opened. His wife quickly moved on and married a European Prince, only to pass away in 1936. This is when things get creepy. Carolyn’s ghost will tap on doors, take guests’ belongings, and sleep in her bed.
Her bed was in room 314, where visitors claim all sorts of odd things happening. One Travel Advisor reviewer stated that the fireplace turned on by itself, lamps would turn off and off, their things went missing, and their bed appeared as if someone laid in it after the housekeepers cleaned it up.
Iolani Palace – Honolulu, Hawaii
Iolani Palace was built in 1882 to be the home of King Kalakaua and his beautiful Queen Liliuokalani, the last ruling royalty of Hawaii. Even though Queen Liliuokalani passed away elsewhere, during the overthrow of the Hawaiian royalty, she was placed under house arrest as President Grover Cleveland took over the islands. This could be why her spirit returned to the palace after she passed away.
Queen Liliuokalani’s spirit still roams the halls of her home, although it’s now a museum. Visitors and employees often see a woman’s figure walking through the hallways and music coming from her former bedroom – the queen adored music and was even a composer. If you’re lucky, you may even hear the queen singing along to the music.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum – Weston, West Virginia
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was supposed to be a place to heal, but patients would tell you otherwise. Opened in 1864, the asylum was designed to house 250 people, but by the 1950s, it had over 2,400 patients. These patients were abused and forced to undergo hydrotherapy, lobotomies, and electroshock therapy.
It wasn’t until mental health reforms went into place in 1994 that the building shut down. During the 130 years that it took in patients, many patients passed away in the staff’s care. They still haunt the halls, refusing to stay quiet about their abuse. If you ask, spirits will turn on and off flashlights for cigarettes, but they may also call out from the rooms where they experienced the most pain and suffering.
Shoshone Ice Caves – Lincoln County, Idaho
The Shoshone Ice Caves are beautiful, and it’s easy to see why it’s such a big tourist attraction. The caves are over 1,000 feet long, and the temperatures get well below freezing even during the summer. Story has it that the Shoshone Indian Princess Edahow haunts the cave as she was buried there many decades ago.
People who visit (and those who work there) claim to hear footsteps and hushed voices as they walk around the cave. Considering that people hear multiple voices talking, there’s a chance that lost explorers passed away in the cave and may be calling for help.
Nebraska State Capitol – Lincoln, Nebraska
This building is absolutely stunning, and it should be. The thing took 10 years to build and 10 million dollars! The only issue? The land. History says that the land was considered holy by the local Native Americans, which has caused a series of tragic accidents. One of those is an inmate who fell to his death while stringing Christmas lights.
Another is a workman who was changing a light bulb, only to slip and fall to his death. Stories like these continue as the building claimed more and more victims. People are said to see the ghosts of those who fell to their deaths. Visitors hear crying and screaming, but the elevator is the real hotspot where people can hear a man sobbing. Others see a man standing on the southwest side of the observation deck.
Clayton, New Mexico
We can’t help but put Clayton on the list for most haunted places because the whole town is teeming with spirits. It was a popular town during the Wild West and even had its own criminal – Black Jack Ketchum. This train robber was hanged for his crimes, and people still say they see him wandering around, getting up to no good.
If you’re visiting, go to Hotel Eklund. The hotel is more than 100 years old and operated as a saloon and gambling hall. Naturally, people were killed in the hotel, but the most notable ghost is that of Irene, who frequents room 307. Guests in the room and below say they hear creaking floorboards and faces in the wallpaper staring back at them.
Stull Cemetery – Lecompton, Kansas
The story of Stull is so well known that the hit TV show Supernatural touched on the subject. Supposedly, the cemetery of the quint little town is a gateway to hell. Even the Pope refuses to fly over the town. Stories claim that Satan comes to visit the grave of his infant son, but others say it’s the witch that was the mother of the Prince of Darkness’s son.
Before there was a church (which is just rumble now), there was a coven of witches. The witches were hung from a tall pine tree before the ground was consecrated. The tree was cut down, but that didn’t stop the events from occurring. The witches refuse to be silent.
The King’s Tavern – Natchez, Mississippi
The King’s Tavern is one of the oldest buildings left standing in Natchez. It was constructed in the 1700s and has been used for a variety of things, including a tavern to the city’s first post office. The real history began in the 1930s when bodies were discovered hidden in the wall behind the fireplace along with a jeweled dagger that was the murder weapon. One of the bodies is believed to be Madeline, the mistress of the tavern’s original owner.
Those who visit see Madeline walking through the tavern or seeing her in mirrors as they pass. There’s also a strange warm spot a few inches above the bed in one of the rooms. Wiley Harpe is also said to haunt the tavern, along with a small baby that he killed. Harpe was angry the baby was crying, so he snatched it from the mother and threw him to the ground. Now, crying is heard in the upstairs area of the tavern.
Crescent Hotel – Eureka Springs, Arkansas
The Crescent Hotel is supposedly the most haunted hotel in America, and it has a messy history. The hotel was built in 1886 as a grand resort, but the interesting part happened in 1937. Norman Baker turns the hotel into “Baker Hospital,” where he stated that he could cure cancer. Folks would visit to get better, but they would only get sicker and sicker until they die. Now, people claim to see ghosts of victims of the hotel.
Some of the most prevalent include Michael, a stonemason who fell to his death while building the hotel. Now he flirts with anyone in room 218. Another is Brickie, a four-year-old-boy who died from illness in the hotel. There’s also a nurse who pushes gurney’s through the hotel, but the most famous is the Girl in the Mist. At 10:30 each night, a girl throws herself from one of the east-side balconies into the garden below.
Bally’s – Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is home to one of Nevada’s most tragic things – the MGM Grand, which burnt down in the ’80s. A fire tore through the hotel and claimed the lives of 87 people. Due to the dark history, the property was sold and turned into Bally’s. The fire took place in the tower and is still part of the hotel.
Guests who stay there claim to see shadows in the hallways, hear strange noises, and notice their furniture moved around after they’ve been gone. Only the bravest go to the top floors where the most tragedy occurred. That’s where the spirits get active, terrifying anyone who dares to enter.
Villisca Axe-Murder House – Villisca, Iowa
Villisca may seem like a nice little town until you come across the Axe-Murder House. Long before the term “serial killer” was created, the town suffered a string of murders that police couldn’t solve. The scariest was in June of 1912. Two parents and six children were found brutally murdered in their beds, and residents didn’t understand what was going on.
Law enforcement from all over the state joined forces, but the murders remain unsolved. After meeting such a terrifying end, the spirits are trapped in the house. People who visit hear disembodied footsteps, items moving around, voices, shadows, and overall feel “bad vibes.” In 2014, a man inexplicably stabbed himself in one of the rooms, which has scared away even the bravest of people.
Old Tooele Hospital – Tooele, Utah
Old Toole Hospital was built in 1873 by Samuel F. Lee, but it was turned into a hospital by 1953. Known as the “Toole Army Depot,” the hospital didn’t have an official morgue but instead kept dead patients in a single room where they would remain until the local mortuary would pick them up. Some believe this is why spirits still haunt the place.
Others think there is a spiritual portal that allows people to pass on once they’ve died. The portal is guarded by a ghost nurse named “Maria,” who people have seen walking around the facility. Another popular ghost is Wes, who passed away from Alzheimer’s. He is seen in the hallway outside of his room and cannot pass on because a dark entity is preventing him from leaving.
Union Cemetery – Easton, Connecticut
While some cemeteries are just places where spirits lay to rest, others are where ghosts wander the earth for decades. Union Cemetery isn’t known for the number of ghosts, but one woman in particular – The White Lady. Lorraine Warren of the famous Warren duo stated, “I can tell you that I know for a fact that this place is haunted. It’s one of the most haunted places around.”
Before her husband Ed passed away, they would often visit to figure out who the woman is. They never found out. No one knows why she wanders the cemetery, but tons of visitors have seen her ghostly visage. She appears to be a white nightgown or wedding dress, and she guides between the Union Cemetery and the Stepney Cemetery.
Skirvin Hotel – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The Skirvin Hotel was built to be the best hotel in the Southwest, mostly because it had air conditioning known as “iced air.” Apparently, the owner had an affair with one of the maids, which resulted in a child. The girl was locked in a room on the top floor (the 14th floor) alone to give birth. In desperation, she threw herself and the child out of the window.
The maid now haunts the hotel, everyone referring to her as “Effie.” The hotel closed down in 1988 after guests complained about not being able to sleep due to children constantly crying. The hotel was put on the registry of historic buildings and renovated, but Effie still walks the halls with her crying baby.
The Shanghai Tunnels – Portland, Oregon
The Shanghai Tunnels are a terrifying part of Portland history. The tunnels connect to the basements of many hotels and taverns and directly to the Willamette River’s waterfront. Organized crime often used these tunnels for various things, from drugs to women of the night, some of them forced. Since the tunnels were hidden from sight, murders were common.
They’re called the “Shanghai Tunnels” because people used to be kidnapped and sold as unpaid laborers on ships. The people whose lives were ruined now haunt the tunnels forever. Many of the passages have collapsed, so bodies could still be stuck behind fallen stone.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium – Louisville, Kentucky
Waverly Hills was originally built in 1910 to care for tuberculosis patients. Throughout the years, it was constantly expanded, adding everything from a prison to a geriatric center. Naturally, this place has seen a lot of death and tragedy, which translates to a hotbed of paranormal activity. While the numbers vary (due to destroyed records), there may have been around 64,000 deaths in the hospital.
One of the scariest rooms is room 502. A nurse supposedly committed suicide by jumping out of the window while another legend says she hung herself because she was pregnant. Other ghosts that haunt the hospital are a little girl named Mary and a little boy named Bobby. This Kentucky sanatorium has been featured on Scariest Places on Earth and Ghost Hunters.
The LaLaurie Mansion – New Orleans, Louisiana
The mansion was built for Madame Delphine LaLaurie, a woman who would later be known as “the Cruel Mistress of the Haunted House.” Her first two husbands died of mysterious causes, but her third marriage is the one that garnered attention. The marriage was abusive and turbulent, and it caused her to go mad. Madame Delphine abused her slaves and daughters in response.
There was a fire in 1834, which showed the horrific conditions the slaves were kept in. They were tortured, starved, and beaten. The house converted into different buildings from an apartment complex to a school, but violent deaths kept plaguing the place. Those who spend an extended amount of time in the building will be overwhelmed with anger and the need to cause violence. Others say they hear footsteps or voices.
Sloss Furnaces – Birmingham, Alabama
The Sloss Furnaces paved the way for the industrial revolution. It helped create materials that would later build skyscrapers, but all that didn’t come without a price. The employees were forced to work in 120 degrees or more, through lack of sleep, and under low visibility. This posed dangerous risks, which caused 47 workers to lose their lives.
James Wormwood, the foreman of the furnace, lost his footing in 1906 and toppled into a pool of melted iron. His body melted instantly. People who visit the furnace report hearing humming, hushing, voices, and footsteps as they tour the facility. Some of the scariest experiences are visitors who are deeply bruised following the tour.
Old City Jail – Charleston, South Carolina
The Old City Jail was built in 1802 to house the worst criminals Charleston ever saw. Because of that, executions weren’t rare and were completed via hanging in the jail yard. During the Civil War, the jail was also used as a place to house POW. Overcrowding became an issue to the point where some POWs had to sleep outside. Naturally, disease ran rampant.
The jail eventually was condemned in 1939, but that doesn’t mean all the prisoners left. Throughout the prison, people see ghosts, hear chains or voices, and even catch the sound of chains being dragged against the floor. These ghosts are so furious about what happened to them that they’re even known to move objects.
Wabasha Street Caves – St. Paul, Minnesota
If you walk through Wabasha Street Caves now, you’ll see what’s left of a club, but that isn’t where the history begins. Back during the Prohibition era, the caves were used as speakeasies. Naturally, Wabasha Street Speakeasy was also used as a hideout for gangsters, such as John Dillinger and Ma Barker. It wasn’t strange for someone to die in these caves, especially over deals gone wrong.
Even though the décor is crumbling, the gangsters never left. Ghostly hitmen and mobsters are still seen in the bathroom, at the tables, or playing on the main stage. If you want to visit these caves, be careful because they’re quite dangerous. Even now, people die from carbon monoxide poisoning, so don’t go alone!
The Stanley Hotel – Estes Park, Colorado
The Stanley Hotel is infamous at this point. It was the hotel featured in The Shining, and some of the scary imagery is actually taken from real history and sightings of the hotel. Ghosts there are plentiful, and some even say it’s the most haunted place in America. The most popular story is what happened in room 217. In 1911, power was cut to the hotel, and all the guests were taken down to the lobby while the staff lit the back-up acetylene gas lamps.
Elizabeth Wilson, a chambermaid, didn’t know, lit a candle, and caused an explosion. Following her death, she began haunting the very room. Apparently, if an unmarried couple sleeps in the bed together, Elizabeth will force them apart by climbing in bed with them. Guests have also complained about children running and laughing on the fourth floor, even when there are no children there. There are even ghosts of a cat and dog that can be seen roaming around.
Summerwind Mansion – Vilas County, Wisconsin
Wisconsin has its fair share of haunted places, but none are scarier than the Summerwind Mansion. The building was constructed in the early 20th century as a fishing lodge. The mansion was renovated in 1916, and this was around the time ghostly happenings began to pop up. Family members began hearing disembodied voices and even a ghostly shape in the kitchen. The family fled the house, never to return.
Stories of ghosts continued until the house was burnt to the ground, either by arson or a lightning strike (no one knows which). Paranormal activity didn’t stop there. Construction crews have tried to work in the area, only to find that their tools go missing and found elsewhere. There’s also a lady in a white dress that invites canoers to shore. It’s probably best not to follow this siren.
Antietam National Battlefield – Washington County, Maryland
The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest one-day battle during the Civil War. A total of 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or went missing. The battle began on September 17, 1862 and lasted a total of 12 hours. To protect this battlefield, it has become a National Park, but some soldiers’ still call this place home.
Bloody Lane is where more than 5,000 Union and Confederates lost their lives, and it’s one of the most haunted areas. Gunfire is often heard, and the smell of gunpowder lingers in the air. Visitors have reported seeing men dressed as Confederates, as well. One of the scariest things is a group of boys who heard chanting, only to find out later that it was the Irish Brigade sang a Gaelic battle cry.
Lemp Mansion – St. Louis, Missouri
The Lemp Mansion started as a brewery and even helped Pabst, Anheuser, and Busch get started. Everything seemed all well and good until one of the Lemp Family’s sons died of heart failure. The father withdrew, and things only got worst after one of his close friends died. Not long after that, the father killed himself in his office.
The family’s tragedy continued — many of the family members shooting themselves. Ultimately, the mansion was turned into a boarding house. It failed due to ghostly knocks and footsteps heard throughout the house. Construction was impossible as crews kept finding their tools missing. Strange occurrences are also regular in the attic, where one of the Lemp children was kept his whole life.
Zion United Church of Christ Cemetery – Clay County, Indiana
The Zion Church of Christ Cemetery is popular among the ghostly community. The cemetery has some pretty old graves, so it’s not much of a surprise that spirits still wander the grounds. Most visitors say they can hear voices and see shadow people.
Those who live nearby state there’s always shadows and lights. Regardless of the time of day, there’s an eerie feeling that follows you throughout the cemetery. It’s almost like they’re being watched. Not all the ghosts are evil, though. Some people state a ghost is known to stop cars and tell them to turn around if they get too close to the grounds.
Old Tennessee State Prison – Nashville, Tennessee
Tennessee was tough since there’s tons of haunted places, like the Bell Witch Cave. However, we had to put the Old Tennessee Prison as the most haunted. This was the one place you didn’t want to go because it was extremely abusive. It was known for inhumane treatment by blocking all social interaction between inmates, each other, and their families or friends. The prison also used the electric chair as much as possible.
A place filled with riots, overcrowding, and murders is bound to have some lasting scars. Those who dare enter the prison hear strange noises like people clanging on their cells, despite the fact the prison has been abandoned since 1992. They also hear screaming and footsteps right behind them as they tour. Some people even see ghostly inmates who are forced to remain behind bars forever.
House of the Seven Gables – Southeastern Massachusetts
The Turner-Ingersoll House, aka the House of the Seven Gables, is so infamous that Nathaniel Hawthorne set of one of his books there. He also used to visit there frequently. It’s said that the house carries the curse of his family. Hawthorne’s great grandfather was a judge during the Salem Witch Trials, and the house was the result of the corruption involved during the event.
The home is now used as a playhouse for historical theater, so ghost sightings are easy to see. There’s one ghost of a man who climbs a secret staircase, but no one knows where he’s going. Others state that they hear a boy playing in the attic, hearing his little footsteps darting across the room. One of the more popular ghosts is that of Susannah Ingersoll, Hawthorne’s cousin. She walks through the halls of her former house, peeking out of windows to see who’s visiting.
Bird Cage Theatre – Tombstone, Arizona
All of Tombstone is said to be haunted. After all, the town had a lot of terrifying things going down, but we wanted to focus on the Bird Cage Theater. The building used to be a saloon and brothel, but only the roughest, bawdiest, and wickedest people went there. The walls are riddled with bullet holes, and a minimum of 26 people died there. One of the grisliest murders occurred between two ladies of the night, who were fighting over a patron.
One stabbed another with a stiletto knife multiple times and fled. The weapon was found years later and is now on display in the theater. Visitors and employees claim they’re touched and pushed by unseen forces, but night is when it gets really hopping. There are sounds of laughter, yelling, and music like an Old West party, complete with a man in black pacing back and forth across the stage.
The Olympic Club Hotel – Centralia, Washington
Few good things come from a place that was once a brothel. The Olympic Club used to be a “gentleman’s club” complete with ladies of the night. Because it had such a bad reputation, plenty of murderers and thieves would hide out there when wanted by the law (although this wouldn’t stop the police from nabbing them at a later date).
Many murders occurred there, but one notable death was that of Elmer. Elmer is the ghost of a man who jumped to his death when the hotel burned in 1908. Staff claim they hear voices and see apparitions throughout the establishment, and guests hear people climbing the steps when no one could be there.
The Peyton Randolph House – Williamsburg, Virginia
The Peyton Randolph House was built in 1715 and has tons of history (like the town it’s located in). The Georgian-style building was the home of the first president to the Continental Congress, but it also served as a make-shift hospital during the American Revolution. Naturally, many soldiers took their last breath within its walls, but tragedy was common.
Two men fought to the death during a heated argument, a boy fell out of a nearby tree, a little girl fell from the second-story window, and plenty more. Those who pass by see strange movements from the window, almost like there’s a young girl playing in the house. They also see a ghostly man walking around in 18th-century clothing. The famous French General, Marquis de Lafayette, wrote that the house was haunted in 1824 after he felt the icy grip of a ghost’s hand upon his shoulder.
The Pine Barrens – The Pine Barrens, New Jersey
The Pine Barrens may not look like much when you pass by – just some woods out in the middle of nowhere. However, many people visit there for a closer look, and few dare to go there at night. The woods are legendary for being the home of the “Jersey Devil.” Some people say they see a strange hooved creature there in the middle of the night. That’s not even where the lore of the Pine Barrens ends.
The Pine Barrens was like New Jersey’s own wild, wild west. John Bacon, a Loyalist guerrilla, attacked and massacred 19 men of the Continental Army while sleeping in the Pine Barrens. Towns that stay there end up being abandoned, only for the forest to reclaim it soon afterward. People who go there see shadowy figures and hear voices, so think twice before visiting.
Masonic Temple – Detroit, Michigan
It is hard to miss the giant Masonic Temple in Detroit. Somehow, the 1912 building is more than meets the eye. It has over 1,000 rooms, hidden floor compartments, secret passageways and staircases, and guests that never left. Nothing seems normal here. The original builder spared no expense until he went bankrupt. His furious wife left him, and he quickly became depressed. He threw himself off the roof of the Masonic Temple.
While guards say they see the builder walking around (and sometimes throwing himself off the roof over and over), the building has a lot of other mysterious. People claim doors close suddenly, and cold spots are very frequent. The door to the roof swings open regularly, and visitors often say they feel watched when touring.
The Biltmore Estate – Buncombe County, North Carolina
The Biltmore Estate was home to the Vanderbilt family, namely George Vanderbilt. He inherited vast amounts of wealth and spent most of his life in the mansion, having kids and growing his family with his wife, Edith. George had a love for books and spent many a night reading in his library to pass the time. Sadly, George passed away in 1914, and his wife would later die in 1958.
For the longest time, the building was closed to the public, but guests are now allowed. Those who tour the vast mansion say they see a shadowy figure in the library, pouring over books before disappearing without a trace. Others say they hear a woman’s voice call, “George,” signifying that Edith remained in the home as well. Caretakers of the house say they hear clinking glasses, laughter, music, and echoing in the hallways, forever marking the happy times that the family shared.
Hamilton-Turner Inn– Savannah, Georgia
The Hamilton-Turner Inn has seen a lot of owners since it was built in 1873, and a series of deaths have wrecked the halls. The first was a guard that protected the original owner, Samuel Hamilton. He was murdered by being shot in the back of the head. Hamilton then died in 1899, and the home was sold to Dr. Turner. Turner reportedly kept a morgue in the basement, where he also met with his patients. Creepy.
Sadly, Dr. Turner’s daughter would die by falling down the stairs while chasing a billiard ball. The home was vacant by the ’60s, and the ghostly activity began being recorded. Shots rang out, and neighbors called the police. Only, no one was there. Now, the house allows visitors to tour it as a part of Georgian history. Visitors claim they’ve seen a little girl chasing a ball down the stairs, billiard balls jumping off the tables, and random footsteps throughout the house.
The Ridges – Athens, Ohio
While it may be called “The Ridges” now, it was once known as the Athens Lunatic Asylum. The overcrowded asylum was particularly known for doing lobotomies as well as hydroshock and electroshock therapy, restraints, and psychotropic drugs. Sadly, many of the patients were addicts, tuberculosis patients, menopausal, and epileptic. There was a lot of death in this supposed “hospital,” to the point where there were three graveyards on the premises with over 2,000 graves.
The scary part is that the graves aren’t even the most permanent mark in the hospital. One patient, Margaret Schilling, went missing, and her body was found in a ward once used for infectious illnesses. While she died of heart failure, she left a permanent stain on the floor, which cannot be cleaned despite numerous attempts. Schilling’s spirit is also seen staring down from a window in the room she died. Visitors say they see strange figures, hear disembodied voices and squeaking gurneys, see strange lights, and overhear screams.
McPike Mansion – Alton, Illinois
The McPike Mansion is beautiful and shows a lot of potential, but the inside is a lot creepier than it may appear from the outside. The house was built in 1869 for Henry Guest McPike, and the family lived there until 1936. Unfortunately, the house has been vacant since the ’50s, causing it to look overgrown. The strange part is that the home has its own graveyard, one each for the children of Henry McPike, Katie and Robert.
Those who enter say they see ghostly figures, orbs, hear strange noises, and have unexplained happenings. It isn’t just one person – people have been saying this for over 150 years! The ghosts that haunt the halls are supposedly the former owners and their servants, who refuse to leave even after death.
Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
When Eastern State Penitentiary was built, it was a technological wonder, but that doesn’t mean prisoners had things easy. The only communication inmates had was through a small feeding hole, and they lived in complete isolation with their only possession being a Bible. This didn’t last too long as overcrowding became a major issue. It was built to hold 300 inmates but swelled to over 2,000 by the 1920s.
In 1994, it opened as a historical site for tourists to visit. While the prison didn’t execute people, there were a lot of traumatic experiences in the halls. Prisoners would be dunked in ice baths only to be hung from a wall all night, strapped to a chair for days on end, and periods of induced starvation. Since the ’40s, ghostly activity has been recorded. People hear echoing voices, see shadowy figures, and catch the sound of cackling in Cellblock 12.
Amityville Horror House – Amityville, New York
The Amityville Horror House is extremely famous and separating the fact from fiction can be tough. On November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his whole family while they were sleeping – his parents and four siblings. A little over a year later, the Lutz family purchased the home but only lived there for 28 days before leaving.
The Lutz family said they woke up at 3:15 each morning, which is when Ronald killed his family. They would also smell strange odors and see green slime oozing out of walls. There were also cold spots throughout the house. There was tons of activity reported, and even the son Daniel claims the house ruined his life. The house still stands, but it now has a new address – 108 Ocean Ave.
St. Augustine Lighthouse – St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine itself is one of the oldest continuously settled town in America, so it’s seen a lot. One of the first keepers, John Carrera, died four years after taking over. Then, Joseph Andreu took over for four years before he fell off some scaffolding and died. Stories of keepers who passed away litter the history of the lighthouse.
People who tour the area say they see spirits running up the stairs to the top while other smell cigar smoke from the keepers who used to watch over the area. One story is of two girls who plummeted to their watery death, and some people say they’ve seen the girls wearing the same clothes they wore that day.
USS Lexington – Corpus Christi, Texas
The USS Lexington is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Corpus Christi, and there’s no doubt that this decommissioned WWII aircraft carrier is haunted. People often see ghostly figures around the ship, one of which directs people toward the deck if they get lost. Another is a sailor in the engine room who gives a lecture on how turbines work.
Steve Banta, the executive director of the aircraft carrier, states there are “too many accounts.” He recalls one of his favorites is when he lost six pen caps to his ballpoint pens. He searched the floor and moved his desk to find nothing. However, the next morning, he found all six pen caps delicate aligned on his desk.
Whaley House – San Diego, California
The Whaley House is one of the scariest places in the whole nation. It was built by Thomas Whaley in 1857 using bricks from his own brickyard. It’s been used for a variety of things from a courtroom to a commercial theater. The family was seemingly followed by tragedy. The Whaley’s youngest son died, and his general store burnt down soon after. The family moved to San Francisco but were forced to return after an earthquake (with three more additional children).
Upon returning, four more members of the Whaley House would die. Those who go to the house say they hear infant cries, likely the son who died when he was a small baby. They also say they hear a young woman on the second floor proceeded by feeling profound sorrow. Unidentified spirits also are spotted, one being a little girl. Lucky visitors may also hear vaudeville music randomly played.