The Most Haunted Place in Every State and D.C. from The Most Haunted Place in Every State and D.C.
The Most Haunted Place in Every State and D.C.
The supernatural and unknown is what can accurately summarize a place that fascinates and horrifies at the same time. Many people often wonder what happens to people after they have passed on; many believe that life ends just for the body, not the spirit of a person. Haunted places have history; in some cases they’ve housed pure evil and, in others, terrible tragedy. These spots have seen nightmares come to life within their very walls and the memories still haunt visitors today.
Alabama – Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham
This pig iron factory was operating from 1882 until 1971. Skyscrapers and car factories relied on it to provide the needed materials to build them. Temperatures reaching more than 120 degrees, lack of sleep, and low visibility made working there a “living hell.” Dozens of workers died at the site. One person sustained injuries after being “pushed from behind” and told angrily by a deep voice “to get back to work” even though there was no one else around. Other instances of screams and strange noises have been reported.
Alaska – Kennecott Copper Mining Camp in Valdez-Cordova
The abandoned copper mining camp is a National Historic Landmark District. The old railroad is said to be so haunted and scary that more than 70 years after the area was abandoned even the government has given up on redeveloping the region because of ghosts who have taken over. Workers have said they were constantly hearing screams and their tools kept disappearing.
Arizona – Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee
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Arizona’s oldest hotel still in operation was built in 1902 to accommodate the traffic brought to town by mines rich with copper, lead and silver. Every mining town has its ghost stories but the copper queen hotel has an unusually high number of tales and strange happenings. Stories surrounding the old luxury hotel range from the suicide of a young beautiful prostitute to the deaths of children that still roam the halls. It’s said that some of the workers haven't left the premises either.
Arkansas – The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs
First opened in 1886, this old hotel has a grand history of many unexplainable and mysterious happenings. When they first purchased the hotel in 1997, Marty and Elise Roenigk knew they were inheriting a “confused association with the paranormal.” But instead of ignoring it, they hired two certified mediums to “read” the building. Their findings, combined with an uncanny amount of sightings that had been recorded over the hotel’s history, eventually became the basis for what was developed into the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours that take place nightly.
California – Sequoia National Park, California
People have reported being touched by something in their sleep. In a separate incident a young girl saw a man standing in the corner of her hotel room near the window, wearing a top hat as well as a suit and tie. Also, the chambers and passageways of Crystal Cave were once used as a camp for Native Americans and Civilian Conservation Corps workers in the 1940s. Some say their spirits still linger beneath the surface the park. You can go on a tour to explore the rooms and meet the ghosts.
Colorado – The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park
The Stanley Hotel is famous for its old world charm and ghost stories. It was the original inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. You can go on an evening tour to a few darkened spaces to witness the “active” phenomena and spirit folklore surrounding the 100+ year old hotel. People have said they heard noises that sounded as if people were partying even though the ball room was empty. If you go, book room 401, which is said to be the most haunted.
Connecticut – Seaside Sanatorium in Waterford
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It was originally built as a facility to treat children with tuberculosis, but it also served as a hospital to treat the mentally handicapped. The asylum saw an unusually high suicide rate. As was the case with many similar facilities, abusing the patients was common. Visitors have reported hearing unexplained voices and seeing apparitions. The hospital was investigated by The New England Paranormal Video Research Group, which captured some electronic voice phenomena and spirit orbs in photos.
Delaware – Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island
This harbor defense facility is now a museum that is said to be one of the state’s most haunted places. The spirits of former Confederate soldiers who were prisoners there during the Civil War are believed to “still occupy” the facility. The soldier's ghosts have been seen by visitors on tours, and they have also inexplicably appeared in photos. The fort has been featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters.
Georgia – Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah
Bonaventure Cemetery is known for its gorgeous magnolia, dogwood and live oaks, colorful azaleas and interesting tombstones. The more than 150-year-old burial ground is one of the most photographed cemeteries in the U.S. The supernatural side to the cemetery that draws in ghost enthusiasts has to do with the well-known spirit of little Gracie Watson who died of pneumonia at the age of 6. Visitors who have been close to her grave site have reported seeing the girl. Guests have reported odd activities by other graves as well such as spirits grimacing and smiling at them. Sounds of a baby crying near an infant’s grave and of a pack of dogs snarling and barking angrily have been heard, too.
Florida – Florida Theatre in Jacksonville
Just go on a tour, or, as some call it, a paranormal investigation of the notoriously haunted Florida Theatre. See for yourself. In 2010, Local Haunts captured the holy grail of paranormal evidence – a full body apparition on video. Syfy’s Fact or Fake tried to disprove the video but it actually found evidence to support it. The guides will even show you how to feel the spirit. You can even sit through a live EVP sessions to hear the dead speak.
Hawaii – Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Think again before taking volcanic rocks from the Kilauea volcano. Tourists do it all the time, but many return the lava rocks because they, allegedly, bring bad luck from Pele, the goddess of fire, dance, lightning, volcanoes and violence. This legend is attributed to a disgruntled park ranger who was annoyed that people who kept taking rocks home. It is against the law to remove lava rock from a national park.
Idaho – Old Idaho Penitentiary in Boise
The notorious prison, often called the most haunted location in Idaho, was operating for more than a century. A lot of phenomena have been reported. Some of them include hearing footsteps and screams as well as feeling odd but overwhelming sensations. Visitors have also reported feeling pressure on their heads while standing where the gallows used to be, according to reviews on Yelp.
Illinois – Lincoln Square Theater in Decatur
This is a popular spot you probably has no idea it is haunted. Lincoln Square Theater was built in 1916 and is still open to guests today. The current building is the third to occupy the land. The first two (a hotel and another theater) burned down. The souls of those who died in the fire are said to haunt the theater. Visitors have reported seeing seats move on their own, feeling cold spots without explanation and seeing a one-armed figure wandering around.
Indiana – The Hannah House
The mansion was used as a passage for the Underground Railroad. A group of slaves had traveled north secretly in search for freedom when they came to the Hannah House, according to the home's official website. They were welcomed and slept in the basement on the straw-covered floor. An oil lantern accidentally got knocked over, causing the oil to soak the floor and start a fire. The slaves died and the house’s owner, Alexander Hannah, buried their bodies in the basement. Their spirits, including that of Hannah, are said to still linger around.
Iowa – Villisca Ax Murder House
If you don’t know anything about this house, it looks like a normal old place on a residential street during the day. At night, however, when no lights or sounds can be seen or heard, you get a very different feeling. This is the “Murder House.” The walls still protect the identity of the murderer or murderers who bludgeoned to death the entire family of Josiah Moore and two overnight guests on June 10, 1912. Day tours are now open. Overnights are 7 nights a week all year.
Kansas – The Sallie House in Atchison
This is Atchison’s most famous haunted location. It was the home of a doctor. The front served as office space and examination rooms. One day, a frantic mother arrived carrying her 6-year-old daughter, Sallie, according to Visit Atchison. He diagnosed appendicitis and had to operate right away. Believing the appendix would soon burst, he began cutting Sallie before the anesthesia took full effect. The girl died almost right away thinking the man was torturing her. Visitors say they have heard kids’ screams, and seen moving objects.
Kentucky – Jailer’s Inn in Bardstown
The six-room Jailer’s Inn was once a jail where prisoners, some of whom were among most notorious criminals in the country, were hung to death at the gallows. Now it’s a bed and breakfast and one of the top stops on the two-hour guided tours hosted by Bardstown Ghost Treks. World-renowned certified ghost hunter Patti Starr leads the tours and says Bardstown is easily one of the most haunted locations she’s ever encountered. Visitors talk of a female ghost that is believed to be one of the original jailers.
Louisiana – The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville
The mansion is known as one of America’s most haunted homes. It is a former antebellum plantation that dates back to 1796. The building is thought to have been built on top of an ancient Tunica Indian burial ground, which may explain why it is haunted. Several ghosts are reportedly living there, and they include former slaves, their owners and their children. Some can still hear the last footsteps of the former owner who died on the stairs. Evening mystery tours are offered on Fridays and Saturdays.
Maine – Wood Island Lighthouse
People who have been to the lighthouse say they have seen several different ghosts. The lighthouse keeper’s wife said she once bumped into a ghost in a closet; others say they heard voices and found objects unexpectedly rearranged. Paranormal investigators have communicated with several spirits. That a drifter who killed himself in the lighthouse is said to be seen and his footsteps heard. Some report locked doors opening on their own.
Maryland – Antietam National Battlefield
The Bloody Lane Trail, a 1.5-mile trail located in the Antietam National Battlefield, is the site of one of the bloodiest Civil War battles in 1862. There were four hours of deadly fighting. Hikers have reported seeing ghostly soldiers and hearing gunfire and smelling gunpowder. One visitor even reported seeing a few men in Confederate uniforms walking the Bloody Lane, according to fhwa.dot.gov.
Massachusetts – The Lizzie Borden House in Fall River
Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death with an ax over a century ago. Today, the house of horrors has been turned into a bed-and-breakfast, and bears the name of the murders’ main suspect: Lizzie herself (she was tried and acquitted), according to the Travel Channel. The owners have carefully restored the home to the way it looked on that bloody day in 1892. You can even enjoy the same breakfast that Lizzie’s parents ate on the morning of their murders.
Michigan – Traverse City State Hospital
It is also known as Northern Michigan Asylum. Unlike many mental hospitals at the time, no barbaric treatments are known to have occurred there. One theory is that this is exactly why the ghosts are there – because this is where the people were happy. The most famous object on the grounds is the Hippie Tree. It is said to be the link to the spirits of those who were once hospitalized there. Some say it is a portal to hell.
Minnesota – Forepaugh’s Restaurant in St. Paul
Molly was the maid. She and the owner, wealthy wholesaler Joseph Forepaugh, died in the house. The story goes that the two were having an affair. But Joseph was feeling incredibly guilty about it and killed himself. Molly, stricken with grief, hanged herself days later. He is said to just walk around the house while Molly scares the guests by hitting the walls and breaking glasses.
Mississippi – King's Tavern in Natchez
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This is the oldest building in Natchez. It was home to a legendary bloody dagger. Locals discovered the dagger in the fireplace, and the public has not seen it for over 30 years, according to the Travel Channel. People claimed the dagger was used in the murder of the most infamous ghost in the King's Tavern's history, Madeline, the mistress of the tavern’s first owner. During the 1930s during renovations three mummified bodies of one girl and two men were found.
Missouri – Lemp Mansion in St. Louis
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The Lemp Mansion continues to play host to the tragic family, a dynasty of rich beer brewers. Four members committed suicide, after the death of the son Frederick. One of the ghosts seen is “the monkey faced boy,” who is believed to be William Lemp’s illegitimate son, who had Down Syndrome and kept in the attic. Over the years, the house was transformed from the stately home of millionaires, to office space, decaying into a run-down boarding house, and finally restored to its current state as a fine dinner theatre, restaurant and bed and breakfast, according to Legends of America.
Montana – Little Bighorn Battlefield
This area memorializes the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne in one of the Indian's last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. Here on June 25 and 26 of 1876, 263 soldiers, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer and attached personnel of the U.S. Army, died fighting several thousand Lakota, and Cheyenne warriors. The area is known to be haunted by soldiers and Native American ghosts. People have heard screams, moans and war cries. Lt. Benjamin Hodgson has even been “seen” near the Stone House.
Nebraska – Nebraska State Capitol
This government building is said to be haunted by several ghosts as several tragic accidents have occurred there. Some have reported seeing a figure of a man falling. He is also heard screaming and crying. He is thought to have gotten sick and losing his balance while putting Christmas lights up. Other strange noises and mysterious voices have also been heard.
Nevada – The Goldfield Hotel
The hotel has been in several paranormal shows including Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures. The ghosts of the owner and his mistress, a prostitute named Elizabeth, have been felt. The legend goes that she got pregnant and he couldn't convince her to stay quiet about the affair, so he chained her to a radiator in one of the rooms. He took care of her until the baby was born. She died either during child birth or he killed her after. The baby was thrown into an a shaft and his screams and cries can sometimes be heard.
New Hampshire – Appalachian Trail
Ben Campbell, the former hutmaster on this White Mountains route, died on a hiking trip in Scotland, but he loved taking hikes in New England. Visitors often report hearing heavy footsteps at night and seeing tracks of footprints that suddenly begin, and just as suddenly end, according to Backpack Reverse.
New Jersey – Batona Trail
As far back as the 1700’s hikers have reported seeing the Jersey Devil in the Bass River State Forest, Wharton State Forest which the trail passes. Depending on the storyteller, the Jersey Devil can be described as a prehistoric pterodactyl or the misshapen spawn of a woman who was cursed, according to Endangered NJ. Other say the woman found out she was pregnant with her 13th child, and cursed it by wishing it were the devil. Some hikers and campers say they hear a baby screams at night.
New Mexico – White Sands National Monument
You are most likely to see Pavla Blanca, the ghost of the Great White Sands, at sunset. In early 1540, a young Spanish conquistador, Hernando de Luna, left his lovely fiancée, Mañuela, in Mexico City, to accompany the famed explorer, Francisco Coronado, in search for the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola and Gran Quivira, according to NPS. They were ambushed by the great warrior, Apaches, on the edge of the Great White Sands. De Luna died and perished somewhere in the ever-shifting white sands. Mañuela was never seen again. It is said that her ghost haunts the dunes nowadays. She comes nightly in her flowing, white wedding gown to seek her lover, lost and buried beneath the eternal dunes.
New York – The Amityville Horror House
It is known as America's most haunted house. The famous movie was based on the real house in Long Island. In 1974 23-year-old Ronald J. DeFeo Jr. mass murdered his entire family in their asleep. He killed his parents and four siblings. The family that bought the house later lived there for less than a month. The father was said to wake up every morning around the same time when DeFeo was committing the murders. The family claimed they smelled strange odors, saw green slime on the walls, and felt cold spots in the house.
North Carolina – Norton Creek Trail, Great Smoky Mountains
Don’t go near the trail because of Spearfinger, a witch that haunts Norton Creek and feasts on wayward children. But there is also a good ghost in the park. A man who died looking for his daughter now appears as light guiding hikers. The Greenbriar Restaurant is where a young woman named Lydia, who lived at the lodge and was jilted by her fiancé at the altar, hung herself. Diners say they see a sad figure on the staircase. Drive to the Roaring Fork Motor Trail to meet a local spirit – a beautiful young woman looking for a ride.
North Dakota – The Children's Museum at Yunker Farm
The former owner of the museum, Elizabeth Yunker, is said to still occupy the building. Her spirit has been felt and even seen on the second floor. This is the area set up for various kids activities. Some say the elevator is moving up and down when no one has pressed any of the buttons. Another story goes that there is a ghost of a boy who drowned in a well.
Ohio – Music Hall in Cincinnati
Several performance establishments in the state are said to be haunted. Recently a photographer caught several ghoulish images of apparitions during the renovations of the building. The Cincinnati icon is known as one of the Tri-State’s “most haunted” places, and was even featured on the SyFy Channel's 'Ghost Hunters' in 2014. Music Hall became known as being among the “most haunted” places in the country due to its location. Before its construction, the plot was home to Ohio's first insane asylum.
Oklahoma – Stone Lion Inn in Guthrie
The old mansion that is now an inn was formerly used as a funeral home. The house was bought in 1986 by Becky Luker, who turned it into a B&B. They were hearing noises of what sounded like feet padding up and down a stairway at night. Toys and games would be neatly put away each night and the door locked, then the next morning, they would be found scattered all over the floor, according to Prairie Ghosts. An 8-year-olg girl died in the house from the whooping cough, so some believe her ghost is still in the house.
Oregon – McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove
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The site of this hotel was reportedly once an orphanage and its Grand Lodge was once a rest home for Freemasons and their widows. A well-known ghostly resident here is called the Lavender Lady, as a strong scent of lavender is said to saturate a room when she is present. Plus, past guests have reported many other paranormal experiences, so much so that the hotel provides a “ghost log” at the front desk where guests can record their stories.
Pennsylvania – Gettysburg Battlefields
Battlefields are a natural site of spooky visitations, purported to be from former soldiers who continue to fight their ghostly wars. The Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania saw 51,000 casualties during the Civil War, and visitors report still hearing echoes of battle – drums and gunshots – as well as spotting ghostly visages. The most haunted part of the park is said to be Devil’s Den, a hill used by artillery and infantry during the war. Some have reported that the den causes electronic malfunctions. While skeptics may point to this as a handy excuse for not being able to snap photographic evidence of spirits, anyone venturing to the Battlefield might need the courage of a soldier.
Rhode Island – The Biltmore Hotel
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The hotel is famous all over the country for being haunted. After all, it was a part of Stephen King’s Overlook Hotel and Robert Bloch’s Bates Motel. The legend goes that the hotel was first open by a man who was a Satanist. He wanted to regular animal sacrifices. Many murders have been rumored to have occurred there. The ghosts of the victims are said to still haunt the building. Some people have said they have heard wild partying, laughing even though the bar was empty.
South Carolina – Old Charleston Jail
The Old City Jail housed some of Charleston’s most infamous criminals, 19th-century pirates, and Civil War prisoners, according to Bulldog Tours. Most of the building’s original structures — like the cells and warden’s quarters — remain intact after it closed in 1939. A tour will take you through the cells, hallways, and into the places where criminals lived and died. One of the most popular stories is that of Lavinia and John Fisher who poisoned the people who stayed at their hotel. Lavinia’s ghost supposedly still, very loudly, haunts the location.
South Dakota – Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City
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The landmark hotel’s ghost story involves a “white lady.” She is thought to be a young woman who jumped or was thrown out the window in Room #812. Guests have spotted walking in the halls wearing a white gown. The window in the same room is said to be opening on its own. Some guests of the eighth floor of the hotel have reported that the ghost of a young girl would knock on their door, night after night, only to disappear in the hallway. She's also been heard giggling down the hallway.
Tennessee – Union Station Hotel in Nashville
Some claim that a train derailment and the subsequent deaths have caused ghosts to linger at what was their last boarding stop, according to Haunted Places. Others tell of a spooky woman seen jumping from the building to her death. Walks the balcony on the third floor has been spotted several times, and it is this ghost that appears to leap to its death over the railing to the parking lot below. A woman has reported seeing a couple say goodbye to each other as the man goes to war in France during WWII.
Texas – The Spaghetti Warehouse in Houston
The building is said to be one of the most haunted establishments in the country. Before the restaurant was serving up pasta and Saucestaches (sauce mustaches), it was owned by a pharmaceutical company. A person was working in the warehouse when he accidentally fell down the open elevator shaft and died. His young widow died exactly a year later from grief, the story goes, and her soul haunts the place even today, still mourning the loss of her husband.
Utah – Devereaux Mansion in Salt Lake City
Two ghosts are said to occupy the mansion, which is also known as the Staines-Jennings Mansion. One is of a little girl who likes to mess with the staff. She apparently like to wave at people. She is heard talking and even singing to herself. The other is the spirit of a woman with some connection to the building and the area. She is more violent and really scares people, protecting the house from any possible mistreatment. She throws objects on the ground.
Vermont – Emily's Bridge in Stowe
A girl named Emily died on the bridge but how exactly is still a mystery. One version says that she was supposed to elope with a lover who was meeting her at the bridge, and when he didn't show, she hung herself from the rafters. Another version says that Emily was jilted at the altar and took the family wagon in a frenzy of anger and sorrow. She was going too fast and, as she approached the bridge, she failed to turn and drove the horses and carriage over the bank and onto the rocky brook below. People visiting the bridge have reported scratch marks appearing on vehicles and being touched or scratched by Emily’s ghost. Strange noises such as footsteps, ropes tightening, and a girl screaming are often heard.
Virginia – Ferry Plantation House in Virginia Beach
Plantation owners confirm that many visitors and employees have experienced unusual encounters. The “Witch of Pungo” was tried by water on the property on July 10, 1706 and convicted of witchcraft. It is believed by many that it is she who haunts the property. A cat walking through the walls is another famous and rumored ghost at the mansion. The property is open every Halloween evening for visitors. In the summer, paranormal investigative teams have tours during the house’s monthly Friday Night Fright events.
Washington – Oxford Saloon in Snohomish
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Over the years, the Oxford Saloon was often the scene of violence, especially around the basement, a men’s card room and the bar. One well-documented killing was that of a policeman, Henry, who was a regular. He tried to break it up a fight and was killed in the melee. Henry seems to have stuck around, hanging out around the stairs leading to the basement and has been seen many times in the ladies’ restroom. Many women report being pinched by him. At least three ghosts seem to remain on the second floor. One is a man in a bowler hat, and the others are two women. One of them is dressed in a purple dress with purple bows.
West Virginia – Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston
This long-abandoned Civil War-era mental institution was left to deteriorate when it was forced to close in 1994. The courageous people who have visited since say the building is now haunted and the current owners offer ghost tours year-round. Plus, in October guests are invited to the asylum for seasonal festivities such as the Asylum Ball and Zombie Paint Ball.
Wisconsin – The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee
The hotel is known as one of the most haunted hotels in the U.S. The ghost of Charles Pfister himself is said to still walk around the building. He likes to scare the famous guests – this is where professional baseball and basketball teams stay whenever they are in town – by moving tables and knocking on doors. The ghost has also been spotted wandering the hallways walking his dog.
Wyoming – Historic Occidental Hotel in Buffalo
The hotel is haunted by a woman who has long and dark hair and she wear a white dress. The story goes that she died in the hotel. She is also thought to have been the daughter of a prostitute. Some guests say they have felt her touching them on the shoulder. She is also known to like to move furniture around and mess with people’s luggage.
Washington D.C. – The White House
Staff and visitors at the White House have said they have seen ghosts on numerous occasions, including those of Lincoln, Grant, McKinley, and several first ladies, according to the White House Historical Association. One little known spirit is the unidentified 15-year old boy called the “thing that greatly frightened the Taft domestic staff in 1911.” Andrew Jackson supposedly lying in his bed in the Queens Bedroom (Rose Room) lets out a guttural laugh that has been heard in the White House since the 1860s.