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List of reportedly haunted locations in the United States

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.

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.

Contents

States and federal districtsEdit

AlabamaEdit

 
Adams Grove Presbyterian Church in Dallas County
 
The Dr. John R. Drish House in Tuscaloosa
 
Sweetwater Mansion in Florence, during 1934.
  • Adams Grove Presbyterian Church and the adjacent cemetery in Dallas County are, according to ghost hunting groups, reportedly haunted[1]
  • 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.[2]
  • 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 the house.[3]
  • 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.[4]
  • 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.[5]
  • 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.[6]
  • 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.[7]
  • 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.[8][9]
  • 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.[10][11]
  • Sweetwater Mansion in Florence, Alabama was built during 1828. Both Union and Confederate officers stayed there during their respective occupations of the city during the Civil War. Alleged paranormal activity has been investigated by local paranormal groups and a team from the television show Paranormal State.[12][13]
  • 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.[14][15] Likewise, the former captain of the James T. Staples reportedly appears near the site of that disaster at Bladon Springs.[16]

ArizonaEdit

ArkansasEdit

  • 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 during 1931. The local legend appeared on NBC's television program Unsolved Mysteries during 1994.[21][22][23][24][25][26]

CaliforniaEdit

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

California is the location of many supposedly haunted locations. Notable locations with reputations for being haunted include Alcatraz, El Adobe de Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, and the Winchester Mystery House.

ColoradoEdit

  • Pioneer Park in Aspen is reportedly haunted by the ghost of Harriet Webber, wife of its builder, who died of what was ruled to be an accidental strychnine overdose during 1881, four years before it was built.[27]

ConnecticutEdit

  • Bara-Hack is a ghost town in the northern part of the state that is reportedly haunted.[28]
  • 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[29] and hikers have reported seeing orbs in the area.[30]
 
Union Cemetery at night

DelawareEdit

District of ColumbiaEdit

 
The Octagon.

Several sites in Washington are reputedly haunted, including the Capitol Building, the White House, and the Octagon House (1801).

FloridaEdit

  • Don CeSar Hotel[34] in St. Petersburg Beach, Fla, is allegedly haunted by the ghost of its original owner, Thomas Rowe, who built the Moorish-style "Pink Palace" during 1926. The story is that Thomas Rowe was forbidden to marry the love of his life, a singer in the opera Maritana,[35] by her parents. 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",[36] 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 ,[37] see "Haunted Love: Tales of Ghostly Soulmates"[38] for full particulars of this 'historia reconti'}.
  • The Leaf Theater in Quincy is reportedly haunted by several former movie operators and theater attendees[39]
  • The University of South Florida Library in Tampa is reportedly haunted.[40]

GeorgiaEdit

HawaiiEdit

IllinoisEdit

IndianaEdit

 
The Culbertson Mansion

There are several reputedly haunted sites in Indiana, including the Culbertson Mansion in the former shipbuilding town New Albany.

KansasEdit

KentuckyEdit

 
White Hall

LouisianaEdit

MaineEdit

MassachussettsEdit

  • The USS Salem (CA-139) in Quincy, which now serves as a museum ship open to the general public. Though never seeing combat, the ship has seen its fair share of life and death, notably after the 1953 Ionian earthquake serving as a hospital ship.

MarylandEdit

MichiganEdit

MissouriEdit

MontanaEdit

 
Bannack, Montana a ghost town reportedly haunted by executed outlaws and a woman in a blue gown named Dorothy.[58]
  • Bannack, a ghost town, was founded in 1862 and named after the Bannock Indian tribe. Several claims 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.[58]
  • 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.[59]
  • The Copper King Mansion in Butte is said to be haunted by its original owner, Senator William A. Clark.[58] The mansion also served as a Catholic convent during the early 1900s.
  • The Dude Rancher Lodge, Billings, is said to be haunted by one of its original owners,[60] and also by a long-time cook.[61]
  • Garnet, a ghost town 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.[58] People have often heard voices and loud music when nobody is there.
  • Virginia City, a ghost town-turned-tourist-attraction, is said to be haunted. The saloon and theater are two areas of reported ghost sightings.[59] The town had a violent past and was home to many outlaws. Calamity Jane lived in the town as a child.[59]

NevadaEdit

  • The Nevada Governor's Mansion in Carson City was first occupied by the family of Governor Denver S. Dickerson during 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.[62]

New HampshireEdit

New JerseyEdit

  • Burlington County Prison in Mount Holly is reportedly haunted.[63]
  • Cape May is one of the oldest towns in America, established during 1620. It is also said to be one of the most haunted cities in the country, with many haunted 19th century 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 best known 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 be cursed by Native Americans.[64]
  • The Essex County Hospital Center in Verona is believed to be haunted by full-body apparitions of nurses and patients.[65][66]
  • 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 during 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.[67]

New YorkEdit

 
112 Ocean Avenue House, also known as the "Amityville Horror House", during December 2005.

North CarolinaEdit

  • The Attmore-Oliver House in New Bern has allegedly 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.[71]
  • 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 during 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.[72]
  • The Carolina Theatre in Greensboro was set ablaze on July 1, 1981, by a woman who was assumed mentally disturbed. 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.[73]
  • Fayetteville allegedly hosts ghosts such as "The Lady in Black" who haunts the Sandford House, formerly known as the Slocumb House.[74] Her apparition first appeared in the late 19th century and has been sighted by members of The Woman's Club of Fayetteville.[75]
  • The Harvey Mansion Historic Inn and Restaurant in New Bern has claims of an older woman in 18th-century dress haunting the second and third floors.[76]
  • 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.[77]

North DakotaEdit

OhioEdit

  • Arnold's Bar and Grill, the oldest continuously-operated bar in Cincinnati, is rumored to be haunted.[80]
  • Cincinnati Music Hall is a theater that was built over a potter's field. Reports of spirits on the property date back to 1876. During 1988, during the installation of an elevator shaft, bones of adults and children were exhumed from under the hall.[81]
  • Emmitt House in Waverly was featured by television programs My Ghost Story and Haunted Collector before it burned down during January 2014. Some human remains had been found at the site.[82]

OklahomaEdit

  • Dead Women Crossing in Weatherford allegedly has paranormal activities including a mysterious blue light that originates in the creek and a spectral woman crying for her baby around the area.[83]

OregonEdit

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 history of Portland, the state's largest city and metropolitan area, which was considered one of the most dangerous port cities in the world at the beginning of the 20th century.[84] During 2012, USA Today named Portland among the top ten most haunted cities in the United States.[85]

Allegedly haunted locales in Portland include the Bagdad Theater, a vaudeville theater built by Universal Studios during 1927; Pittock Mansion, a mansion overlooking the city; the Roseland Theater, a former church and music venue; and the city's Portland Underground (or so-called shanghai tunnels),[86] made up of various passages 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.[87]

PennsylvaniaEdit

Pennsylvania has many locations that are reported to be haunted, including the town of Gettysburg (site of the Civil War battle of the same name)[88] and, in the vicinity of Philadelphia, such places as Cliveden Manor, the First Bank of the United States, Fort Mifflin, Library Hall, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Powel House.

Rhode IslandEdit

South CarolinaEdit

Many areas in South Carolina are reportedly haunted. This stems from the state's historic role in the Revolutionary and Civil wars. Charleston is considered by many to be the most haunted city in the state, and some even venture as far as to say it is the most haunted city in America. [1]

  • Pawleys Island is said to be haunted by an anonymous man wearing gray.[46]
  • Folly Beach is said to be haunted from the time of the Civil War. Nearby Morris Island was the site of the famous Fort Wagner battles of 1863. The western side of Folly was thus used as a Union Army field hospital where many wounded soldiers—including members of the famous 54th Massachusetts regiment—returned from battle. Over the years, hurricanes and heavy storms uncovered some of these unmarked graves even as late as 1987. [89]

TennesseeEdit

  • The town of Adams was the site of the Bell Witch haunting, as well as the Bell Witch Cave.[90]
  • 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 and some of their ghosts are alleged to haunt the site.[91]
  • The vicinity of Hurricane Mills is said to be haunted by the founders of the town, which adjoins a farm owned by singer Loretta Lynn. During 2011, the Ghost Adventures crew conducted an investigation inside the house, and broadcast the episode Loretta Lynn Plantation House.[92]
  • 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.[93]

TexasEdit

  • 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.[94]
  • 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.[95]
  • The commissary at the Houston Zoo may be haunted by the first zookeeper, Hans Nagel, who was shot by a park police officer during late 1941 after being caught spying on teenagers in a parked car.[96]

VirginiaEdit

WashingtonEdit

  • The former Burnley Professional School of Art in the former Booth Building at 905 E Pine Street (now a part of Seattle Central College) is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young man who died falling down the rear steps (although no documentary evidence of this accident exists). The ghost is said to manifest itself by "doors opening by themselves, sounds of disembodied footsteps, phones dialed by unseen fingers, coffee percolating without human assistance."[98]
  • The Harvard Exit Theatre in Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA is said to be haunted by the ghost of a beautiful woman who is sometimes seen crying.[98][99]
  • The parsonage of First Methodist Protestant Church of Seattle in Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA is said to be haunted by the ghost of Susannah Bagley, wife of pioneer preacher and Territorial University (now the University of Washington) Daniel Bagley. One reported sighting "in a diaphanous flowing gown, surrounded by a bluish light. When she asked, How do I get out? he pointed to the door, but she serenely floated out the upstairs window instead." [98]
  • Ye College Inn in Seattle's University District is said to be haunted by "Howard," a beer-drinking ghost who habitually wears a tan trenchcoat.[98][100][101]

WisconsinEdit

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