No matter where you live, it’s likely you’re not far from a historical site with a spooky history. We searched the country for haunted locations in every state, rife with paranormal activity – read on if you dare.
Alabama: Sloss Furnaces
Sloss Furnaces was once a bustling center of steel production — and employed a notorious foreman named James “Slag” Wormwood, who was infamously cruel to his workers. Forty-seven workers lost their lives, and Slag himself eventually perished in the furnace. Since then, workers have described encounters with Slag’s mean-spirited ghost within the furnace.
Whittier, a tiny town in Alaska, is unexpectedly spooky. The Buckner Building — originally designed to house soldiers during a nuclear attack in the Cold War — has long been abandoned by the military, and is now known for mysterious occurrences, including whistling, scurrying sounds and running water.
Arizona: Yuma Territorial Prison
Yuma Territorial Prison reportedly houses the ghosts of former inmates, as well as the ghost of a woman who drowned more than 100 years ago in the Colorado River and the ghost of a little girl in a red dress known for pinching passersby.
Arkansas: Basin Park Hotel
At one of America’s most haunted hotels, the Basin Park Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, decades of visitors have reported seeing ghosts on the premises. Today, visitors flock to the hotel to witness its haunted history.
California: The Queen Mary
The Queen Mary, a massive ship docked in California, has long been a haven of paranormal activity. Visitors have described encountering the ghosts of an engineer who died onboard, a “lady in white,” and various children throughout the ship.
Colorado: Stanley Hotel
The Stanley Hotel, which famously inspired “The Shining,” is known for its high levels of paranormal activity. Just last year, John Mausling and Jessica Martinez-Mausling are believed to have captured two ghostly figures in a photograph inside the hotel.
Connecticut: Remington Arms
Remington Arms, a former factory in Bridgeport, has witnessed a number of deaths over the years — and today, it’s reportedly haunted by shadowy black figures: departed employees unaware that the factory is no longer running.
Delaware: Fort Delaware
Fort Delaware was once a prison housing Confederate soldiers during the Civil War, who were kept in horrid conditions. Since then, visitors have claimed to hear the footsteps of soldiers and see ghostly figures.
Florida: Apollo Space Launch
This former NASA launch site stands abandoned today, a haunting reminder of three astronauts who died there in 1967, trapped inside a capsule two weeks before they were scheduled to launch. Since then, employees and visitors have described mysterious occurrences at the site.
Georgia: Hay House
Since the Georgia Trust acquired this historic house in 1978, it’s been the reported site of odd sounds, mysterious issues with lights and doors, and even ghost sightings.
Hawaii: Hilton Hawaiian Village
Visitors to this hotel have reportedly witnessed a ghostly woman in a red dress on the premises — either the spirit of a woman who was once killed there, or a volcano goddess.
Idaho: Shoshone Ice Caves
Visitors and staff at these reportedly haunted caverns have described footsteps and strange voices inside. Rumor has it that a Shoshone Native American princess was buried in the cave.
Illinois: Congress Plaza Hotel
“The most haunted hotel in Chicago” has a long history of ghost stories. There’s even a room reportedly so haunted on the 12th floor that staff have sealed it from guests and no one can enter.
Indiana: Avon Haunted Bridge
This century-old bridge figures in many local legends, and screams of people who died near the bridge can reportedly be heard at night — including a worker who was maintaining the bridge and a mother and baby who fell into the water.
Iowa: Villisca Axe Murder House
This house remains haunted after the gruesome murders of the house’s residents — six family members and two guests — using an axe in 1912. The case was never solved.
Kansas: Old Abilene
Old Abilene — which today offers a number of ghost tour opportunities — is allegedly the most haunted town in the state, with reports of touches from unseen hands, cold spots, apparitions of cowboys, and disembodied voices.
Kentucky: Liberty Hall
Located between Lexington and Louisville, this historic home is said to play host to three different ghosts, including the aunt of a family who lived there, a Spanish opera singer who disappeared near the house, and a soldier from the War of 1812.
Louisiana: St. Louis Cemetery
Established in 1789, this New Orleans cemetery contains more than 100,000 dead — and 200 years of reported encounters with the ghosts who live on in the cemetery.
Maine: Fort William Henry
Visitors to this ancient fort claim to have encountered the ghost of the Native American chief Taukolexis, who was hanged at the site in 1696.
Maryland: Jericho Covered Bridge
This bridge — believed to be the site where Civil War soldiers died by suicide — is reportedly still haunted by the soldiers’ ghosts.
Massachusetts: Salem Old Burying Point
The town of Salem contains a number of sites connected to the famous Witch Trials of 1692, but one of the most notorious is the Old Burying Point, which houses the remains of key figures in the trials. It’s no surprise that paranormal activity has been reported there a number of times.
Michigan: Whitney Restaurant
Built in 1894, the Whitney Restaurant was a private home before becoming a ward for tuberculosis patients. It’s said that the ghosts of patients who died there still haunt the property.
Minnesota: St. James Hotel
This hotel in Red Wing, built in 1875, is reportedly haunted by the ghost of a former hotel owner, who still lives in her room and makes sure cutlery and napkins are properly placed.
Mississippi: Windsor Ruins
Twenty-three columns are the only remaining part of this former plantation house, and it’s reportedly haunted by the ghost of a Union soldier who died there during the Civil War.
Missouri: Vaile Mansion
According to legend, at one time this mansion was so haunted that passersby would cross the road to avoid walking directly past it. It was once the home of Sophia Vaile, who killed herself by overdosing on morphine after her husband was implicated in crime and reportedly still haunts the mansion.
Montana: Little Bighorn Battlefield
Visitors to this battlefield, where the Battle of Little Bighorn took place in 1876, have reported hearing battle cries, rifle shots and bugles, perhaps from the soldiers who died there.
Nebraska: Nebraska State Capitol
Multiple deaths at the center of Nebraska’s government have sparked rumors of paranormal activity, including reports of shouting and sounds of people falling down the staircase.
Nevada: Westgate Hotel
Rumor has it that Elvis still haunts the hallways of the hotel where he rose to fame, and visitors have described seeing or hearing his apparition at various points in the building.
New Hampshire: Isles of Shoals
The nine islands off the shore of Portsmouth have allegedly been rife with paranormal activity since the 1800s. Ghosts dwelling on the islands include two wives of the famous pirate Blackbeard.
New Jersey: Pine Barrens
These woods — deep and full of mysterious pathways — are known to be spooky, and legends of ghosts and goblins have developed there.
New Mexico: Kimo Theater
The Kimo Theater is famously haunted by the ghost of a six-year-old boy named Bobby who died there in 1951 when a water heater exploded. Performers often leave gifts for Bobby so he doesn’t interfere with the lights or doors during a show.
New York: Morris-Jumel Mansion
Visitors to this Manhattan mansion have reported seeing the ghost of Eliza Jumel, a former owner, telling them to quiet down. There have also been reports of a disembodied voice speaking from inside a grandfather clock and a Hessian soldier who comes to life from a painting on the wall.
North Carolina: Biltmore Estate
The famous Biltmore Estate is a popular tourist attraction in Asheville, but it’s also reportedly home to a number of ghosts, including a headless orange cat who lives in the gardens.
North Dakota: Fort Abraham Lincoln
Once a bustling fort housing military officers and their families in the 1800s, Fort Abraham Lincoln was eventually left to the elements once conflict had ended. The Custer House, part of the fort, was rebuilt in 1989, and has since become haunted with the ghosts of the fort’s former inhabitants.
Ohio: Malabar Farm
The house on this farm is reportedly haunted by a farmer’s daughter who poisoned her family after they kept her from a boy she was in love with. Visitors have reported hearing voices and seeing the daughter’s silhouette in the window.
Oklahoma: Gilcrease Museum
The Gilcrease Museum, located in Tulsa, has been subject to several paranormal investigations after reports of strange whispers in the dark and mysterious door slamming.
Oregon: Columbia Gorge Hotel
Nearly a century old, this hotel has played host to Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Franklin D. Roosevelt. It’s also reportedly haunted by a woman in white who may have killed herself jumping off a hotel balcony as well as a child who spends time on the ground near the site of a former pool.
Pennsylvania: Eastern State Penitentiary
Eastern State Penitentiary, once a notorious and active prison, has long since stopped housing prisoners, but its crumbling walls and spooky passageways remain. “Slick Willie” Sutton and “Scarface” Al Capone were both prisoners there.
Rhode Island: Providence Biltmore
Stephen King was inspired by this hotel, which was built with the backing of a Satanist who performed rituals inside. The hotel was also the site of several deaths during the Prohibition era, and remains reportedly haunted today.
South Carolina: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
A former plantation, this property has been owned by the same family since 1680. Paranormal activity reported there has included mysterious voices and noises, growling and unknown music.
South Dakota: Devil’s Gulch
This gulch is reportedly haunted by a pair of lovers who died there after the woman was kidnapped, the man tried to rescue her, and both were injured in the fighting. Visitors have reported hearing screams as well as an apparition of the lovers.
Tennessee: Carnton Plantation
More than 1,500 Confederate troops and four Confederate generals died near this plantation, so many visitors have reportedly seen Confederate soldier ghosts haunting the premises. Ghosts of the Carnton children — only two of whom lived to adulthood — have also been seen.
Texas: USS Lexington
It’s no wonder this retired warship is known as the “Blue Ghost” — the ghost of an engine room operator killed in a World War II battle is said to haunt the ship, and visitors have described lights turning on and off with no explanation.
Utah: Mountain Meadows Massacre Site
The spot where nearly 120 settlers were murdered in 1857 in the Utah War remains haunted, with visitors reporting cries and screams at the site.
Vermont: Shelburne Museum
The Dutton House, part of the Shelburne Museum, has long been a site of paranormal activity. Museum employees have reported seeing the ghost of an old man and hearing the sound of a crying child.
Virginia: Bacon’s Castle
Virginia’s oldest house, built in 1665, has a serious history of haunting occurrences. Inhabitants have reported seeing a temporary glowing ball of light a white face with black eyes and a white scarf. Furniture and objects have also been known to relocate for no reason.
Washington: Old Tacoma City Hall
Local records indicate that police have been called to this seat of government multiple times to investigate lights being turned on and off, odd noises, and fire alarms going off without an explanation. Police haven’t been able to find evidence of anyone inside.
West Virginia: Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
Originally built to house 250 patients, this hospital once held more than 2,400, crowded and living in poor conditions. The hospital closed in 1994 and reopened as a tourist attraction, and visitors have reported screams, shadowy figures and slamming doors.
Wisconsin: Summerwind Mansion
Built over a century ago, this house has a long history of mysterious activity, including fleeting shadows, whispering voices, random pockets of chilled air and objects moving on their own. Even though the house was mostly destroyed by fire in 1988, the paranormal activity allegedly continues.
Wyoming: Fort Laramie Historic Site
The most famous ghost said to dwell in this former military fort is the Lady in Green, who disappeared after disobeying her father’s orders and riding her horse alone. Her ghost reportedly appears near Fort Laramie every seven years.
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