From theme parks and hospitals to schools and prisons, there are abandoned places all over the world that creep people out yet fascinate them, as well. If anyone is into this sort of thing—skeletons of the past that offer a glimpse into what once was and which look like they could be the sets of horror flicks—then check out these abandoned houses.
They are all located in the United States. They all used to be quite glamorous and decadent. And they are all now crumbling, left alone and available to end up on lists such as this one, which show off eerie yet beautiful remains.
10 Craig House In Beacon, New York
In 1859, this house belonged to a Civil War officer named Joseph Howland. The property must have looked dazzling, with its gym, pool and golf course that set on 60 acres. It later became the first privately licensed psychiatric hospital in the nation, with patients such as Zelda Fitzgerald, Truman Capote, and Marilyn Monroe (as stated by abandonedbutnotforgotten.net). It then closed in 1999, and it was purchased a couple of years later by a man named Robert Wilson...who took his own life in 2013. According to Atlas Obscura, someone new is working on rebuilding this house, and there are barriers, signs, and cops around to keep people out.
9 Bannerman's Castle In Cornwall, New York
Also in the Hudson River is Pollepel Island, home to Bannerman's Castle. In the 1900s, this land was used for a military surplus business, as a storage facility and a residence. In 1920, there was an explosion there. In 1950, the ferryboat Pollepel was destroyed. In 1967, New York State purchased this spot for tours. In 1969, there was a fire. And in 2015, after the castle became owned by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, a woman and her fiancé took a kayak trip to the island, he did not return, and she was charged with taking his life.
8 Wyndclyffe Castle In Dutchess County, New York
The Hudson River area is full of abandoned houses, because up next is Wyndclyffe Castle; in 1853, it belonged to Edith Wharton's aunt, and according to Town & Country Magazine, it inspired the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses.” After being left to sit in the 1950s, it was purchased in 2003, in an effort to try and repair it. In 2016, it sold at an auction, and steps were taken to have the house demolished. What remains is crumbling, though it once featured decorative touches like terra-cotta chimneys and a Tiffany skylight.
7 Elda Castle In Ossining, New York
In 1928, David Thomas Abercrombie, of Abercrombie & Fitch, lived in this home with his wife, Lucy, and their four children: Elizabeth, Lucy, David and Abbott...hence the name Elda Castle (after the first letters of the children’s names). Back in the day, this place had over 20 rooms, a spiral staircase, courtyards, balconies, a conservatory and more.
In the 1940s, a company that was researching paints purchased the castle. Later, someone tried to turn it into a conference and retreat center. Over the years, several people have tried to restore it, but it has mostly been empty.
6 Wyckoff Villa In Cape Vincent, New York
A final neat destination (for the daring) in New York is Wyckoff Villa. It is located on Carleton Island in New York, and it was built in the 1890s by William O. Wyckoff. However, he passed away the day after he moved into this place! After that, General Electric took this 15,000-square-foot home, in hopes of making it a corporate retreat. When World War II started up, that idea was left behind, and the windows and the doors of Wyckoff Villa were removed, adding to the sad state of this building. Those who really, really, really like abandoned houses can feel free to purchase this property, though, as it is for sale.
5 Ha Ha Tonka In Camdenton, Missouri
In Missouri, people can visit Ha Ha Tonka State Park and see an abandoned place called Ha Ha Tonka. In 1905, a man named Robert McClure Snyder, Sr. started building this European castle-style home, and it was completed in the 1920s and used by his family as a summer and weekend home. In the 1930s, it was a hotel, in the 1940s, there was a fire, and in the 1970s, the state bought Ha Ha Tonka and its surroundings, which became the park it is today. However, the actual house is in ruins and more collapses are possible, so it is closed off to the public.
4 Franklin Castle In Cleveland, Ohio
In Cleveland, Ohio, there is the Franklin Castle. This haunted house was built in the 1800s for the Tiedemann family, and while here, the family lost four children, so Mr. Tiedemann tried to cheer up his wife by adding a ballroom, turrets, and gargoyles to the already decadent house. In the 1960s, the Romano family moved in and apparently saw ghosts, performed exorcisms and had a ghost-hunting group check out the place.
In the 1970s, a man wanted to turn this place into a church, and to raise money for this, he put on haunted tours and overnight stays. In the 1980s, Michael DeVinko (who was married to actress Judy Garland) spent about a million dollars trying to rebuild the castle but sold it in 1994. Now, it is said that Franklin Castle will be turned into separate family homes.
3 Haught Mansion In Brush Park, Michigan
The Haught Mansion is up next on this list, and it can be found in Brush Park, Michigan. It, too, has a haunting past, as bodies—with circles marked on their torsos and chests—were discovered in this house’s cellar, as reported by The Courier Mail. Before that and back in its prime, it was actually used as a brothel, and in 2016, it made an appearance in the superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (though it seems it would have been better suited for some slasher flick, judging by its looks in this photo!).
2 Nova House In Nova, Ohio
In 1958, Benjamin Albright shot his son (by accident), which ended the boy’s life. Later on, Albright also took his wife’s life and his own life, as well. Since then, this home in Nova, Ohio, has been abandoned, and reports (by publications such as Business Insider) say that some items that belonged to the Albright family can still be found inside. Known as the Nova House, this building is also featured in a book by photographer Seph Lawless, which is called Hauntingly Beautiful and which showcases pictures, stories, and news on similar old homes.
1 King Island In Alaska
King Island in Alaska used to be home to around 200 Inupiat people, but in the 1900s, the school here was closed, and the children were sent to the mainland to continue their education. Gathering food was a big part of this lifestyle, and without the extra hands, the older generations also moved to mainland Alaska. Apparently, some of these people still go to this location for foods like walrus and seal, but for the most part, it sets abandoned. That means that it is another location that is quite creepy and a group of houses that belongs on this list.