Everyplace in the world has its haunted sites. However, none have quite the same flavor as those in the American South. The states that make-up that region: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia have seen a lot of bloody history.
The tea may be sweet and the people even sweeter, but maybe that's what makes these haunted sites all the scarier in the American South. These 10 places are known to be haunted, sometimes due to its history, and other times just because a lot of strange activity happens there.
Sources give mixed historical accounts, but all do agree that this abandoned mental hospital is haunted. It is believed that it evolved from a plantation to a mental hospital. Visitors have noted feeling sick when entering the building, hearing voices, and feeling their hair being pulled. Others have noted smelling fresh new bandages from certain rooms and even hearing piano music.
Along with the long-held idea that the mentally unstable tend to make scary ghosts, an abandoned insane asylum is definitely enough to make a shiver go up any visitors spine.
One of the most popular places to visit in North Carolina is actually also one of it's most haunted locations. In fact, some call it one of the most haunted places in the United States. The gorgeous mansion has about 250 rooms! That is nothing to scoff at, as it's the largest private estate in the entire country.
Haunting stories include whispers in the library, a ghostly cat wandering around at night, and the sound of splashing and laughter in the pool room. There are many stories of the ghost of George Vanderbilt, who died in the estate in the early 1900s.
The town of Jefferson itself is known for its paranormal activity, but this hotel is the hotspot of sightings and stories. Not only is it known as one of the most haunted hotels in Texas, but it's also on the list of most haunted hotels in America.
Guests at the hotel have reported objects being mysteriously thrown and even getting locked in their own rooms. There is an abundance of ghost sightings that have turned skeptics into believers. TV stations, Youtubers, and all other kinds of ghost hunters have infiltrated the hotel in search of capturing a ghost on camera.
Built in 1851, The Marshall House Hotel on Broughton Street is one of the oldest hotels in the city of Savannah. When you hear it's history, it's no wonder that the building is known to be haunted.
The hotel was converted into a hospital during the Civil War and was continued to be used as a hospital during yellow fever epidemics. When the hotel was going through restorations in the 1990s, workers reported finding human remains in what was once a surgery room. With that kind of history and all the paranormal sightings, it's no wonder this is a popular destination for ghost hunters.
This building in Charleston served as a jail from 1802 to 1939. The construct is pretty unique, being four stories with an octagonal tower. It had many memorable inmates as well, from prisoners of war in the Civil War to pirates to North America's first recognized female serial killer, Lavinia Fisher.
People who dare visit the jail have witnessed objects move on their own, doors slamming, and whispers in the dark.
Similar to the Marshall House in Georgia, this Arizona hotel was a hospital in a past life as well. There is a wealth of creepy stories. Some caretakers have gotten calls from rooms and hear inaudible mumbling and check the rooms only to find them empty. Historically, there has been a caretaker who took his own life in the boiler room. There is also a story of a maintenance man who was crushed by the elevator and found later in the basement.
There are sightings such as seeing a little kid running around on the 3rd floor. Electronics get mysteriously unplugged. There is even a spirit cat that roams around, and guests sometimes feel it rub against their legs.
Dating back to 1874, the Old Lighthouse in St. Augustine has 219 steps to get you up to 165 feet above sea level. It has gone through a lot of renovation, as it still serves its city. Despite still being in use though, it is a place of ghost stories. Visitors have heard the laughter of little girls, seen figures at the top of the tower, and sometimes smell cigar smoke.
Many deaths have occurred at the lighthouse. The original caretaker, Joseph Andreu, fell to his death from the tower while painting. Two little girls drowned nearby in an accident.
Lousiana is worth its own paranormal list article. You could easily make a haunted road trip in this state. However, it's the Mrtyles Plantation that has the most sightings and is known as one of the most haunted places in the United States. It was built in 1796 and today it serves as a bed and breakfast.
It has been popular enough that teams from the SyFy channel have investigated it and it has been featured in various movies, TV shows, and books. Sightings have included children believed to have been murdered on the sight, and a servant who was hung after poisoning a family cake.
Dead Woman's Crossing got its name from a murder that took place in 1905. The story goes that a woman named Katy DeWitt James and her 14-month-old baby, Lulu Belle, were traveling after Katy divorced her husband but never made it to her destination. To cut a long story short, Katy was murdered and Lulu was found wrapped in a bloody dress.
Those who visit Dead Woman's Crossing have told stories of hearing a woman call out for her baby. Others say if you stand under the bridge, you can hear wheels rattling above you.
The Wheatlands Plantation is known as the most haunted location in Tennessee, and for good reason. Historians believe there have been more than 70 murders on the property. Besides that, there is a mass grave that is believed to hold the remains of 70 African American slaves, 28 Native American Cherokee, and 2 revolutionary war soldiers.
The original house burned down, killing 4 children in 1825. There are bloodstains still visible inside the home as well from the various murders that took place.