Many people believe that certain places are haunted. Noises may be heard in these spots, figures could be seen, orbs possibly float around … or worse. Yes, there are cemeteries, hotels, prisons, landmarks, and even seemingly normal areas out there that may actually be full of spirits!
Those who are brave enough to travel to and to visit them should consider stopping by the ten spots that are listed below. There are legends surrounding them, and every spot has at least one unique haunting associated with it, so who knows what adventures are waiting at these places for each of us...
The Eastern State Penitentiary, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, functioned as a prison from 1829 until 1971, and, during that time, even Al Capone was housed here. At the time, it was the largest and most expensive public structure ever erected in the country and became a model for prisons worldwide. Now, it is a U.S. National Historic Landmark, a museum, a haunted house during Halloween, and a place where people have seen supernatural and spooky sightings. Just look at it and think about what it has seen… There are bound to be some ghosts lurking in here—or worse!
Marie Delphine Macarty, known as Madame LaLaurie, was a New Orleans socialite who took the lives of the slaves in her household. While her house is a landmark in the French Quarter, it has a terrible history. Some say she kept her cook chained to the kitchen stove and beat her daughters when they tried to feed the slaves. People say slaves that were taken to the uppermost room never came back. Some say that people were found in her home bound in restrictive postures and wearing spiked iron collars. Oh, and she buried bodies around her mansion, including that a child. Creepy!
The St. Augustine Light Station is a lighthouse in St. Augustine, Florida, which was built between 1871 and 1874. While this location currently serves as a maritime museum, it is also a paranormal spot! It has been seen in episodes of Ghost Hunters and My Ghost Story, there are "Dark of the Moon" ghost tours given here, and many people have their own spooky stories from this place having to do with eerie noises and even the passing of people. In The Science of Ghosts: Searching for Spirits of the Dead, researcher Joe Nickell said that the noises are probably just seagulls or the wind… but who knows...
The Fairmont Banff Springs is located in Banff, Alberta, Canada. It opened in 1888, and it has been redeveloped several times, including after a fire in 1926. The most famous haunting here is the Ghost Bride. Legend has it that in the 1920s, on a young couple’s wedding day, the bride was going down the hotel’s marble staircases when she slipped, fell and met her ending. Since then, and even today, different staff members and guests at the hotel have said that they have seen a veiled figure on the stairs or dancing in the ballroom.
The Bell Witch is next on this list, and it is a legend that has to do with the Bell family from Tennessee. They were apparently haunted by an entity that was able to speak, affect the surroundings, and shapeshift. Back in 1817-1821, a cave was found near this home in Adams, and people believe that this is where the witch lived when she was not chasing after the Bells and others. Here, noises are heard, lights go out, and kids who are exploring may even be pulled out by the witch herself! This 490-foot cave is privately owned, and during the summer months and in October, tours are given.
The ʻIolani Palace in Honolulu is where Hawaii’s last ruling royalty, King Kalakaua and his sister Queen Liliuokalani were kept following the overthrow of the monarchy; they were kept in her bedroom for eight months. Now, her spirit roams the halls of this place—the only royal palace on US soil—and people claim to hear footsteps, smell cigars, and see the silhouette of a woman quite often in this building that was built in 1882. This National Historic Landmark was used as the capitol building for the Provisional Government, Republic, Territory, and State of Hawaii until 1969. It was eventually opened to the public as a museum in 1978.
The Crescent Hotel, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, has been called the country’s most haunted hotel. It was built in 1886 as a resort for the rich and famous, but it soon became neglected… until 1908, when it became the Crescent College and Conservatory for Young Women. Over the years, it also served as a junior college, a summer hotel, and a hospital/health resort (run by a man with no medical experience). In 1967, it almost burned to the ground, but now it is on the National Register of Historic Places list. Due to all of these changes and years and uses, this has been dubbed the place where guests check out but never leave.
Of course, there is at least one great graveyard on this list of spooky spots! Union Cemetery is in Easton, Connecticut, and it dates back to the 1700s. As one of the most haunted cemeteries in the nation, it is home to the White Lady, a ghost that people have reportedly seen, wearing what appears to be a white nightgown or wedding dress. Ed and Lorraine Warren—the real-life couple portrayed in movies like The Conjuring—even wrote a book about this place, and Ed claims to have captured video evidence of a ghost on the grounds.
The Queen Mary is a retired British ocean liner that sailed from 1936 to 1967, and since then, she has been sitting still in Long Beach, California… and has been the center of more haunting legends. Time magazine even called The Queen Mary one of the Top 10 Haunted Places due to stories like a stateroom being haunted by the spirit of a person who lost their life there. Furthermore, during the Halloween season, this ship turns into a haunted attraction called Dark Harbor so more people can explore it.
The Lizzie Borden House is, of course, the site of Lizzie Borden’s infamous story of taking an ax to her parents. Located in Massachusetts, it was owned by this family from 1874 to 1892. But today, people can stay and sleep and eat here! Since 1996, this house has been a bed and breakfast thanks to Martha McGinn, the woman who inherited the house from her grandparents, who bought it in 1948. And, believe it or not, the room where Lizzie's stepmother, Abby Borden, was found is now the room that most people want to stay in when visiting.