By Guest Blogger on October 27, 2010 at 11:09 AM
Posted in: Odds & Ends
Halloween is quickly approaching, and along with costumes, tricks and treats, come haunted houses, spooky stories and ghost hunters. Below are just a few notable haunted places in the U.S. If you are daring, pay a visit to one of these scary sights.
The Whaley House (San Diego, Calif.) Built in 1857 and said to be the most haunted house in America, the house was built on grounds where a gallows and a cemetery used to be. Sightings of the ghosts of “Yankee” Jim Robinson, Thomas Whaley and his wife Anna have been reported numerous times.
The Myrtles Plantation (St. Francisville, La.) Allegedly haunted by several troubled ghosts, the Myrtles’ sightings have included the ghosts of former slaves, small children and an attorney who resided there in the 19th century—all of whom were said to have been murdered on the grounds of the property. At times, the grand piano has been heard playing a single haunting chord.
The Stanley Hotel (Estes Park, Colo.) The hotel that was the inspiration for Stephen King’s “The Shining” is said to be haunted by the ghosts of the original owners, Freelan Stanley and his wife Flora, phantom housekeepers and children, and even the Earl of Dunraven. People can take ghost tours of the hotel, if they dare.
Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia, Pa.) Now open for tours, this is a favorite destination for ghost hunters. Built in 1829, the prison was meant to house 250 inmates, but at one time crammed 1,700 inmates into its structure. People have recounted seeing ghosts in the guard tower and in cellblocks 4 and 6. Additionally, the echoes of screeching laughter are said to be heard from cellblock 12.
The White House (Washington, D.C.) Even as the current President resides there, past Presidents sometimes reappear at their former home. Abraham Lincoln is said to have made many appearances throughout the years after his death. In addition to Lincoln, Harrison haunts the attic, Jackson haunts one of the bedrooms, and First Lady Abigail Adams has been seen floating the hallways.
The Queen Mary (Long Beach, California) Now a hotel, the grand old ship is said to be haunted by ghosts of children by the pool, a 17-year-old sailor in the engine room, and a phantom who can be heard screaming in the bow of the ship.
In addition to the few places listed above, ghost sightings have been reported in such places as Alcatraz, Disneyland (by Walt Disney himself), Ohio University and Manassas National Battlefield Park. Let me know if you will be visiting any haunted houses or places — I’d love to hear about it! And Happy Halloween!