The dead are supposed to remain dead, but some spirits apparently didn’t get the memo. While Europe may have a virtual monopoly on haunted castles, that doesn’t mean the ghosts in America don’t exist. Here are the most haunted places in the country.
Most people have heard of this place because of the historic battle in 1863 where President Lincoln delivered his famous speech. But just about every resident in the area as well as many visitors agree that no list of haunted places in the US will be complete without Gettysburg.
For many visitors searching for ghosts, a good place to start here is the rock formation known as Devils Den. This is where scores of bodies and severed limbs were discovered after the war.
The Myrtles Plantation in St Francisville, Louisiana
The Myrtles Plantation is the estate built by General David Bradford in 1796, who didn’t quite care that they were building over an ancient First Nations burial ground. According to lore, the site has seen ten deaths, and some of the spirits of the dead still linger.
Guests here have seen ghostly apparitions, while strange hand prints may sometimes appear in mirrors. Other guests have also reported hearing invisible children laughing while pianos played by themselves. And some guests have also been dragged from their beds.
The Whaley House
Regis Philbin visited the Whaley House in 1964, and afterwards said that “There was something going on in that house.” He wasn’t alone in saying that, because back in the 1960s government officials from the US Commerce Department actually classified the Whaley House as haunted.
James Whaley’s daughter committed suicide there, and many guests believe that her presence is causing the great sadness that many people feel when they visit. Some have even reported seeing a young lady in a long dress lounging in the dining area.
James Whaley and his wife also didn’t seem to want to leave, as their presence may also be noted by the scent of cigar smoke and perfume.
If you ever find yourself in any of these places, you may also be reluctant to leave if you’re hunting for ghosts. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.