22 Most Haunted Places in the US

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Step into the eerie realm of the supernatural as we embark on a spine-chilling journey through the most haunted places in America. From crumbling mansions with tragic histories to abandoned prisons echoing with ghostly whispers and creepy hotels, the United States is home to many haunted locations that have intrigued and terrified generations.

So join us, fellow truth-seekers, as we venture into the dark corners where restless spirits linger, waiting to make their presence known. This is not a journey for the faint of heart; it’s a rendezvous with the otherworldly, guided by our insatiable curiosity and a thirst for the paranormal.

Spine-chilling screams, eerie sounds, and ghoulish shadows are some phenomena reported at these haunted locations. So, pack your flashlight, EMF gauge, and thermal camera, and prepare for some of the best ghost hunting in the United States.

Brace yourselves, for we will unravel the mysteries that defy explanation and experience the unseen forces that lurk within America’s most haunted locations.

Most Haunted Places in the US

1. Ohio State Reformatory (Mansfield Reformatory)

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Address: 100 Reformatory Rd, Mansfield, OH 44905

If you visit the Ohio State Mansfield Reformatory, you might feel like you’ve been there before. This old prison was the site of the movie Shawshank Redemption, but that’s not why it’s on our list. 

This historical site has a long history of paranormal activity. Once a fully operating prison, the Ohio State Reformatory, also known as the Mansfield Reformatory, housed over 150,000 criminals in its 96-year history.

Some say the hauntings began with the murder of a prison employee and his family. Then the warden’s wife died by the accidental discharge of a handgun, and the warden died of a heart attack in his office soon after. And throughout the years, almost two hundred prisoners died from tuberculosis or other illnesses. 

After these deaths, visitors to the prison swear that they hear the faint unintelligible voices of a couple talking from beyond the grave. Is it the warden and his wife?

What about the feeling people get when walking down the prison’s hallways and they think someone is behind them? The story goes that the ghosts of several former prisoners still wander the halls, and if you’re not careful, you might get jabbed by the nightstick of an old guard. 

The Ohio State Reformatory was even featured on an episode of Ghost Adventures, where they delve into the history of the prison and connect with some spirits in the cell block.

You can visit the Mansfield Reformatory and even go on a public ghost hunt or ghost walk. You book tickets directly on their website.

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2. Stanley Hotel

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Address: 333 E Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Opened in 1909, the picturesque Stanley Hotel in Estes Park was designed to be a luxury hotel, but its ghost sightings and paranormal activity have made the hotel a popular destination for ghost hunters. The Stanley is well known because of its connection to Stephen King’s book The Shining, based on the author’s personal experiences at the hotel.

The book and the subsequent movies caused new fame for the once-quiet hotel. The hotel was called the “Overlook Hotel” in the book, but the Stanley Hotel holds all the haunted history.

Guests have reported several ghost sightings in the halls and rooms. Many have heard mysterious piano music playing in the middle of the night. Others hear echoes of the original owner F.O. Stanley and his wife, Flora, who are said to roam the hallways.

There are reports of former employees who have never truly left, continuing to perform their duties in the afterlife. From naughty children running through the halls to the ghostly maid who tidies up unoccupied rooms, the Stanley Hotel has become one of the most haunted hotels in America.

If you visit, you can consult the hotel’s in-house psychic or do one of their spooky hotel tours or Shining tours, both of which may keep you up at night. But whatever you do, don’t stay in Room 217 or 237! 

An easy way to visit the hotel is by taking a guided tour from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park, which stops at the Stanley Hotel. This isn’t the only haunted hotel in Colorado – we have a list of the most haunted hotels in Colorado to visit.

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3. Emily’s Bridge (Gold Brook Covered Bridge)

Gold Brook Covered Bridge
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Address: Covered Bridge Rd, Stowe, VT 05672

Vermont is one of the most haunted states in America and is known for having a lot of spooky places. But none are as famous as the Gold Brook Bridge, also known as Emily’s Bridge.

Located in Stowe, this paranormal bridge is known to be haunted by a ghost named Emily. The legend surrounding the hauntings is a heart-wrenching love affair gone awry. It is said that Emily, filled with despair after her lover failed to meet her at the bridge as promised, took her own life by hanging herself from the rafters.

Since the young woman’s suicide, locals and visitors have reported eerie encounters and unexplained phenomena at the bridge. Mysterious footsteps, disembodied voices, and the sensation of being watched have all been attributed to Emily’s restless spirit—many claim to have captured ghostly apparitions in photographs or experienced unexplained cold spots on the bridge.

And people driving through the bridge have reported feeling a clawing sensation. And don’t think you can get away with walking across the bridge, as Emily’s ghost is also known to scratch and claw at pedestrians’ backs. Even the most trivial hauntings include visions of a white apparition (is that you, Emily?) and footsteps along with strange voices from the tunnel.

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4. The Lizzie Borden House

Address: 230 2nd St, Fall River, MA 02721

If you’re looking to stay in a New England bed and breakfast with a free haunting and a spine-chilling history, you must stay in the Lizzie Borden House in Fall River. This bed and breakfast has quite a storied past well beyond lovers’ quarrels.

The Borden House is named after Lizzie Borden, who was accused of murdering her father and stepmother with a hatchet at their house in 1892. While she was arrested and charged with the double murder, she was acquitted later that year. And unfortunately, no one else was ever charged with the deaths.

And regardless of whether Lizzie was guilty, she lives in infamy with this jump rope song: Lizzie Borden took an axe. She gave her mother forty whacks. After she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.

Today, the Lizzie Borden house in Fall River is a Bed and Breakfast where visitors can sleep in the same room where Abby Borden, the stepmother, was brutally murdered with a hatchet.

Employees and guests at the B&B have heard weeping, unexplained doors opening and closing, and muffled chatter from vacant rooms. As if that wasn’t scary enough, many have seen a ghost in Victorian-era clothing (is that you, Abby?) walking in the hall. The Borden house is easily one of the most haunted houses in America!

If you’re not ready to experience paranormal activity for an entire night, you can also visit the Borden House for one of their ghost tours.

5. Whaley House

The Whaley House
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Address: 2476 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110

If you feel like your family has had a run of bad luck, a trip to the Whaley House might change your mind. Thomas Whaley built this private residence (and now a museum) in the mid 19th Century on the site of San Diego‘s first public gallows.

Poor Thomas didn’t realize the impending doom that would soon fall on his family. Soon after moving in, family members heard heavy footsteps, said to be from “Yankee” Jim Robinson, who was hanged at the gallows four years before Thomas built the home.

The beautiful Greek-revival Whaley House was also the site of several suicides and tragic deaths within the Whaley family. Although the house has been vacant since 1953, it is said to be haunted by the Whaley family ghosts and the gallows’ ghosts today. There have been reports of mysterious happenings like apparitions, moving curtains, and sounds of children on the stairwell.

See, feel, and hear these creepy encounters for yourself. And if you don’t get enough excitement from one of the most haunted houses in the United States, this local spooky trolley tour will certainly give you goosebumps. If you want some other activities, these are our favorite things to do in San Diego.

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6. Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary Stairs and Interior

Address: 2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

From the outside, Eastern State Penitentiary looks like a European castle stuck in the middle of Philly. However, this castle-like building was once the most expensive prison in the United States, operating for almost 150 years.

Don’t let its royal appearance fool you. The prison took an extreme stance on solitary confinement and punishments, including once chaining a prisoner’s tongue to his wrists.

With so many gruesome stories its obvious that this prison is one of the most haunted places in America No one knows for sure which prisoners are doing the haunting, but the prison did house several famous inmates, including Al “Scarface” Capone and “Slick Willie” Sutton. Whether Scarface is one of the shadowy figures when you visit is anyone’s guess, but there’s no doubt someone is haunting visitors.

The sound of laughter and footsteps might make you run the other way. But if you’re brave enough, head to Halloween Nights, their epic Halloween festival! This abandoned 10-acre prison is transformed into an immersive experience with FIVE separate haunted houses. The Eastern State Penitentiary is easily the scariest haunted house in America!

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7. Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House
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Address: 525 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128

The Winchester Mystery House stands out among the other homes in the San Jose area, although it wasn’t always that way. Before Sarah Winchester spent a whopping 7 million dollars renovating the house between 1886 and 1922, it was a relatively simple 8-room farmhouse. 

Sarah Winchester was the wife of William Wirt Winchester, head of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. After her husband died in 1881, she was haunted by the ghosts of those killed by the Winchester rifle.

It’s said that a psychic told her to move west, buy a house and build nonstop. Whether that’s true or not is anyone’s guess, but that’s exactly what Sarah did until she died in 1922.

The home is exceptionally peculiar, with stairways that lead to nowhere, windows that don’t open to the outside, doors that open into walls, and more. So, what makes this home so creepy? 

There are many experiences of paranormal hauntings at the Winchester Mystery House. The most common paranormal encounter is in the grand ballroom, where visitors see the “Wheelbarrow Ghost” pushing a wheelbarrow full of coal or ash. Other visitors have seen shadowy figures resembling humans lurking around the corner or appearing in various windows. 

The house has been featured in many films like Rose Red and Winchester. Visiting this mysterious house is a must, so book your tour here and get lost in the halls.

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8. The Driskill Hotel

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Address: 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

The Driskill Hotel looks relatively unassuming from the street in downtown Austin. Although it’s a lovely brick building in a Romanesque style, no one would ever think that this Austin landmark was a haunted hotel.

Built in 1886, the Driskill Hotel has been a destination for tourists of all kinds, but brides seem to be the most notable ghosts at this hotel. Two jilted brides have died in Room 525, one in the hotel’s early days and the second in 1991. Visitors to the hotel often report a ghost in Victorian-era clothing walking down the hallway (the first jilted bride), while others think they’ve seen the Generation X bride roaming the halls.

Other guests suddenly smell cigar smoke, while the hotel has been smoke-free for almost twenty years. In addition, many female musicians that stay at the Driskill have spotted a 19th Century cowboy with a cigar. This cigar-wielding cowboy supposedly selected Annie Lennox’s stage outfit while she was showering.

And a musician from Concrete Blonde wrote a song about him after dealing with his ghostly malarkey one night. Whether the cigar smell is from this 19th Century cowboy or the hotel’s founder, resident ghost Colonel Jesse Driskill, is anyone’s guess. But you can’t ignore that someone, ahem, some ghost, is haunting the visitors.

Want to see what all of the fuss is about? Stay at this haunted hotel and see what apparitions you come across. And if you don’t get enough of the supernatural at the hotel, try the Weird and Haunted History Walking Tour in downtown Austin.

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9. Mount Vernon

Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mt. Vernon, VA 22121

You may not think about ghosts when you think about our nation’s first president, but you’d be surprised at the ghost stories visitors have reported from the former home of George Washington. The Mount Vernon estate was the first President’s home for seven years and also the final resting place for Washington and twenty of his family members. 

The reports of Washington’s ghost start as early as 1890 when visitors to his estate slept in his room. Guests sleeping in Washington’s historic chamber reported being awakened by his apparition and couldn’t fall asleep. 

Others have seen a woman on the stairs carrying a large punch bowl or an angry Colonel Harrison Howell Dodge, the Director of Mount Vernon for fifty years. These ghost stories are seemingly endless, but are the tales of this haunted house true? You’ll have to see for yourself!

Take a private tour of Washington’s spooky estate (maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of our first President?) and see Old Town Alexandria and other excellent sites of American history. If you’re staying in Washington D.C., hop on this day trip out to the countryside to explore the estate!

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10. Crescent Hotel

1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa Aerial View
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Address: 75 Prospect Ave, Eureka Springs, AR 72632

You wouldn’t know that this gorgeous Victorian hotel with a mountainous backdrop was one of America’s most haunted hotels, but it’s true.

The Crescent Hotel was built in 1886 but has served several purposes since then, including a hotel, college, and hospital. The hospital’s founder was a liar and a fake who claimed he could cure cancer, and when people realized that he had no medical training, he was forced out of town. But, unfortunately, it’s said that his spirit and some of his patients never left. 

The haunted hospital is now a hotel again, but young women and a bearded man in Victorian clothing haunt the building. Some other spooky encounters are a mysterious woman walking upstairs, a strange figure in a window, a girl’s face on a wall, and an unknown ghost at the end of the hallway. 

If you want to experience a haunted hotel with a gorgeous backdrop, book your room at the Cresent Hotel. Chances are you’ll be greeted by some of the hotel’s resident ghosts. 

11. House of the Seven Gables

House of the Seven Gables
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Address: 115 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970

Unsurprisingly, we have a place on our “most haunted” list in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem is arguably the most haunted city in America thanks to the Salem Witch Trials during the 17th Century.

The House of the Seven Gables is one of the most haunted buildings in the city. It is the setting and inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book of the same name. Although Hawthorne never lived in the house, he often visited his cousin Susannah Ingersoll, who lived there.

The house was built in the 1600s and is well-preserved. While the outside of the house is beautiful (albeit spooky), visitors (including Hawthorne) have reported ghost sightings and paranormal activity on the inside. These reports include silhouettes in the shadows, lights flickering on and off, and water faucets turning on at will. When a psychic visited the house, she reported seeing a young boy playing near the gables.

To add further curiosity, someone recently discovered hidden rooms within the home, such as a dining room and an accounting room. This famous haunted house is a must-see if you’re in Salem, but if you want more spooky Salem sights, look at this local haunted walking tour. And make sure to stop by the Witch Museum.

See Related: Most Haunted Hotels in Salem, Massachusetts

12. Pine Barrens

Pine Barrens Aerial Scenery

One of the largest parts of the state of New Jersey is the beautiful Pine Barrens. This ecosystem stretches over seven counties and over one million acres.

During the colonial period, this area was home to multiple industries, including glassmaking, paper mills and sawmills. However, with the discovery of coal came the abandonment of industrial towns, leaving behind ghost towns in the wake. The arrival of colonists also disrupted Indigenous tribes who called this place home for thousands of years.

According to the local lore, Mrs. Leeds gave birth to her 13th child in 1735. Unfortunately, this unlucky number caused the child to be cursed. This was the beginning of the legend of the New Jersey Devil, a mythical creature said to roam the wilderness of the Pine Barrens.

He was born with hooves, leathery wings, and a goat’s head. This child, the Jersey Devil, supposedly flew out of the chimney and into the Pine Barrens, killing livestock, and has scared the local residents ever since. The escapades of this devil have circulated local news stories while killing crops and animals. In addition, residents, including business people and police officers, have reported sightings.

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13. St. Augustine Lighthouse

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Address: 100 Red Cox Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32080

St. Augustine in Florida is one of the most haunted cities in America – no surprise, considering it’s also the oldest. It is known for its incredible history and famous haunted places like the Casa Monica Hotel and the lighthouse. The 165-foot lighthouse in St. Augustine seems like many other lighthouses in America, but its secrets prove otherwise.

This historic lighthouse was built in 1874 and is still in operation. But when you visit St. Augustine Lighthouse, you will experience some creepy supernatural activity, including hearing children playing and seeing the ghost of a former lighthouse keeper who fell to his death while painting the tower. It’s said that the children playing are the ghosts of three young girls who drowned in the ocean. 

Do you have what it takes to climb the 219 steps to the Observation Deck? Will you see the ghost of the lighthouse keeper? The more timid visitors will enjoy their Dark of the Moon Ghost Tour, while true ghost hunters may want to do the Dark of the Moon Investigation, where you can bring your own EMF readers or rent some. 

And if you need more spooky stories, this creepy guided tour will tell you more bone-chilling stories about vengeful spirits and natural disasters in St. Augustine. 

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14. The White House

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Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500

If you’re a guest at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, you may be surprised to experience some haunted happenings. Some visitors have seen an apparition of the old landowner before the White House was built, while other guests see more “presidential” phantoms. 

It’s said to be haunted by the ghost of President Lincoln who roams the second floor and scares guests in the Lincoln bedroom. There are multiple witnesses to this haunting, from Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands opening the door to find Lincoln’s ghost to Prime Minister Winston Churchill getting out of a hot bath naked only to see the bearded president at the fireplace. Fun fact, President Reagan’s dog refused to enter Lincoln’s bedroom. 

And in a truly horrifying story, the ghost of First Lady Abigail Adams is often seen in the East Room perpetually doing laundry. Guests at The White House have seen her with her arms outstretched as if holding clean sheets. 

Unfortunately, while the White House is one of the most haunted sites in the US, you cannot stay unless you’re a VIP, but you can take this nighttime walking tour of the haunted spots nearby. 

15. Mizpah Hotel

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Address: 100 N Main St, Tonopah, NV 89049

The Mizpah Hotel reopened in 2011 after twelve years of being shuttered. It is known as one of the first luxury hotels in Nevada. While this high-end hotel is luxurious, it also has a dark past.

It’s said that the Mizpah Hotel was used as a brothel during its early years. One woman was a year-round resident and had many guests in her fifth-floor suite. Legend says that a jilted ex-lover killed the woman in her room in a rage. Many people believe that her soul never left.

While some believe the ghost’s name is Rose, she is known as the “Lady in Red.” She haunts guests by whispering in unsuspecting men’s ears. As if that isn’t creepy enough, some guests report that she leaves pearls under their pillows- possibly from her broken necklace from the night of her murder.

Although her exquisite suite was eventually split into three separate hotel rooms (502, 503, and 504), guests can get the whole “Lady in Red” experience (with elegant curtains and matching period furniture) by staying in Room 504.

However, other hotel guests said they felt her spirit in Room 502 and the elevator. Book a room at this spooky hotel and see for yourself.

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16. Sachs Covered Bridge

Sachs Covered Bridge
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Address: Waterworks Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325

You might be wondering how a bridge could be one of the most haunted places in America, but if you know the story behind Emily’s Bridge in Vermont, this one is just as spooky. The Sachs Covered Bridge is located in Gettysburg, another one of the most haunted cities in America. It connects Freedom and Cumberland Townships, the site of several deaths during the Civil War.

The bridge is haunted because three Confederate soldiers were hanged for trying to pass as Union soldiers. They were hanged from the wooden support beams so that any other Confederate soldiers on the bridge would see the dead men.

Visiting the bridge in the daytime is a beautiful sight, with the water streaming below the bridge. However, nighttime brings a rather frightening atmosphere.

Visitors have reported seeing three heads floating on the bridge under the moonlight. Other visitors have detected cigar smoke when no one else is around, as if a Civil War general is still patrolling the area. And if those aren’t scary enough, others have felt a tap on their shoulder only to turn around and see no one.

If you want to use your EMF readers at the bridge and some additional haunted places in Gettysburg, check out this Friday Nite Investigation small group tour.

17. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Architecture
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Address: 50 S River Ave, Weston, West Virginia 26452

The Weston State Hospital, formerly the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, was a psychiatric hospital for 160 years. The insane asylum was a sanctuary for those suffering from mental illnesses beginning in the mid-19th Century.

As you can imagine, the asylum carries many wild stories, including a gold robbery, Civil War raids, and even the therapeutic effects of architecture. The hospital was initially designed to hold 250 patients, but as of the 1950s, it was severely overcrowded with over 2,000 patients. The physical deterioration of the building caused the asylum’s closure in 1994.

Hundreds of patients died at the hands of the hospital. However, it’s said that many of them are still living in some of the treatment rooms and wards. The haunted hospital has been featured on Ghost Adventures where the team reported paranormal activity and whispers.

If you feel brave enough to check it out, there are many options for using your ghost-hunting equipment, from private ghost hunts to middle-of-the-night group hunts.

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18. The Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate, George Vanderbilt's 250-room castle is America's Largest Home and a top attraction in Asheville
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Address: 1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803

If you’re looking for one of the most haunted mansions to spend this Halloween, look no further than the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. George Vanderbilt II originally owned this 250-room haunted mansion, but it is now a one-of-a-kind luxury hotel and tourist attraction

What makes the largest house in America so haunted? Many guests have claimed to see apparitions, while others have video evidence of doors slamming and other creepy things. Not to mention, the estate has numerous secret passages where people can get lost! 

Guests have reported seeking George Vanderbilt himself. After he died in 1914, visitors reported seeing his wife speaking to his ghost in the library. Others have said that they’ve seen his apparition reading a book. His wife is also known to roam the halls.

If that wasn’t weird enough, others have reported seeing a headless orange cat in the gardens outside! Can you handle a night at one of the creepiest hotels in the US? Book your room here.

And at nearby Asheville, one of the most haunted cities in the United States, you can go on a walking ghost tour to learn about all the local haunts.

19. H.H. Holmes Murder Castle

Exterior view of residence of Herman Webster Mudgett, a.k.a. H.H. Holmes, on 63rd Street. Mudgett's home was named the Murder Castle. Published in a book titled The Holmes-Pitezel Case: A History of the Greatest Crime of the Century.
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H.H. Holmes’ Murder Castle, also known as the Holmes Castle or the World’s Fair Hotel, has gained notoriety as a place of gruesome crimes and a haunting legacy. It is in the windy city of Chicago which is one of the most haunted cities in America.

Built by serial killer H.H. Holmes during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, the building was designed with hidden chambers, secret passages, and trapdoors, allowing Holmes to carry out his heinous acts undetected. The exact number of victims attributed to Holmes remains unknown. He admitted to 27 murders, but estimates range into the 200s. He is undoubtedly the most notorious serial killer in American history.

The castle has been torn down and is now the Englewood Post Office. But it is still haunted. The hauntings stem from the dark energy and tragic events within its walls. The horrors inflicted upon innocent victims and the sinister nature of Holmes himself have left a mark on the building’s history.

Reports of ghostly apparitions, disembodied voices, strange noises, and unsettling feelings of being watched have been shared by those who have visited or investigated the basement of the post office. The spirits of Holmes’ victims are said to linger, trapped in a purgatorial state and seeking justice.

20. Howard Street Cemetery

Howard Street Cemetery in Salem
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Another Salem location makes it on the list. The Howard Street Cemetery in Salem, Massachusetts, is believed to be haunted due to its association with the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692. During this dark period in history, numerous individuals were accused of witchcraft and faced persecution, resulting in trials, imprisonment, and, in some cases, execution. It’s no wonder why Salem is one of the most haunted cities in the world.

The cemetery, where several accused witches were laid to rest, has become a site of paranormal interest. It is believed that the restless spirits of those who suffered unjustly continue to linger in the cemetery, seeking resolution and perhaps even retribution. Visitors and paranormal enthusiasts have reported experiencing eerie phenomena, including cold spots, unexplained sounds, and sightings of ghostly apparitions.

21. RMS Queen Mary

RMS Queen Mary Engine Room
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The RMS Queen Mary, a majestic ocean liner turned hotel, is haunted by numerous spirits due to its long and eventful history, which includes serving as a luxury liner during the 1930s and later being used as a troopship during World War II.

One prominent spirit often associated with the ship is “The Lady in White.” Legend has it that a young woman tragically died aboard the ship, and her ghostly presence lingers, roaming the corridors in her ethereal white gown. Visitors and staff members have reported encountering this mysterious apparition, often accompanied by unease or a sudden drop in temperature.

Other paranormal occurrences include disembodied voices, unexplained footsteps, and sightings of ghostly figures. Some areas of the ship, such as the engine room and the swimming pool, are considered hotspots for supernatural activity.

22. LaLaurie Mansion

LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans
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The LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans, Louisiana, has a dark past. This infamous mansion was the residence of Delphine LaLaurie, whose brutal treatment of enslaved people is the stuff of nightmares. The mansion was mentioned in American Horror Story Coven.

Delphine LaLaurie’s cruel treatment of her enslaved people eventually came to light when a fire broke out at the mansion in 1834. During the subsequent rescue efforts, New Orleans authorities discovered a chamber of horrors in the attic where enslaved individuals had been subjected to unimaginable cruelty and torture.

The shocking revelations of the atrocities committed by Delphine LaLaurie and her husband sent shockwaves through the community and forever stained the mansion’s legacy. Tales of restless spirits, tormented cries, and ghostly apparitions have circulated for decades. Visitors and investigators have reported eerie encounters, unexplained phenomena, and unease while exploring the mansion.

New Orleans is also one of the most haunted cities in the US. There are a number of haunted spots around the city. Join a haunted cemetery private tour or try the French Quarter ghost and voodoo tour.

What are the most haunted locations or haunted houses in the United States?

The LaLaurie Mansion, Winchester Mansion, and Mansfield Reformatory top the list of the most haunted spots in the country. The Stanley is the most well-known haunted hotel.

Are there any haunted towns in the US?

Yes, some of the most haunted cities in the US are Salem, New Orleans, and St. Augustine. Chicago is also up there as one of the most haunted towns.

Are there any famous haunted cemeteries or burial grounds in the United States?

Yes, the Howard Street Cemetery in Salem is very haunted. Another haunted cemetery can be found in Baltimore at the Westminster Hall Burial Ground.

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