Haunted Places in the 50 States

Haunted Places in the 50 States

Haunted Places

London Bridge

England’s Tower of London is said to be one of the most famous haunted places in the world; not surprising given it’s bloody history.  The Tower counts among it’s prisoners Anne Boleyn, Henry the VIII’s second wife, and Lady Jane Grey who was Queen of England for just over a week.
Both ladies were subsequently executed on the Tower’s grounds.

England boasts many more haunted places from castles and churches to parks and cemeteries.  But haunted places aren’t limited to England, or for that matter Europe.  Just about every continent, country, city, and town has at least a ghost story or two which is inevitably linked to a specific location.  America is no different, from coast to coast and from north to south our country has hundreds if not thousands of reportedly haunted places.   Some, like the Queen Mary in California, are world famous, others local legends famous only to the town’s inhabitants and serious ghost hunters.

In the fall, specially closer to Halloween,  many of us like to experience a little thrill and go on a ghost tour or drive by places that look spooky.  There’s definitely no lack of haunted places in each state. Here’s a list of haunted places, one from each state, some famous, others not so.   Perhaps one or two of them will be close enough for you to visit this year.

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Sweetwater Mansion in Florence, Alabama

Alabama – Sweetwater Mansion

Year Built:  1828 – 35 (estimate)

Watch YouTube video:  The Ghost of Sweetwater Masion

Address:  842 Sweetwater Avenue,  Florence, AL 35630

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The Sweetwater Mansion in Florence, Alabama has seen plenty of history. Construction began in 1828, it was here that Union and Confederate officers stayed during their respective occupation of the city during the Civil War.  It is said that many of its former residents reside here still.  Children’s laughter is said to be heard and  items that  mysteriously move.   

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Golden North Hotel Skagway, Alaska Creative Commons license by Noel Zia Lee

Alaska – Golden North Hotel

Year Built: 1898

Watch YouTube Video:  Alaska’s Haunted Hotel

Address:  3rd. & Broadway Skagway, Alaska

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Filled with  hopes for a bright future Mary came to Alaska as the fiancee of prospector Klondike Ike. Mary locked herself in the couple’s hotel room to await her beloved who went off in search of gold, he never returned.

When concerned hotelkeepers finally gained entrance to her room they found her dead, dressed in the wedding gown she was to wear on her wedding day.

Today  guests have been spooked by a pale ghostly figure looking out the window still awaiting her lover’s return or by a figure standing over their bed checking to see who’s in it.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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Jerome Grand Hotel
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Arizona – Jerome Grand Hotel

Year Built: 1926

Watch YouTube Video:  Haunted Jerome Grand Hotel – Room 32

Address:  200 Hill St, Jerome, AZ 86331

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There is no shortage of haunted places in the state of Arizona, but one of the most famous is the town of Jerome, a quaint community in northern Arizona.  All sorts of specters are said to haunt many of the town’s historic buildings.

The most haunted is thought to be the vintage Jerome Grand Hotel.  It opened as the United Verde Hospital in 1927.  Miners from the nearby copper mine were treated here for serious injuries many of which proved fatal; insane people were also treated here for their mental illness.  The hospital closed in 1950 and re-opened as the hotel in the late 1990s.

Today ghost enthusiaists, including my cousin and his family, book rooms here hoping to catch a phantom nurse or hear a scream or two during their stay.  My cousin and his family have stayed here twice and have never had a paranormal experience, but the town has many nice shops and restaurants making it a nice place to spend the weekend.

I can’t talk about Arizona ghost towns without mentioning the town of Tombstone.  During my last visit the lady at the fudge shop told me the whole town is filled with spirits.  She claimed their their presence could be felt as you wander the town’s streets and buildings.  I’m not sure about the streets, but whenever we’re in town we usually stop for drinks at the Crystal Palace Saloon, and I hate going to the restrooms located in the back of the building.  Walking down the hallway to the restrooms always gives me the creeps and the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Haunted or imagination?  I’m never quite sure.  We did the Bird Cage Theater ghost tour, it was fun, but we didn’t really have a ghostly experience.  But here’s a YouTube video called Haunted Birdcage Theatre Ghosts caught on film !!! and the theater was featured on the TV show about haunted places.

Arkansas 365 Courtesy of Arkansas.com

Arkansas 365
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Arkansas – Hwy 365

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Driving along Arkansas 365  in Woodson, just south of Little Rock can turn into a paranormal experience.

Motorists driving this road on dark rainy nights have claimed to have encountered a young girl on the roadside.  They give her a lift, she tells them where she must go, but when they get to the destination the girl has vanished.

I think just about every town has a similar story, here in Hawaii it’s said that Madame Pele, the volcano goddess, has been seen asking for rides along many of our roads.

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Disneyland

California – Disneyland

Year Built:  1955

Watch YouTube Video:  Disneyland Ghost | Real Ghosts Caught on Video

Address: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

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California has many haunted places including Alcatraz in San Francisco and the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, but I would never had thought of Disneyland as a haunted place.

It is said that the “Happiest Place on Earth” is truly haunted.  The Space Mountain Ride and the women’s employee locker room is said to be haunted by a man who died on the ride in the 1970s and The Christmas Shop on Main Street, Tom Sawyer’s Island, and Tomorrowland all house a spook or two.

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Stanley Hotel Estes Park, Colorado
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Colorado – Stanley Hotel

Year Built: 1909

Watch YouTube Video:  HAUNTING AT STANLEY HOTEL(100% Real) Room 418

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

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The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is hands down the most famous haunted hotel in the Rockies.  This sprawling luxury hotel that opened in 1909 is a favorite with dignitaries and ghost hunters.

This hotel inspired author Stephen King to write his bestselling book “The Shining”. Today there are many stories of paranormal activity, particularly in room 217.

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Union Cemetery
Easton, Connecticut
Courtesy of damnedct.comYear Built: 1700s

Connecticut – Union Cemetery

Watch YouTube Video:  The White Lady of Easton, Connecticut – Union Cemetery

Address:  Easton, CT 06612

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Union Cemetery in Easton, Connecticut is said to be the most haunted spot in the state and possibly the most haunted cemetery in the country.

The famed “White Lady” is said to wander this 400 year old cemetery.

 

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Fort Delaware
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Delaware – Fort Delaware

Year Built:  1848

Watch  YouTube Video:  Fort Delaware Paranormal Investigation

Address:  Delaware City, DE 19706

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Fort Delaware sits on Pea Patch Island just off Delaware City.  Built in 1848 and decommissioned in 1943 this fort was never attacked.  It did house has many as 16,000 prisoners at one time.

Reached only by ferry today Fort Delaware is part of the Delaware Park System.  No one lives there anymore, just the ghosts of past inhabitants.

The park services offers ghost hunting tours on the island.  Click here for more info!

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Round Cypress Head
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Florida – Round Cypress Head

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This particular bend of the St. John’s River in Seminole County, Florida with a cluster of cypress trees, is known as Round Cypress Head.  Many have said they have witnessed paranormal activities in this dark dank area of cypress woods.  It is said that the woods is home to demons and/or witches.  Folks are warned to not venture there for fear of being eaten by these monsters.  Locals claim that fishermen have gone missing in this river and many claim the woods are most definitely haunted.

 

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Madison Square Savannah, Georgia Courtesy of Onyinyourstae.com

Georgia – Madison Square

Year Built:  1837

Watch YouTube video:  Savannah: Madison Square, Sorrel Weed House & Jones Street

Address:  332 Bull St. Savannah, Georgia 31401

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The quaint southern city of Savannah is arguably the most haunted city in Georgia.
Known for its southern charm and hospitality along with its antebellum architecture many of it’s historic buildings and spaces are said to host a specter or two.

Madison Square was the site of a Revolutionary Battle and British soldiers were buried there.  Shadowy figures are said to be lingering in the park.

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Hilton Hawaiian Village

Hawaii – Hilton Hawaiian Village

Year Built:  1957

Address:  2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

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Steeped in legends and lore from ancient Hawaiian days to missionary days and beyond the 50th. State has its own host of haunted places.  Night Marchers are said to walk the land at night and Madame Pele the volcano goddess can be frightening or almost playful.

The islands are filled with many haunted places including schools, bridges, libraries, drive-in movie lots, and hotels.

The luxurious Hilton Hawaiian Village is said to be one such place. Folks have reportedly seen the Lady in Red wandering the halls or even the beach.  It’s said she could have been a guest who tragically died at the hotel or Madame Pele herself.

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Idaho State Penitentiary
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Idaho – Idaho State Penitentiary

Year Built:  1870

Watch YouTube Video:  Old Boise Penitentiary Ghost Hunting July 2011

Address:  2445 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712

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The Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise is supposedly the most haunted prison in the state.

Constructed in 1870 and added to over the years this prison has seen more than its fair share of violence.  It is said the hauntings began soon after the riots that started to erupt within the prison walls in 1935.

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Nelly Dunton Home
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Illinois – Nelly Dunton Home

Year Built:  1843

Address:  401 E. Lincoln St., Belvidere, Illinois

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The Nellie Dunton Home in Belvidere, Illinois is said to be haunted by this broken hearted woman who lived here before the Civil War.  Folks claim to see her in the house and around the neighborhood.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

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French Lick Springs Hotel Indiana
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Indiana – French Lick Springs Hotel

Year Built:  1845

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Address:  8670 IN-56, French Lick, IN 47432

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French Lick Springs Hotel is a historic resort in the town of French Lick, Indiana.  Among the paranormal activities here it is said that its former owner lingers in the service elevator.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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Iowa State University

Iowa – ISU

Founded: 1858

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Address:  Ames, IA 50011

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Originally known as Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts when it was founded in 1858, Iowa State University (it was renamed in 1959) is known for its agriculture, engineering, and science programs.

It is also home to the ghost of Frederika Shattuck who was said to haunt the theater named after her for her contributions to the theater department.  Shattuck Theater was torn down hence this other worldly being has moved to the Fisher Theater on campus.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Hutchinson Public Library Courtesy of Mysterious Heartland

Hutchinson Public Library
Courtesy of Mysterious HeartlandYear Built:  1938Watch Video:  Sherrie Curry from Wichita Paranormal Society

Kansas – Hutchinson Public Library

Address:  901 N Main St, Hutchinson, KS 67501

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The Hutchinson Public Library in Hutchinson, Kansas is said to be haunted by its former librarian named Ida Day.  Locals say she wanders the building sometimes sorting or looking thru books

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Waverly Hills Sanitorium Louisville, Kentucky Courtesy of Only in your state

Waverly Hills Sanatorium Louisville, Kentucky
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Kentucky – Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Year Built:  1910

Watch YouTube Video:  Waverly Hills Sanatorium Ghost Spirit Apparitions Paranormal

Address:  4400 Paralee Ln, Louisville, KY 40272

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The Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky opened in 1910 to house victims of the Tuberculosis Epidemic.  Over 63,000 people including patients, doctors, and nurses died there.  The death toll in this building is comparable to a battle field, it’s no wonder it is said to be haunted.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Bonnie & Clyde Massacre Site Gibsland, Louisianna Courtesy of Only in Your State

Bonnie & Clyde Massacre Site
Gibsland, Louisianna
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Louisiana – Hwy 154

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Address:  Hwy 154, Gibsland, LA

Directions: (Courtesy of Roadside America)
From Gibsland, drive south 2.5 miles on Hwy 154. Turn right to stay on Hwy 154 (If you go straight you’ll be on Hwy 517. If you pass the Springfield Baptist Church you’ve driven too far). Follow Hwy 154 another 5.5 miles. You’ll see the monument on the right.

From haunted bayous to voodoo queens, Louisiana is host to many ghosts, and goblins, and other things that go bump in the night.  The historic city of New Orleans is home to the blues and filled with many quaint shops and restaurants, it’s also steeped in mystery.  Walking down the streets of the French Quarter on a foggy night can be very creepy.  I know we were creeped out one dark and foggy February night as we walked down Decatur Street.   You get kind of an eerie feeling and if you’re not careful your imagination might kick into high gear!

But did you know that it was in this state where the infamous duo Bonnie and Clyde met their end?  This lone stone in Gibsland, Louisiana marks the ambush site.  Legend has it that on nights when the moon is full you can still hear the gunfire.

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Ellis Pond East Andover, Maine
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Maine – Ellis Pond

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Address:  2 Medawisla Way, Roxbury, ME 04275, USA

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Ellis Pond, also known as Roxbury Pond in serene East Andover, Maine is said to be haunted.  Visitors walking along the shores have reported hearing or feeling a presence even when they are alone.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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Antietam Battlefield in Maryland
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Maryland – Antietam National Battlefield

Watch YouTube Video: Antietam National Battlefield Ghost Voice

Address: 302 E Main St, Sharpsburg, MD 21782

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There are hundreds of haunted places in the small state of Maryland, but the Antietam Battlefield is possibly the most haunted.  Over 23,000 souls lost their lives here making it the site of America’s bloodiest single day battle.  It’s no wonder those poor souls still wander the field and battle sounds can reportedly still be heard.

Today it’s a National Battlefield and is part of the US National Park System.

 

Lizzie Borden House Falls River, Massachusetts Courtesy of Haunted Places

Lizzie Borden House Falls River, Massachusetts
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Massachusetts – Lizzie Borden House

Year Built: 1845

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Site of one of the most infamous double ax murders in American History, the Lizzie Borden House in Falls River, Massachusetts is now a Bed and Breakfast.

I would be surprised if it wasn’t haunted.  It is reported that guests have seen apparitions in the house.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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Landmark Inn Marquette, Michigan
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Michigan – Landmark Inn

Year Built:  1930

Watch YouTube Video:  Landmark Hotel’s Haunted/Scary Lilac Room

Address:  230 N Front St, Marquette, MI 49855

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Famed pilot Amelia Earhart was a guest at The Landmark Inn, located in Marquette, Michigan before she mysteriously disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean in 1937.

They say that she sometimes shows up in room 502.

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Forepaugh’s Restaurant St. Paul, Minnesota
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Minnesota – Forepaugh’s Restaurant

Year Built:  1870

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Address:  276 Exchange St S, St Paul, MN 55102

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Staff and diners claim this St. Paul, Minnesota restaurant is haunted by the building’s former owner and his mistress who committed suicide here in 1892.

Back then it was the home to Joseph Forepaugh, today it is Forepaugh’s Restaurant.

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Stuckey’s Bridge Enterprise, Mississippi

Mississippi – Stuckey’s Bridge

Year Built:  1901

Watch YouTube Video:  My experience at Stuckeys Bridge

Address:  Stuckey Bridge Rd, Chunky, MS

Directions:  (Courtesy of Roadside America)

I-20 exit 121 south. Turn left onto Hwy 80, drive east two miles, then turn right onto Point Winata Lake Rd. Drive seven miles and turn left onto Stuckey Bridge Rd. The road will turn to gravel and will dead-end at the bridge.

Stucky’s Bridge in Enterprise, Mississippi is said to be haunted by the inn-keeper named Stucky. He supposedly robbed and murdered guests who stayed at his inn.  He was caught and hanged on this bridge.

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Truman House Independence, Missouri

Missouri – Truman House

Year Built:  1867

Watch YouTube Video:  Real haunted houses:President Truman’s House, Independence, Missouri

Address:  223 N Main St, Independence, MO 64050

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This 14 room Victorian mansion in Independence, Missouri is now a museum.  It was the home of President Truman, and of course it is said to be haunted by the President himself.  Today it’s a National Historic Park and is part of the US National Park System.

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Little Bighorn Battlefield Crow Agency, Montana

Montana – Little Bighorn

Watch YouTube Video:  Ghost of Custer

Address: Interstate 90 Frontage Rd, Crow Agency, MT 59022

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The scene of the historic battle known commonly as Custer’s Last Stand the Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana is home to many spirits.  Apparitions and Native American war cries have been reported here.  Today it is a National Monument and is part of the US National Park System.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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Brother Sebastian’s Steak House & Winery
Omaha, Nebraska

Nebraska – Brother Sebastian’s Steakhouse

Year Built:  1977

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Address: 1350 S 119th St, Omaha, NE 68144

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Brother Sebastian’s, a restaurant in Omaha, Nebraska is said to be haunted by Bill Walden, a regular patron who passed away but still frequents the joint.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas, NevadaYear Built:  1945

Nevada – Flamingo Hotel

Watch YouTube Video:   Las Vegas hotel room The Flamingo Presidential Suite…haunted?

Address: 3555 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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Billy Wilkerson, owner of the Hollywood Reporter and several night clubs in Los Angeles started building the original Flamingo Hotel in 1945.  Due to high costs Mr. Wilkerson soon ran into financial trouble.  He was “persuaded” to take on partners by none other than the famed mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel.  The hotel was given the nickname of Bugsy’s girlfriend Virginia Hill who the story claims he called Flamingo due to her dyed red hair.  He built himself a fortified apartment in the hotel but was gunned down on a trip to Los Angeles.

The hotel is supposedly haunted by none other than Bugsy himself.  He reportedly haunts the Bugsy or Presidential Suite which is rumored to have the gold bathroom fixtures he had in his apartment at the original hotel.  He has also been seen in the gardens by his memorial and at the wedding chapel where his apartment was supposedly located.

We’ve stayed at the Flamingo Hotel many times, back in the late 1990’s, before the Bellagio opened.  We’ve never stayed in the Presidential Suite so I can’t say if it’s haunted or not.  But recently we stopped by with our grandsons and walked around the gardens, we didn’t see any ghosts.

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Huntress Hall Keene, New Hampshire

New Hampshire – Huntress Hall

Year Built:  1926

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Address: Appian Way, Keene, NH 03431

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Built in 1926 at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire this college dorm called Huntress Hall is said to be haunted by its namesake Harriet Hunter.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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Hindenburg Crash Site Lakehurst, New Jersey

New Jersey – Hindenburg Crash Site

Watch YouTube Video:  Ghost Hunters S5 E25 Hindenburg Crash Site

Address:  2650 Hwy 547, Lakehurst, NJ

Directions: (Courtesy of Roadside America)
To tour the crash site you need to call the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society at least two weeks in advance to register and be approved (U.S. citizens only): 732-818-7520. At the Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station. Garden State Parkway exit 81A (Lakehurst/Toms River) to Hwy 37 West. At the traffic circle, follow the signs to US Hwy 70 W., then turn right onto Hwy 547 (McDonalds on left). The entrance to the base will be on the left.

One fateful evening, May 6, 1937, the airship Hindenburg caught fire and crashed killing 36 people.  Today it is said that screams can still be heard at the crash site in Lakehurst, New Jersey.

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Chaco Canyon New Mexico

 New Mexico – Chaco Canyon

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Chaco Canyon National Historic Park in New Mexico is an eerie place.  It’s haunting beauty and great stone work is a testament to past ages.  Folks claim to have the eerie feeling of being followed while visiting this park.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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The Dakota New York City

New York – The Dakota

Year Built:  1884

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Address: 1 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

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Built in 1884 the Dakota is one of the most sought out residences in New York City. This landmark building built in gothic style architecture was where the horror movie “Rosemarie’s Baby” was filmed.  But it’s most known as the building where former Beatle John Lennon lived and was shot and killed on December 8, 1980.

It is said that the famous musician sometimes appears to the building’s residents, although he is not this building’s most famous ghost.  That honor belongs to the two children dressed in late 19th. century style  who have been seen since the 1960’s.  It’s not sure who the children are, but it is assumed that they were once residents of the building, more likely around the time it was constructed.

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Carolina Inn Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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North Carolina – Carolina Inn

Year Built:  1924

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Address: 211 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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Built in 1924 Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is said to be haunted by no fewer than 20 ghosts. The most famous one is that of Dr. William Jacocks.  He lived in room 256.  He pulls pranks and locks guests out of his former room, even after it was renovated in 1990.  The room was partitioned to become part of 4 other rooms and electronic locks were installed to prevent such pranks.  No go, he still manages to jam the new locks.

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Apple Creek Country Club North Dakota
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North Dakota – Apple Creek Country Club

Year Built:  1948

Address: 8921 County Rd 10, Bismarck, ND 58501

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Apple Creek Country Club in Bismarck, North Dakota is reportedly haunted by a former chef.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

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Big Four Train Depot Galion, Ohio

Ohio – Big Four Train Depot

Year Built:  1900

Address:  Crawford County, Ohio

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The Big Four Train Depot in Galion, Ohio is said to be the most haunted building in town.  It’s seen its share of tragedies and historic events of the town.  Folks claim that at times the building shakes as if a train is passing by.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City

Oklahoma – Skirvin Hilton

Year Built:  1911

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Address:  1 Park Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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Guests at the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City, Okalhoma claim to hear infant cries and female voices during their stay.  It is thought it’s the ghost of  a former maid who killed herself and her illegitimate child by jumping out of one of the windows of the hotel.

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Bagdad Theatre Portland, Oregon
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Oregon – Bagdad Theatre

Year Built:  1927

Address: 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

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Built by Universal Studios in 1927 the Bagdad Theater in Portland, Oregon housed both vaudeville type shows and moving pictures, today it’s a cinema and pub, it also is home to 2 haunts.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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George Washington Headquarters Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania – George Washington Headquarters

Year Built:  1700’s

Address:  1400 North Outer Line Drive King of Prussia, PA 19406

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Straight out of history books is Valley Forge.

Every American knows or should know about the hardships the Continental army suffered here during the Revolution.

Today it’s a National  Historical Park in Pennsylvania.  Visitors claim to have seen men dressed in period army dress.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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Belcourt Castle Newport, Rhode Island

Rhodes Island – Belcourt Castle

Year Built:  Early 1890s

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Address:  657 Bellevue Ave Newport, RI

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Though Belcourt Castle in Newport, Rhode Island is not really haunted, some of the furnishings and decor is reportedly so.  The objects here have a haunted history including chairs and a suit of armor.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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Hotel Aiken Aiken, South Carolina

South Carolina – Hotel Aiken

Year Built:  1878

Watch YouTube Video:  Paranormal Activity Captured in Attic of the Aiken Hotel, Aiken, South Carolina

Address: 235 Richland Ave W, Aiken, SC 29801

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Holley House or the Hotel Aiken in Aiken, South Carolina was built in 1878.  It is reportedly haunted specially on the second floor.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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1880 Train Hill City, South Dakota

South Dakota – 1880 Train

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Address: 222 Railroad Ave, Hill City, SD 57745

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The 1880 Train in Hill City, South Dakota was the first locomotive steam engine brought to the area.  Today the Highliner Eatery is located within the train.  Employees report seeing a spectral in a brown suit.

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Ryman Auditorium Nashville, Tennessee

Tennessee – Ryman Auditorium

Year Built:  1892

Address: 116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219

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The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennesee is more famously known as the Grand Ole Opry House  because it was the site for the show, was built in 1892.  It is reportedly haunted by none other than Hank Williams, Sr. whose voice has been heard within singing his songs.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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The Alamo San Antonio, Texas

Texas – The Alamo

Year Built:  c. 1744

Watch YouTube Video:  The Alamo Ghost

Address: 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

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I’m sure just about everyone’s heard of the Alamo located in San Antonio, Texas.

Many American folk heroes including James Bowie and Davy Crockett died here defending the Alamo against the forces of General Santa Ana during the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.  During that battle over 2000 lives were lost.  It’s not a stretch to hear reports of restless spirits wandering here.

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Mountain Meadows Massacre Site
Central, Utah

Utah – Mountain Meadows Massacre Site

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Address:  about 35 miles southwest of Cedar City, Utah

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Reports claim that the Mormon Militia massacred a group of settlers at this site in Central, Utah in 1857.  Today visitors to the Mountain Meadows Massacre Site report hearing screams in the wind.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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Glastenbury Mountain Bennington County, Vermont

Vermont – Glastenbury Mountain

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Legend has it that Glastenbury Mountain in Shaftsbury, Vermont is believed to be cursed by Native Americans, they used it as a burial ground.  There have been several unsolved disappearances on the hiking trails.  All the trails stop partway up the mountain as if forbidding hikers to continue.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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Monticello Charlottesville, Virginia

Virginia – Monticello

Year Built:  c. 1772

Address: 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

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The beloved home of Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, located outside of Charlottesville, Virginia is said to be haunted by the famous former owner himself.

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Thornewood Castle Inn Lakewood, Washington

Washington – Thornewood Castle Inn

Year Built:  Over 500 years ago

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Address: 8601 N Thorne Ln SW, Lakewood, WA 98498

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This inn located in Tacoma, Washington is where Stephen King’s movie “Red Rose” was shot.  It’s called the Thornewood Castle Inn and guests and staff have reported seeing strange apparitions and lights.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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Harper’s Ferry West Virginia

West Virginia – Harper’s Ferry

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Address: 171 Shoreline Dr, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

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Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia is on the site known for its battles during the Civil War.  Many apparitions including a marching army have been reported here.

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Maribel Hotel Maribel, Wisconsin

Wisconsin – Maribel Hotel

Year Built: 1800s

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Address: Maribel, WI 54227

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Built in the 1800s and rumored to have been owned by Al Capone the Maribel Hotel in Maribel, Wisconsin burned down in the 1920s.  It’s rumored that it’s haunted.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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Bighorn, Wyoming

Wyoming – Bighorn Medicine Wheel

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Address:  Big Horn National Forest, Wyoming

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Big Horn Medicine Wheel in Big Horn, Wyoming is said to be at least 12,000 years old.  It’s not known who built it.  Legend has it that if you fast within the circle for 4 days ancient spirits will come to you.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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Ford Theater Washington DC

Washington DC – Ford Theater

Year Built:  c. 1863

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Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Although it’s not a state this post wouldn’t be complete without a haunted place in Washington D.C.

Our Nation’s Capital is not lacking for haunted places, many of them famous, or more appropriately infamous.

At the top of the list would be Ford’s Theater where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.  It is said his footsteps can still be heard echoing up the back stairs to the President’s Box.

I’ve taken you thru the states from A-W and the District of Columbia.  Each state has many more haunted places, let me know if  you’ve visited any of them!

For a list of scary places around the world check out this post by Michele Smarty.  It’s awesome!

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Keeping Essentials Safe While Traveling

Keeping Essentials Safe While Traveling

When heading out on your travels, you’re focused more on the shining sun, the fun activities, and the awesome memories you and your family will make. But while you want to spend the whole time enjoying yourself, you must make sure that all your belongings are protected, too.

Losing or damaging your essentials while on the move can throw a spanner in the works and adds unnecessary stress and bother. Your vacation is supposed to be one where you forget all the worries of the world, so make sure you know how to look after your things to ensure smooth sailing.

Suitcase

Everyone’s greatest fear is losing their suitcase after getting off the plane. When this happens, you need to follow the proper channels to retrieve your belongings, which are hopefully still in excellent condition.

There’s a chance they were damaged, though, and your luggage may have been opened. To minimize the possibility of this, find suitcases with TSA-approved locks to save airport workers needing to break in.

You’ve also got to worry about missing clothes. You can pack two days’ worth of a change of clothes in your carry on so you’ll have something fresh to change into while you wait for your suitcase to show up.

Electronics

Taking your e-reader or tablet along with you helps to kill time waiting for connecting flights or just lounging by the pool. But if you’re close to water, they suddenly become much more fragile than you ever realized. You can find protective covers that allow you to lounge in the pool with your devices, but it might be better for your anxiety if you just left it in the room and stuck with a paperback.

Likewise, there are also medical electronics such as hearing aids to protect from moisture. These can be difficult to replace or repair while on your travels if water-damaged, so you can learn more about how to deal with them if you’re traveling with someone who uses a hearing aid.

Passports and Cash

Losing passports and cash while away is arguably the worst thing that could happen to you. However, it need not be the end of the world as long as you take precautions.

Before leaving, look for the consulate office and embassy of your home country, which can help you deal with theft or lost or damaged passports, and also find waterproof pouches to protect your passport from the elements.

As for your money, carry it on you at all times, so you know where it is. You might feel nervous walking around with so much, but at least you know where it is, which will prevent any theft back at your accommodation.

Insurance

Whether you’re heading for a week-long vacation or embarking on a globetrotting extravaganza, investing in travel insurance before you leave is crucial for protecting your belongings in the event of an accident. While you can do all you can to keep them safe, there’s always the chance for loss or theft. Travel insurance will soften that blow considerably.

Safe Travels

Keeping your items safe during your travels will help you enjoy every minute away from the responsibilities of work and school, but if you don’t adequately prepare for accidents, they could end up damaged and ruin the vacation.

6 Most Haunted Castles in Europe

6 Most Haunted Castles in Europe

haunted castles in EuropeEurope is steeped in history, many times violent and bloody.  What with ancient wars and feudes, palace intrigues, and domestic abuses it’s no wonder that many of its ancient castles are said to be haunted.  In fact it would be even more amazing if there were no haunted castles in Europe.

Every Halloween I like to share with you haunted places around the world.  Some of them I’ve been to, others are still on my bucket list.  I’ve shared my experiences in Tombstone’s Bird Cage Theater and have written about haunted hotels and other haunted places around the country.  But haunted places are definitely not exclusive to the United States, every country around the globe has its own spooky places that have stories of hauntings attached to them.  This Halloween I’d like to share 6 of the most haunted castles in Europe.

So buckle your seat belts as we fly across the Atlantic and have a quick peek at 6 of the most haunted castles in Europe.  Believe me there are so many haunted places on that continent it’s hard to pick just 6!

haunted castles in EuropeThe Tower of London

It doesn’t take much imagination to decide that London has many haunted places, specially on chilly nights when the fog swirls thick around  you as you walk down the narrow streets of the city.  After all London was home to Jack the Ripper one of history’s first recorded serial killers.  The streets of Whitechapel were known to be his hunting grounds.

Sure the pubs around Whitechapel are said to be haunted, remember many of them have been there since well before Jack the Ripper began his murderous spree.  But since we’re talking castles lets start with the Tower of London.  It’s not exactly a castle, it’s actually a prison.  A 900+ year old prison that  housed some of histories most famous nobility, many of whom are now said to be haunting the place.

With its long history of torture, murder, and executions it’s no wonder this castle like building is haunted by a long litany of specters.  Arguably the most famous haunt is Anne Boleyn the unfortunate second wife of Henry VIII.  Her only crime was her inability to produce a male heir to the throne and her fickle husband grew tired of her and divorced her.  The king then charged the poor woman with treason and had her beheaded 1536.  Her headless ghost is said to roam the tower’s corridors.

Other famous ghosts include the two princes who were deemed illegitimate by Parliament and imprisoned in the tower.  It is believed they were murdered, actually smothered, by their uncle the Duke of Gloucester.  Today it’s said they’ve been spotted in the tower holding hands and looking afraid.

haunted castles in europeBran Castle

Believed to be the castle in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, Bran Castle in the Romanian town of Bran is said to be haunted by a variety of its previous occupants.

It is said the Stoker never actually visited this 13th. century stone castle , but used pictures of  it as his model for the home of  his famous vampire Count Dracula.

But somehow fact and fiction mingled to form the basis of legends about this picturesque castle.  Legend has it that some of Bran’s citizens are actually strigoi, people whose souls leave their bodies at night to terrorize the village.  This definitely encourages the areas vampire lore.  Who knows perhaps rumors of these legends reached Stoker’s ears in Ireland and encouraged him to write his classic novel.

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Leap Castle

Leap Castle (pronounced Lep) in Coolderry, County Offaly, Ireland is notoriously the most haunted castle in Ireland if not the world.  This ancient castle has been featured in several TV shows about the paranormal including Ghost Hunters and TV’s Most Haunted.

It’s not surprising that the world’s most haunted castle would be located in Ireland, a land that’s steeped in legends and mystery.  And it’s not at all surprising that Leap Castle is haunted given its bloody history and ambiguous origins.

It’s unclear exactly when the castle was constructed, some say 12th. century and others 15th.  But whatever the year of it’s construction was one thing everyone seems to agree on is the site on which it was built.  Leap Castle is build over a site that was previously occupied by druids who used it for initiation ceremonies.  It was originally named Leim Ui Bhanain meaning Leap of the O’Bannons.

As the legend goes the O’Bannons were an affluent clan from County Tipperary.  Two O’Bannon brothers vying to become chieftain is said to have entered into a contest where they would leap off the rock where the castle was to be built.  The brother who survived would be chief and be responsible for building the castle.  Thus began the castles bloody history and hauntings.

However O’Bannons did not control the castle for long, the castle was seized by the O’Carroll clan, a ruthless and greedy bunch who left a legacy of carnage within the castle walls.  The years of O’Carroll reign over the castle are said to be cruel and bloody.  Many of their victims are said to haunt the castle including the lady in red.

The lady is said to be seen wandering the castle dressed in a fluttering red gown carrying a sharp blade.  The lady is said to have been imprisoned and repeatedly raped by the O’Carrolls.  She became pregnant and her child was murdered by the same men.  Overwhelmed by the murder of her baby it is said that she used the blade that she now carries to end her tormented life.

And then there’s the Bloody Chapel.  At one point the O’Carroll chieftain died without a clear heir.  Of course this resulted in a fight between his sons Thaddeus and Teighe.  Thaddeus was a priest and is said to have been in the middle of a mass when his brother rushed in and slaughtered him.  His ghost is said to wander in and around the chapel.

There are many more bloody tales about this castle as it seems that the O’Carrolls were a bloodthirsty and sadistic clan.  It’s really no wonder that their many victims haunt this castle.

haunted castles in europeEdinburgh Castle

Perched atop a hill overlooking Scotland’s most haunted city of Edinburgh sits Scotland’s most haunted castle.  Edinburgh Castle has seen its share of violent deaths.  With over 900 years of history behind it the castle has been the scene of surprise attacks, executions, and even a brief capture by the English.

It should come as no surprise that Edinburgh Castle is said to be haunted, it would be more surprising if it wasn’t.

The castle is home to a variety of specters including the ghost Lady Janet Douglas of Glamis who was imprisoned for witchcraft and burned at the stake.  Then there’s the unseen drummer who many have claimed to hear but never seen.  The castle dungeons were filled with notorious thugs and cutthroats many are said to be heard moaning and groaning down there.

haunted castles in europeMoosham Castle

Moosham Castle also known as Witches Castle is a 13th. century castle in Unternberg, Austria.  It was the location for the bloodiest and most gruesome witch trials in Europe.

In the 17th. century the archbishop of Unternberg tried, tortured, and executed thousands of women here.  The women were accused of witchcraft.  Here those women were beaten, tortured, hanged, and some even drawn and quartered (their bodies tied to horses and were torn apart when the horses ran in different directions.)  It’s no wonder the place is haunted by those tortured souls who are said to roam the halls in search of justice to this day.

Another ghost said to linger in this castle is Anton the resident caretaker during the witch trials.  He roamed the halls then guarding his prisoners and is said to roam the halls still.

Frankenstein Castle

Yes there really is a Frankenstein Castle, its ruinhaunted castles in europes are located in Darmstadt, Germany.  And yes this is the castle and the legend immortalized by Mary Shelly in her classic novel Frankenstein.

The original castle that sits atop a hill overlooking the town dates back to 948 B. C.  Obviously it underwent many additions and renovations since it was originally constructed.

In the 1600’s the sole remaining member of the original Frankenstein family died instantly in a chariot accident.  He was on his way to see his one true love, Anne Marie.  Clearly he never saw her and as legend has it she stayed in the castle waiting for him until she eventually died of a broken heart.  Today it is said that both Knight Frankenstein and Anne Marie are wandering around the darkened castle searching for each other.  Now this is not the basis for Shelly’s novel, that one’s about monsters and body parts.  So how did that come about?

After the original Frankenstein family died out a man named  Konrad Dipple von Frankenstein moved into the castle.  He was an alchemist and grave robber.  As the story goes he was experimenting with human and animal body parts and the blood of virgins, he was trying to resurrect the dead.  His greatest creation was his monster made of body parts and reanimated in his laboratory in the castle.  The town folk were afraid and stormed the castle whilst the alchemist was locked in his lab.  He supposedly drank one of his potions and thus ended up committing suicide.  However his monstrous creation escaped and roams the forest to this day in search of virgins whose blood he needs to stay alive.

The brothers Grimm actually recounted this tale to Mary Shelly’s stepmother.  Mary Shelly later visited the castle and used the story as her basis for her world famous novel Frankenstein.

Well there you have it, 6 of the most haunted castles in Europe.  Visit them this Halloween or any time of year, if you dare!

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America’s Most Haunted Hotels

America’s Most Haunted Hotels

My cousin recently told me that the only thing his 7 year old daughter wanted for her birthday was to stay at a haunted hotel.  Ever the indulgent father and avid fan of the paranormal,  he and his wife packed up and took their only child for a stay at the Jerome Grand Hotel.

Reportedly a haunted hotel in Jerome, Arizona, a historic artist community that really plays up the “haunted town” theme as reflected in area businesses such as The Haunted Hamburger, Asylum Restaurant, and the Spirit Room Bar.

They didn’t have a ghostly experience but had a great time exploring the town, browsing the art galleries, and dining at the various restaurants.

There are many “haunted” hotels across the country.  Here’s a list of the top haunted hotels in America according to the Travel Channel and Haunted America Tours.   Are you brave enough to book a stay at one of them this Halloween? Let Savvy Nana Travel help you book your spooky vacation this year!

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was built in 1926 and is located on Hollywood Boulevard.

Over the years many Hollywood greats stayed there.  Its Blossom Ballroom was the venue for the first Academy Awards Ceremony and many movies and TV shows were filmed in various areas of the hotel.

And Marilyn Monroe is said to haunt this famous Hollywood hotel.

 

 

Located in Estes Park, haunted hotelsColorado’s Stanley Hotel inspired Stephen King to write his novel “The Shinning”.  The hotel offers a 5 hour ghost hunt as one of their activities.

New York’s Hotel Chelsea is rumored to have many famous ghosts, including that of Dylan Thomas who fell into a fatal coma there in 1953.

Unfortunately it’s currently closed for renovation.  The new owners hope to open in 2018.

 

 

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Old West spirits are said to hang out at Santa Fe’s La Fonda Hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

Guests staying in room 6, Emily’s Room,  of the Logan Inn in New Hope, Pennsylvania reported hear the soft crying and smell the lavender scent of Emily, the former owner of the building.

 

 haunted hotelsMary Todd Lincoln is said to haunt Vermont’s
Equinox Resort.

haunted hotelsDocked in Long Beach, California the Queen Mary is touted as the “haunted ship”.  They have various ghost hunting tours and also offer accommodations.

Guests report strange occurrences and sightings at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. AR.

The Myrtles Plantation, located in the heart of Louisiana’s Voodoo land, is said to be one of America’s most haunted houses.

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A former Confederate hospital in New Orleans in now Hotel Provincial.

Guests have reported ghostly sightings and blood stains mysteriously appearing and disappearing on the linens in some rooms.

Located on Coronado Island in San Diego the Hotel del Coronado is a historic luxury hotel.

It said to be haunted by a lonely jilted lady, Kate Morgan, who checked in to the hotel in 1892.  She was there to meet her estranged husband who never showed up.  She was found dead on the beach from a gunshot wound.

Le Pavilion Hotel in New Orleans is said be the hotel with “real” ghosts.

Employees and guests have reported many strange happenings, voices, and sightings.

Room 703 in The Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon,  is said to be a hotspot for paranormal activity.

The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC.

Paranormal investigators, guests, and staff report many strange happenings in a particular room on the second floor.

The Sagamore Hotel in Bolton Landing, NY is very haunted.

Golfers report that a ghost steals their golf balls and flings it at them.

Rumor has it that it’s owner Walter Schoreder was murdered in the Ramada Plaza Hotel.  He is said to haunt this Fond du Lac, Wisconsin hotel.

Still looking for more haunted hotels?  Listverse.com has a list of the top 10 Haunted Hotels in the world.  Or check out The Telegraph’s list of 30 of the most haunted hotels.

 

 

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4 Fun Night Out Ideas in London

4 Fun Night Out Ideas in London

Let’s face it the Big Smoke has plenty to offer when it comes to a night out! Sometimes you may feel a little spoilt for choice; with so much to do, you might not know where to start. Whether you’re visiting London for the weekend or your a local, let’s take a look at some fun night out ideas. 

Theatre trips

You won’t want to leave London without experiencing the theatre. With so many critically acclaimed shows being put on year after year, there really is something for everyone. First things first you’ll want to decide on what kind of show experience it is that you’re looking for. Do you want something that’s a real classic? Or a new show by an emerging writer? Is it a musical that tickles your fancy? Or would you prefer more of a traditional play format? Shows like The Book of Mormon have been popular this year as has the ever classic Wicked. If you’ve got children and it’s a family night out, you could try shows like The Lion King or Aladdin? Great shows stick in your memory forever and can be an excellent night out no matter how old you are. Many theatre tickets are really affordable these days so you won’t have to break the bank to go! 

Take a ghost walk

Do you like getting scared by real ghost stories? Why not try something a bit different and go on a ghost walk through London? You could try the Paranormal Activity tour in Farringdon if this sounds like your kind of thing. Come hunt for ghosts and poltergeists through the streets and listen to tales that will chill you to the very bones. The tour takes you to the abandoned gaol cells, which were once home to infamous serial killers. Your tour guides will even help you along the way to make contact with ghosts (if you’re brave enough)! 

Try the Ice Bar

Want to go out for a few drinks (but with a twist)? Why not try London’s famous Ice Bar. A bar made entirely of; you guessed it- ice! Sip on some gorgeous cocktails at -5ºC, an experience not to be missed. Ice Bar provides extra warm attire to put on over your clothes so you’ll be comfortable while you party in style. There are so many excellent bars in London to try, so it’s hard to pick one. For an utterly original experience- Ice Bar should be top of your list. 

Thames Jazz Dinner Cruise

Want to experience the Thames in a luxurious and fun way? Then the Thames Jazz Dinner Cruise could be perfect for you. You’ll get a delicious three-course meal and bar, providing wonderful Champagnes, beers, and wines. The delightful ChiJazz band will keep you good and entertained with some excellent jazz classics and jazz covers of contemporary songs. For a jazz-tastic night of fun, this is your best bet! It’s hard to fit everything in when in London (you’ll need a few visits to do it all)! 

What to Expect on Your Ocean Crossing Cruise

What to Expect on Your Ocean Crossing Cruise

ocean crossingSo you’re considering going on an Ocean Crossing Cruise, otherwise known as a Transatlantic or Transpacific Cruise.  Ocean Crossing happen  twice a year.  It’s when a ship is moved from its winter route to its summer route in the Spring and vice versa in the fall.

As its name suggests an Ocean Crossing Cruise does just that, it crosses an ocean.  Transatlantic cruises clearly cross the Atlantic Ocean and Transpacific ones the Pacific Ocean.  Ships that cross the Pacific general go from their winter routes in the Southern Hemisphere to their summer route in Alaska and up and down the US’s western coast.  Atlantic crossing ships come in from their winter routes in the Caribbean to their winter routes in either Baltic or Mediterranean Seas.

I’ve yet to go on an Oceaning Crossing Cruise across the Pacific, but I’ve been on some Transatlantic cruises.  Before you decide on which Ocean Crossing Cruise you should take you need to know that there are 2 basic routes; the northern route from the Baltic Sea that stops in Northern ports from England to New York or New Jersey before continuing on to their Caribbean routes; and the southern route that departs from either Rome or Barcelona stopping at ports in  Spain’s sunny Costa del Sol and Canary Islands or Portugal’s Azores.

Which ever Ocean Crossing Cruise you decide on here are a few things you can expect:

ocean crossing cruiseLots of days at sea.

Once you leave the shores of Europe and her islands there isn’t much land until you reach North America’s eastern seaboard.

If you’re on the Northern route expect these days at sea to be cold in windy.  This means not much pool time, actually not much outdoor time unless you really love cold windy weather.

On the northern route you should also be aware that some of the ports of call could be scrapped due to poor weather or sea conditions.

When we did the South Hampton to New York Ocean Crossing Cruise we first got stuck in Dublin for 2 days due to poor sea conditions and heavy rain.  This meant our stop in Belfast was cancelled.  The ship must remain on schedule!

Then the seas  were too rough to dock in Iceland.  We could see Reykjavik, we were that close.  But after a few hours of trying the port had to be scrapped.  Needless to say folks were pretty annoyed.  In case you were wondering, no you do not get a discount or refund because the shipped cancelled ports of call, it says so in your carriage contract.  To make up for the disappointment of missing a couple of stops the captain decided to take a side trip thru the ice fields of Greenland.  I thought it was pretty cool.  We got a peek at the polar ice cap.

Now the Ocean Crossing Cruise on the southern route generally has some pretty great weather the entire cruise.  This means lots of pool and other outdoor time.  On our Transatlantic cruise last year we had 7 glorious days at sea!

ocean crossingFewer Ports of Call

Remember the purpose of an ocean crossing cruise is to get the ship from its winter route to its summer route or vice versa in the most efficient way.

Yes they stop at ports that they usually don’t stop at unless it’s an ocean crossing, but once you leave the last port in either Europe or the Southern Hemisphere you’ve got nothing but ocean a head of you until you reach the next continent.

So unlike the very busy port intensive summer and winter routes these ocean crossing cruises are much more laid back and less hectic.

ocean crossingLessons, Talks, Trivia Games, sales, and other activities

Ocean Crossing Cruises can prove trying for the cruise director’s staff.  They’re in charge of keeping cruisers occupied.  To keep everyone happy and engaged the staff schedules lots of activities, some of them aren’t scheduled during regular routes.

One example is the Egg Drop competition.  I’ve never quite seen this one on any other cruises.  It’s pretty silly, but it keeps participants busy for several days building the perfect contraption to safeguard the eggs when dropped from like 9 floors up.  The actually event attracts most of the cruises who have nothing else to do but watch the interesting contraptions their fellow cruisers built.

Then there are all sorts of lectures.  Everything from Art to History to Geography.  Many are pretty interesting and worth while.

My favorite are the lessons, dance lessons, craft lessons such as scrapbooking and napkin folding, and art lessons.  I attended the daily water color lessons and came home having learned some new techniques and a few creations I made in class.

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ocean crossingSailing during a holiday

If your ocean crossing is in the late fall chances are you’ll sailing during Halloween or possibly even Thanksgiving.

This can be a deal breaker for some, specially those who feel that holidays must be spent at home.  But if all you’re concerned about is missing some of the festivities, don’t worry.  The ship does holidays well.

I’ve been on several ocean crossings during Halloween ( I won’t go if it means spending Thanksgiving on a cruise ship) and it’s been pretty cool.

The ships decorate the main deck and the buffet.  They have Monster Bashes and more.  Trust me you won’t miss out on the festivities, well ok you don’t get to hand out candy, but you do get to dress up if you desire!

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ocean crossingA whole lot of R&R

Because ocean crossings have so many consecutive days at sea expect to catch up on your sleep, reading, and generally practice the delicate art of doing nothing.

If you’re a go, go, go type of person an ocean crossing may not be a great choice for you; but if you love to lounge around, curl up with a good book, or your knitting then these cruises are made just for you.

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ocean crossingExpect to gain a few extra pounds

No matter how diligent you are following your diet and exercise regime be prepared to gain a bit of weight.

Those long consecutive days at sea will get you!  The buffet and specialty restaurants will most definitely test your will power.

On the other hand it’s a great time to try one of the specialty restaurants you won’t always have the time to try when on a busy port intensive cruise.

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