Top 10 Most Haunted Cities in America

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Visit even the smallest of towns in the U.S. and you’re likely to hear some local ghost stories and discover a few haunted houses. But some American cities have gained the reputation for being particularly ghost-ridden thanks to their rich and often bizarre historical backgrounds. The following are ten of the most haunted cities to steer away from—or toward, if you dare—this Halloween.

10. San Francisco, California

San Francisco’s rich cultural makeup, large immigrant population, and a history of natural disasters like earthquakes have helped it develop a reputation as a Mecca of all things haunted. Chinatown alone is home to countless ghost tours and creepy folklore, but the city also boasts a wealth of haunted hotels, mansions, and army bases. Of these, one of the most famous is the Queen Anne Hotel, which served as a school for girls in the 1890s and is said to be haunted by the ghost of its former headmistress, Mary Lake. There are also a number of stories concerning Mary Anne Pleasant, the so-called “Voodoo Queen of San Francisco,” who was a former slave and abolitionist who used a knowledge of the black arts to gain wealth and influence among the city’s elite. Even the trendy San Francisco Art Institute, which is rumored to have been built on top of a graveyard that housed victims of the 1906 earthquake, is said to be the home of several ghosts who have frequently been seen climbing the stairs to a tower that overlooks the ancient cemetery.

Most Haunted Place: Alcatraz

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Alcatraz Island is one of San Francisco’s most famous landmarks, but the former maximum-security prison is also home to some of the city’s weirdest ghost stories. Visitors to the island often claim to see apparitions walking the cellblocks, and sometimes hear voices emanating from what was once the cafeteria.

9. Key West, Florida

Sunny Key West might not seem like the most probable setting for haunted houses, but this small beach community is home to some of the oldest—and downright creepiest—of all ghost stories. The city’s rich history of buccaneers and rumrunners provides the backdrop for a lot of these ghosts, like those that are said haunt Captain Tony’s Saloon. Before it was a bar, Captain Tony’s was supposedly the location of the island’s morgue, and the tree that grows through the building’s center is said to have been a major site for lynching pirates and other criminals, and many are said to still haunt the premises today. Other local ghost stories concern the writer Ernest Hemingway, who kept a home on Key West for some thirty years. Hemingway’s house, now a museum dedicated to his life and work, is said to house the novelist’s ghost. Some visitors and workers claim to see him walking the grounds, while others have heard the clicking of his typewriter coming from inside the main house.

Most Haunted: Robert the Doll

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The island’s art and historical museum isn’t haunted, but it does contain one of the creepiest artifacts of Key West’s history in the form of Robert, a large doll that many claim is possessed. The doll was given to painter Gene Otto in the early 1900s, and the young boy soon became deathly afraid of it, as he said it would often threaten him and wake him in the night by throwing furniture around the room. The boy’s parents would often swear they saw the doll moving, and neighbors claimed they often spotted Robert pacing in front of the windows of the house when the family was away.

8. Athens, Ohio

Athens, Ohio is a small town that is home to the Ohio University as well as some downright strange ghost stories. This small, otherwise peaceful community has inspired stories of hauntings that include everything from a headless train conductor to pagan cults and the violent murders of livestock. Many claim that when plotted on a map, the city’s five major graveyards form the symbol of a pentagram, and strange rituals are at the center of many of Athens’ most famous ghost tales. A lot of these stories date back over a hundred years, when the town became associated with the Spiritualist movement of the 1800s. The most famous tells of Jonathan Koons, a poor farmer who was instructed by ghosts to build a “spirit room” in which apparitions would then manifest and communicate with him from beyond the grave.

Most Haunted Place: Athens Lunatic Asylum

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There’s nothing creepier than a good old-fashioned insane asylum, and Athens has one of the most famous in the form of the Athens Lunatic Asylum, which operated from 1874 until 1993. The hospital held many violent patients, and is notorious for being the site of hundreds of lobotomies. Since closing, the hospital has been the at the center of numerous ghost stories, most of which are kept alive by the students at the university, which now owns the asylum grounds. The most famous of these concerns Margaret, a deaf-mute patient who supposedly escaped from her room, accidentally became trapped in an abandoned ward, and eventually died of exposure. Her decomposing body was found weeks later, and supposedly the stain that was left on the floor of the ward can still be seen today.

7. Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon has developed a reputation as the most haunted city of the Pacific Northwest thanks to its bizarre history and high number of ghost sightings. One of the city’s most famous haunted houses is Pittock Mansion, an ornate house that was built in 1914 by a wealthy businessman and his wife, both of whom died shortly thereafter. Visitors have claimed to have seen apparitions and heard footsteps coming from empty rooms, and doors and windows will sometimes open by themselves. Weirdest of all, a portrait of Mr. Pittock, the man who built the house, will inexplicably be found in different parts of the house, as though it can move itself from room to room. In addition to the Pittock house, other Portland haunted places include the Bagdad theater, a movie theater built during the roaring 20s that supposedly houses a number of spirits, and the Willamette river, where in recent years a phantom rowboat has been spotted by several people.

Most Haunted Place: Shanghai Tunnels

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Portland’s coastal location established it as a shipping hub and port of call for sailors during the 1800s. This eventually led to the rise of a practice known as shanghaiing, wherein unsuspecting men and women were kidnapped from bars or hotels, shipped to the Orient, and impressed into slave labor or prostitution. Portland was notorious for this practice thanks to a series of labyrinthine underground tunnels that run beneath the city streets, which were used by the Shanghaiiers as a safe way to capture and transfer victims to the harbor without being seen. Today, the tunnels are said to be haunted by the ghosts of the people who were kidnapped, many of whom were never seen or heard from again.

6. Charleston, South Carolina

Known as the “Holy City” for the church spires that dot its skyline, Charleston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S., and also one of the most haunted. Victorian mansions line the downtown area known as the Battery, which was a protective artillery installation during the Civil War, and it is here that many of the city’s most haunted houses can be found. Perhaps the most famous is the Battery Carriage House Inn, a hotel where people have reported seeing everything from strange lights, to the gentlemanly ghost of a student who died after leaping off the roof, to a headless torso that appears at guests’ bedsides in the middle of the night. Charleston is also known for a number of ghost stories that originated with the Gullah, a West African culture that populates parts of South Carolina and Georgia. The most famous Gullah horror stories usually center on Boo Hags, a type of blood-red vampire that wears human skin as a mask and feeds on its victim’s energy while they sleep.

Most Haunted Place: the Dock Street Theater

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Charleston is full of buildings with a checkered past, and one of the most well known is surely the Dock Street Theater. Built in 1809, the theater is said to be the home of two spirits. The first is Nettie, a poor prostitute who was killed near the theater after being struck by lightning. The other is the ghost of Junius Brutus Booth, an actor who is more famous today for being the father of John Wilkes Boothe, the man who killed Abraham Lincoln. Both spirits are said to wander the backstage area of the theater, and many workers and performers claim to have spotted them.

5. Salem, Massachusetts

In 1692, Salem, Mass. became the sight of a series of infamous trials after three local women were accused of using witchcraft to terrorize a trio of young girls. The trials soon escalated into mass hysteria, with townspeople vehemently accusing neighbors and acquaintances, almost all of them unmarried women, of being witches. Over 150 people were arrested and charged, and as may as 19 were eventually executed by hanging. Today, the town of Salem encourages its reputation as “Witch City, USA” and has one of the biggest Halloween celebrations in the country. Alongside the tourist shops and museums, though, stand several infamous ghost stories related to the witch trials. One in particular concerns Gallows Hill, the site of several hangings, which is said to be haunted by the spirits of the 19 people lynched for being witches.

Most Haunted Place: Joshua Ward House

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Known as one of the most haunted houses in America, Joshua Ward House is built on the foundation of the home of George Corwin, the man who served as Sheriff during the Salem witch trials. Corwin is infamous for his role in the death of Giles Corey, a local man who was charged with witchcraft. When Corey refused to enter a plea in court, Corwin used an old English legal precedent and placed him under a board piled with rocks in order to coerce him into talking. Corey never relented, and was eventually crushed to death under the massive weight. To this day, many claim that Corey and Corwin, who is rumored to be buried beneath the foundation of his old home, haunt the Joshua Ward House.

4. Chicago, Illinois

Thanks to its famous great fire and history of gangsters and underworld criminals like Al Capone, Chicago has developed quite a reputation for being haunted. The city has a number of well known ghost stories that are whispered among the locals each Halloween, and perhaps none is more famous that the story of Resurrection Mary. As the story goes, Mary was a young girl who was hit and killed by a car while leaving a dance hall with her boyfriend. She was buried in nearby Resurrection Cemetery, and ever since she can be periodically seen wandering the streets in her white burial dress, still trying to find her way back home. Another famous story concerns what has come to be known as the “Devil Baby of Hull House,” a child born with scaly skin and a pointed tail who supposedly haunts the house once owned by famed activist Jane Addams.

Most Haunted Place: Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery

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Rumored to be one of the prohibition-era gangsters’ favorite places to dump bodies, Bachelor’s Grove is an old and decaying burial ground that has been the site of countless stories about ghosts, spirits, and devil worship. Several headstones in the cemetery seem to move at will, and many claim that the spirits of the dead often materialize and walk the grounds at night. The most famous of these is the “White Lady,” the ghost of a young woman who is always seen in a white dress, often cradling a baby in her arms. Photo: http://www.bachelors-grove.com/

3. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

In July of 1863, the small college town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was the site of the biggest military clash of the Civil War, which to this day remains the bloodiest event to ever occur on American soil. Over 150,000 total soldiers converged on the scene, and when the battle was over as many as 50,000 were killed, wounded, or missing. The shadow of the battle still stands over the town today, and many claim the ghosts of dead soldiers haunt the battlefields. What’s unique about Gettysburg is the sheer amount and frequency of its ghost sightings. Some places in the town, like the home of Jenny Wade, a woman who was killed by a stray bullet from the battle, supposedly experience paranormal activity on a daily basis. Elsewhere, there have even been reports of lone visitors to the battlefield park stumbling across what they assume to be a battle reenactment, only to later learn that none took place that day.

Most Haunted Place: The Devil’s Den

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The Devil’s Den is a rocky outcropping of boulders and shrubs that was the site of one of the clashes of the second day of the battle. The spot is famous for being the location of a small skirmish that took place when a Union artillery unit returned fire on a Confederate sharpshooter who was taking shots at them from behind the rocks. They later found a body, and photographer Alexander Gardner took a photo of it that has since become one of the most iconic images of the battle. But recent evidence suggests that the body in the photo was not the man responsible, and some even claim that Gardner dragged the corpse of another man to the spot in order to stage the picture. Supposedly, this man’s ghost now haunts the Devil’s Den, and to this day visitors to the park often have a great deal of trouble trying to take photos anywhere near the site. Pictures often come out blurry and unusable, and cameras have a strange way of suddenly dying whenever they are turned on in the area.

2. Savannah, Georgia

With its many cemeteries, gothic mansions, and trees covered in hanging Spanish moss, Savannah, GA fits the bill of a haunted city about as well as any town in America. It was one of only a few places that escaped being burned during Sherman’s famous “March to the Sea” during the Civil War, and so it still contains a good deal of antebellum architecture that serves as a perfect breeding ground for ghost stories. One example is the Pirates’ House, a restaurant that in the late 1700s served as a pub for a notoriously rough clientele of sailors and buccaneers. As in Portland, shanghaiing was a common practice, and unsuspecting or drunk patrons were often waylaid and then dragged to the harbor via a series of underground tunnels connected to the bar’s rum cellar. To this day, many consider the cellar to be haunted, and it is said that at night the sounds of drunken sailors singing can still be heard.

Most Haunted Place: The Hampton Lillibridge House

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The Hampton Lillibridge house is an assuming three-story building that was built in 1796 and originally served as a boarding house. It was purchased in the 1960s by a builder who hoped to restore it, and it was then that strange phenomena began to occur. At one point during construction, a portion of the roof collapsed, killing one of the workers. Other builders claimed they would hear voices and footsteps whenever they were alone, and that pieces of construction equipment would often be thrown across the room. Even creepier, they said they often spotted a man in a black suit staring at them from inside the house. Countless exorcisms and investigations have taken place at the house since, and it has gone through several owners, but the presence that haunts it is said to still remain there today.

1. New Orleans, Louisiana

All southern port towns have their share of ghost stories, but none more so than New Orleans, which has truly embraced its reputation as a center of all things paranormal. All of the criteria that tend to produce ghost legends—a coastal location, a checkered past, a rich cultural history, and a potent mix of old and new world religion— can be found here. The city is full of haunted mansions, taverns, and graveyards, and you can’t go far without hearing stories of cursed pirate ships, Civil War-era spirits, and voodoo hexes. In this realm, one of the most famous figures is undoubtedly Marie Laveau, a Creole woman who gained a massive following during the 1800s as one of the first practitioners of voodoo. She died in 1881, but for years after many people claimed to see her walking throughout the French Quarter, and more than 120 years later many ghostly legends about the “Voodoo Queen of New Orleans” still persist.

Most Haunted Place: LaLaurie House

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In the heart of the French Quarter lies an ornate mansion that in the 1800s belonged to physician Louis LaLaurie and his socialite wife Delphine. As the story goes, it was rumored at the time that the couple treated their slaves viciously, and there was evidence Lady LaLaurie was responsible for the murder of a 12-year-old girl. The rumors were validated when one night a fire broke out in the mansion’s kitchen. Firemen raced to the scene, and when they kicked down a door to the slave quarters they were astonished to find several slaves chained to the wall in a kind of makeshift dungeon. Many have since claimed that the LaLaurie’s were performing grotesque surgical experiments on the slaves, but modern evidence suggests that this is probably an exaggeration. Either way, the sadistic couple is said to have soon fled the city, and Lady LaLaurie eventually disappeared. The mansion where the horrors took place still stands today, and several ghosts have been sighted, among them the spirits of both Delphine LaLaurie and the young slave girl she is said to have murdered.


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  1. portland isn't haunted any more than any other town really. i mean every city and place will have haunted houses or areas if you look!

    but…

    yeah that doll is really scary.

  2. Interesting.

    A couple of facts you might want to change about Portland, though. It's not a "coastal" city. It's located where the Willamette River flows into the Columbia River, and we're at least an hour-and-a-half from the coast here by car. It's a port city only because ships can come inland up the Columbia. In fact, its nearly 100 miles up the Columbia to reach Portland. The Shanghai tunnels don't go down to the "harbor," they go to the downtown waterfront on the Willamette. There's no "harbor" because we're not on the coast.

    But thanks for including us!

    • Thanks for the clarification. I definitely got my facts mixed up on that one. Have you ever been to the Shanghai tunnels yourself? I'm curious if they really are as creepy as all the stories I keep reading.

      • I have spent some time in the tunnels. I worked in a restaurant downtown where the walk in and storage room was in the tunnels. It’s very creepy. It was especially spooky if you were closing and would have to be there alone and late at night for long periods if time. My ex boyfriend worked at Old Town Pizza which has a similar set up. The employees were ALWAYS talking about seeing strange things in the tunnels. Apparently there’s a prostitute who was thrown down an elevator shaft in the late 1800s who haunts the restaurant…

  3. I go to Ohio University and I’ve been to the Ridges (what was once the Athens Lunatic Asylum) MANY times. I can’t even begin to tell you how much creepy stuff I’ve seen up there! It’s NUTS! I’ve seen people in windows, I’ve seen people walking the graveyards (when no one was there), I’ve heard screams, and those are just the least creepy ones. The Ridges isn’t the only place in Athens. Many of the dorms are also haunted. I had a friend who lived in a room where a girl hung herself about 5 years ago. My friend had all sorts of creepy stuff happen: Her class books flying across the room, her mini fridge opening on it’s own, dishes (that were neatly put away mind you) crashing to the floor, etc.

  4. I did a ghost tour in New Orleans and came home with tons of pictures. There were orbs in several of the photos. It was very creepy, just hearing all the history, with or without ghosts.

  5. I used to live in Athens OH, loved it there. Me and some friends have snuck into the old TB ward near the asylum (not to hard, a hole in the fence then climb on a steel thingy into a window) Its pretty creepy in there. Of course on the first 2 floors theres grafiti, but as you go up, it gets less and less cuz less people are more likely to go up there. Its a scene strait from a horror flick.

  6. You might think about including St. Augustine, FL in your list. It's the oldest city in the entire country, established by the Spanish back in the 1500's. The old military hospital and the old cemetaries are quite haunted indeed!

    Great list!

    Thanks,

    Chris

  7. DUDE, I have seen that doll in person. and he ruined my film too.

    I seen him when I was really young, the first time we went past him he was leaning forward and when we passed him again he was leaned back and his legs were crossed!

  8. Alton, Illinois shouls be on this list. It is SO messed up here!

    Check it out, you'll find some crazy stuff about the cemetary too.

  9. I completely agree with Chris regarding St. Augustine, Fl. I spent a few years running a paranormal enthusiasts group and hit St Augustine on several occasions. Virtually every historical landmark in the city (and there's tons of them) is over run with paranormal activity.

    I also would have preferred to see Boston on the list as opposed to Salem. Although Salem is famous for its questionable history, especially during the witch trials, the sheer volume of Revolutionary War-era spectral activity in Boston and it's suburbs is unmatched in the state of Massachusetts.

    I do love the list however, and picking only ten spots is difficult. I may have picked Williamsburg, VA or even Washington, DC (ok, so it's not a city…) over Portland, but that's just one person's opinion.

    Great article and a fun read. Thank you.

  10. Havibg visited the port of "savannah" sometime in 1990 during my employment on board a merchant vessel i am surprised to read about its notorierity as a "Haunted City".Personally, i am superstitious as i have spent an entire life in a "Speculation Profession", beginning as a "Marine Engineer" on ocean sailing vessels, prone to "Weather Conditions" and "engine room breakdowns" right upto my present shore based self-entrepreneurship as a Personal "wealth Manager". In Mumbai city, my home in India, i personally feel that the "Mahalaxmi Race-course" is haunted due to its sheer hostory of gambolling scandals and a few murders that have taken place on the race-couse as it is a lonesome isolated venue after closure at night. I normally jog every morning at the race-track and have been doing the same for more than a decade but on Saturday(2-1-2010) on my first jog of the new year i tripped on the track alm ost breaking my jawbone and left hand. I was jogging normally as usual at dawn and hence it was still dark and suddenly while approaching the 1600 marker of the course i felt a push, akin to tripping over a stone and was thrown forward with all my weight onto the flat hard track, totally shocked and in severe pain.Luckily, a few early morning race-course walkers and joggers quickly came to my rescue and helped me onto my feet.Providentially, none of my body parts were broken, just a severe twisted left arm from which i am still recovering at the time of writing this blog on Tuesday(12-1-2010). Just after a few days on Tuesday(5-1-2010) my cousins husband expired from a massive heart attack in Mumbai. Akin to me, he suddenly collapsed at a bank near his residence never to recover. Was the unexpected and unforseen fall at the race-course a supernatural warning of some unforseen calamity to befall our family? As said before, i am superstitious as most "Professional Gambollers" are, but this bizarre personal mishap and later a unexpected death in the family has really made me think about "telepathy","Premonition" and "Ghosts". Sorry for bragging, but, i do lead a very colourfull and dangerous life and to date some guardian angel has kept me alive, call it "Luck" or just "Destiny".As a blogger, traveller and answer seeker i write on various topics, some very controversial and taboo.In my 49 years on planet Earth i have come across numerous instances where science couldn't explain the answers of certain "supernatural Occurences".

  11. I live in Gettysburg, and i can't help but smile when seeing Devil's Den on the list at 3. It's a great place to hang out. It's beautiful really. I'm not denying that Gettysburg isn't a creepy town, though, I haven't had a bunch of encounters.

    there have been those times, though…

  12. Ghost Adventures spent an episode investigating Moon River Brewery in Savannah — definitely a creepy building and they found quite a bit of evidence while there.

    Richmond, VA, also has a few haunted sites. I know there's a ghost tour downtown, reportedly ghosts have been seen at Hollywood Cemetery (burial site of 2 US Presidents, the president of the CSA, and a number of Civil War officers and soldiers), the Poe Museum, and even the Governor's Mansion.

    • i agree. isnt that the hotel that steven king went to and based his story the shining off of? or am i getting i getting that mixed up with another hotel? if thats the hotel i heard that when steven king went in there he saw multiple ghosts including two young girls who appeared to be twins that where actually in both his book and movie. i just think that is so creepy!!!

      • No your right, Steven King stayed there and wrote Th Shining while he was there because of what he exprenced. And Steven King getting scared didn’t really happen, but when he stayed there, he was scared to death. So you can probely tell how haunted that place is now….

  13. Hello!

    I wanted to say something, about ghosts in general.

    It's weird, because it's almost only historical places.

    Perhaps that American have no much history, and try to get one into every historical building.

    For example, I saw a story about ghosts in the palace of Versailles.

    I love this story, I am not sceptical, but this story was once again written by an American…

    You are seeing ghost like everywhere!

    I can't imagine if you were living in Paris, or old cities like Roma or Berlin, you would became crazy!

    That is subjective, but it's weird that almost all stories about ghosts and haunted places on the internet is from American.

    I saw a lot of creepy places, but it's only creepy, not haunted.

    • Actually there are a lot of places all over the world that are haunted not just America. Take the tower of London for example, it’s said that Anne Boleyn walks around at night trying to find her head. There’s also dracula’s castle in Transylvania, vlad the impaler was a sick man that killed many people in the dungeon. All you have to do is use google and you will find hundreds of haunted places around the world.

  14. I have lived in Athens all my life, and while the University is notorious for not letting anyone anywhere near anything that may be paranormal, I have seen the stain, and many photographs of the patient that died of over-exposure. What a weird story. The more they tried to cover the stain, the more odd it becomes since it will seep through everything. Cool list!

  15. I’ll be honest, I think you should recheck that photo for the “shanghai tunnels” for portland. Because it looks A LOT like the underground city of Seattle. I just recently did this tour, and live in Seattle and I’m fairly certain that this isn’t from the shanghai tunnel.

    • That poor girl That poor girl imagine only being 8 years old and being dead meninag you wouldn’t be able to make contact and having no family, she must have reached out for him because he was the first person she had seen in years.

  16. Hutchinson, Kansas is THE most haunted city in the U.S. hands down. Not only should it be on this list, but it should be number one. I’m not from Hutchinson, or even Kansas – so you know I’m legit. That place is THE hub of ghostly activity in North America.

  17. I think Lincoln Park,Michigan should be on here
    I live there and its very creepy..especially my house..I was sitting at my computer and a voice came trough it saying “Help me” next night i found a little girl standing at the foot of my bed with a knife..my dad saw a woman standing in his room..and felt someone sitting on the bed..me and my mother we’re in the living quates and heard foot steps.now tell me my house ain’t haunted
    one last thing..we had a dog and a cat…
    my dog constantly barked at my closet…and when we were in the living room it wouldn’t even dare go in the hall..our cat was crying like someone had steped on it…
    R.I.P M.J (our cat who died that next night)

  18. The photos of the underground tunnels in Portland is not the shanghei tunnels. That photo is of the Seattle Underground. Seattle was orginally built at sea level, however, a fire destroyed the city and they built the city above sea level. They still had the store fronts at sea level so they had latters that went down to the store front (the streets were above, its a long story on why they did this but very interesting). Anyways, you can see photos very similar at the Seattle Underground Tour website. If you are in Seattle hit the tour up. There are some Paranormal Activity. I definitely felt some pressure in different areas, got extremely cold and felt I was not alone.

  19. I am a student in Savannah, GA. it sadens me and confuses me on why so many young African Americans who are natives of this city do not take the time learn about their historic city.

  20. I know some friends in the US and most of them do not believe in ghosts’ existence, i’m wondering the people in the neighbourhood, do they realy afraid of those places….

    • I honestly don’t think the amityville house is haunted. There has been a family living there for years and they didn’t experience anything. I think the lutz family made up the whole story to get money which is very sad and pathetic.

  21. There are several towns in Montana that have haunted history. In Billings you have the Moss Mansion, Beverley’s house, downtown Denny’s, there’s a supermarket that’s haunted because they used to store dead bodies in the freezer and there’s an old opium place where loads of people died. Plus the old library is supposedly where a local cult does rituals. If you ever go to the cemetery (either of them) they are quite creepy.

    I once went to the larger cemetery and kept seeing this white glowing figure all night following me.

    Besides that a few of the colleges are haunted because of suicides and deaths. There’s Kopperking mansion and quite a few other places.

  22. I know your talking about cities but if you take all the “paranormal” activities in the WHOLE STATE of West Virginia it would deffinatly be #1. But not if the were all states, then it’d probably be 15… but anyway check out this website for proof..
    https://wvghosts.com

      • Funny, I just moved from Key West after living there for seven years Robert the doll is resll creepy but not as creepy as staying in the museum overnight for a camp. That’s scary! But it’s not just the Robert all of Key West is haunted I took a ghost tour when I lived there and have some horrid pictures of stuff you just wouldn’t believe. The best by far are the Martello museums one is a garden the other is.. Where they keep Robert the doll and SO much more!

  23. The picture for the Portland Shanghai Tunnels is actually the Seattle Underground, which was NOT used to Shanghai people. The city burned down in the late 1800’s and they just decided to build on top of the ruins. This entry needs a better research team.

  24. hahaha!! my parents are going to Alcatraz like next month 😛 im gonna be waiting to hear some stories from them 😛 ill most likely get a phone call from my mom saying how creepy it was and what not .. haha!!

  25. I grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and I’m surprised we didn’t make the list. Local kids grow up with stories from a combination of traditional Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, American military, etc legends. Look up the Night Marchers, the Mujina (faceless woman) in Kahala drive-in, Morgan’s corner, and the old Pali Lookout, all creepy stuff.

  26. I don’t know if Gettysburg is haunted or not, but I’ve taken several pictures at that exact spot and never has it come out blurry or has the camera died..I’ve still got a picture of me laying in the same pose as the dead man.

    • I visited Devil’s Den a number of years ago after having read The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara as recommended by the gift store manager ( mother of a workmate at Peach bottom Atomic Power Station). When I was within the confines of Devil’s Den the air suddenly chilled, the hair on the back of my neck stood out and I had goose bumps all over my arms. I had the compelling feeling that there were ‘others’ there who were angry and not at peace. I left immediately but now after many years, I have re-read the Killer Angeles and am about to re-visit Devil’s Den to see if I have a similar experience as before. I am a USNavy nuclear trained engineering person not ordinarily given to belief in ghosts, worldly spirits and such, but I cannot wait to return to Devil’s Den to see what, if anything, happens again. I will document my upcoming experience in Gettysburg/Devil’s Den.
      Bill Gillen USN Retired

  27. Disappointed not to see St. Augustine, FL on the list. Plenty of ghost stories there…dating back much later than any of the stories mentioned in this list, since St. Augustine is the oldest city in the U.S.

  28. Robert the doll… -sigh- is way too heavy for words. Hes super freaky and If youre sensitive like me… even people who arent… get really sick around him or you feel like all kinds of weird emotions surging through you. You have to ask for his permission to take a picture of him but sometimes he’ll still mess up your camera or the picture even when you do. so if youre gonna see him take a disposable just in case, and he moves around alot and thats why hes behind a case now. i’m surprised i didnt see the Stanley Hotel or the Winchester House and ive gone to St. Augustine and that place really does belong in this list because its no joke.

  29. Ocracoke Island, NC definitely haunted with ghosts. More specifically the Soundfront Inn there is haunted. While we were there some of the guest heard many things that the “wind” did not cause. My father woke up at 3am to use the bathroom and on his way back to the bedroom as he opened the door he saw a man dressed in a full suit from the 1800’s just standing there. He never saw his face because he just vanished so quickly. I’ve second guessed all these people who claim to have seen ghosts but when the hairs on my dad’s body stood on ends as he told us what happened made a believer out of me. Of course these brochures don’t tell you that there are private gravesites in the back yard. Definitely a trip we will remember.

  30. I so agree with New Orleans. I live in Gulfport, and i go to New Orleans for halloween EVERY year! It’s just downright scary.. the mansions and voodoo houses are scariest.. some of the houses are really old, so they just smell scary.. like death! I actually saw something dark run by me one time, and then a door slammed shut. I didn’t think anything about it, but they told us that it was the daughter of the house, aparently her father raped and killed her and then left her the basement, and they found her a MONTH later!! they say that she still runs from her dad, that’s why she runs and slams doors, and she only does that when men enter the house!!

  31. Lol wow my home town is #1 ! I knew it was going to be number one because N.O has a lot of dark history. I was at laser tag with friends and caught a ghost in the glass behind them as I was taking the picture but only when I got home I noticed it more clearly. [yelling face]

    I’ve heard of robert the doll and just looking at it gives me the creeps.

  32. The name in the number ten slot for the Voodoo Queen is incorrect. Instead of Mary Anne Pleasant it was Mary Ellen Pleasant. This I learned from careful research.

  33. The picture labeled Shanghai Tunnels is incorrect.
    That is a picture of the Seattle Underground, which is also said to be haunted.

    That is clearly labeled on the internet..

  34. The picture by Alexander Gardner isn’t ‘real’. He moved that body to that location and propped the soldiers head on the sack. And the gun in the background is actually Gardner’s gun. I guess being a photo major in college is relevant to other things too! haha

  35. I’m surprised that the Eastern State pen. prison isnt on here… i live in philadelphia & have been there— soo creepy.

  36. i have been there and seen that doll, i had went there a few summers ago for a vacation and i had went and seen the doll and it just stared at me i come back later it was still looking at me, it was terrified of this doll, and i am still haunted by a spirit after that had happened. Its just like the sprit or some spirits followed me back home. Like i Said… Creepy :/

  37. Wow this is amazing!! I love to ghost hunt and this website and many others are very useful!! I have exprenced ghosts for most of my life, I want to find out more about them and hopefully lead them to the light. Most people try to prove and cover up ghosts and sprits, but they can’t hide the truth. Ghosts are real, not our imagination. Believe me, I know.

  38. The New Market Battle-Field is also pretty haunted, big War-era fan kinda. I love history so i loooove to research. I live close to there and it’s pretty creepy, i have heard storys of seeing soilders, hearing gun shots and crries of pain. It’s interesting to exprence paranormal activity.

    And if you could pick one person from the past who has died to come back to life, who would it be???

    For me it’s President Lincon!!!

  39. How come of all these most haunted places list, none of them say Virginia? I mean, the Revolutionary War took place here and so did some of the Civil War. And besides, the last capital of the Confederacy was Danville, Virginia, at Sutherlin Mansion, which is now a museum, and yes, it is very haunted!

    • I agree Dee, I live in Virginia. Virginia should be up there at the top. Just came back from Key West though, we stayed at the Crown Plaza on Duval Street. I had an experience there with the sheets moving, me telling the ghost to stop moving the sheets and then he/she tucking me in gently. Never been touched like that in my life. The 5th floor is supposedly haunted. What an experience!!!

  40. Hi my name is Selena, and i am 12 years old…I like to learn the history on haunted and paranormal places…I like to watch ” The Haunted, The Haunting, and America`s Haunted Houses” on TV… I don`t know why, it is just really interesting to me. I do believe in all of this… and that there are openings to the place where evil and other spirits are… barely any good spirits haunt the living… probably because they want to live but they can`t and also cant or don`t know how to cross over. The last house i lived in was in 2003, and i was three… one night i got out of my crib and walked down stairs….then my dog came down stairs to see what was there… of course it was me but she sensed something else…. then she started barking. My mom woke up and went down stairs to see my dog barking at the tv and me staring at the tv, my mom called these kind of investigators to come and after they came, it all stopped, the barking, the shadows that we show, and me climbing out of my crib and going down stairs to stare at the tv. So that is why i am Probably into poltergeist, hauntings , and paranormal things.When i was watching tv once, the episode of ” Robert The Doll ” was on, and that was really interesting to see that, cause i have an American Girl Doll, and she used to move… and when i had barbie dolls, they used to be on a shelf near my bed, and when i looked up they were moving and kind of dancing.When i grow up i really want to get a tour on a lot of different haunted places.

  41. Surprisingly..several towns in Long Island, NY are pretty terrifying..LI is home to many old psych hospitals as well as the amityville horror murders

  42. HauntedRooms.com on

    Nice list of haunted places. Gettysburg has a number of haunted locations, and even haunted accommodation. The doll is really freaky, even has his own website.

  43. I’m surprised staten island, ny isn’t on this list. When I was younger I had a whole book with haunted places including the conference house where George washington had meetings in the 1700’s & it’s right next to an Indian burial ground which always creeped me out. The woods where crime families would dump bodies, historical Richmond town, etc. You truly can’t go to any part on staten island where there isn’t a story or experience.

  44. oh dear..now i regret reading this..that doll will give me the jeebies tonight..almost peed my pants just reading this..
    Great list though..

  45. I like this site. Robert the doll is fn awesome. I’d really like to meet him. Jeepers creepers. Lol! He seems legit. I had a doll experience once. Actually, I had most of my experiences when I was pregnant which was reeeeeeaaally creepy. For me AND for my baby. I still for the life of me can’t understand why lil instances that could have been mistaken for harmless coincidences, grew into STRONG, creepy, & volatile physical instances. I mean. I had doors and windows slam where my mom suggested it was the air conditioning.we started to keep the deadbolts & windows locked; doors closed. With only 2 ppl in the house, how do u then explain rattling dishes, slamming doors and windows, manual light switches flipping off, flying books, and that creepy creepy doll. My mom had this vintage porcelain faced doll with human hair, that sat in a wicker chair. She would always ask me. Why did u move my doll, why is she on the floor? It sat up perfectly in its wicker chair and there were no kids or pets in the house. It would be faced down in the hall or on the living room floor. It would be faced down on the wicker chair in a praying position. It would have one hand redted up on one side of the chair. Then the other hand on the other side the next. Stupid creepy. The doll had those plastic blinking eyes, when u lay it down the eyes closed. This things eyes seemed to move more than just up and down, but side to side. Watching us. I hated that thing. That was my first and only doll experience, until I went to the museum in LOVINGTON, New Mexico. I was to afraid to go to the second level. The floors felt like they were going to cave and they had a vintage doll room full of the creepiest dolls on PLANET earth. I had chills so strong. The only staff member was an old man who asked to show me around. Despite my efforts not to be rude, I followed my instinct and ran full speed out of there and cried all the way home. Lol! I thought for sure I wouldn’t make it. Smh.

  46. Glendon Guttenfelder on

    Florida is known for all sorts of haunted history, mysterious legends, and paranormal tourist attractions. If you are planning a trip to the “Sunshine State” and wanna see some of our dark secrets, use http://FloridaFringeTourism.com as your planning tool. We have listings of tons of free-to-see attractions all over the state!

  47. Forget all the 10 cities mentioned here…

    If you want to go the creepiest, scariest and most haunted city in the world, then you have to go to Istanbul, Turkey.

    Istanbul or “Constantinople” the only city in the world that sits on two continents, and where 3 empires rose to power (Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires) and ruled the entire world and then came crumbling town.

    There are so many stories of the Mosques, Churches, Synagogues, and cemeteries being haunted with ghosts, and the infamous “Evil Eye” or “Nazar Boncu” originated in Turkey. There are so many evil eye, demonic and ghost stories about the dark alleys, streets and even along the bosphorous in Istanbul.

    I have heard more freaky stories about weird stuff happening in Istanbul than in any other city in the world, with Jerusalem being a close second.

  48. Pamela K. Kinney on

    Try Petersburg, Virginia. Rest of the Tri-Cities area too. It even beats Williamsburg (not on this list either). But honestly, after I wrote Paranormal Petersburg, Virginia, and the Tri-Cities Area, the area really has it. How else I gotten five images? Plus more.

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