Have you been to any of the most haunted places in America? Some of these places have friendly ghosts that post no threat to humans. However, other terrifying places in America have angry ghosts which have spooked many people. From a ghost truck which chases its victims off a cliff to the ghost of Marilyn Monroe be prepare to be spooked out of your mind. Go ahead and grab your EVP recorder, pack up your cameras, and get ready to take a frightening trip with us through 25 of the most haunted places in America.
The White House
First on our list, even the center of U.S. Presidential power is haunted. Abraham Lincoln’s ghost is most frequently seen, including by Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Grace Coolidge. President Andrew Jackson’s ghost is said to haunt his old bedroom and First Lady Abigail Adams is occasionally seen carrying something through the White House’s hallways.
Moored off Long Beach, California, the Queen Mary was modified from its role as a luxury cruise-liner to a hotel in 1967. If you’re curious, listen for the ghosts of children around the pool and watch out in the changing rooms – hands are said to touch you out of nowhere.
General Wayne Inn
Nowadays a Jewish center, the General Wayne Inn just outside of Philadelphia has had a rough history since its opening in 1704. Edgar Allen Poe wrote sections of his famous poem The Raven at the inn and even as recently as 1996 the property saw a murder and suicide due to owner disputes.
The Stanley Hotel
This Estes Park, Colorado, luxury hotel inspired Stephen King’s book The Shining. Staying a night at the Stanley Hotel might leave you restless – children are said to play all night outside room 418 (the most haunted room) and you may awaken to find your blankets off and neatly folded.
One of Los Angeles’s most famous hotels, the Hollywood Boulevard’s Roosevelt Hotel is as haunted as it is popular. Stay in room 229 to catch a glimpse of Marilyn Monroe (or look for her in the ballroom) or listen for Montgomery Cliff and his trumpet around room 928.
Moss Beach Distillery
Located in the city bearing the same name, the Moss Beach Distillery was a major center for illegal booze during Prohibition, especially for silent film stars. A young woman who fell in love with the piano player was killed on the nearby beach and she, as the Lady in Blue, is said to wander around the building looking for her lover.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium
Probably one of the most terrifying places in America, Waverly Hill Sanatorium was formerly a treatment center for tuberculosis patients in the early 20th century. Tragically, it had up to 63,000 people die within its walls; many deaths were attributed to mistreatment or immoral experiments. Shadows and screams can be heard throughout the building as well as walking across random cold spots.
St. Augustine Lighthouse
Built in 1874, the St. Augustine lighthouse in Florida has its share of paranormal occurrences. The original builder’s daughters (who tragically died during construction) are sometimes seen on the catwalk and former keeper William A. Harn can occasionally be found in the basement.
Sometimes called the “most haunted house in the U.S.”, the Whaley House in San Diego was built on a plot which formerly included a cemetery. Put your nose to use and see if you can smell perfume in the hallway or Thomas Whaley’s cigar or catch a glimpse of thief Yankee Jim Robinson who was beaten to death on the stairway.
Running through West Milford, New Jersey, Clinton Road is rumoured to be the site of Satanist and Ku Klux Klan meetings and some locals say mercenaries dump bodies in the surrounding woods. A ghost truck with floating headlights is said to follow motorists and chase them to their death at Dead Man’s Curve.
North Carolina’s Brown Mountain is said to have ghostly light orbs floating above the mountain. The original Cherokee inhabitants claim the lights are the spirits of Native American women from as far back as 1200 looking for their loved ones.
Rolling Hills Asylum
Located in upstate New York, the Rolling Hills Asylum was turned into a strip mall then an antiques mall. After shop owners noticed bizarre paranormal occurrences, tests were run; those taking part in the study felt the presence of a spirit and an arm appear and vanish rapidly in the centre of the group.
Built almost 250 years ago, Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia is the only still-intact Revolutionary War battlefield. Besides a faceless man who sometimes wanders the grounds, a woman is said to haunt the fort and scream so loudly the Philly police have been called on multiple occasions.
Myrtle’s Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana, was built just after American independence and these days operates as a bed and breakfast. It’s said anywhere from one to ten murders have happened on the land and various ghosts roam its grounds, including the ghosts of old slaves coming to ask what they can do and the ghosts of two murdered kids who play on the porch.
Formerly named Boston, Helltown, Ohio, is as spooky as its name. The U.S. National Parks Service forced the sale of many homes in the area in 1974 in what some people claim was the cover up of a massive chemical spill. Other legends place the town as a Satanist meeting place or the area where a deranged escape mental patient roams.
The site of almost 8,000 deaths and 30,000 injuries, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is a prime spot for strange paranormal occurrences. The sounds of cannons and screaming soldiers can be heard from time to time in not just the battlefield but in surrounding areas such as Gettysburg College.
Eastern State Penitentiary
Though this jail in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was supposed to hold 250 inmates, the Eastern State Penitentiary was stuffed with up to 1,700 prisoners at some points. Nowadays open to tours, listen near cell block 12 for a vile cackling or look for the ghost who stands guard occasionally in the guard tower.
The Moundsville Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia, was one of the most violent jails in American history. The electric chair was frequently used and many prisoners were hung within its walls. The spirits of the tortured and abused prisoners are said to still remain in their cells.
The small Sallie House in Atchison, Kansas, is one of the most haunted houses in America. It may look normal from the outside, but it faces a haunting past. The Pickmans lived in the house in the early 90’s and reported burnt finger marks, upturned pictures, and burn marks on Tony Pickman’s wrist after he dreamt a girl pulled him forcefully out of his bed.
The United States’s oldest seaside resort is also its most haunted one. Higbee Beach is rumoured to be haunted by a phantom dog and his owner (among other spirits).
This old copper-mining town in Arizona, Jerome is now home to less than 3% of its peak population. Dangerous mining conditions and the outlaw spirit of the Wild West are said to have left behind many ghosts including that of Sammie Dean, a prostitute strangled by a client. She now roams the area looking for her unidentified killer.
Ohio State Reformatory
Mansfield, Ohio, has what looks like a royal castle but was home to one of the roughest boys reform schools in the country: the Ohio State Reformatory, even partly filmed in The Shawshank Redemption. Many ghosts of tortured boys haunt the site; even while it was open, prisoners reported being tucked into bed by a ghostly hand.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
Thousands of people with mental illnesses passed through the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia, which is said to host the spirits of the dead (or killed) all the way back to the Civil War. If you’re feeling bold, take the eight-hour, overnight paranormal investigation and try to catch a glimpse of some of the ghosts.
The Sultan's Palace
Seen by many tourists visiting New Orleans, the Sultan’s Palace in the old French Quarter was home to a wealthy Turkish man, his harem of women, and a host of young men. His neighbors reviled his presence, saying he frequently indulged in opium and torture. In a still-unsolved murder mystery, the Sultan’s harem were hacked to death and the Turkish man was buried alive in the courtyard. He’s said to still grope some passing female visitors.
Villisca Axe Murder House
The small town of Villisca just southwest of Des Moines, Iowa, was host to the gruesome, unsolved murders of Josiah B. Moore’s family of six and two other young girls almost 100 years ago. Residents have claimed to hear children crying and see a man with an axe roaming the grounds.