From classic horror films to paranormal television programs, you’ve been fascinated with haunted place. While the existence of ghosts has largely been debunked, some Americans still believe that earthly spirits may exist. That’s because many of the world’s cultures and religions. After all, some of its teachings include life after death. So if you’re bold enough to visit at night, here are five of the most haunted places in America.
Charter Street Cemetery
Salem, MA 01970
The Old Burying Point, Charter Street Cemetery is among America’s oldest cemeteries. In fact, Old Burying Point is best known as the final resting place of several well-known individuals. For example, Richard More is buried here. He’s known as the only passenger of the Mayflower with a documented gravesite. John Hathorne, one of the infamous judges presiding over Salem Witch Trials is also buried here. Unfortunately, none of the falsely accused “witches” are here, as they were not allowed a Christian burial. If you visit over Halloween, you’ll soon realize why this graveyard may be haunted. Just being here at night may give you the shivers.
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Eastern State Penitentiary
2207 Fairmount Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Once the world’s largest prisons, Eastern State Penitentiary is also haunted. Located just minutes from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the enormous fortress-like structure operated as a prison between 1829 and 1971. However, by the 1940s, reports of paranormal activity have been documented. In fact, it could be the ghosts of famous prisoners like Al “Scarface” Capone. Moreover, the creepy look and feel of this prison makes it seem likes there are ghosts.
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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
425 Basin St.
New Orleans, LA
Another city well known for haunted places is New Orleans, especially in historic cemeteries. The oldest and most haunted is St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. Also known as “City of the Dead”, St. Louis Cemetery holds more than 100,000 above-ground tombs. However, unlike other cemeteries, you must be accompanied by a licensed tour guide. The place drawing the most attention is the tomb of Marie Laveau. You may know her as the New Orleans Voodoo Queen. Also buried here is Madame LaLaurie, murderous owner of LaLaurie Mansion in the French Quarter. If you do go, make sure to bring along a friend, in case your tour guide disappears.
The Stanley Hotel
333 E. Wonderview Ave.
Estes Park, CO 80517
Best known an inspiration for Stephen King’s bestselling book “The Shining”, the Stanley Hotel has long been known to be haunted. Located in Estes Park, the Stanley Hotel is a magnificent Colonial Revival hotel first opened on July 4, 1909. Well before it gained further notoriety with “The Shining”, the landmark hotel was known to have paranormal activity, even from its founder Freelan Oscar Stanley, who suffered from tuberculosis. The founder of Motor Carriage Company, F.O. and wife Flora Stanley have experienced paranormal sensations. As a matter of fact, some of their guests and employees have reportedly seen ghosts..
Haunted Rooms at the Stanley Hotel
Today, several of the guest rooms have been described as haunted. This includes room 217, where Stephen King stayed and was first inspired to write his horror novel. Room 401 is where members of “Ghost Hunters” conducted paranormal investigations on a “ghost thief”. Other rooms are known to be haunted with numerous reports of ghostly activity, like rooms 302, 413, 418 and 428. The hotel’s concert hall, grand staircase, underground tunnels and an area called “the Vortex” are reportedly haunted.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
71 Asylum Dr.
Weston, WV 26452
Formerly known as the Weston State Hospital, Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was infamous for its severe overcrowding of its psychiatric patients. First opened in 1864, the massive stone structure was originally intended to hold 250 patients but at its peak in the 1950s, held 2,400. As result it had overcrowding, while its mental health facilities deteriorated. Years after closing in 1994, it was renamed as Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. Today, it a popular, year-round tourist attraction. What’s more, it’s a National Historic Landmark.
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