Haunted Houses In Most Haunted Cities

haunted_houseLooking for a real haunt for Halloween?  Want something more authentic than the neighborhood kids running around screaming boo?  We’ll keep reading…

Every city in America and beyond has a least one cranky ghost or hunted hang out to claim as its own.  Check the listings below to see if there is one near you.

1.  New Orleans

Named by the International Society of Paranormal Research as America’s most haunted city, New Orleans boasts as many ghost as Mardi Gras beads.

The Hotel Monteleone is said to be haunted by Red the engineer, a mischievous 10-year-old boy who loves to play hide and seek, and William Wildemer, a guest who died in the hotel.  The late chef Paul Blange (creator of the famed dessert bananas Foster) is known to occasionally sit down for supper with guests at Brennan’s restaurant in the French Quarter.

At the historic French Market Inn, red handprints are known to appear on the bed linens.  Other haunts include Arnaud’s, Antoine’s, Court of Two Sisters, and the St. Louis Cathedral.

2.  San Diego

In Southern California, you can experience ghostly encounters at the Whaley House, San Diego’s  Point Loma Lighthouse and the Hotel Del Coronado, where an abandoned bride named Kate Morgan committed suicide in 1892.

3.  Charleston

Quite possibly the most active ghost in Charleston is the notorious Lavinia Fisher.  Lavinia was sentenced to be hanged for committing almost a dozen murders in the early 1820s.  During her sentencing, she jumped up in the courtroom and shouted, “If you have a message you want to send to hell, give it to me — I’ll carry it!”  Her spirit along with Charleston’s most infamous criminals, 19th century pirates and Civil War prisoners are believed to walk through the cells and hallways of The Old City Jail.

4.  St. Louis

Remember The Exorcist? Well, it was based on the St. Louis exorcism of 13-year-old “Robbie Doe” in 1949 in the Alexian Brothers Hospital.  Then there’s Lemp Mansion Restaurant and Inn, considered one of the most haunted places in America.  The “Lavender Lady” is said to roam the halls and invisible hands tickle the ivories and slam doors.  You could also try St. Matthews Cemetery and the City Museum to find some spooks hanging around.

5.  Savannah

The setting for the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Savannah is rife with spirits of the dead.  One such spirit is that of General James Habersham, who is said to haunt the Olde Pink House Restaurant, which he built in 1771.  Some other notable hauntings include Savannah’s Pirate’s House Restaurant, Colonial Park Cemetery and the Hampton -Lillibridge House.

6.  Philadelphia

Philadelphia is not just the City of Brotherly Love.  There are haunted happenings at the historic sites of Independence Hall and Carpenters’ Hall.  America’s most famous seamstress, Betsy Ross, is thought to haunt the house on Arch Street where she is buried and where she is said to have stitched the first American flag.

7.  Salem

Last but not least is Salem, home of the infamous witch trials.  Most recently, paranormal activities were reported at the Salem Inn.  The Inn is composed of three historic homes: the Captain West House built in 1834, Curwen House built in 1854 and Peabody House built in 1874.  The West House was found to be most active with ghostly activity.

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