Universal Studios and Six Flags' haunted houses have nothing on these homes. Here's a look at the top place in every U.S. state where so many creepy, unexplainable things have occurred that spending an evening with animatronic demogorgons popping out at you sounds positively delightful by comparison.
Many legends abound of the supernatural activity at this historic mansion. One witness had seen a soldier in a coffin appear in one of the rooms, then suddenly disappear. There are also regular reports of female visitors being mysteriously locked in one of the home's rooms as well.
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The Begich Towers (the tall building) is technically a home for most of the residents of the tiny town of Whittier. (It also has stores, public utilities and places of worship.) Residents have heard phantom footsteps and whistling throughout the building. Not up for a ghostly encounter? Visit the prettiest small town in Alaska instead.
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Built in 1895, this Victorian home could look a bit spooky in the right light. Inside, you'll find an interesting museum ... along with phantom footsteps, which might be from a former caretaker who had been tragically murdered.
Historic homes have their charms, but they also tend to have a few ghosts. You might bump into Samuel Peel, the original owner of this handsome mansion, on a tour of the estate. He allegedly haunts the property along with his daughter Minnie Belle, who is usually seen wearing white. She's also been known to play the piano!
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Now a museum, the Whaley House was once a private home for Thomas Whaley and his family. Unfortunately, the home was built on the site of a gruesome hanging — and the victim was said to have haunted the Whaley family on the regular. Years later, Whaley's daughter Violet committed suicide. Though her spirit hasn't been spotted at the home, those of Thomas and his wife have been.
Yes, it's that famous Molly Brown — who famously survived the Titanic. Now a museum, visitors have spotted the ghosts of Molly, her husband J.J. and their guests, smelled phantom cigar smoke (thought to be J.J.'s), and felt odd cold spots.
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The former residence of a number of lighthouse keepers, this home has been featured on several ghost-hunting shows. There seems to be only one spirit here, named "Ernie" — but he's got a very strong presence. He likes to turn televisions off and on, take sheets off beds and generally cause a ruckus with knocking. If you prefer your haunts on dry land, make sure to visit Connecticut's ghost town.
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This stately Georgian home was built in 1790 and was bought by the state to use as a Governor's residence in 1965. The home's a particularly active site for ghostly encounters, from the mysterious little girl who appeared floating in a fountain at a 1985 inauguration to the boisterous Revolutionary soldiers who allegedly drink any wine left out. After taking a peek at the estate, stock up on (non-haunted) antiques in a famed Delaware town.
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This property was once a funeral home, so it almost goes without saying that there's a lot of mysterious (and ghostly) activity here. One of the more famous ghosts is named Joseph, and was one of the servants of the home's owner, Karl Riddle. Joseph had sadly killed himself in the home. Allegedly, his spirit occasionally attacks those he feels are on his turf. Scaredy cats may just want to keep driving to Palm Beach, where they can enjoy one of the most beautiful streets in the state.
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Though Savannah is famous for its ghost tours (especially through the town's gorgeous town squares), Atlanta isn't lacking in haunted homes. Rumor has it that Rhodes Hall, which was once the stately home of furniture magnate Amos Rhodes, is haunted by the former Mrs. Rhodes along with an evil spirit called the "Shadow Man." Apparitions of children also have been seen around the stately building. Today, Rhodes Hall serves as the headquarters of The Georgia Trust For Historic Preservation.
This former private home-turned-hotel is where you might see the ghost of an older woman, along with the spirit of a white dog. Maybe you'll want to stick to touring one of Hawaii's most romantic beaches instead.
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The accounts of hauntings for this former boarding house go all the way back to the 1940s. Back then, boarders would hear children playing (when no children lived there). When it was abandoned for decades, passersby would see faces in the windows. The ghostly presence of a former owner was also seen wandering the grounds. You can continue your Illinois ghost tour by traveling to Chicago to see a very haunted cemetery.
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Accounts of hauntings of this historic home didn't start until 1997, when the structure was moved for preservation purposes. That year, a ghostly figure was spotted looking out a window when the home was photographed during the move. This prompted others to reveal their accounts of other paranormal encounters with the home, ranging from seeing multiple apparitions to blood pouring from the walls.
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This infamous house is haunted by Sallie, a young girl who had entered the home around the turn of the 20th century. Then, it was the home of a physician who unsuccessfully tried to treat Sallie for appendicitis. Sallie is known as an angry spirit, and became known for terrorizing a family during the '90s. The worst? She attacked the father and set fires throughout the home.
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Three spirits famously haunt this circa-1796 home. One is called the "Gray Lady," who had died of a heart attack after traveling to the home for a funeral. Another is a Spanish opera performer, who had mysteriously disappeared from the house during a visit. Both have been seen roaming the property. The other spirit is that of a young soldier, who can be seen looking into the ground floor windows.
Iowa has a rich history, but some of it is a little unsettling. As the name suggests, this unassuming home was the site of a gruesome murder. In 1912, six members of the Moore family (who owned the home) and two visitors were bludgeoned to death. Axe wounds were also found on each, giving rise to the home's name. The murderer was never found, and today, visitors report bedroom doors opening and shutting on their own, unexplained sensations of being slapped or pinched and odd chills.
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As with any plantation, this home has a difficult history. Yet the ghosts who haunt the grounds of the estate (now a bed and breakfast) have a friendly presence to those who have seen them over the years — the most famous of which is Chloe, a slave who had been murdered after a tragic accident.
Dating back to 1739, this historic house is believed to still be the home of two families ... of ghosts. Visitors have heard disembodied voices and witnessed items move on their own. And you thought you were stressed out when visitors came over your house.
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You're probably familiar with the story of Lizzie Borden, who was tried for killing her family with an axe. But that's not the only possible spirit that haunts the now-bed & breakfast. Before Lizzie and her family moved in, a distant relative occupied the home and murdered her children in the property's well. Some have reported hearing the children playing on the top floor of the home, while others have experienced their sheets flying off their beds.
So many ghosts, so little time. At this historic home-turned-inn, visitors have seen the ghosts of the original owners (Frank and Mary Henderson), that of a veteran of the Spanish-American War, a little girl and a dog. These spirits also try to communicate to the living through unplugged radios.
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Currently a restaurant, this stately home was the former residence of local magnate Joseph Forepaugh and his wife, Molly. They weren't exactly a happy couple — in 1892, Molly discovered Joseph in bed with their maid. When Molly (who was also pregnant with their child) tried to end the marriage, Joseph shot himself. Molly was so upset that she hanged herself. Today, visitors have reported seeing the couple in the dining areas. Molly is the more active spirit, however. She's apparently been known to smash glasses and bang on walls.
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Though it's a little difficult to see, McRaven is considered to be the most haunted house in the state (and apparently the third in the country). Thousands have reported paranormal activity at the home, which had once served as a Confederate hospital. Adding to the infamous reputation, a few owners have died — and one murdered – in the home.
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Once the home of the wealthy Lemp family, this mansion is now an inn. The family had a number of tragedies, with a number of personal misfortunes and mysterious deaths. Visitors to the inn have reported supernatural incidents, such as hearing a piano that only plays a single note repeatedly through the night, the sensation of odd vibrations from the floor and seeing strange things in their photographs.
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This historic property has been a local landmark for decades, and is now a bed & breakfast. Some guests of the inn have experienced a "ghostly presence" in the ballroom.
When Nevada's first family is home, they just might be sharing their residence with the spirits of the very first first family of the state. Others have also witnessed the ghostly forms of a woman and a young girl who wander the property with an antique clock.
Now the location of the Brownville Historical Society, this stately home once belonged to Civil War Captain Bailey. The Captain met his demise prematurely after being poisoned by a jealous neighbor, which is perhaps why he still haunts the premises. Many report hearing phantom piano music and seeing doors mysteriously open.
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Though this historic photo shows the house decades ago, Henniker's "Ocean-Born Mary House" still stands today as a private residence. However, one of the residents just might be Mary herself, who is described as a ghost with bright green eyes. Mary's life was defined by notorious pirate Captain Don Pedro, who had initially spared her young life in 1720 during a raid. After losing her first husband, the pirate came back to marry her years later. One day, while living in the grand home, she stumbled upon the murdered remains of her first husband.
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Nicknamed the "Spy House," this historic site dates back to 1663 and was famously used as a tavern during the revolutionary war. Ghost sightings include a "woman in white," mysterious sobbing noises and a sea captain.
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This grand old mansion is home to a friendly spirit — the ghost of Josefita Otero, who had lived in the home until her death in 1951. Josefita oversaw the renovations to her mansion when she was alive, and might have grown so fond of the place that she decided to stick around through the decades. Now a restaurant, you can perhaps run into Josefita in "The Spirit Lounge."
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