Haunted places in the U.S.
There are a lot of haunted and haunting places around the world. The United States has its share. Some of them are well known, and others not so much. Some are in personal homes and others are in public places. Finding them can be fun, if you enjoy ghost hunting.
Antietam, MD: This is probably the spookiest battlefield of the Civil War. I’ve walked on it, and have felt the powerful presence there. You can almost see the troops as they are moving about, some covered in blood. As Lincoln said about Gettysburg, it is hallowed ground. It was the bloodiest battle of the war, and the turning point.
Rich Mountain, WV: This is an almost unknown battlefield. It’s a small park at the end of a gravel road. Signs mark out the different areas of fighting, and some evidence of the lives that were lived there… and lost… can be found. It is surrounded by an herb called angelica, among others. It isn’t as spooky as Antietam, but you can still feel it.
The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO: Fans of Steven King love to go to this hotel. It is the location he had in mind when he wrote The Shining. You can see it when you visit. The hotel also seems to have its ghosts. You can go on a ghost tour nightly, or you can visit with Madame Vera for a psychic consultation.
, San Jose, CA: This is probably one of the oddest constructions in the United States. After the death of her husband and child, Sarah Winchester consulted a seer. The seer informed her that the two were killed by ghosts of gunshot victims, supposedly because her husband was the son of the rifle maker.
Sarah thought that if she had a house continually under construction, that the ghosts would leave her alone. In this house, there are stairs that lead only to the ceiling. There are windows that open up secret passages. It is believed that ghosts walk there, though whether they are ghosts of gunshot victims or the ghosts of the family is hard to say.
House of Seven Gables, Salem, MA: Salem has quite a few haunted places, but this house is one of the more populars. It was the inspiration by the book of the same name, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. While particular ghosts aren’t mentioned, the house was built in the 1600s, so there are probably quite a few candidates for the haunting. Perhaps some of them inspired the characters in the novel.
Trans-Allegany Lunatic Asylum, Weston, WV: This building was designed to have two hundred forty residents. At its most populated, it held over twenty-four hundred. Needless to say, conditions were terrible. Those conditions led to a lot of needless death of the inmates and perhaps some staff members, as the inmates grew violent.
The asylum was closed in the mid-1990s, but it is still open for ghost tours. Not all the inmates moved on to a better place, and are said to walk the halls.
There are dozens more such places, all over the country. A mansion in Oregon is haunted by its previous owners, and at least one lighthouse in Florida is said to be haunted. Various woods and fields hold haunting tales. There are also personal homes that are sometimes thus afflicted.