The Spookiest Place in Every State



Slide 1 of 51: If you’re looking for paranormal activity, unexplained events, the dearly departed or the restless undead, here’s the best place in each and every state.
Slide 2 of 51: For most of the year, the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama, are just a historic national landmark — albeit one where, during the reign of James “Slag” Wormwood in the late 1800s, almost 50 men died — including Wormwood himself. Between late September and early November, Fright Furnace takes over and leverages the ghosts of those men, still believed to haunt the area.
Slide 3 of 51: Don’t ask to stay in Room 315 of The Alaskan Hotel in Juneau. A sailor who asked to stay in the supposedly haunted room in 2007 barely made it out alive. The man survived a three-story fall out of the hotel's window.
Slide 4 of 51: The old Yuma Territorial Prison is on the National Register of Historic Places, but it’s not as if ghosts respect such a designation. The ghost of a little girl who died at the prison is known to sneak up and pinch visitors — in particular, people wearing the color red.
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Slide 5 of 51: The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is widely considered “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” — visited by the ghosts of a fake doctor, Norman Baker, and those who died at his hand.
Slide 6 of 51: The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, is aptly named. After Sarah Winchester, a Winchester Rifle family heir, lost her husband and child, a psychic medium said it was payback for all the people killed by her family’s rifles — and advised her to build a home large enough to appease those ghosts. The result? A 160-room house with 2,000 doors, 10,000 windows, 47 stairways, secret passages, and a wealth of creepy stories about what has happened inside.
Slide 7 of 51: The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, inspired Stephen King’s The Shining. There's one room in the sprawling hotel that's said to be haunted by a former housekeeper.
Slide 8 of 51: The Hartford Courant put it in print, so it must be true: “Connecticut is said to be one of the states with the most paranormal activity in the country.” Case in point: the Ledge Lighthouse in New London, which is allegedly haunted by the spirit of the former keeper, Ernie, who died by suicide.
Slide 9 of 51: Fort Delaware State Park in Delaware City was a Union prison camp during the Civil War — and ghost hunters of all kinds now search for those soldiers’ ghosts. Ghost tours are on offer regularly.
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Slide 10 of 51: The St. Augustine Lighthouse is also haunted by former keepers — and their families. It was dubbed “the Mona Lisa of paranormal sites” by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of the TV series Ghost Hunters.
Slide 11 of 51: Savannah, Georgia, is considered one of the South’s most haunted cities, with its long history of slavery, Civil War battles, disease, fire and murder — one of which, at the Mercer-Williams House, was made widely known in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Slide 12 of 51: Iolani Palace was once home to Hawaiian royalty. Now, one can sometimes see the ghost of Queen Liliuokalani on the grounds early in the morning — or in the upstairs bedroom where she was imprisoned for almost eight months. It is also said that ghosts haunt the two banyan trees on site.
Slide 13 of 51: Old prisons are a common paranormal hot spot — and the Old Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise is no different. It was notorious, in its day, for holding prisoners in horrible conditions. Ray Snowden, one of the prison’s most famous inmates, is believed to haunt 5 House, where he was hanged for murdering at least three women.
Slide 14 of 51: Alton, Illinois, is known as one of the most haunted small towns in America. And McPike Mansion, on Mount Lookout Point, is considered one of the town’s most haunted hot spots — visited not infrequently by the spirits of Eleanor and Henry McPike, the original owners. "Balls of light go unexplained by professional photographers, [and] human-shaped outlines appear in the windows," according to the mansion's website.
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Slide 15 of 51: The French Lick Springs Hotel, which dates back to 1845, is a thriving resort destination — as well as a hotbed of paranormal activity. The ghost of the original owner, Thomas Taggart, is said to haunt the hotel elevator.
Slide 16 of 51: The Villisca Axe Murder House, aka, The Murder House, owes its reputation to the night of June 10, 1912, when six members of the Moore family, and two houseguests, were bludgeoned to death by an axe. The murders remain unsolved — and ghost hunters remain enamored.
Slide 17 of 51: Stull Cemetery in Kansas is alleged to be one of the seven portals to hell. The story gained further traction, when it was referenced in a November 1974 edition of the University Daily Kansan newspaper.
Slide 18 of 51: The Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky, once housed tuberculosis patients in the early 1900s — many of whom did not survive. Their ghosts, however, have apparently persisted.
Slide 19 of 51: Louisiana has no shortage of ghost stories. But The Myrtles Plantation is widely considered one of the most haunted homes, not just in the state, but in the whole country. It’s said to have been built over an ancient burial ground, and is haunted by a former slave, known as Chloe.
Slide 20 of 51: Fort William Henry in New Harbor, Maine, dates back to the late 1600s. That’s a lot of history. It includes the execution of Native American Chief Taukolexis, who is believed to haunt the fort to this day.
Slide 21 of 51: The Antietam Battlefield was home to one of the fiercest and bloodiest incidents in the Civil War — some 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after a mere 12 hours of battle. Word is, their spirits never left.
Slide 22 of 51: The legend of Lizzie Borden is alive and well at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast in Fall River, Massachusetts. It’s the very home where she is said to have murdered her father and stepmother, back in 1892.
Slide 23 of 51: The Masons are famously secretive, so it’s not exactly a shock that the Masonic Temple in Detroit — the largest in the world — has its fair share of rumors. One is that it is haunted by the man who built it back in 1912 — George D. Mason.
Slide 24 of 51: The Wabasha Street Caves in St. Paul, Minnesota, were home to Prohibition-era speakeasies, and are now home to several public tours, including the Lost Souls Tour and the Ghosts & Graves Tour (as well as ones that have nothing to do with the occult). The ghosts of gangsters past are rumored to linger about.
Slide 25 of 51: The oldest building in Natchez, Mississippi — The King’s Tavern — is also its most haunted. There’s Madeline, the ghost of the mistress of one of the first owners, whose wife ordered the girl’s murder. And in the 1930s, three mummified bodies were discovered in the chimney, with a jeweled dagger believed to be the murder weapon.
Slide 26 of 51: What can you expect at the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri? Dinner and a comfortable night’s sleep, yes, but also “strange apparitions and glowing orbs caught on film, items that go flying through the air, chilling voices.” At least four members of the Lemp family died by suicide in the mansion, and their restless ghosts are said to linger.
Slide 27 of 51: Little Bighorn Battlefield became a national monument in 1946, but that designation hasn’t moved the restless souls who died there back in 1876. According to The Billings Gazette, “Witnesses have described hearing battle cries, rifle shots and even bugles. Some even say they've seen riders on horseback and soldiers in uniform.”
Slide 28 of 51: A handful of ghosts are rumored to haunt the Capitol Building in Lincoln — including several people who have fallen to their deaths, and a female ghost that frequents the library.
Slide 29 of 51: The Lady in Red haunts The Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah, Nevada, one of the first luxury hotels built in the state. She was strangled and stabbed to death in room 502.
Slide 30 of 51: With 200 guest rooms, the Omni Mount Washington in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, welcomes plenty of guests each year, but there’s one who never leaves: Carolyn Stickney. She was the wife of the man who built the original hotel, who passed away in 1939. Room 314 is said to be her favorite.
Slide 31 of 51: The Emlen Physick Estate in Cape May, New Jersey, dates back to 1879, and several of its former inhabitants have refused to leave — including Dr. Physick’s Aunt Emilie; Dr. Physick’s mother, Frances Ralston; Isabelle, Mrs. Ralston’s invalid younger sister; and Dr. Physick’s dogs.
Slide 32 of 51: Ghosts aren't the only things that can spook us. Since 1947, Roswell is ground zero for all things extraterrestrial due to an alleged UFO crash in 1947. The city is also home to the International UFO Museum & Research Center.
Slide 33 of 51: Today, the home made famous by the movie Amityville Horror looks like any other renovated suburban home. But who can forget the events of 1975, when the Lutz family moved in and stayed just 28 days, haunted by the spirits of the family killed in their sleep just a year before.
Slide 34 of 51: “The Pink Lady” of the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, is said to haunt room 525. She is believed to have fallen to her death (while wearing pink) in the hotel around 1920.
Slide 35 of 51: They don’t call it The Haunted Fort for nothing. Each year, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park plays up the rumors that when Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s old home was reconstructed, in 1989, it awoke the spirits of those who lived and died at Ft. Lincoln. The annual event is now entering its 18th season.
Slide 36 of 51: The Athens Lunatic Asylum — now known as The Ridges —  was Ohio’s largest mental institution until it closed in 1993. Now part of Ohio University, along with its adjoining cemeteries, the hospital’s sordid past remains — including a stain from the corpse of Margaret Schilling, who was left to rot for more than 40 days after she died.
Slide 37 of 51: In Tulsa, The Hex House an annual haunted house not intended for children, is inspired by a true story that dates back to the 1940s, about a middle-aged woman who kept two other women as virtual slaves.
Slide 38 of 51: The Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon, is a historic building that is said to be haunted by its original owners — Henry and Georgiana Pittock.
Slide 39 of 51: Each year, the Eastern State Penitentiary creates a massive haunted house within its walls. But it’s pretty eerie the rest of the year. As NPR put it, “Its... history is full of suicide, madness, disease, murder and torture, making it easy to imagine the spirits of troubled souls left behind to roam its abandoned halls."
Slide 40 of 51: A dozen men died building Providence City Hall back in the late 1800s, and it’s said that beloved mayor Thomas Doyle also haunts the halls of Providence City Hall. “Ghost Hunters” even went to check it out.
Slide 41 of 51: At least two ghosts haunt the Poinsett Bridge in Greenville, South Carolina — believed to be the oldest surviving bridge in the state. One ghost is of a man who died in a car accident in the ‘50s, and another is a slave.
Slide 42 of 51: Each Halloween, the historic Old West town of Deadwood, South Dakota, becomes Deadweird. It’s less spooky than, say, celebratory.
Slide 43 of 51: Don’t mess with the Bell Witch. She is believed to be the spirit of Kate Batts, a neighbor of John Bell’s who, on her deathbed in the early 1800s, cursed his family over a land dispute. Her legend has thrived ever since.
Slide 44 of 51: Some 8,000 people were lost during the tragic Galveston hurricane in 1900 — and their restless spirits, and many others, seem to plague the whole city. Paranormal hot spots include the Hotel Galvez.
Slide 45 of 51: The Old Tooele Hospital is home to both a long, sordid past that dates back to 1873, and has been used as a nursing home and Asylum 49 — a terrifying “full-contact” haunted attraction.
Slide 46 of 51: The Gold Brook Covered Bridge is better known as Emily’s Bridge, for the ghost of a woman who hung herself from the rafters after she was spurned by a lover.
Slide 47 of 51: The Center for Paranormal Research and Investigation leads ghost tours of Bacon’s Castle, the oldest brick home in the entire country. There have been alleged sightings of floating heads and disembodied voices.
Slide 48 of 51: The historic Thornewood Castle, which dates back to 1908, solidified its reputation as a haunted mansion when it was the backdrop for the Stephen King miniseries “Rose Red.” Today, it’s a bed and breakfast, still said to be haunted by those who once lived there.
Slide 49 of 51: The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, which dates back to 1864, in Weston, West Virginia, hosts several historic and paranormal tours year-round — and is home to a particularly terrifying, asylum-themed haunted house each Halloween season.
Slide 50 of 51: The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, opened in 1893, making it the oldest hotel in the city. And it’s said to be haunted by the man for which is it named, Charles Pfister. More than a dozen Major League Baseball players can attest to it.
Slide 51 of 51: The Wyoming Frontier Prison is “haunted by history,” as they say. More than 200 inmates died within its walls between 1901 and 1981 — and rumor has it that a few of them haven’t left.

If you’re looking for paranormal activity, unexplained events, the dearly departed or the restless undead, here’s the best place in each and every state.

Alabama

For most of the year, the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama, are just a historic national landmark — albeit one where, during the reign of James “Slag” Wormwood in the late 1800s, almost 50 men died — including Wormwood himself. Between late September and early November, Fright Furnace takes over and leverages the alleged ghosts of those men, still believed to haunt the area.

Alaska

Don’t ask to stay in Room 315 of The Alaskan Hotel in Juneau. A sailor who asked to stay in the supposedly haunted room in 2007 barely made it out alive. The man survived a three-story fall out of the hotel’s window.

Arizona

The old Yuma Territorial Prison is on the National Register of Historic Places, but it’s not as if ghosts respect such a designation. The ghost of a little girl who died at the prison is known to sneak up and pinch visitors — in particular, people wearing the color red.

Arkansas

The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is widely considered “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” — visited by the ghosts of a fake doctor, Norman Baker, and those who died at his hand.

California

The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, is aptly named. After Sarah Winchester, a Winchester Rifle family heir, lost her husband and child, a psychic medium said it was payback for all the people killed by her family’s rifles — and advised her to build a home large enough to appease those ghosts. The result? A 160-room house with 2,000 doors, 10,000 windows, 47 stairways, secret passages, and a wealth of creepy stories about what has happened inside.

Colorado

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, inspired Stephen King’s The Shining. There’s one room in the sprawling hotel that’s said to be haunted by a former housekeeper.

Connecticut

The Hartford Courant put it in print, so it must be true: “Connecticut is said to be one of the states with the most paranormal activity in the country.” Case in point: the Ledge Lighthouse in New London, which is allegedly haunted by the spirit of the former keeper, Ernie, who died by suicide.

Delaware

Fort Delaware State Park in Delaware City was a Union prison camp during the Civil War — and ghost hunters of all kinds now search for those soldiers’ ghosts. Ghost tours are on offer regularly.

Florida

The St. Augustine Lighthouse is also haunted by former keepers — and their families. It was dubbed “the Mona Lisa of paranormal sites” by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of the TV series Ghost Hunters.

Georgia

Savannah, Georgia, is considered one of the South’s most haunted cities, with its long history of slavery, Civil War battles, disease, fire and murder — one of which, at the Mercer-Williams House, was made widely known in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Hawaii

Iolani Palace was once home to Hawaiian royalty. Now, one can sometimes see the ghost of Queen Liliuokalani on the grounds early in the morning — or in the upstairs bedroom where she was imprisoned for almost eight months. It is also said that ghosts haunt the two banyan trees on site.

Idaho

Old prisons are a common paranormal hot spot — and the Old Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise is no different. It was notorious, in its day, for holding prisoners in horrible conditions. Ray Snowden, one of the prison’s most famous inmates, is believed to haunt 5 House, where he was hanged for murdering at least three women.

Illinois

Alton, Illinois, is known as one of the most haunted small towns in America. And McPike Mansion, on Mount Lookout Point, is considered one of the town’s most haunted hot spots — visited not infrequently by the spirits of Eleanor and Henry McPike, the original owners. “Balls of light go unexplained by professional photographers, [and] human-shaped outlines appear in the windows,” according to the mansion’s website.

Indiana

The French Lick Springs Hotel, which dates back to 1845, is a thriving resort destination — as well as a hotbed of paranormal activity. The ghost of the original owner, Thomas Taggart, is said to haunt the hotel elevator.

Iowa

The Villisca Axe Murder House, aka, The Murder House, owes its reputation to the night of June 10, 1912, when six members of the Moore family, and two houseguests, were bludgeoned to death by an axe. The murders remain unsolved — and ghost hunters remain enamored.

Kansas

Stull Cemetery in Kansas is alleged to be one of the seven portals to hell. The story gained further traction, when it was referenced in a November 1974 edition of the University Daily Kansan newspaper.

Kentucky

The Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky, once housed tuberculosis patients in the early 1900s — many of whom did not survive. Their ghosts, however, have apparently persisted.

Louisiana

Louisiana has no shortage of ghost stories. But The Myrtles Plantation is widely considered one of the most haunted homes, not just in the state, but in the whole country. It’s said to have been built over an ancient burial ground, and is haunted by a former slave, known as Chloe.

Maine

Fort William Henry in New Harbor, Maine, dates back to the late 1600s. That’s a lot of history. It includes the execution of Native American Chief Taukolexis, who is believed to haunt the fort to this day.

Maryland

The Antietam Battlefield was home to one of the fiercest and bloodiest incidents in the Civil War — some 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after a mere 12 hours of battle. Word is, their spirits never left.

Massachusetts

The legend of Lizzie Borden is alive and well at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast in Fall River, Massachusetts. It’s the very home where she is said to have murdered her father and stepmother, back in 1892.

Michigan

The Masons are famously secretive, so it’s not exactly a shock that the Masonic Temple in Detroit — the largest in the world — has its fair share of rumors. One is that it is haunted by the man who built it back in 1912 — George D. Mason.

Minnesota

The Wabasha Street Caves in St. Paul, Minnesota, were home to Prohibition-era speakeasies, and are now home to several public tours, including the Lost Souls Tour and the Ghosts & Graves Tour (as well as ones that have nothing to do with the occult). The ghosts of gangsters past are rumored to linger about.

Mississippi

The oldest building in Natchez, Mississippi — The King’s Tavern — is also its most haunted. There’s Madeline, the ghost of the mistress of one of the first owners, whose wife ordered the girl’s murder. And in the 1930s, three mummified bodies were discovered in the chimney, with a jeweled dagger believed to be the murder weapon.

Missouri

What can you expect at the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri? Dinner and a comfortable night’s sleep, yes, but also “strange apparitions and glowing orbs caught on film, items that go flying through the air, chilling voices.” At least four members of the Lemp family died by suicide in the mansion, and their restless ghosts are said to linger.

Montana

Little Bighorn Battlefield became a national monument in 1946, but that designation hasn’t moved the restless souls who died there back in 1876. According to The Billings Gazette, “Witnesses have described hearing battle cries, rifle shots and even bugles. Some even say they’ve seen riders on horseback and soldiers in uniform.”

Nebraska

A handful of ghosts are rumored to haunt the Capitol Building in Lincoln — including several people who have fallen to their deaths, and a female ghost that frequents the library.

Nevada

The Lady in Red haunts The Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah, Nevada, one of the first luxury hotels built in the state. She was strangled and stabbed to death in room 502.

New Hampshire

With 200 guest rooms, the Omni Mount Washington in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, welcomes plenty of guests each year, but there’s one who never leaves: Carolyn Stickney. She was the wife of the man who built the original hotel, who passed away in 1939. Room 314 is said to be her favorite.

New Jersey

The Emlen Physick Estate in Cape May, New Jersey, dates back to 1879, and several of its former inhabitants have refused to leave — including Dr. Physick’s Aunt Emilie; Dr. Physick’s mother, Frances Ralston; Isabelle, Mrs. Ralston’s invalid younger sister; and Dr. Physick’s dogs.

New Mexico

Ghosts aren’t the only things that can spook us. Since 1947, Roswell is ground zero for all things extraterrestrial due to an alleged UFO crash in 1947. The city is also home to the International UFO Museum & Research Center.

New York

Today, the home made famous by the movie Amityville Horror looks like any other renovated suburban home. But who can forget the events of 1975, when the Lutz family moved in and stayed just 28 days, haunted by the spirits of the family killed in their sleep just a year before.

North Carolina

“The Pink Lady” of the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, is said to haunt room 525. She is believed to have fallen to her death (while wearing pink) in the hotel around 1920.

North Dakota

They don’t call it The Haunted Fort for nothing. Each year, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park plays up the rumors that when Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s old home was reconstructed, in 1989, it awoke the spirits of those who lived and died at Ft. Lincoln. The annual event is now entering its 18th season.

Ohio

The Athens Lunatic Asylum — now known as The Ridges — was Ohio’s largest mental institution until it closed in 1993. Now part of Ohio University, along with its adjoining cemeteries, the hospital’s sordid past remains — including a stain from the corpse of Margaret Schilling, who was left to rot for more than 40 days after she died.

Oklahoma

In Tulsa, The Hex House an annual haunted house not intended for children, is inspired by a true story that dates back to the 1940s, about a middle-aged woman who kept two other women as virtual slaves.

Oregon

The Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon, is a historic building that is said to be haunted by its original owners — Henry and Georgiana Pittock.

Pennsylvania

Each year, the Eastern State Penitentiary creates a massive haunted house within its walls. But it’s pretty eerie the rest of the year. As NPR put it, “Its… history is full of suicide, madness, disease, murder and torture, making it easy to imagine the spirits of troubled souls left behind to roam its abandoned halls.”

Rhode Island

A dozen men died building Providence City Hall back in the late 1800s, and it’s said that beloved mayor Thomas Doyle also haunts the halls of Providence City Hall. “Ghost Hunters” even went to check it out.

South Carolina

At least two ghosts haunt the Poinsett Bridge in Greenville, South Carolina — believed to be the oldest surviving bridge in the state. One ghost is of a man who died in a car accident in the ‘50s, and another is a slave.

South Dakota

Each Halloween, the historic Old West town of Deadwood, South Dakota, becomes Deadweird. It’s less spooky than, say, celebratory.

Tennessee

Don’t mess with the Bell Witch. She is believed to be the spirit of Kate Batts, a neighbor of John Bell’s who, on her deathbed in the early 1800s, cursed his family over a land dispute. Her legend has thrived ever since.

Texas

Some 8,000 people were lost during the tragic Galveston hurricane in 1900 — and their restless spirits, and many others, seem to plague the whole city. Paranormal hot spots include the Hotel Galvez.

Utah

The Old Tooele Hospital is home to both a long, sordid past that dates back to 1873, and has been used as a nursing home and Asylum 49 — a terrifying “full-contact” haunted attraction.

Vermont

The Gold Brook Covered Bridge is better known as Emily’s Bridge, for the ghost of a woman who hung herself from the rafters after she was spurned by a lover.

Virginia

The Center for Paranormal Research and Investigation leads ghost tours of Bacon’s Castle, the oldest brick home in the entire country. There have been alleged sightings of floating heads and disembodied voices.

Washington

The historic Thornewood Castle, which dates back to 1908, solidified its reputation as a haunted mansion when it was the backdrop for the Stephen King miniseries “Rose Red.” Today, it’s a bed and breakfast, still said to be haunted by those who once lived there.

West Virginia

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, which dates back to 1864, in Weston, West Virginia, hosts several historic and paranormal tours year-round — and is home to a particularly terrifying, asylum-themed haunted house each Halloween season.

Wisconsin

The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, opened in 1893, making it the oldest hotel in the city. And it’s said to be haunted by the man for which is it named, Charles Pfister. More than a dozen Major League Baseball players can attest to it.

Wyoming

The Wyoming Frontier Prison is “haunted by history,” as they say. More than 200 inmates died within its walls between 1901 and 1981 — and rumor has it that a few of them haven’t left.

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