The Top 100 Most Haunted Places in the USA – 1 -10

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Number Ten  – Most Haunted Places in the USA

Marion, Kentucky, Baker Hollow Road Cemetery

 

Chance of Paranormal Activity –  5+

Status – Abandoned Cemetery

Investigation Ease –  3 (very easy to get into but this location does not like to be found unless you follow the directions posted below precisely)

 

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History

None known.

Legends and Paranormal Activity

This location is only for experienced paranormal investigators – novices and beginners should seriously keep their distance. Even for experienced investigators it is advised that you stay in your car with the doors locked and the windows up – the experience will be intense enough even sealed up like this.

It is said that the easiest way to know that you have found this cemetery is the overwhelming empathic sense of sorrow you will feel – some people have reduced to uncontrollable sobbing.

The entities here are not friendly and are more than happy to let visitors know.  A phantom dog is said to guard the cemetery and is usually seen limping or otherwise seeming to be injured. This is a ruse and used to get people out of their cars and to approach it. If this ruse doesn’t work the dog, which is said to have burning yellow eyes, will keep pace with your car no matter the speed until you reach the fork in the road (see below) again. Witnesses who have approached the dog have been physically attacked.

The apparitions of Civil War soldiers still locked in battle have been seen here. Phantom faces have appeared right next to car windows coming out of mists that suddenly spring out of nowhere. Invisible forces have attacked the living resulting in bites, scratches and cuts. Unlocked car doors have been opened by invisible presences and there have been reports of attempts to pull people out of their cars. Cars have also suffered damage here including dents and scratches on the windows. Cars have also stalled here resulting in great difficulty in getting them started again.

The ghosts of loved ones who have passed away have been seen begging people to get out of their cars and follow them.  This would seem to be dark entities with the ability to pull images out of people’s minds and project them. There are also reports of the trees being filled with dead men hanging from nooses.

Phantom noises echo through the area including screams, yells, cries and voices. Scenes of horrific car accidents have been played out for witnesses with the ghosts of the victims rising immediately and approaching the witness’s cars. Sudden and abrupt weather changes have been reported including pouring rain to clear skies or vice versa.

The things that call this cemetery home are very aggressive and it suggested that you show no fear and only come to this area fully protected and shielded. People who go unprepared have suffered crippling panic attacks, physical illness and terrible nightmares. It is said that everyone experiences something different here but very few leave untouched.

Directions (Must Be Followed Precisely)

It is located off of Baker Church Road going toward Morganfield. You turn to the left off Baker Church Road on to Baker Hollow Road. There is one cemetery behind the church on the left.

After you pass this church there is a fork in the road, follow it to the left and this is where everything begins. However on a good night it begins when you first turn on the road. You have to go after dark but the best time to go is around or after midnight. This cemetery disappears and then reappears in different locations.

However it will not show itself when you drive down the road. You have to drive down to the end of the road and turn around and come back in order to see the cemetery. You will know when you are close to the cemetery because you will have an overwhelming feeling of sadness and will begin to cry for no apparent reason.

 

 

Number Nine – Most Haunted Places in the USA

Alameda, California, USS Hornet (CV-12)

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Chance of Paranormal Activity – 5+

Status – Former US Naval Ship, Museum

Investigation Ease -  3.5 (5 on Ghost Tours)

 

History

Originally named the USS Kearsarge this Essex Class aircraft carrier was renamed the USS Hornet when the 7th ship named Hornet was lost in action in October, 1942. She was launched on August 30, 1943 and after a year of sea trials she joined the US Forces in the Pacific against the forces of Imperial Japan. She participated in every major US Naval action in 1944. In World War II she played large parts in the invasions of New Guinea, Caroline Islands and the Mariana Islands. She also took part in the Battle Of The Philippine Sea, first launching aircraft to decimate Japanese land aircraft and then in the so-called Mariana’s Turkey Shoot which effectively ended Japanese Naval Air ability in the war – 395 of the 430 Japanese naval aircraft were shot down. The Hornet was also part of the aerial assaults on Indo-China and the Japanese home islands  as well as supporting the invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa where her planes helped sink the mighty battleship Yamato. Despite being in service for 16 continuous months during the end of war and being subjected to 59 air attacks the Hornet was not hit once.  She earned 9 Battle Stars for her service in the war. After being overhauled in San Francisco her final mission in the war was Operation Magic Carpet which brought home the troops after the Japanese surrender. In the Cold War she served with distinction in the Vietnam War and other conflicts and tensions in Indo-China. She also picked up the Apollo 11 capsule after the first mission to the Moon. The historical ship was decommissioned on June 26, 1970 and removed from the Naval Vessel Register on July 25, 1989. In 1998 she was sailed from Puget Sound to her current berth in Alameda and opened as a public museum.

Legends and Paranormal Activity

This aircraft carrier is considered the most haunted ship of the US Navy. Although she was never hit in battle she and her flight crew participated in the deaths of countless thousands. Apparitions of sailors and aviators have been seen all over the ship. Phantom World War II era planes have been seen taking off and landing on her deck. Objects move on their own and disappear only to reappear at the later time in a completely different place. Doors open and close on their own and people have been shoved, pulled and tugged by invisible presences. Feelings of sadness, being watched, not being alone, fear and unease have been reported.  Shadow figures still walk her halls and her rooms and decks. Toilets have flushed on their own. Disembodied voices, screams, shouts, cries and other unexplained noises are heard on an almost constant basis. Light anomalies and unexplained mists have been seen and photographed. She has been described as having a very

eerie feeling overall

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Address: 707 W Hornet Ave #3

Phone Number: 510-521-8448

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Number Eight – Most Haunted Places in the USA

Preston, Connecticut, Norwich State Hospital

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Chance of Paranormal Activity -  5+

Status -  Former Psychiatric Hospital, Abandoned, Fenced Off, Private Security

Investigation Ease -  1.5

 

History

Opened in 1904 and closed with a reduced staff in 1996. This site expanded from 1 building on 100 acres to 30 building on over 900 acres. It housed the mentally ill as well as the criminally insane.  During its operational years,  at different times TB patients, geriatric patients and chemically dependent patients were also housed here.  It is still owned by the state although the town of Preston is responsible for a large part of the former campus  There are many rumors of patients being mistreated to the point of torture here.

Legends and Paranormal Activity

Apparitions of children, former patients and staff. Intense cold spots have been felt on even the warmest summer days. Phantom voices, moaning and mumbling has been heard. Phantom beeps have been heard in the room where lobotomies where once performed. One room in particular the sound of a woman crying has been heard. Other activity: phantom footsteps, phantom screams, faces seen in windows, doors opening and slamming on their own, objects moving and falling on their own, light anomalies, mysterious mists with human faces within, shadow figures, whispers of people’s names, reports of being touched and poked by unseen forces, general feeling of unease and extreme fright and a feeling of not being wanted.

Testimonial

I recently spoke with someone who lives only a few blocks from this location over the phone. They wish to remain anonymous but did provide some up to date details for anyone wishing to investigate this site. The former hospital grounds are definitely owned by the City of Norwich. The site is currently surrounded by a fence and patrolled 24 hours a day by a security force. The reason for the fence and security is the large amount of vandalism done to the property since the closure of the hospital. The only way to enter the grounds without incurring a trespassing charge at the very least is to gain permission from the city. They described the grounds as still very beautiful sitting on hill beside the river. The old Victorian buildings are suffering from neglect but still remain an awesome sight. Photos and video can still taken from the public side of the fence and most windows in the buildings are open in which items belonging to both the staff and patients are still visible. Anyone with the financial ability to redevelop the site is encouraged to contact the city with their plans. Most of the old buildings have large amounts of asbestos in their roofs and therefore any clean up would need to remove this poisonous substance at a very large financial commitment. There have been plans submitted to the city (including one for an

amusement park) but none have been able to bring the cash needed for the large undertaking.

 

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Location The remaining buildings of the former Norwich State Hospital are at the junction of routes 2 and 12 in Preston, right on the banks of the Thames River directly across from Mohegan Sun Resort Casino.  

 

 

Number Seven – Most Haunted Places in the USA

Moundsville, West Virginia, Moundsville Penitentiary

 

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Chance of Paranormal Activity -  5+

Status – Abandoned Prison, Privately Owned

Investigation Ease -  4

 

History

The land was bought in 1866 and construction was began on a new prison; the location was chosen because of its proximity to the then state capitol, Wheeling. The prison opened in 1876 as one of the most fearsome looking prisons having being built in the Gothic style. The facility opened with 251 male prisoners and room for a total of 480 but by the 1930s its population was exceeding 2,400. At times 3 inmates occupied one 5 x 7 cell. The first execution occurred in 1899  and in total of 94 men were put to death in the prison – 85 were hung and the remaining 9 died in the electric chair. In 1959 the state abolished the death penalty and in 1986 the State Supreme Court ruled that the prisoners were receiving cruel and unusual punishment due in most part to two riots having happened and the deplorable overcrowding and living conditions. This would eventually spell the end of the facility’s use as a penitentiary and Moundsville would close in 1995. Currently this location gives historical tours both in the daytime and limited tours at night. There is also a “lights out” event after the night tours end at 130 am until 6 am when you are armed only with a flashlight and a camera.

Legends and Paranormal Activity

The ghost of a maintenance man who was stabbed to death by prisoners in the basement for telling the guards on them. The circular entrance gate still turns on its own eternally bringing in prisoners to the facility. Areas where paranormal activity is most common include: The Sugar Shack – an indoor area used when the outdoor exercise yard could not be used, Death Row, the Shower Cages and the North Wagon Gate – where prisoners were held before execution in the days previous to the electric chair. Other reported activity – phantom footsteps, disembodied voices, screams, crying, pleading, banging and other loud noises, light anomalies, extreme feeling of

unease and being watched and laughing

 

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Address: 818 Jefferson Avenue

Phone Number: (304) 845-6200

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Number Six – Most Haunted Places in the USA

Jerome, Arizona, The Grande Hotel

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Chance of Paranormal Activity – 5+

Status – Functional Hotel

Investigation Ease -  2

History

The town of Jerome, Arizona, began in the 1900′s as the United Verde Copper Mine, employing hundreds to dig deep within the mountain for copper, gold and silver. The town was often referred to as a den of sin and vice by the local newspapers at the time, and was typical of most mining towns. It was in 1926 that the United Verde Copper Company began construction on the United Verde Hospital to treat its sick and injured miners. By the time it opened in 1927, it was an amazing site to behold. At 30,000 square feet and five stories of poured concrete, the hospital was designed to be fireproof as well as resistant to the shock of 260,000 pounds of dynamite exploding within the mines. By 1930, United Verde Hospital was widely regarded as the most modern and well-equipped hospital in Arizona and quite possibly the entire southwest. An Otis elevator (an elevator not requiring an operator) in what was to become the Jerome Grande Hotel was installed in October 1926. Never having been modernized with automatic doors or any other upgrades available, this is the oldest original “self service” elevator in Arizona and possibly the United States. It was originally installed to carry patients to the operating room on the third floor. The Many patients were brought in to have their mangled bodies examined, to recover from disease and to even bear their children. While many of them were nursed back to health, a large percentage of patients simply went to the hospital to die. Many women perished during childbirth, and many men coughed their last gasping breaths within the walls. The building also served to care for the mentally unstable, housing them until they either died or were “cured.” In 1994, Phelphs Dodge sold the building to Larry Altherr and his brother who began turning it into the Jerome Grand Hotel. When it opened its doors in 1997, the hauntings began again with even stranger phenomena reported. In December, 2010 this hotel was closed down by the Fire Department and it slapped the town of Jermone with an 8 million lawsuit in response. It is unclear as to exactly what happened but I have just called the hotel and confirmed they are open for business again.

Legends and Paranormal Activity

At least two of the ghosts are women and have been seen by numerous visitors. The first, a nurse carrying a clipboard, seems more to be a residual haunting than an actual ghost. She roams the halls, pausing at intervals and leaning down, looking at beds that no longer exist and patients long since dead. The other, a woman in white, has been identified as a woman who died in childbirth. Neither she nor her baby left the hospital halls. According to legend she is distraught over the treatment of her dead child, who was buried in an unmarked grave. According to the locals, she stalks the hotel, searching for her child’s final resting place. In 1935 an orderly named Claude Harvey was killed when he was crushed beneath the hospital elevator. No autopsy was done on his body, and though the death was ruled a tragic accident, rumors circulated that he was murdered. His ghost is believed to haunt several floors of the hotel and its basement. Another rumored murder concerned another orderly who fell, or was pushed, from a balcony on the fifth floor. Though no arrests were ever made, the popular notion was that both deaths were deliberate acts against the two men. A suicide occurred when a patient in a wheelchair moved over to the balcony and pulled himself over the railing, falling to his death below. Many locals claimed to hear shouts and screams coming from the old hospital, and those that ventured close enough swore they heard coughing and labored breaths. The most common occurrence is the sound of labored breathing and coughing coming from empty rooms. Worse, these sounds often emanate from a dark corner of a guest’s room. The guest in question usually describes a sharp drop in temperature, followed by a dusty smell. Then the coughing begins, along with wheezing behind it. One patron actually left his room and spent the night in the lobby after hearing such noises. Many guests have also heard voices coming from rooms on the third floor. These voices can be heard conversing from various places, especially Rooms 31, 33, 39A and 39B. Guests on this floor also smell cigarette and cigar smoke in non-smoking rooms. Other phenomenon commonly observed are ghost lights. Employees have noticed flashing lights in unoccupied rooms. When they go to check the room for any sign of mischief, the room is empty.

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Address: 200 Hill Street

Phone Number: (928) 634-8200 The 888 number on their website has been disconnected.

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Number Five – Most Haunted Places in the USA

Wilder, Kentucky, Bobby Mackey’s Music World

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Chance of Paranormal Activity – 5+

Status – Functional Bar

Investigation Ease – 4

 

History

Bobby Mackey’s Music World is a nightclub and honky tonk that is currently owned by country singer Bobby Mackey and located on 44 Licking Pike in Wilder, Kentucky. Situated about 8 miles (13 km) south of Cincinnati, and near the north-flowing Licking River and a railroad, the building is self-proclaimed as “the most haunted nightclub in the USA. Apparently, a small satanic group made up of local residents gathered at the empty building, managing to practice their rituals in secret. However, they were exposed in 1896 during one of the most spectacular murder trials ever held in northeast Kentucky. It was so large that tickets were sold to the hearing and more than 5,000 people stood outside the Newport, Kentucky courthouse for information about what was taking place inside. The trial, and the murder that spawned it, has become an integral part of Bobby Mackey’s haunted history. Pearl Bryan, an attractive young woman, was the daughter of a wealthy farmer, was an attractive, young woman who lived in Greencastle, Indiana in 1896. She was the youngest of 12 children from a prominent family and by the age of 22, was one of the most popular girls in the area. She had graduated from Greencastle High School in 1892 and had more than her share of suitors. Unknown to her friends and the polite members of Greencastle society, Pearl was pregnant. Her cousin and close friend, William Wood, had recently introduced her to Scott Jackson, who was then attending the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati. He and Wood, who was then attending medical school at DePauw University, became close friends but unbeknown to Wood, Jackson was an alleged member of the occult group that met in the former slaughterhouse in Wilder. Jackson’s family was as well-to-do as the Bryan’s and so he was immediately accepted as a suitor for Pearl. He soon seduced her however and she became pregnant. Pearl turned to Wood, who in turn, informed Jackson of the problem. He made arrangements to remedy the situation with an abortion in Cincinnati. Pearl left her parent’s home on February 1, 1896 and told them that she was going to Indianapolis. Instead, she made plans to meet with Jackson and his roommate, Alonzo Walling, in Cincinnati. It would be the last time that her parents would ever see her alive. She was at that time five months pregnant. Jackson’s medical skills were apparently much more inept than he had led his friend William Wood to believe. He first tried to induce an abortion using chemicals, apparently cocaine. This substance was later discovered in Pearl’s system during an autopsy. After that, he tried to use dental tools, but botched that as well. After an hour or so, Pearl was frightened; injured and bleeding and that’s when the story gets even darker turn. The three of them left Cincinnati and traveled across the Ohio River and into Kentucky. Jackson took them to a secluded spot near Fort Thomas and here, he and Walling murdered Pearl Bryan. Using dental instruments, they severed her head from her body. It was a “clean cut”, according to the testimony of the doctor who later examined the body. He also determined that Pearl had been alive at the time because of the presence of blood on the underside of some leaves at the murder scene. Pearl’s body was found about two hundred feet off the Alexandria Turnpike and less than two miles from the abandoned slaughterhouse. As her head was nowhere to be found, Pearl was identified by her shoes. They bore the imprint of Louis and Hays, a Greencastle shoe company that was able to confirm that they had been sold to Pearl Bryan. During the trial that followed, Walling testified that it had been Jackson’s idea to cut Pearl up and distribute her body in the Cincinnati sewers. Only the head was taken, for which Jackson apparently had other uses. Pearl’s luxurious blond hair was later found in a valise in Jackson’s room. Legend has it that Pearl’s head was used during a satanic ritual at the slaughterhouse. It was then dumped into the well of blood and was lost. Jackson and Walling were brought to trial in 1897 and were quickly found guilty and sentenced to death. William Wood was later arrested and charged as an accomplice. Charges against him were dropped when he agreed to testify against the other two men. According to reports, Jackson and Walling were both offered life sentences instead of execution if they would reveal the location of Pearl’s head. Both men refused. They went to the gallows behind the courthouse in Newport on March 21, 1897. It was the last public hanging in Campbell County.

The stories spread that Jackson and Walling were afraid of suffering “Satan’s wrath” if they revealed the location of Pearl’s head. The slaughterhouse was then a closely guarded secret and other occultists would have been exposed if the two men had talked. One reporter commented later that Walling, as the noose was being slipped over his head, threatened to come back and haunt the area after his death. The writer also stated a few days later, in an article in the Kentucky Post newspaper that an “evil eye” had fallen on many of the people connected to the Pearl Bryan case. Legend has it that many of the police officials and attorneys involved in the case later met with bad luck and tragic ends.

After the trial ended, the slaughterhouse fell silent and remained empty for many years. It was eventually torn down and a roadhouse was constructed on the site. During the 1920’s, the place became known as a speakeasy and as a popular gambling joint. Local lore has it that during this period, a number of murders took place in the building. None of them were ever solved because the bodies were normally dumped elsewhere to keep attention away from the illegal gambling and liquor operation. After Prohibition ended in 1933, the building was purchased by E.A. Brady, better known to friends and enemies alike as “Buck”. Brady turned the building in a thriving tavern and casino called the Primrose. He enjoyed success for a number of years but eventually the operation came to the attention of syndicate mobsters in Cincinnati. They moved in on Brady, looking for a piece of the action. Brady refused offers for new “partners” and outright bids to buy him out of the Primrose. Soon, the tavern was being vandalized and customers were being threatened and beaten up in the parking lot. The violence escalated until Brady became involved in a shooting in August 1946. He was charged and then released in the attempted murder of small-time hood Albert “Red” Masterson. This was the last straw for Buck and he sold out to the gangsters. It was said that when he left, he swore the place would never thrive again as a casino. Brady committed suicide in September 1965. After Brady sold out, the building re-opened as another nightclub called the Latin Quarter. Several times during the early 1950’s, the new owners of the bar were arrested on gambling charges. In 1955, Campbell County deputies broke into the building with sledge hammers and confiscated slot machines and gambling tables. Apparently, Brady’s promises had come to pass. It was also during this period that the legends of the building gained another vengeful ghost. According to the stories, the owner of the club’s daughter, Johanna, fell in love with one of the singers who was performing here and became pregnant. Her father was furious. Thanks to his criminal connections, he had the singer killed. Johanna became so distraught that she attempted to poison her father and then succeeded in taking her own life. Her body was later discovered in the now infamous basement and according to the autopsy report, she was five months pregnant just like Pearl Bryan. Bad luck continued to plague the owners of the tavern. In the 1970’s, it became known as the Hard Rock Cafe, but it was closed down by authorities in 1978 because of some fatal shootings on the premises.

Legends and Paranormal Activity

Carl Lawson was the first employee hired by Bobby Mackey. He was a loner who worked as a caretaker and handyman at the tavern. He lived alone in an apartment in the upstairs of the building and spent a lot of time in the sprawling building after hours. When he began reporting that he was seeing and hearing bizarre things in the club, people around town first assumed that he was simply crazy. Later on though, when others started to see and hear the same things, Lawson didn’t seem so strange after all. “I’d double check at the end of the night and make sure that everything was turned off. Then I’d come back down hours later and the bar lights would be on. The front doors would be unlocked, when I knew that I’d locked them. The jukebox would be playing the ‘Anniversary Waltz’ even though I’d unplugged it and the power was turned off,” Lawson told author Doug Hensley, who has written extensively about the haunted tavern. The first ghost that Lawson spotted in the place was that of a dark, very angry man that he saw behind the bar. Even though others were present at the time of the sighting, they saw nothing. A short time later, Lawson began to experience visions of a spirit who called herself “Johanna”. She would often speak to Lawson and he was able to answer her and carry on conversations. The rumors quickly started that Lawson was “talking to himself”. Lawson claimed that Johanna was a tangible presence though, often leaving the scent of roses in her wake. Odd sounds and noises often accompanied the sightings and Lawson soon realized that the spirits seemed to be the strongest in the basement, near an old-sealed up well that had been left from the days when there was a slaughterhouse at the location. The lore of the area, Carl knew, stated that the well had once been used for satanic rituals. Some of the local folks referred to it as “Hell’s Gate”. Although he wasn’t a particularly religious man, Lawson decided to sprinkle some holy water on the old well one night, thinking that it might bring some relief from the spirits. Instead, it seemed to provoke them and the activity in the building began to escalate. Other employees and patrons of the place began to have their own weird experiences. They began to tell of objects that moved around on their own, lights that turned on an off, disembodied voices and laughter and more. Janet Mackey had also experienced the strange activity. She had seen the ghosts, had felt the overwhelming presences and had even smelled Johanna’s signature rose scent. She also had a very frightening encounter in the basement. While she was there, she was suddenly overcome by the scent of roses and felt something unseen swirl around her. “Something grabbed me by the waist,” Janet later recalled. “It picked me up and threw me back down. I got away from it, and when I got to the top of the stairs there was pressure behind me, pushing me down the steps. I looked back up and a voice was screaming ’Get Out! Get Out!’” At the time of this terrifying encounter, Janet was, like Johanna and Pearl Bryan before her, five months pregnant. Once Janet admitted that she had seen the ghosts in the building, other people began to come forward. Roger Heath, who often worked odd jobs in the club, remembered a summer morning when he and Carl Lawson were working alone in the building. Heath was removing some light fixtures from the dance floor and Lawson was carrying them down to the basement. Just before lunch, Lawson came up the stairs and Heath noticed that he had small handprints on the back of his shirt. It looked just like a woman had been hugging him! Erin Fey, a hostess at the club, also confessed to encountering Johanna. She had laughed one day at Lawson when he was talking to the ghost. She stopped laughing when she also got a strong whiff of the rose perfume. Independent witnesses provided matching descriptions of the phantom, never knowing that she had been seen by others. Looking into the historic records to explain building’s past, events of the past were closely connected to the hauntings of the present. In old newspaper accounts, the story of Pearl Bryan and photos of Buck Brady that matched the description of an often seen ghost. None of the witnesses to the present-day paranormal activity were even vaguely aware of who these people had been or what connections they had to the building. All photos are property of Bobby Mackey’s Used with Permission babby mackey's 1

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Address: 44 Licking Pike

Phone Number: (859) 431-5588

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Number Four – Most Haunted Places in the USA

Louisville, Kentucky, Waverly Hills Sanatorium

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Chance of Paranormal Activity –  5+

Status – Abandoned, Tours, On-Site Security

Investigation Ease – With Permission (5)

 

History

Located in Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky this tuberculosis sanatorium was originally opened in 1910 as a 2 story hospital with room for only 40 to 50 patients. In 1912 and 1916 respectively a hospital for advanced cases and a children’s pavilion were opened increasing the patient capacity to 130 patients. In October of 1926 the 5 story building that still stands was opened; it was closed in June of 1962 as the advent of antibiotics had lowered tuberculosis cases in the country. The building was re-opened later in 1962 as the Woodhaven Geriatrics Hospital but was closed again in 1981 due to numerous allegations of patient abuse. Plans since then for the site have included turning it into a minimum security prison and a plan to build the worlds largest statue of Jesus Christ on the site. In 2001 the current owners of the property, Tina and Charlie Mattingly, purchased the property. They now run the site as an haunted attraction including ghost and historical tours. The building and property are private property and the owners have installed many security features including a 24 hour volunteer security force and internal/external cameras. Should you decide to visit this location it would be a wise decision to book a tour instead of trying your own exploration. Plan for it in advance though as at the time of this posting they were booked through 2009 on all tours except the 2 hour ghost/historical tour. That’s right all full night and half night tours are booked – hence the fact that Haunted North America Investigations is planning a tour there in 2014. As this is quite simply one of the most famous haunted locations on earth, definitely the most haunted in the US it’s legends are many. The location has been visited and investigated on such TV shows as Scariest Places on Earth, VH1 Celebrity Paranormal Project, Ghost Hunters and Most Haunted. Over 63,000 people died at Waverly and some of them still walk the halls and grounds.

The Legends and Hauntings of Waverly Hills

Room 502 The legend is of 2 suicides that happened in this room. One of a nurse that jumped from the window with no other details. The other of a nurse that hung herself from a fixture in the room. Supposedly she was pregnant out of wedlock possibly by a doctor who then flubbed the abortion. This hanging has been verified by a former employee.

The Draining Room – Warning Very Explicit This room was located near the morgue. It was used by the staff to drain fluids from the corpses in order to make them lighter for transport. They would hang the bodies from poles and then split the bodies from sternum to groin to drain all fluids – this was prevent infection to the general populace. This legend is supposedly untrue and the room was actually used for a transformer. However it still, strangely, is reported as paranormally active.

The Death Tunnel A 500 foot tunnel constructed from the main floor of the hospital to railroad tracks at the bottom. The trains were used to haul away the bodies for burial by their loved ones. One side of the tunnel was constructed with a stairway to allow entrance and exit by the staff. A motorized cart was used to move the bodies. Urban legends have it that the bodies were simply tossed down the tunnel to let gravity take them to the bottom – this is untrue and inhumane. The tunnel was constructed to hide the release of the dead from the patients. At the time there was no cure for TB so the patients were given lots of fresh air and sunlight and hope for a recovery – seeing the dead leaving the hospital would have been hard on morale. This area has also reported a high level of activity.

Timmy The ghost of a small boy who roams the halls. He likes to play games with visitors including hide and seek and playing with a ball. People have reported cold spots and physical touching of their hands in Timmy’s presence.

Elderly Lady A ghost of an elderly woman reportedly chained and bleeding running for the front door screaming “help”. This ghost is probably from the time the building was used as a geriatric hospital (see above).

More Hauntings Shadow people and orbs crossing rooms and moving down halls. Many different examples of EVP including “Get out” and “What kind of hospital is this?” Thermal imaging equipment was used on at least one occasion on Halloween 2006 and the image of 2 small children is seen rising from the hallway floor and disappearing through a wall.

As no one is permitted on the property without having a tour reservation first and you will get caught if try to trespass we will leave the directions on the official Waverly Hills website  Waverlyhillssanatorium


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Location

440 Paralee Drive.

Any and all tours must be booked through the following website:

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Number Three – Most Haunted Places in the USA

Weston, West Virginia, Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (Weston State Hospital)

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Chance of Paranormal Activity – 5+

Status – Tourist Attraction (Former Psychiatric Hospital)

Investigation Ease – 5(with permission)

 

History

Yet another hospital built on Kirkbride design (see Danver’s State Hospital) this structure was built between 1858 – 1881 and opened its doors doors patients in 1864. Construction was halted by the outbreak of the Civil War when the money put aside for the construction was stolen after it was demanded by the State of Virginia after the West Virginia succession and an attempt was made to use it to finance a pro-Northern States government in Virginia. The money was eventually recovered and construction began again after West Virginia was officially recognized as a US State..The name of the hospital was changed to Weston State Hospital in 1913. As well many of its contemporaries this hospital quickly became dangerously overcrowded. The original design had been for 250 patients yet by 1880 it held over 700 patients, then 1,600 in 1938 and 1,800 in 1949. The population was made up mostly of epileptics, drug addicts and the mentally handicapped. Some parts of the hospital had limited lighting, heating and furniture well others (such a re-built wing after a patient set a fire) were almost luxurious. Charles Manson was even a patient here for a short stay. Again like many of its contemporaries as the 80′s began to roll around and attitudes toward the mentally ill changed the population began to decline. Eventually it was decided to turn the hospital into a state prison and build a new hospital. The new hospital was built in Weston but in the end the old facility was simply closed. The doors were shut in May 1994. Since its closure there have been many plans for the old hospital including turning it into a golf course and eventually 2 museums were built inside the main building but both were closed down due to fire code violations. In 2007 the building was bought by an asbestos contractor for almost 2 million dollars and the grounds are now used for events such as county fairs. Tours are also offered of the facility both in the daytime and nighttime. As well overnight stays can be booked for Saturday nights.

Legends and Paranormal Activity

A lot of places advertise themselves as the most haunted place in the US or North America. This is the one location that doesn’t need to advertise apparently. This is the only location where we have found reports by actual investigators that make this claim. Reported activity – shadow figures, partial and full body apparitions (many partially inside of walls) of both patients and staff, disembodied voices, screams, laughter, crying, calls for help, mysterious mists, light anomalies, phantom footsteps, feeling of being watched and not wanted, EVP warning people to go home or leave, response to knocks, windows and doors opening and closing on their own, touches and pushes, sound of breathing and so on and so on. If

you want to experience the paranormal this location should be on your list.

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Number Two – Most Haunted Places in the USA

Bethany, New York State, Rolling Hills Asylum

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Chance of Paranormal Activity – 5+

Status – Former Asylum, Open For Tours

Investigation Ease -  5 (Tours Only)

 

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Rolling Hills Asylum Located in western New York 40 minutes from two major airports, Rolling Hills Asylum is a hot bed of paranormal activity. Disembodied voices, doors slamming, footsteps, sounds of furniture moving, full body apparitions, shadow people, touching, lots of class A Evp’s, and more! The property was established on January 1, 1827 as the Genesee County Poor Farm. Over the years it has operated as a poor farm, infirmary, orphanage, tuberculosis hospital, nursing home, and more. Residents and Inmates ran the gambit of widows, orphans, disabled, mentally unstable, murders, and more. Over 1700 bodies buried in unmarked graves. Come out and investigate this very, haunted and active location! Open year round. Historical & Flashlight Tours, Public & Private Ghost Hunts, Daytime & Night-time Opportunities, special events, and more.

We have been featured on Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventurers and Paranormal Challenge as well as SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters.

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History

Opened in 1927 in response to a government directive that all municipalities had to have facilities designed to take care of people who were incapable of taking care of themselves. The facility was known as the Genesee County Poorhouse and took patients ranging from drunks to unwed mothers to outright criminals. It became a working farm with over 200 acres and every able bodied person was expected to work. The county was responsible for burying those who had no family and a graveyard does exist on the property but the exact location has been lost as time went by. The facility was closed in 1974 with the patients being relocated to Batavia. By that time the building had served as both an insane asylum and a nursing home.  The building remained abandoned until 1992 when it was re-opened as a mall called “The Carriage House”. It has since been used as a paranormal research center and gives paranormal tours today.

Legends and Paranormal Activity

Apparitions have been seen in the windows by people outside of the building as well as by those inside the building. The apparition of a man who was once one of the tallest men alive who lived his life in the asylum. Unexplained noises are heard in the building including cries, screams and laughter. Phantom conversations have been heard as well as reports of being touched by cold hands. Other activity: doors and windows opening and closing on their own, shadow figures, objects moving on their own, light anomalies and mysterious knocks.

Testimonials

From AR “Just had my first trip to Rolling Hills last weekend, still going thru my video & audio. It was an incredible location! Two people in the group of four I had got touched, one on her right elbow her jacket got tugged, and the other apparently had something like air float over his head. I didn’t get to touch upon some areas I wanted to see, the maze room (some rooms are set up for Halloween and they leave them that way, more cost effective than taking it down), the vortex room and George’s room with the organ on the top floor. So I definitely want to get back for a second or even more visits (helps that I live only 2.5 hours and a boarder crossing away). I like the fact the rooms are ‘dressed’ to reflect how it would look for a certain period in time or for spirits themselves. Most creepy moment was on the fourth floor when we were leaving nurse Emmie’s room, the atmosphere changed in an instant to an oppressive feeling, something did not want us up there anymore.” From S “ I have been to RHA twice now and I am going at least three more. That piece of land has something saddening about it but its also welcoming. I have seen countless shadows and have communicated with spirits plenty of times. The only rule you must keep in mind is not to panic because the spirits there seem like normal people. You will see shadows perfectly. Also communication is key. If you speak to them they will speak back. They are almost all genuinely good ( just a lil frightening at times). Evidence my team have picked up were class a evp, flashlight, pictures of orbs and apparitions, communication through taps, hearing disembodied voices, a growl, and just seeing apparition standing right next to you. If people ever get the chance to visit, they should. Visit one time and you will feel right at home.”

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Number One – Most Haunted Places in the USA

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,  Town and Battlefield

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Well this could either be the longest posting on the group or a very concise description of the battle. I’m going to go for the concise version if want to see a detailed description of the movements of both armies on all 3 days there are many websites which will give you this including Wikipedia. The Battle of Gettysburg was fought near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania between July 1 – 3, 1863 and has been said to be the turning point of the US Civil War. Two things are certain it was the battle with the most causalities in the war and it halted General Lee’s (Confederate) advance into the north (Union). It certainly heralded the end of the war with a Union victory although even after the Gettysburg loss it has been said there were still many chances for Confederates to turn the tide back and win the war. Either way the Battle of Gettysburg went a long way to reuniting the United States instead of leaving 2 radically different and probably hostile countries in southern North America.

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Phantom Smells – the streets and surrounding area of Gettysburg were filled with dead and dying men during and after the battle. Residents of the town had to use peppermint and vanilla soaked handkerchiefs to relief the horrid stenches. People still claim to catch the smells of death as well as vanilla and peppermint in the air today.

The Farnsworth House Inn

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Chance of Paranormal Activity – 3

Status – Functional Hotel

Investigation Ease – 3

Paranormal Activity

Confederate sharpshooters took over this house during the battle to fire on Union troops on Cemetery Hill just over 100 yards away. Union forces also used the structure as a headquarters after the battle. It is now run as a bed and breakfast and still has the original floors and walls with just over 100 bullet holes in them. The following paranormal activity has been reported at this site: When the attic is quiet and empty a harp can be heard. Phantom footsteps are heard on the staircase and the main floor Ghosts sit on beds Apparitions are seen and shadows pass before people in the dining room An apparition of an older woman is seen in the hallway between the tavern and the kitchen

 

The Jenny Wade House and Museum

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Chance of Paranormal Activity – 3.5

Status – Museum

Investigation Ease – 3

Paranormal Activity

Originally a double unit residence and Jenny Wade and her sister rented half of the house during the battle. They were warned to leave as their home was in the middle of the battle. They refused and stayed to bake bread and give water to the Union soldiers, Jenny was accidentally shot to death by a Confederate sharpshooter in the Farnsworth attic. The following paranormal activity has been witnessed at this location: The apparition of a young woman has been seen followed the scent of baking bread and rose-scented perfume. On the second floor children from an orphanage that was once nearby and played in the house have been known to hang from the chains in roped off areas. They also called out a friendly “hey” to passerby’s and sometimes grab ankles or hands of the living tourists. A male ghost haunts the upstairs and is surrounded by the smell of cigar smoke and has even dropped ashes on guests.

 

Cemetery Hill

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Chance of Paranormal Activity -  3.5

Status – Public Land

Investigation Ease – 5

Paranormal Activity

Sounds of civil war era music being played. Apparitions of Civil War soldiers. Phantom voices, bangs and other unexplained noises. Feelings of being watched, hunted and not being wanted. Light anomalies and mysterious mists. Phantom touches, shoves and pulls.

Devil’s Den

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Chance of Paranormal Activity -  4.5

Status – Public Land

Investigation Ease – 5

Paranormal Activity

Site of vicious and heavy fighting on the second day of the battle. Sounds of battle are heard in this location as well as problems with any cameras or video equipment – the reason for this is rumored to be that a famous photographer, Alexander Gardner, was in this area taking pictures right after the battle, upon seeing a perfect place for a photo he got his assistants to drag a dead Confederate soldier to that spot and took his famous photo – apparently the soldier was not happy this and not wreaks havoc with cameras.

 

The Daniel Lady Farm

Chance of Paranormal Activity -  4.5

Status – Heritage Property

Investigation Ease – 3

Paranormal Activity

Used by the Confederates as a field hospital many soldiers suffered their final moments here. The ghosts of General Issac Ewell and his 10,000 corps are said to haunt this place.

Cashtown Inn

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Chance of Paranormal Activity -  3

Status – Functional Restaurant

Investigation Ease – 3

Paranormal Activity

This location is 8 miles from the town of Gettysburg and the site of first death in the battle. Photos of orbs and skeletons have been taken at this location as well as numerous sounds of thumping doors, lights turning themselves on and off and doors locking and unlocking on their own.

The Ghost Train

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Chance of Paranormal Activity -  3

Status -  Tourist Attraction

Investigation Ease – 5

Paranormal Activity

The only ghost tour that takes guests across the actual battlefield. The smell of cigar smoke and apparitions of soldiers have been smelt and seen over the battlefield and near the tracks.

Gettysburg College

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Chance of Paranormal Activity -  2

Status – Functional School

Investigation Ease -2

Paranormal Activity

The oldest building on the campus was used as hospital during the battle. Two administrators at the college were working late one night in the 1980′s on the 4th floor. Upon taking the elevator down it failed to stop on the main floor and instead took them to the basement. When the doors opened they were greeted by a full scene of a Civil War era hospital in vivid color and one of the soldiers even looked up and met their gaze.

 

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