Make a Ghost Story a Part of Your Next Vacation
Whether or not you believe in ghosts, Jody‘s crew thinks the mythology behind historical buildings and locations can be fascinating. Visiting America’s “haunted history” can be a great way to spice up any vacation and is probably easier than you think. Most locations steeped in history have ghost stories.
Here is a list of some of the more famous locations to get you started:
St. Louis Cemetery in New Orleans: The St. Louis Cemetery is probably immediately recognizable and is rumored to be haunted by a variety of ghosts, most notoriously the ghost of Voodoo Queen Mary Laveau.
Winchester Mansion: The home of Sarah Winchester, widow of William Wirt Winchester (son of famed rifle maker). This mansion is most famous for its long hallways, stair cases to nowhere, mirror tricks and doors that open to reveal brick walls. After the death of her husband and daughter a medium told Sarah the family was cursed for the deaths their rifle-building lineage had caused. To appease these dead Sarah was required to build them a house for the dead and never stop building. The construction went on nearly no stop for 38 years.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum: Constructed in 1858 this building is the largest hand-cut stone building in North America. The asylum stopped treating patients in 1994. Guided tours are available and it is rumored that the ghosts of Civil War soldiers and patients roam the two miles of hallways.
Stepp Cemetery, Illinois: Several gruesome myths, from cults to grieving mothers unburying their dead children, surround this famous cemetery in which less than two dozen disintegrating graves still stand.
Moundsville Penitentiary, West Virginia: This Gothic style prison is said to house many ghosts, but is most famous for its resident, the Shadow Man. The Shadow Man was supposedly a maintenance man who was stabbed to death by inmates for snitching to guards about inmate activity. Sunset tours available.
Gettysburg Battle Field, Pennsylvania: During the infamous Civil War battle more than 50,000 soldiers were killed. Today it is said their ghosts still roam the fields, hills and forests. Groans, moans, cannon and gunfire supposedly can be heard all over the grounds; however, The Devil’s Den, where dozens of limbs and bodies were discovered after the war, is a favorite ghost hunting site.
Other spots to visit include the Stanley Hotel, probably made most famous as the set for The Shining, the St. Augustine Lighthouse , The Myrtles Plantation and The Bell Witch Cave.
More info about all these locations can be found in the original article.