We have recently booked a trip to New York (one of our happy places) for the New Year. Having been to the Big Apple on a number of occasions, we have done all of the major tourist attractions, some more than once. Therefore, my research for this trip took me down a very different path. And we have subsequently booked a ghost tour, which we are very excited about taking. Being Brits, we didn’t realise there were so many places in America with haunted building and/or ghost tours. My research brought up a number of them and I thought it only fair to share, especially if you too have an interest in the macabre or are looking for somewhere to head for Halloween.
Therefore, what do you get when horror meets history? Some of the most haunted historical sites in America. Here are some of the most famous historical sites in the United States where reports of ghost sightings and hauntings abound:
This popular tourist destination in Virginia is a favourite of scholars, history buffs and casual vacationers alike. Colonial Williamsburg is a living history museum and historic district where skilled actors in period costumes live in historically accurate homes and buildings and depict daily life as it was in 18th century America. It is also known to be a hotbed for ghosts and paranormal activity, which you can learn more about by going on a Colonial Ghost Tour.
Colonial Ghosts is the number one ghost tour of Williamsburg, and the best one to go on to learn more about the dark and mysterious past of one of the country’s oldest cities. Williamsburg was an important location in America’s history, as it was the capital of the largest and one of the first English colonies in the country.
It has seen its fair share of violence and tragedy, having survived two wars—the Revolutionary War and the Civil War—and parts of it were recently discovered to have been built on top of ancient Native American Indian burial grounds. It’s no wonder then that historic ghosts are said to haunt the area, with sightings regularly being reported to this very day.
Lizzie Borden’s House
This was the location of one of the most grisly and infamous murder cases in American history. A resident of an affluent neighbourhood in Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden was accused of murdering her father and stepmother, Andrew and Abby Borden, with an axe. She was tried and later acquitted. The case received widespread media attention, but was never solved, and remains a mystery to this day.
Today, the Borden residence serves as a bed and breakfast for brave, adventurous travellers and thrill seekers. It is reported that almost everyone who stays overnight at the B&B experiences some kind of paranormal activity, and some have even claimed to have captured photographic evidence of ghosts.
RMS Queen Mary
The RMS Queen Mary was a luxury ocean liner even bigger than the Titanic. At its prime, it transported such illustrious personalities as Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Winston Churchill across the ocean. During World War II, the liner was converted into a warship and earned the nickname the “Grey Ghost.”
It has seen numerous deaths on its decks, including the murder of a crew member, and several people drowning in its pools. Today, it is docked in Long Beach, California, where it serves as a luxury hotel. But the ghosts of its storied past continue to haunt the rooms and decks, and many guests have reported eerie experiences during their stay.
Eastern State Penitentiary
At one point, the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia was one of the most famous and expensive prisons in the world. Famous criminals like Al Capone were inmates there. The castle-like prison was known for taking solitary confinement to extreme new levels, forcing inmates to eat, sleep, live, and work completely alone, wearing hoods over their heads when they were transported by guards from one part of the prison to another.
These severe forms of punishment often took its toll on the inmates’ mental health, and many prisoners died within the penitentiary’s walls. These inmates are said to haunt the prison today, and a visit to the penitentiary can give you a great feeling of dread and unease, even in broad daylight.
A visit to any of the historical sites on this list is not for the meek or fainthearted. Plan your visit today, and you may end up having an out-of-this-world experience you’ll never forget.
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