Do you like getting scared? Do you go out and search for ghosts or paranormal activity? Don’t worry, a lot of people like searching for these spooky things this time of year.
There are places all over the East Coast of the United States that many consider haunted. Places where the air is chilly and the hairs stick up on the back of your neck. Locations where you feel like you are being watched but there is no one around. Or where you will just have that uneasy feeling.
You don’t need to believe in ghosts or paranormal activity to enjoy the locations below. Most just have that “creep” factor about them. However, all of them are some of the most haunted locations on the east coast.
Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast – Massachusetts
Do you want to stay in a home where two people were bludgeoned to death beyond recognition? What if their youngest daughter was the prime suspect? If so, check out the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast in Fall River, Massachusetts.
You can start your night off by looking at some of the crime scene photos from August 4, 1892 and finish it off by sleeping in one of the haunted rooms. Will you see the ghosts of her parents? Or will those photos haunt your dreams?
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum – West Virginia
Up and down the east coast you will find many old and abandoned Asylums. Many are reportedly haunted with the ghosts and sprites of past patients. The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia is no different.
This is the largest hand cut masonry building in the US. But that’s not the spooky part. If you are lucky enough (or unlucky enough depending on how you look at it), you might run into Lily. A ghost of a nine year old girl who died of pneumonia. Step into her playroom and you might just hear her laugh or cry.
Salem – Massachusetts
You do remember why Salem, Massachusetts is famous? Remember the Salem Witch Trials? Many “Witches” were hanged around Salem and reportedly still haunt the area today.
One of the most haunted locations in Salem is the Witch House. It was the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin. Corwin was watching over the Witch Trials at the time. So it only makes sense that the ghosts of those he found guilty came back to haunt his home.
Eastern State Penitentiary – Pennsylvania
Most prisons are considered haunted by many. Ask any Prison Guard or Corrections officer who has worked overnight. You see and hear unexplained things. However, Eastern State Penitentiary is a little different.
Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was the first prison in the US to implement solitary confinement. This caused many inmates to go mad. Some of the inmates may have left their bodies but their minds stayed behind.
For many it is believed that the ghostly inmate population took back the prison in 1971 after it closed. Go ahead and take a tour today. Maybe you will see one walking down the corridor or hear their whispers in your ear.
Civil War Battlefields
Battlefields around the world are some of the most haunted locations you can come across. That should come to no surprise since there would have been so much death in those locations. Civil War Battlefields on the East Coast of the US are no different.
Some of the most haunted battlefields in the US are Antietam, Manassas, and Gettysburg. People claim to hear cannons going off. Bullets flying by and the sounds of screaming soldiers. Sometimes you might even smell gun smoke. Now that I have experienced once before near Devil’s Den in Gettysburg. Maybe it was my mind playing tricks on me but you never know.
Castillo de San Marcos – Florida
Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida is just one of the many reportedly haunted locations in the “Nation’s oldest City”. Many battles and pirate attacks have hit this stone fortress over the years leading to many deaths. It is said that some of the men died but never left.
A canon fell through the floor at one point and opened up a hidden chamber filled with ashes and bones. Another time an American Soldier in 1833 removed a brick and found two skeletons chained to a wall. Those two bodies are believed to be Captain Manuel Abela and Colonel Marti (Spanish commander of the fort) wife Dolores. Today people hear screams coming from the wall. There are even reports of a female apparition walking the grounds.
If you visit you might just encounter some strange events too. Like people talking when there is no one around. Unexplained noises and getting touched by cold hands are often common. Remember to bring your camera too. Photos taken at Castillo de San Marcos have displayed translucent ghosts, misty shapes, and strange lights.
Charleston – South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina is considered by many to be the most haunted city in the United States. It survived two wars and numerous fires. Some of the most famous ghosts include Junius Brutus Booth (Father of John Wilkes Booth) who haunts the sight of the Planters Inn.
Nettie Dickerson is another ghost that can often be seen around Charleston. She was struck by lightning and is seen floating around the second floor of the Dock Street Theatre in a red gown.
Grove Park Inn – North Carolina
The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina is home of the Pink Lady. A ghost that has decided to book room 545 for the remainder of time. While this ghost likes to haunt the hotel she mainly likes to walk the halls and play pranks on workers and guests.
Pine Barrens – New Jersey
The Pine Barrens in New Jersey are over one million acres of heavy forest. The most popular resident of the Pine Barrens is the Jersey Devil. According to legend and locals the Jersey Devil was born in 1735 by Deborah Leeds.
This creature has hooves, leathery wings, and a goat’s head. Stay at one of the campgrounds for your chance to catch a glimpse of the Devil. I can tell you just driving through the Pine Barrens at night can be a little creepy.
The Devil’s Dance Floor – North Carolina
The Devil’s Dance Floor, also known as the Devil’s Tramping Ground in North Carolina, is located deep in the woods about 50 miles south of Greensboro. This area is a large 40 foot clearing where animals do not cross and nothing will grow.
Local legends say it is where the Devil comes every night to dance. People have claimed to see red glowing eyes at night and if they place things in the clearing. By the morning the items have been thrown out of the clearing.
Now I can only assume the Devil stops off in North Carolina before he goes and sees Johnny down in Georgia.
The East Coast of the US is full of haunted and spooky places. Every state has at least one haunted location. You just have to search them out sometimes. If you will be travelling to Pennsylvania any time soon you should check out all of these places by following the link.
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