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Dictionary Definition

haunt n : a frequently visited place [syn: hangout, resort, repair, stamping ground]

Verb

1 follow stealthily or recur constantly and spontaneously to; "her ex-boyfriend stalked her"; "the ghost of her mother haunted her" [syn: stalk]
2 haunt like a ghost; pursue; "Fear of illness haunts her" [syn: obsess, ghost]
3 be a regular or frequent visitor to a certain place; "She haunts the ballet" [syn: frequent]

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English

Etymology

From hanter.

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To inhabit, or visit frequently (most often used in reference to ghosts).
  2. To make uneasy.
    The memory of his past failures haunted him.
  3. To stalk, to follow
    The policeman haunted him, following him everywhere.

Translations

to inhabit, or visit frequently
of memories
  • Czech: pronásledovat

Noun

  1. A place one is regularly found at; a hangout.
  2. A ghost.

Translations

  • Greek: στέκι (1), στοιχειό (2)
  • Italian: ritrovo (1), fantasma (2)

Extensive Definition

Haunted locations or haunted places are sites of reported ghost activity. The reports of these hauntings are often referred to as ghostlore. Ghostlore is fueled by history and legends and is a part of folklore. These accounts can be subjective in nature and there is no commonly accepted objective evidence that ghosts or similar phenomena exist.

Australia

  • The Alkimos is a shipwreck of a former U.S. Navy ship from World War II that occurred off the coast of Western Australia in 1964.
  • Border chut Hotel (Flanagans) in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria - This 1850's hotel was instrumental to the introduction of coach services to the Ballarat goldfields. Reports include the sensing of a presence, items moving, a piano playing unattended and people being touched.
  • Bunyip, Aboriginal folklore suggests a man was killed brutally by a snake and vulture for mocking the gods. Now his soul is combined with the vulture and snake and takes his wrath out on those who cross a falls bleeding.
  • Coach & Horses Inn in Clarkefield, Victoria - This 1857 hotel is the site of many reports of ghosts, especially during the 1970-80's. The site was once referred to as Australia's most haunted hotel. One owner reported being pushed down the stairs by an unseen force and badly fracturing his ankle.
  • At Fremantle Prison in Western Australia the face of Martha Rendell, the only woman to be hanged at Fremantle, appears in the window of the church regularly. The face seems to be caused by ripples in the glass that reflect light in an unusual way, but the resemblance is uncanny.
  • J Ward - Old Ararat Gaol in Ararat, Victoria - The site served as a gaol from 1859 and in 1887 became J Ward of the larger Aradale Mental Hospital and used to house the criminally insane. Various stories tell of ghostly occurrences. The site is now a museum running regular tours.
  • Monte Cristo homestead in Junee, New South Wales. Various ghost groups have reported sightings due to the death of seven people in the 1800s.
  • The Old Geelong Gaol (HM Prison Geelong) in Geelong, Victoria - This 1853 gaol is thought to be haunted and various paranormal research groups have visited the site.
  • Port Arthur, Tasmania: The prison settlement has had several reported sightings of ghosts: The Rev George Eastman, The Lady In Blue and the ghost of Charles O'Hara Booth, an early commandant of the prison.
  • Port Fairy Public Cemetery in Port Fairy, Victoria has served the area (previously "Belfast") since 1849. Legend tells of the ghost of Lloyd Rutledge who may be seen on the anniversary of his death which occurred in December 1858.
  • The Princess Theatre in Melbourne, Australia, has reported several ghosts since the building opened in 1886. The theatre's best known 'inhabitant' is Frederick Baker, stage name 'Federici', a talented bass-baritone singer who died in March 1888 whilst singing Mephistopheles in Faust - and who was seen by the rest of the cast taking his bows with them shortly thereafter. For years the theatre kept a seat vacant in the dress circle for Federici (only ceasing the practice on economic grounds), and his appearance in the dress circle during rehearsals for a new show is considered a good omen.

Canada

  • The Ceperley House, Burnaby, British Columbia - Near Deer Lake and the Burnaby Heritage Village, this house, now an art gallery, is said to be haunted by its former mistress Mrs. Ceperley.
  • Nicholas Street Gaol, in Ottawa, Ontario, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a man wrongly accused of murder and executed. The building is now a youth hostel, but the top floor is as it was one hundred years ago.
  • The Screaming Tunnel, Niagara Falls - It is said that if one stands in a tunnel in one of the woods and lights a wooden match in the middle of the tunnel (at midnight), they will hear a scream when it blows out. The scream is said to be of a little girl who was burned alive by her deranged father, who lost a legal battle over the girl. Also, some have reported seeing the ghost of the father, sometimes carrying a lantern. There is a rumor stating that the ghost will stalk people, and that whoever gets caught by it will die suddenly.

China

  • Tuen Mun Road, Hong Kong - Over the years, hundreds of people have claimed that this highway is haunted. Since 1978, many lives have been lost due to car accidents on that expressway. The high death toll is blamed on ghosts because they supposedly pop up in the middle of the road when people are driving, thus causing them to make extremely sharp turns to avoid them and then end up crashing. The ghosts of past victims are said to be seen there at night and some drivers have even claimed that they lost complete control of their vehicle several times.

Denmark

  • Dragsholm Castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of Earl of Bothwell, James Hepburn, who was imprisoned there for about five years until his death in 1578.
  • Copenhagen is haunted by many spirits of Vikings who sacrificed themselves on the alters of Odin and now stalk the outskirts of town howling like they were still alive.

England

This is a list of the most famous haunted locations in England, there are likely to be hundreds of thousands more that are only locally known.
  • Bochym Manor is resident to two ghosts, the short pink lady, and an unnamed ghost who stands at one of the bedroom windows.
  • Belgrave Hall in Leicester, attracted attention in 1999 when a white figure was captured on CCTV. One theory is it is the daughter of a former owner.
  • Borley Rectory in the village of Borley, Essex, England. Many sightings have been reported since 1885. The house burned down in 1939, and remains a huge source of controversy.
  • Brislington, once an attractive Somerset village but now a neighbourhood in Bristol, has many ghosts in pubs and hotels, houses old and new, and public spaces.
  • Chillingham Castle, a castle located in Northumbria, England. It has suffered 800 years of torture and dismay. Many ghosts have been seen in the supposed most haunted place in England.
  • Chingle Hall in the village of Goosnargh, near Preston, England. Chingle Hall, previously known as Singleton Hall, was built in 1260 by Sir Adam de Singleton. It is reputably haunted by more than one spirit.
  • Crowley Hall in the north of England, is supposedly haunted by the spirit of Dr. Bernard Leys. Leys ran the hall for a number of years before dying under mysterious circumstances in 1952. Sightings of ghosts have been reported since the 1970’s.
  • The ancient maritime town of Dartmouth, Devon, has many modern and traditional ghost stories including (in its hinterland) some recently discovered spirits from the Bronze Age.
  • In Dorset an axe wielding ghost riding a horse bareback is described by witnesses as looking like a stone age warrior.
  • Highgate Cemetery, an extensive Victorian cemetery in London, the resting place of such notables as Marxist Karl Marx and actor Sir Ralph Richardson is reported to be haunted by numerous ghosts - a ghostly old woman has been seen wondering the graves, also spiritual faces have been seen staring from the gates to the cemetery. Most famously however there was a vampire scare in the late 1960s/early 1970s - see Highgate Vampire.
  • The Old Bailey, London's main criminal court. A figure (of unclear sex) supposedly appears in the building during important trials. These appearances have been allegedly witnessed by judges, barristers and policemen.
  • The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall has been sighted quite a few times over the years. She is so called because of the brown brocade dress she is supposedly seen wearing while wandering the halls and staircase. In 1849 a Major Loftus and a friend named Hawkins claimed to see the ghost one night after retiring to bed, saying they were amazed by the old-fashioned clothing she wore. The next night Loftus claimed to see the figure once again, saying he took note of her empty eye-sockets. The incident resulted in several members of staff resigning and a full investigation of Raynham Hall involving local detectives.
  • Samlesbury Hall in Preston, Lancashire, is supposedly haunted by Lady Dorothy Southworth, known as the "White Lady". Weeping is often heard, and her ghost has been seen wandering near where her lover was buried.
  • Temple Newsam is reported to be the most haunted house in Yorkshire, with the most famous ghost being Mary Ingram, commonly known as "the Blue lady", who in her life became deranged after an attack by highwaymen. Ghosts linked with the more famous residents of Temple Newsam include "the White lady": this is said to be the ghost of the "nine days queen", the unfortunate Lady Jane Grey. She was executed by Mary I.

Germany

  • Babenhausen Barracks (German : Babenhausen Kaserne) - now a museum - The ghosts of German soldiers, some in World War II era uniforms, have been reported. Lights are said to turn off and on by themselves and voices are heard in the basement. Footsteps and commands are allegedly heard at night, supposedly without physical cause. Legend has it that if a soldier happens to visit the museum and pick up a telephone, a woman will at times be heard "talking backwards", unintelligible, in neither German nor English. The town was the site of a witch burned at the stake in the 19th century, and her ghost is said to have seduced, and then killed, several German soldiers since then.
  • Osnabrück, Haste - die Karlsteine (the stones of Charlemagne) - In ancient times, the location which is now Osnabrück was the site of a large pagan temple and burial area. When Charlemagne mustered the strength to force the Christian faith upon the Germans in the area, his forces killed the priests and desecrated the graves; it is rumoured that he himself broke the largest altar stone to prove the supremacy of the Christian God over the pagan gods. According to stories, the magic remained infused in the site and on the winter solstice and summer equinox strange orbs of light are seen over the centuries, screams are heard, and stains appear on the stones in the apparent absence of physical cause. This has been attributed in local legend to the murders of the priests.
  • Reichenstein Castle - According to local legend, Dietrich von Hohenfels and his nine sons were robber barons who used the castle as a stronghold. His sons were caught by the authorities and killed; Hohenfels was captured the next day. He asked that he be hanged and his sons' lives be spared, but upon seeing that they were already dead, his head fell from his body. All ten bodies were buried in St. Clement Chapel, in the castle, and the ghost -- headless -- is said to haunt the castle. Reichenstein Castle was visited by the Ghost Hunters International team where, while several had personal experiences, they caught no "ghostly activities" with their equipment.

Himalayas

  • Mount Everest - The ghost of a climber has allegedly been seen by other climbers, two of whom in 1975 claimed to have shared a snow hole with the ghost during their climb. Some who have seen him believe this is the ghost of climber Andrew Irvine, who disappeared in an attempt to summit the mountain with George Mallory in 1924.
Kharach, Birla cellulosic in Spin bath area.There is a rumour that it is a cremation ground where the plant established.Many told that unusual persons are seen in the night time

India

  • Bhangarh, Rajasthan - Bhangarh Fort is supposedly one of the most haunted places in India and, by government orders, staying after sunset is strictly prohibited in the area. According to the myth, the place was cursed by a tantrik that there will be such an incident that everybody in the palace would die and their souls will stay there for centuries without rebirth.
  • Hyderabad - Warasiguda House - It is alleged that the house in Warasiguda locality in Hyderabad is haunted. It is about one kilometer away from Secunderabad.
  • New Delhi Sanjay Van (near Qutab Institutional Area) - Sanjay Van is a forest area spread over 10 km. Located there is a cremation ground where many people have allegedly reported having seen a lady dressed in a white saree appearing and disappearing suddenly.
  • New Delhi - Mutiny House - It is a memorial built in 1857 to commemorate the British soldiers who died in the Indian Mutiny. Ghosts of British soldiers have been found - head, legs or hands chopped or wounded, moving at dusk.

Indonesia

  • Pelabuhan Ratu - The legend says that Nyai Loro Kidul (Nyi is a Javanese old pronunciation of Madame), daughter of King Prabu Silwangi, is the Queen of the South Sea. She is supposed to have committed suicide by jumping off the cliff and into the sea. Rumors say that if someone wears green when swimming (the Queen's favorite color), he or she will be pulled by her ghost into the sea. Room 308 at the Samudra Beach Hotel is set aside for the Queen.

Ireland

  • Leap Castle Many ghosts have been seen here.It all started when the two princes fought over the kingdom. The younger one was a priest. One day, while he was giving a sermon, his brother came in and stabbed his brother. The sins of brother killing brother and of an incomplete sermon surely cursed the castle to damnation. The bloody chapel will suddenly turn red out of no where with no explanation. On the stairs, a princess fell and killed herself at age seven.In 1924, a descendant and her husband came to the castle. The fourth night, she got up and practiced a black magic occult summon. When she finished, she felt a hand on her shoulder. She turned around, and saw a creature that was half-man, half-sheep that smelled like rotting corpses. She thought it was something straight from hell and she fled the castle.The husband never came out.

Japan

  • Aokigahara, the forest at the bottom of Mt. Fuji, is a popular location for suicide. This gives rise to a widespread belief that it is haunted.
  • Okiku's Well at Himeji Castle is often said to be haunted by the ghost of Okiku. She is supposed to rise from the well at night and count to nine before shrieking and returning to the well. Some stories, however, locate the haunted well in the Canadian embassy in Tokyo's garden.
fairly unknown and used in the pop-culture reference:"fatal frame"(video game) a manor outside Tokyo is well known for its hauntings as stated:
"In an area outside Tokyo, there lies a mansion in which it’s said seven people were murdered in a grisly manner. On the same property, there lie three detached residences that surround the mansion, all of which are rumored to have ties to the mansion’s troubled past. It’s said there is an underground network of tunnels that lay beneath the premises, but nobody knows who made these tunnels or what purpose they served. Many inexplicable phenomenon have been reported occurring on the property. Bloody handprints have been found splattered all over the walls. Spirits have been spotted on the premises even in broad daylight. A narrow stairway leads to an attic where a spirit-sealed talisman is rumored to be locked away. Men have sought this talisman, only to be found later with their bodies broken and rope marks around their wrists. There’s a crumbling old statue of a woman in a kimono, but its head is missing. If you take a photo of a certain window, a young girl can be seen in the developed picture. These incidents have provoked fear in the people of Tokyo, and many believe that those who live near this area will become cursed. The deaths of those seven people are unexplained to this day."

Latvia

  • Prison of Liepaja no longer a prison and is now opened for tourists. There have been reported sounds of footsteps and other strange things and sounds like people screaming.

Mexico

  • Mexico City Built on the old Aztec city of Tenochtitlan was is said to be haunted by vengeful Aztec spirits. When the Spanish conquistadors ransacked the city, they killed all the Aztecs. Before they took the city down, they slept in the blood-drenched beds of their victims. Five conquistadors stayed in the temple where men were sacraficed. In the morning they didn't see the five that slept in the temple. When went to see what had happened, they saw them brutally slaughtered. One looked like he had been gored by a giant boar. Another had one of the bricks in his skull that crushed his brain and spattered it all over. Another one had his spine ripped out halfway. Yet another had claw marks as if a cat came in and sliced his hands and feet off. The last had his heart ripped out and his body looked like he was trying to speak. Legend says the soul of Montezuma II killed them for the gods.

Scotland

  • Edinburgh Castle: The castle has many ghosts, including a drummer who only appears when the castle is about to be attacked and a piper who disappeared in the tunnels between the castle and the High Street.
  • Delgatie Castle: This castle, a stronghold of the Clan Hay, is said to be haunted by a mysterious woman with red hair. Soldiers stationed there during World War II reported sightings.
  • Hellfire Club: a building in Scotland once used by a civil occult band. Many have stayed there and have spotted ghosts of the priests. Legends say if you go there at night and spot a man with a beard near the reservoir, you will be damned to live in the ancient building

United States

  • Alcatraz is a former maximum security prison on an island in San Francisco Bay in the United States. It is no longer used as a prison. Visitors and tour guides have made claims of hearing screams, slamming cell doors, and footsteps.
  • Andleberry Estate in Clovis, California, is a mansion that used to be part of a sanitarium. The mansion, which is allegedly haunted by ex-residents of the sanitarium, will soon be transformed into a haunted hotel called The Wolfe Manor Hotel. The owner, Todd Wolfe, has heard ghosts walking and talking. He has even felt the ghosts breathing on him. Many paranormal investigators have visited the mansion. They claim that it is home to 22 different spirits. LiveSciFi.TV sent a group to spend the night inside the mansion. A couple of strange events happened, including a door that slammed shut by itself. A local news station did an over-night investigation for Halloween (of 2007) and recorded an EVP. Several other EVP's and orbs have been caught on audio/video by investigators.
  • Athens, Ohio is said to be one of the most haunted places in the USA, and is reputed to contain many ghosts. When drawing a line from each of the five cemeteries around Athens, it forms a pentagram with the center being Ohio University. Ohio University is also considered by some to be the most haunted campus in the USA, as is the former state hospital, Athens Lunatic Asylum, located right near campus.
  • Belcourt Castle, a French Renaissance-style château in Newport, Rhode Island, is alleged to be the location of numerous paranormal phenomena and events, including moving chairs, moving armor, ghostly apparitions, a possessed statue and various other sightings.
  • The Brinton Lodge in Douglassville, Pennsylvania is locally famous as a reputedly haunted house. The original structure, built in the early 1700s, was a one-room building which was operated as a tavern/roadhouse stop along the Schuylkill River Canal System. It was later expanded into a summer home, then remodeled into a gentlemen's club, and today is operated as a bar and restaurant. Legend has it that at least five spirits inhabit this property, including Caleb Brinton, "Dapper Dan," an older woman, and a "lady in white."
  • Chestnut Lodge in Rockville, Maryland, was a private facility treating mental patients for over one-hundred years. Closed in 2001 and now under renovation for resale as upscale condominiums, separate recent investigations claim paranormal activity.
  • Civil War battlefields in various states -- including the Gettysburg Battlefield, the Battle of Fredericksburg, the Battle of Antietam and many others -- presuambly owing to the magnitude of emotion, intensity of effort, and abruptness of the many, often gruesome and painful deaths, offer numerous anecdotes --with a growing number dating to the present day-- including reported recordings, pictures and sightings of "ghostly apparitions," audible sensations (battle cries, cavalry, cannon fire) and other paranormal effects of every manner.
  • At Elizabeth Waters Residence Hall, originally an all girls dorm at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, room 4509 is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a former student. Katherine Joanne Johnson committed suicide by jumping out of her 5th story window in the 1980s. She was hospitalized for internal injuries, and complications resulted in her death. Since this event, there have been numerous complaints of strange sounds, drafts, shadows, and other unexplainable events. Many times residents have claimed to hear scratching on the windows in the middle of the night. Several residents have decided to switch rooms due to the seemingly supernatural activity. The reports of these episodes continuously decreased until the dorm turned co-ed, and at this time there was more activity than ever.
  • In Exeter Rhode Island, there are a few buildings formerly known as the Ladd School, a school for the mentally disabled that was founded by Dr. William Gleason in 1907 and officially closed in 1994. The school reportedly mistreated students and there are stories today of ghost sightings of the children who suffered, noises and flickering lights. The Exeter Job Corps Academy was built over the Ladd School's ground, with many of the older buildings still intact and reportedly "haunted." . .
  • Harmony Inn in Harmony Pennsylvania, is a large local bar/restaurant that was once a hotel. Built in the early nineteenth century, it served this purpose until well into the twentieth century. Since that time, it has been a restaurant and has always been associated with ghosts. The most common explanation for the haunt involves a story in which a man had either been shot, or in a carriage wreck. Regardless as to how he received the injuries, he is said to have climbed the stairs to the front of the hotel, made it through the doors, and died in the foyer. There's some contention about town as to whether or not the ghost is concocted purely by the owners, as many people go in the hopes of seeing a plate levitate or any number of other ghostly events that are said to occur at the Harmony Inn.
  • Hayswood Hospital a defunct hospital in the Maysville, Kentucky is rumored to be haunted in many areas of the building by poltergeist activity and ghosts. Neighbors report strange lights in the windows as well as noises, including the cries of an infant. There are also some reports, both day and night, of a figure standing in the last third-floor window. Second-hand accounts tell of a stretcher in one hallway that seems to move of its own accord, while others report shadowy figures resembling doctors and patients lurking about the hallways. Those who drive by feel as if they’re being watched by someone within.
  • Hot Lake is a supposedly haunted hotel in eastern Oregon. The hotel is known for a fire, suicides, and hauntings from ghosts during its days as a sanatorium.
  • Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, LA - Many people who come to the Hotel Monteleone don't want to leave. Some never do. Generations of hotel guests and staff have regularly experienced events that would cause even the staunchest skeptic to take pause. A restaurant door that opens almost every evening and then closes again, even though it is locked. An elevator that stops on the wrong floor, leading a curious couple down a hallway that grows chilly and reveals the ghostly images of children playing. In March 2003, the International Society of Paranormal Research spent several days investigating Hotel Monteleone. While at the hotel, the team made contact with more than a dozen earthbound entities. Among them were several former employees, a man named William Wildemere who died inside the hotel of natural causes, and a boy who was much older when he died but enjoys returning to Hotel Monteleone as a 10-year-old to play hide-and-seek with another young spirit.
  • Huntress Hall of Keene State College located in Keene, New Hampshire is supposedly haunted by its namesake, Harriet Huntress. One of the schools residence halls, students often report strange noises coming from the building's attic, where Huntress' wheelchair remains to this day.
  • Jersey Devil: A legend goes that in the 1700s, a cursed child was born. That child was hideously deformed, and in the legend, it says that the boy fled to the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Today, it is rumored that the boy is the Jersey Devil, a monster that is rumored to haunt the Pine Barrens.
  • Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri - There are said to be sightings, sounds, and lights flickering on and off in the arena late at night from a former WWF wrestler named Owen Hart who died in 1999 by falling 78 feet (24 m) to his death from the ceiling of the arena. There are also said to be sightings of him still in his Blue Blazer suit at the top of the arena looking down with the cable hooked up to him.
  • The Kentucky house in Kentucky is said to be haunted by a couple who died on their wedding day. You can now her shouting and banging on walls through the night.
  • The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in the United States. Four members of the Lemp family killed themselves, three in the mansion. There are said to be apparition sightings, glasses flying off of the bar, pianos playing by themselves, etc. The mansion is now open as a restaurant and bed and breakfast.
  • The Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Massachusetts, which is now a bed and breakfast, is claimed to be the most haunted house in the USA. It is the site of a double murder, one of the most famous in US history, claimed ghost sightings and noises.
  • Los Angeles, California has numerous sites that are believed to be inhabited by the spirits of deceased celebrities. Some apparitions have been reported as being sighted at more than one location in the city.
  • Magnolia Lane: The souls of the slaves that worked on this Mississippi plantation and the grounds. The slaves were actually worked to death. The lands of the area had slaves that practiced voodoo. One voodoo priest named Ghani cursed the plantation right before his masters killed him. One placed, called the killing room, was used when the owner was angry enogh at a slave that he would take them to the room and he would kill them. Over 100 of his slaves died in that room including a voodoo priest who cursed the room. When he killed them, he buried them in the room right under the spot where he shot them.
  • McConnells Mill State Park in Portersville, Pennsylvania is claimed to be haunted in the area near the mill and the covered bridge. It is said that if a person shuts there car off in the middle of the night while on the bridge, and honks, they'll see a lady in the rearview mirrors. However, they will not see anybody when they turn around. Other stories tell of a man who walks to the mill, supposedly to go to work. He can be seen in the early morning.
  • Ohioville, Pennsylvania - A mile long stretch of Kelly Road, nick-named Mystery Mile by former residents, is reported to be the site of supernatural activity. Animals along this road turn from docile to violent without explanation, often chasing after people and each other. The thick forest that the road cuts through is known for unexplained noises and white apparitions. The origin of these events is unknown, and speculation ranges from some kind of curse on the land to cult activity once tied to this region.
  • Old Louisville, said to be "America's Most Haunted Neighborhood", is one of the largest historic preservation districts in the country - and supposedly the largest Victorian neighborhood in the nation. It is also said to be home to dozens of haunted mansions and local ghost stories.
  • Point Lookout Lighthouse, at the southern-most tip of Maryland's western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, has seen numerous shipwrecks, bodies washed ashore, and plenty of paranormal activity, as documented over the centuries.
  • The Polish Museum of America in Chicago is believed to be haunted by ghost of famous pianist Ignace Paderewski. The staff recounts a number of incidents related by a number of people, including the cleaning crew who have claimed to experience ghostly-related phenomena late at night. The Ghost Research Society was even brought in by the museum staff to investigate these claims.
  • The Regent Theater in Allegan, Michigan is said to be haunted, and witnesses claim to have seen moving forms and felt physical touching.
  • Snyder Cemetery, Moraine State Park, north of Pittsburgh and all of Brady Township, once belonged to the Snyder family. The family patriach, Conrad Snyder, had immigrated to the colonies from Switzerland. He worked as an indentured servant until moving out west. In what is now Moraine State Park, he built a farm on land acquired through trapping. On the remains of the land there is a cemetery with great black sandstone walls and a wrought iron gate. There's also an old irrigation system nearby. Two stone pillars mark the cemetery from the dirt road. Many have reported being chased away by large dogs. Some speculation is abound to suggest that this is Conrad's hunting dogs, but there are also coyotes and foxes in the area. Others notice huge temperature drops and sudden winds.
  • The Stickney House in Bull Valley, Illinois has a unique design due to Stickney's belief in Spiritualism. It is thought that he and his wife wished to communicate with their dead children. Today the house is the local police department, and it is claimed that police report strange sounds, objects moving around, lights turning off, and door knobs turning and doors opening by themselves. Other homes in the area are also rumored to be haunted. The nearby Holcombville cemetery includes tombs of the Stickney children and a person killed in the crash of American Airlines Flight 191.
  • At the Story Inn in Story, Indiana, a guest room is supposedly haunted by a ghost known as "the Blue Lady". Little is known of who she might be, or why she might haunt that room, but her alleged presence is mentioned in many separate guestbook entries. According to some, she seems more likely to appear if a certain table-lamp is turned on.
  • Summerwind, formerly known as Lamont Mansion, is a now derelict cellar hole on the shores of West Bay Lake in Vilas County, North East Wisconsin. It is reputed to be one of the most haunted locations in Wisconsin. Due to abandonment, the elements and fire, little of the mansion currently remains standing. For a while it was popular with paranormal tourists. Summerwind's ruins are located on private land and are currently closed to the public.
  • In Sunnyvale, California many Toys "R" Us employees have reported seeing unusual rearranging of toys in the aisles, and reported sightings of a man in his thirties dressed in old clothing. His name is believed to be Johan, and is believed to be a farmer who used to live on the site of the Toys "R" Us and is just keeping "an eye on the old place". The store still remains open today; most customers are completely unaware of this legend.
  • Union Cemetery in Easton, Connecticut, which dates back to the 1600s, is touted as one of the most haunted cemeteries not only in Connecticut, but in the entire country. Many haunts have been said to exist on the grounds of the cemetery. Several visitors who have photographed the cemetery are later surprised to see orbs, light rods, ectoplasmic mists, and on rare occasions even full apparitions appear in their photographs that were not visible at the time the photo was taken. The most well-known haunt is a spirit known as "The White Lady". The identity of the spirit is not known, but sightings of her didn't occur until the late 1940s; meaning she must have died sometime before then. People have photographed and even videotaped her. Not only have people seen her with their own eyes, but some passers-by have even "hit" her with their cars as they drove past the cemetery.
  • Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky - A former tuberculosis hospital, Waverly Hills has been of strong interest with paranormal investigators, some calling it "the most haunted place on Earth". There are unconfirmed reports of more than 60,000 deaths at the site, and the property owners, workers, and investigators have claimed that at almost anytime you can see strange lights, phantasms and shadows moving around the corridors and rooms of the building.
  • The Whaley House in the "Old Town" section of San Diego, California, is reportedly a haunted house. The house was one of the region's first court houses as well as hanging grounds before being converted to a residence.

Books

United States
Alabama
  • The Face in the Window and Other Alabama Ghostlore, Alan Brown, University of Alabama Press (1997), ISBN 978-0817308131
Kentucky
  • Ghosts of Old Louisville: True Stories of Hauntings from America's Largest Victorian Neighborhood, David Domine, McClanahan Publishing House (2005), ISBN 978-0913383919
Michigan
  • More Haunted Michigan: New Encounters with Ghosts of the Great Lakes State, Gerald S. Hunter, Lake Claremont Press (2005), ISBN 978-1933272016
New Jersey
  • Ghosts of Mount Holly, A History of Haunted Happenings, Jan Lynn Bastien, The History Press (2008), ISBN 978-1-59629-372-4
South Dakota
  • The South Dakota Road Guide to Haunted Locations, Chad Lewis, Terry Fisk, and Michael Thomas Coffield, Unexplained Research Publishing Company (2006), ISBN 978-0976209935
Vermont
Multistate

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Masan, affect, apparition, appearance, astral, astral spirit, banshee, baths, beset, burden, casino, club, clubhouse, control, crush one, departed spirit, disembodied spirit, dog, duppy, dybbuk, eidolon, exhaust, form, frequent, fret, gambling house, gathering place, ghost, grateful dead, guide, habituate, hang about, hang around, hang out, hang out at, hangout, hant, harass, harry, haunt the memory, health resort, home, hound, idolum, immateriality, incorporeal, incorporeal being, incorporeity, larva, lemures, locality, manes, materialization, meeting place, obsess, oni, oppress, persecute, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, plague, poltergeist, possess, presence, prey on, purlieu, rallying point, range, rendezvous, resort, resort to, revenant, shade, shadow, shape, shrouded spirit, site, spa, specter, spectral ghost, spirit, spook, springs, sprite, stamping, stamping ground, theophany, tire, torment, trouble, unsubstantiality, vex, vision, visit, walking dead man, wandering soul, watering place, wear out, wear upon one, weary, weigh upon, weight down, worry, wraith, zombie
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