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836 Patrol Rd, Forsyth, GA 31029
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3 . Frightmore Haunted House
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"If you want to wait in line for a good two hours then get nothing in return, Frightmore is the place for you! The props, actors, and entire haunt was awful. It wasn't even dark and it was the longest wait of any haunt I've ever experienced. Oh and it's also in a empty department store. If I could rate it out of 10, it would be a -1."
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The House of Four Scythes is a non-profit haunted house attraction, presented by the City of Cumming, that benefits local charities and organizations in our community. The haunted house is built and operated by a large group of amazing volunteers. Over the past 4 years we have been able to donate over $130,000 back into our community to such charitable causes as, The American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts of America, Jessie's House, Bald Ridge Lodge, SAFFT, Boys and Girls Club, Family Promise, Family Haven, CASA, Meals by Grace, The Place, Three Basketeers, Bearfoot Ranch, Mentor Me, Fur Kids, Age Well Forsyth, FARA, Creative Enterprises, Angels over Forsyth, Full Circle Recovery and several area school organizations.
This is our 5th year in operation and our 3rd year, operating a haunted house as an attraction at the Cumming Fairgrounds during the Cumming Country Fair and Festival! This October we will be open for 15 nights. The House of Four Scythes will be open every night while the Fair is open, and then for 2 special event weekends after the Fair closes. Click tickets for more info.
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In the Fall of 2019, a local community was gripped with terror as an unknown pathogen wreaked havoc among the population. Illness and death were widespread, as those affected were mutated into vile ravenous creatures that were something less than human, but something more than evil. As the town suffered its twisted fate, investigators eventually discovered the apparent source of the outbreak: the municipal water supply! An experimental bio-chemical, known as SF-19, was intentionally being added to the community’s drinking water at the CWA treatment facility, poisoning the people and giving rise to the horror that followed.
Containment and eradication were eventually possible with Military intervention, but few who were there were able to escape the claws and teeth of that hellish nightmare with their lives. With the world distracted by another global pandemic soon after, The Water Authority management was never held accountable and quickly disappeared, and what remained of the incident was covered up and too easily forgotten. Until now.
When the crew of a local underground excavation operation accidentally breaks into an unknown section of tunnel, they discover that the government had quite literally buried the evidence of the 2019 disaster. Left unchecked, the SF-19 has now seeped into and contaminated not only the water, but the very earth under our feet, transforming everything it touches with dark and twisted intent. The site lies beneath a crumbling Manor that has long been the source of fear and terror for locals, as those who venture there speak of unimaginable horrors within. The link between the bio-chemical and the forsaken Manor is now clear. The roots and living inhabitants of that fouled ground, now saturated with undying malice, creep and climb their way to the surface to spread their vile touch, leaving nothing but decay in their wake.
It won’t stay buried… TERROR RISES!
Popcorn. Cotton Candy. Clowns… Confusion….. Chainsaws…. ?!
Enter this Circus themed tent maze and try to find your way to the exit with your sanity intact. A Circus is fun, right? RIGHT?
PLEASE NOTE: This is an outdoor attraction.
October 5-15, 2023
$20.00 Per Person
October 20-28, 2023
$25.00 Per Person
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- Open rain or shine
- Not recommended for Children under 12
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House of Four Scythes is located in Downtown Cumming, in Horton Hall in the Cumming Fairgrounds. 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming GA 30040.
FREE PARKING in the fairgrounds parking lot. Lock your cars and do not leave valuables out in the open when parking. Four Scythes Haunted Attraction is not responsible for theft from or damage to parked vehicles.
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The team behind the Cumming Scare Fair in 2019 is returning on Friday, Oct. 9, as the newly-branded House of Four Scythes.
An estimated 3,500 attendees came to the Cumming Scare Fair last year, which raised money for American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Jeff Maney — who has organized both events along with his wife, Julia, and Kevin Hopkins — said the attraction will have a manor theme and be held at Horton Hall at the fairgrounds.
The House of Four Scythes’ name is not only a nod to the county, Jeff Maney said, but a unique brand that could hopefully be used for years. He added, “the scythe as the implement of the reaper, the iconography of that in the horror and haunt culture, it just plays well, and it ties it to the community.”
“We struggled trying to come up with a name that was both unique and not too specific as to pigeonhole us into a specific theme,” Jeff Maney said. “Of course, the long view is to do this year after year after year.”
There will also be a “clown circus maze attraction.”
A team of volunteers has been working on the structure for months.
“We could not pull it off without the awesome team of volunteers that we have. We are grateful for everyone’s help,” Julia Maney said.
To both keep customers safe people can purchase tickets for set time periods to avoid long lines.
“You go online, you buy your ticket … in 15-minute increment slots. When it’s your turn to come in, you come in and you’re in a corral with just your group… and we’ll have six to eight corrals up from to stand in and be socially distant before you come into the haunt itself,” Hopkins said.
“We’ve known, being in the haunted house industry, that the area has been ripe for a while for a well-done haunted house, and I think last year kind of proved that this community really wants somewhere to go in October for a haunted experience that they don’t have to drive out to the surrounding areas,” Hopkins said. “I think benefitting the American Cancer Society is a big benefit for a lot of people also.”
The haunted house will be held Oct. 9-10, Oct. 16-17, Oct 23-24 and 30-31.
For more information, and to purchase tickets in advance, visit fourscytheshaunt.com or visit them on Facebook at Four Scythes Haunted Attraction .
House of Four Scythes is located at Horton Hall in the Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming GA 30040.
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[Updated August 21, 2023] With the state’s dark history during the Civil War, Trail of Tears , and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, it’s no wonder that some of the most haunted places in Georgia include haunted hospitals, hotels , lakes, and more.
Historic cities like Savannah and Atlanta are home to many of GA’s most haunted places, including famous locations like the Ellis Hotel and The Olde Pink House.
Many of these haunted places in GA are still open to visitors today, whether as operational hotels or restaurants .
They’re often included on local ghost tours, and offer a chance to learn a bit about Georgia state history while having a bit of spooky fun.
Read on to learn the stories behind some of the most haunted places in America!
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The Most Haunted Places in Georgia Guide
(Arranged geographically & alphabetically)
- Ellis Hotel
- The Fox Theatre
- Oakland Cemetery
- Masquerade Nightclub
- Rhodes Hall
- Euharlee Covered Bridge
- Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield
- Lake Lanier
- Mount Hope Cemetery
- Marshall Place Hotel
- Moon River Brewing Company (City Hotel)
- Old Candler Hospital
- The Olde Pink House
- St. Simon’s Lighthouse
- Windsor Hotel
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Haunted Places in Atlanta GA
1. Ellis Hotel
The Ellis Hotel, the location of the deadliest hotel fire in the U.S., ranks as one of the most haunted hotels in Atlanta.
The hotel’s guests have reported hearing screams, smelling smoke, and seeing haunting apparitions in the windows.
Originally known as the Winecoff Hotel , the business was opened by Fleming Winecoff and Grace Smith Winecoff in 1913. The Winecoff hotel fire in 1946 killed 119 occupants, including the 76-year-old owners.
The high death toll was likely the result of inadequate fire safety protocols, such as a lack of sprinklers and fire exits.
Visitors in the years since have regularly claimed to have heard a fire alarm going off in the early hours of the morning, at the precise time the 1946 fire first started.
Want to experience this haunted place in Georgia for yourself? Check rates for the Ellis Hotel on Booking.com !
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2. The Fox Theatre
Downtown Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theater has been around since 1929, which is plenty of time for ghostly spirits to latch onto the lavish movie palace.
This haunted building started as a Shriners temple, but ultimately became a grand movie palace that has been saved from disrepair and demolition on numerous occasions.
It’s common to see a Confederate soldier who died during the Civil War standing in the window of the theater. Others report seeing a ghostly organ player who played at the Fox Theatre for 24 years, whose ashes are inside the organ!
The Fox is home to the first automated elevator in Atlanta . Some visitors say that a ghost (who is often accompanied by the smell of roses) enjoys playing tricks on riders by pressing buttons for the wrong floors.
This historic theater is part of 90-minute ghost walking tours in Atlanta every year around Halloween.
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3. Oakland Cemetery
The Oakland Cemetery is a famous haunted location in Atlanta GA : It’s the oldest and largest burial ground in the city.
Founded in 1850, the cemetery is the final resting place of over 70,000 people, at least 3,000 of which are Confederate soldiers who died in bloody battle.
Some visitors have reported soldiers hanging from trees, or wandering the cemetery, calling out their names in a roll call.
From Confederate soldiers to victims of Yellow Fever, many people who have experienced traumatic deaths have been laid to rest in this Atlanta burial ground.
The haunted cemetery is one of the most haunted places in Atlanta, if not one of the scariest places in Georgia .
Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween tours are a popular autumn tradition in Atlanta. They offer historical tours of Oakland Cemetery after dark on two weekends in late October, just a Georgia’s fall colors begin to peak.
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4. Masquerade Nightclub
The former Masquerade Nightclub location on North Avenue is an old, haunted building that dates back to the 1890s.
The building was originally known as DuPre Excelsior Mill , then a pizzeria, before being turned into the Masquerade, one of our favorite haunted places in Atlanta, Georgia.
Many people have reported paranormal activity at the now-closed nightclub, which was once one of the most popular places in the city to see live concerts and music festivals .
Local legend suggests a woman died in an accident at the club, and you can still hear her screams when you’re standing inside the building at night. Others have reported cold spots appearing randomly throughout the club.
Though no one knows where he comes from, some visitors have even seen the apparition of a tall black man hanging around the historic building.
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5. Rhodes Memorial Hall
Located on Peachtree Street, Rhodes Hall is an ominous-looking home built in 1904. It’s reportedly haunted by Amos Giles Rhodes (of Rhodes Furniture fame) and his wife, who passed away there, along with their ghostly children.
These ghosts try to scare tourists away by any means possible. Mr. Rhodes is said to shout “GET OUT!” repeatedly, while Mrs. Rhodes sometimes appears in mirrors by replacing the face of those looking in.
Sometimes chairs and pictures shake, while the children are often heard laughing throughout the house .
But some visitors say that the basement is home to something far more menacing. The dark, malevolent presence of a man is said to linger in the shadows there.
So perhaps it’s best to be wary when touring the ominous castle near the heart of Midtown Atlanta.
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Haunted Places in North Georgia
6. Euharlee Covered Bridge
The Euharlee Covered Bridge was rebuilt in the 1880s after a previous bridge washed away, having killed a man. This violent death could be the basis of the bridge haunting , but witness accounts never seem to reference a man.
Varying tales swirl around the covered bridge. Some locals believe that a Native American girl was hung from the bridge’s rafters, and some accounts mention hearing a rope shift as the body sways.
But many historians suggest that the real story involved a rambunctious young white girl who was crossing over the river with her father in a wagon.
While they were crossing, she jumped up and her hair got caught in the bridge’s rafters. As she came back down, her neck snapped, and she was gone. The creaking sounds are said to be the girl swinging from the rafters by her hair.
Both of these tales are equally horrifying, leaving you imagining their young spirits lingering on the bridge where they died for an eternity.
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7. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield
The Civil War was brutal, and the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield is a testament to that. At least 5,350 men died during one battle, a testament to the bloody nature of war.
It is said that the ghosts of slaughtered soldiers (some of them missing limbs) can still be seen patrolling the battlefield , though they typically disappear before witnesses can get a good look.
Some visitors report hearing these phantom soldiers attempting to end the famous battle, with cannon booms and gunfire off in the distance. Others said they smelled strong odors of blood and gunpowder.
Other guests have said they saw “ghost deer” on the land. These animals reportedly ran directly at witnesses, but as they near, they dissolve into nothing but a slip of mist on the wind.
Visiting this battlefield is spine-tingling, and the history of Kennesaw Mountain makes it an intriguing spot to explore.
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8. Lake Lanier
Lake Lanier, a 37,066-acre reservoir north of Atlanta, is known for being one of the deadliest lakes in the United States.
More than 200 people have died on the lake since the 1990s, and more than 700 have died there since the lake’s creation in 1956.
This haunted lake in Georgia is located between Sugar Hill and White Sulfur Springs, on top of a town that was formerly known as Oscarville.
Oscarville was a prosperous, predominately black community that experienced a horrific amount of lynching, riots, and other racially motivated violence in the early 20th century.
Oscarville was eventually flooded to create Lake Sydney Lanier, which still covers the remains of the town.
Locals claim that souls from the town’s cemeteries still haunt the lake , causing some of the mysterious drownings and boating accidents that happen there today.
There have also been numerous alleged supernatural sightings near Browns Bridge .
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9. Mount Hope Cemetery
Mount Hope Cemetery in Dahlonega GA has existed since before the Civil War, and many ghostly spirits are said to linger among the rare tab-and-slot gravestones there.
Witnesses have given many accounts of unexplainable occurrences, and proof of the specters has also come to light.
Photographic evidence of multiple spirits and an otherworldly mist has hung in the Historic Lumpkin County Courthouse (now the Dahlonega Gold Museum ) ever since it was taken by a librarian in the 1950s.
As for the ghosts in the cemetery, some are said to be Confederate veterans roaming the land where they died, with ghostly figures walking around at night.
The beautiful headstones and remarkable history are fascinating , but the spine-tingling aspects of a nighttime adventure make a trip to visit this marble orchard a must.
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Haunted Places in Savannah GA
10. Marshall House
Built by Mary Marshall in 1851, the Marshall House is another one of the famous haunted hotels in Georgia.
Guests have reported hearing strange crashing sounds and smelling rotting flesh in the haunted hotel.
The Savannah hotel is one of many buildings in Georgia that were used as a hospital during the Civil War and Yellow Fever epidemics.
During renovations in the 1990s, workers found human remains that were believed to be the amputated limbs of Civil War soldiers.
Aside from the chilling sounds and smells, guests have also been plagued by spirits trying to turn their doorknobs from the outside. The 2nd and 4th floors are particularly notorious for paranormal activity.
If you want to experience the phenomena for yourself, check out the rates for the Marshall House on Booking.com or the Savannah History and Haunts Candlelit Ghost Walking Tour .
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11. Moon River Brewing Company
The Moon River Brewing Company is a popular brewery located in what used to be one of the most haunted hotels in Savannah GA.
Formerly known as the City Hotel, the building was used as a hospital during the Civil War and the Yellow Fever epidemic.
The hotel was also the location of a deadly shooting in 1832, when James Stark (a known drunk and frequent troublemaker) was shot by Dr. Phillip Minus.
Some locals say that Stark continues to be a nuisance nearly 200 years after death, haunting the guests and employees of Moon River.
The Savannah building has been featured on popular paranormal TV shows like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures .
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12. Old Candler Hospital
The Old Candler Hospital in the Savannah Historic District is arguably the most famous haunted hospital in Georgia.
It was built in 1804, making it the first hospital in Savannah and the second oldest operating hospital in the U.S.
Obviously many people have died in the Old Candler Hospital. But never more than during the Yellow Fever epidemics of 1820 and 1854, during which more than 1,700 locals succumbed to the disease.
Bodies of dead patients piled up in the underground morgue tunnel, where they waited to be taken to Forsyth Park.
The 300-year-old Candler Oak outside the hospital, which was commonly known as Savannah’s “hanging tree,” also has an extremely dark history .
Many Savannah locals have reported seeing ghostly apparitions hanging from the tree at night, or haunting the windows and underground tunnels of the hospital.
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13. The Olde Pink House
The Olde Pink House , one of the most famous haunted houses in Georgia, is known for being haunted by the ghost of its original owner.
James Habersham Jr., who built the home in Savannah in 1789, died under suspicious circumstances.
The official cause of death was listed as “declining health,” but many believe that Habersham committed suicide after discovering his wife’s infidelity.
Even after the house was turned into one of the city’s most popular restaurants , he continued to haunt the building.
Employees of the haunted restaurant in Savannah report seeing tables and chairs that have been inexplicably straightened, or candles lit when no one was in the room.
They’d leave a room, only to return moments later to find the restaurant completely clean and organized. Sounds like a ghost who wants a share of the tips!
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14. St. Simons Lighthouse
The famous haunted lighthouse on St. Simon’s Island was constructed in 1872, replacing the old lighthouse that was destroyed during the Civil War in Georgia .
The lighthouse is one of many haunted places near Savannah, Georgia: It’s located about an hour south of the city.
One night in 1880, lighthouse keeper Frederick Osborne and his assistant, John Stephens, were said to have gotten into a disagreement about one of their wives.
The argument turned deadly when Stephens shot Osborne, killing him instantly.
Stephens was later acquitted of the murder, but the ghost of Frederick Osborne is said to haunt the St. Simons lighthouse to this day.
Employees have reported hearing ghostly footsteps on the stairs, and tales of lighthouse maintenance being mysteriously completed while they slept.
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15. Windsor Hotel
Built back in 1892, the Victorian-style Windsor Hotel is a haunted hotel located in the small town of Americus GA.
The story holds that a young girl and her mother, who was the original housekeeper, died in the hotel after being thrown down an elevator shaft. Their ghosts are said to haunt the hotel to this day.
This haunted hotel in Georgia is still open, and guests have reported hearing bone-chilling screams in the hallways at all hours of the night.
The screams sound like those of a young girl and end quickly, as if she had reached the bottom of the elevator shaft.
If you want to visit one of Georgia’s most haunted places, check rates for the Windsor Hotel on Booking.com ! -by Amy Lewis; featured image of Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta GA via Canva
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Savannah’s Forsyth Park is one of the most-visited and majestic parks in Georgia . The Hostess City is filled with history, and with that history comes legends of ghosts and spirits lurking in just about every corner. Many of those corners just so happen to be located right around beautiful Forsyth Park. The 30-acre park sprawls across downtown, providing a recreational haven for Frisbee players and dog walkers, and a stunning subject for photographers. But could it also be a home for ghosts? You be the judge.
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Haunted Places in Forsyth County, Georgia
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In the meantime, here's a list of all haunted places within 100 miles of Forsyth County, Georgia.
Aqua Terra Bistro
At Aqua Terra Bistro, witnesses say coffee mugs and wine bottles fly off shelves, voices can be heard in the dining room, and EVPs and a ghostly apparition have been picked up by ghost hunters.
Agnes is the ghost who is believed to haunt the 1878 women's college called Brenau University. A former student in the early 1900s, Agnes is said to have hanged herself. Her reasons for her distressed differ depending on who tells the story. She may have been ostracized by sorority members ...
The Public House, known as Peasant Restaurant in the 1970s, was originally a commissary for the Roswell Mill constructed in 1854. The building housed the Dunwoody Shoe Shop in 1920 and a funeral home upstairs. It was a Union hospital during the Civil War, and as legend goes, is the ...
Now a venue for upscale events, Little Gardens was once an 1800s plantation house. Its restaurant is said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who died here in the early 1900s. According to witnesses, she moves dishes and silverware, sometimes throwing them across tables. She also makes ...
Mount Hope Cemetery
According to a psychic, Mount Hope Cemetery and the areas nearby are a hangout for a group of Civil War veteran ghosts. In fact, in 1953 town librarian and historian Madeleine Anthony took a photograph of the cemetery which is believed to show several ghosts as well as a mysterious ...
Braselton Town Hall
The 1909 residence of the town's founding family is said to be haunted by a ghost called Little John, said to have been a mentally challenged boy who lived in the attic. He is heard walking around and banging when the place closes for the night. Also reported here are ...
Historic Worley Bed and Breakfast Inn
The image of a boy was caught on camera lying in a bed. The ghost was said to be that of Claude Worley who was struck by a train and was brought to this inn, but never recovered. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
Holly Theatre is rumored to be haunted by ghosts who have shown up to watch rehearsals and sometimes play tricks, such as turning lights on and off. One of the ghosts here is believed to be Edwin Booth, a renowned 1800s actor and brother of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth.
The café, built in 1897 by Colonel W.P. Price, is rumored to be haunted by the Colonel himself. An apparition of a lone figure has been seen, although a psychic has determined that the ghost is a female who stands and waits for something unknown.
Back Porch Oyster Bar
The Back Porch Oyster Bar, in a building constructed in 1993, is said to be haunted. Witnesses have noticed odd occurrences such as a black umbrella that swung deliberately on a hook, all by itself; a psychic reported that the ghost is a woman who likes to play pranks, especially ...
Lumpkin County Courthouse - Dahlonega Gold Museum
Dahlonega Gold Museum, inside the 1836 Lumpkin County Courthouse, is haunted by a ghost the staff calls Tommy. He has shown up as a tall figure in a hooded robe, seen on the balcony or through the windows. The stamp mill has inexplicably come on by itself and strange knocking ...
Forrest Hills Resort and Conference Center
Forrest Hills has quite the active property for ghosts. The property itself is rich in history with the Trail of Tears having gone through it along with a rich past of moonshiners and even a suicide by hanging. The majority of the ghosts here are quite friendly and even ...
Bourbon Street Grille
Ghost stories abounded when this building housed Gabee’s Cajun Kitchen and the Art Cart. Witnesses heard phantom dishes shatter and disembodied footsteps, and chess pieces moved on their own. At the Art Cart stood a chessboard handmade from gourds, with the pieces made to look like Muslims and Christians. One ...
Fred Jones Building
Former mayor Fred Jones passed away under suspicious circumstances at his Chevrolet dealership, now four stores and a café. He is said to haunt his old building, sitting at the café table right where his old office used to sit. The shopkeepers here have found their locked doors standing open ...
Piazza Italian Restaurant
At the Piazza Italian Restaurant, witnesses have seen plates and other items move or fall by themselves and heard a door with a bell on it open and close when no one was around. Disembodied footsteps have been heard here as well.
Hot Dog Heaven
The prankish ghost at this Hot Dog Heaven location is blamed for turning off the hot dog cooker and hurling buns out of locked bins in the middle of the lunch rush.
Amicalola Falls Lodge
The Cherokee Indian braves used to pray on Amicalola Mountain, seeking visions that would guide them in their lives. Folks say the spirits they consulted still remain on the mountain, and sometimes visit the beautiful lodge as well. Reports say the spirits disapprove of negative energy, and in one incidence ...
Village Inn Bed and Breakfast
Stone mountain, georgia.
Once used as a Civil War hospital, the 1830s hotel is the site of many strange events. Folks have witnessed apparitions, including that of an African-American man singing and/or whistling, and heard the unexplained sounds of footsteps, slamming doors and Morse code.
Sycamore Grill Building
The Sycamore Grill building, now empty, is a former Civil War hospital said to be haunted by its past patients. Witnesses have reported shadowy figures and apparitions in the dining area and heard strange shuffling sounds.
Stonepile Gap may look like a pile of stones, but there is much more to these rocks than meets the eye. As legend tells it, these rocks mark a grave of a Cherokee woman named Trahlyta who was told to drink from a nearby spring (Porter Springs), and (depending on ...
Although the site, once the Pope-Walton House and then Anthony's Fine Dining, is reported no longer to be in operation, it was rumored to be haunted by Annie Barnett, who was married here in 1882. The sound of ghostly children singing also has been reported.
Originally built in the 1840s as a cotton warehouse, the place was a makeshift hospital and morgue during the war. Many TV shows have featured this site, where visitors who descended to the basement in the elevator saw an active wartime hospital room. Another ghost reported to reside here is ...
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, fought June 18 to July 2, 1864, is the source of the battlefield's hauntings. Ghostly soldiers walk the grounds; gunshots and cannons are heard. Also reported here are ghost deer who run at the witness and then disappear when they get close. The smell of ...
The Old Cotton Mill
The Cotton Mill in Jefferson, GA – This old cotton mill has a been shut down for nearly 50 years but has recently undertaken a restoration project turning it into an event center. Workers have seen several unexplainable acts including: -dark objects running at them and then bolt to the ceiling -foot ...
Rhodes Hall, built in 1904 by founder of Rhodes Furniture Amos Rhodes, is rumored to be haunted by Mrs. Rhodes, who passed away in the home. Ghostly children have been seen and heard laughing here as well. But the scariest ghost here is the Shadow Man, said to reside in ...
This night club is said to be visited by the spirits who died in fire and tuberculosis outbreaks long ago, both of which killed several members of the building's former staff. Apparitions have been seen and unexplained footsteps have been reported.
New American Shakespeare Tavern
The Shakespeare Tavern is said to be visited by spirits. Witnesses have reported disembodied voices, shadow figures and strange lights. Apparitions seen here include a young boy in an 1800s blue velvet suit, an old man in period clothing, and a woman who moves items around in the women’s dressing ...
In 1946, a fire broke out in what was formerly the Winecoff Hotel, resulting in the deaths of 119 people. While the tragedy led to a reform in fire code safety, some of the victims are said to be here still. Apparitions of frenzied people appear in the halls, screams ...
Six Flags Over Georgia
There are many ghost stories surrounding Six Flags Over Georgia. Some say a blonde girl about 9 years old was hit and killed by a car in the 1970s, and she may appear and ask guests for help, only to disappear shortly thereafter. And at the Crystal Pistol Music Hall, ...
At Piedmont College, an orange-outlined ghost is said to roam the Getman-Babcock Dormitory, usually in the lobby. Also seen here is a ghostly little girl in a blue dress. Witnesses have reported the door handle turning on its own in the laundry room as well.
The old Hardin Bridge is still there, though a new one was built around 2010-2011 crossing the Etowah River just next to it. It is said that a couple accidentally drove off the old bridge many decades ago, and their spirits still haunt the area. Voices and screams ...
Johnny Mitchell's Smokehouse
Set in the 1800's settlement of Euharlee, this local smokehouse and barbecue restaurant is rumoured to be haunted by a male settler, who crosses the road at night from a nearby cemetery. He has been seen by staff and diners on several occasions. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
Barnsley Gardens Resort
Built by Godfrey Barnsley in 1844, the ruins of the mansion are said to be haunted by Godfrey himself, his wife Julia, and a Confederate soldier who may be Colonel Robert Earle, killed on these grounds during the Civil War.
The plaster has been stripped down in certain sections of this house to reveal the signatures of men who convalesced here during the Civil War when the house was used as a hospital. People believe that the ghost of a soldier still remains inside the Warren House and claim that ...
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Camp Rutledge
Locals say there are two ghosts here: one of a man, and another of a boy named Ethan. Ethan is said to roll a red ball toward witnesses. The man, witnesses say, will slam doors, knock on cabin walls, and walk around outside late at night. Also, a figure has ...
El Rayos Authentic Mexican
The building that houses El Rayos Authentic Mexican Restaurant, formerly Place on Peidmont restaurant, was once a private home. Legend has it that it was inhabited by a woman and a little girl, who was run over by a car here. The woman lived here until her death of natural ...
The McDonough Square
A train wreck in 1900 is said to be the source of the haunts here. Several of the injured were brought here for medical treatment, and some died. Locals have seen apparitions in the old nearby buildings and the sounds of phantom trains have been heard.
At this site, which was featured on an episode of TV's Ghost Hunters, folks have reported seeing many a Civil War soldier. There is also a female spirit in residence at the antebellum home, the ghost of Cecilia, the daughter of a former owner. Her bedroom is said to be ...
The ghost who calls this place home is believed to be John Manson Dorsey, a.k.a. “Manse” or “Manny,” flag bearer for the first company that left Fayette County during the Civil War.
Southern Oaks Inn
The Southern Oaks Inn was originally a home built by Charles P. Ray in 1918, who died here in an upstairs room, and that's who the current owners believe haunt the place. Apparitions of a man and woman have been seen, and strange footsteps have been heard. Reports from workers ...
The hauntings at Berry College have earned it the nickname Scary Berry. The ghost of a female student is supposed to haunt Ford Hall. She hanged herself upon receiving news that her boyfriend was killed in World War II. Blackstone Hall has several ghosts, the most well known perhaps being ...
Wink Theater was built in 1941 by J.C.H. Wink, who in fact may be the ghost who is believed to haunt the building. Wink was buried on the premises when he passed away during the theater's construction. Witnesses have reported footsteps and strange banging noises.
York House Inn
Rabun gap, georgia.
York House Inn is Georgia's oldest continuously operating Inn, since 1896. All manner of living, births and deaths have taken place in the ensuing 120 years. It has been rumored by various employees that a Civil War soldier smokes cigars in one room and several children play in the Inn. ...
Hanging Grounds in Senoia
This site, off of Padgett Road, near Starr's Mill, once belonged to Old Man Padgett. Stories say that long ago, as an execution was taking place, the man broke loose and hanged Old Man Padgett from the railroad bridge nearby. Although the tracks are no longer used, phantom trains have ...
Tunnel hill, georgia.
Begun in 1848 and completed two years later, the tunnel was used until 1928 when a new tunnel was built close by. The old tunnel was forgotten and became overgrown with kudzu vines until 1992, when preservationists lobbied to save it. It is now a park centerpiece, and a site ...
This clubhouse for the local tennis courts is believed to be haunted. Staff and members claim to have seen the apparition of a young man wandering the building after hours, who is believed to have drowned in the city swimming pool. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
Early Hill Plantation
Once a bed-and-breakfast, this site is reportedly no longer in business. The mansion was built in the 1700s for the mayor, John Brown. Tragedy struck when a branch broke in the front yard, killing the family's young daughter. Reported sightings have included the girl swinging from the tree at night ...
This 1918 residence is haunted by a soldier named Captain, who has been known to knock on the front door and materialise by the bedsides of resident's of the house, as if to wake them up in the morning. Legend has it that he is waiting for a letter ...
Oakland Hall is a private 1800s estate said to be haunted by the ghost of a disabled girl who was locked away here by her family. The ghost can be heard playing, according to the present owners. The site has been featured on an episode of TV’s Ghost Hunters.
Panola Hall is a Greek Revival home that was built in 1854 for Henry Trippe. It is said to have been haunted since the 1870s by the ghost of a girl named Sylvia. She appears as a shy, silent woman with dark hair and a full white skirt, usually in ...
Pinhook Plantation House
Many ghosts have been reported here, including the Lady in the Gray Gown, a ghost who has been known to open the front door and walk up the stairway. There is also a monk who once held a meeting with several other ghosts in the Gathering Room. Reports say another ...
Bonnie Castle, now reported to be closed, was once a bed-and-breakfast inn. Ghosts reported here include a woman named Mary who dislikes electricity, a spectral cat, and a man who is said to be the original owner. Strange sounds have been reported coming from the building at all hours of ...
Super 8 Chattanooga Ooltewah
Witnesses reported experiencing a feeling of terror when they saw the ghost of a 20-something woman sitting at the edge of the bed. She appears to be in the process of undressing, leading speculators to believe she was a prostitute who was murdered while on the job.
Western Carolina University - The Moore Building
Cullowhee, north carolina.
As rumor has it, in the mid-1960s a student was murdered after she refused a man's amorous advances. She now is said to haunt the third floor, crying, screaming and pacing. The man was caught and served a few years in a mental hospital, but then was released. He passed ...
Haunted Houses & Halloween Attractions in Georgia
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- Savannah Terrors
Located in Savannah 844-757-5657-->
Savannah Terrors Tour Embark on an encounter with the captivating Savannah Terrors. Let Savannah Terrors guide you through the chilling mysteries of this picturesque city, where authentic tales of lurking ghosts unfold on its shadowed streets. Within the murky origins of the 13th Colony, death, disease, war, and mournful Indian spirits laid the groundwork for Savannah's haunting... Read More
- Haunted Trails @ Old Car City, USA
Located in White 770-606-3555-->
Welcome to the Atlanta area “ Fright or Flight" HAUNTED TRAILS @ OLD CAR CITY, USA. Nestled in the foothills of N. W. Georgia Mountains where the same family has owned and operated for over a century These cars are buried in miles and miles of worn trails. There is a story for each car that you can only imagine how it came to rest in this Rust & Chrome graveyard. As you walk in the ... Read More
- GHOST TRAIN
Located in Villa Rica 770-550-6119-->
This year’s Ghost Train is almost here! In addition to the Ghost Train itself, we will have a walk-through Haunted House, food vendor, photo ops, and our nightly bonfire! Read More
- The Village
Located in Fairburn 770-964-8575-->
The Village Outdoor Haunt Experience is a unique, two-part event that incorporates a carnival-style midway with games, food, beverages and music in an area called The Courtyard, and a ticketed walk-through outdoor haunt titled The Village - all located on the grounds of the Georgia Renaissance Festival. The haunt includes some intense, graphic scenes that incorporate simulated blood, fl... Read More
- Nightmare's Gate Haunted House
Located in Douglasville 404-275-2757-->
- Hwy 11 Halls of Horror
Located in Gray (478) 808-9073-->
What makes an impressionable young teacher "go bad"? Is it the school staff or administration? Perhaps the students? Or even their parents? Find out what really happened at the Highway 11 Public School - if you dare. It's said that one teacher had enough and did "something" about it. What went so terribly wrong??? Rumors persist to this very day... The only way to know for certain is to see for ... Read More
- Buford Corn Maze & Haunted Forest
Located in Buford 678-835-7198-->
Looking for a place to be scared silly? Visit our Haunted Forest. The 20-minute haunt attraction comes alive at night and takes guest through a winding maze inside and out. The Haunted Forest is not recommended for children under the age of 8 unless accompanied by an adult. There’s also a “chicken route” for those too scared to take the full challenge! The corn maze, hayride, p... Read More
- Lake Joy Trails of Terror
Located in Kathleen 478-338-4062-->
The weather starts to cool down, But wait did you see that clown? Not sure what's going on in the trees, It seems like things were set free. Deep in the trail I hear laughter mixed with screams, Did I just see something from those dark dreams? Come send help for me because I am on the run, I fear for my life but they tell Let's have some fun! Come out for the... Read More
- Bucks Barn Haunted Cave
Located in Atlanta 404-869-8003-->
Buckheads Only Haunted House - Two Choices Kid Friendly and Adult Horror On a scale of 1-10, you get to choose how scary you want it to be. We have animatronics, jump scares, crazy costumes, holograms, swamps and actors. Read More
- Atlanta Ghosts
Located in Atlanta 844-757-5657-->
Join us on a ghost tour of the Midtown District to unlock Atlanta’s hidden and incredible stories across hundreds of years of history that have resulted in frightening hauntings experienced by residents and tour guests alike. Atlanta Ghosts tour is a journey through downtown Atlanta’s most haunted hotspots. On our ghost tour, you’ll explore both the paranormal and historical worlds of each o... Read More
Located in Carrollton 770-854-2267-->
In a sleepy little town just south of Carrollton, Georgia there lies a trail in the woods that few have dared to walk....... Most Run For Their Lives! Camp Blood has been scaring the "Yell" outta folks for 30 years with it's version of redneck humor and horror. "Cajun Carnage" a walk through a deserted (or is it?) backwoods town out in the middle of the swamps where you have to find you way t... Read More
- Terror Mills Haunted House
Located in Jackson 678-371-0957-->
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8 of the most haunted places in the US
Posted: January 16, 2024 | Last updated: January 16, 2024
From a former sanitarium to a well-known lighthouse to a battlefield from the American Civil War, here are the most haunted places in the United States.
You don’t need to believe in ghosts to enjoy a ghost story about some of the most haunted places. The tales that have grown over generations around reputedly haunted houses can take on a fantastic life of their own in folklore, and the stories that surround a place can influence our experiences of them. All it takes is a creepy place, a touch of imagination and a glimpse of something unexpected, only half seen. So prepare to suspend your disbelief for this countdown of the histories of the most haunted places in the United States.
Home to dozens of celebrated haunted houses and hundreds of ghost sightings, Savannah is often called "the most haunted city in the United States" — especially by its many ghost tour operators, who often begin with a visit to the city's historic Bonaventure Cemetery, a tangle of stone tombs, eerie statues and spooky trees laced with Spanish moss. Among the cemetery's resident ghosts is that of Gracie Watson, a 6-year-old who died of pneumonia in 1889. Her ghost is said to haunt the life-size statue that stands over her grave, which like several other funereal statues in the cemetery are sometimes said to move as if they were alive, while the sounds of children playing or crying is sometimes heard nearby.
Savannah's Hampton Lillybridge House was built in 1797 and was relocated to its current location several years later — despite the discovery of a mysterious crypt beneath the new property, which has never been opened. Since then, no fewer than 26 families who have lived in the house have complained of various ghostly goings-on that forced them to move out. These strange encounters included furniture moving around and doors locking themselves.
The most famous haunted house in Savannah may be the Sorrel-Weed House, which appeared in the opening shots of the 1994 film "Forrest Gump," directed by Robert Zemeckis. The Sorrel-Weed house is said to be haunted by at least two vengeful ghosts: the wife and the rival lover of shipping merchant Francis Sorrel, who built the house in the 1840s. Francis' wife, Matilda Sorrel, allegedly jumped to her death when she discovered her husband’s infidelity — but historical researchers point out that by the time of her reported suicide in a "moment of lunacy," the Sorrel family had moved out to another property next door.
THE WHITE HOUSE
The most famous address in the United States — 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. — is also famously haunted. Since 1800, the White House has been the home of the president of the United States, starting with the second president, John Adams — and the ghost of his wife, Abigail Adams, has been seen there, sometimes walking through walls or carrying laundry to dry in the East Room, according to History.com . The ghost of the third president, Thomas Jefferson, has been heard playing the violin in the Yellow Oval Room. The ghost of the seventh president, Andrew Jackson, is said to have been seen lying on his old bed, while the sound of his "guttural laugh" has often been reported, including by first lady Mary Todd Lincoln. The ninth president, William Henry Harrison, is said to haunt the attic of the White House, while the 10th president, John Tyler, is said to haunt the Blue Room.
Many of the ghostly sightings and events revolve around Abraham Lincoln; the ghost of the assassinated 16th president has been reported so many times that the phrase "Lincoln's ghost" has become well known. Some of the most famous of these events are multiple sightings in 1940 by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who was spending a night in the Lincoln Bedroom. Churchill claimed to have just climbed out of the bath, naked but smoking his habitual cigar, when he encountered Lincoln's ghost leaning on the mantelpiece above the fireplace, according to a blog entry by the National Constitution Center , a U.S. nonprofit. Churchill said, "Good evening, Mr. President; you seem to have me at a disadvantage," and then the ghost smiled and disappeared. (Churchill said he then moved to a bedroom across the hall.)
Two years later, in 1942, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands reported seeing Lincoln's ghost, dressed in a top hat and frock coat, standing at the door of her bedroom during a visit to the White House — and fainted at the sight. Many others — including U.S. Presidents Harry S. Truman and Theodore Roosevelt, first ladies Grace Coolidge and Eleanor Roosevelt, and dozens of White House aides and staffers — have reported seeing apparitions or hearing ghostly footsteps or knocks that they have attributed to Lincoln's ghost.
Whaley House in San Diego is "[t]he most haunted house in America," according to Life Magazine. The home was built in 1857 on the site of a former graveyard and gallows. Over the years it has served as a family home; a grain store; the San Diego county courthouse; the city’s first commercial theater; a ballroom; a billiard hall; and a school. It subsequently opened as a museum in 1960.
The oldest resident ghost at Whaley House is said to be the convicted robber "Yankee Jim" Robinson, who was hanged in 1852 from a gallows that stood on the property before the house was built. According to a newspaper report, as the wagon holding him beneath the gallows moved away, Yankee Jim dragged his feet on the wagon for as long as possible, before swinging like a pendulum and slowly strangling to death.
Although Thomas Whaley, a settler and merchant, witnessed Yankee Jim's gruesome execution, that didn't prevent him from purchasing the property a few years later and building a house there. But within a few weeks of moving in, the Whaley family reported hearing heavy footsteps, as if made by the boots of a large man.
The reports of footsteps and other sounds have persisted for more than 100 years: The youngest daughter of the family, who lived in the house until 1953, was reportedly convinced that it was haunted by the ghost of Yankee Jim, and visitors to the museum in the 1960s also reported hearing a phantom walking noise.
Other visitors say they’ve seen the ghosts of the Whaley family themselves, and the ghost of a woman in a long skirt in the former county courtroom. One parapsychologist reported that he saw a phantom dog running inside the house, similar to a fox terrier — the type of dog owned by the Whaley family.
COLORADO'S STANLEY HOTEL
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, is famous as the remote mountainside "Overlook Hotel" featured in the 1980 Stanley Kubrick movie "The Shining." It was also the inspiration for the Stephen King novel that was made into that movie, supposedly after he'd spent a night there during a snowstorm.
The hotel was built in 1909 by Massachusetts inventor F.O. Stanley, who moved there with his wife, Flora. Flora Stanley was an accomplished piano player, and according to myth, her ghost sometimes can be heard playing the piano in the music room at night. F.O. Stanley is sometimes out of place in old photographs — a spooky trick that inspired the last scene of the movie. Staff at the hotel also say that ghosts have unpacked the bags of visitors and turned lights on and off and that the ghostly laughter of children can be heard in the hallways.
The hotel's infamous Room 217, which features in both the book and the movie, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a maid who was reportedly blown out of a window there — but not killed — in a gas explosion in 1911. That's the room that King and his wife spent the night in, according to his later interviews. But while the hotel is undoubtedly creepy, the gruesome events suggested in the book and movie seem to be entirely derived from his imagination.
It's now possible to book Room 217 at the Stanley Hotel, among other rooms. "The Shining" plays continuously on one of the in-house television channels, and the hotel conducts a thriving ghost-tour business. In addition to the ghosts of the Stanleys and the maid, a spooky cowboy is said to haunt Room 428, and hotel staff say ghosts have been seen in the tunnels under the hotel that staff once used to navigate the immense property.
NEW ENGLAND'S COVERED BRIDGES
New England's historic covered bridges have accumulated stories of ghosts over the years. One of the best known is Emily's Bridge in Stowe, Vermont, about 30 miles east of Burlington. The spooky-looking covered bridge was the scene of a young woman's suicide by hanging in the mid-1800s, supposedly after she'd arranged to meet a lover there to elope but he didn't turn up. According to Atlas Obscura , Emily's ghost is now said to haunt the bridge, leaving claw-like gouges on passing cars and scratching the backs of people who cross the bridge on foot. Strange noises, including the sound of a woman screaming, have also been reported there. Emily's Bridge is now a fixture of Vermont's ghostly tourism industry. (However, the town of Stowe has enacted an ordinance to keep people away from the bridge at night to avoid disturbances by would-be ghost hunters.) Despite its fame, however, the story of Emily might not be true, according to the blog Obscure Vermont .
Another haunted bridge is the Eunice Williams Covered Bridge in Greenfield, Massachusetts. It's named for Eunice Williams, who was killed in 1704 after she'd been taken captive during a raid by French and Native American forces on the English settlement at Deerfield; 47 villagers died in the assault, and the survivors were forced to march for nearly 300 miles (480 kilometers), according to a local museum in Massachusetts. Williams, the wife of a local clergyman, had reportedly given birth only a few days before; she collapsed as the captives were marching by the Green River, and was killed by a tomahawk blow. Legend has it that Williams now haunts the covered bridge that was built at the spot; her ghost has been seen near the water under the bridge and supposedly has mistaken passersby for members of her family.
The paranormal has a distinctive local flavor in New Orleans, which vies with Savannah for the title of the Most Haunted City in America. One of the city’s most infamous haunted houses is the LaLaurie Mansion in the French Quarter. The mansion is the former home of Madame LaLaurie, a wealthy widow and prominent socialite. In April 1834, after a fire at the house, rescuers found bound slaves in a secret torture chamber in the attic who had been horribly tortured over a long period, and there were signs that others had been murdered there. When the discovery became known, the house was raided by an outraged mob of citizens, and Madame LaLaurie fled the city. Later occupants of the building have claimed it is still haunted by the ghosts of her victims.
The St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans has something of a reputation for the dead not staying in their graves — among them Marie Laveau, the city's historical "Queen of Voodoo," who died in 1851 but who is said to materialize above the crypt where she is buried each St. John's Eve (June 23).
The Myrtles Plantation, at St Francisville just outside New Orleans, is rumored to have been built on a Tunica Indian burial ground. At least 12 ghosts are said to haunt the plantation grounds and buildings, including Chloe, a slave who was accused of poisoning the family of the plantation owners. The ghosts of her victims, a mother and daughter, are reported to be trapped inside a mirror in the main house.
The ghost of a later owner, William Winter, is said to haunt the main staircase of the plantation house. Winter died in 1871, after being shot by a stranger who approached the house. Winter staggered inside and climbed the stairs to the 17th step, where he died in his wife's arms. It is said his phantom footsteps can sometimes be heard on the staircase, climbing to the 17th step before stopping.
The largest and deadliest battle of the American Civil War took place at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1863. More than 8,000 combatants were killed at Gettysburg, and in the years since the bloody battle, an uncommon number of ghost stories have been linked to events and personalities on the battlefield. Several visitors to what is now the Gettysburg National Military Park have reported hearing sounds of battle, including phantom cannon fire and the disembodied shouts or screams of ghostly soldiers.
At a high, rocky outcrop on the battlefield called The Devil’s Den, where heavy fighting took place on the second day of the battle (July 2, 1836), several visitors over the years claim to have heard the sound of drum rolls and gunfire. Devil's Den is also said to be haunted by the apparently friendly and sometimes talkative ghost of a soldier wearing buckskin clothing, a large hat and no shoes.
Several ghost sightings have also been reported at the hill called Little Round Top, where Confederate troops were forced back from an assault on the flank of the Union forces, also on July 2, 1863 — an event regarded by many historians as a turning point in the battle. It has been claimed that some Civil War enactors who worked on the 1993 film "Gettysburg," a dramatization of the battle, met and spoke with a man in a shabby Union Army uniform who gave them some musket rounds, which they assumed were movie props — but which they later learned were Civil War rounds in pristine condition.
Legend tells that three Confederate soldiers were hanged at Sach's Bridge, a covered bridge a few hundred yards west of the Gettysburg battlefield. Some stories say the soldiers had deserted from their unit, while others say they were hanged as spies. The bridge is now a favorite site for ghost hunters, and some claim to have heard sounds of loud gunfire and galloping horses, while others reported seeing strange moving mists and inexplicable lights. Sach's Bridge was on the line of retreat for Gen. Robert E. Lee's defeated Army of Northern Virginia after the Union victory at Gettysburg, and the smell of smoke from the general’s pipe has sometimes been reported nearby.
ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE
St. Augustine's Light Station may be the best known of the hundreds of lighthouses in the United States. The first permanent lighthouse beside what is America's oldest city was built on Anastasia Island in 1824, and the current lighthouse tower was built in 1874. Tragedy struck that year when the teenage daughters of Hezekiah Pity, a man employed on the rebuilding project, were playing around a cart used to carry building materials to the site. The cart broke loose and slid down the hill, and both girls were drowned. It is said that the laughter of the two girls at play can be heard around the tower at night; and the ghost of the older girl is said to have been seen, wearing the blue dress and blue hair bow that she was wearing when she died.
The ghost of the original builder of the St. Augustine's Light Station is also said to haunt the garden beside the tower, roaming in fury after a land dispute with the city government in the early 1880s, according to the St. Augustine Light Station & Maritime Museum. Additionally, the ghosts of at least two former lighthouse keepers are said to tread the steps and gantries of the tower late at night. One of the ghosts — that of lighthouse keeper Joseph Andreu, killed in the 1850s when he died in a fall from the tower — is said to leave a trail of cigar smoke as he makes his rounds.
Local legend holds that the island is also haunted by the ghosts of 13 pirates who were buried around the tower. But while there haven’t been any pirate graves found at the site, an archaeological team based at the St. Augustine Light Station discovered a number of historic shipwrecks nearby and other maritime remains, including traces of the wooden watchtower that served as Florida's first lighthouse.
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