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5 of the Scariest Haunted Places in the United States

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If you believe in ghosts, you may already know about some of the scariest haunted places in the United States. If you’re not a believer, visiting any of these locations might change your mind.

The Allure of Haunted Locations

What draws people into the unknown and supernatural is the need to understand. We want to believe that there is something after death and that if ghosts are real, then there is proof. Of course, aside from people’s personal experiences, there is still not much proof of the supernatural world and spirits roaming among us.

Nonetheless, people flock to haunted locations to stay the night. They spend hundreds of dollars on haunted tours. If you’re considering joining their ranks, here are a few haunted places worth checking out.

Myrtles Plantation

Located in St. Francisville, Lousiana, Myrtles Plantation has an extremely haunted history. As a plantation, Myrtles has seen slavery and death and was built sometime around 1796. It has been through many owners, and most of the people who have lived there have experienced ghosts.

The book, The Myrtles Plantation: The True Story of America’s Most Haunted House, by one of the plantations former owners, Frances Kermeen, will open your eyes to the happenings and experiences people have when they stay at this location.

One of the most well-known ghosts people experience when they dare a night stay at Myrtles is Chloe. She was a young slave at the plantation in the 1800s. It’s believed she had an affair with her owner, even though she didn’t want to. Caught eavesdropping, he chopped Chloe’s ear off, and her ghost is often seen with the green turban she wore afterward. Chloe’s spirit sticks around the plantation because of her tragic death. As a way to not be banished from the house and back into the fields after the owner was done having his way with her, Chloe tried to poison his children—just enough so she could prove her worth by nursing them back to health. But, instead, they died, as did the man’s wife and unborn child. Chloe was hanged.

Are you brave enough to stay the night at Myrtles and witness Chloe and the other ghosts who roam the property?

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House Museum
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Stephen King’s Rose Red story and mini-series were loosely based on this home. Unlike his fictional tale of Ellen Rimbauer, the real house was owned by William Wirt Winchester and his wife, Sarah. Sarah had a daughter who died shortly after birth. Her husband died some years later, from tuberculosis.

Wanting answers about her losses, Sarah began confiding in a medium who told her that her home was haunted by people who had been killed by the Henry Repeater—the gun created by the Winchester family. To appease the spirits, the medium told Sarah she needed to build the house big enough to make room for all of the ghosts. And so, the craziness began.

Sarah thought that building a bigger house would keep the ghosts away from her. She didn’t just add more rooms to what started as an eight-room house; she also had stairs put in that went nowhere and hallways that connected back to themselves. Ghosts or not, this house is a maze that would easily have you lost. There are 160 rooms now, as well as 2,000 doors and six kitchens. The entire home is 24,000 square feet!

The Winchester Mystery House is open for tours and is located in San Jose, California. Unlike the mansion in Rose Red, the Winchester house quit growing after Sarah died.

Waverly Hills Sanatorium

In Louisville, Kentucky sits one of the most haunted places in the world. Waverly Hills Sanatorium was built in 1910 and later became a tuberculosis hospital. Back in the 1920s, patients of this disease most often died, and there were many deaths in Waverly. In 1961, the TB center closed. The building then became a geriatric center from 1962 to 1981.

Now it’s closed, but interested parties can tour the facility. The guys from the once-popular Ghost Hunters television show have investigated the location more than once, coming up with actual paranormal experiences.

One of the creepiest things about this haunted building is the “death tunnel” located under the property. When patients died of TB, they were transferred to the tunnel until the decomposing bodies could be dealt with.

Eloise Asylum

Haunted places can be found all over the United States. From hospitals to plantations, you expect some places to have residual ghosts of the dead hanging about. If it’s true that tragic deaths leave ghosts behind, then it makes sense that an asylum would be a haunted building.

In Westland, near Detroit, Michigan, one such haunted asylum exists. Eloise Asylum has just opened back up for tours for the first time in a long time. The story of Eloise is as frightening as you’d expect in an asylum.

Eloise was originally the Wayne County Poorhouse, where people with no place to go would find themselves. It was also a place for families to drop off children and the elderly who they could no longer care for. Many of these poor residents died there.

Among its transformations over the years, the building became Eloise in 1894, named after the daughter of the new owner. At this time, a post office was moved into the building, but it remained a home for wayward souls. In its time, there was also a fire station and a morgue, among other businesses, located within Eloise. And, although the name would legally change, locals still called her by that same child’s name.

Eloise was shut down in 1981. Aside from ghosts, it remained empty until now.

The Stanley Hotel

If the name of the Stanley Hotel rings a bell, it may be due to Stephen King’s novel, The Shining. King stayed at the hotel once and was inspired to write the famous story about the ghosts harbored within this 41,000 square foot hotel, which looks a bit ominous nestled below the mountains of Colorado.

A hotel may seem like a less likely place for ghosts to hang around, but all old buildings have a history, and some people don’t want to let go after they die.

The Stanley Hotel was built by F.O. Stanley, one of the inventors of the Stanley Steamer. It’s believed that his ghost still roams the hotel, ensuring customers have a pleasant stay. But, he’s not the only ghost reported. His family and some former employees may also still reside at the hotel.

Paranormal Places and Experiences

Do you believe in ghosts? Have you had any experiences? Many reportedly haunted places exist in the United States; these are just a few that are talked about by many people.

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