October 26, 2007

Spooky places

USA Today had an article today about "10 great places to get spooked by your surroundings"
It really made me want to travel to each of these 10 places and see for myself.
If you go to any, please report back on any ghosts you see, feel or hear...

Shirley Plantation- Charles City VA
The 18th Century plantation house is just one of a number of "well-documented" ghost haunts in this James River City. Of note: a first-floor bedroom where a painting of early resident Martha Pratt reportedly raises a ruckus whenever it is moved from a spot facing the ancestral graveyard. "whenever it was removed, the frame would shake and make popping sounds."

Fort Warren- Boston
The Civil War fort on George's Island in Boston Harbor reputedly is haunted by "The Lady in Black", a devoted wife who was hanged for attempting to break her husband out of the Confederate prision. Sightings have been numerous over the years, particularly when it's foggy.

The White House- Washington DC
The Executive Mansion is one of the most haunted places in the United States. Ronald Reagan and Eleanor Roosevelt, among others have reported ghostly sightings. Among the apartions" William Henry Harrison in the attic and Dolley Madison in the Rose Garden and most frequently Abraham Lincoln in his namesake bedroom.

Whaley House- San Diego
Even before Thomas Whaley completed his house in 1857, the execution by hanging of "Yankee" Jim Robinson on the site presumably primed future ghostly scenarios. Not only are Robinson's footfalls believed to be heard in the house, but a number of other ghosts are said to occupy the Old Town residence. " There are hundreds of people who have felt cold spots." Voices have been heard and electromagnetic energy detected.

Winchester Mystery House- San Jose, CA
The house was built by Winchester rifle heiress Sarah Winchester with direction from designing spirits. Starting with an eight-bedroom ranch house, Winchester added on continuosly for 38 years, reulting in an unfunished 160-room Victorian mansion. At nightly seances, "good spirits" reccommended building stairways to nowhere and the halls with dead ends to thwart "bad spirits". The house may be a good tourist attraction, but its also a good place for paranormal study. "She was very much a spiritualist. Her writings indicated she wasn't crazy, but she did a lot of crazy things."

Bachelors Grove Cemetery- Midlothian, Ill.
The small cemetery of just over an acre in suburban chicago hasn't had a burial since 1989, but it continues to be a source of "well-documented" activity. Ghostly apparitions appear and not just of people, of animals and buildings.

Waverly Hills Sanatorium- Louisville
Built in the 1920's, the former tuberculosis sanatorium "is abandoned and dangerous. There are still beds and equipment inside. It looks haunted". The place has spawned "lots of negative experiences with ghosts (including) poltergeist activity where things are thrown at people." Most of the activity is on the fifth floor.

Devils Den- Gettysburg, PA
This formation of giant granite boulders was the site of a fierce adn bloody Civil War battle. "Theres a lot of electromagnetic and voice phenonmenon here." "It's one place I go and really feel something. It's not scary, but it's unusual. There's a lot of energy." It's just one of many haunted spots in Gettysburg.

17 Hundred 90 Inn- Savannah, GA
The inn, which bills itself as the city's oldest is said to be haunted by a heartbroken woman who jumped from a third floor balcony in the early 1800's as her lovers ship sailed out to sea. "I've talked to tourists who have seen her." The ghost has plenty of local company. Almost any house in old Savannah has people talking about ghosts.

Fire Station No.2- New York
The station on West Third Street in Greenwich Village is said to be home to the ghost of a fireman with salt-and-pepper hair who wears an old fashioned helmet and a red shirt."We call it a lepke-an apparition that looks so human, you think it is, until it walks through a wall or something." People will go up and talk to him and he disappears.

Happy Halloween, go out there and find some new ghosts in the world!

(All quoted from USA Today)

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