Maryland, Deleware, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland make up the mid-Atlantic region of the United States and are packed full of haunted places you have to see to believe.
The history of wars, deaths, and violence permeate the very soil of these states. These places make it the perfect destination for those that love the paranormal and searching for ghosts.
Of course, there are so many other haunted places in these states, but this list is a really great start for an epic adventure.
Haunted Places You Have to See to Believe
Haunted Places in Deleware
The mere sight of Rockwood Mansion and its Gothic Revival Architecture are enough to send shivers down your spine, but the creepiness doesn’t stop there.
Unexplained sounds of children playing, a specter in a red smoking jacket, ghost dogs – all were enough to bring the SyFy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” to this 1800’s Mansion located just outside downtown Wilmington, Delaware.
Museum Director Philip Nord leads seasonal ghost tours, where you might witness any of the above.
Haunted Places in Maryland
While you won’t find the Lizzie Borden House or Stanley Hotel here in Montgomery County, Maryland, we do have our own hotbeds of paranormal activity.
Look for Mrs. Mary Patterson who haunts her historic home at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum.
Dine with a ghost at Adam’s Ribs restaurant. In 1980 a woman by the name of Nancy was murdered at the establishment. She is thought to haunt the restaurant. Employees frequently report strange occurrences.
The incidents at the restaurant grabbed the attention of the Smithsonian, who sent people out to check for signs of paranormal activity.
Denton, the seat of Caroline County, is one of the most haunted towns on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Around the Courthouse green are five haunted properties including the jail, where “Shep,” the ghost of a man sentenced to hang, continues to roam, St. Elizabeth and St. Luke’s graveyards.
One so haunted that some locals won’t walk on that side of the street at night. There’s also Emerson House, Towers House, Taylor House, the lynching of Marshall Price and the ghost of Annie Belle Carter.
Often billed as the “most haunted city in Maryland” Frederick is full of eerie experiences and haunted happenings. Are you a believer? See for yourself at some of the city’s most historic spots!
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine has a host of ghostly activity.
Given the nature of the museum and its former life as an undertaking business, it is no surprise that strange sounds are often heard in parts of the building where no one is working.
Employees of the museum have reported objects move by themselves or disappearing and then appearing again with no explanation.
Just down the street, the home of one of Frederick’s most famous residents is also known to be mysterious. An elderly Barbara Fritchie waved her union flag out the window of her home as Confederate troops passed on the street below, inspiring the popular poem “The Ballad of Barbara Fritchie”.
Witnesses report that the historic rocking chairs in the house often rock on their own. Lights can be seen flickering from the street outside long after the house has been closed and locked.
Perhaps most haunting is the impression of a woman often found on Barbara’s bed first thing in the morning.
Another building with a long and somewhat troubled history is Frederick’s City Hall. At this site in 1765, nearly seven years before the Boston Tea Party, Frederick citizens burned effigies of British officials in protest of the Stamp Act.
The present building was constructed as the Frederick County Courthouse in 1862, after the previous courthouse burned down in 1861. This building became Frederick’s City Hall in 1985 when a new county courthouse was built nearby.
A great way to visit all of these stops and many more of Frederick’s most eerie, is with a ghost tour through historic Downtown Frederick.
Woven through historical accounts and true documented stories of the paranormal, master storytellers dressed in period attire from Frederick’s past lead visitors through the city’s dark streets and alleyways in search of the infamous, the unknown and the unexplained.
Guests will uncover politically savvy and defiant citizens, patriots from the Revolutionary War, beckoning soldiers from the Civil War, and so much more.
Haunted Places in Pennsylvania
The Historic Hotel Bethlehem is known not only for its Victorian grandeur but also for its haunted side. The property is rumored to be home to four haunts and has been home to many ghost hunts over the years.
Guests can stay in Room 932 (known as the Room with a Boo), where guests have encountered a variety of supernatural experiences.
Are you ready to experience the truly terrifying haunted attractions in the Pocono Mountains? Go on a haunted walking tour of the Old Jail Museum in Jim Thorpe, PA.
Wander the Old Jail’s cold hallways and under the gallows on which seven of the accused Molly Maguires were put to death in the 1870s, and down into the eerie dungeon.
Looking for a bigger scare? Explore one of our haunted houses at Waldorf Estate of Fear or The Hotel of Horror, but beware, you may not want to go alone.
Eastern State Penitentiary – The former prison introduced Americans to a new form of housing inmates: solitary confinement.
Al Capone and Willie Sutton were among the 75,000 inmates who spent time here. The site has been apart of been of SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters” and Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” TV shows.
Self-guided tours, a once-daily guided tour, and a Halloween haunted house, along with exhibitions and special events, make the massive prison a favorite among those who dare to enter.
Several years ago, the Tavern began renovations that focused around a sports bar theme. Soon, staff members noticed instances of paranormal activity. Posters were removed from walls overnight, despite the doors being locked. Additionally, a ladder was folded up in a corner.
In 2013, the restaurant returned to its original Colonial-style décor and all has been quiet since.
Haunted Places in Virginia
Fredericksburg, VA, is one of the oldest and most haunted cities in America.
Local folklore speaks of apparitions on Sunken Road, at Chatham Manor, Fall Hill, and in various homes in the historic district.
People even claim to hear voices of Thomas Jefferson and other colonial leaders, in the corridors of the Rising Sun Tavern.
In fact, there are enough paranormal occurrences and ominous locations that multiple haunted tours have opened for business.
Once home to Parson Weems, the biographer for George Washington, today the museum is rumored to have a flurry of paranormal activity.
Civil War soldiers are said to haunt the nearby cemeteries and park while a child, who still talks to ghost hunters in the voice of a little girl, haunts the home.
During October celebrate all the scary things here in the Burg with the Haunted Harrisonburg Ghost Tours, a one-hour, outdoor walking tour of downtown’s haunts.
Visit the Virginia Quilt Museum to see and feel the presence of Civil War soldier, Joseph Latimer or stay at the Joshua Wilton House to hear the sounds of children laughing and playing in the middle of the night.
Is the attic light on at the Hardesty-Higgins House? Hear more insight to this and many other creepy tales during the tour.
Ranked 15th in the “TOP 100 Most Haunted Places in the United States” and has featured on A&E’s History Channel and two episodes of “My Ghost Story”, Bio Channel’s hit paranormal tv show. The Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum has also featured in many other publications and paranormal shows.
Before the Civil War, the Exchange Hotel, with its high ceiling parlors and grand veranda, welcomed passengers from the two rail lines: the Virginia Central Railroad and the Alexandria Railroad.
Soon war began, and the railroads became a supply route transporting troops, supplies, and the
wounded to Gordonsville.
In March 1862, the Exchange Hotel became the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital and provided care for over 70,000, both Confederate and captured Union soldiers.
Between 1865 and 1877 during the reconstruction period, the hospital provided care and education to the newly freed slaves as a Freedmen’s Bureau.
As the United States healed and the railroads boomed, this elegant building returned to its role of the hotel.
Have you ever wondered what happens at the Exchange Hotel Museum after it closes for the night and everyone has gone home? Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum takes on an atmosphere all its own.
There have been many reports from our guests of unexplained activity. Our guests have claimed to see orbs and columns of light traveling from room to room.
We have seen and heard doors opening and closing on their own. Guests have experienced other phenomena such as seeing full-bodied apparitions of doctors, and soldiers in the hotel and on the grounds.
Guests have seen nurses dressed in black period clothing on the stairs and heard screaming and moans of sadness throughout the Museum.
HALLOWEEN HAUNTED HOUSES
At Ravenwood Manor Haunted Attraction you will experience dozens of seasoned actors, Animatronics and Pneumatic props to catch you off guard when you least expect it.
The fun begins as soon as you park your car so be on the lookout for looming creatures.
During the 30 minute tour, you will find our actors are engaging and interactive.
Our scare team is dead serious about what they do.
St. Albans Sanatorium in Radford, VA was used in the early 20th century to perform methods like electroshock therapy, lobotomies, and other archaic practices on patients, who did not always survive the tests.
Additionally, the property was the site of an extremely violent Civil War battle, and visitors today report hearing rifles or cannons firing and smelling gun smoke when walking the grounds.
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