10 Haunted Places in the South
'Tis the season for goblins, ghouls, and ghosts. We've rounded up the best places to get a little fright this Halloween.
1. Pratt Hall of Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama Huntingdon College appears to be an idyllic and peaceful campus, but a mysterious figure haunts the corridors of Pratt Hall: the Red Lady. She’s the star of Kathryn Tucker Windham’s Thirteen Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey, a compilation of short stories packed with Southern folklore and ghostly tales. According to legend, an undergraduate woman slit her wrists in Pratt Hall one fateful night while wearing a red robe. Students claim to have seen a red apparition floating down the hallways and heard the clicking of the Red Lady’s high heels.
2. Allen House in Monticello, Arkansas The Allen House, with its white columns and Victorian style, looms over North Main Street in Monticello, Arkansas. In 1906, businessman Joe Lee Allen moved into the home with his wife and three daughters. On the day after Christmas in 1948, Allen’s daughter, Ladell, was found dead in her bedroom after drinking a poisoned punch. Her mother sealed off the crime scene, never to be reentered until the family sold the home in the late 1980s. The current owners have experienced paranormal activity, such as vanishing items and objects moving to different places around the house; Ladell must be doing some redecorating.
3. The Ellis Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia The Ellis Hotel resides in the site of a tragic fire that took place over a century ago. In 1913, the Winecoff Hotel was built as one of Atlanta's most upscale hotels and boasted a sleek European design. No one knew, however, that the alluring construction would be the hotel's downfall. Later that year, the Winecoff mysteriously went up in flames, and over over 100 guests were trapped inside. The building lacked proper fire-emergency protocol, like fire escapes, fire doors, or sprinklers. The disaster has been called one of the worst fires in U.S. history. After this tragedy, national safety codes for buildings were established and mandated. Today, souls from the Winecoff linger in The Ellis Hotel's hallways and spook current guests.
4. Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, Georgia You’ve probably seen Moon River Brewing Company on Ghost Hunters. In the ghoul-packed Savannah, this establishment tops the city’s most-haunted list. The building originally served as a hotel in the early 1800s until the Union Army captured Savannah during the Civil War, and it was later transformed into a hospital for yellow fever outbreaks. Today, bar goers and employees alike have encountered the supernatural at Moon River Brewing Company, such as shadows dancing on the walls or bottles thrown off the shelves. Play a round of pool with Toby, the spirit who haunts the billiards room.
5. Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky Major Thomas Hayes purchased this piece of land in the 1830s to build a school for his daughters. He named the establishment “Waverly School,” which, in turn, created the name for the property’s entirety. Major Hayes later sold Waverly Hills to the Board of Tuberculosis, who opened a sanatorium in the early 1900s. A tuberculosis epidemic swept through Kentucky soon after, and a multitude of patients flooded into the hospital for treatment and isolation. Waverly Hills transformed into a community of its own; all who entered the infected zone—either as a patient, nurse, or doctor—were not allowed to reenter the outside world. The souls of the deceased linger in the ruins, even in death not allowed to escape and return home.
6. Lafittes Blacksmith Shop Bar in New Orleans, Louisiana Built in the early 1720s, Lafittes Blacksmith Shop Bar may be the oldest bar in the country. Brothers Jean and Pierre Lafitte used their establishment to smuggle contraband into New Orleans from foreign merchants and avoid income taxes. Located on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, the interior decor maintains its original candlelit atmosphere. Patrons might have had too much of the bar’s grape “voodoo” juice, but many have reported sightings of the ghost of Jean Lafitte lurking in the shadows.
7. Battery Carriage House Inn in Charleston, South Carolina The Battery Carriage House Inn deems itself as the most haunted hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. Guests have reported sightings of a headless torso of a Confederate soldier. Others have witnessed a supernatural glow coming from the bathroom that shifted into different shapes and sizes. Perhaps you’ll have to stay for a night and see the spirits for yourself.
8. Earnestine & Hazel’s in Memphis, Tennessee This Memphis dive bar originally opened in the early 20th century as a local pharmacy by Abe Plough, the inventor of Coppertone sunscreen. He later gave the building to two hairstylists, Earnestine and Hazel. When the bar opened in 1992, paranormal activity was reported. The jukebox in the corner exudes an eerie glow and controls itself completely on its own. It eavesdrops on the surrounding customers and plays songs that coincide with their conversation topics. Or if you hear footsteps coming from above, don't be alarmed--the ghosts of Earnestine and Hazel frequently run through the upstairs hallway.
9. Holland Hotel in Alpine, Texas Over 100 years old, the Holland Hotel is full of mysteries, murders, and ghosts. The spirit of Crystal Holland Spaniel, the daughter of the original hotel owner, lingers on the third floor where she was murdered. She was caught having an affair with Col. Maxwell Butler, Jr., son of a senator from South Carolina. When her husband, Harry J. Spaniel, discovered his wife’s infidelity, he threatened to kill her. Guests heard Crystal's cries as she begged her husband not to kill her. Two gunshots were fired; Crystal and Butler were found dead in the room. Supernatural sightings have also been spotted on the second floor, with overflowing toilets and flickering lights. With a hotel as old as this one, who knows how many souls still haunt the hallways.
10. Peyton Randolph House in Williamsburg, Virginia The first residents of this house in Colonial Williamsburg date back to the 1700s. A curse fell upon the family after moving into their new home. Out of the family’s three sons, the first contracted a deadly illness, and the second fell to his death from a tree. Later, a student from William & Mary stayed with the family while attending school, but he, too, fell ill to tuberculosis and died. Ghost tours today report loud footsteps, breaking mirrors, and a translucent figure of in the shape of a man.