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Famous American Haunted Houses
America's Famous Haunted Houses and Hauntings Psychic Sylvia Browne, World-renowned Psychic Sylvia Browne pictures The U.S.A. is full of ghost stories, but some are absolutely legendary for their sheer creepiness and also the fact that these haunting were witnessed by many.

The Bell Witch Haunting

The Bell Witch Haunting is one of the most powerful of these legends. Two films have been made about the haunting of the Bell family in Adams, Tennessee: The Bell Witch Haunting (2004) and An American Hunting (2006)

According to legend, the first haunting occurred in 1817 after John Bell, shot an animal on his farm that was described as having the body of a dog and the head of a rabbit. After that, the Bell family began to hear gnawing and clawing noises from outside that later moved inside the home. Betsy Bell, the youngest daughter, was assaulted by an invisible source. The poltergeist identified itself as Kate Batts, a neighbor of the Bells alleged to be a witch that John Bell had upset in some way. Bell died in 1820 with a small vial poison next to his body.

The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast

The Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, which is currently a bed and breakfast is claimed to be the most haunted house in the United States. It is the site of a double murder. Lizzie Borden (July 19, 1860 – June 1, 1960) killed her mother and father with a hatchet on August 4th 1892. However, Lizzie Bordon claimed to be innocent even though she was executed for the crime. Numerous people who have stayed at the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast hear a woman weeping the night and shoes sliding across the floor.

The Congelier Mansion in Pittsburgh

The Congelier Mansion is located at 1129 Ridge Avenue in Pittsburgh begins in 1871 when the Mexican wife of carpetbagger Charles Congelier discovered his affair with a maid and became so emerged that she fatally stabbed him and chopped off the maid Essie’s head. 

After the murders, the house was vacant for twenty years as nobody seemed to be able to live there because the sobbing and screaming sounds were so bad. In 1900, a Dr. Adolph C. Brunrichter bought the home. On August 12, 1901, the neighbors observed a red explosion shaking the house and all of the windows shattering. When the house was entered, a decomposed female corpse was found strapped to the bed and there were five headless young women in the basement. The Doctor was nowhere to be found.
The house stayed empty for many years and two men who attempted to model it were killed, one by a beam from a rafter and the other by a board driven like a spear through his chest. 

In 1927, the house blew up in a mysterious explosion that was so strong it blew out windows for miles around.

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park Colorado

The Stanley Hotel is famous for being the hotel featured in the Stephen King book “The Shining.” In fact, he wrote the book in Room 217. Room 418 of the isolated hotel has the most poltergeist activity with the main sound being the sound of children playing in the halls.

The Stanly Hotel’s original owners, F.O. and Flora Stanley, haunt the hotel as well with F.O. Stanley’s ghost often seen in the billiards room and the lobby. The piano that plays by itself in the music room is also said to be played by his ghost.

The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Indiana

Long described as one of America’s most haunted homes the ghosts and poltergeists at the Myrtles Plantation have been widely discussed and documented. Ten murders have been said to be committed on this site since the late 1700s. The poltergeist activity on the site is also said to be on top of an ancient Indian burial ground.

The ghost of a maid named Cloe who poisoned her master’s wife and children is often seen wandering the grounds ales long with the ghosts of her victims. There is also the ghost of a French woman who wanders from room to room, a portrait that changes expressions, a young girl that appears just before thunderstorms, and a ghost who plays the same chord at a piano again and again.

The Joshua Ward House in Salem, Massachusetts

In 1692, the town of Salem was home to a series of infamous trials that led to the hanging and burning of witches. Over 150 innocent women were murdered at these trials, which were presided over by Sherriff George Corwin. Corwin presided over the trials and put a local man named Giles Corey to death by crushing him with rocks. Both men are said to be buried beneath the Joshua Ward House foundation thus casting all kinds of violent poltergeist behavior.

Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois

During the gangster era of the 1930s in Chicago, bodies were dumped in a make-shift cemetery forest outside of Chicago called Bachelor’s Grove. In this spooky place, the tombstones seem to move by themselves and numerous ghosts have been seen at night. One of the most famous of these ghosts is a lady in a white dress that is seen cradling a baby in her arms.

Valarie House in New Orleans

In the heart of the French quarter, there is an old mansion that in the 1800s belonged to a physician named Louis LaLaurie and his wife Delphine. This couple was notorious for treating their slaves unfairly and their cruelty was exposed when a fire broke out in the mansion and firemen found slaves chained to the wall in a dungeon. The sadistic couple fled the city, but unit l this day, their spirits plus the spirits of their tortured and possibly murdered slaves are said to wander about the premises.

The Hotel Chelsea in New York

The Hotel Chelsea in New York is home to all kinds of paranormal activity, including apparitions, huge temperature fluctuations, and lights blinking on and off. Loud music blares from nowhere and sound of a couple arguing resonates thorough the hallways.

The spirit of Sid Vicious (who stabbed his girlfriend to death in Room 100) is said to haunt the hallways. The ghost of Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, who drank himself to death in room 203 in 1953, is one of the spirits gracing the place and long with author Charles R. Jackson who committed suicide in the same room in 1968.

Of course, there are thousands of other haunted places in America. The haunting of most towns and cities are now usually easily found on the internet along with lots of YouTube sightings of ghostly footage.

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By Darlene, Thursday, May 17, 2012 01:33:42 AM
Thank you for providing the correct information, Rozelle. I was puzzled when I read the Lizzie Borden section, because it didn't make sense.
By rozelle, Wednesday, May 16, 2012 12:56:51 PM
Lizzie Borden died on June 1, 1927, not 1960. She was also not executed, although she may have been socially persecuted for the crime within her community. No one at the time could believe that a woman could commit such a horrible crime. Psychic Sylvia Browne once stated that she was bi-polar and that was in part the reason for her behavior. May the ghosts that live in the Borden house be released and find the White Light of the Holy Spirit.
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