Officially known as the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, the origins of this New England state and its name are still somewhat unclear. What is known is that the state would become a refuge from Massachusetts colonists seeking more religious freedom than Puritans offered. The new colony would play a vital role in everything from the King Philip's War to modern industrialization.
Of course, being the smallest state doesn’t mean Rhode Island lacks for history - or for hauntings. The employees of one of America’s first textile mills are still heard around their old equipment. A woman in period garb still likes to ride the old carousel at the site of a former Victorian-era amusement park. Two homes belonging to a famous Rhode Island governor have haunted legacies. A blockbuster film helped further blur the distinction between the fact and fiction of a haunting at a farmhouse dating back to the colonial period. Rhode Island certainly has no shortage of spirits.
With such a lengthy and famous history, it should come as no surprise that many of Pennsylvania’s past residents decided to hang around here long after they should have passed on. The wife and mother-in-law of a famed industrialist are still wandering the halls of the art museum that was once their home. A Wilkes-Barre residence is said to have a story more terrifying than the famed Amityville Horror house. A woman and the man who murdered her 200 years ago still haunt the riverside inn where they once worked. A house built by a famous architect is said to still house the spirit of a wronged wife. Spirits from the Revolutionary War still haunt a tavern known for its role in the famed Whiskey Rebellion.
Oregon has always attracted colorful characters from different backgrounds, which is perhaps why the supernatural residents of the Beaver State have chosen to hang around. One of the state’s most photographed lighthouses is also the source of one of the state’s most famous ghost stories. A murdered girl haunts the park where the state’s Shakespeare festival is held. A vampire, a cross-dressing miner and a famed American author are all said to haunt a historic roadside tavern. A dead volcano is said to be a gathering point for witches and demonic entities. A popular hotel and performance venue has a haunting history as a former almshouse and hospital. Things in Oregon aren’t always what they seem.
A historic fort protecting the Boston area is haunted by spirits from its past while those staying overnight at a historic inn find they aren’t alone after crawling into bed. Star-crossed lovers continue their affair at a bed and breakfast long after their death and a British general stalks the halls of a building on a women’s college. Visitors stay overnight at the home of an infamous murderess in hopes of seeing spirits while the victims of America’s most famous witch hunt still haven’t found their eternal rest. Massachusetts is just as steeped in history as it is in hauntings.
Various plantations across Louisiana battle it out for the title of most haunted, each with interesting ghost stories all their own. New Orleans is a playground for ghouls and ghosts ranging from violent plantation mistresses to voodoo queens to Confederate soldiers. Inmates are still working off their sins in the afterlife at the site of a former penal farm and werewolves are said to stalk a Cajun swamp. There is no telling what one might encounter in the Bayou State.
Some of those who once hoped to make better lives for themselves in Illinois are still here. An abandoned cemetery is the home of various spirits while the ghost of a young woman takes motorists who attempt to take her home on a wild ride beginning at the ballroom where she was last seen alive. The embittered souls who once resided in a former almshouse still reach out from beyond the grave while tortured slaves cry out from where they were once imprisoned in an attic. An abandoned hospital is still home to long-dead patients while hotels are haunted by guests who never checked out.
Connecticut’s history and culture make it one of America’s most unique states, and visitors here might experience something else unique: the supernatural. The ghost of a young woman appears around the cemetery where she is buried at midnight, allegedly frightening visitors to death. A possessed doll strikes fear into the heart of visitors to an occult museum. A terrifying history has earned a ghost town in a park the nickname “Village of the Damned,” while hikers in another park may find themselves assaulted by the spirits who dwell in a crumbling castle.
Spooky stories and terrifying tales found along the road less traveled.