Top 10 Most Haunted Places in the United States
While it may be harder to find people who outright admit they are afraid of ghosts, if you took them to an old, creepy, and spacious haunted house
, they would eventually lose the facade and admit they are human, too. Haunted hotels, houses, hospitals, and other buildings that have a long history of unsolved mysteries or highly questionable events that can be corroborated with real news stories adds a lot to the scare-factor, but it isn’t always required. The architecture alone can have very intimidating and overwhelming elements that make you feel powerless or lost. These are our picks for the 10 most haunted places in America.
2: Villisca Axe Murder House, Villisca, Iowa
Ghosts haunt houses that they cannot leave due to some unresolved or unsolved part of their death. In this instance it’s the murders of an entire family in Iowa. No one knows what happened or why they were murdered, but just the thought of some fiend chopping up a man, his wife, and children with an axe is enough to strike fear into visitor’s hearts.
Address: 508 E 2nd St, Villisca, IA 50864
5: Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado
A luxury hotel, now that sounds like a pleasant place, right? Well, this one was home to Stephen King’s masterfully creepy movie The Shining. Even for those who haven’t seen the movie, its interior and creaky sounds play on the mind enough to prevent you from ever falling asleep. Red rum, anyone?
Address: 333 E Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
7: West Virginia State Penitentiary, Moundsville, West Virginia
Adding to the list of vehemently abusive and bloody prisons, Moundsville was a major contributor to prisoner deaths via torture and murders, as well as the State’s own liberal usage of electric chair executions. If there would be any place that has ghosts roaming the grounds to frighten visitors, it would be in Moundsville.
Address: 818 Jefferson Ave, Moundsville, WV 26041
8: Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, Kentucky
This eerie home of horrors of the past is a relic of modern medicine’s ugly and downright ignorant history. This building housed tens of thousands of tuberculosis patients, many of them small children, who were trapped in a never-ending torture experiment. Nothing but howling and screaming filled these walls during operation, which adds to the cold whistling of its current empty shell today.
Address: 4400 Paralee Ln, Louisville, KY 40272
10: The Marshall House, Savannah, Georgia
Last, but not least, is a hotel that tops all haunted house lists every year in the United States. This old hotel also suffers from pre-war era hexes and old tales of lost soldiers who wander the halls of the building. The staff that work there are of especially thick skin, but that does not mean they are immune to the eeriness that looms over the hotel, they often witness shapes, sounds, and changes in temperature that keeps them on edge.
Address: 123 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401