For all the ghouls, ghosts, werewolves, vampires, goblins, and monsters out there, HGTV Front Door has compiled a list of America’s Scariest Homes: 12 Real Life Haunted Houses. Check out these spooooooooooky homes:
The Chelsea Hotel, NYC: Built in 1884, this hotel has been home to many notable artists, writers, and musicians over the years. Visitors have claimed to have spotted the ghosts of Dylan Thomas, Eugene O’Neill, and Thomas Wolfe.
Winchester Mystery House: This 160 room Victorian Mansion includes eerie architectural features, secret passageways, labyrinth-like hallways, and a seance room. It was rumored to have been built for the spirits themselves.
The Amityville House: In 1974, six members of the DeSeo family were found slain in this home. A year later, the new occupants quickly moved out after making claims of paranormal activity, including strange odors, unexplained drafts, and an apparition of a strange pig-like demon.
The Cassadaga Hotel: This hotel sits at the center of a small, spooky town known for its paranormal activity. It is the home to many mediums, psychics, and spiritualists, who claim the hotel has a powerful energy vortex.
The White House: Perhaps the most famous residence in the United States, the White House is apparently known for its haunted activity. There have been numerous reports by visitors, staff, and residents of seeing the ghosts of Abraham Lincoln, Abigail Adams, and Andrew Jackson.
Myrtles Plantation: Built in 1797, this plantation has been home to dozens of deaths including illness, poisoning, and murder. Residents and visitors claim to have witnessed many strange occurrences: disappearing jewelry, waking to find themselves completely tucked into bed, moving furniture, a piano that plays on its own, and mysterious handprints, among others.
The Joshua Ward House: Former home of wealthy sea captain Joshua Ward, this house was built in 1784 and was originally owned by George Corwin, the High Sheriff during the Salem Witch Trials. After his death, Corwin’s remains were housed in the basement. Rumor has it that his spirit still haunts the house.
The LaLaurie House: One of the spookiest homes in the French Quarter, the La Laurie Mansion was home to Dr. Louis and Delphine LaLaurie in the early 1830s. The LaLauries were rumored to have brutally mistreated their slaves, resulting in various deaths and suicides. The house has been haunted by screams of agony and apparitions ever since.
Franklin Castle: Built in 1865, four of the Tiedemann children died in this home, and owner Hannes Tiedemann was rumored to have killed both his 13 year old niece in a hidden passage and his mistress in the tower. Visitors of Franklin Castle often claim to see an eerie woman in black staring out the tower window, small children crying, and strange happenings like doors flying off hinges and spinning lights.
The Whaley House: Now a museum, San Diego’s Whaley House was designated an official Haunted House by the U.S. Department of Commerce in the 1960s due to frequently heard heavy footsteps of the ghost of “Yankee Jim” Robinson who was hung on the property in 1852, before the house was built.
The Lemp Mansion: Built in St. Louis in the 1860’s, it was home to the William Lemp family, wealthy brewers of which many committed suicide.
Villisca Ax Murder House: On June 12, 1912, all six members of the Moore family and two young houseguests were found bludgeoned to death by an axe in their home. Their murderer was never found, but the house still boasts wandering spirits, children’s crying voices, and a door that mysteriously opens and closes.
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