America’s Scariest Homes: 12 Haunted Houses

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The Chelsea Hotel

This infamous hotel is one of New York City’s spookiest landmarks. Built in 1884, the hotel was home to many notable writers, artists, and musicians. Even though many of these former occupants have since died, visitors claim to have seen the ghosts of Dylan Thomas, Eugene O’Neill, and Thomas Wolfe.

Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House is a 160-room mansion full to the brim with eerie architectural features. Secret passageways, labyrinths of hallways, and a séance room , the house is said to have been built just for ghosts.

The Amityville House

In 1974, members of the DeFeo family were found murdered in this home; the eldest son was later convicted of murdering his parents and siblings. A year later, a new family moved in but quickly moved out after reports of paranormal activity: strange odors, cold drafts, and ghosts of wild animals.

The Cassadaga Hotel

The Cassadaga sits at the center of the spooky little town of Cassadaga, which is home to many mediums and psychics. The hotel, which is said to house a number of spirits, also features a powerful vortex of energy that even skeptics have admitted to sensing.

The White House

For years there have been reports that the White House is indeed haunted. Visitors, staff, and even residents have seen the ghosts of Abraham Lincoln, Abigail Adams, and Andrew Jackson. FDR, President Eisenhower, and Winston Churchill are among those who claim to have seen ghosts. Most recently, the Obama family claim to have repeatedly heard strange noises and felt a sensation of someone gnawing at their feet in the middle of the night!

Myrtles Plantation

The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville is one of the creepiest places in the South, where dozens of deaths have occurred since 1797. Visitors claim to have witnessed many strange occurrences: disappearing jewelry; furniture that moves at its own will; a grand piano that plays itself; strange handprints; and objects and people appearing and disappearing from photographs.

The Joshua Ward House

The Joshua Ward House was built in 1784 and originally owned by George Corwin, the High Sheriff during the Salem Witch Trials. For many years, Corwin’s remains were buried in the basement until finally being moved to a cemetery. Rumor has it that Corwin’s spirit still haunts the house.

The LaLaurie House

Housed in the French Quarter, this home was originally owned by the LaLaurie family, who treated their slaves brutally. The house has been haunted by screams of agony coming from the ghosts of those tortured ever since.

Franklin Castle

Built in 1865, the castle makes a spooky first impression with its sandstone exterior, round tower, and gargoyles. Those who have been inside the mansion claim to have witnessed an eerie woman in black staring out the tower women, small children crying, and strange happenings like doors flying off hinges and spinning lights.

The Whaley House

San Diego’s Whaley house was designated an official Haunted House by the US Department of Commerce due to frequently heard footsteps of the ghost of “Yankee Jim” Robinson, who was hung on the site before the house was built. Other ghostly sightings have been reported.

The Lemp Mansion

Built in St. Louis in the 1860s, this house was inhabited by the Lemp family, who were wealthy brewers with a streak for suicide. Named one of America’s most haunted houses by Life magazine, the mansion is currently a restaurant and inn.

Villisca Ax Murder House

On June 12, 1912 all six members of the Moore family and two young houseguests were found murdered by an ax. The murderer was never found, but the house in Villisca still boasts wandering spirits, children’s crying, and a door that mysteriously opens and closes.

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