Ship: RMS Queen Mary

Location: Long Beach, California, USA Built: 1930 Used: 1936 – 1967 (used as liner) Type: Ocean Liner/Troopship Status: Open as tourist attraction History: The Queen Mary began construction in the December of 1930 in Clydebank, Scotland. Due to the Great Depression, work on the ship was ceased in December, 1931. In order to complete the…

House: Oak Alley Plantation

Location: Vacherie, Louisiana, USA Built: 1837 Status: Open as a historic museum History: The plantation, which was originally named Bon Séjour Plantation (meaning “good living”), was built to grow sugar cane. The mansion that stands today was built by slaves under the command of George Swainy between 1837 and 1839 for Jacques Telesphore Roman. Joseph Pilie, Roman’s father-in-law, was…

Prison: Eastern State Penitentiary

Locations: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Operation Time: 1829 – 1971 Status: Open as tourist destination History: The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania opened in 1829 with some of the USA’s most infamous criminals entering the facility over the course of its operation (such as Al Capone and Willie Sutton). The prison was designed by John Haviland, and it…

Theater: Bird Cage Theatre

Location: Tombstone, Arizona, USA Built: 1881 Operation Time: 1881 – Present Status: Open History: The Bird Cage Theatre belonged to William “Billy” and Lottie Hutchinson. Opening on December 26th, 1881, the name came from the fourteen boxes called “cages” that were located on the two balconies on either side of the central hall. The cages were mostly used for…

Lighthouse: St. Augustine Lighthouse

Location: Anastasia Island, St. Augustine, Florida, USA Built: 1874 Operation Time: 1874 – Present Status: Open History: The St. Augustine Lighthouse (which is also known as the St. Augustine Light) is one of the most famous hauntings in America. St. Augustine housed the first “official” lighthouse in Florida, built by the American Government in 1824. This…

House: Ashmore Estates

Location: Ashmore, Illinois, USA Built: 1916 Status: Open as a tourist destination History The Ashmore Estates has been haunted for several years, and it was off-limits to the public for twenty years. For a long while (from 1987 to 2006), the building was abandoned. Built in 1916, the three-story brick building was built on the Country…

Insane Asylum: Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Location: Weston, West Virginia, USA Built: 1881 Operation Time: 1864 – 1994 Type: Kirkbride Plan Status: Open as a tourist destination History The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (which is also known as the “Armand Auclerc Weston State Hospital”) was built under the standards of the Kirkbride Plan. In the 1850s the Virginia General Assembly authorized the hospital. In order…

Insane Asylum: Peoria State Hospital

Location: Bartonville, Illinois, USA Built: 1897 Operation Time: 1902 – 1973 Type: Kirkbride Plan Status: Open as a tourist destination History Peoria State Hospital (which has also operated under the names “Bartonville State Hospital”, “Peoria Asylum”, the “Illinois General Hospital for the Insane”, and the “Illinois Asylum for the Incurable Insane”) opened as an insane asylum operated by the…

House: Lemp Mansion

Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA Built: 1868 Status: Open as a restaurant and inn History Adam Lemp (born Johann Lemp in 1798, Gruningen, Germany) moved with his son William J. Lemp (born in 1835, Germany) to St. Louis, Missouri in 1838. There, Adam worked as a grocer. In November of 1841, he became a legal US citizen. After…

Hospital: Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Location: Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA Built: Unknown Operation Time: 1910 – 1962 Status: Open as tourist destination History A portion of land was bought by Major Thomas H. Hays in 1883, and called it the Hays’ family home. Since the home was too far from any sort of school, Mr. Hays opened a local school…

Entertainment: Bobby Mackey’s Music World

Location: Wilder, Kentucky, USA Built: Unknown Operation Time: 1978 – Present Type: Nightclub Status: Open History Bobby Mackey’s Music World is a nightclub currently owned by country singer Bobby Mackey. It has been dubbed “the most haunted nightclub in the USA” by Mackey. Urban legends and folklore say it is the “gateway to hell”. One of the nightclub’s…

Prison: Ohio State Reformatory

Locations: Mansfield, Ohio, USA Built: 1886 Operation Time: 1896 – 1990 Type: Reformatory Security: Medium Status: Open as tourist location History The Ohio State Reformatory (also known as OSR and Mansfield Reformatory) is located in Mansfield, Ohio and is noted as one of the most haunted places in the world. Work on the prison began on November 4th, 1886, when…