House: The Whaley House

Location: San Diego, California, USA Built: 1857 Status: Open as tourist destination History: The Whaley House was the residence of Thomas Whaley and his family. It also served as Mr. Whaley’s general store, the second county courthouse in San Diego, and the first commercial theater over the years. Thomas Whaley was born October 5th, 1823 in New York, and was…

Lemp Mansion

Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA Built: 1868 Status: Open as a restaurant and inn History The Beginning In 1838, Johann (Adam) Lemp immigrated with his son, William, from Eschwege, Germany to St. Louis, Missouri, where Adam would come to work as a grocer. A legal citizen of the United States by November 1841, Lemp began his…

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…

House: Myrtles Plantation

Location: St. Francisville, Louisiana, USA Built: 1796 Status: Open as tourist destination History Built in 1796 by General David Bradford, the Myrtles Plantation was known as Laurel Grove at the time. For several years, the general lived there alone until he was pardoned for his role in the Whiskey Rebellion in 1799 when President George Washington…

Theater: Lincoln Theater

Location: Decatur, Illinois, USA Built: 1916 Operation Time: 1916 – Present Status: Open History Located on North Main Street in Decatur, Illinois, the Lincoln Theater is one of two grand theaters still standing in the city today. Opening in 1916 with a massive stage and a large number of seats, it featured high balconies, mezzanines, basements, and sub-cellars….

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…

Cemetery: St. Louis Cemetery #1

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Built: 1789 Status: Still Standing History There are three cemeteries in Louisiana named “St. Louis Cemetery’. The first and most famous one opened in 1789, replacing the St. Peter Cemetery as the main graveyard in the city after it was redesigned after a fire in 1788. The Saint Louis Cemetery is located on the…

House: Axe Murder House in Villisca, Iowa

Location: Villisca, Iowa, USA Built: Unknown Status: Open as a tourist destination History A gruesome and disturbing event occurred over the course of the night of June 9th, 1912 known as the Villisca Axe Murders in the town of Villisca, Iowa. In total, there were eight victims, six of them children, two of them guests. All of them…

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…

Hotel: Stanley Hotel

Location: Estes Park, Colorado, USA Built: 1909 Operation Time: 1909 – Present (temporarily closed during the 1970s) Type: Hotel Status: Open History Freelan Oscar Stanley (mostly often called F.O. Stanley), the co-inventor of the Stanley Steamer automobile, suffered from tuberculosis and came west to Estes Park, Colorado after his doctor suggested him to do so. The doctor…