Hope Hill Cemetery (The Dollhouse Grave)

Hope Hill Cemetery, located between Milan and Medina in Gibson County, Tennessee, is home to the spirit of a young girl who died under controversial and shady circumstances in 1931. In some sources, the five-year-old Dorothy Marie Harvey was said to have perished to natural causes, while others offer a much more sinister tale of her being raped and beaten to death by her uncle. Another version state she was killed by a piano dropped by the mover that her parents hired. In any case, her family built a dollhouse over her grave after she was buried since it was her favorite place to play (the original has had to be rebuilt several times due to vandals; it is now maintained by family members).

Dejarnette Center

About LOCATION: Staunton, Virginia, USA BUILT: 1825 OPERATION TIME: 1825 to 1996 KIRKBRIDE PLAN: No STATUS: Closed History Operation The Western Lunatic Asylum opened in 1825 as a hospital to treat the insane. In 1905, Dr. Joseph Dejarnette, a believer in eugenics, took over and renamed the asylum the Dejarnette Center. Dejarnette became abusive, and he tortured many of his patients. In…

Anoka State Hospital

Location: Anoka, Minnesota, USA Built: Unknown Operation Time: 1898 – Present Type: Not Kirkbride Plan Status: Open History: Over the years, Anoka State Hospital has gone by many names – First State Asylum for the Insane, Anoka State Asylum, and most recently Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center (its current name). Built in 1898, it opened two years later in 1900, where…

Cedarhurst Mansion

Location: Huntsville, Alabama, USA History: Cedarhurst Mansion was established by Stephen Ewing in 1823. The mansion, which was two-stories high and had fifteen-inch thick brick walls, overcame a number of challenges over its time. Many owners have lived in the mansion as well. During the 1950s, a severe thunderstorm rolled in. The ghost of a tall…

Leeper Mansion

Location: Leeper, Missouri, USA Built: c. 1800s Status: Unknown History: A carpet bagger during the Civil War, Captain Leeper was a cruel man who would beat, shoot, and sometimes hang African-Americans. While they were his preferred targets, he would do the same to anyone who opposed his railroad that was being built. When the time came that he…

Larnach’s Castle

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand, Australia Built: Between 1871 and 1887 Status: Open as tourist destination History: William Larnach (the house’s namesake and a prominent entrepreneur and politician) built a large home on the Dunedin Peninsula between 1871 and 1887. His architect was R.A. Lawson, who built several other buildings in Dunedin. The building resulted with 43 rooms, a ballroom,…

Kenmore Plantation

Location: Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA Built: During the 1770s Status: Unknown History: The Kenmore Plantation covered a massive 1,300 acres of land, and was built during the 1770s by Colonel Fielding and Betty Lewis before the Revolutionary War. Colonel Lewis, an extremely successful member of the planting industry, was an established merchant, which helped fund his extravagant building…

Leland Stanford’s Mansion

Location: Sacramento, California, USA Built: 1856 Status: Open as a museum History: Originally, the mansion was owned by its builder, Shelton C. Fogus, who was a wealthy building merchant in Sacramento, California. Leland Stanford, who was an upcoming politician of the Republican Party and the president of the Central Pacific Railroad, bought the house in June, 1861…

Plunkett Hospital

Location: Adams, Massachusetts, USA Built: Unknown Operating Time: Unknown Status: Undetermined History: Plunkett Hospital is currently being considered for renovations to turn the hospital into condos for senior citizens. However, it is said to be haunted, having several odd happening surround it. Sounds of blood-curdling screams and apparitions of patients who died at the hospital are just…

Manor Grove Nursing Home

Location: Kirkwood, Missouri, USA Built: Unknown Operating Time: Unknown Status: Open History: The residents of Manor Grove Nursing Home that suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s have complained of a little boy who plays in their room at night and tends to wake them up. It is said that it is the ghost of a little…

Brown Mansion in Coffeyville, Kansas

Location: Coffeyville, Kansas, USA Built: Early 1900s Status: Used as some sort of business (type is unknown) History: The Brown Mansion was built sometime during the early 1900s, and has been the site of many tragedies. Mr. Brown, a wealthy man and the owner of the mansion, lost all but one of his children while they…

St. Louis City Hospital

Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA Built: Around 1906 Operation Time: 1906 – 1985 Status: Being renovated History: The Old City Hospital, more widely known as the St. Louis City Hospital, was the city’s primary public hospital and, for most of the 20th century, ran as a multi-level and multi-building complex. By 1970, it had reached a total…