Though these are not civil war related, here’s a few haunted houses in the country it might be well to skip!
The Amityville Horror House
The 1979 movie The Amityville Horror, starring James Brolin and Margot
Kidder, gave America a fright it hadn’t had since The Exorcist six years
before. Although based on a novel by Jay Anson, the story was allegedly
based on true events that occurred in suburban Long Island. The house used
in the movie became a horror film icon, with its two upper windows
suggesting eyes. But the house used in the movie was located in New
Jersey, not Long Island. This private home is not open to the public, but
if you’re in the mood for a drive-by shiver, we’ll give you the exact
The Bell Witch House
In 1817, the Bell family of Tennessee claimed to be plagued by paranormal
activity, including ghostly sounds, the appearance of strange animals, and
physical abuse. The ghost behind the mayhem, who identified herself
as “Kate,” became famous throughout America as “the Bell’s Witch.” It is
even said that Andrew Jackson visited the home and witnessed paranormal
activity. But the torment proved too much for family patriarch John Bell,
who died in 1820. The events that allegedly occurred on this very spot
have inspired three movies so far, including 2006’s An American Haunting,
starring Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek. For more on the Bell Witch
House, read the books.
[Mayor’s note: my grandmother visited in the Bell home in Adams, TN on several
occasions,and personally witnessed some of the acts — the old fashioned hair
pins being yanked out of Mrs. Bell’s hair, the rocking chair that mysteriously
rocked when no one was around, etc. She said it was definitely scary!]
The Haunted Hospital
The problems all started in 1933, when a patient being wheeled to surgery
in Alberta’s Galt Hospital was accidentally dropped down an elevator
shaft. Not surprisingly, his ghost stuck around to haunt the staff, and he
was soon joined by the ghosts of two children from the pediatric ward.
Then a whole host of strange sounds and sightings began, lasting all the
way until the hospital closed in 1955. Today the building is the Galt
Museum, covering all the history of southwestern Alberta.
Thanks to PhilaCWDigest for these interesting stories!