The Washington Times - October 30, 2008, 10:46AM

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 

location .



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!