It’s finally October, which means it’s time for #PSLs, cozy sweaters, and Halloween! What better way to get in the spirit than to take some spooky road trips with your friends? Here are some of the most haunted places in Alabama you need to visit!
1. Old Bryce Hospital
So you don’t exactly have to take a road trip to get to this one, but it’s the most famously haunted place on campus at UA. The former Bryce Hospital opened in 1861, and served as an inpatient facility for those deemed “insane.” The ghosts of the former patients who suffered and died here can reportedly be heard and felt within the halls. Though the university has begun to demolish the former insane asylum, much of the original building still stands.
2. Dead Children’s Playground, Maple Hill Cemetery
The Dead Children’s Playground, located right within the limits of the Maple Hill Cemetery, is supposedly haunted by the many children buried nearby. Visitors report hearing and seeing children playing at night, and seeing swings swinging on their own.
3. Fort Morgan
Though now just a historical site, Fort Morgan saw its fair share of battle and death during the Civil War. People have reported seeing shadowy figures walking around, and hearing strange noises and cries. The barracks are supposedly haunted by the ghost of a prisoner who hung himself there in the early 1900s. It’s definitely one of the most haunted places in Alabama!
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4. Gaineswood Plantation
When Evelyn Carter died on the Gaineswood Plantation, the ground was too frozen for her to be buried, so she was stored in a coffin in the cellar. When the family began to hear her playing the piano and walking around the cellar, they sent her body to Virginia where she was eventually buried in her family’s cemetery. Visitors today say they can still hear her paying the piano and walking around, and some even report seeing a woman walking around at night.
5. Bass Cemetery
Bass Cemetery, in the middle of the woods in Irondale, Alabama, is more than 150 years old and serves as the final resting place for soldiers and slaves. Visitors say they’ve heard loud shrieks, and have even reported seeing apparitions and orbs.
6. Lucas Tavern
Lucas Tavern has been preserved in Old Town Alabama as part of a group of historical buildings. The ghost of Eliza Lucas, one of its earliest owners, is said to be seen still smiling and waving from the doorway at people passing by, still dressed in Victorian clothing. Who ever said all ghosts were sad and angry?
7. USS Alabama Battleship
The USS Alabama served in WWII, but it now operates as a museum. Reportedly, two men died during the ship’s construction, and five more died from fratricide while onboard. People who visit the ship today report hearing loud footsteps behind them with no one there, and hatches slamming shut on their own. Some have also described apparitions of sailors. It’s one of the most haunted places in Alabama, that also has a great deal of history. Be sure to check it out!
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8. Sturdivant Hall
Though it now serves as a museum, and often a wedding reception venue, Sturdivant Hall was once home to the Parkman family. People that work there have reported locked doors flying open, and rocking chairs rocking on their own. Many believe these things to be the works of the ghost of the old owner and banker, John Parkman, bitter and desperate to clear his name after he was jailed for losing so much money. Some even say they’ve seen two girls in the windows, perhaps his daughters.
9. The 1880 Josephine
The 1880 Josephine was a historic hotel, and while it is no longer operational as a hotel, it has been converted into a cafe, art studio and gift shop. Ghost hunters have visited and documented paranormal activity, and they even host ghost hunts.
10. Consolation Church
When the abandoned church building stood, people brave enough to visit reported a range of bizarre and terrifying sights and sounds. Children running and screaming, hell hounds and confederate soldiers are said to be among them. Unfortunately, the church itself burned down about a year and a half ago. However, the cemetery was undamaged, and the spirits are said to still be there.