You have probably seen many movies where a haunted house is the setting, but have you ever been inside one?
There are numerous houses in the U.S. that are believed to be possessed by ghosts and other supernatural beings, and based on what one third of Americans claim about seeing and experiencing their presence we have comprised a list of the 5 most well-documented haunted houses.
1. LaLaurie Mansion (New Orleans, Louisiana)
This house is now located in the Royal Street and it is said to be haunted by the slaves who were tortured by Madame LaLaurie in one of the torture chambers and died suffering. In 1834, there was a fire in the house, and when neighbors were trying to help save as many things from the fire – they found slaves chained up in the attic. Later it was discovered that the owner of the house, madam LaLaurie, was a serial killer. Seven slaves were found chained up, with their limbs stretched after being tortured and imprisoned for several months.
This house served as an inspiration for American Horror Story, Coven. There isn’t much information about madam LaLaurie after an angry mob destroyed the house. There are rumors that she had fled to Paris and died in a boar-hunting accident several years after the incident.
2. Farnsworth House (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
This is the house where soldiers who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War were stationed, the battle in which many people lost their lives. The soldiers who lived here were Confederate sharpshooters and they shot union soldiers from the windows.
Later, the Farnsworth house became a hospital where many of the fallen soldiers died. This is why people believe five of the nine rooms are haunted by the ghosts of soldiers and midwifes. Today, this house is a bed and breakfast, and apparently many guests have seen the midwife Mary sitting on their bed at night. Scary!
3. Dock Street Theater (Charleston, South Carolina)
Dock Street Theater is located where the first American theater once was, and the stories of its haunting are a little different from any other. This house was originally built as a hotel in 1809 and there are stories about two spirits going around the theater, one being a prostitute the locals call Nettie, who is said to had spent her life working at this hotel, and the second is the ghost of the famous actor Junius Brutus Booth, the father of John Wilkes Booth (the man who killed President Abraham Lincoln).
Nettie was killed by lightening while standing in front of her house, but it seems that she loved spending her time at the hotel better, so this is the place where she chose to spend her afterlife.
The theater was recently renovated, but the locals believe that the ghosts are still there.
4. Boone Hall Plantation (Charleston, South Carolina)
This plantation used to have 225 slaves who all worked at the property. According to folk stories, most of these slaves died while working, of hunger or exhaustion, and people believe that many of them still roam the premises. The slaves lived in brickyard quarters and operated dangerous kilns for the local building industry. The locals tell stories about the spirits of those slaves appearing around the kiln, and most of them speak about spotting a slave boy and girl who seek to appease their tortured souls.
This plantation was founded by Major John Boone and like in the LaLaurie Mansion slaves were treated badly and often tortured in the most gruesome ways imaginable, and that is why this is among the top haunted houses in the U.S.
5. Joshua Ward House (Salem, Massachusetts)
Salem itself is famous for witch hunts and burnings, so a haunted house there is nothing strange. Joshua Ward House is one of the most famous haunted houses in Salem, and it was built by the foundation owned by ‘The Strangler’ – Sheriff George Corwin, who killed many ‘witches’ during the Salem trials in the 1690s.
It is believed that the spirits of the murdered ones, including the women and men accused of being witches, still roam in the house seeking revenge.
Before he was killed, a man named Corey cursed the Sheriff and all the sheriffs after him, and since then every sheriff, including Corwin, died either in the office or of a heart problem. Witchcraft or an unhealthy diet?