Category: haunted locations

The paranormal can be a creature of habit; dozens of ghosts are reported to return annually to a site special to them, fairies and the little folk have yearly meetings, famous battles are fought and refought…

This is a detailed list of reoccurring supernatural events, containing some two hundred entries. Some of the locations are well known, and attract scores of people each year, armed with video cameras and infrared night scopes. Others are less well known, located in desolate and isolated areas away from the glare of public view.


Hex Hollow: The Murder of Nelson Rehmeyer

Known by locals as Hex House, this was once the home of Nelson Rehmeyer a notorious “Pow Wow Doctor”, until he was brutally murdered in 1928 by three men who believed he had cursed them using witchcraft.

In York County, Pennsylvania there is a place called Spring Valley County Park. Before it was given that benign designation, however, it was known by the ominous name of Hex Hollow.

In 1928, a local man and suspected witch named Nelson Rehmeyer was murdered in his home in an effort by another local man to remove a curse. Though the so-called “hex house” was set on fire in the aftermath of the murder, it survived the blaze, and still stands today. In 2007, Rehmeyer’s descendants opened it to the public as a museum, featuring displays about his life and death.

The killer, a man named John Blymire, believed that Nelson Rehmeyer was a witch who had placed a curse on him. This wasn’t unusual at the time: many people in Central Pennsylvania in the 1920s practiced a kind of folk magic called “Powwow,” which mixed elements of Christianity and European folk remedies. In fact, Blymire himself was a Powwow doctor.

After a string of illnesses and bad luck, Blymire became convinced that he was laboring under a curse. Unable to figure out the source of the curse, he turned to another local witch, Nellie Noll, known as the “Marieta River Witch.” She confirmed his fears, and told him that the author of his misfortune was none other than Nelson Rehmeyer, who had once cured Blymire of a childhood illness using his Powwow magic.

According to some accounts, it was Nellie Noll who told Blymire that in order to break the curse, he needed a lock of Rehmeyer’s hair, which he had to bury six feet into the ground. Then he had to burn Rehmeyer’s copy of The Long Lost Friend, an 1820 book of folk magic written by John George Hohman, and commonly employed by Powwow practitioners.

On November 26, 1928, Blymire and a friend visited Rehmeyer’s house in search of his copy of The Long Lost Friend. The story goes that they spent a peaceful night there, with Blymire holding back on his attack after realizing that it would take more than two men to subdue the witch. The next night, Blymire and his friend returned with another accomplice, and the three of them assaulted Rehmeyer. The struggle is said to have lasted only about a minute, and at the end of it, Rehmeyer was dead.

Perhaps because they were unable to find Rehmeyer’s copy of The Long Lost Friend, the three men attempted to burn down the witch’s house. The fact that the “hex house” survived the blaze was cited as further evidence of Rehmeyer’s supernatural powers. Blymire would later attest that the hex placed upon him was broken the moment that Rehmeyer died.

All three men were captured, and the murder cast national attention upon the area, as papers all over the country ran stories about the “York Hex Slayers.” Blymire and his first accomplice, John Curry, both received life sentences for their roles in the murder, while the other accomplice, Wilbert Hess, was given a sentence of 10-20 years. All three were eventually released without having served out their full sentences.

The region’s strange magical tradition—which some still practice today—as well as the murder partly inspired a series of books by horror author Brian Keene, himself a native of Central Pennsylvania. In 2015, a filmmaker named Shane Free released a feature-length documentary about the murder called Hex Hollow: Witchcraft and Murder in Pennsylvania, which features interviews with surviving relatives of those involved, as well as with folklorists and experts in the Powwow Tradition.


The Wren Building

Time brings many stories. The Wren Building, the oldest college building still standing in the United States, is testament to that sentiment. With a history dating back to August 8, 1695, the building was constructed before the city of Williamsburg was founded. Across three centuries and counting, the building has endured fire, war, and thousands of college students. A defining structure of the College of William & Mary’s campus, history, and culture, the Wren Building is a site of historical—and haunted—importance in Virginia, and in the United States at large.

Because of its involvement in the war, there are many murmurings about who may reside within the Wren’s hallowed halls. Though the building is filled with the living, as classes, official events, church services, weddings, and a museum exhibition are still held inside, the Wren Building is also thought to be filled with the dead, both above and below the building’s foundations.

Ghosts of soldiers who perished in the hospital are said to dwell in the building. They are typically assumed to be Revolutionary War soldiers, although, given the building’s history, it is also probable that some of these apparitions are from the Civil War. As these ghosts are commonly heard, in eerie footsteps that echo through the building, more than they are seen, few have been able to look closely at the ghosts for identifying uniforms or other regalia.

Ghostly legends are embedded in the culture and tradition of William & Mary the college, from a statue that is said to grant good grades to students, to a bridge that either rewards loyal collegiate sweethearts, or curses them.

Some students have seen ghosts in the Wren, including one described as a soldier patrolling. He roams on the third floor, near a room known to be where a soldier died from injuries sustained during the Revolutionary War. Some have noted that this soldier seems to visit students attempting all-nighters. Whether or not his presence is a good or bad omen for exams depends on the student.

Sir Christopher Wren is also rumored to pace the building on foot, as if to appreciate his purported design, his footsteps faintly reverberating throughout its versed walls.


Legend of the Faceless People of Monroe, Connecticut

In the tiny town of Monroe in Fairfield County, Connecticut, there is a desolate old barn in the woods that has been boarded up long ago. There is no paved road leading to the barn, and the dirt road that does exist is covered with gnarled tree trunks and roots. Yet if you were to hike through the woods you might hear strange voices coming from inside the barn, sounds like they might belong to otherworldly beings. If you arrive at nightfall you will see a glimpse of light behind a crack between the boards that cover the windows. No shadows can be made out, nothing human, anyways. What lurks within the solid walls of this two-story barn that lacks a fresh coat of paint?

Called by the locals “The House of the Faceless People”, legend has it that a group of unfortunates live in this old barn with one caretaker who is never seen leaving or entering it. Presumably the caretaker goes out only at midnight with his charges so that they can at least get some fresh air. The sunlight is not favorable to these individuals who have no face: they have no eyes, nose, or ears, just a mouth outlined with pale lips, and bony hands grasping around constantly as if trying to find their way in the world.

Curiosity seekers who are clever enough to locate the old barn are usually chased away by the caretaker. Yet there have been reports in Monroe of the occasional faceless person who decided to take a stroll through the woods and make his way to the main road when the caretaker was not looking. The unfortunate would unintentionally frighten a citizen on the way to the grocery store or bank, darting out in front of the car only to have the driver startled, thinking a wild animal was in the way.

The caretaker of the faceless people remains apart from the community, most likely to maintain the privacy of himself and his special “family.” Even the faceless people of this house deserve respect, too, accepted by society or not. While many questions remain about these people, especially where they came from and how they came to be faceless, the barn remains impenetrable to all who pass it, daring to walk up close to the building, if only to scared away by the caretaker. To date, none of the faceless people have ever been caught on camera, but perhaps that is due to the fact they are clever enough to move quickly away from the rest of the town of Monroe.


Gibbs Farmhouse
St. Paul, MN

Another one of the most haunted places in Minnesota which can be found in St Paul is Gibbs Farmhouse. In 1867, a nine year old Willie Gibbs faced a raging prairie fire that threatened to engulf the family farmhouse. The house was spared, but sadly young Willie died of smoke inhalation soon afterwards. 

However, he appears to have stuck close to his family home, which is now a museum, and his spirit is every bit as boisterous as you might expect the average 9 year old boy to be! He is known to remove toys from locked display cabinets and leaves them scattered across the floor for staff to tidy away. He also likes to open and close cabinet doors and he is capable of making quite a noise rocking back and forth in a rocking chair upstairs. Some even claim to have seen his little face peering at them from the windows as they walk by!


Tales of Black Rock House 
The Nursery

Considered to be one of the more ‘quieter’ rooms at Black Rock House the Nursery makes people feel uneasy for variety of reasons.  It may not be one of the more active rooms at Black Rock House, but it is not without its quirks, and even the odd experience or too.  The Nursery is decorated to reflect what Nursery would look like back in the 1800’s complete …. with a small collection of aged porcelain dolls.

The dolls often leave guests feeling uneasy with some unable to enter the room.  It is important to point out that we don’t believe any of these dolls are haunted of course, some people just have a thing about creepy looking dolls – especially when walking around in the dark.  It also doesn’t take away from the fact that people often feel sick and dizzy when in this room.  On many occasions over the past few years, guests have said they have felt what they can only describe as a child either holding their leg or holding their hand.  What is interesting is that people report this sensation from the same spot in the room every time.

One of the more memorable experiences in this room occurred during the first year of conducting tours.  With a small group of people inside the room, we all sat and watched as a clothes rack seemingly lunged forward and fell to floor with a loud thud.  While there was someone nearby, video footage revealed they did not touch it and were not close enough to knock it over.  We have also tried stomping around to see if vibrations in the floor would topple it over.

One of the more interesting facts to this room is that is a trap door on the floor that leads to the underground cellar.  Is this a clue to the use of the underground cellars?  Many have speculated that there are underground tunnels leading to the beach and that they were used as an ‘escape’ for the family who were high profile as Charles Ebden was Victoria’s Eccentric Auditor General.


Oregon’s Sumpter Valley Dredge

In 1862 gold was discovered in this valley nestled in the Elkhorn Mountain Range. Between 1912 and 1954, dredges were used to extract rock and dirt from the riverbank and then this machine would separate the gold from the sediment.  This dredge ran 24/7 with one exception–when it broke down.

When this happened, especially in the middle of the night, things got scary.

In 1918, Chris Rowe while greasing the dredge’s gears was sucked in and crushed to death. Years later, when the second of the three dredges was brought in to replace the first, the gears from the first one were transferred to the new machine.

Rowe’s ghost, who had been spotted by a workman in the hull of the first machine was said to follow the old gears into the new mechanism, for his ghost was now seen in this new dredge.

In the 1940s, a mechanic named Joe Bush worked on the dredge. He was the second man who was killed while working on this machine.

His ghost is the one connected to most stories told today about the haunted third dredge.

Workman in the Sumpter Valley in the 1940s and 50s state that Joe’s ghost would move their tools and eat their forgotten lunches. If the lights flickered, his spirit was always blamed.

Most disturbing of all was the fact that his wet, bare footprints were often spotted on the dredge’s various decks.

All this activity, according to old-timers Wes Dickison and Norm Hansen, who worked on the dredge in the 40s and 50s, caused such a ruckus that men refused to work at Sumpter.

They state the scariest times were when the dredge would break down at night—then the lights would go out.

Two men made up the night crew. One would have to leave to inform the boss, the Dredge master, while the other one—usually the junior crew member—had to stay behind to keep an eye on the machine.

Most of the time, this is when Joe Bush’s ghost was heard and seen.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department have preserved this area as a heritage site. Tours of the Sumpter dredge are given in the spring and through the fall.

Park Rangers tell stories about Joe Bush’s ghost over a nightly campfire. Some have even spotted his spirit.

One female visitor went pale upon hearing these stories. During her tour earlier in the day she had spotted Joe— it dawned on her she had seen his ghost in one of the dredge’s upper windows.


Bellaire House
Bellaire, Ohio

Bellaire House, built in 1904 over a ley-line, is considered by many one of the most haunted properties in Ohio.

Besides this geographical impact, haunted properties thrive on nearby burial grounds and waterways. Behind the Bellaire House sits a Native American internment area and the property lies right across of the mighty Ohio River. 

Adding to the complexities that explains the intensities of the haunted at the property, there’s the history that could possibly have opened portals. The original owner of the house, Jacob Heatherington, owned a coal mine that ran directly beneath the property.

Legend has it that when Heatherington’s daughter, Eliza, died in the dining room, her brother Edwin became obsessed with trying to reach her beyond the grave. Edwin allegedly summoned mediums to the house and may have unlocked multiple portals to the other side, letting spirits in. Strange voices, footsteps and other unexplained activity are phenomenon that owner, Kristin Lee, and her family were not aware of until they moved into the house in July 2005. Upon moving in, Lee thought she was going crazy, but then she says something happened to her dog. It actually was levitated by an unseen force and slammed up against the wall. That was just the beginning of years of unexplained, almost stirring experiences.

The original owner of the house, Jacob Heatherington, owned a coal mine that ran directly beneath the property. Legend has it that when Heatherington’s daughter, Eliza, died in the dining room, her brother Edwin became obsessed with trying to reach her beyond the grave. Edwin allegedly summoned mediums to the house and may have unlocked multiple portals to the other side, letting spirits in. Bellaire House has been featured on TLC’s “Paranormal Lockdown” and hosts many paranormal investigation teams and documentary groups of the haunted.

Today it operates as an ongoing paranormal research center, opening it’s doors for stay overs, investigations and special events.


The Menger Hotel in San Antonio is Haunted by 3 Dead Sisters

Deemed as the oldest continuously run hotel west of the Mississippi, The Menger Hotel is an architectural and historic gem in San Antonio, Texas. Built in 1859, this hotel has hosted thousands of guests over the years, some of which have found the Menger to be their final resting place.

Given its age, it’s small wonder that many are convinced the hotel is haunted. A fact that several employees take pride in—especially since one of the hotel’s supposed ghosts is none other than Teddy Roosevelt. Many lesser known spirits also haunt the Menger. And there are three in particular that will go to drastic measures to make sure the living know they are there.

Local legend claims that three sisters checked into the hotel just four months after it had opened. The youngest had recently ended an affair, and her two older sisters had decided it best to leave town. Little did the women anticipate that the lover would come clean to the youngest sister’s husband.

That night, while the women slept soundly in a shared bed, the husband came to seek revenge. The man took out a pistol and shot his wife in the head. Knowing her sisters had known of the affair, he shot them as well.

He then arranged the bodies and gun to make the scene resemble the end result of a suicide pact. The women were forgotten in San Antonio’s history—until they encountered a kindred spirit.

“I had never been to Texas, so when my brother asked me to visit him, I jumped at the invitation,” recalled Gloria F.

“I had just gotten out of a … not so wholesome relationship, and I was desperate to leave Tennessee. I can’t remember which room I stayed in, but I remember the concierge telling me that it was one of the original fifty rooms that were built in 1859. I’ve always been fond of ghost stories—that’s part of the reason why I chose the Menger to begin with! Anyways, I had spent the entire day with my brother,” she beamed.
“It was a lot of fun, but by the end of the day I was exhausted, and so ready to return to my room to sleep.

“I don’t know how long I was asleep for, but the sound of whispering woke me up,” Gloria said, looking agitated by the memory.

“I figured it was just kids playing in the hall, and I fell asleep again within minutes. And that’s when I felt someone’s hand on my back,” she groaned. “I jerked my head around and saw a woman. She was wearing an old dress, like from the Victorian age of San Antonio, and she was sitting against the headboard. “I couldn’t see her eyes in the dark, but I could see her teeth and they scared the hell out of me,” Gloria whimpered.

“They were jagged and exposed—as if her lips had rotted away. I turned away from the woman, only to find one with a similar dress and mouth standing at the end of the bed, and yet another standing in the doorway of the bathroom. I screamed so loudly, hotel security broke down the door to my room,” Gloria admits.

“The family next door was convinced that I was being murdered.”


Bobby Mackey’s 
Wilder, Kentucky

Many know the stories about Bobby Mackey’s nightclub ghosts, but most do not know about the history of the club. Many years ago the now nightclub was a slaughterhouse.

Many people have reported strange happenings inside the club including one man that was attacked in the bathroom, but no one was there. This alone would make the average person never go back. However, the haunting has made this the hottest nightclub to be at late in the evening. There are many ghosts that haunt the nightclub including a woman named Pearl. Pearl was rumored to have been decapitated for a satanic sacrifice.

Many people have reported strange happenings inside the club including one man that was attacked in the bathroom, but no one was there. This alone would make the average person never go back. However, the haunting has made this the hottest nightclub to be at late in the evening. There are many ghosts that haunt the nightclub including a woman named Pearl. Pearl was rumored to have been decapitated for a satanic sacrifice.

Over the years, there are many deaths that occurred inside the walls of the now country music nightclub. This nightclub does have a reputation, but it is not for the music, it is because of the ghosts that haunt the club. Some investigators have experienced some horrific ghosts while in the nightclub. If you believe that ghosts do exist, then you can believe that ghosts do not always show. Some days the nightclub has no problems and other days, it is one thing after another. The demonic nature in the club is chilling according to many.

We have to believe that ghosts are here for a reason. One reason could be that there has been no justice served for the killings. Many haunted places are the scene of murders in which no suspects were caught and tried. Why do ghosts haunt places? Is it because they are looking for revenge or someone to find their killers. If you look at other haunted places, you will see that the ghosts are of people that were murdered and no one was ever caught and tried. The Bobby Mackey’s Nightclub has ghosts and all died within the walls of the build over the years.

One would have to look into the deaths of all the ghosts to see how they died and if anyone was arrested for their murders or deaths. Maybe this would help understand why the ghosts are so vindictive. The ghosts in the nightclub are not your typical ghosts, they are mean and try to cause harm to the people that enter the building. There have been some incredible activity in the club and no one knows why. Some day, maybe the ghosts will find justice or maybe someday they will succeed in killing an unsuspecting customer.