10 Haunted Places in the South

October 6, 2015 | By | Comments (10)

‘Tis the season for goblins, ghouls, and ghosts. We’ve rounded up the best places to get a little fright this Halloween.

1. Pratt Hall of Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama
Huntingdon College appears to be an idyllic and peaceful campus, but a mysterious figure haunts the corridors of Pratt Hall: the Red Lady. She’s the star of Kathryn Tucker Windham’s Thirteen Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey, a compilation of short stories packed with Southern folklore and ghostly tales. According to legend, an undergraduate woman slit her wrists in Pratt Hall one fateful night while wearing a red robe. Students claim to have seen a red apparition floating down the hallways and heard the clicking of the Red Lady’s high heels.

Photo via Huntington.edu

Photo via Huntingdon.edu

2. Allen House in Monticello, Arkansas
The Allen House, with its white columns and Victorian style, looms over North Main Street in Monticello, Arkansas. In 1906, businessman Joe Lee Allen moved into the home with his wife and three daughters. On the day after Christmas in 1948, Allen’s daughter, Ladell, was found dead in her bedroom after drinking a poisoned punch. Her mother sealed off the crime scene, never to be reentered until the family sold the home in the late 1980s. The current owners have experienced paranormal activity, such as vanishing items and objects moving to different places around the house; Ladell must be doing some redecorating.

Photo via Syfy.com

Photo via Syfy.com

3. The Ellis Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia
The Ellis Hotel resides in the site of a tragic fire that took place over a century ago. In 1913, the Winecoff Hotel was built as one of Atlanta’s most upscale hotels and boasted a sleek European design. No one knew, however, that the alluring construction would be the hotel’s downfall. Later that year, the Winecoff mysteriously went up in flames, and over over 100 guests were trapped inside. The building lacked proper fire-emergency protocol, like fire escapes, fire doors, or sprinklers. The disaster has been called one of the worst fires in U.S. history. After this tragedy, national safety codes for buildings were established and mandated. Today, souls from the Winecoff linger in The Ellis Hotel’s hallways and spook current guests.

Photo via EllisHotel.com

Photo via EllisHotel.com

4. Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, Georgia
You’ve probably seen Moon River Brewing Company on Ghost Hunters. In the ghoul-packed Savannah, this establishment tops the city’s most-haunted list. The building originally served as a hotel in the early 1800s until the Union Army captured Savannah during the Civil War, and it was later transformed into a hospital for yellow fever outbreaks. Today, bar goers and employees alike have encountered the supernatural at Moon River Brewing Company, such as shadows dancing on the walls or bottles thrown off the shelves. Play a round of pool with Toby, the spirit who haunts the billiards room.

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Courtesy of Moon River Brewing Company

5. Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky
Major Thomas Hayes purchased this piece of land in the 1830s to build a school for his daughters. He named the establishment “Waverly School,” which, in turn, created the name for the property’s entirety. Major Hayes later sold Waverly Hills to the Board of Tuberculosis, who opened a sanatorium in the early 1900s. A tuberculosis epidemic swept through Kentucky soon after, and a multitude of patients flooded into the hospital for treatment and isolation. Waverly Hills transformed into a community of its own; all who entered the infected zone—either as a patient, nurse, or doctor—were not allowed to reenter the outside world. The souls of the deceased linger in the ruins, even in death not allowed to escape and return home.

Photo via The Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Photo via The Waverly Hills Sanatorium

6. Lafittes Blacksmith Shop Bar in New Orleans, Louisiana 
Built in the early 1720s, Lafittes Blacksmith Shop Bar may be the oldest bar in the country. Brothers Jean and Pierre Lafitte used their establishment to smuggle contraband into New Orleans from foreign merchants and avoid income taxes. Located on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, the interior decor maintains its original candlelit atmosphere. Patrons might have had too much of the bar’s grape “voodoo” juice, but many have reported sightings of the ghost of Jean Lafitte lurking in the shadows.

Photo: Dennis K. Johnson

Photo: Dennis K. Johnson

7. Battery Carriage House Inn in Charleston, South Carolina
The Battery Carriage House Inn deems itself as the most haunted hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. Guests have reported sightings of a headless torso of a Confederate soldier. Others have witnessed a supernatural glow coming from the bathroom that shifted into different shapes and sizes. Perhaps you’ll have to stay for a night and see the spirits for yourself.

Photo via BatteryCarriageHouseInn.com

Photo via BatteryCarriageHouseInn.com

8. Earnestine & Hazel’s in Memphis, Tennessee
This Memphis dive bar originally opened in the early 20th century as a local pharmacy by Abe Plough, the inventor of Coppertone sunscreen. He later gave the building to two hairstylists, Earnestine and Hazel. When the bar opened in 1992, paranormal activity was reported. The jukebox in the corner exudes an eerie glow and controls itself completely on its own. It eavesdrops on the surrounding customers and plays songs that coincide with their conversation topics. Or if you hear footsteps coming from above, don’t be alarmed–the ghosts of Earnestine and Hazel frequently run through the upstairs hallway.

Photo via EarnestineAndHazelsJukeJoint.com

Photo via EarnestineAndHazelsJukeJoint.com

9. Holland Hotel in Alpine, Texas
Over 100 years old, the Holland Hotel is full of mysteries, murders, and ghosts. The spirit of Crystal Holland Spaniel, the daughter of the original hotel owner, lingers on the third floor where she was murdered. She was caught having an affair with Col. Maxwell Butler, Jr., son of a senator from South Carolina. When her husband, Harry J. Spaniel, discovered his wife’s infidelity, he threatened to kill her. Guests heard Crystal’s cries as she begged her husband not to kill her. Two gunshots were fired; Crystal and Butler were found dead in the room. Supernatural sightings have also been spotted on the second floor, with overflowing toilets and flickering lights. With a hotel as old as this one, who knows how many souls still haunt the hallways.

Photo via TheHollandHotelTexas.com

Photo via TheHollandHotelTexas.com

10. Peyton Randolph House in Williamsburg, Virginia
The first residents of this house in Colonial Williamsburg date back to the 1700s. A curse fell upon the family after moving into their new home. Out of the family’s three sons, the first contracted a deadly illness, and the second fell to his death from a tree. Later, a student from William & Mary stayed with the family while attending school, but he, too, fell ill to tuberculosis and died. Ghost tours today report loud footsteps, breaking mirrors, and a translucent figure of in the shape of a man.

Photo via ColonialWilliamsburg.com

Photo via ColonialWilliamsburg.com


  1. pam

    you forgot the crescent hotel in eureka springs Arkansas. it has been featured on several paranormal shows. it was a girls school where a young lady killed herself and later was a hospital run by a man who claimed to be a doctor that could cure cancer. he was drilling holes in his patients heads and inserting a mixture of crushed pomegranate seeds and the spring water. when the patients died he would tell the families that they were cured and had left. he was later arrested in texas for practicing medicine without a license.

    September 24, 2016 at 4:26 am
  2. Linda

    Berry Hall at The College of Charleston, SC. There was once a children’s orphanage on the same plot that burned and several children perished in the blaze. My daughter was a resident there her Freshman year. You can hear the children rolling marbles down the hallways at night and one night they came in and ripped the covers off my daughter while she was half awake. She finally had to yell at the kids to go away and leave her alone. The next 3 years she lived at the PhiMu Sorority house at 32 Coming street. The house was built in the 1800’s as a funeral home. There is a male ghost that closes the iron gate to the walkway each night and will open other locked doors within the house at random.

    October 24, 2015 at 6:58 pm
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  4. Sue

    The Edinburg Mill in Edinburg, VA has a resident ghost. It was a Civil War grist mill and was on Sheridan’s campaign trail when he was burning mills in order to decimate the food supply chain to the Confederate Army, thus crippling their advance. He attempted to burn the Mill, but when he learned it was owned by a fellow military man he respected (Grandstaff), he allowed family members to form a bucket brigade to extinguish the blaze. (The charred timbers are still visible to this day.) At one time, the Mill was converted to a restaurant – I was a cook for quite some time there. That’s when I learned about Frankie – the resident ghost. He died in the mill when he was very young – I believe he was about 9 or 10 years old. I was told he fell down the stairs in the 1800s and broke his neck, but the actual truth is far more grisly. He and his brothers went to the mill to sharpen an axe on one of the grindstones. When they activated the grindstone and started it spinning, Frankie’s coat was caught in the wheel, and because it was spinning at a high rate of speed, it battered him against the wheel. He lived a short time, but died of his injuries. While I was a cook there, things would often disappear on me – spoons laid on a countertop would be gone when I turned back around, only to be found on the other end of the kitchen. Lights would turn off and on – at one point, during a busy night, the lights on the front line went off, and I got frustrated, because I was busy and the kitchen was like a cavern at night with the lights off – pitch black. I yelled, “Ok, Frankie, turn those back on, I need to see to work!” – the lights came back on instantly. He was very fond of turning the water on full blast in our handwashing sink when no one was near it, or when someone walked by. (We had a non-believing cook that he loved to torment with that one.) If I went to the basement storeroom to retrieve items for the kitchen, I would often feel that someone was behind me – but there never was. There was a bar in the basement, and the barmaid at the time often told us about how the swinging door that led to the stairs to the first floor would start swinging wildly at 2am, after the building was empty and she was closing up. Also, she said more than once that she would wash all the night’s glasses and dishes, and turn the glasses upside down on a towel to dry – then start locking up for the night. She’d come back and all the glasses would be turned over in exactly the same place she had put them.

    The Mill is now a museum, and I’m happy to report they have honored Frankie. A paranormal society investigated the Mill prior to it becoming a museum, and their research, results, and news articles from Frankie’s fateful accident are housed in the museum – as is the flashlight the researchers used to communicate with Frankie – he seemed so enchanted by it that they told him if he activated it one more time for them, they’d leave it behind for him – he did, and the flashlight is still there. The museum has a model train set up on a landscape that resembles Edinburg in the early days. Visitors can press buttons to operate the train, but it only runs in one direction – forwards. The museum employees informed me that it occasionally turns on by itself and runs backwards. Given his young age, I can only think that Frankie must be fascinated by such a toy! I visit the Mill whenever I’m in the area to say hello to Frankie – and he usually lets me know he’s there in some way.

    October 15, 2015 at 9:34 am
  5. Woody Woodrum

    And the prison at Moundsville, W.Va., where they now have haunted house including ol’ Sparky the electric chair I believe.

    October 13, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Don’t forget the Pearce Auditorium (and Bailey Hall and Jonah Hall) at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. Working in Jonah Hall made a believer out of me!

    October 13, 2015 at 11:18 am
  7. Jaye

    My group of friends and I would ghost hunt while we were at the University of Alabama, there are many many stories, but here is one vivid account.

    There is a cemetery in Marion, AL that is haunted. A group of us were there checking it out one night, it was cold, and I was creeped out already, so I went back to the car… On the way, I felt something running up behind me, so I turned around, and something super cold and fast flew through me…. It left me paralyzed in my tracks until the rest of the group came back.

    October 13, 2015 at 1:01 am
  8. Jody Carpenter

    Very good article! In addition, the Trans-Allegeny Lunitic Asylum in Weston, WV.

    October 9, 2015 at 9:47 am
  9. Laura

    Loved this article. Hope y’all will continue to write more on southern folklore and hauntings.

    October 8, 2015 at 7:40 am
  10. Kacee

    Do y’all need an editor? The abbreviation for Arkansas is AR not AK. 🙂

    October 6, 2015 at 1:02 pm

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