America's Most Haunted Scenic Towns
October 31, 2023
New Orleans, LA | Image credit: IG: nola_val

America’s history is rich with tales of the unexplained and the paranormal, and there are towns and cities that seem to have a special connection to the supernatural. From eerie apparitions to ghostly encounters, these places have earned their reputations as some of the most haunted towns in the United States. In this chilling exploration, we delve into the shadows and uncover the stories that have been passed down through generations, revealing the mysterious and spooky histories of these five towns.

New Orleans, Louisiana

A voodoo shop in New Orleans, LA | Photo credit: Colin White, Unsplash

New Orleans, often known for its vibrant music, unique cuisine, and lively culture, has a mysterious side that draws seekers of the supernatural. With its unique blend of cultural influences, dark history, voodoo practices, ancient churches and graveyards, and eerie, centuries-old oaks looming over it all, New Orleans has been described as “a perfect elixir for the spirit world.” The French Quarter, with its historic buildings and cobbled streets, is not only a hub for celebration but also a hotspot for ghostly tales and paranormal phenomena. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, the city’s oldest graveyard, is notorious for its eerie legends and voodoo connections. The site is said to be haunted by hundreds of ghosts, among them the infamous Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau. The LaLaurie Mansion, infamous for its dark past, is said to be haunted by the tortured souls of its former inhabitants. Other supposedly haunted locations include Faulkner House Books and the Old Absinthe House. New Orleans’ history is intertwined with tales of voodoo priestesses, pirates, and restless spirits, making it a city where the line between the living and the dead often blurs. Here, the past and the supernatural converge, weaving a tapestry of haunting stories that have become an integral part of the Crescent City’s identity.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg Ghost Tours, courtesy Destination Gettysburg

Gettysburg is not only one of the most haunted places in America, but arguably one of the most haunted places in the world. It is a place where history and hauntings intersect in a tapestry of ghostly encounters. The Battle of Gettysburg, one of the deadliest clashes in the war, left an indelible mark on this small town. The 40 miles of battlefield are reportedly haunted by some of the 50,000+ people killed there. Visitors have reported eerie sightings of soldiers in tattered uniforms, as if the spirits of those who fought and fell continue to linger. The town itself is home to haunted inns, like the Farnsworth House, where guests share stories of unexplained phenomena and spectral visitors. As night descends upon Gettysburg, the echoes of that fateful battle can still be felt, and the presence of the past is a constant reminder of the sacrifices made on its hallowed grounds.

Savannah, Georgia

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Savannah is one of the most iconic historic districts in the US, but it’s also earned its reputation as one of the spookiest towns in America. Savannah is a city of captivating beauty, draped in historic charm and Spanish moss-draped oaks. Yet, behind its picturesque facade lies a deeper, more mysterious layer of history and the supernatural. Steeped in the horrors of history from slavery to war, yellow fever, and various disasters, Savannah hosts more than its fair share of paranormal residents. Moon River Brewing Company and The Marshall House are well situated among the most haunted places in the US. From its enchanting historic district to the evocative Bonaventure Cemetery, the city is a hotspot for ghostly tales and eerie encounters. Visitors and locals alike have reported encounters with apparitions in historic homes, and stories of restless spirits wandering the streets are shared by many. Whether it’s the ghostly presence of a mourning widow at the Mercer-Williams House or the legend of Rene Rondolier, Savannah’s rich history is infused with a spectral aura that lures ghost enthusiasts and curious travelers into its enigmatic past.

St. Augustine, Florida

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This Florida town is the oldest city in the US, established by the Spanish in 1565. Its long and storied history leaves a lot of room for the paranormal. With its ancient streets and centuries-old architecture, the city has earned a reputation as one of the most haunted places in America. The spirits of St. Augustine are said to roam the St. Augustine Lighthouse,its historic fort, the Castillo de San Marcos, and lurk within the confines of the Old Jail. The Huguenot Cemetery, with its moss-covered gravestones, is rumored to house restless souls, and visitors often share tales of ghostly encounters along St. George Street. Whether it’s the apparitions of soldiers from centuries past or the echoes of tragic events, St. Augustine’s haunted history continues to captivate and send shivers down the spines of those who dare to explore its spectral past.

Chicago, Illinois

Site of Al Capone’s Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago. Image by Stephen Hogan/Creative Commons

There are some seriously creepy towns in America, and while Chicago may not seem like one of them at first glance, its violent past can convince you otherwise. The site of Al Capone’s infamous Valentine’s Day Massacre is said to be haunted, along with the Oak Woods Cemetery with its 6,000+ buried Confederate soldiers. And be sure to mind the “vanishing hitchhiker” that’s haunted Archer Avenue since the 1930s.

Jerome, Arizona

The old front of a Market is now the home of La Victoria Studios, hidden behind Spook Hall in Jerome Arizona. | Photo credit: Ron Chilston, Shutterstock

Perched on the mountainside, Jerome, Arizona, is not just a former mining town; it’s a place where history echoes through the narrow, winding streets, and the spirits of the past linger in its old buildings. Once a booming copper mining town, Jerome’s tumultuous history is the foundation of its reputation as one of the most haunted places in the Southwest. Visitors and residents tell of spectral figures in the Jerome Grand Hotel and stories of miners who met untimely and often tragic ends deep underground. The town’s haunted history is as layered as its geological strata, offering a glimpse into a bygone era of the Wild West, with an eerie twist. In Jerome, the legacy of the past and the mysteries of the present intertwine, creating a hauntingly atmospheric destination for those with a taste for the supernatural.

Notable Mentions

While many of these haunted towns are in the east or south, there are plenty of spooky places on the west coast, too! Famous spots include Alcatraz in San Francisco and the haunted Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in L.A.

Spooky small towns, though lesser-known, are fun to explore, too! Staunton, Virginia, and Atchison, Kansas feature haunted locations and scenic small-town charm.

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