The South is home to some truly creepy places, whether it’s the spooky dark cobblestone alleys, bridges with dark pasts, cemeteries, haunted hotels, or even restaurants with spirits…there’s much to uncover down here.
Have you ever visited any of these places that are reported to be haunted? If not and you decide to investigate for yourself, make sure to bring along a friend!
- Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, Alabama
Built in the 1800s to produce iron, often working well into the night. Many accidents took place under the management of James “Slag” Wormwood, who was rumored to have been thrown into the furnaces by disgruntled employees.
- Central State Hospital, Milledgeville, Georgia
Milledgeville, in Georgia’s Lake Country, is the site of Central State Mental Hospital, which was once Georgia’s largest mental institution, established in the 1800s. It was here that over 12,000 people lived at one time, treated with lobotomies and electroshock therapy, among other fckd up methods. There was also a cemetery where the markers were “accidentally” pulled up, leaving thousands of unmarked graves. There’s not a specific ghost story attached to this place but you certainly feel a creepy atmosphere when there. The buildings are mostly closed to the public as they’ve fallen into disrepair. But you can see them from the outside on self-guided or guided tours.
- Loyd Hall Plantation, Cheneyville, Louisiana
While there are tons of plantations near New Orleans that visitors can tour, one of the most haunted is located in North Louisiana. Loyd Hall Plantation is now an inn but was originally a private home. Built in 1820, it was owned by William Loyd, a disgraced member of a London family. He was tarred and feathered by a local Indian tribe for being a spy. It was also here that a Union deserter reportedly died and the bloodstains are still visible on the attic floor. Loyd is said to haunt the home, along with some of his guests from over the years.
- Glenwood Cemetery, Yazoo City, Mississippi
The Mississippi Delta has seen its share of tragedy from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. Yazoo City is home to Glenwood Cemetery, which dates back to 1856. The city’s notable residents were buried here, including the couple that supplied the land and the area’s first doctor. But the most famous is the “Witch of Yazoo.”Legend has it that she killed local fishermen and became caught in quicksand. While succumbing to her death, she cursed the city, promising that it would burn. And on the date she said, it um…did. A local guide tells her story for tour groups only upon request.
- Read House Hotel, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Before it was one of the best places to stay in Chattanooga, the Read House Hotel was a Civil War hospital, bearing witness to unthinkable suffering. Room 311 is also said to be haunted by a woman who was beheaded by her jealous lover. Her spirit is still pissed ‘n roams the halls. The hotel, built in 1847, offers tours of the room daily if you so wish to see it.
- Marshall House, Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, GA, "the most paranormal city in America," is a hub of haunted happenings. If you take a stroll down Broughton Street, you'll come across the elegant and opulent Marshall House, built in 1851 by French cabinetmaker Gabriel Leaver. The four-story home served as a hospital for Union Army soldiers toward the end of the Civil War, as well as hospital through two epidemics of yellow fever. Many deaths, as you can imagine, fell upon the home. From 1899-1957, the home was operated on and off as a hotel. Over 40 years later, in 1999, the property was finally restored to its former glory. Not without some unnatural happenings, however. Late at night, you may see children (of the wispy type) running down the hallway ‘n some ghosts in the foyer. Guests have also reported that some faucets will turn off and on by themselves. Ew.
- Pirates’ House, Savannah, GA
The Pirates’ House has a long and dismal history beginning as far back as 1754. Established as a tavern and smuggler’s den for the lowest members of society, this old, wood and brick building still stands today and operates as a restaurant.
- Old Alton Bridge, Copper Canyon, Texas
The Old Alton Bridge was originally built by the King Iron Bridge Manufacturing Company as a way to transport people and cattle. Its name comes from Alton, an abandoned town in Denton County. The bridge remained in use until 2001, when it was closed to vehicle traffic.Although listed on the National Register of Historical Places, the Old Alton Bridge is better known today as the Goatman’s Bridge. According to legend, a successful goat breeder named Oscar Washburn began to call himself the Goatman. Apparently, in order to drum up business, Washburn hung a sign on the bridge reading: “This Way to the Goatman.” The local KKK was not at all pleased. In August 1938, masked Klansmen abducted Washburn and hung him from the bridge. However, when the murderers looked down to make sure that Washburn was dead, they could not see his body at all. Angered by this, the Klan members returned to Washburn’s home and killed his entire family.Since then, people interested in ghost stories have reported seeing abandoned cars near the bridge, mysterious lights, and even the ghostly figure of a goat herder leading his flock across the bridge. A common legend trip before 2001 involved people driving across the bridge with their lights off. This action supposedly caused the Goatman to appear. Another variation claims that if you honk your horn twice on Halloween, the Goatman’s eyes will materialize…