5 Haunted Historical Sites in the United States

In the spirit of Halloween, we’re scaring, we mean sharing, five of the most haunted historical sites in the United States with you.

Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, Fall River, MA

“Lizzie Borden had an axe…”  You may know the poem, but did you know that The Borden House is considered one of the most haunted places in the nation? For those brave enough to check it out, they can also spend the night. The now converted bed and breakfast offers a unique experience that allows guests to stay in the rooms where Andrew and Abby Borden were found dead. The B&B also offers night tours for the bravest.

The White House - Washington, D.C.

The White House, Washington, D.C.  

With so much history, it’s no wonder The White House is known as a hotbed for paranormal activity! Some of its ghostly occupants supposedly include former presidents John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and John Tyler. Guests, First Ladies, children, and yes, even one president have been rumored to hear bumps in the night and footsteps in the hallways.

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA

Known as America’s most haunted prison, Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most expensive and famous prison in the U.S. and even housed infamous felons like mobster Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton. Built in 1829, the penitentiary closed over 100 years later. It is believed that prisoners have taken back the prison. Visitors have claimed to hear voices in the corridors and whispers in abandoned cells.

Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA

Since its maiden voyage in 1939, the now retired Queen Mary has seen its share of glitz, glam and horror. Hosting Hollywood starlets like Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, the luxury cruise ship was converted to a World War II troopship. During wartime, many died onboard such as a sailor who was crushed by a door in the engine room and a crew member who was murdered in his cabin (room B340). Many believe that their spirits still haunt the ship. Winston Churchill even signed the D-Day Declaration on the ship during the War.

The Queen Mary has since been restored to its original luxury liner and is permanently docked in Long Beach, California where brave guests can spend the night, take a night tour, and experience the horrors for themselves.

Christian Discoveries - Washington, D.C. and Williamsburg

The Peyton Randolph House, Williamsburg, VA 

As the birthplace of America’s revolution, Williamsburg is filled with history, horror and ghouls. The Peyton Randolph House was built in 1795 near Market Square and it considered to be one of the most haunted houses on the East Coast. When visiting, guests may come into contact with a Confederate soldier who lived in the home while attending the College of William & Mary. He died after contracting tuberculosis. Guests have reported hearing heavy boots treading through the house and some have even reported seeing a tall pale figure.

Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, nothing says Halloween like the unexplained. We wish you a fun and safe day, filled with tricks, treats and spooky fun!

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Article written by Jessica Shein

Jessica Shein
Jessica tell stories, finding new angles and cultivate content for WorldStrides and for our media partners. She has a passion for studying societies and cultures. When she's not in the office, you can find exploring nature and the great outdoors with her husband and two kids.

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