HAUNTED: Top 10 spooky places in AL
ALABAMA (WAFF) - Haunted houses, scary movies, and spooky ghost stories are what this month is all about.
You can skip the staged haunted houses with fake blood and masks and head to the real attractions that have been spooking Alabamians for years.
Wonderlist compiled a list of the top haunted attractions in Alabama. Read the list... if you dare.
1. Sweetwater Mansion
Sweetwater Mansion is in Florence, AL and has been around since 1828. The mansion may still have one of its former residents lingering around. Union and Confederate officers stayed in the mansion during their occupations of Florence during the Civil War. Children's laughter, moving objects, and apparitions have been investigated by paranormal groups and the team from the TV show, "Paranormal State."
2. Adams Grove Presbyterian Church
Adams Grove Presbyterian Church is in Dallas County, AL near Sardis. It is no longer used by a church congregation but rather privately owned. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 5, 1986. Several ghost hunting groups have investigated the building after hearing about paranormal activity. The American Ghost Hunter group from Santa Monica, CA visited the church building in July 2008.
Oakleigh is in Mobile and is said to be haunted by a female ghost. She is supposedly in the front parlor and there have been reports of other poltergeist-like activity in other parts of the mansion like moving furniture, disembodied voices, and shadow figures.
4. Sloss Furnaces
In the Magic City of Birmingham, AL lie furnaces haunted by their past workers. Sloss Furnaces is allegedly haunted by workers who died there in its time as a working blast furnace. Sloss Furnaces produced iron for nearly 90 years, which gave rise to the city of Birmingham. It is now recognized as a National Historic Landmark. You can read more on its history here and visit it if you're up for being scared out of your mind. Aside from Halloween haunting events, there are music festivals and other events held there often.
5. Richards DAR House
A historic house in Mobile, AL, The Richards DAR House was finished in 1860. The six Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapters in Mobile jointly operate and maintain the house. Architectural historians say it is one of Mobile's best preserved and elaborate examples of mid-19th century domestic architecture. Activity like a ghost in the upstairs bedroom window, children's voices, and disembodied laughter have been reported at the house.
6. Pratt Hall at Huntingdon College
The Red Lady is said to haunt Pratt Hall at Huntingdon College. Huntingdon was originally a Methodist female college and the Red Lady is supposedly the ghost of a lonely girl who committed suicide. The Red Lady's story is in Huntingdon alumnus Kathryn Tucker Windham's book "13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey."
7. Pickens County Courthouse
The courthouse located in Carrollton, AL is said to be haunted by the ghost of former slave Henry Wells. Wells was lynched by a mob after he was accused of burning down the second county courthouse. After the lynching, the story says a ghostly image of a face appeared in an upper window of the new third county courthouse to profess Wells' innocence. Every windowpane in the courthouse was broken in a hailstorm one year, but that pane was left unbroken, supposedly.
8. Kenworthy Hall
Kenworthy Hall is in Marion, AL and the fourth floor tower room is said to be haunted by the ghost of young woman who sits in a window waiting for her lover who died during the American Civil War to return. The story of Kenworthy Hall is also in "13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey."
A plantation house in Demopolis, AL, Gaineswood was completed on the eve of the American Civil War after being under construction for almost 20 years. It is the largest plantation house ever built in Marengo County. As the story goes, the plantation house is haunted by the ghost of a former housekeeper from Virginia. She was in charge of the daily running of the house for General Whitfield after the death of his wife. Her ghost supposedly plays the piano in the music room.
10. Boyington Oak
The Boyington Oak in Mobile is a Southern live oak that is said to have grown from the grave of Charles Boyington in the potter's field outside the walls of Church Street Graveyard. Boyington was tried and executed fro the murder of his friend Nathaniel Frost on Feb. 20, 1835. He said a tree would spring from his grave to prove his innocence.
Whether it's an old furnace site or a plantation home, you can get a thrill from several chilling sites in the state of Alabama. And since it's Halloween, all the ghosts are out to play.
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