Haunted Spaces
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nostalgiaispeace:

The haunted Worthington Inn located in Worthington, Ohio.

nostalgiaispeace:

The haunted Worthington Inn located in Worthington, Ohio.

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absynthe—minded:

Haunted Places: Central State Hospital for the Insane
(Indianapolis, IN, USA)

This now largely-vanished hospital complex was for a long time the largest mental hospital in the state of Indiana. The hospital was constructed according to the Kirkbride plan, which focused on using aesthetics and design to enhance a patient’s treatment. The most famous of the buildings was the women’s quarters, called the Seven Steeples. There was also a farm for occupational therapy, and in 1895 a power plant was built on the grounds. It flourished during the late 1800s, but by the 1970s most of its buildings were deemed unsafe and were demolished - the only surviving structures from that era are the pathology building (pictured at the top) and the power plant. Newer wards were built after that point, but the hospital was closed in 1994.

I’ve actually been to the grounds, which now house the Indiana Medical History Museum. It was a really fantastic tour, beginning in the main lecture hall (the pathology building was part of a teaching program dedicated to finding a physical cause for mental illness) and going through the basement morgue/autopsy room, the record rooms, and an exam room. The guides are knowledgeable and stress that the hospital did its best to care for its patients.

Now for what you’re all interested in: why is this place haunted, if it was supposedly so great to its patients? They even had a farm! Well, like all asylums, it’s not perfect. Far from it, in fact - according to the state archives, for decades the hospital confined its worst cases to the basement “dungeons”. In 1870, the superintendent Dr. Everts discovered this and wrote to the governor asking for help:

"basement dungeons (are) dark, humid and foul, unfit for life of any kind, filled with maniacs who raved and howled like tortured beasts, for want of light, and air, and food, and ordinary human associations and habiliments…"

He also said that the entire hospital was in disrepair. Efforts were made to fix the problem - a journalist named Albert Thayer organized protests, published exposés, and encouraged former patients to publish their stories in his series of articles called “The Indiana Crazy House” - but the state archives say that part of the reason the hospital was closed were “lurid tales of patient abuse”. There are rumors also of patients who escaped the basements and fled into the tunnels, later to die there. Seems like a pretty solid foundation for a good ghost story.

Urban exploration is mildly difficult but not impossible - I was able to enter the old power plant without a problem. The State Police do keep their horses on the grounds, but because tours of the grounds are self-guided nobody asks too many questions if you’re there during the day. The biggest hurdle is that so few buildings remain, but if you dare to enter the tunnels perhaps you’ll discover their secrets.

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mythoccult:

The Plaza Hotel Located in Las Vegas, New Mexico

I stayed at The Plaza Hotel over the weekend and I was pretty excited because I had a ghost experience here when I was a child. My experience happened in the exact area of the black and white photo above, I saw an apparition. I have no evidence as I was just some weird 10 year old kid. But regardless I was excited to stay here. 

Here is the haunting claim according the the hotel website.

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I tried to get room 310 which has the most activity but it was already taken, I was in room 326 but I went back and forth to that spot often. I took a ton of photos but was unable to get anything significant. During the night of our stay we heard a lot of banging noises, which we ruled out as possibly pigeons in the attack or something. It sounded like them flapping their wings. The other thing we experienced was we kept seeing something rush past our window, but we were unable to get any proof. Other then that the spot location in the photo above felt very creepy, we all felt very uncomfortable in that area with no explanation as to why.

To sum it up we got absolutely no evidence and could not conclude that the haunting of The Plaza Inn is in fact real. Next time we are in town we hope to be able to get room 310 and stay longer then one day and one night. 

Click here for their website and additional photos
Review made by Mod A

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w1tch1ng-h0ur:

In the year 1696, a teacher named Mary Whaley gave birth to a single son and named him Matthew Whaley. Mary taught her child in the backyard of their home, but unfortunately at nine years of age, the little boy died…leaving Mary and the father with no children. Mary Whaley, shortly after her son’s death, opened a school for the poor and it was known throughout the Community of Williamsburg, Virginia as “Mattey’s School”. Following a period of a few years, Mary Whaley lost her husband and he was buried beside Mattey in a church’s cemetery located in Williamsburg. Mary left the country and entrusted her school to the church’s wardens. Through different buildings being erected and torn down over the past three hundred years, there is now a fairly large brick building used as an Elementary School and named in Matthew Whaley’s memory that stands on Scotland Street. It is said that Mattey’s ghost has been seen on the school grounds, more than once. However, many people claim that because this is not the actual site of the original school, his ghost is actually seen in front of the Governor’s palace in town…at the spot of the original schoolhouse. Others claim that they have experienced sightings of two young black boys, playing in the yard of the Elementary School. Rumors have spread that they are the ghosts of two young black boys who were killed by anti-desegregation assailants in the 1960’s. Still other people say that the ghosts are of Mattey Whaley and a little black slaveboy who was his friend while he was still alive. Whether Mattey Whaley’s ghost haunts the actual school or different parts of Williamsburg is unknown, but one thing is for sure…this school has some paranormal activity that cannot be denied by the people who have witnessed the ghostly figures playing in the yard of the school on certain dark nights.

w1tch1ng-h0ur:

In the year 1696, a teacher named Mary Whaley gave birth to a single son and named him Matthew Whaley. Mary taught her child in the backyard of their home, but unfortunately at nine years of age, the little boy died…leaving Mary and the father with no children. Mary Whaley, shortly after her son’s death, opened a school for the poor and it was known throughout the Community of Williamsburg, Virginia as “Mattey’s School”. Following a period of a few years, Mary Whaley lost her husband and he was buried beside Mattey in a church’s cemetery located in Williamsburg. Mary left the country and entrusted her school to the church’s wardens. Through different buildings being erected and torn down over the past three hundred years, there is now a fairly large brick building used as an Elementary School and named in Matthew Whaley’s memory that stands on Scotland Street. It is said that Mattey’s ghost has been seen on the school grounds, more than once. However, many people claim that because this is not the actual site of the original school, his ghost is actually seen in front of the Governor’s palace in town…at the spot of the original schoolhouse. Others claim that they have experienced sightings of two young black boys, playing in the yard of the Elementary School. Rumors have spread that they are the ghosts of two young black boys who were killed by anti-desegregation assailants in the 1960’s. Still other people say that the ghosts are of Mattey Whaley and a little black slaveboy who was his friend while he was still alive. Whether Mattey Whaley’s ghost haunts the actual school or different parts of Williamsburg is unknown, but one thing is for sure…this school has some paranormal activity that cannot be denied by the people who have witnessed the ghostly figures playing in the yard of the school on certain dark nights.

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silentthill:

Eastern State Penitentiary [Philadelphia, USA] - most haunted places in the world

Eastern State Penitentiary was built in 1829 and is known for being one of the first places to introduce solitary confinement.  Prisoners had to eat, bathe, and exercise on their own.  When they were outside they were given black hoods to wear that ensured the prisoner would not see anybody else.  It held famous prisoners such as Al Capone and Willie Sutton.  It was closed in 1971 and since then has been a historical landmark as well as hosting haunted parties.  Since it was closed, there have been numerous reports…

  • Shadowy figures that turn away when approached
  • A dark figure in the guard tower
  • An evil cackling from cellblock 12
  • Ghostly faces have been witnessed in cellblock 4
  • Footsteps, voices, and cell doors banging
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silentthill:

Banff Springs Hotel [Alberta, Canada] - most haunted places in the world

Banff Springs Hotel is a grand hotel that was built in 1888 and is still open today.  There are rumours that this is the hotel that inspired The Shining, but that has been proved false.  There are numerous ghosts that are said to haunt the place, such as…

  • Sam, an employee who died in the 70’s.  He supposedly talks to guests and even helps them with their bags and on the elevator.  However, he vanishes if you try to tip him.
  • A bride who got married at the hotel.  She died after a candle lit her dress on fire; she panicked and fell down the stairs pictured.  She is said to be seen wandering the hotel in her wedding dress.  Guests have also reported feeling cold or chills while they are on the staircase.
  • A family who was murdered in room 873 by their father.  Since the murder the room has been closed but the ghosts still wander around there; reports such as vacationers waking up in the middle of the night feeling paralyzed as well as seeing fingerprints on their mirror that won’t come off are supposedly the room 873 ghosts.
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(via Black Forest Haunting - Colorado Springs, Colorado | Haunting America)

In May of 1991 they found a beautiful 2 story log cabin on a 5 acre plot… it was their dream home!  The property was located in the area which the family loved most. The Lee family leased the home for a year before deciding to buy it.  They had no idea of the strange occurrences that had taken place at the home during the previous owners occupancy.  That owner had chosen not to say anything about the activity they had experienced because they were afraid of being ridiculed.

The activity in the home began shortly after they purchased it in 1992.  The family claimed to experience everything from lights and appliances which turned on and off by themselves to strange chemical smells which caused the family to gag and gasp for air.

(via Black Forest Haunting - Colorado Springs, Colorado | Haunting America)

In May of 1991 they found a beautiful 2 story log cabin on a 5 acre plot… it was their dream home! The property was located in the area which the family loved most. The Lee family leased the home for a year before deciding to buy it. They had no idea of the strange occurrences that had taken place at the home during the previous owners occupancy. That owner had chosen not to say anything about the activity they had experienced because they were afraid of being ridiculed.

The activity in the home began shortly after they purchased it in 1992. The family claimed to experience everything from lights and appliances which turned on and off by themselves to strange chemical smells which caused the family to gag and gasp for air.


sixpenceee:

THE TULIP STAIRCASE GHOST
In 1966, retired clergyman Rev. Ralph Hardy was taking a picture of the spiral staircase (known as the “Tulip Staircase”) in the Queen’s House section of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, when he captured this image. Experts analyzed the original negative and verified that it had not been tampered with or manipulated in any way.
This photo served as proof that the many ghostly encounters at the Queen’s House were real. Footsteps, slamming doors, and the chanting voices of children are often heard around the staircase. Visitors to the museum have even been pinched by unseen fingers during their tour!
Full body apparitions have been seen on many occasions; one such apparition appears to be mopping up blood from the bottom of the stairs. Historians say that 300 years ago, a maid was thrown from the top of the stairs and fell 50 feet to her death, which might explain the ghostly clean-up crew.
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sixpenceee:

THE TULIP STAIRCASE GHOST

In 1966, retired clergyman Rev. Ralph Hardy was taking a picture of the spiral staircase (known as the “Tulip Staircase”) in the Queen’s House section of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, when he captured this image. Experts analyzed the original negative and verified that it had not been tampered with or manipulated in any way.

This photo served as proof that the many ghostly encounters at the Queen’s House were real. Footsteps, slamming doors, and the chanting voices of children are often heard around the staircase. Visitors to the museum have even been pinched by unseen fingers during their tour!

Full body apparitions have been seen on many occasions; one such apparition appears to be mopping up blood from the bottom of the stairs. Historians say that 300 years ago, a maid was thrown from the top of the stairs and fell 50 feet to her death, which might explain the ghostly clean-up crew.

SOURCE & SOURCE

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equinoxparanormal:

Firefighter Captures Ghost On Camera Before Battling House Fire In Indiana (VIDEO)

A firefighter may have captured proof of the paranormal after he took some photos of a burning house. When he posted the images on his Facebook page, his wife noticed a strange shadowy figure engulfed in flames in one of the windows of the home.

Firefighter Douglas Tipold was called to a house fire in Gary, Indiana and when he arrived he took some photos of the property. As Tipold was waiting for his partners to unravel a hose he snapped a few shots of the burning house with the camera on his cell phone to document the scene. Later that night Tipold’s wife Donna noticed something strange in one of the photos after he posted it to his Facebook page.

“This is a photo taken from my husband’s camera phone. He doesn’t know how to photo crop. I only believed it when I looked it up myself on his phone. The picture you see is exactly how the picture was taken. I still don’t believe in this stuff, but I will say it is pretty creepy!” Donna Tipold said in a comment on Facebook.

In the photo, an eerie dark figure can be seen in the left window of the house and it is engulfed in flames. A ghost of a child can be seen in the doorway of the home.

Paranormal investigators from the Illinois Paranormal Research Association believe that the photo is original and has not been doctored. According to Tipold, the original image is still in his cell phone.

[via Before It’s News]

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