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Finding Florida's Phantoms in Ocala

Kathleen Walls

Just outside the city of Ocala lies a different "Magic Kingdom." Mother Nature rules this kingdom. It's the Ocala National Forest, 430,000 scenic acres of the most diverse terrain imaginable.  It contains highlands, swamps, 600 lakes, countless ponds, 23 streams and springs of clear crystal water, it’s bounded by the slow, dark waters of the Oklawaha River on the west and the larger, faster moving St. Johns River on the east. It is the oldest national forest east of the Mississippi and it has its ghostly secrets. Read more.

Haunted T-Frere’s
Excerpt from “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana”

By Cheré Dastugue Coen

Some say that the personalities of ghosts in the afterlife are much like the ones they had while living. Amelie Comeaux who haunts T-Frere’s Bed and Breakfast in Lafayette was a “canaille,” a mischievous girl, and her antics in death reflect this wily nature.
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Athens, The Classic City

Kathleen Walls

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of Georgia's Ghostly Getaways. It is available  at Kindle books. Check out my other books  at my website, KatysWorld
College towns seem to attract haunts. So do historic districts, Athens,
with its eclectic mix of brash young college students and descendants of the legendary antebellum gentry, is a natural habitat of ghostly legends. Read more.


Alien Touch in Roswell

Kathleen Walls

Say “Roswell, New Mexico” and everyone’s first thought is “aliens.” Mine too. That’s way I am so thrilled to be here today exploring the unknown. My first stop naturally was the International UFO Museum & Research Center. This is not some hokey museum dealing just with Hollywood’s version of aliens from outer space.  Read more.

Ten Haunted Hotels in the South

Halloween is an especially good time to seek out haunted hotels. But these are fun any time of year. Southern hospitality mingled with the spirits of long ago. Read more.


Love's Labor Lost

Kathleen Walls

When fickle sixteen year old Agnes Scuffs jilted her fiancee on the eve of their wedding, she set in motion a series of events that would lead to the construction of a monument comparable to Stonehenge. She informed Ed Leedskalnin that he was too old and too poor for her. Broken hearted, Ed left his native Latvia and settled near Florida City. He began carving a memorial to his lost love who he always referred to as "Sweet Sixteen".
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Wildwood Sanitarium: Do You Want to Spend The Night?  

By Kathleen Walls

large stone house known as the Wildwood Sanitarium Today the stately stone building in Salamanca, New York looks deserted and run down but just looking you feel that there is a strange history. You would be right. First it was a family home. Then Dr. John Henderson opened it as the Sunnyside Sanitarium in 1906.  He was assisted by Dr. Perry and the nurses were Bertha, Agnes and Sue. They operated it as the only holistic healing center in New York State at the time. Read more

Gibraltar of The South     

 by Kathleen Walls

Cairo small.jpg (112159 bytes) Undoubtedly the biggest draw for visitors to Vicksburg is the Battlefield Park. Vicksburg was critical to both sides from the beginning of the war. Until the Union could control the entire river to Cairo, Illinois, they could not prevent the South from supplying their armies. Whoever controlled Vicksburg controlled the river. This an excerpt from my new book, Hosts With Ghosts: Haunted Historic Hotels in the Southeast.

Ghosts of the River Bend

 by Kathleen Walls

 Orb in cemetary alton Illinois
It's Fall and time to look for haunting tales and spooky places. You can't find a more ghostly town than Alton, Illinois and surrounding areas where the river bends in a strange quirk of nature.  Fate Magazine called it "one of the most haunted small towns in America."  Read more

Ghostly Gormets: Haunted Southern Restaurants

by Kathleen Walls

Some restaurants have a lot of spirits. I mean that literally. A few of the restaurants I visited have their very own ghostly gourmets still wandering the kitchens and dining rooms. Because of the great food I have written about many of these places in earlier issues so you can learn even more by visiting the accompanying links. Read more

Deep in the Heart of Texas

by Kathleen Walls

As a natural result of its turbulent history, the Alamo is reported to harbor many spirits. ( I tell much more about that aspect in my book, Hosts with Ghosts.) One unexplained wraith appears frequently in the basement of the Alamo. Staff entering the storage area have reported seeing a tall native American who either just disappears or walks through a solid wall that once housed a tunnel into the Menger Hotel across the street.

The Windsor Hotel – It Deserves a Blue Ribbon

by Kathleen Walls

One of Georgia's best kept secrets is hidden away in the small town of Americus. While most Americans are not aware of this Victorian hotel's charms, local residents are charmed by the Windsor Hotel. Now, the secret is out, The Windsor is being officially awarded her "Blue Ribbon" on television. Finally, the Windsor seems to be getting a little of the attention she so richly deserves. Turner South Television Network is going to feature the hotel on a segment of its" Blue Ribbon Series" I had the honor of being invited to the taping since my book Georgia's Ghostly Getaways retells the story of the Windsor's ghosts.

New Orleans' Cities of the Dead

by Kathleen Walls

As a child living in New Orleans, I found the cemeteries scary. I often had to walk past the St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery on Louisa St or the St. Roch Cemetery.  During my daylight jaunts, I might sometimes shortcut through the cemeteries but at night, no way. In spite of my caution I took the cemeteries for granted. They were just a part of New Orleans. But each of the New Orleans cemeteries have a unique and interesting history that, as an adult, I have learned to revere. Read more

Big Things in the Little Town of Casey

By Kathy Barnett

In the little town of Casey, Illinois, there are great big attractions to see. So big, in fact, that eight of them are known by the Guinness World Records as the World’s largest. All are actually functional, a requirement from the Guinness Book of Records. With a population of only 2752, Casey is located conveniently near Interstate 70. Read More

Traditional Trails--Goodwood Mansion and Gardens

Margaret Hodges Hood told us that that the home is haunted by children. Probably the children of the Hopkins family. The grounds are part of the tour and include many of the old houses and outbuildings. One was a house built as a temporaty residence while Bryan Croom was building the main house.


  • Mountain Roads


    It is unknown whether there was a conviction but the bridge is reputedly haunted by Drummond's ghost. Fort Anderson was shut down by the governor to avoid farther conflict. The old railroad bridge where Drummond was hanged. We spoke to Gail Disney, about the miners. ...

  • Chuckwagon Roundup - American Roads


    American Roads Magazine visits haunted restaurants including Poogan's Porch, Blue Petes, Antoine's, court of Two Sisters, Cafe Du Monde and Harry's. Some restaurants have a lot of spirits. I mean that literally. A few of the restaurants I visited have their very own ghostly gourmets still wandering the kitchens and dining rooms.

  • Louisiana's Plantation Country River Road


    Her spirit makes Manchac the country’s most haunted swamp. You may not see Julia but you will see numerous American gators. www.cajunprideswamptours . River Road’s plantations are noted for their architecture, individual histories and now, the unique and increasingly comprehensive manner in which they tell their stories, making each ...

  • American Roads


    To help defray the cost of renovating this historic treasure, the Luedkes offer haunted tours of the mansion. Of course, the McPike Mansion is far from the only haunted old mansion in Alton. The Mansion House, built in 1834 by Captain Botkin as what was then the only hotel in Alton.

  • Renee's Route - American Roads


    He rented a cabin from Christopher Taylor on the outskirts of town that was reconstructed and relocated to Main Street in 1974. Not only is the 2-story cabin the oldest building in the town, it is also said to be haunted by Andrew Jackson. Pennsylvanian Dr. William Chester constructed the …


    American Roads Travel Magazine - Heritage Trail


    The battlefield is considered very haunted, as are most places where this many lives were cut down suddenly in their prime. Reports of cannon fire, unusual fogs, whispers and the smell of gunpowder have all been experienced. Phantom soldiers have been glimpsed among …




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