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
By Cheré Dastugue Coen
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. Read More
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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.
“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.
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.
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".
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
by Kathleen Walls
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.
by Kathleen Walls
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
by Kathleen Walls
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
by Kathleen Walls
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.
by Kathleen Walls
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
by Kathleen Walls
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.
By Kathy Barnett
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.
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.
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. ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 …
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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