1. The Octagon House
The Octagon House is one of the most haunted places in Washington DC. It has several ghosts including the daughter of the home’s original owner, Colonel Tayloe. The story is that she was in love with a British officer but the Colonel forbade the romance and they argued about it on the staircase where the daughter ended up falling to her death. Visitors have heard screaming, footsteps on the stairs, and mysterious cold spots throughout the house.
2. The Hay-Adams Hotel
The Hay-Adams is haunted by Marion Hooper Adams, otherwise known as Clover, who was married to Henry Adams. She was a photographer who killed herself at the Hay-Adams by ingesting one of the chemicals she used for developing photographs. Guest and employees say Clover is active during the first two weeks of December, around the anniversary of her death and that doors mysteriously open and close on their own, radios turn on and off, and you can sometimes hear a woman crying and voices speaking.
3. Woodrow Wilson House
Woodrow Wilson haunts his old home, where he spent the last years of his life. Staff members of the house have reported seeing the former President’s apparition sitting in a rocking chair, along with the sound of a man walking with a cane.
4. National Building Museum
The actual building of the National Building Museum is creepy enough, especially at night but when you add in the stories of the many ghosts that haunts its halls, it definitely makes the list. The National Building Museum is haunted by Mary Surratt, who was the first woman executed in the United States, as well as many other ghostly figures. The Museum even started offering ghost tours because of all of their spooky visitors.
5. The Old Stone House
The Old Stone House is the oldest house in Washington and has one of the scariest ghosts in the city. According to stories, the ghost, named George reportedly pushes and chokes visitors so you might not actually want to stop at this haunted place.
6. The Walsh Mansion
Now the Embassy of Indonesia, the Walsh House is haunted by its former owner Evelyn Walsh. Evelyn was the last private owner of the unlucky Hope Diamond. She died in debt and her home went to the US government after her death. Ambassadors who have lived there claim the ghost of Evelyn still walks the steps of her home.
7. Lafayette Square
Philip Barton Key II, the son of Francis Scott Key haunts Lafayette Square at night. Legend is that Key had an affair with the wife of his friend and the friend, having discovered the affair, shot him three times and Key later died from gunshot wounds. If you are in park at night, keep an eye out for his ghost walking in the square.
8. Cutts-Madison House
Across the street from Lafayette Square, is the Cutts-Madison House. It’s rumored Dolley Madison haunts a few places around the district but she is often seen on the porch of the Cutts-Madison house, where she spent the last few years of her life.
9. Decatur House
The ghost of war hero Commodore Stephen Decatur Jr looks out his second story windows if the night is right. Decatur died only a year after moving into the home, killed in a duel by his former friend. Rumor has it so many windows were filled in because so many people saw Stephen Decatur. Who knows if that’s true but we wouldn’t want to be staring up there at night.
10. Ford’s Theater
Known for being the place that President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, there are many ghostly reports from this theatre. Witnesses say they have heard footsteps running near the box Lincoln was shot and some have even said Mary Todd Lincoln in the box. Even more so, actors have said they’ve felt chilling sensations while on stage, which are attributed to Booth when he escaped after shooting the President. Either way, Ford’s Theater will give you some intense feelings when you visit.