Many people travel to Georgia specifically for the spooky tours and haunted hot spots. Since it is such a prominently historical state, there also has to be some hauntings to accompany that history, (not to mention a whole slew of abandoned buildings just waiting to terrify everyone who visits.) Take a look at a few of the people, places and events that make Georgia such a spooky place:
1. Central State Hospital in Milledgeville
This asylum is downright creepy. What was once the largest mental facility in Georgia in the 1960s closed its doors 50 years later. But the building wasn't torn down. It sits there still, rotting away, casting an eerie feeling every time one draws near.
2. Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland
Yes, I know that this hospital isn't like the hospital mentioned above and certainly isn't intended to be creepy in the least. However.....it kind of is. Doll heads growing out of the ground may be a dream to some, but to others, it's slightly terrifying.
3. The Haunted Pillar in Augusta
Why is Georgia so terrifying? Because in Augusta there's a place that if you touch a creepy old pillar, you'll die shortly after. Granted, it's an urban legend at this point...but dude, come on. Legend has it, that when a street preacher wasn’t allowed to spread the word of God in the 1800s, he swore that the building would be destroyed, and nothing but the column still stands.
4. Marshall House—Savannah, GA
This hotel was built in 1851 and was used as a Civil War Hospital to house injured soldiers. Turns out, that when the soldiers lost their limbs, the doctors didn't have anywhere to dispose of the body parts, so they stored them underneath the floor boards. Of course, this was confirmed after the hotel was renovated about a century later.
5. A Portal to Another Universe in Dublin
Created by Geographer Eames Demetrios, the portal is named Kcymaerxthaere. It is an alledged parallel universe portal that can be found in the Monastery District. Does it actually work? Nobody knows, considering everyone who has tried it never returned.....just kidding...
6. Stuckie the Mummified Dog in Waycross
This is probably one of those terrifying things that you'll never be able to forget. When a dog was found petrified inside of a hollowed out tree in Waycross, the owner decided the next best thing to do was to put it on display for everyone to see at Southern Forest World.
7. Corinne Elliott Memorial Grave in Savannah
If ever you're trapsing through Bonaventure Cemetary in Savannah, there is one thing you need to make sure you do not do; look Corinne Elliott in the eyes. Legend has it that Corrine’s forbidden love with a man considered well beneath her (in terms of societal standards) drove her to plunge herself into the river while on horseback, killing herself the day before her wedding. If you look at the statue directly in the eyes, the rumor is she'll turn you to stone.
8. The Surrency Ghosts
This ghost story begins in the 1800s. The Surrency family, as they became known, experienced unusual paranormal activities in their house from slamming doors and windows to objects flying off shelves and meals being thrown during dinnertime. The family became tortured from the ghosts, so much so that it became a widespread paranormal haunting, bringing people from all over the state to experience it for themselves.
9. The Atlanta Ripper
During the early 1900s, Atlanta had its very own serial killer. A total of 21 murders were attributed to the Atlanta Ripper, all of which were murdered by having their throat slit. There were only six suspects, but all were let free. Nobody was ever caught and charged for the killings, but they simply stopped in 1914.
10. A Creepy Tick Museum in Statesboro
Many people get creeped out by these slow-crawling bugs, but in Statesboro, Georgia, they welcome them. The museum in Statesboro houses the largest collection of ticks in the world, which are also open to the public. (View at your own risk.)
What else makes Georgia the most terrifying, spookiest state? Share you personal stories and experiences with us!