We all need a little excitement every now and then, and taking a spooky Kentucky road trip can provide it. We have a barrage of strange abandoned places, old cemeteries, and haunted houses that can send a shiver down the spine. You can stay the night in a beautiful, but haunted Inn, stroll through a civil war graveyard or take a tour of an old asylum. Take a weekend and do a few of them together.
This northern Kentucky road trip obviously cannot be completed in one day with any real satisfaction, but over a weekend, it can be a lot of fun. The map is available
here for your convenience, in case you want to plan your own route.
Campbell House Inn at 1375 S Broadway in Lexington 40504.
This hotel is authentic antebellum style, built in 1951. It has an elegant environment, but during its decades of service, two women have been murdered there. One shot on the third floor and another stabbed on the steps. The murders were unrelated, but the victims seem are said to be attached to the place of death. Footsteps can be heard at night when no one is there and doors supposedly open and close on their own.
Hunt Morgan House at 201 N Mill Street in Lexington, 40507.
This Federal style estate was built by the very first millionaire west of the Alleghenies, John Wesley Hunt in 1814. Many a person lived in the home over the years, and many died as well. Today, the home is included in the Gratz Park Historic District. Part of the ongoing history is said to be residents never seem to actually move on… and are occasionally seen roaming the halls.
Leestown Division VA Hospital at 2250 Leestown Road in Lexington, 40511.
This is not a place to go and play in the halls, but a stroll along the grounds is not unheard of. Power goes on and off in the oldest buildings, footsteps are heard where no one walks, and figures are said to stroll about inside and out that vanish in thin air.
Lexington Cemetery at 833 W Main Street in Lexington, 40508.
This is an old cemetery, containing some famed individuals like Jim Varney, Henry Clay, and John Hunt Morgan. There is a particular tomb is this cemetery that gives an ominous feeling to those who walk near it. You either feel it or you don’t. Some people also see a dark blob or cloud in the rear of the mausoleum.
Loudoun House at 209 Castlewood Drive in Lexington, 40505.
This Gothic Revival architectural masterpiece was built in 1851. It was once a home to Francis Key Hunt and William Cassius Goodloe back in its hay day. In modern times a Victorian women is said to wander the western area of the home, along with a black cat. Another Victorian female prefers the comforts of the former dining area. Different areas of the house are said to suddenly have a antique floral perfume scent with no visible cause.
Mansion at Griffin Gate Marriott at 1800 Newtown Pike in Lexington, 40511.
This beautiful 150 year old mansion is now part of a resort and spa, but it was once home to a teen girl named Gretta. Gretta was stood up and heartbroken, she hung herself. Now, people who visit this establishment feel what is known as the blue room, is a bit odd. Candles flicker for no reason, a cool breeze is felt without a source and occasionally, the chandeliers sway.
Eastern Cemetery at 641 Baxter Avenue in Louisville, 40204.
This old cemetery had graves dating back to the 18th century. There has been much turmoil here from bodies buried atop one another to horrible upkeep and maintenance. Mists can be seen floating about, along with cold spots on warm summer days and orbs in images.
Cave Hill Cemetery at 701 Baxter Avenue in Louisville, 40204.
This is a Victorian era National Cemetery and arboretum that is almost 300 acres. It is on the National registry of Historic Places and is the absolute largest cemetery in Louisville in size and burials. Green lights are said to float about at night. The air is cooler by some of the graves and unexplained noises are common. Stones can be heard falling at times as well.
Waverly Hills Sanitarium on 4400 Paralee Lane in Louisville, 40272.
Waverly Hills is renowned on multiple levels from the death count to the disturbing history. It began life in the early 1900s as a tuberculosis hospital and ended life as a geriatric center. Now tours are available and it will potentially be turned into a hotel. It has been featured in a variety of television specials in regards to the unavoidable presence of something strange. Very few of the photographs taken here are appear without orbs or some sort of distortion.
This is just a Lexington and Louisville adventure, but there are plenty more places across the state. This time we covered a northern spooky Kentucky road trip, but there will be others in the future. Have you ever went on a spooky road trip in Kentucky?