Churches are some of the most gorgeous and reverent buildings man has built. From the mesmerizing architecture to the intricate stained glass windows, stepping foot inside these places of worship can instantly give you chills. However, in the case of these following churches around the country, you may be feeling shivers down your spine for a completely different reason. Learn about the haunted stories associated with each of the following places.
1. St. Paul's Chapel (New York, New York)
This iconic building in New York City has a gruesome rumor of being haunted by a headless ghost. This man, once an actor, donated his head to science. Apparently he wanders the premises still looking for his skull.
2. Washington National Cathedral (Washington D.C.)
Following the English Gothic architectural style of the 14th century, this cathedral in the nation's capital is truly a sight to behold. It's believed that the only president to be buried here, Woodrow Wilson, roams the aisles at night. The tapping of his cane can still be heard echoing throughout the church.
3. St. Louis Cathedral (New Orleans, Louisiana)
The St. Louis Cathedral is one of the most recognizable sites in the city of New Orleans. Since 1965, the church has been flooded with reports of hauntings. It was this same year that 6 bodies were mysteriously left on the steps. The bodies were buried but their spirits continue to make their presence known.
4. St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Key West, Florida)
Even the beautiful grounds of this tropical church in Key West aren't safe from haunted spirits. Apparently, a ghost appearing in outdated clothing roams the graveyard at night. Others have seen the ghost of a sea captain nearby.
5. Old Rock Church (St. Olaf, Texas)
Built in 1886, this church was deserted by 1917. Folks nearby have reported hearing sounds that suggest the building isn't completely abandoned, though. Voices of the congregation and a woman singing can still be heard today by some.
6. St. George's Church (Fredericksburg, VA)
Every physical feature about this church suggests warmth and friendliness, although the spirits have a different tale to tell. Some have noticed in photos the appearance of a woman in white roaming the second floor.
7. St. Luke's (Cleveland, Tennessee)
St. Luke's is home of the Craigmiles family mausoleum (photographed above). The white marble is streaked with red, which many believe is due to the tragedies the family faced. Despite efforts to remove the stains, the red always seems to return.
8. St. Mark's (Cheyenne, Wyoming)
What may appear to be a tranquil place of worship during the day has been known to produce some bone-chilling sounds at night. Troubled voices from the bell tower might belong to the ghost of a stone mason who fell to his death during construction.
What do you think of these hauntingly beautiful (and in some cases, incredibly haunted) churches around the country?