Alabama is definitely no stranger when it comes to paranormal activity. There are several haunted places located throughout the state, and with Halloween just around the corner, there’s no better time than right now to check a few of these places out. Listed below, we’ve included a mapped day trip route that’ll take you to seven of Alabama’s most haunted places. As always, be sure to confirm ahead of time that these places will be open when you plan to visit.
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1. Sloss Furnaces - Birmingham
Your first stop is Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham. While exploring Sloss Furnaces, one of Alabama's most haunted places, you might hear screams and/or see ghostly apparitions. Over the years, several visitors and paranormal investigators have reported occurrences such as these. One of the reported apparitions is believed to belong to a former blast foreman who treated his workers terribly.
2. Gaineswood - Demopolis
Your next stop is Gaineswood in Demopolis. Gaineswood is the name of a beautiful plantation home that's believed to be haunted by Evelyn Carter, the sister of the original owner's nanny. The sounds of a piano have been heard by many visitors, in addition to children's laughter. After she suddenly became ill and died, many people believe her spirit never left the home.
3. Old Cahawba Archaeological Park - Orrville
Following a short drive, you'll arrive at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park in Orrville.
Old Cahawba, also known as Cahawba or Cahaba, is often referred to as "Alabama’s Most Famous Ghost Town." It was also the state's first capital. Today, this famous ghost town has been preserved as Old Cahawba Archaeological Park. This archeological park features many structures and a cemetery. Several visitors have reported hearing what they believe are the ghostly voices of former residents.
4. Town of Abbeville
You'll then take a scenic drive to the town of Abbeville. Abbeville's most famous resident is known as Huggin' Molly. Huggin' Molly is a ghost that walks the streets of Abbeville late at night. According to local legend, if she sees you, she'll chase you down, give you a huge hug, and then scream loudly in your ear.
5. Bill Sketoe's Hole - Newton
After leaving Abbeville, you'll take a short drive to Bill Sketoe's Hole in Newton. Bill Sketoe was a Civil War solider that returned home to care for his ill wife. After sending someone to take his place, men from the Dale County Home Guard blamed him for desertion and hung him from the limb of an oak tree. Bill Sketoe was tall, so they dug a hole under his feet for him to hang and die. Over the years, this hole wouldn't stay filled. However, in 1990, due to the Choctawhatchee River flood, it's now filled with rocks. Although Mr. Sketoe's spirit isn't strong enough to remove the rocks, many people still report feeling his presence.
6. Harrison Cemetery - Kinston
Following a short drive, you'll arrive at Harrison Cemetery in Kinston. Harrison Cemetery is one of Alabama's most haunted cemeteries. It's the final resting spot of William "Grancer" Harrison. While visiting this cemetery, several people have reported seeing the spirit of Mr. Harrison dancing and playing his fiddle.
7. Gaines Ridge Dinner Club - Camden
Your final stop will be Gaines Ridge Dinner Club in Camden. Gaines Ridge Dinner Club is known as Alabama's most haunted restaurant. Many of its guests have reported the sound of screams and cries. Some have even witnessed a woman's spirit floating past a window.
What do you think? Can you see yourself taking a day trip to visit these seven haunted places? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
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Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, 20 32nd St N, Birmingham, AL 35222, USA
Gaineswood, 805 S Cedar Ave, Demopolis, AL 36732, USA
Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, 9518 Cahaba Rd, Orrville, AL 36767, USA
GainesRidge Dinner Club, 933 AL-10, Camden, AL 36726, USA