Here Are The 8 Best Places To Spot A Ghost In Arkansas
Arkansas’ history doesn’t always stay in the past. Some unfortunate folks long since gone can’t help but roam and replay their story over and again. Let’s look at some of the places where thrilling tales turn into unexplainable experiences.
1. Crescent Hotel - Eureka Springs
Undoubtedly the most haunted place in the state, the Crescent is the most haunted hotel in the nation as well. The hotel offers nightly ghost tours that include a visit to the morgue where Mr. Norman Baker cremated the remains of his failed medical experiments. Not all the Crescent's ghosts are evil though, some just had unfortunate accidents. Mason worker, Michael, fell and died during construction. A little girl fell down the stairs who can be seen playing in the halls. There's also Morris the cat, and a St. Bernard that roam the hotel.
To book a tour, visit their website
2. Ghost Mountain - Fayetteville
You'll have to ask your favorite Fayetteville local the exact location of where this ghost roams but the story is a fairly well known one. A family of three lived in a log cabin on top of a mountain southeast of the Drake Field airport. The husband was an alcoholic and would come home blackout drunk most nights to terrorize his wife and child. One particular evening the husband became irate because his sick child wouldn't stop crying. Inebriated and enraged, the husband snatched the baby and threw her down the well. The panicked wife jumped in to rescue their child, but the husband cut the rope before she could climb back out. Although the husband left town immediately afterwards, the cries of mother and child can be heard late at night around the mountain.
3. The Allen House - Monticello
The Allen House has been the inspiration behind a book and movie but you'll want to visit to experience the ghost first hand. The house is haunted by Ms. Ladell Allen, a southern belle who unexpectedly died in 1948. Her suicide was questionable and for nearly 40 years the master bedroom where she poisoned herself with mercury cyanide was sealed off. Though the room was sealed, strange happenings began soon after her passing. Tours can be booked in advanced at any time and the Allen House opens for Halloween tours as well.
To book a tour, visit their website
4. Mount Holly Cemetery - Little Rock
Most cemeteries are somber, yet peaceful final resting places for the deceased. Mount Holly Cemetery is not one of those. Multiple reports of period-dressed ghosts have been spotted, small items left on the graves disappear and reappear elsewhere, and even statues have moved to neighboring yards. If you do dare to visit, be sure to respect all graves and the cemetery's hours.
For more information on their tours, visit their website
5. McCollum-Chidester House - Camden
History buffs and ghost hunters will enjoy a trip to the McCollum-Chidester House. Now a museum, the house was once occupied by Confederate General Sterling Price during the Civil War's Red River Campaign. Union General Frederick Steele moved in shortly after. Steele accused the owner, Mr. Chidester, of Confederate espionage and had him shot. The bullet holes can still be seen as well as the angry ghost of Chidester.
The museum is located at 926 W Washington St. in Camden and is open for tours Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
6. Natural Steps - Roland
Just south of Roland resides a small unincorporated place known as Natural Steps. The area has quite a bit of unlucky history from Native American battles to bushwhackers to ghosts. One ghost in particular, the Lady in White, can be seen walking from the cemetery into the Arkansas River. The suicidal bride, Martha Sanders, drowned herself in the river after her groom's sudden death.
To know Martha's full story, read our feature article
7. Clayton House - Fort Smith
The Victorian house may be a favorite spot for educational tours and weddings but take heed, ghosts also like to frequently visit. The bedroom on the second floor has the most activity—and even the house's director doesn't like to enter it. Stomping boots, slamming doors and sightings of a mysterious woman dressed in brown have all been reported.
For hours and tour information, visit their website
8. Highway 365 - Woodson
One highway south of Little Rock has drivers repeating the same bizarre story. If you're driving on Highway 365 at night you may be one of the many that see a hitchhiker. Most will keep on driving but the few that do decide to pick up the walking woman all run into the same problem. Once they reach the woman's house, the mother living there will inform them that her daughter died years ago. She's never surprised when another stranger tries to deliver her lost girl.
Do you foresee any spooky road trips coming up? Where did you experience something ghostly in Arkansas? Share your experience with us in the comments below!
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