D.C. March 18, 2017
Here Are The 11 Best Places To Spot A Ghost In Washington DC
There are plenty of ghost stories, urban legends and creepy myths about DC. But have you ever wanted to really see a ghost in the district? These 11 places have had documented paranormal sightings! So if you’re in the mood to go ghost hunting, visit one of the best 11 places to spot a ghost in DC!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Ford’s Theater
The site of one America’s most horrific moments is rumored to be haunted. There have been reports of footsteps rushing to the box where Lincoln was shot, sounds of gunshot and screams. It’s been said that on more than one occasion the ghost of Mary Todd Lincoln has been seen leaning over the box’s railing and pointing toward the stage.
2. Capitol Building
The Capitol Building has several ghosts. One is a construction worker who was part of the crew that built the building who took a nap in partially constructed foundation and was trapped in a tomb of stone when they accidentally laid more of the foundation around him. There have been reports of pounding and scratching from within walls. There is also a famous story of a demon cat who has been seen lurking around the building for decades.
3. White House
The White House might be the most haunted place in DC. Mary Todd Lincoln and Harry Truman reported hearing Andrew Jackson muttering and stomping around. Additionally many residents of the White House have felt or seen Abraham Lincoln. Eleanor Roosevelt reported feeling Lincoln’s presence and Winston Churchill reported seeing Lincoln’s ghost sitting by the fireplace in his room.
4. Lafayette Square
Andrew Jackson is not only haunting the White House. He’s been seen lurking about in Lafayette Square Park. There’s also been sightings of Philip Barton Key, the son of Francis Scott Key who was shot and killed in the park.
5. St. John’s Episcopal Church
Known as "The President’s Church," St John’s has served as the church of the White House for 200 years. The story goes that when the church bells toll for the death of a notable person, six ghosts in white robes appear at midnight in the President’s Pew.
6. Washington National Cathedral
President Woodrow Wilson was buried at the Washington National Cathedral and it’s been said you can see him walking the halls of the church and tapping his cane against the walls.
7. Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
The spirit of Clover Adams, the artist who committed suicide here in 1885 haunts this hotel. She has been seen wandering the fourth floor and crying in her room.
8. National Building Museum
The National Building Museum is so haunted that they even offer tours every Halloween season! Mary Surratt, who was convicted and executed as a co-conspirator in the assassination of President Lincoln is the ghost most seen and heard in the museum.
9. Old Stone House
One of the most dangerous ghosts is a ghostjamed George who lives at the Old Stone House. It’s been reported that he’s actually attacked and choked visitors of the house.
10. Rock Creek Park
During the day, Rock Creek Park may seem perfectly safe but at night, the ghosts come out to play. There have been multiple murders in the park over the years and witnesses have reported seeing apparitions in the park and feeling like someone is watching them.
11. Old Post Chapel
Just outside of DC, the Old Post Chapel is across the street from the Arlington National Cemetery. Over the years, there have been many reported ghosts here. Mourners before and after funerals have reported seeing a beautiful Spanish lady dressed all in black with a veil partially covering her face but who mysteriously disappears.
Love the supernatural?
You will definitely want to take a trip to this town near DC that has an insane amount of paranormal activity!