Illinois October 30, 2019
9 Terrifying Reasons Illinois Just Might Be The Most Haunted State In America
You may not want to live in the good ol’ Land of Lincoln anymore once you’ve enjoyed these nine haunted places in the state. Illinois is full of terrifying spots to avoid, and these are just a few of a the scariest. Check them out:
1. Greenwood Cemetery
This cemetery is so old that there are grave makers here dated from before the place was dedicated as a graveyard. It is likely that it was originally a Native American burial ground, and it has definitely been robbed many times over the centuries. One of the most haunted areas of the cemetery is a confederate grave memorial that commemorates a crew of soldiers who all died from Yellow Fever on a train passing through the area.
Learn about more haunts at this central Illinois graveyard here.
2. McPike Mansion
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this old house is situated in one of the state's most haunted towns and is believed to be haunted by former residents of the house. There have been reports of lights flickering, flashlights mysteriously turning off, and the strong smell of the former owner's perfume.
Get more details about the two ghosts that haunt this place here.
3. Woodstock Opera House
This beautiful and popular venue is rumored to be haunted by an actress who was turned down for a role in a play at this opera house. She committed suicide by jumping off the building and still roams the halls to this day, sitting in seats and sighing and dropping props.
Find out what else this mournful ghost gets up to here.
4. Cairo, Illinois
5. Aux Sable Cemetery
Another of southern Illinois' most haunted places, this remote cemetery looks mundane but is actually very alive with paranormal activity. People have reported seeing mysterious fires and mists as well as having their car doors lock and windows move automatically when driving by.
Learn more about the history of this strange patch of land here.
6. Dug Hill Road
It is rumored that you might come across a dead body on the ground that it isn't real along this swatch of road. Those who have tried to move it find that their hand goes right through the corpse like it's a ghost.
Get more details about who this ghost might be here.
7. Ridge Cemetery
Situated at the top of a hill, this eerie cemetery comes with some strange tales. The most talked about is that of a young girl who went missing and who was found walking down the road that leads to the cemetery. She said the people who lived there wanted her to come and stay with them.
Click here to learn more about the weird stuff that has happened here.
8. The Old Slave House
Also known as Hickory Hill, this home is one of the most diabolical and now most haunted places in Illinois. Though the Land of Lincoln was supposed to be a free state, this was the home of a slave owner who took his operations beyond their legal extensions and kept people chained up in his attic. He was not found out until after he started kidnapping people from the Underground Railroad operation.
Click here for more details about this little-known piece of history.
9. The Watseka Wonder
One of the strangest things to have ever happened in Illinois is something not everyone believes. It involves two young women who suffered from severe mental health conditions. It is rumored that one of the girls was able to channel the other and live like her for an entire year.
Learn more about this strange and terrifying occurrence here.
For more like this, check out this list of
nine haunted cemeteries in Illinois.
What other haunted places do you try to avoid in Illinois. Share the scariest spot you know about below in the comments.
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