Up for a little adventure? As the weather starts to (slowly) warm up, you might be looking for new ways to get out of the house and explore a little. Cure your cabin fever with the ultimate road trip: a map of some of Indiana’s most terrifying places. If you’re into haunted houses and creepy history, this road trip will give you your fill of some of the scariest places Indiana has to offer.
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Take a look at our route here, starting in Evansville and ending in Elizabeth.
1. The Willard Library - Evansville, IN
The Willard Library in Evansville is rumored to be haunted by "The Grey Lady" ghost. First sighted in the 1930s, the Grey Lady has been rumored to be spotted in this library dozens of times since. Police officers, library employees, and paranormal investigators have all confirmed sightings of this ghost.
2. Stepp Cemetery - Martinsville, IN
Stepp Cemetery in Martinsville, Indiana has a rich history of haunting Hoosiers throughout the years.
Stories vary due to the large number of former residents buried in the cemetery. Some accounts revolve around a screaming woman who was grief-stricken from the death of her baby. Another tells of a religious cult known as "The Crabbites" rumored to have met at the cemetery. Tales talk of hearing chanting and even seeing spirits.
3. Indiana Central State Hospital - Indianapolis, IN
This former insane asylum and hospital is now home to the Indiana Medical History Museum.
In the mid-1800s, the insane asylum opened and tunnels were created to walk between the various hospital buildings. Patients who died in the hospital were also buried on the grounds. Screaming, moaning, footsteps, and even manifestations of former patients have been spotted on the grounds.
4. Moody's Light - Rensselaer, IN
Legend has it that Old Man Moody came home late one night to find his house burning down, with his entire family dead inside. Moody's Light refers to Old Man Moody's orb searching for his lost family.
While paranormal investigators claim no presence was found at the sight, locals still swear that Moody's light is real. Find out for yourself by visiting this old cornfield in Rensselaer.
5. The House of 200 Demons - Gary, IN
This legend claims that the spirits of 200 children haunt this house in Gary, Indiana. This case is compared to the legendary Amityville horror legend.
Former occupants report doors slamming, things moving, and spirits manifesting. While many believe this legend to be a hoax, some residents of Gary swear by the legend. Dubious? Find out for yourself. (Please note, this residence may be occupied, so guests might not be allowed inside).
6. Primrose Road - South Bend, IN
The stories of Primrose Road vary in detail, but all ultimately lead to chilling conclusions. Some variations claim you must drive between 20 to 30mph. If you drive over or under this speed limit, your car will die, your tires will suddenly go flat, etc. Your cell phone also won't work and many claim you'll hear and see people running through the woods. Some claim a woman will appear and can either make your car disappear or grant you luck.
Blood Rock is also located along this road and is rumored to move from place to place. Pictures of the rock are often seen with fog and orbs, claiming paranormal activity.
7. The Monroe House - Hartford City, IN
The Monroe House on Monroe Street is sweetly nicknamed "The Demon House."
While the origins of the house and legend are ambiguous, what is known is that the house has suffered numerous fires and fire-related deaths. Rumors of satanic rituals and possessions also exist. While this house is on private property, you can still drive by and maybe arrange a meeting with locals or the residents.
8. Black Moon Manor - Greenfield, IN
While most of the hype around Black Moon Manor was confirmed to be fake, it is still a popular tourist site for ghost hunters and lovers of haunted places.
While some of the events that occurred here were admittedly forgeries, residents still claim haunting and paranormal activities exist. In fact, this manor was torn down a few years ago, making many question why. You can still visit the grounds to find out for yourself, if you dare.
9. The Story Inn - Nashville, IN
Take a break from the road and stay overnight in this haunted inn - if you dare.
Throughout the years, guests at this inn left accounts of strange sightings of a ghost called "The Blue Lady". This spirit is believed to have once been the wife of George Story. Legend says that if a blue light is turned on in the Garden Room, the spirit will appear. She always allegedly leaves blue items behind, such as ribbons.
10. McHarry's Tomb - Elizabeth, IN
Captain Francis McHarry, a former steamboat captain, is rumored to haunt this area. Legend states he was once stabbed and had a jealous, violent relationship with other steamboat captains.
McCarry built his tomb before his death and claimed he wanted his body to remain upright in it, so he could curse and haunt other boats passing by, Though his body has since been moved, boats and visitors claim his spirit and curse still remain.
Think you have the guts to survive this ultimate haunted Indiana road trip? Do you have any spooky stops people should add?