Scary Places: The Myrtle Plantation

When you think of a southern plantation, you may think of women in white dresses and bonnets, gentleman farmers, and sweet tea, but do you think of ghosts? If you don’t, you might want to visit the Myrtle Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the plantation is currently a bed and breakfast, but it may not be for the faint of heart. It is known as one of the most haunted homes in America. The plantation dates all the way back to 1796 when it was built by General David Bradford, only he … Continue reading

Scary Places: Bachelor’s Grove

I’ve been to a lot of spooky place, but I’ve always wanted to visit Bachelor’s Grove in Chicago, IL, the home of the infamous White Lady. Bachelor’s Grove is a cemetery located in southwest Chicago. At first glance, it might appear to be a normal graveyard, one that hasn’t received the best of care over the years. But, Bachelor’s Grove is reportedly haunted. So much so that is has its own little list of ghastly residents and even a phantom building. The most famous is undoubtedly the White Lady. The White Lady or the Madonna as she is sometimes called … Continue reading

Scary Places: The Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee

Since I am doing the “Scary Places” series, I figured I would toot my own hometown’s horn and talk about one of its scariest places, the Orpheum Theater in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. Most Memphians are aware of the story of Mary. It is even said that she has a favorite seat – C-5. The Orpheum was built in 1890. However, that original building burnt to the ground in 1923. It was rebuilt and the “new” Orpheum was completed in 1928. It was after the rebuild that reports of a ghost named Mary started to surface. Mary is a little girl … Continue reading

Scary Places: Union Cemetery in Easton, Connecticut

Okay, so you might expect a cemetery, especially at night, to be a bit spooky. But, some say that Union Cemetery in Easton, Connecticut is especially full of unexplained phenomena. The cemetery dates all the way back to the 1600s, so there is a lot of history there. Of course, the cemetery is closed after dark and the Easton Police regularly patrol it, but that doesn’t stop curiosity seekers from breaking the law. Visitors have reported taking photos of orbs, light rods, and ectoplasmic mists. There is one apparition, the White Lady, who many people have reported seeing over the … Continue reading

Scary Places: Bobby Mackey’s Music World

I know what you are thinking – “What in the world?” How can a place called Bobby Mackey’s Music World be haunted? Well, I was thinking the same thing, but then the name kept appearing in research. The other night, I was scanning the channels and ran across a listing for it on one of the many ghost series that are being shown on television this week. Well, that was enough to convince me to further investigate this nightclub that is known as “Hell’s Gate.” The nightclub, which is located in Wilder, Kentucky, reportedly stands on land that used to … Continue reading

Scary Places: The Hotel Chelsea in New York City

Ever notice how ghosts tend to haunt old dwellings where many tortured souls lived? Such is the case of the historic Hotel Chelsea in New York City. The Chelsea was built in 1883, when that particular area was the center of the theater district. Maybe that is why it always seemed to attract talented, yet troubled artists. It was first divided into private apartments, and then turned into a hotel, but regardless, it has seen its share of celebrities. (This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5) Sir Arthur C. Clarke penned “2001: a Space Odyssey” while … Continue reading

Scary Places: Waverly Hills Sanatorium

What could be creepier than a sanatorium? In the case of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky, not much! It opened in 1910 for tuberculosis patients. While tuberculosis can often be successfully treated today, back then, the patients were locked away. When streptomycin, an antibiotic, was finally introduced in 1943 to treat tuberculosis, the number of patients gradually fell and Waverly Hills was closed in 1961. (This work has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder.) However, it was reopened as a hospital in 1962, but then closed again in 1981, allegedly due to the mistreatment … Continue reading

Scary Places: The White House – Part II

Yesterday, I was talking about the ghosts at the White House. Abraham Lincoln is a spirit that many have claimed to have seen. But, what other ethereal apparitions may be hanging out there? Mary Todd Lincoln claims to have heard President Andrew Jackson stomping around the Rose Room, which he used as a bedroom. If you remember, then General Andrew Jackson was supposed to have stayed at the Bell house in Tennessee after hearing of the Bell Witch haunting. Poor William Henry Harrison has the distinction of being the first president to die in office and having served only 30 … Continue reading

Scary Places: The White House

Right now, most people are focused on the White House for one reason – who’s going to be the next president. But, you know me – I am focused on it to talk about the ghosts of the White House. That’s right, one of the most famous houses is America is reportedly haunted. Over the years, visitors as well as staff and residents have reported seeing ghosts and experiencing strange phenomena in the White House. The White House became livable for presidents in 1800, with John Adams being the first to move in. Since then, every president has lived in … Continue reading

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Stephen King in my favorite author so it goes without saying that if he has written something new, I’m going to be one of the first to read it. My daughter bought me this book as an early Christmas present and I have to say I was a little hesitant to read it. As much as I love Stephen King, his last few books have not really excited me, they felt wordy and overlong. I’m happy to say 11/22/63 changed all that. This book is an incredible piece of storytelling. It actually made me believe in time travel and not … Continue reading