Southern Ghost Stories: Haunted Attractions of the South
I am a major chicken little when it comes to haunted houses but I LOVE a good ghost story…with the lights on, of course! The South, where I am from, has such a rich history. Rich histories usually include tragic deaths and accidents which lead to AMAZING ghost stories! Enjoy these Southern Ghost Stories about the Haunted Attractions of the Southeast USA.
Cry Baby Bridge & Kali Oka Plantation
Take a turn off of Kali Oka Road in Saraland, Alabama, go slowly around Dead Man’s Curve (named because of the fatal car accidents on this road) and you will be heading towards Cry Baby Bridge and the Kali Oka Plantation. The plantation has appeared in Civil War era films. There is an eerie aura around the plantation house and the previous slaves’ quarters. Cry Baby Bridge has multiple legends as to why one can hear a baby cry when you cross it at night.
Some say the plantation owner caught his wife in throws of love with a slave. In anger haste, he tied the slave to a tree, cut off his hands, and left him to die as a warning to the other slaves. The mistress learns she is pregnant and gave birth to a baby boy whom she then drowns in the river out of shame. The boy is the baby you hear crying.
The version I heard growing up was that a woman and her baby had a tragic car accident in which both died. Teenagers have tried to get proof of the bridge’s disturbance by sprinkling baby powder on their car bumper. It has been said that you will see a baby’s hand print on the bumper, as if it were trying to push you off the bridge to join in his watery demise.
Old Bryce Hospital
A former insane asylum, situated on the University of Alabama’s campus, is enough to frighten students passing by. The Old Bryce Hospital had a reputation for treating its patients in a torturous manner. Visitors have felt “hot and cold” areas, heard screams of past patients, saw a doctor’s white coattails shuffling down hallways, and witnessed ghostly figures trying to escape the lawn (but never can).
I lived less than a mile from this spooky place during my Sophomore year of college. There were eerie occurrences there. You can explore Old Bryce Hospital today, although it is often patrolled by police officers.
Fort Morgan has a haunted history of war and wrongdoings. The barracks are probably the most haunted areas. In the early 1900s, a prisoner hung himself in the barracks and vacationers can hear him screaming in the early morning hours.
Also, during the late 19th century, a young woman was dragged, beaten, and murdered by unknown men inside the fort. She has been seen wandering the Fort looking for her justice.
In WTCI’s short documentary called “Underground Revealed” theories of an underground city unearthed. This city lies below downtown Chattanooga today. Due to horrific floods in the 20th century, business owners lifted roadways and in turn, buried entire streets below it. Locals have reported seeing ghostly apparitions in the basement levels of these shops.
The Bell Witch Cave
Thank you Kenneth Poston “Bubba” for this ghost story contribution!
On John Bell’s farm was a cave that housed a witch. The bell witch tortured Betsy Bell, John’s daughter, throughout her childhood. The ghost witch was Kate Batts, a deceased neighbor of John who believed she was cheated out of land. On her deathbed, she swore that she would haunt Mr. Bell and his descendants. Due to the amount of people who came to visit the farm, it closed in the 1800’s for the safety of the public.
The Grove Park Inn
In 1920, a young woman dressed in pink fell to her death at the hotel. Later, in the 50s and 60s, workers and visitors often felt sick or uneasy near room 545. Visitors sometime hear laughter in empty rooms and see smoke or a woman in pink in the late hours of the night.
Shiloh Abandoned Forestry Compound
Asheville, North Carolina
A gruesome discovery was found in one of the bathrooms downstairs. It is said blood fills the toilet even after being cleared. No one knows where this blood come from. The temperatures inside the building stays at about 40 degrees regardless of the hot temperatures outside. Because of the unusual activity, it was boarded up to prevent people from trespassing.
Asheville, North Carolina
The incredible estate opened in 1895 and belonged to George Vanderbilt, his wife Edith, and their daughter Cornelia. Like many antebellum homes of the South, the eerie recounts below encompass my own Southern Plantation frights felt throughout my childhood.
Visitors may encounter the sound of the couple talking near the fireplace in the library. Others may hear water splashing or laughter near the empty pool. Bowling pins fall over and fix themselves in the bowling alley. However, the most accurate expression of my haunted Southern experience are the eyes that seem to follow you as you wander down dingy hallways.
Visitors report ghostly activity at one of Pensacola’s oldest nightclubs. The club is said to be haunted by the ghost of a bartender named Wesley who died in a cooler. This place is creepy even during the middle of the day, where muffled laughter can be heard in empty rooms. Get your ghost hunting tools before your quest!
Tampa Florida Brewery Building
We love breweries and ghost stories surrounding beer. The most popular story is one of a fight that broke out between two drunk men, after the brewery first opened. One of the men, of Cuban descent, weathered severe head injuries and later died. Today, reports of a drunk man with a heavy Spanish accent can be heard hanging around the building. Beer-loving ghosts, not a bad eternity!
Final resting place to our most prominent soldiers, it’s no wonder there are ghost stories surrounding this cemetery. Workers have found supposedly locked doors wide open and cabinet doors opened at exactly 90-degree angles.
Balls Bluff Battlefield Regional Park
This is the site of Loudoun County’s largest Civil War battle. Locals have seen apparitions of soldiers climbing the bluffs at night.
Employees of Monticello, have often heard Thomas Jefferson whistling on the property, as he did when surveying his lands.
A man named Stuckey, of the infamous Dalton gang, robbed and murdered travelers of Lauderdale County. In 1850, Stuckey was caught and hanged from the bridge. Visitors have reported seeing his ghost hanging, still, from the bridge.
Doomed love leads to a singing river
The Pascagoula River is known as The Singing River. According to legend, this is how it got the name.
The river is named for the Pascagoula tribe of Native Americans who lived along its banks. The tribe’s chief was Altama. A very aggressive Biloxi tribe lived nearby. Altama fell in love with the Biloxi chief’s daughter, Anola. Anola attempted to run away with Altama even though she was already betrothed to another in her own tribe.
The Biloxi tribe declared war on the Pascagoula. Instead of fighting to the death, the Pascagoula tribe marched into the river. They sang and marched until the last voices of the men, women and children disappeared. It is said you can hear a buzzing melody here in the late summer to early fall season.
Be Well and Travel Often!