Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: A haunting history lesson
The three-day Battle of Gettysburg claimed the lives of more than 50,000 men from both the Confederate and Union armies, making it the deadliest battle of the Civil War. “It’s only natural there is some residual energy here,” says Joe Svelha, manager of Ghostly Images of Gettysburg Ghost Tours. “I’d say it’s the most haunted small town in America.” The story: A few years back, Svelha was leading a group of schoolchildren on a history tour of the Jennie Wade House, the site where Jennie Wade—the only civilian remembered to have died in the Civil War—was killed by a stray bullet. The group was walking down the stairs from the second floor, when Svelha and the children noticed a young boy in Civil War-era attire standing on the landing. A moment later, the boy vanished. So did the students, who dashed back up the stairs in fear. After the sighting, the group didn’t stick around to finish their tour. “They went straight back to their bus and left,” he says. Other sites in Gettysburg: Along with the Jennie Wade House at 528 Baltimore Street, Svelha recommends visiting the Gettysburg Orphanage (located nearby at 777 Baltimore Street), and the Sachs Covered Bridge spanning Marsh Creek, on the banks of which the Confederate army set up an ill-fated field hospital. Read up on 10 more true ghost stories from the most haunted places in the world.
Savannah, Georgia: Spooky southern charm
It would be hard to conceive of a city more conducive to ghost stories than the perfectly historic Savannah, Georgia. For Kelly Hudler, a travel agent based in Jacksonville, North Carolina, it’s one of her favorite spooky spots in the South. The story: While Savannah is brimming with haunted hotels, taverns, and town squares, Hudler says the home at 432 Abercorn Street on Calhoun Square is perhaps one of the eeriest places she’s ever visited. “The house gives you a bad feeling,” she says. Longtime residents also say that the home—which was originally completed in 1868 for Civil War General Benjamin J. Wilson—emits a negative energy. Adding to the mystery is the fact that the house has been abandoned for years. Other sites in Savannah: Hudler recommends visiting the frequently investigated Sorrel Weed House, where the opening scene of the film Forrest Gump was shot. If you’re looking to stay the night, try the Kehoe House or the Foley House Inn, both of which are said to have haunted histories. Traveling elsewhere? Check out where to book your stay from this list of the most haunted hotels in America.