By Tori Linville
Maybe it’s a silhouette out of the corner of your eye. It could be hushed voices when no one’s around. Maybe something falls off a shelf unexpectedly. Or a cold rush overcomes you and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
These are just a few experiences you could have in some of Alabama’s haunted places – some people have already had them. We’ve listed some places around your area that are known for their supernatural residents. Feel free to visit – if you dare.
There’s a reason both paranormal reality shows “Ghost Adventures” and “Ghost Hunters” have investigated the happenings at Sloss Furnaces. Creepy stories and legends practically hold up the walls to Sloss Furnaces, the old pig iron manufacturer. More than 60 workers died during the furnace’s heyday. The deaths were nasty accidents, though some contest that some were murdered. Here’s what has been experienced:
· apparitions of figures throughout the furnaces
· sounds of workers moving behind/beside visitors
· pipes banging and other residual noises
· two investigators reported having been slapped in the face
Hotel Highland/Pickwick Hotel
The Hotel Highland features many unexplained events that leave visitors scratching their heads. Known also as the Pickwick Hotel in the 1950s, the building used to be known as The Pickwick Club before that. It was also once a medical building. Some say a nurse still roams the halls of the hotel. Here’s what’s floating around:
· ghostly figures sighted frequently, including a little girl, a man in a suit in the dining room and a woman in a long dress entering the elevator
· eerie, cold feeling in basement gym, which used to be a morgue, along with strange smells
· feeling of being touched
· feeling of being watched
The Jemison Center at Old Bryce Mental Hospital
There are several things said about “Old Bryce,” and most is usually fiction. Some claim that former slaves were forced back into slavery at the facility. Since it wasn’t founded as a health care provider until the 1920s, the slave theory doesn’t make much sense. Regardless, the patients who lived in the facility most likely did live through the abuse that occurred for many mental patients during the time. Here’s what people have recorded from their visits:
· unexplained voices, footsteps
· unexplained slamming doors
· unexplained hair pulling
· sensation of being hit or kicked
If visiting Old Bryce sounds like fun to you, we wouldn’t advise it. Trespassers caught on the grounds will be prosecuted for breaking the law.
Moundville Archeological Park
Down the road in Moundville, the Moundville Archeological Park is home to the remains of a large settlement created by the native peoples who lived in the area beside the Black Warrior River. The mounds in the settlement helped support residences, were used for a mortuary and had other uses. It’s said the spirits of the Moundville natives can still be felt among the grounds. Here’s the spooky run-down of what’s been seen and heard:
· faint drumming heard at night
· light coming from one of the larger mounds, taking the shape of a pyramid
Kate Shepard House Bed and Breakfast
The gorgeously decorated bed and breakfast has said to have visitors that are always checked in. Run by friendly staff and teaming with Southern charm and history, there’s no questioning why the masses flock to the breathtaking home. Here’s what those who got to check out have reported:
· an apparition of an elderly woman seen in guest rooms
· strange presence felt by staff and customers
Battle House Renaissance Hotel
A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Battle House Renaissance Hotel is known for its luxurious ways. The hotel regularly aces customer reviews, and lists a 4.8 for service and cleanliness via a 5.0 scale on its website. While the hotel has been renovated, history can’t be removed like drywall. Here’s what’s been reported:
· unexplained voices and apparitions
· faucets turning on and off by themselves
· unexplained photo evidence of apparitions
Once known as the state’s capital, Cahaba, Alabama is now a certified ghost town. Eerie, empty buildings are only maintained by the Alabama Historical Commission. Abandoned streets, cemeteries and ruins are the only markers that anyone ever lived in the town.
Check out hauntedplaces.org for more ghostie fun.
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