Top Ghost Tours in the U.S.
By: Good2GoPublished: October 26, 2016
‘Tis the season for pumpkin coffee, changing leaves, and embracing all things spooky. During the Halloween season, thousands of people pay to tour “haunted” houses, wander through corn mazes, and embark on thrilling hayride adventures. However, there are a handful of houses around the U.S. that people speculate are truly haunted. So, if you’re up for a scary good time, consider visiting one of these real haunted houses open for ghost tours and sometimes even overnight stays.
The Winchester Mystery House – San Jose, CA
Sarah Winchester, whose husband is responsible for inventing the Winchester rifle, constructed this seven-story mansion in 1884 to appease the spirits of people killed by Mr. Winchester’s invention. The house’s eccentric architecture and maze-like hallways make it easy to get lost, sometimes for hours. Small details, like the home’s lack of mirrors, lead many people to believe that Mrs. Winchester was doing anything she could to keep her spirit companions satisfied. Many visitors report strange occurrences during their tour, when you visit The Winchester Mystery House and sit in Mrs. Winchester’s séance room.
The Lemp Family Mansion – St. Louis, Missouri
The Lemp’s were a financially powerful family in the 20th century due to their success in the beer industry. Johann “Adam” Lemp emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1836 and was one of the first to produce German lager in America. After Adam’s death, his son, William, took over the brewery. Sadly, William’s son Frederick died suddenly of heart failure at age 28. Three years later, after suffering the loss of a dear friend, William shot himself in the family mansion. There were three other members of the Lemp family who committed suicide, two of which were in the mansion. The family is said to haunt the St. Louis home still. Tours are available on Monday nights, and the Lemp Family Mansion also operates as a restaurant and inn.
The Villisca Axe Murder House – Villisca, Iowa
The gruesome murders of Josiah Moore, his family, and two overnight guests took place in June 1912 as the family was fast asleep. An axe murderer, who was never caught, killed the two adults and six children in their beds. Villisca, which had been a small, relatively quiet town until the murders, was divided on who they believed committed the crime. Today, you can tour the farmhouse where the murders took place or stay overnight – at your own risk. Many overnight guests have cut their stay short after seeing visions of the axe murderer.
Farnsworth House Inn – Gettysburg, PA
Gettysburg is already a town rich with history because of the huge part it played in the American Civil War. The Battle of Gettysburg is known for claiming the largest number of casualties of the entire war, and is often recognized as the turning point of the Civil War. With over 50,000 casualties, it’s no wonder Gettysburg is haunted, with the Farnsworth House Inn being a popular place to visit the spirits of soldiers. While you’re in Gettysburg, you can also tour the battlefields and the homes of soldiers’ makeshift shallow graves.
It’s understandable why the thought of paranormal activity makes some people uneasy. We know that garlic repels vampires and most witches can’t step foot on hallowed grounds but when it comes to potentially evil spirits, it’s nearly impossible to protect yourself. Although Good2Go can’t help you out when it comes to ghosts, we can help you protect your vehicle while you’re on the road.
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