THE PARANORMAL WORLD DATABASE       ALABAMA           ADAMS GROVE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (DALLAS COUNTY) The church was built in 1853 in Greek-revival style and it closed its doors to the congregation in 1986. As are a lot of old churches, the property is connected to that of a graveyard. It is said by locals that the building (still standing) is one of the most haunted locations in Alabama. It is further said that no less than 4 entities still roam the grounds. One is the Red-Eyed Shadow Man who lurks around and will sneak up on you. One ghost hunter claimed he felt a presence, turned around and came face to face with the entity who he said seemed to have flames for pupils. He screamed for his companions and to this day says he suffers from PTSD from his encounter. The is also a Confederate soldier who patrols the graveyard with a rifle and screams at visitors to leave it immediately. He is said at times to pursue them as well. A former minister in a black suit and black Gaucho hat is said to call on thunderstorms by stepping out on the porch and raising his arms over his head while screaming or reciting something indiscernible. There are reports of a baby crying inside the church that stops as you approach and starts back up as you walk away. As a bonus, some locals claim the area is frequently visited by UFOs. In 1978, seven v-shaped craft were seen performing maneuvers impossible for conventional aircraft. There is also an underground spirit that churns up the ground pursuing people and one that roams the property in a black cape then vanishes into thin air. AUBURN UNIVERSITY CHAPEL (AUBURN) This is the second-oldest building on the campus of Auburn and was built in 1851 as a Presbyterian church in classic Greek- revival style. It was sold to the college in 1921 and first served as a YMCA/YWCA center and eventually a theater for university acting troupes. During the Civil War, it is said the building served as a Confederate hospital and an Englishman named Sydney Grimlett who served the Confederacy passed away there after a leg amputation. His ghost began haunting the building in its time as a theater. Glowing orbs would appear around the actors and props began to vanish from sets. Rehearsals were constantly interrupted by whistling and tapping from the attic area. It’s said that the student-actors decided to contact Sydney via a Ouija board and he confirmed his identity. To appease him they began to leave candy for him before performances. Curiously, when the college moved the theater to another location, in 1972 the spirit was said to follow them to the new building, the Telfair Peet Theater. Drawers open and close by themselves, strange rattling noises occur in an otherwise empty building, lockers and doors shake violently, a piano plays itself and equipment in good working order will suddenly fail and just as suddenly work again. BEAR CREEK SWAMP (AUTAUGAVILLE) Swamps are naturally creepy places but Bear Creek Swamp in Autaugaville has given rise to legends of hauntings for decades. The team from Deep South Paranonormal wrote: “Among the legends of Bear Creek Swamp that keep many from driving through the area after dark are rumors of phantom cars that speed by only to fade into darkness, a 4-foot apparition that appears in front of vehicles and floating orbs of light. In addition, many claim the swamp, which was originally occupied by the Creek Indian Tribe, is haunted by the ghosts of the Creek Indians, early settlers and fallen soldiers. A more disturbing rumor, however, tells of the ghost of a mother looking for her lost child that attacks anyone brave enough to utter the phrase ‘We have your baby’ three times.” In 2014, the Autauga County Sheriff's Office recovered 21 dolls from a local swamp one Tuesday morning, but officials felt the motive in placing them is more mischievous than sinister. The dolls were atop bamboo stakes and had been placed in the swamp. The majority of the dolls were porcelain and had the appearance of antiques. Many had the faces and hair covered in what looked like white spray paint. BILL SKETOE’S HOLE (NEWTON) Bill Sketoe is reported to haunt the bridge over the Choctawhatchee River in Newton, Alabama. During the Civil War, Bill was the victim of a lynching for reportedly hiring a substitute to fight for him through the war while he came home to take care of his sick wife. Although he denied the charge, he was hung from the bridge, but being that he was a tall man, a hole had to be dug beneath his feet to properly execute the lynching. To this day, the hole has not and cannot be filled. Many have reported putting debris or trash in the hole to find it perfectly cleaned out the next day. In one particular incident, the Alabama Highway department filled the hole in and the very next day the hole remained, unfilled. BOYINGTON OAK (MOBILE) Behind the Mobile Library’s main branch, there is an old oak tree growing out of the grave of a man named Charles Boyington. Many claim he was an African-American man who was hung in 1837 for murder of a friend named Nathaniel Frost. Perhaps gambling and owed money was at the root of what happened but he had been stabbed and his body was found outside the Church St. Graveyeard. Boyington was caught fleeing the city and claimed that he had been falsely accused and legend has it he told his executioners that an oak tree would grow from his heart signaling his innocence. It’s said that late at night, if you put your ear up to the tree you can hear Boyington whispering to you or crying, proclaiming that innocence. CAHABA (”CAHAWBA”) Alabama has had four capitals since it became a state in 1819: Huntsville was temporary capital in 1819, Cahaba or “Cahawba” from 1820-1825, Tuscaloosa from 1826-1846 and Montgomery since 1847. Old Cahawba is now home to only two buildings, a few cemeteries and dozens of ghostly legends. It is Alabama’s most famous ghost town. By 1876, homes and businesses were dismantled and the town was unincorporated in 1989. Today, it is maintained as an historical site. But it’s not called a “ghost town” for nothing. Visitors and workers frequently hear disembodied voices and the sounds of children laughing. Investigators also reported that site director Linda Derry lost her keys in a cemetery where a father and son named Bell were buried after being killed in a shootout on Cahaba’s main street. Hours later, a horseback rider found the keys in a nearby cemetery where the Bells’ family slave, Pleas, was buried. “Pleas was often ordered to steal keys by the Bell family,” the investigators reported. The town, and later its abandoned site, was the setting for many ghost stories during the 19th and 20th centuries. A widely known one tells of a ghostly orb in a now-vanished garden maze at the home of C. C. Pegues. DEAD CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND (HUNTSVILLE) In a park space adjoining Alabama’s Maple Hill Cemetery, the largest and oldest (1822) in the state, there is a small playground that includes swings and a modern jungle gym. As the historic cemetery began running out of room in 2007, officials from the city of Huntsville decided to raze the play area to make room for more burials. Yet the locals were so outraged at the loss of their playground that a new playground was built. Today the playground is known to locals as Dead Children’s Playground and the mundane site has accumulated a deep catalog of supernatural associations. Swings can often be found to sway by themselves, spheres of cold ghost light can be seen floating around, and the spirits of children have been spotted inside the playground at night, sometimes calling out to the living who walk through. Legend says that during the 1960s, the area around Huntsville was gripped by a terrible rash of child abductions that devastated the city. Unfortunately, many of the children didn’t survive the clutches of their captors, and their bodies were discovered around this area. THE DRISH HOUSE (TUSCALOOSA) Built over the course of two years starting in 1837, the Drish House belonged to slave owner John Drish and his wife Sarah. Drish’s slaves were instrumental in the building of the new home, and much of its rich architecture can be attributed to their work. In 1867, tragedy struck. Drish, an alleged alcoholic, was said to be sobering up after a night of drinking when he “got the shakes” and, in a hallucinatory state, ran across a hallway and threw himself from the upstairs balcony, killing himself upon impact at the bottom of the stairs. Sarah mourned for him by burning candles in his memory and said when she died, she wanted the same done for her using the same candles. She hid the them someplace in the home, but did it so well they couldn’t be found upon her own death. This is said to have angered Sarah so much that she has come back to haunt the house, even allegedly causing a fire in the third-story tower by lighting the candles. There have been repeated phantom fire sightings at the home and Sarah’s ghost has been seen in the tower. EDMUND KING HOUSE (SHELBY COUNTY) Located on the grounds of the University of Montevallo, the house was built by Edmund King, a wealthy businessman. The home was situated on a hill and the Kings lived peacefully ther among a local Indian tribe. During the Civil War, King decided to bury a considerable amount of money under a peach tree to keep it out of the hands of the Union army. The apparition of an old man carrying a shovel has been seen wandering outside the property, a lantern has been seen moving by a second-floor window by students at the college and the ghost of an elderly man has bee see at the kitchen table counting coins. Students also report a genial old man in 1800s garb waving to them from a second-floor window and cold spots have been felt inside Mr. King’s old bedroom. In a most unusual sighting, a large white-robed entity was seen under the dining room table and then floated out a window by a number of guests attending a wedding reception there! FORT MORGAN (GULF SHORES) Construction on Fort Morgan began in 1819. The fort was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mostly through the use of African-American slaves. Brick and mortar were the only materials that could be obtained locally. Other essential construction materials such as finished granite, sandstone, iron work, and cement had to be shipped by water from New York. The fort was known as the "Work on Mobile Point" until April 1833 when it was named to honor Revolutionary War hero General Daniel Morgan. Fort Morgan was completed in 1834.Fort Morgan has a rich haunted history dating back to the Civil War. The fort took heavy fire throughout the bloody Battle of Mobile Bay. It is rumored that visitors can hear the cries and screams of men late into the night, and they have seen the ghost of a solitary woman searching for justice after being killed at the fort. Experiences also include hearing voices and noises, seeing apparitions and lights, and having doors slam or hearing the sounds of battle as visitors exit the Fort. At night, people have reported seeing shadowy figures wandering inside the crumbling walls, as well as strange mists and odd noises. GAINES RIDGE DINNER CLUB (CAMDEN) It’s believed that this dwelling was built in the late 1820s. The builder of this house is not known, but one of the early owners was Reverend Ebeneezer Hearn, a Methodist Circuit Rider, whose family gave the home its historical name, “The Hearn Place.” The home was acquired in 1898 by the family of the current owner, Mrs. Betty Gaines Kennedy. It was a family residence until 1985 when Mrs. Betty and her sister, Haden G. Marsh, opened the house as Gaines Ridge Dinner Club. The popular restaurant is located in an 1820s Antebellum home and is well known for its family of ghosts. Several guests have reported hearing screams, the aroma of pipe smoke when no one is smoking, a floating woman in the windows, the cries of a baby and apparitions in mirrors of a tall, bearded man in black. The owner reports her experiences with the ghosts as “ghost truths” rather than ghost stories, because she has absolute conviction that they happened to her. She says she heard the mysterious screams of a co-worker who denied calling out to her even though they both heard the yelling. GAINESWOOD (DEMOPOLIS) A plantation house that was completed just prior to the Civil War, the building took 20 years to complete. It was designed and built by General Nathan Bryan Whitfield, beginning in 1843. He had bought the property from George Strother Gaines. Whitfield had a housekeeper named only Miss Carter and allowed her to send for her sister Evelyn living in Virginia. Evelyn was a skilled pianist and she and the General (accompanying her on the bagpipes) loved to play rousing Scottish tunes. Evelyn became ill and sadly, passed away but because the ground was frozen, her corpse was kept in a pine box under the stairs in the cellar until spring when it could be transported back to Virginia for proper burial. Soon after he death, footsteps could be heard coming up the stairs from the basement and into the drawing room where the piano was kept. Music could be heard throughout the building and upon investigation the sound would stop. Even after her burial, Evelyn still returns from time to time to climb the cellar stairs to play. GHOST BRIDGE (FLORENCE) If a student attends UNA long enough, they will eventually have a run-in with the Jackson Ford Bridge, a one-lane structure that cars would use to cross Cypress Creek. The bridge, popularly referred to as “Ghost Bridge,” closed in 1996 and has now fallen into a state of disrepair. Because of frequent visits from students, locals and others, the Lauderdale County Commission intends to demolish the bridge to avoid being liable for an accident (there’s a huge hole in the middle of it, and the bridge is 101 years old). HARRISON CEMETERY (COFFEE COUNTY) In the late 1800s, a family on their horse and buggy were driving down an old dirt road when suddenly their horses panicked and the the sound of a fiddle playing and dancing could be heard. There would be similar claims for decades afterwards, mainly on Saturday nights. Grancer Harrison was a plantation owner and would hold lavish dance parties almost every Saturday night. The gatherings got so large that his slaves built a dance hall to host them. Near the end of his life, he told his family he wanted to be buried in his dancing shoes and clothes near the dance hall and that the events should continue every Saturday night. A tomb was erected before his death in preparation for his eventual passing. After his death in 1860, the dances continued for a while but eventually when they stopped, the sound of dancing clogs and a fiddle were heard near his grave. In a bizarre twist, it was said Harrison had a treasure buried with him and in the 1960s vandals dynamited his tomb, effectively blowing his skeletal remains all over the place. Today the dance hall and home are gone and the tomb was rebuilt in the shape of a bed, but some still claim to hear the fiddle and Grancer Harrison dancing in the afterlife. HIGHWAY 5 GHOST This stretch of road is haunted by the ghost of a woman who was killed by a trucker. Apparently, she travels up and down the road searching for her killer and has been reported to bang on truck doors in the midst of her searching. She supposedly steps on the side of trucks and peers inside the window to get a look at the driver. Not wanting to experience the sight of this angry apparition, many truckers bypass this stretch of road, choosing instead to take Highway 13. Truckers admit that driving down Highway 5 in a truck is still undeniably eerie. HUDSON HOUSE (ASHLAND) Not much is known of the history of Hudson house, it is a small run down house in a very remote location of Ashland, Alabama. It is thought the house was built in the early 1900's, but accurate records are difficult to come by. The house is said to be haunted by many ghosts, an actual number of individual ghosts is unknown, but tales include that of hearing voices and footsteps and what has been identified as the sound of panting dogs in all areas of the house, as well as reports of a ghostly, dark figure who walks along the roof. Also another common tale is the front door constantly opening and closing on its own, as if it were scrubbing the floor. An old occupant of the house claims to have heard the door moving on its own many times, but when he checked, it was always locked. It is also said that if you stand in front of the house, you can experience what feels like someone tapping you on the shoulder. HUNTINGDON COLLEGE (MONTGOMERY) Huntingdon College was chartered on February 2, 1854, as "Tuskegee Female College" by the Alabama State Legislature and Governor John A. Winston. In 1872 the name was changed to "Alabama Conference Female College" as the college came under the auspices of the United Methodist Church. The college admitted its first male students in the aftermath of World War I, graduating the first male student in 1934. The college's final name change came in 1935 when Huntingdon College was adopted in honor of Selina, Countess of Huntingdon, a notable supporter of John Wesley and of Methodism. Huntingdon College is the home of the "Red Lady," alleged to be the ghost of a female student from the early twentieth century who committed suicide inside her room in Pratt Hall. Oddly, there are said to have been two red-clad ghosts at Huntingdon, one is a young woman bathed in a red glow wearing a scarlet dress and carrying a scarlet parasol who walked wordlessly up and down the halls of a women's dormitory and the other a former student named Martha or Margaret who had reluctantly come to Huntingdon from New York, because her father's mother had attended Huntingdon. Being the aloof sort and very cold toward the other students, she eventually committed suicide by slashing her wrists. Her spirit is still said to wander the halls and she is celebrated by students every October  who take part in "The Red Lady Run," painting their faces, wearing all black, and running around the campus. Another haunting involves a former student who was jilted by a girlfriend and shot himself on the college green in the 70s who tugs on clothing or musses the hair of students crossing that area. Other spirits alleged to haunt portions of the Huntingdon campus include those of a murdered co-ed, a young boy who allegedly drowned in the college pond, a female student clad only in a towel, and a poltergeist known as "Frank the Library Ghost". INDIAN MEADOWS AND SHADY GROVE (ADAMSVILLE) The community of Indian Meadows and Shady Grove are said to have both been built developed on ancient Cherokee Indian burial ground. Dark figures have been seen lurking around in the woods and on the outskirts of the neighborhoods. There have also been reports of people hearing scratching noises outside their houses late at night. There is one incident where a man kept hearing scratching sounds on his front porch. Each time he turned on the light to investigate there was nothing there or out of the ordinary. But come the following morning he discovered claw and scratch marks all along the banisters of his porch. It’s a regular occurrence to see shadows of people rushing past windows at night. Several people have reported thearing footsteps going up and down the hallways or on the stairs of their homes, doors slamming on their own, voices calling out their names, and disturbances with electrical equipment. In one home, the face of a crying man appeared on several of the doors inside the house at the same time. JACK COLE ROAD (HAYDEN) Jack Cole Road is an unpaved road surrounded by dense woods and wilderness off Highway 7 in Blount County. Since 1890, 68 deaths have been reported on Jack Cole Road, 60 of which were due to an outbreak of Cholera in 1900. The other eight were caused by stranger events, including murder. Most people passed in a hospital, now long gone, but not all. A woman was found mummified in her home, later dubbed a witch and used as a scapegoat for other mysteries to come. A man was butchered with an axe and an innocent man was put to death for it. A man hung himself after telling his friends he feared what might happen to him because of strange sightings in and around his home. A photographer's death on the road is still unexplained. A woman was murdered at the end of the road. People claim to see things like lights in the woods, to hear loud sounds, to glance ghostly figures walking along the road and, strangest of all, to see a deformed Bigfoot-like animal that looks to be half-wolf and half-man.            JEMISON CENTER/ OLD BRYCE HOSPITAL (NORTHPORT) The earliest information found dates back to when the land was a plantation, called Crab Orchard back in the 1820s, due to the many crab apple trees located on the property. It was owned by William Jemison, who then passed it down to his son, Robert Jemison Jr., a successful politician and businessman. Jemison was a major advocate for the establishment of a hospital for the insane in Alabama, and is considered a major influence to select the area as the site for the first asylum in the state. Jemison Center operated as a state work farm, where able-bodied African American patients would work the fields to produce food for the hospital, as well as performing other kinds of labor. Old Bryce Hospital had a reputation for treating its patients horribly, even verging on torture. Visitors claim to feel hot and cold spots, see items moving of their own accord and hear ghostly sounds and footsteps. Some have even seen the tail of a doctor’s coat travel through the halls. Screams, scuffling of feet and unexplained creaking of doors have been reported. You can explore Old Bryce Hospital today, although it is often patrolled by police officers. KENWORTHY HALL (MARION) Kenworthy Hall, also known as the Carlisle-Martin House, Carlisle Hall or  Edward Kenworthy Carlisle House, is a plantation house located in northern Alabama. It was built from 1858 to 1860 and is one of the best preserved examples of Richard Upjohn's distinctive asymmetrical Italian villa style. The building was designed and constructed for Edward Kenworthy Carlisle as his primary family residence. The American Civil War arrived in 1861 and Carlisle continued to have success in his many business ventures. One of his cotton trading firms, Carlisle and Humphries, actually saw profits increase during the Union blockade. His fortunes abruptly changed after the war, however, and his taxable property was valued at less than $20,000. The house was completely vacant for much of the 1950s and experienced a great deal of vandalism. It was at that time that the plasterwork was mutilated, many marble mantles were broken, and the stained glass destroyed. During the various times of being totally empty, the locals began to say that the house was haunted. It’s said that Edward’s daughter Anne fell in love with a local boy who went off to fight for the Confederacy and they had made plans to marry after his return. She asked that he send his personal servant, a slave named Big Tom, back with news after his first battle.  He was to come riding back with a white flag if the young soldier had made it through the fighting all right.  If not, Big Tom would carry a red flag. Weeks went by and one day when she saw Big Tom approaching with a dark red flag, she screamed and flung herself over the stairwell to the hall three floors below.  By the time he father arrived at her side, she was dead.  Some say that her cries can still be heard in the tower as she goes to join her lover in death. KING CRISWELL PLANTATION (MONROE COUNTY) King Criswell Plantation in Monroe County was built in the late 1850s by William ‘Dock’ King, who was the nephew of the only US Vice President to hail from Alabama! When the Civil War broke out, the plans for the grand mansion were scaled back a great deal, but nevertheless, it is still said to have the broadest facade of an Alabama plantation home. About 100 years after it was built, it was purchased by former state legislator Eugene Garrett and moved to its current location is Uriah. It is privately owned, but one former owner claims that an evil entity was attacking her and she feared for her life. The paranormal show The Dead Files once featured the plantation on their show. LUCAS TAVERN (M0NTGOMERY) From 1820 to 1840, the tavern was a favorite upscale place for travelers to enjoy a clean bed and safe place to stay. It was run by Eliza Lucas, who found great joy in hosting her travel-weary guests. The tavern eventually became a private home for Lucas, and in 1980, long after her death, the tavern was restored to its former glory. That’s when the ghost of the friendly hostess began to visit its occupants. The most common sighting of Eliza Lucas is that of a short woman dressed in a Victorian dress waving kindly and smiling at passers-by in the doorway of the tavern. A favorite story of Eliza occurred while she attended a committee member meeting. When one member became hostile and angry in his response to a controversial topic, Eliza allegedly blasted a great puff of ash and smoke atop him to show him that his temper did not agree with her high standards for genteel Southern manners. OAKLEIGH MASION (MOBILE) This antebellum mansion was built in 1833 by James Roper, a brick mason originally from Virginia. During construction, Roper lost his first wife, Sarah Ann Davenport, and a child. He remarried in 1838 after completing Oakleigh, and had four children with his second wife, Eliza Ann Simison. One day many years later, a little boy refused to go into the parlor. When asked why he claimed the ghost of a woman was inside the room and remains there, quite happy. Staff reports furniture moving by itself, the sound of footsteps as if someone was angrily pacing the floor and a disembodied voice on the second floor. There is scratching heard somewhere downstairs and a couch in the parlor and some pillows in the library will rearrange themselves. PICKENS COUNTY COURTHOUSE (CARROLLTON) Built in 1877-1878 as the third courthouse in the city it is noted for a ghostly image that can be seen in one of its garret windows. This is claimed to be the face of freedman Henry Wells from 1878. Wells was convicted of arson and theft and lynched by a white mob. However, a local newspaper reported that Wells died of wounds after being shot while fleeing arrest for robbery in January 1878; he reportedly confessed to burning the courthouse before dying. It has been said that his face is often seen in one of the courthouse windows, the one in which he defiantly yelled down to the assembled crowd below, “I am innocent! If you kill me, I am going to haunt you for the rest of your lives!” Early the next morning, as a member of the lynch mob passed by the courthouse, he happened to glance up at the garret window. He was shocked to see Wells' face looking down at him, just as it had the night before. The face remains in the courthouse window to this very day and no amount of washing has been able to remove it. (A variation of the story is that a bolt of lightning etched his face into the window.) PRATT COTTON GIN FACTORY (PRATTVILLE) A team from the Syfy show “Deep South Paranormal” went to Prattville to investigate reports that the empty Daniel Pratt Cotton Gin Factory was haunted by the spirit of a boy killed when he fell down an elevator shaft. The factory was built in 1844 by Daniel Pratt, the industrialist who founded Prattville. It’s  claimed that some people in the town believe that the old property is haunted, quite possibly by the ghosts of factory workers who died while there, or by Daniel Pratt himself. Unregulated safety conditions that existed at the time for factory workers would often lead to accidents and deaths. Willie Youngblood was a 10-year-old working in the mill and fell to his death in one of the mills shafts. In doing so, threw his mother into a depression and she eventually came to throw herself from the dam just outside of the Pratt Mill – this is where Prattville’s Lady in Black legend begins. If the sightings and legends are true, then Prattville’s Lady in Black is the ghost of Youngblood’s mother. She floats through the mill and near the dam between 1 and 4 am, and according to those who have seen her, she isn’t hostile. In fact, some accounts portray her as rather sad.  RICHARDS D.A.R. HOUSE (MOBILE) Built in 1860  for steamboat captain Charles G. Richards and his wife, Caroline Elizabeth Steele. The sidewalk in front of the home was made from discarded ballast stones brought over from Europe on wooden cargo ships. Charles and Caroline had twelve children, four of whom died at very young ages. Caroline passed away in 1867 after giving birth to their twelfth child. Some unusual things have occurred in a bedroom that has been decorated as a child’s room. Marbles have been placed on the bed and are found in a different pattern by morning. A photographer captured the image of a shadowy figure in the corner of an upstairs bedroom. Doors have been reported to open and slam shut, footsteps have been heard as well as the voices of children under the stairwell. The apparition of a man in mid-1800s attire was seen sitting on a couch and a ghostly figure is said to appear in an upstairs window. Today, the Richards DAR House is maintained by the Daughters of the American Revolution. REDMONT HOTEL (BIRMINGHAM) The Redmont Hotel is Alabama's oldest operating hotel. When the hotel opened in 1925, it featured ultramodern, luxurious accommodations including private baths, ceiling fans, and chilled water. The hotel has hosted a number of celebrities, politicians, and athletes throughout the years including Hank Williams, George Wallace, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Apparently, the ghost of a woman in white who passed away in the hotel has been seen on the ninth floor. Additionally, the ghost of a former owner, Clifford Stiles, is said to walk the halls. And a small dog is seen trotting about the hotel as well. But the most famous ghost of the hotel is that of famous singer Hank Williams, who has been seen in the room he stayed in right before his death. Strange occurrences such as the opening of doors and movement of furniture or baggage have also been reported by guests. ROCKY HILL CASTLE (COURTLAND) The plantation at Rocky Hill Castle was founded by James Edmonds Saunders in the mid-1820s, shortly after he and his wife came to Alabama from their native Georgia. Saunders, born on May 7, 1806, was a planters and attorney. He began building Rocky Hill Castle in 1858. The American Civil War put an end to construction in 1861, although the estate was largely complete by that time. The house served as a Confederate hospital during the war, with several soldiers buried nearby in the Saunders' family cemetery. The last Saunders to own it was James Saunder's grandson, Dudley Saunders. Saunders and his family are alleged to have abruptly abandoned Rocky Hill Castle in the 1920s, purportedly after ghostly activity. One legend states that the home was in fact built by a Frenchman that Saunders refused to pay and when the builder died, his spirit haunted the home thereafter chipping away at the foundation. The sound of a hammer striking stone was a common report. Another has Dudley Saunders wife challenging a ghost to reveal itself and hearing a voice say, “Madam, I’m right here.” It was also said to be home to the Lady in Blue, seen in the wine cellar and on a stairway who was thought to be searching for a lost lover. The ghosts of Civil War soldiers were seen as well as the clanking of chains and the sound of a piano playing with no one at its keys. Sadly, the house was demolished in 1961. ST. JAMES HOTEL (SELMA) Built in 1837, the St. James Hotel is one of the oldest operational facilities in Alabama. During the Civil War, soldiers used the hotel as a place to discuss battle strategies, and when the Battle of Selma took place, the entire town of Selma pretty much burned to the ground, but the St. James Hotel remained standing. After the Civil War ended, a man named Benjamin Sterling Tower became the new owner and allowed a group of outlaws, led by the famous gang leader, robber and murderer Jesse James, to stay at the hotel one night. Several guests have reported seeing the spirits of Jesse James and his girlfriend, Lucinda, as well as a man fully dressed in clothing from the 1800s in rooms 214, 314 and 315. Lucinda, a lover of the scent of lavender, allegedly leaves the lovely scent in her path, alerting guests to her presence. James’ black dog also haunts the halls of the hotel, as evidenced by guests accounts of incessant barking with no dog in sight. SLOSS FURNACE (BIRMINGHAM) A pig iron-producing blast furnaces that opened in 1882 and closed for good in 1971. Following the Civil War it was decided to take full advantage of the area’s iron ore, coal and limestone deposits. All of which are vital in the making of iron. 19 furnaces were built and in its first year over 24,000 tons of iron were sold. Over it’s life, literally thousands of workers lost their lives at this dangerous profession. A foreman named James “Slag” Wormwood who was particularly demanding and some same cruel to the workers, died in 1906 when he lost his balance and fell from the top of the highest furnace into a vat of molten iron ore. Slag’s spirit seemed to remain at the job site and workers felt an eerie “presence” on the job and one said he was pushed from behind with a disembodied voice telling him to “get back to work”. In 1947, three supervisors were found locked in a boiler room unconscious. When they came to they told of seeing a man with burned skin who yelled at them to “push some steel”. In 1971, on his last night at Sloss, watchman Sam Blumenthal came face to face with what he described as “half-man, half-demon” who attempted to push him up some stairs and started beating on him with his fists. He was found covered in burns and died before he ever went back to the furnace. There have been a number of other physical attacks on visitors including a former worker who inexplicably caught fire and members of the media doing a story on the location. SPRING VILLA MANSION (OPELIKA) The home was originally used by Penn and Mary Yonge. It was built by Horace King, a freed part African/part Catawba Indian slave who once belonged to John Godwin, Mary Godwin Yonge’s father. Mr. King was one of the most famous bridge builders in the South. King’s fame led him to being contracted to build several famous buildings in Alabama, including the Bryce Insane Asylum in Tuscaloosa in 1860 as well as the current Alabama State Capital building in 1850. When Mr. Godwin died in 1859, Mr. King was given his freedom by the Godwin children, but he continued to look after them as his own children, thus his reason for building the house for Penn and Mary. Penn Yonge had many slaves and worked them very hard. Although he was a gracious host he was a demanding task master. The story says that Penn Yonge was killed by one of his slaves. Supposedly the slave, seeking revenge for harsh punishment, hid one night in the niche half way up the spiral staircase and waited. When Yonge started up the stairs the angry slave sprang from his hiding place and stabbed his master to death. The legend says he died on the 13th step. It is a fact this step rotted away and until the stairway was repaired (about 1957) a dark red stain was said to be this man’s blood. Even today, visitors are told to carefully avoid stepping on this haunted spot. Phenomena reported has included people seeing figures in the upper stories of the house and the 1934 addition as well as disembodied voices, music from a piano that does not exist and the sound of footsteps. Visitors also report feelings of unease and also feeling hands pushing them on the 13th step. STRINGFELLOW MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (ANNISTON) The Stringfellow memorial hospital first opened its doors in 1938 after Susie Parker Stringfellow's death in 1920, where she left money and plans for the development of a hospital. The hospital first opened as a 10-bed tuberculosis hospital and has now expanded into a large, multi-functional hospital that is the main one for the area. It is still open to this day. There are two main reports of hauntings at this location, the first is thought to be that of Mrs Stringfellow herself, she was said to be a keen organ player and nurses often report the sounds of an organ being played late at night from the chapel, however upon inspection, no one is found to be in there playing. The second most common report is that of one of the past patients there, who is said to of committed suicide in one of the rooms by shooting himself in the head, various patients have reported seeing blood on the walls and the ghostly figure of a headless man sitting in the corner of the room where the suicide took place. STURDIVANT HALL (SELMA) Completed in 1856, it was designed by Thomas Helm Lee for Colonel Edward T. Watts. Construction of what is now known as Sturdivant Hall began in 1852 and following completion, Edward Watts and his family lived in the house until 1864, when the house was sold and the family moved to Texas. The house was purchased from Watts by John McGee Parkman, a local banker, for the sum of $65,000 on February 12, 1864. Following the end of the American Civil War, Parkman was made president of the First National Bank of Selma. The house was sold at auction for $12,500 in January 1870 to Emile Gillman, a prominent Selma merchant. It is purported to be haunted by the ghost of the second owner, John McGee Parkman. Parkman, imprisoned by Reconstruction authorities for alleged embezzlement, died during an escape attempt from Cahaba Prison in 1867. He has been often seen in the same window where he always watched his two little girls play outside. In more recent years his daughters have also been seen looking out an upstairs window. The mischievous girls have made their presence known in their bedroom too.  Toys and clothes are sometimes strewn about as if children had been playing. Museum staff and visitors have witnessed strange happenings at Sturdivant Hall including howling winds, sightings of an ethereal male figure, objects moving on their own, footsteps creaking upstairs, doors opening and closing without explanation.  SWEETWATER MANSION (FLORENCE) The mansion was designed by General John Brahan, a veteran of the war of 1812. Brahan owned more than 4,000 acres and named the mansion after a nearby creek. Its first occupant was the general’s son-in-law, Robert Patton. The basement served as a Civil War hospital and the home once served as a county jail. There are unfounded rumors of back magic being practiced inside, but that is highly doubtful. Many have seen a number of apparitions on the grounds. Former caretaker Emmer Lettie Region claims she saw a casket with the body of a Confederate soldier inside it in a downstairs room, a bullet hole in the corpse-s head, that is perhaps the body of the son of Robert Patton whose funeral was held in the home. Numerous anomalous photographs have been taken in the mansion and during a taping there of A&E’s Paranormal State a door was seen opening by itself, a board sliding across the floor and a ceiling tile thrown across a room. One room is said to inexplicably lock women inside it and there is a “secret room” that is only accessible through a small interior window and it has been said the bodies of two sons of former owners are buried there in the floor. TOMBIGBEE RIVER (PENNINGTON) The steamship Eliza Battle was always moored on the Tombigbee and had a storied history. Built in Indiana in 1852 the 316-ton vessel once hosted a reception for President Millard Fillmore just two years later. On March 1, 1858, just after midnight,  the unthinkable happened when the side-wheel paddled ship caught fire resulting in the deaths of many passengers and crew, many from exposure to the freezing waters of the Tombigbee. It is assumed that bales of hay being transported served as the perfect accelerant. Today, on cold and windy nights,  many people claim to see a phantom ship on fire on the river as well as the screams of men, women and children. Local fishermen believe any sighting of the ghost ship to be an omen of disaster. TUTWILER HOTEL (BIRMINGHAM) In 1914, two of Birmingham’s prominent businessmen — Robert Jemison Jr. and George Crawford — came together to build The Tutwiler Hotel. Much of the funding and inspiration for the name came from Major Tutwiler of Tutwiler Coal and Coke with the reason for the hotel cited as a lack of adequate modern hotels in the city. Originally built on the corner of 20th Street and 5th Avenue North, The Tutwiler was known for hosting such high-profile events as Tallulah Bankhead’s post-wedding bash and a press conference for Charles Lindbergh. The Tutwiler Hotel (recently renamed Hampton Inn & Suites Birmingham) has an especially interesting and haunted past. Apparently, a bartender working at the hotel in 1995 experienced a multitude of ghost sightings after the lights of the bar and kitchen would turn on by themselves. The bartender reportedly turned the lights off four times for them to be snapped back on for five nights in a row. On the sixth day, he was greeted by a mysterious and unexplained multi-course meal with candles and wine. Many believe it was offered by the ghost of Colonel Tutwiler, for whom the hotel was named. Although messy, Tutwiler was a respectful ghost as no further paranormal shenanigans occurred since the bartender began to conclude each shift by bidding the Colonel a good evening and kindly asking him not to leave a mess. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA At Gillot Hall, a coed named Priscilla is said to have hanged herself in the elevator shaft. Dressed in a long white nightgown with long dark hair, she still haunts the building to this day. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and his troops came through Florence and used Wesleyan Hall as Sherman’s headquarters. A young drummer named Jeremiah was with him, and he disappeared one day. As a consequence, Sherman threatened to burn the city to ashes if the boy wasn’t returned.It was discovered Jeremiah, who was 12 or 13, drowned in Cypress Creek near Wildwood Park. Locals found his body and brought it to Wesleyan Hall, saving the city from Sherman’s wrath. Jeremiah’s body remained in a room at the hall for nearly two weeks before it was returned to Ohio. People often see wet footprints coming up to the room where they had brought his body. An electrician who fell from the scaffolds to his death during construction of Norton Auditorium causes lighting issues and odd noises in the auditorium. USS ALABAMA Despite her 37 months of active service during World War II, during which she earned nine Battle Stars, the USS Alabama never suffered any casualties from enemy fire, with the deaths from the explosion being the only ones reported aboard ship. But the legends persist, making the USS Alabama a prime destination for paranormal investigators. For decades, even before the great ship’s arrival in Mobile Bay in 1965 when she was established as a tourist attraction, people have reported hearing strange noises and seeing shadowy figures below decks. Late at night, people have reported hearing eerie footsteps echoing on the decks of the War World II era battle ship . When they turn to look, nothing is there. At least, nothing human. A shadow, a moan, a creak lead visitors to wonder if the five crew members who died in a 1944 turret explosion are still on duty, refusing to let even death end their watch. Apparitions have also been reported in the officers’ quarters and the cook’s galley. Late at night popping and tapping noises can be heard in the bulkheads and the solid steel hatches shut by their own accord. Visitors have reported the feeling of being watched and one woman who passed by the sleeping quarters had her earrings snatched by an unseen entity. VICTORIA INN & HOTEL (ANNISTON) The Victoria Inn is one of the best place in Anniston to stay. Built in 1888 by John McKleroy, the partner of the Anniston Land Company. His family lived there for 25 years. In 1920's president of the Emory Foundry Company, Mr William Coleman Wilson bought this house from William McKleroy's widow. From them in 1949, Kirby family owned this. Mrs. Kirby entertained guests in what is now know as the Victoria Lounge. After their death, this was remained in trust of their sister and in 1984, a realtor company South Carolina developer bought it from them and turned the mansion in the inn. This place especially the restaurant is believed as haunted one. Sometimes footsteps heard. You may hear piano music as someone is playing in the vacant restaurant. Many witnesses are there who have seen a female apparition on the upstairs landing. They noted her as 'Lady in Black'. Clinking sounds of glasses emanates from an empty bar at night as someone there is putting. Eerie laughs sometimes make this place extremely horrible. Also tapping noise on door at very night, flashing lights and cold spots are reported many times. BACK TO PARANORMAL WORLD DATABASE
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