Famous Haunted Sites

Sites in the U.S., Britain, and Europe that are famous for hauntings.

With the availability of easy travel access and competitive air travel fees there now seems to be as many destinations as there are tourists. One great idea for travel, if you are not overly sensitive to the subject, and you don't mind if the dead don't stay where they belong, is to undertake the adventure of a haunted vacation.

Operating under the assumption that ghosts are vestigial apparitions of the once living, it seems fair to say wherever there is a history of human habitation there will be ghosts. Also, a common theory of haunting is there are more likely to be manifestations when the spirits in question met an untimely or violent end when they were alive. So a landscape drenched in history and instances of violence are, if not concrete requisites to a manifestation, do make it more likely. This criteria has been met many times and examples of supposed manifestations could take up many volumes beyond a short essay. However, a few prime examples can suffice to show us that traveling to haunted destinations can be a fun and worthwhile pursuit.

The battle of Gettysburg took place in south central Pennsylvania on July 1st to July 3rd, 1863. More Americans lost their lives in a violent fashion on those days then other three days in American history. Gettysburg has been called by many `the most haunted place in America`. Numerous ghostly sightings have been reported over the years and numerous books and websites attest to this fact. Gettysburg is the crown jewel of the Civil War battlefields, an expanse of rolling green fields, rocky hills, stone fences and tree lined roads. The pristine state of the battlefield makes it easy to imagine the soldiers and their horrid dance with cannon ball and musket fire, young lives snuffed out before their prime, shrieking bitterly as their spirits were hurled into the afterlife. It is not a guarantee, but certainly more likely than your local min-mart to have you muttering the oft quoted celluloid phrase: I see dead people.

Head north into New England, to Falls River, Massachusetts you will find another example of violence and lives prematurely snuffed out, albeit on a smaller, more intimate scale. The Falls River home at 92 second street is the site of one of America's most infamous crimes and the former home of Lizzie Borden. On the morning of August 4th, 1892 Lizzie's parents were found hacked to death with an axe, hence the infamous children's nursery rhyme: "Lizzie Borden took her axe and gave her parents 40 whacks."

The home is now the site of the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast. For a reasonable rate and advanced reservations you can stay in the room where Mrs. Borden's gruesomely hacked body was found. If that doesn't lend itself to paranormal activity what would?

If a ritzier atmosphere and a warmer climate is your ghost hunting cup of tea why not try room 3312 at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California? The Hotel Del Coronado was built in 1885, it's architecture is a perfect example of that grander, more ornate time. Room 3312 is the room of the ghost that haunts the beautiful hotel, the mysterious `Kate Morgan'.

No one knows for sure is she was unlucky in love, unhappy over an unwanted pregnancy, or suffering from a terminal illness but what is known is that her body was found on the steps leading up to the veranda of the beach adjoining the Hotel del Coronado. A small wound bled out from her right temple and the pistol lay just inches from her right hand. Ever since then the Hotel and specifically room 3312 has been the site of visitations. Mysterious imprints have appeared on the bedspread, jewelry has disappeared and reappeared, and doors slam shut at odd hours. Kate Morgan's sadness in life apparently has crossed over with her into the next world to judge from the aggressiveness of the manifestations.

America is not the only place to launch a haunted vacation. If anything, Europe and Britain have more of a reputation for ghostly activity.

The Tower of London, which has stood in its stone form since 1078 is a famous destination for ghost hunters. The site has been the witness to numerous murders, betrayals and politically motivated tortures. It was here that the villainous Richard III ordered the murder of his nephews, clearing his way for the usurpation of the English throne. Ann Boleyn was also executed there and is rumored to wander around with her head under her arm.

Mainland Europe also has many wonderful sites. In the Rhine Valley of Germany, is the grand, majestic Schloss Reichenstein. The castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of a robber, Dietrich Von Hohenfels, who was executed by the owner of the castle in 1282.

Eastern Europe also has its share of ghosts. Prague is famous as the most haunted city in Europe. Prague Castle, the most famous landmark of the city, is also known as a nesting place for ghosts. The Charles Bridge is said to be haunted by the monk, St. John Nepomuk, whose ghost has supposedly been imprisoned in a statue on the bridge since the 17th century.

The examples given in this essay are the merest tip of a considerable ice berg. There are haunted vacations available in very habitable part of the world and at every price range. So take the challenge of the haunted vacation and learn to live with the dead while your still living! It beats the alternative of getting to know them later.

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