Ghosts have held a fascination for all of us from time immemorial. We may be scared of them and would prefer not to encounter them, but we love to hear stories about them and about homes where they live.
Here are some of the most famous haunted locations in the world:
1. Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England:
The “Brown Lady ” has been sighted here many a times, and there is also a world famous photograph of her gliding down the stairs, taken in 1936. She is believed to be the ghost of Lady Townshend who lived and died here in the 18th century. There have been frequent sightings of her as she wanders around the premises in a brown brocade dress.
2. Winchester Mystery Mansion, San Jose, California:
A home built by ghosts for ghosts? There are so many stories connected with this home that fact seems to get intermingled with fiction. The fact is that this convoluted house has doors that lead nowhere, staircases that end suddenly, and many other weird features. Built by Sarah Winchester , ostensibly to exorcise the ghosts of the people killed by the rifles built by her family concern, even today it is believed that you can hear an organ playing and you can smell chicken soup in an empty kitchen.
3. Lizzie Borden House, Fall River, Massachusetts:
Now here is a haunted home, where you are actually invited to stay over for bed and breakfast, and personally encounter the spirits which haunt this home. The site of the grisly murder in 1892 of Abby and Abe Borden, ostensibly by Lizzie Borden, this home is renowned for the sound of a woman weeping softly, of cameras working when no one was near them and lights flickering, all manifestations of troubled spirits.
4. Bachelors Grove Cemetery, Midlothian, Illinois:
One cemetery where there have been over a hundred sightings is the Bachelors Grove Cemetery near Chicago. There are stories about the White Lady, the Phantom Farmhouse and the Farmer with his Plough. There is also the famous picture of a lady sitting at a grave taken in the 80s by Jude Fetz.
5. The Tivoli Theatre, Hamilton, Canada:
Nobody has been able to solve the mystery of what really happened to Ambrose Small when he disappeared in 1919 in Toronto, but his ghost is believed to be haunting one of his favourite haunts, the Tivoli Theatre in Hamilton. Many staff members have seen him loitering around the area, dressed in Victorian clothes with his trademark large moustache very much in evidence.
6. The White House, Washington:
Abraham Lincoln’s spirit still wanders around the precincts of this very famous residence. There have been reports of unexplained knocks on doors, of footsteps in the hallowed corridors and other such sightings. Abigail Adams and Dolly Madison are also believed to be among the ghosts who still love this home.
7. South Shields, Tyne & Wear, Newcastle, UK:
Documented thoroughly, the ghosts in this home are definitely not the friendly ones. There has been documentation of blood coming out of taps, of slashes on the chest of the male resident of the house, and various other eerie phenomenons. A poltergeist case which has proven to be true, the details have been collated in a book in 2006.
8. The House of the Seven Gables, Salem Massachusetts:
Famous author Nathaniel Hawthorne and his son Julian are believed to be the ghosts of this home. His ancestors lived here and presided over the 1892 witchcraft trials. It is believed that a curse was placed on the family and they are doomed to traverse this world forever.
9. Ocean Avenue, Amityville:
Robert DeFeo shot dead six of his family members in this home in 1974. Since then the families which have moved into this home have been terrorized by slimy eyes, by oozing green liquids and various other unpleasant occurrences.
10. Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire, England:
The home of Lord Byron, this abbey has for centuries been the home of many ghosts. Lord Byron himself spoke about the Black Friar who always made an appearance before a misfortune or a death in the family. The White Lady has also been seen wandering around the rooms and so have been the Rose Lady and the Cavalier.