Posted on 08 January 2011.
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.