California—San Francisco—Peninsula School—One night while a man by the name of James Coleman built a mansion and they were sharing a room, him and his wife Carmelita. She arose at 5 a.m. to empty his bags and as she was removing his gun from his valise it accidentally goes off and she shots herself. It is said he never step foot into that house again. One hundred years, the house was built in 1880, it is said that people would commit suicide in several ways.
As the mansion in now in the hands of a school more than 50 years, the Legend of Carmelita still haunts the place. Shimmering lights, unexplained footsteps and pets that have refused to enter the building have been the few accounts reported by people.
Once a whole class saw the apparition others say she is dressed in green or is green.
California—San Francisco—The Atherton House—A private residence. Haunted by several ghosts: a domineering matriarch, an ineffectual son and a rebellious daughter in law. Also a cat lady who owned 50 cats, who died in 1974 at the age of 93. The house was built in 1881 by Dominga de Goni Atherton who during her lifetime with her millionaire husband was condemned by conviction to a subservient role. While her husband tomcatted around she took care of the home. There was a death of the son (George) at sea of a kidney attack. The captain decided that he should be shipped home for burial, hoping to preserve him they place him in a barrel of rum. According to legend the family first learned of his demise when the cast was delivered to the home and an unsuspecting butler uncrated his pickled master.
Sylvia Brown preformed a seance in this house, picking up three female spirits “who just don’t like men”. She also picked up one frail male spirit who she did not perceive as a threat. She believes the home is haunted by Gertrude (daughter in law), Dominga and Carrie (the cat lady). She also believes the house would make an excellent women’s resource center.
California—San Francisco—Embarcadero—There was a brutal murder on a Norwegian sailing vessel while docked in 1890. The Captain’s wife had been having an affair with the first mate. Strange things started happening after the captain and his wife had killed the first mate by holding him down by his hands after getting him drunk and cutting off his head. The strange things were the new captain was killed by the crew in a mutiny. And the vessel became known as haunted. The next two captains found murdered in their cabins. In 1893 the entire crew deserted the ship when docked in Bathurst, New Brunswick. The ship reputation made it impossible to find a new crew. The ship was finally demolished after it became notorious for being haunted by a grotesque headless apparition in the passageway leading to the captain’s cabin. Before long the ghostly outline of the baroque sailing vessel would be sighted again in the dense fog off the Embarcadero.
California—Groveland—The Groveland Hotel—A spirit named Lyle haunts this place. He was a gold minor (he worked a now defunct mine in the creek that runs alongside the hotel). He died in his room in 1927 while living in the hotel. He was kind of a recluse and was not missed for days. When discovered he had a box of dynamite (tools of the trade) under his bed.
In this room Lyle hates women’s cosmetics on his dresser. He moves them to the nearby sink. Most guests return to their rooms to note the movement. One guest watched as her new makeup just “hopped” over the back and landed on the floor. He also plays with lights, moves items on desks in the office and turns on water in the shower. Sometimes he likes to lock people out and not even their keys or the master key work.
The Charlotte Hotel across the street was built and operated by a woman named Charlotte de Ferrari. It is said that these two are an item, when he seems to disappear for awhile, they are suspected to be together.
Connecticut—Griswold—Homespun Farm—It is said to be haunted by “Old Man” Simon one of the original owners of the 260-year-old home. Also Mrs. Brewster haunts this house but more like a watchful spirit. Never a scary feeling, more of a peaceful “tucking in” of sorts.
Florida—St. Augustine—Casa De La Paz Bayfront Bed and Breakfast—J. Duncan Puller was the original owner of the Bed and Breakfast when it was completed in 1915 as a private residence. When the inn was restored/renovated in the 1980’s. A guest noticed at the opening house, held at its completion, a young woman wearing a long, narrow skirt, a traveling jacket and a wide brimmed hat and carrying a small suit case on the stairs behind the host.
The story/legend goes of a young couple coming on a honeymoon. On their last day, a beautiful day, the husband decided to take a boat ride out for a day of fishing. He told her to go ahead and pack and wait for him because he did not know exactly when he would return.
During the day a terrible storm came up, the boat capsized and he never returned to her. She grieved herself to death in the house. Her spirit has never left the house, waiting for his return.
Some reports of hearing knocks on doors asking, “is it time to leave yet?”, doors shutting, and a figure walking down the hall.
Massachusetts—Fall River—Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast—The Borden Home is a Greek revival house that has been a city landmark, since the infamous ax murders of Andrew and his second wife, Abby Borden, on August 4, 1892. Erected in 1845, the home was originally a two family and was later made into a single family by Andrew J. Borden.
The Bed and Breakfast Museum is named after Andrew’s youngest daughter, Lizzie. Although she was tried and acquitted of the crimes, the community of Fall River ostracized Lizzie.
Michigan—Pent Water—Historic Nickerson Inn—Flickering lights, turning pages of books, an overflowing shower spilling onto a guest’s dinner downstairs, an ever-reoccurring indentation from someone sitting on a fluffed quilt on the bed in the Logger’s Run room.
These are the reports from a ghost by the name of Charles Nickerson, who began building the Inn in 1913 but unfortunately did not live to see it completed in 1914.
Minnesota—Annandale—Thayer’s Historic Bed and Breakfast—The Bed and Breakfast was built in 1895 by Gus and Caroline Thayer. Gus likes to leave pennies to be found. Also have three ghost kitties.
New Hampshire—Hart’s Location—The Notchland Inn—there is a grave headstone in the front parlor reading “1778. Nancy Barton. Died in a snow storm in pursuit of her faithless lover.” Nancy was betrothed but her husband-to-be ran of with her dowry. Nancy knowing his normal route followed him on foot. She had heard that he had stopped in that spot where the inn now stands and upon being tired, stopped and was found frozen to death lying next to the brook that now carries her name.
Some accounts of ghostly writing on streamed mirrors and no one taking a bath/shower before them. The writing was “Abigail” (the name of one of the now owner’s Bernese Mountain dog). Also accounts of people napping to wake up to fresh flowers in the room and upon going into the bathroom the words “Happy Anniversary” written in lipstick. Looking into the room and the flowers were gone and looking into the bathroom and the writing to be gone as well.
New York—Liverpool—Ancestors Inn at the Bassett House—A haunting of Hannah and George Bassett. In one room light’ll turn on when no one is there. Sometimes lost items will turn up. Taken pictures will not come up if the ghost(s) are/is in the room. The film developed is black.
North Carolina—Weaverville—Inn on Main Street—reports of falling pictures but no pictures are found to have fallen, doors opening and closing back and no one was there. A doctor built the house one hundred years ago. There’s a bloodstain under the tiles in a bathroom that was once part of the operating room and lab. It can’t be cleaned up. T least one person has died in the house.
South Carolina—Union—The Inn at Merridun—10 spirits haunt the inn with, energy forces, or ghosts that share the inn with the owners. History of unusual happenings and occasional sightings and the owner cat talks to “someone” fairly frequently.
Rhode Island—Wakefield—Brookside Manor—It’s been haunted since 1965. A ghost by the name of Charles Fletcher haunts here. Missing/vanishing objects and then reappearing.
Texas—Ft. Worth—The Texas White House—three ghostly experiences. A husband of the only family ever lived there; he died and now haunts his old bedroom. Only thing happens or anything is when a lady stays in the room alone.
Women feeling someone touching them, laying in bed back-to-back, lights turning on, getting into bed with them, beeping cell phones, and other accounts all friendly.
Vermont—Stowe—Brass Lantern Inn—Some loud ghosts haunt this house and always make noise after returning from a party and there would be no one in the room across the hall in the other room at that time.
Vermont—Wilmington—The White House of Wilmington—The house was built in 1915 as a private summer home for lumber baron Martin Brown. Home to still Mrs. Brown’s spirit. Disembodied footsteps, unexplainable cold spots, doors that open by themselves and even visible apparitions.
Washington—Tacoma—Thornewood Castle—Chester Thorne was the builder of this place. He has made several appearances to people over the years. Turning the lights off and then returning to turn them back on and a light bulb has been unscrewed and at that time only one person in the house. Also sightings of his wife, Anna, sitting at the window looking out to the garden. Also seen her in (reflections of her) her original mirror in the room that she occupied, which is also the bridal suite.
Their son-in-law of the Thorne’s shot himself in the gun closet of the house, his ghost has been seen, as has the ghost of the grandchild of a former owner who drowned in the lake.
California—San Diego—Arroyo Abduction—on June 19, 1991 Laura Arroyo was abducted from her home and murdered as well as her children. The bodies were found (the nine year old children and hers) was found in an industrial area of Chula Vista, about four miles from her home. In early July, Laura’s image started appearing on a black billboard at night. Her face seems to be looking into the sky and it appears normally at sunset. On July 25 the billboard company turned off the sign lights and the locals quickly reconnected them.
California—San Diego—El Campo Santo Cemetery—Many early citizens of San Diego is buried here that was founded in 1849. The name means “the holy field” and once covered much of the present commercial district. Numerous ghosts have been reported along the brick wall bordering the businesses to the cemetery but no one has been able to pinpoint the source responsible for the poltergeists phenomena reported by businesses boarding the cemetery. One adjacent house is plagued with a multitude of inexplicable problems with lightning, electrical power, appliances and the alarm system.
California—San Diego—El Fandango Restaurant—The misty form of a woman in white has appeared in the main dining room here. The phantom materialized in a darkened corner and seems to be repulsed by light. She sits at a corner table near a front window when the shades are drawn. The restaurant was built on top of a home of the Machado family; an early San Diego family who became very prominent and built two other mansions that have their name. The Lady in White is researched to be the one of the Machado Women.
California—San Diego—Hotel Del Coronado—Legend has it that a young pregnant woman who was unsure of her husband settling down, traveled to this hotel only to find him in the arms of another woman. Instead of confronting him, she purchased a gun and shot herself in the temple on Thanksgiving Day. Some say it might have been a murder and not a suicide. Today the hotel refused to rent out room 3502 unless all the rooms are full. Accounts of cold spots, gurgling sounds, footsteps and a woman in a black lace dress. Room 3312 is also haunted.
California—San Diego—Horton Grand Hotel—One of the rooms in this magnificent Victorian hotel is haunted by the ghost of Roger Wiltacher, who was shot to death in 1853 by the father of his would be bride. Unsure why he haunts the area around tom 309 but a man’s specter has appeared dozens of times. Also sightings of 20 plus or more ghosts dressed in 1890’s clothing walking up the spiral staircase to the third floor ballroom.
California—San Diego—Julian Hotel—the inn was built by freed slaves Albert and Margaret Robinson in 1897. Their spirits most often manifest in the upstairs rooms, where lace doilies and furniture are mysteriously rearranged. Recent glimpses of Albert, with a pipe in mouth, and in a mirror of one of the rooms.
California—San Diego—Kellner House—Haunted by the ghost of a Victorian Magee, former owner of the 58 year old house who reportly communicates her decorating tastes to the new owners by smashing statues or turning pictures that she does not like to the wall. Bangs cabinet doors, throws objects across the room is a man stays over night in her house or of the man plays monopoly.
California—San Diego—La Casa De Estuctillo—Built in 1829, this Spanish estate has served as a fort, government office, orphanage, hotel, church and museum. Sightings of unknown faces appearing in mirrors hear music from nowhere and watched in astonishment as ghostly figures dances across the floor. The house was looked into and the ghosts rebelled by smashing the camera lens and flashing red lights with/and angry voices.
California—San Diego—Point Loma Lighthouse—Ghostly footsteps and strange moaning sounds echo through this restored lighthouse. The spirit has never been identified but some believe him to be Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese explorer who claimed this coast for Spain in 1542. The lighthouse was built on his claim in 1851. But the low-lying clouds obscured the beacon so often that the site was abandoned in 1891.
California—San Diego—Rancho Jamul—Every since this ranch was established in 1829, it has been the scene of fierce Indian attacks, bloody family feuds and grisly murders. Some wonder that over the last 110 years, ranch hands and visitors have reported ghostly forms, unexplained light, and disembodied cries and screams
California—San Diego—Robinson Rose House—this house was built in 1853. The downstairs was used as a store, making the building the first commercial structure in San Diego. Reports of several ghosts, either in old-fashion clothing or as cloud-like vapors.
California—San Diego—Villa Montezuma—this Victorian mansion was built in 1887 by famed opera singer Jesse Shepard. In a special room at the heart of the house, he held musical séances in which he summoned spirits by using his voice to simulate an entire orchestra. His behavior caused him to ostracized by San Diego’s’ society elite and he moved back to Europe. Yet some can still feel his presence out of the cupola. Records indicate that one of Shepard’s servants hung himself in the lower shortly after the death of his wife.
Arkansas—Eureka Springs—The Crescent Hotel—a Victorian resort hotel built in the 1880’s. Sightings of Victorian gentlemen in the lobby or encountered in Theodora’s room in room 419. Reports from those staying in the room with stuff spewn all over the room and no one had been there. Theodora and Michael from room 218 are linked to two separate events in the hotel’s history. Michael is believed to be the spirit of an Irish stone mason who fell to his death during the hotel’s construction in the 1880’s. And Theodora identified herself as a cancer patient.
Colorado—Aspen—Hotel Jerome—A woman recently reported seeing a lost, shivering and soaking-wet boy in room 310. When help has arrived the boy had vanished but wet footsteps still remained. According to legend a child has drowned in the hotel’s original swimming pool and room 310 was later added over the same spot that the pool was.
California—San Diego—The Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites—It opened in 1878 as the Temperance House in a lively logging town of saloons and pool halls. For several years it served as a bordello. Sightings of a Victorian woman haunts tables six and eight in the restaurant, appearing in the mirror. Seen also in guest rooms and playful with the housekeepers.
California—Santa Monica—The Georgian Hotel—a place where patrons could enjoy alcoholic spirits during the Prohibition Era. Today the hotel’s Speak Easy Restaurant is allegedly haunted. Reports of audible ghosts and transparent apparitions. In empty times of the restaurant, reports of loud sighs, disembodied voices calling “Good Morning” and the sounds of running footsteps.
Louisiana—New Orleans—La Pavillon—A hotel dating back to the 1907. A frightened and confused teenage girl named Eva or Ada is believed to have lived during the 1840’s and was preparing to embark on a ship when she was struck and killed by a carriage. Also reports of a young aristocrat couple from the 1920’s and a dark-suited man from the same era who plays pranks on the hotel staff.
Louisiana—New Orleans—Hotel Maison de Ville—the spirit of a soldier with a preference for loud country music resides here. Cottage number four is said to be haunted, reports of a man dressed in a military uniform. Feelings of chills and small colt spots then the apparition would appear and disappear. Everything the radio station is changed to a classical station in the cottage the station changes back to a country music station as soon as they leave.
North Carolina—Ashville—Grove Park Inn Resort—the mysterious Pink Lady has been seen, felt and experienced by several. Around the 1920’s a young woman dressed in pink fell to her death at the hotel’s Palm Court Atrium. Separate accounts of cold spots in room 545 and an apparition in a pink dress or dense pink smoke, and she is said to be a very gentle spirit.
Washington, D.C.—The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel—strange occurrences have been reported and linked to the inauguration of President Calvin Coolidge. He did not attend his own inauguration because he was mourning the death of his 16-year-old son. Every year since 1937 on Jan. 20, the lights in the Grand Ballroom dim and flicker at approximately 10 p.m. Also reports of finding expensive fine wine and exquisite hors d’oeuvres on the ballroom balcony, nothing like that had been severed that day. Also one set of elevators refuses to move from the 8th floor to the lobby level until 10:15 p.m.