Ghosts just wanna have fun. They float across rooms in a shadowy veil in the dead of night, flicker lights on and off, and walk on creaky floorboards just to see the fright on your face. It’s how they pass the time, especially since they have been residing between (and through) the walls of former homes for, well, centuries.
These free-flying apparitions have long histories and incredibly rich stories to share. At a number of haunted B&Bs, you can gather around with fellow guests and listen to innkeepers tell ghastly tales of past guests who checked in but never checked out. Some of these ghouls believe they’re still enjoying a getaway, but this time it’s with you.
The Battle of Gettysburg was the mostly costly conflict of the American Civil War with more than 50,000 casualties. It has been said that many of the fallen soldiers still roam the battleground and other parts of the city, including at Inn at Herr Ridge located in Gettysburg, PA. Built in 1815, this former tavern acted as an impromptu field hospital where injured soldiers were taken during the three-day battle. While staying at the inn, don’t be surprised if you notice a few uninvited guests as you’re savoring dinner in the inn’s private dining room.
Ghosts at Prospect Hill Bed & Breakfast Inn located in Mountain City, TN, apparently have an appetite for scaring guests. This former family residence has had its share of paranormal activity, including guests who have been awoken by the smell of freshly baked muffins and peanut butter cookies. The scent of bourbon along with rose-scented perfume has reportedly wafted into rooms. Mysterious footsteps on the main staircase, doors swinging open on their own, and ghostly figures appearing in windows and rooms have also been cited.
The former owner of the Casablanca Inn located in Saint Augustine, FL, who took part in the liquor-smuggling activities of the 1930s, would stand watch on her balcony and wave a lantern to warn illegal rum runners of arriving government officials. Guests at the inn and witnesses in the adjacent building have told stories of being woken up in the middle of the night by a strange light coming from the roof, while others say they have observed a dark figure standing on the rooftop.
Inn At Aberdeen’s long history includes the Underground Railroad and the deaths of a mother and her two children. Objects have reportedly been rearranged in guestrooms, and fireplaces have allegedly turned on without any assistance. The Ghost Trackers paid a visit to the 150-year old Valparaiso, IN, inn, and they picked up the presence of a little girl at the foot of the staircase and a voice calling out, “We’re here, you’re beautiful…”
In 1908, the former president of the Singer Sewing Machine Company built Burn Brae Mansion located in Glen Spey, NY, and presented it to his daughter as a gift. Former guests have spoken of mysterious sights, sounds and voices in the house, and ghost hunters have documented some of these supernatural occurrences. You can experience it for yourself on a guided tour through the inn, including a stop in the Attic of Curiosities, and by looking and listening to some of the evidence on the inn’s website.
While staying at these B&Bs, prepare for some unexpected frights. But don’t worry; it’ll give you a chance to get up close and personal with these mischievous ghosts…if you dare!