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Sweetwater Mansion in Florence, Alabama may still have many of its former residents around. This home, begun in 1828, has seen much history. Also, it was here that Union and Confederate officers stayed during their respective occupations of the city during the Civil War. Activity including children’s laughter, moving objects and numerous apparitions has been investigated by local paranormal groups and the team from the television show, Paranormal State.
This Northport hospital is a hot spot for those seeking a haunting experience. A former insane asylum, Old Bryce Hospital had a reputation for treating its patients horribly, even verging on torture. Visitors claim to feel hot and cold spots, see items moving of their own accord and hear ghostly sounds and footsteps. Some have even seen the tail of a doctor’s coat travel through the halls. Screams, scuffling of feet and unexplained creaking of doors have been reported. You can explore Old Bryce Hospital today, although it is often patrolled by police officers.
Oakleigh in Mobile, said to be haunted by a female ghost in the front parlor and to also have poltergeist-like activity in other parts of the mansion, including furniture moving by itself, disembodied voices, and shadow figures.
If you are a fan of the paranormal, then it is likely that you have already heard of Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama. There is so much activity here that the local police force are frequently called to deal with unexplained events. Sometimes they are relatively minor, but at other times they can include physical harm. The activity seems to peak during September and October which leads many to suggest that reports are just Halloween hoaxes. However, others insist that the activity is very real and that Sloss Furnaces is one of the most haunted places in Alabama.
Fort Morgan is rife with tales of ghosts and strange occurrences. One of the most haunted spots is probably the old barracks. This could be blamed on the fact that in the early 1900s, a prisoner hung himself in the barracks. It is suggested that late at night the hanged man can be heard crying out. There is also a female spirit said to be wandering around the Fort in search of justice after she was dragged into the Fort in the latter part of the 19th century and beaten to death by unknown male attackers who were never caught.
Pratt Hall at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, reportedly haunted by a Red Lady. Huntingdon was originally a Methodist female college and the Red Lady is alleged to be the ghost of a lonely girl who committed suicide. Her story is told in Huntingdon alumnus Kathryn Tucker Windham’s book 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey.
When you think of haunted places, the ones that are likely to spring to mind are abandoned hospitals, prisons and the like. It is not likely that you would think of a tree! However, no list of places in haunted Alabama would be complete without a mention of The Boyington Oak in Mobile, Alabama! This Southern live oak is said the have grown from the grave of Charles Boyington in a potter’s field close to the Church Street Graveyard. The story goes that when Boyington was tried and then subsequently executed for murdering his friend Nathaniel Frost in 1835 he stated that when they buried him a tree would spring forth from his grave as proof of his innocence! It seems that this is exactly what happened! These days there are claims that Boyington’s spirit can be seen from time to time sitting under his tree.
The USS Alabama served in WWII, but it now operates as a museum. Reportedly, two men died during the ship’s construction, and five more died from fratricide while onboard. People who visit the ship today report hearing loud footsteps behind them with no one there, and hatches slamming shut on their own. Some have also described apparitions of sailors. It’s one of the most haunted places in Alabama, that also has a great deal of history. Be sure to check it out!
Supposedly, years ago between Natural Bridge and Jasper, Alabama on Highway 5, a teenage girl had been to prom with her boyfriend. It was a rainy night. On the way home from prom, they got into a fight and she told him to let her out because she could walk. While she was walking along the side of the highway, she was struck by an 18-wheeler. The driver drove off, and the next morning she was found dead in a ditch. They say if you drive an 18-wheeler down Highway 5 on a rainy night, shell climb onto the side of it and peek inside to see if youre the driver who killed her.
A tornado took the life of Judith Winston in 1874. Her sons pulled her from the rubble, but she later died in the front bedroom on the eastern side of the house. Since 1982, the Winston House has been used as a museum and event space. One day while a wedding was being set up, it was reported that Mrs. Winston was rattling the chairs. There have been several reports of Mr. Winstons spirit walking through the halls. Also, several white figures have been seen through the windows late at night.