A selection of 10 haunted places from around Georgia.
Central State Hospital
620 West Broad Street
|Main Administration Building on the campus of Central State|
Hospital, 1937. Photo by L.D. Andrews for the Historic American
Building Survey (HABS). Courtesy of the Library of Congress,
Prints and Photographs Division.
Christ Episcopal Church and Cemetery
|Christ Church, 2008. Photo by Jud McCranie, courtesy of|
Christ Church and its surrounding cemetery seem the perfect setting for a ghost story: the small white church sitting among ancient graves and oaks dripping with Spanish moss. Of course, this church is home to a legend. In the balmy days before the Civil War a young woman who was deathly afraid of the dark lived on a plantation on the island. Stories from the West Indian slave-woman who raised her had scared her and her fear led her to become adept at candle making. Saving the wax and stubs from old candles around the house, she made candles that would burn in her bedroom throughout the night. One day after her marriage to a local planter, she burned herself while making candles and the burn became gangrenous. After she died, her husband, disturbed by the idea of his late wife’s grave shadowed by darkness, began to nightly place a candle on her grave. Following his death, the candle continued to reappear and still may continue to this day.
|Macon City Auditorium, 2007. Photo by Macon Dude, courtesy of|
277 South Main Street
1 Depot Street
248 Oakland Avenue, SE
|The Sleeping Lion of the Confederacy in the Confederate Section|
of Oakland Cemetery, 2005. Photo by J. Glover, courtesy of Wikipedia.
20 East Broad Street
|Pirates' House, 1939 or 1944. Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston.|
Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
Servers and staff have encountered a number of apparitions. One cook in the kitchen was accosted by a man in the dress of an 18th or 19th century seafarer who walked through the kitchen pausing briefly to glare at him. Another staff member discovered a lone man in one of the dining rooms while closing up. When he looked in on the man a moment later, no one was to be seen. In the upstairs bar, a server left a tray of coffee pots in the prep room only to have them smashed as soon as she left the room.
Port Columbus National Civil War Naval Museum
A female visitor standing in the gift shop of the museum was smacked in the back between her shoulder blades by a book that flew off the shelf, a common occurrence in the gift shop. During an investigation, a group of investigators in a museum exhibition room were touched by a spirit.
|Sibley Mill, date unknown. From the Historic American |
Engineering Record, Prints and Photographs Division,
Library of Congress.
The Sibley Mill stands as a monument showing the entire history of the manufacturing industry in the South. The site was once occupied by the Confederate Powder Mills, built by the Confederate government when they needed a source for gunpowder in the South. Following the South’s defeat, all but the large chimney of the mill was demolished. In 1880, a group of investors formed the Sibley Manufacturing Company and building from the bricks of the demolished powder works; a phoenix rising from the ashes. As manufacturing has left the South and nation, the Sibley Mill closed in 2006. The mill still sells power produced by its water turbines while the building is awaiting redevelopment. The murder of a mill worker in 1906 has left a spiritual mark on the Sibley and employees often spoke of seeing a lone young woman quietly working at her loom.
|Smith Hall, 2010. Photo by Lewis O. Powell, IV, all rights reserved.|
Chartered by the state legislature in 1831 as LaGrange Female Academy, LaGrange College, now a coeducational liberal arts college, is the oldest private college in Georgia. Originally housed in a house on Broad Street, the school moved to “The Hill,” just down the street in 1842 and Smith Hall was constructed that same year. Now the centerpiece of a school with some 1000 students, Smith Hall now contains classrooms, offices for a few departments and the dean of student life and quite possibly a few ghosts.
Legend has it that Smith Hall served as a hospital during the Civil War. A young soldier, wounded in a nearby battle, rode miles to get to the school where his sister was enrolled. Having bled the entire trip, he died in Smith Hall shortly after his arrival. The student government has invited celebrity ghost hunters and psychics to the school to speak and do a brief investigation during the Halloween season. Some investigations have produced results.
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