Sunday, May 29, 2011

Reed Gold Mine (Newsbyte)

9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, North Carolina

A visitor to the Reed Gold Mine this month was startled by a figure some distance away while touring the mine. According to an article from Charlotte’s CBS station, WBTV,  Sandy Harrington captured the figure on her Flip Camcorder and realized the figure was a ghost when she downloaded the footage onto her computer.

It’s no surprise to find that someone actually captured something possibly paranormal within the precincts of this mine. There have apparently been stories told about the Reed Mine for some time. According to Troy Taylor’s Down in the Darkness: The Shadowy History of America’s Haunted Mines, Tunnels and Caverns, there is a legend about the mine. William Mills, a Welsh immigrant, arrived in Cabarrus County with his wife Eleanor to work in the mine. The relationship between William and his wife was quite tenuous and they fought a great deal. One evening, in the midst of a fight, Eleanor tripped on the hem of her dress and pitched head forward into a bench, hitting her head on the corner. William tried to revive his wife, but she was dead. Awakened from sleep and probably hoping that the events had been a bad dream, William checked his wife’s now cold body. He heard her voice begging him to take her back to Wales.

Even though her body was cold, William continued to hear her voice begging him. He wrapped her body up and threw is down one of the unused shafts, the Engine Shaft, at the Reed Mine. The legend continues that he continued to hear Eleanor’s voice and was driven to drink as a result. Meanwhile, others began to hear ghostly screams and cries emanating from the Engine Shaft.

The mine possesses a marvelous history beginning with Johannes Reith, a Hessian mercenary who moved with his family to the area and anglicized his name to John Reed. A different legend involves Reed’s 12-year old son, Conrad, who discovered an odd, yellow rock in Little Meadow Creek in 1799. The story tells that the odd rock served as a doorstop for a few years before Reed sold the rock to a jeweler for the princely sum of $3.50. When he discovered that he was literally sitting on a gold mine he began mining his land. The mine ran until 1912 when it was abandoned. The state of North Carolina acquired the mine later and has opened it as a historic site.

So far, I haven’t found much on the modern haunting of the mine. Harrington’s video, which can be viewed on YouTube, is very interesting. Judging from the stills taken from the video, the figure appears to be male, so it’s unlikely to be Eleanor Mills (who may have never even existed). Looking at the video, it can be difficult to determine precisely what you’re looking at as the shot is down a darkened hallway, but it does provide a tantalizing piece of evidence of what may exist in the Reed Gold Mine.

Sources
Harrington, Sandy (sandyh1223). “Real Ghosts caught on
     video at Reed Gold Mine.” YouTube.com. 25 May 2011.
Knapp, Richard F. “The History of John Reed’s Mine.” Reed
     Gold Mine. Accessed 29 May 2011.
Reed Gold Mine. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Accessed
     29 May 2011.
Rettig, Polly M. National Register of Historic Places Nomination
     form for Reed Gold Mine. Listed 15 October 1966.
     gold mine in NC.” WBTV.com. 23 May 2011.
Taylor, Troy. Down in the Darkness: The Shadowy History of
     America’s Haunted Mines, Tunnels and Caverns. Alton, IL:
     Whitechapel Press, 2003.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Haunted Southern College & University Buildings - Kentucky

Old Morrison Hall
Transylvania University
Lexington, Kentucky

For full coverage, please see my article on Old Morrison and the Gratz Park Historic District.

Van Meter Hall
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky

For such a comparatively young university—WKU was founded in 1906—the campus of Western Kentucky certainly has a number of ghosts. Interestingly, like the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (which is almost a century older), the school has no qualms discussing its ghosts. A series of web pages from the University Archives provides official record of the many legends across this architecturally significant campus.

The approach to the university campus from downtown Bowling Green is quite grand. A tree-lined avenue runs up a hill to monumental Cherry Hall crowning the hill with an assemblage of other monumental buildings including Van Meter Hall. Built to resemble the Erechtheum, a temple on the Acropolis, Van Meter Hall was completed in 1911 to replace Vanmeter Hall. The new hall included office space, classrooms and a large auditorium. The hall has seen a variety of uses over the years and was renovated a handful of times including most recently in 2009 when additions improved the backstage space of the auditorium.

Van Meter Hall, 2008. Photo by OPMaster, courtesy of
Wikipedia.

The spectral history of Van Meter Hall is less clear. Various sources pick and choose from the various legends creating a confusing jumble of tales. The University Archives takes pains to point out the three main legends that exist in reference to Van Meter. The first two stories involve deaths in the building. One story tells of a construction worker during the building’s construction who fell from scaffolding in the lobby and died in a pool of blood. One interesting detail that is sometimes included is that the worker was distracted by an airplane, a novel thing in 1911. Similar versions of the story have the doomed worker falling through the skylight in the lobby or the skylight over the stage—a ridiculous notion as the stage does not have a skylight. The second story involves a student plunging to his death while hanging lights onstage. Also, both of these stories usually include an indelible bloodstain either on the floor of the lobby or onstage.

The third story is more unusual. Kentucky is riddled with caves and this story tells of a cave underneath the hill inhabited by a hermit who would emerge into the building late at night bearing a blue lantern. The story tells of his spirit emerging and casting a blue light. Alan Brown’s Haunted Kentucky includes an interesting version of this story. He states that during construction of the building, the contractor discovered that cement being poured was flowing into an underground cave. Fearing possible bankruptcy from this, the contractor threw himself into the pit and was entombed in the concrete. The building was completed by a different contractor. He continues with a story about blue lights appearing in the darkened auditorium during performances, one episode causing a student working on lights to fall to his death—an interesting mix of legends, certainly.

While there is little concrete evidence (pardon the pun) to back up any of these legends, there still are numerous stories of strange phenomena within Van Meter’s walls. Daniel Barefoot’s Haunted Halls of Ivy speaks of indelible bloodstains, lighting malfunctions, props moving on their own accord, the curtains opening and closing and the apparition of an older gentleman who sometimes appears with a blue light. A similar apparition is mentioned in William Lynwood Montell’s Ghosts Across Kentucky. He tells a story of a Mark Twain impersonator performing at Van Meter Auditorium around 1981 (the only report with a date). The actor asked the stage manager to get him from his dressing room a minute before he was to appear onstage. A few minutes before the performance, the stage manager saw a man dressed like Twain standing backstage and assumed this was the actor. When the actor failed to go onstage on time, the stage manager rushed to the dressing room and found the actor there, he had not been backstage. Add into this mix, reports of the voices of a woman and a small child and the reports become more clouded.

What, precisely, is going on in Van Meter Hall? It appears there is activity, but the cause may never be known. Nevertheless, one must wonder if the activity will continue after the most recent major renovations. We shall see.

Sources
Barefoot, Daniel W. Haunted Halls of Ivy: Ghosts of Southern
     Colleges and Universities. Winston-Salem, NC: John F.
     Blair, 2004.
Brown, Alan. Haunted Kentucky: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena
     Of the Bluegrass State. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole, 2009.
Hawkins, Jenna. “Building History—Van Meter Hall.”
     WKU Hilltopper Heritage. 2008.
Montell, William Lynwood. Ghosts Across Kentucky. Lexington,
     KY: University Press of Kentucky. 2000.
Van Meter Hall. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Accessed
     25 May 2011.
Western Kentucky University. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.
     Accessed 25 May 2011.
“WKU Ghosts—Van Meter.” WKU Department of Library
     Special Collections—University Archives. Accessed 25
     May 2011.

An Interview

Fellow blogger and author, Pamela K. Kinney, recently interviewed me for her blog, The Fantasticdreams of Pamela K. Kinney. Please check it out!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Old Ashe County Courthouse – Museum of Ashe County History (Newsbyte)

301 East Main Street
Jefferson, North Carolina

Ashe County, North Carolina, lies is the northern corner of the state where it meets the eastern tip of Tennessee and southern Virginia. Tucked away in an Appalachian valley lies the county seat, Jefferson, the first town named for the illustrious American founding father, Thomas Jefferson, in 1799. Jefferson is fairly small with a population of about 1,500 people while Ashe County can only boast around 27,000.

View of Jefferson from Mount Jefferson, 2008. Photo by Ken
Thomas, courtesy of Wikipedia.

Over time, the county’s long history has left a few spiritual marks as well. One of the more prominent hauntings is an odd set of granite stairs carved into the side of a mountain outside of West Jefferson along North Carolina State Road 194 at the bridge over Buffalo Creek. With the menacing name, “The Devil’s Stairs,” this formation was created during blasting for the Norfolk-Western Railroad line that once ran through the area. Legend speaks of a laborer killed during the construction and later a woman who tossed her infant into the waters of Buffalo Creek below. Since the creation of this formation, tales have been spun about people passing the area at night and encountering apparitions and even picking up vanishing hitchhikers.

Also nearby is the Glendale Springs Inn and Restaurant in the village of Glendale Springs. Built in the late nineteenth century, this grand house has served as an inn for a number of years though it was closed and put up for sale in 2008. According to Sheila Turnage, the inn is haunted by a mischievous spirit named “Rosebud.”

As interest in the paranormal has spread, paranormal groups have sprung up throughout the country and Ashe County can also boast of a group dedicated to investigating local hauntings: 3P Paranormal. A recent article in The Mountain Times highlighted an investigation by the group of the Old Ashe County Courthouse. Over the years, tales have been told of odd occurrences within this 1904 courthouse. The museum’s curator even mentions a recent incident where an intern heard a telephone ring on a floor above followed by footsteps across the floor towards the phone. This happened when the intern was alone in the building.

Unfortunately, the article only details the setup for the investigation. The group has an excellent website but it has not provided any information on the results of the courthouse investigation. The article, however, does provide a tantalizing tidbit about another local haunting: that of the nearby Old Ashe County Hospital, where the group uncovered some very interesting evidence. I look forward to hearing what the investigators discovered. It seems that this rural county may offer some marvelous haunted gems.

Sources
Ashe County, North Carolina. Wikipedia, the Free
     Encyclopedia. Accessed 23 May 2011.
Barefoot, Daniel W. North Carolina’s Haunted Hundred,
     Vol. 3, Haints of the Hills. Winston-Salem, NC: John
     F. Blair, 2002.
Campbell, Jesse. “A Haunting in Jefferson? Paranormal
     Team Investigates the Old County Courthouse.” The
     Mountain Times. 19 May 2011.
Jefferson, North Carolina. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.
     Accessed 23 May 2011.
Turnage, Sheila. Haunted Inns of the Southeast. Winston-
     Salem, NC: John F. Blair, 2001.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Southern Spirit Guide to Haunted Southern Theatres

In preparation for more theatre coverage, here's a guide to the theatres I have already covered.

Abbeville Opera House, Abbeville, South Carolina
Alabama Theatre, Birmingham, Alabama
Alumni Memorial Building, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
Auburn University Chapel, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
Bijou Theatre, Knoxville, Tennessee
City Auditorium, Macon, Georgia
Grand Opera House, Meridian, Mississippi
Louisville Palace Theatre, Louisville, Kentucky
Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown, Maryland
Mountainside Theatre, Cherokee, North Carolina
Old Playmakers Theatre, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, Tennessee
Paramount Arts Center, Ashland, Kentucky
Van Meter Auditorium, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Pearce Auditorium, Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia
Princess Theatre, Columbus, Mississippi

Haunted Southern College & University Buildings - Georgia

Demosthenian Hall
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

One of the oldest organizations on the UGA campus, the Demosthenian Literary Society, a debating society, was founded in 1803. Among its alumni roster are many who would help shape the state of Georgia as well as the nation including Robert Toombs. Known for his fiery disposition and oration, Toombs represented Georgia in the United States House of Representatives, the Senate in the turbulent years leading up to the Civil War and served as the first Secretary of State for the Confederacy.

Robert Toombs, c. 1870-80. Photo by Matthew Brady
or Levin Handy. Courtesy of the Brady-Handy Photograph
Collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs
Division.

Toombs entered the university at the ripe age of 14. Under the firm rule of University President Moses Waddell, who was later described as having been “a born educator and strict disciplinarian,” Toombs was more than once on the receiving end of Waddell’s discipline. One evening, only a year or so into his schooling, a proctor caught Toombs and a group of other students playing cards—a vice worthy of expulsion. Instead of awaiting a dishonorable dismissal from the school, Toombs sought out Waddell and received an honorable dismissal before the proctor’s report arrived. Encountering Toombs later that day on campus, Waddell harangued him for this deception to which Toombs replied that he was no longer a student and simply a free-born American citizen.

Demosthenian Hall, 1934. Photo by Branan Sanders for the
Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), courtesy of the
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

However, the legend does not end there. During graduation exercises, Toombs took a position outside the university chapel (located just next door to Demosthenian Hall) next to an oak. He launched into a compelling oration and soon the students emptied out of the chapel to hear him speak. That oak was later named the “Toombs Oak” and remained for many decades. Legend says that the oak was later struck by lightning at the same time that Toombs died in 1885, however records show that the oak was dying, but still alive into the 1890s. According to Barbara Duffey, the oak was struck by lightning at the moment of Toombs’ death, but lived on and was finally taken down in 1908. Regardless, upon the tree’s death the stump was removed to Demosthenian Hall where it remains to this day.

Starting in the Georgia legislature in 1837, Toombs record of service to the state is lengthy. He entered the U.S. House of Representatives in 1844 and there forged a lifelong relationship with another Georgia representative, Alexander Stephens, who would later serve as vice president of the Confederacy. Toombs entered the Senate in 1853 and served until his resignation in 1861 when Georgia seceded from the Union. Jefferson Davis asked him to serve as the first Secretary of State, but Toombs became increasingly frustrated with the Confederacy and stepped aside to become a military commander for Georgia. He escaped the South as the Confederacy fell in 1865 and returned two years later as an “unreconstructed” Southerner.

Just as he returned to his beloved Georgia after the fall of the Confederacy, perhaps Toombs’ spirit has returned to his beloved Demosthenian Hall after his death. Students studying in the quiet of Demosthenian Hall have reported hearing pacing footsteps in the empty chamber above. Other students have felt a presence urging them to get out, but when they exclaim, “Bob, no!” the feeling dissipates. A hazy grey figure has also been spotted and other sources claim that the figure is outfitted as a Confederate soldier.

Demosthenian Hall, 2003. Photo by Atrivedi, courtesy of Wikipedia.

William N. Bender, in his Haunted Atlanta and Beyond, states that Toombs’ spirit has also been seen at his home in Washington, Georgia. He asks whether it is possible for a spirit to travel. In my opinion, it seems there is nothing to actually indicate that the Demosthenian Hall spirit is actually Robert Toombs. I have observed that in historic locations—especially those associated with famous people—there is a tendency to identify any spiritual activity with those famous people, even in cases where is unlikely. While it’s not unimaginable that Toombs might haunt his home, it appears that the activity within Demosthenian Hall is simply residual energy associated with the many students that have passed through the hall’s portals.

Henry Ford Building Complex
Berry College
Rome, Georgia

Located on part of the largest college campus in the world (at more than 26,000 acres), the Gothic-style Henry Ford Building Complex now is mostly used for administration. The complex was built through a gift from automobile manufacturer, Henry Ford, one of many prominent philanthropists to aid this institution built on philanthropy. Martha Berry, the daughter of a local planter, was shocked by the ignorance of the children in this city at the foot of the Appalachians. She built a series of school to educate these impoverished children and of them, Berry College has survived as a symbol of her kind work.

Henry Ford Building Complex, 2008. Photo by TheCustomofLife,
courtesy of Wikipedia.

According to Daniel Barefoot’s Haunted Halls of Ivy, Berry College’s two campuses, the Main and Mountain Campuses, are practically crawling with spirits. From the spirit of Frances Berry, Martha’s sister, at Berry’s home, Oak Hill to the female wraith haunting Stretch Road, the road between the campuses, to the ghost of the House o’ Dreams, a mountain retreat cottage. In the Henry Ford Building Complex, the spirit of a female student who hung herself after her boyfriend was killed in World War II, is said to still roam the building. Of course, with the beauty of Berry’s enormous campus, who wouldn’t want to return?

Pearce Auditorium
Brenau University
Gainesville, Georgia

Two sensitives associated with the Southeastern Institute of Paranormal Research in Pearce Auditorium encountered a wet female. Working independently, the sensitives discovered this sad form wearing a white dress with dark, matted hair. Perhaps this was Agnes, the auditorium’s resident spirit. Legend speaks of a young woman who hung herself in the building at some point during the 1920s. She’s been roaming the halls ever since.

Old postcard of the Brenau Campus. Pearce Auditorium is the
building just right of center. Published by the Asheville Post
Card Company, courtesy of the Georgia State Archives,
Historic Postcard Collection.

Opened as a private women’s school in 1878, Brenau gained its unusual name when the school was acquired by H. J. Pearce (for whom the auditorium is named) in 1900. The name is an amalgam of the German “brennen,” “to burn” and Latin “aurum,” “gold;” reflecting the school’s motto, “as gold refined by fire.”  The school has continued as a force for education in the region and opened its doors to men in the 1960s while retaining its historical Women’s College and acquiring a few ghosts along the way.

Pearce Auditorium, dedicated in 1897, was built to serve the needs of the campus as well as Gainesville. Over the years, the auditorium has seen names ranging from noted American dancers Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn to the Vienna Boys Choir and, if legend holds true, a slight dark haired young woman named Agnes. Since Agnes passed through the doors of the auditorium, numerous stories have been told about this dark-haired waif.

As with most legends, there are numerous versions and sources do vary. The basic story tells of a young music student who fell in love with a rakish music professor. He kissed her during a lesson and when he married another woman, the distraught student committed suicide by hanging herself in the building. All of this took place around 1926.

Investigators interested in Agnes’ legend have thoroughly searched school records and discovered one young lady who may be the real Agnes: Agnes Galloway, whose picture appears in the 1926 yearbook. Records indicate that Ms. Galloway, from Mount Airy, North Carolina, died young, though in 1929 and the reason given for her death was tuberculosis. While suicide was often covered up by image-conscious families, the year of her death obviously doesn’t agree with the legend. Nancy Roberts in her Georgia Ghosts published an interview that adds some fuel to the legend’s fire.

Roberts interviewed a student whose grandmother had attended Brenau and who had known Agnes. The interview includes the story of the music professor and has Agnes hanging herself in her room in Pearce. The student coincidently was assigned to the very room where Agnes’ life had ended. The student was awakened one evening and saw the ghostly image of Agnes hanging from the light fixture. But, what would account for the sensitives seeing a young woman who was wet?

Another investigation in 2005 by the Ghost Hounds did capture an EVP during an investigation, but who or what is actually haunting Pearce Auditorium may never be known.

Sources
Atkins, Jonathan M. “Berry College.” New Encyclopedia
     Of Georgia. 15 April 2009.
Barefoot, Daniel W. Haunted Halls of Ivy. Winston-Salem,
     NC: John F. Blair, 2004.
Bender, William N. Haunted Atlanta and Beyond: True Tales of
     the Supernatural in Atlanta, Athens, and North Georgia. Toccoa,
     GA: Currahee Books, 2005.
Berry College. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. 20 May 2011.
Brenau University. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Accessed
     17 May 2011.
Coulter, E. Merton. The Toombs Oak, The Tree That Owns
     Itself, and Other Chapters of Georgia. Athens, GA: UGA
     Press, 1966.
Davis, Mark. “Ghost Hunter: His Mission: To chat with a
     School spirit.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 31 October
     2005.
“Exploring haunted history.” The Athens Banner-Herald.
     31 October 2010.
Jordan, Julie Phillips. “Happy hauntings.” The Athens
     Banner-Herald. 31 October 1999.
Justice, George. “Robert Toombs.” New Encyclopedia of
     Georgia. 9 February 2009.
Mahefkey, Ann. “Brenau University.” New Georgia
     Encyclopedia. 6 June 2006.
Robert Toombs. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Accessed
     16 May 2011.
Roberts, Nancy. Georgia Ghosts. Winston-Salem, NC: John F.
     Blair, 1997.
Stovall, Pleasant A. Robert Toombs: Statesman, Speaker, Soldier,
     Sage. NYC: Cassell Publishing, 1892.
Thomas, Brandee A. “Spirits of the past draw a crowd to
     History Center.” Gainesville Times. 30 October 2010.
Underwood, Corinna. Haunted History: Atlanta and North
     Georgia. Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 2008.
Walls, Kathleen. Georgia’s Ghostly Getaways. Global Authors
     Publications, 2003.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Southern Spirit Library

Last week’s entry on Southern Spirit Resources was really an homage to resources that I really enjoy. Occasionally, circumstances conspire to distract me enough to write a blog entry. Earlier today, I received a very nice email from Pamela K. Kinney, author of Haunted Richmond, Virginia; Haunted Virginia: Legends, Myths and True Tales; Travel Guide to the Haunted Mid-Atlantic Region and the upcoming Virginia’s Haunted Historic Triangle: Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown and Other Haunted Locations (due out in July). She suggested her own books as well as a few others about the region.

Relaxing amid stacks of books.
I’ve needed to organize my bookshelf for awhile. In doing so, I realized just how few books I have on Virginia and I have none of Kinney’s books, though I have two by Beth Brown who she recommended. Therefore, I was inspired to write this blog entry listing the books relating to the South in my library. I know there are many holes, if you can suggest books, please do by leaving a comment or emailing me. I do eventually want to have a complete library on Southern hauntings.

I’m dividing this by the scope of each book. This will start with books that have an international or national scope but include Southern hauntings and then work down to a local level.

International and National
·         Austin, Joanne, editor. Weird Hauntings: True Tales of Ghostly Places. Sterling Publishing, 2006.
·         Balzano, Christopher. Ghostly Adventures: Chilling True Stories from America’s Haunted Hot Spots. Fall River Press, 2008.
·         Belanger, Jeff, editor. Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales from Around the World. New Page Books, 2008.
·         Belanger, Jeff. Ghosts of War: Restless Spirits of Soldiers, Spies and Saboteurs. New Page Books, 2006.
·         Belanger, Jeff. The World’s Most Haunted Places: From the Secret Files of Ghostvillage.com. Fall River Press, 2004.
·         Blackman, W. Haden. The Field Guide to North American Hauntings. Three River Press, 1998.
·         Blue & Gray Magazine. Guide to Haunted Places of the Civil War. Blue & Gray Magazine, 1996.
·         Crain, Mary Beth. Haunted U.S. Battlefields. Globe Pequot, 2008.
·         Elizabeth, Norma and Bruce Roberts. Lighthouse Ghosts: 13 Bone Fide Apparitions Standing Watch Over America’s Shores. Crane Hill Publishers, 1999.
·         Fate Magazine. Visions of Ghost Armies: Real-Life Encounters with War-Torn Spirits. Barnes & Noble Books, 2003.
·         Floyd, E. Randall. Ghost Lights and Other Encounters with the Unknown. August House, 1993.
·         Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits, 3rd Edition. Checkmark Books, 2007.
·         Hauck, Dennis William. Haunted Places: The National Directory. Penguin, 2002.
·         Holzer, Hans. Where the Ghosts Are: The Ultimate Guide to Haunted Houses. Citadel Press, 1998.
·         Jarvis, Sharon. Dead Zones. Warner Books, 1992.
·         Kermeen, Frances. Ghostly Encounters: True Stories of America’s Haunted Inns and Hotels. Warner Books, 2002.
·         Martin, Joel & William J. Birnes. The Haunting of the Presidents: A Paranormal History of the U.S. Presidency. Konecky & Konecky, 2003.
·         Mott, A.S. Haunted Schools: Ghost Stories & Strange Tales. Ghost House Books, 2003.
·         Myers, Arthur. A Ghosthunter’s Guide to Haunted Landmarks, Parks, Churches and Other Public Places. Contemporary Books, 1993.
·         Myers, Arthur. The Ghostly Gazateer: America’s Most Fascinating Landmarks. Contemporary Books, 1990.
·         Norman, Michael. Haunted Homeland. Tor Books, 2006.
·         Norman, Michael and Beth Scott. Haunted America. Tor Books, 1994.
·         Norman, Michael and Beth Scott. Haunted Heritage. Tor Books, 2002.
·         Norman, Michael and Beth Scott. Historic Haunted America. Tor Books, 1995.
·         Ogden, Tom. Haunted Theaters. Globe Pequot, 2009.
·         Rule, Leslie. Coast to Coast Ghosts: True Stories of Hauntings Across America. Andrew McMeel Publishing, 2001.
·         Rule, Leslie. Ghosts Among Us: True Stories of Spirit Encounters. Andrew McMeel Publishing, 2004.
·         Rule, Leslie. Ghost in the Mirror: Real Cases of Spirit Encounters. Andrew McMeel Publishing, 2008.
·         Rule, Leslie. When the Ghost Screams: True Stories of Victims Who Haunt. Andrew McMeel Publishing, 2006.
·         Spaeth, Frank, editor. Phantom Army of the Civil War and Other Southern Ghost Stories. Llewellyn Publications, 1997.
·         Steitz, George C. Haunted Lighthouses and How to Find Them. Pineapple Press, 2002.
·         Steward, Paul Jay. True Tales of Terror in the Caves of the World. Cave Books, 2005.
·         Taylor, Troy. Beyond the Grave: The History of America’s Most Haunted Graveyards. Whitechapel Press, 2001.
·         Taylor, Troy. Down in the Darkness: The Shadowy History of America’s Haunted Mines, Tunnels and Caverns. Whitechapel Press, 2003.
·         Taylor, Troy. Haunting of America: A Road Guide to Nights in Haunted Places. Whitechapel Press, 2010.
·         Toney, B. Keith. Battlefield Ghosts. Rockbridge Publishing, 1997.

Southern Ghosts
·         Barefoot, Daniel W. Haunted Halls of Ivy: Ghosts of Southern Colleges and Universities. John F. Blair, 2004.
·         Brown, Alan. Haunted Places in the American South. U. Press of Mississippi, 2002.
·         Brown, Alan. Stories from the Haunted South. U. Press of Mississippi, 2004.
·         Coleman, Christopher K. Dixie Spirits: True Tales of the Strange and Supernatural in the South, 2nd Edition. Cumberland House, 2002.
·         Duffey, Barbara. Angels and Apparitions: True Ghost Stories from the South. Elysian Publishing, 1996.
·         Floyd, E. Randall. More Great Southern Mysteries. August House, 1990.
·         Glass, Debra with Heath Matthews. Skeletons of the Civil War: True Ghost Stories if the Army of the Tennessee. Debra Glass, 2007.
·         Gray, Jacquelyn Procter. When Spirits Walk. AuthorHouse, 2006.
·         McNeil, W.K., editor. Ghost Stories from the American South. August House, 1985.
·         Roberts, Nancy. Ghosts and Spectres of the Old South. Sandlapper Publishing, 1974.
·         Roberts, Nancy. Southern Ghosts. Sandlapper Publishing, 1979.
·         Roberts, Nancy. This Haunted Southland: Where Ghosts Still Roam. U. of SC Press, 1970.
·         Turnage, Sheila. Haunted Inns of the Southeast. John F. Blair, 2001.

Regional (within the South)

Carolinas
·         Lambeth, Cheralyn. Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas. Schiffer, 2009.
·         Roberts, Nancy. Ghosts of the Carolinas. U. of SC Press, 1962.
·         Zepke, Terrance. Ghosts and Legends of the Carolina Coasts. Pineapple Press, 2005.
·         Zepke, Terrance. Ghosts of the Carolina Coasts: Haunted Lighthouses, Plantations and Other Historic Sites. Pineapple Press, 1999.
Southern Coast
·         Buxton, Geordie. Haunted Plantations: Ghosts of Slavery and Legends of the Cotton Kingdom. Arcadia, 2007.
·         Roberts, Nancy. Ghosts from the Coast: A Ghostly Tour of Coastal North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. U. of NC Press, 2001.
·         Rhyne, Nancy. Coastal Ghosts: Haunted Places from Wilmington, North Carolina to Savannah, Georgia. Sandlapper Publishing, 1985.
Other Regions
·         Carden, Gary and Nina Anderson. Belled Buzzards, Hucksters and Grieving Spirits: Appalachian Tales, Strange True and Legendary. Down Home Press, 1994.
·         Kotarski, Georgiana C. Ghosts of the Southern Tennessee Valley. John F. Blair, 2006.
·         Roberts, Nancy. Ghosts of the Southern Mountains and Appalachia. U. of SC Press, 1978.
·         Tennis, Joe. The Marble and Other Ghost Tales of Tennessee and Virginia. Backyard Books, 2007.

Alabama
·         Greenhaw, Wayne. Alabama on My Mind: Politics, People, History and Ghost Stories. Sycamore Press, 1987.
·         Johnston, Debra. Skeletons in the Closet: True Ghost Stories of The Shoals Area. Debra Johnston, 2002.
·         Johnston, Debra. Skeletons in the Closet: More True Ghost Stories of The Shoals Area. Debra Johnston, 2003.
·         Penot, Jessica. Haunted North Alabama. History Press, 2010.
·         Smith, Holly. Alabama Ghosts: They Are Among Us. Sweetwater Press, 2006.
·         Windham, Kathryn Tucker and Margaret Gillis Figh. 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey. U. of Alabama Press, 1969.
·         Windham, Kathryn Tucker. Jeffrey’s Latest 13: More Alabama Ghosts. U. of Alabama Press, 1982.
Local
·         Parker, Elizabeth. Mobile Ghosts: Alabama’s Haunted Port City. Apparition Publishing, 2001.
·        
Florida
·         Jenkins, Greg. Florida’s Ghostly Legends and Haunted Folklore. Volumes 1-3. Pineapple Press, 2005.
·         Jones, Robert R. Florida Ghost Stories. Pineapple Press, 2008.
·         Lapham, Dave. Ghosthunting Florida. Clerisy Press, 2010.
·         Martin, C. Lee. Florida Ghosts and Pirates. Schiffer, 2008.
·         Moore, Joyce Elson. Haunt Hunter’s Guide to Florida. Pineapple Press, 1998.
·         Powell, Jack. Haunting Sunshine: Ghostly Tales from Florida’s Shadows. Pineapple Press, 2001.
·         Thuma, Cynthia and Catherine Lower. Haunted Florida: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Sunshine State. Stackpole, 2008.
Local
·         Bruce, Alexander M. The Folklore of Florida Southern College. Aventine Press, 2003.
·         Cool, Kim. Ghost Stories of Venice: from Historic Spanish Point to Englewood. Historic Venice Press, 2002.
·         Harvey, Karen. Oldest Ghosts: St. Augustine Haunts. Pineapple Press, 2000.
·         Lapham, Dave. Ancient City Hauntings: More Ghosts of St. Augustine. Pineapple Press, 2004.
·         Lapham, Dave. Ghosts of St. Augustine. Pineapple Press, 1997.
·         Stavely, John F. Ghosts and Gravestones in St. Augustine, Florida. Historic Tours of America, 2005.

Georgia
From what I know, this is almost a complete collection on Georgia’s ghosts.
·         Alan, Ian. Georgia’s Ghosts: They Are Among Us. Sweetwater Press, 2005.
·         Barber, Christina A. Spirits of Georgia’s Southern Crescent. Schiffer, 2008.
·         Brown, Alan. Haunted Georgia: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Peach State. Stackpole, 2008.
·         Dolgner, Beth. Georgia Spirits and Specters. Schiffer, 2009
·         Duffey, Barbara. Banshees, Bugles and Belles: True Ghost Stories of Georgia. Rockbridge Publishing, 1995.
·         Farrant, Don. Ghosts of the Georgia Coast. Pineapple Press, 2002.
·         Killion, Ronald G. and Charles T. Waller. A Treasury of Georgia Folklore. Cherokee Publishing, 1972.
·         Miles, Jim. Weird Georgia: Close Encounters, Strange Creatures & Unexplained Phenomena. Cumberland House 2000.
·         Miles, Jim. Weird Georgia: Your Travel Guide to Georgia’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets. Sterling Publishing, 2006.
·         Roberts, Nancy. Georgia Ghosts. John F. Blair, 1997.
·         Underwood, Corinna. Haunted History: Atlanta and North Georgia. Schiffer, 2008.
·         Walls, Kathleen. Georgia’s Ghostly Getaways. Global Authors Publications, 2003.
·         . Publishing, 2006.
·         Windham, Kathryn Tucker. 13 Georgia Ghosts and Jeffrey. U. of Alabama Press, 1973.
Local
·         Akamatsu, Rhetta. Haunted Marietta. History Press, 2009.
·         Avenna, Dianna. Roswell: History Haunts and Legends. History Press, 2007.
·         Bender, William N. Haunted Atlanta and Beyond: True Tales of the Supernatural in Atlanta, Athens and North Georgia. Cherokee Books, 2005.
·         Cannon, Shannon. Ghost Hunting in McDonough. Bell, Book and Candle Bookstore, No Date.
·         Caskey, James. Haunted Savannah: The Official Guidebook to Savannah Haunted History Tour, 2008. Bonaventure Books, 2008.
·         Christian, Reese. Ghosts of Atlanta: Phantoms of the Phoenix City. History Press, 2008.
·         Cobb, Al. Danny’s Bed: A Tale of Ghosts and Poltergeists in Savannah, Georgia. Whitaker Street Books, 2000.
·         Cobb, Al. Savannah’s Ghosts. Whitaker Street Books, 2001.
·         Cobb, Al. Savannah Ghosts II. Schiffer, 2007.
·         DeBolt, Margaret Wayt. Savannah Spectres and Other Strange Tales. The Donning Company, 1984.
·         Edgerly, Robert. Savannah Hauntings. See Savannah Books, 2005.
·         Irby, Mary Lee. Ghosts of Macon. Vestige Publishing, 1998.
·         Johnson, Scott A. The Mayor’s Guide to The Stately Ghosts of Augusta. Harbor House, 2005.
·         Joiner, Sean. Haunted Augusta & Local Legends. Llumina Press, 2002.
·         Pierce, Paul. The Springer Ghost Book: A Theatre Haunting in the Deep South. Communicorp, 2003. – About the Springer Opera House, Columbus, Georgia.
·         Rousseau, David. Savannah Ghosts. Schiffer, 2006.
·         Vanstory, Burnette. Ghost Stories and Superstitions of Old Saint Simons. Coastal Georgia Historical Society, No Date. – About St. Simons Island.
·         Walker, Caprice and Dan Brooks. Haunted Memories of McDonough, Georgia. Bell, Book and Candle Bookstore, 2006.

Kentucky
·         Brown, Alan. Haunted Kentucky: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Bluegrass State. Stackpole, 2009.
·         Henson, Michael Paul. More Kentucky Ghost Stories. Overmountain Press, 1996.
·         McCormick, James and Macy Wyatt. Ghosts of the Bluegrass. U. Press of Kentucky, 2009.
·         Montell, William Lynwood. Ghosts Across Kentucky. U. Press of Kentucky, 2000.
·         Montell, William Lynwood. Haunted Houses and Family Ghosts of Kentucky. U. Press of Kentucky, 2001.
·         Montell, William Lynwood. Kentucky Ghosts. U. Press of Kentucky, 1994.
·         Starr, Patti. Ghosthunting Kentucky. Clerisy Press, 2010.
·         Westmoreland-Doherty, Lisa. Kentucky Spirits Undistilled. Schiffer, 2009.
Local
·         Domine, David. Ghosts of Old Louisville: True Stories of Hauntings in America’s Largest Victorian Neighborhood. McClanahan Publishing, 2005.
·         Domine, David. Haunts of Old Louisville: Gilded Age Ghosts and Haunted Mansions in America’s Spookiest Neighborhood. McClanahan Publishing, 2009.
·         Domine, David. Phantoms of Old Louisville: Ghostly Tales from America’s Most HauntedNeighborhood. McClanahan Publishing, 2006.
·         Olson, Colleen O’Connor & Charles Hanion. Scary Stories of Mammoth Cave. Cave Books, 2002.
·         Parker, Robert W. Haunted Louisville: History & Hauntings from the Derby City. Whitechapel Press, 2007.
·         Parker, Robert W. Haunted Louisville 2, Beyond Downtown: More History & Hauntings from the Derby City. Whitechapel Press, 2010.

Louisiana
Local
·         Dwyer, Jeff. Ghost Hunter’s Guide to New Orleans. Pelican Press, 2007.
·         Klein, Victor C. New Orleans Ghosts. Professional Press, 1993.
·         Klein, Victor C. New Orleans Ghosts II. Lycanthrope Press, 1999.
·         Levatino, Madeline. Past Masters: The History & Hauntings of Destrehan Plantation. Dinstuhl Printing & Publishing, 1991.
·         Smith, Katherine. Journey Into Darkness: Ghosts and Vampires of New Orleans. De Simonin Publications, 1998.

Maryland
·         Gallagher, Trish. Ghosts & Haunted Houses of Maryland. Tidewater Publishers, 1988.
·         Okonowicz, Ed. Haunted Maryland: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Old Line State. Stackpole, 2007.
·         Varhola, Michael J. and Michael H. Varhola. Ghosthunting Maryland. Clerisy
·         Press, 2009.

Mississippi
·         Hubbard, Sylvia Booth. Ghosts! Personal Accounts of Modern Mississippi Hauntings. Quail Ridge Press, 1992.
·         Sillery, Barbara. The Haunting of Mississippi. Pelican Publishing, 2011.
·         Windham, Kathryn Tucker. 13 Mississippi Ghosts and Jeffrey. U. of Alabama press, 1974.

North Carolina
·         Barefoot, Daniel W. North Carolina’s Haunted Hundred: Vol. 3 Haints of the Hills. John F. Blair, 2002.
·         Barefoot, Daniel W. North Carolina’s Haunted Hundred: Vol.  Piedmont Phantoms. John F. Blair, 2002.
·         Barefoot, Daniel W. North Carolina’s Haunted Hundred: Vol. 1 Seaside Spectres. John F. Blair, 2002.
·         Russell, Randy and Janet Barnett. Mountain Ghost Stories and Curious Tales of Western North Carolina. John F. Blair, 1988.
Local
·         Calloway, Burt and Jennifer FitzSimmons. Triad Hauntings: Ghost Stories from Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point and Surrounding Areas. Bandit Books, 1990.
·         Warren. Joshua. Haunted Asheville. Overmountain Press, 1996.
·         Williams, Stephanie Burt. Haunted Hills: Ghosts and Legends of Highlands and Cashiers, North Carolina. History Press, 2007.
South Carolina
·         Brown, Alan. Haunted South Carolina: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Palmetto State. Stackpole, 2010.
·         Graydon, Nell S. South Carolina Ghost Tales. Beaufort Book Shop, 1969.
·         Roberts, Nancy. South Carolina Ghosts: From the Coast to the Mountains. U. of SC Press, 1983.
Local
·         Halio, Sally. Charleston Ghosts: Past and Present. Sally Halio, 2003.
·         Huntsinger, Elizabeth Robertson. Ghosts of Georgetown. John F. Blair, 1995.
·         Huntsinger, Elizabeth Robertson. More Ghosts of Georgetown. John F. Blair, 1998.
·         Macy, Edward B. and Julian T. Buxton III. The Ghosts of Charleston. Beaufort Books, 2001.
·         Martin, Margaret Rhett. Charleston Ghosts. U. of SC Press, 1963.
·         Pickens, Cathy. Charleston Mysteries. History Press, 2007.
·         Roffe, Denise. Ghosts and Legends of Charleston. Schiffer, 2010.

Tennessee
·         Brown, Alan. Haunted Tennessee: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Volunteer State. Stackpole, 2009.
·         Coleman, Christopher K. Ghosts and Haunts of Tennessee. John F. Blair, 2011.
·         Hall, Lynne L. Tennessee Ghosts: They Are Among Us. Sweetwater Press, 2006.
·         O’Rear, Jim. Tennessee Ghosts. Schiffer, 2009.
·         Price, Charles Edwin. Haunted Tennessee. Overmountain Press, 1995.
·         Price, Charles Edwin. More Haunted Tennessee. Overmountain Press, 1999.
·         Windham, Kathryn Tucker. 13 Tennessee Ghosts and Jeffrey. U. of Alabama Press, 1977.
Local
·         Dykes, Peter. Haunted Kingsport: Ghosts of Tri-City Tennessee. History Press, 2008.
·         Harris, Frankie and Kim Meredith Harris. Haunted Nashville. Schiffer, 2009.
·         Price, Charles Edwin. Haunted Jonesborough. Overmountain Press, 1993.
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·         Seabrook, Lochlainn. Carnton Plantation Ghost Stories: True Tales of the Unexplained from Tennessee’s Most Haunted Civil War House. SeaRaven Press, 2005.
·         Thessin, Margie Gould. Ghosts of Franklin: Tennessee’s Most Haunted Town. Margie Gould Thessin, 2008.
·         Traylor, Ken and Delas M. House Jr. Nashville Ghosts and Legends. History Press, 2007.
Virginia
·         Brown, Beth. Haunted Battlefields: Virginia’s Civil War Ghosts. Schiffer, 2008.
·         Brown, Beth. Haunted Plantations of Virginia. Schiffer, 2009.
·         Lee, Marguerite DuPont. Virginia Ghosts. Virginia Book Company, 1966.
·         Taylor, L. B. Jr. The Ghosts of Tidewater…and Nearby Environs. Progress Printing, 1990.
·         Taylor, L.B. Jr. The Ghosts of Virginia. Progress Printing, 1993.
·         Varhola, Michael J. Ghosthunting Virginia. Clerisy Press, 2008.
Local
·         Behrend, Jackie Eileen. The Hauntings of Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown. John F. Blair, 1998.
·         Taylor, L.B. Jr. The Ghosts of Williamsburg…and Nearby Environs. Progress Printing, 1983.

West Virginia
·         Dietz, Dennis. The Greenbrier Ghost and Other Strange Stories. Mountain Memories Books, 1990.
·         Robinson, James Foster. A Ghostly Guide to West Virginia. Winking Eye Books, 2008.
·         Samples, Mack. The Devil’s Tea Table: West Virginia Ghost Tales and Other Stories. Quarrier Press, 2005.
·         Wilson, Patty A. Haunted West Virginia: Ghosts and Starnge Phenomena of the Mountain State. Stackpole, 2007.
Local
·         Brown, Stephen D. Haunted Houses of Harpers Ferry. Little Brown House, 1976.