Title: Haunted Happenings: Atlanta, Shadows and Spirits of Atlanta What to do: Copy and Paste Haunted Places (with pics), find a LARGE map on google images of Atlanta to print out Ghost Tours
Atlanta is steeped in haunted history, folklore and superstition. Check out some places that are known for
scoring high on the haunted factorâ€Śif you dare!
Anthonyâ€™s Fine Dining, Atlanta Anthonyâ€™s Restaurant was an upscale restaurant built in an old plantation home. There have been reported sightings and odd sounds upstairs and downstairs. Many business plans have been abandoned because of the hauntings, including plans for a yacht, polo club and a wedding venue.
Noonday Cemetery (Devil’s Turnaround), Marietta The Noonday Cemetery is nicknamed after its roundabout and supernatural sightings. Noonday or “The Devil’s Turnaround” is home to ghost sightings and rumors of the occult.
Old Roswell Cemetery, Roswell The Old Roswell Cemetery, founded in 1846 or 1848, was originally a burial ground for a Methodist church. Come explore this haunted cemetery during the day, or during guided ghost tours at night!
Kennesaw House, Marietta Built in the 1840s, The Kennesaw House has served multiple purposes: cotton warehouse, railroad restaurant, Civil War hospital, hotel and even a morgue! Reports of apparitions at the Kennesaw House are fully backed by historical details. Confederate and Union armies commandeered the hotel as a hospital, using the third floor as the surgical ward. Surgeons performed hundreds of amputations. The fourth floor served as a morgue. A glowing, female-shaped figure is sometimes seen on the lobby security camera footage. Visitors have seen a 19th-century surgeon out of the corner of their eyes. Ghost Hunters have claimed that the building houses more than 700 spirits, with activity often involving the elevator.
St. James Episcopal Cemetery in Marietta The statue of Mary Meinert is believed to weep tears of blood at midnight.
Old Lawrenceville Jail, Lawrenceville Built in 1832, it served as the town jail until 1940. In 1840, a local slave owner prone to fits of violence attacked a servant named Elleck in his quarters. Elleck fled to his sleeping loft and his master pursued him, only to fall from the ladder and impale himself on his sword. Elleck chose not to flee, and instead went to the sheriff to explain his owner's accidental death. Rather than take the word of a slave, the sheriff arrested Elleck and charged him with murder. The jury found him guilty and sentenced him to hang. Awaiting execution, Elleck attempted to break through his prison wall to make an escape. He was caught, although the indentation remains on the wall to this day. In punishment, the sheriff chained Elleck to the floor by his wrist and ankles, and the prisoner sang to his beloved Betsy. On the fourth day the guards took Elleck to the gallows and hanged him. Over 150 years, however, visitors and passersby claim to feel a presence from the building, and even to have heard bits of song from an unseen presence.
Ellis Hotel, Atlanta The Ellis Hotel is the site of the Winecoff Hotel fire, a disaster nicknamed " Titanic on Peachtree." On Dec. 7, 1946, the Winecoff Hotel welcomed 280 guests, including holiday shoppers, moviegoers eager to see Disney's Song of the South, and teenagers attending a Tri-Y Youth Conference. Around 3 a.m., an elevator operator smelled smoke near the fifth floor. The third, fourth and fifth floors were already ablaze. This self-proclaimed "fireproof" hotel had no fire escapes, fire doors, sprinklers or alarm system. Firefighters' ladders could only reach the eighth floor of the 15-story building, so many guests attempted to escape through their windows by making ropes out of bed sheets or risking a jump. A Georgia Tech student won a Pulitzer Prize for his photo of a woman leaping from the 11th floor â€” she survived, despite breaking her back, pelvis and both legs. Not so lucky were the 119 people who died of smoke inhalation, being burned alive or fatally falling. Speculation holds that arson caused the devastating blaze and that a local criminal Ray McCullough, nicknamed "Candy" or "Candy Man," was the perpetrator. Since its reopening in 1951, workers have reported episodes of tools being moved, and apparitions in places inaccessible to the public. Sometimes sounds, such as running children or screaming women, resound through the halls. And once, for two weeks in a row, the fire alarm went off at 2:48 a.m., which perfectly fits the timetable of the deadly blaze's first spark.
Concord Road Covered Bridge, Smyrna Built in 1872, the bridge is a quaint historic artifact and a risky road on a twisty, wooded lane. Neighborhood lore holds that spirits known as "the waterheads" live in or around Nickajack Creek near the bridge. One may be the ghost of a 3-year-old child killed at nearby Ruff's Grist Mill. In 1874, the son of John Reed wandered to the mill's upper story and caught his clothes in the revolving machinery. According to the Marietta Daily Journal 1874 account of the accident, the miller "ascended to the upper floor and to his horror found the child stripped of its clothing, bleeding, gashed and lifeless wedged in among the machinery." In a grim coincidence, the boy's mother was giving birth to a new child just as the older one was slain. Some residents of the area believe that the waterheads could be the ghosts of one or both of the Reed children, or possibly other kids who drowned in the creek. About 100 years after the death at the mill, a tradition emerged among local teenagers involving the spirits. At night, if you parked on the covered bridge, turned off your lights and placed a Snickers candy bar on the roof of your car, eventually you'd hear a scurrying noise on the trunk and roof, like small feet and hands. Afterward, the candy bar would be gone. Maybe it's a ghost child, maybe a raccoon. Or even a ghost-raccoon. By the way, DO NOT DO THIS. Today Concord Road sees so much traffic you're likely to cause a head-on collision. In your eagerness to encounter a ghost, do not become one yourself.
Public House, Roswell During the Civil War, Public House served as the location of a Romeo-and-Juliet romance between Michael, a 17-year-old soldier in the occupying army, and a young Southern woman named Catherine, believed to be the daughter of the building's owner. The romance between the Northerner and Southerner didn't last long enough to scandalize the community: Michael was accused of treason and killed by Confederates. Catherine watched the execution from the upper floor, and then some weeks later, hanged herself in the same room. The couple has been sighted together dancing in the building's loft at night. Their activities tend to be tame and prankish, like loudly whispering the names of workers in their ears. Bartenders have reported that bottles have been mislabeled over night, suggesting that the building never sold alcohol when it served as the commissary, and the deceased spirits dislike the presence of distilled spirits in the building.
The Masquerade, Atlanta Planning on seeing some rock 'n roll at The Masq in the next couple months? Might want to watch your back. The building was erected in 1890 and has been used as a mill, a pizzeria, and a movie theater before coming a concert venue. In its time, several structural collapses and fire have been documentedâ€”resulting in death. Screams, cold spots, and footsteps have been reported.
Fox Theatre With its rich Confederate history, it’s no surprise that employees and theatre-goers have reported seeing a few soldiers walking around. Don’t get too jumpy, though. It could just be 85-year-old Joe Patten, “The Phantom of the Fox”, trying to scare ya. He admitted that he’d never experienced any ghosts in the Fox, but has seen a couple weird things.