Finding your town’s hidden gem

 

crescent_hotel_eureka_springs_arkansas_-_circa_1890s
Crescent Hotel, Arkansas
Photo by Eureka Springs Media Center

I am excited to start my journey into the paranormal, but first, background information is important on your adventure with me into the spooky spots of the Delaware Valley.

Although the Delaware Valley has many ghost sightings, not all sightings are centered in this area!
If I could, I would travel the country to see all of the eerie sites America has to offer. Some really interesting places with great historical backgrounds are located right in our country. This really great website gives the top haunted places in each of the 50 states! Some include:

  • The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, AR (pictured above) is referred to as the most haunted hotel in America
  • Villisca Ax Murder House in Villisca, Iowa is known for the Villisca axe murders of 1912. The death of eight people (including children) is still a mystery today.
  • The Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, MA was home to Lizzie Borden who is thought to have ax murdered her parents.
  • Ferry Plantation House in Virginia Beach, VA is assumed to be haunted by no less than 11 spirits. These spirits presumed to be former slaves, owners, people who drowned and more.

Tell me about your experiences if you have ever been to any of these 50 locations!

However, there are some pretty cool spots in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware
Don’t be afraid to research your own area even if it isn’t within these three states. After all, finding a house with history is like finding a needle in a haystack, so ask people in your town what they know about paranormal activity within the region.

Yes, we all know about Pennhurst Asylum and Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia (if you live in this area), but what about all of the other locations that are scanned over? There are other really cool spots to check out in Philadelphia, and some places I might choose to explore!

New Jersey is known for its legend of the Jersey Devil, but we’re more than just the myth. There are really captivating hotels that make up the history of New Jersey, oh and they’re haunted!

At what point is a building labelled “haunted”?
There are no facts on how homes, hotels, hospitals or other buildings become haunted. Nevertheless, there are some ideas as to why a location might contain spirits. Some factors that play into paranormal activity to keep in mind:

  • history of the location (usually an older building)
  • bad situations of the deceased
  • brutal deaths of the deceased

Spirits are believed to haunt areas where they had a negative connection. They want nothing more than to reach out to the living. Whether or not you believe in the old ghost stories, it’s still fun to learn about the history of what makes a certain place so famous.

Want to learn more about your haunted state’s history? 

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