Welcome back to #TravelTuesday, a summer series on Spooky Little Halloween where we put a spooky twist on this popular hashtag and travel to haunted destinations across the globe.
Happy Birthday, America! Since our next #TravelTuesday post happened to fall on the Fourth of July, I thought it would be fun to take a little tour of spooky spots important in American history.
So in between enjoyed fireworks, hot dogs and freedom…here are the stories behind three haunted American battlefields to enjoy too:
Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest clashes in the Civil War – more than 50,000 men were killed there – so it should come as no surprise that it is a hub of paranormal activity. It is rumored up to 10,000 soldiers continue to haunt the battlefield, including the ghost of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
If you want to tour the battlefield itself, you can take the 90-minute Ghost Train tour. The Cashtown Inn is also of interest, which is just west of Gettsyburg. It’s the site where the first soldier was killed during the battle and the current owners of the inn report spotting numerous orbs and even skeletons in their photos – plus thumping doors, flickering lights and doors that lock and unlock on their own.
The Baladerry Inn is also worth checking out – the site was the location of the Union hospital on day two of the battle. Over the years, dozens of guests have shared their paranormal experiences during their stay. According to one physic who has visited, Confederate soldiers are buried under the inn’s tennis court.
We’ll stick with Civil War sites as we move on to haunted hot spot number two. While Gettsyburg was the bloodiest battle, Antietam was the war’s single bloodiest day in the Civil War. Located along Antietam Creek just outside of Sharpsburg, Maryland, the battle at this site – just four hours long – claimed more than 23,000 lives.
Today the site is known as Bloody Lane. Visitors say the area is quiet and church-like. They also frequently report the lingering scent of gunpowder. A group of schoolboys from Baltimore were walking the lane one day and heard the echoes of a chant similar to “fa la la la la” from the Christmas carol, “Deck the Halls”. Reportedly, it is similar to a battle chant the Irish Brigade, who charged the Confederates’ nearby observation tower.
During the War of 1812, Fort Meigs was established south of Toledo, Ohio by future United States President William Henry Harrison. The fort stood against British attacks for more than a year before it was abandoned and burned down.
While the original fort may not stand today, you can still visit the site and a reconstructed version of the original to learn more. Fort Meigs offerings include an annual ghost walk. Visitors claim to hear the sounds of battle to this day – cannons, muskets and even phantom fifes and drums. More than 500 died at Fort Meigs and are said to be burned around and under the fort. Some say reenactments of fierce battles are what keep ghosts active at the site.
What haunted sites in America have you visited?
Oh, and Happy Fourth of July to my fellow Americans.
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