The most haunted places in Illinois! List of the top haunted places in Illinois for paranormal investigations and scary experiences!
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- Ashmore Estates is a former almshouse and current haunted attraction in Coles County. It has appeared in several books, television shows and documentaries, including Soul Catcher and an episode of Ghost Adventures.
- Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery has been the location of several ghost sightings including a famous photograph. The cemetery was featured on Ghost Adventures
- Crenshaw House, Gallatin County. Also known as The Old Slave House has been the reported site of much paranormal activity. Once a “station” of the Reverse Underground Railroad, Crenshaw’s taxes amounted to one-seventh of the revenue of the entire state. Crenshaw owned thousands of acres of land, in addition to the 30,000 acres (120 km²) he leased from the state, and more than 700 slaves. There have been various reports of moaning, cries, rattling of chains, and singing coming from the attic while the site was an open tourist attraction. In the 1970s a local news reporter won a contest to stay the night in the attic, a feat many people had not been able to do, and recorded several unearthly sounds in the attic.
- Music Administration Building, Northwestern University. The music administration building on the Northwestern Campus is the location of reported sightings of “Young Cliff,” the ghost of a former student and musical prodigy, Clifford E Walsh. Reports of paranormal activity began as early as 1928.
- Manteno State Hospital is an abandoned mental hospital in Manteno. In recent years, much of the former hospital has been reclaimed as an industrial park and as low-income housing. Tunnels under the hospital are reportedly haunted, and visitors claim to have seen phantom nurses and patients.
- The McPike Mansion in Alton is a mansion that was constructed in 1869. There have numerous reports of paranormal activity occurring in the mansion, including reports of hearing children laughing and sightings of apparitions moving around the halls. These hauntings are somewhat unusual in the sense that they are not linked to a murder or suicide.
- Pemberton Hall is the oldest all-female dormitory in the state of Illinois. It is home to the legend of Mary Hawkins, a former dorm mother who reportedly haunts the hall. Other students living in Pem have told stories reminiscent of the urban legend “The Roommate’s Death.”
- Peoria State Hospital is an abandoned mental hospital in Bartonville. This hospital was the scene of the ghost of “Old Book,” who haunted his gravesite. Trespassers have long come away with stories of eerie encounters.
- The Polish Museum of America in Chicago is believed to be haunted by the ghost of the famous pianist Ignace Paderewski. The staff recounts a number of incidents related by a number of people, including the cleaning crew who have claimed to experience ghostly-related phenomena late at night. The Ghost Research Society was even brought in by the museum staff to investigate these claims.
- The Stickney House in Bull Valley has a unique design due to Stickney’s belief in spiritualism. It is thought that he and his wife wished to communicate with their dead children. Today the house is the local police department, and it is claimed that police report strange sounds, objects moving around, lights turning off, and door knobs turning and doors opening by themselves. Other homes in the area are also rumored to be haunted. The nearby Holcombville cemetery includes tombs of the Stickney children and a person killed in the crash of American Airlines Flight 191.
- Hundley House in Carbondale, Illinois is a house near the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale in which several murders took place during the 1920s. Bullet holes are still visible in the walls near and on the staircase. Many have reported hearing screams inside the house while no one else was present and it has been reported on numerous occasions that the porch swing moves by itself when there is no wind or anything else that can explain its movement.
Info courtesy of Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_reportedly_haunted_locations_in_the_United_States