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President Abraham Lincoln was such as charismatic person and was influential to many.  Many Southerners liked him as well because he wanted to be lenient towards them in post war reparations to help rebuild the Nation. Upon his death the whole Nation came to a halt and mourned his loss.  He was a very spiritual man and attended séances on a regular basis. Lincoln actually had a premonition that he would die shortly before it happened. It seems that his ties with the spirit world were great indeed as many have seen him wandering about The White House even to this day.

The spirit of former U. S. President Abraham Lincoln is said to haunt various rooms throughout The White House including the Oval Office and the Lincoln Bedroom.
The spirit of former U. S. President Abraham Lincoln is said to haunt various rooms throughout The White House including the Oval Office and the Lincoln Bedroom.

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From a time when a settlement at the mouth of the Hudson was known as New Amsterdam instead of New York, there have been tales of a strange sailing ship bearing no recognizable flag sailing into the Hudson River from Gravesend Bay, all the way up to the northern most reach of the Hudson Highlands.  With the majority of the sightings in the highlands themselves. It was believed that this ship brought a warning and death.

When the Storm Ship appears on the Hudson River, it is an omen of bad weather according to Dutch legend.  Painting: Ship in a Storm by Ivan Aivazovsky  www.wikipaintings.org
When the Storm Ship appears on the Hudson River, it is an omen of bad weather brought on by The Heer of Dunderberg according to Dutch legend.  Painting: Ship in a Storm by Ivan Aivazovsky  www.wikipaintings.org

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Index of Haunted Ships

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This haunting originates back to the 1950s when the only road between Barbourville and Corbin, Kentucky was a narrow, winding, dangerous road over Gilliam Hill, known locally today as Booger (Bugger) Mountain because of some terrible things that happened there years ago.

A ghostly truck haunts "Booger" Mountain on the highway between Barbourville and Corbin, Kentucky.
A ghostly truck haunts “Booger” Mountain on the highway between Barbourville and Corbin, Kentucky.

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In an open field in Somerset County, New Jersey, stands a centuries old tree that is has built up an ominous reputation over the years.  It began it’s notorious history back in colonial times.  Legend has it that when slaves became unruly for some locals, they made examples out of them by hanging them from this tree.  Thus began a history that would tarnish this unworldly looking oak for all time.

Some decades later, folks tell of a man who went insane.  One dark night, he went about murdering his entire family.  Realizing what he had done, he went to the hanging tree and proceeded to hang himself from it.  During the post Civil War era, the Klu Klux Klan members were s no stranger to the hanging tree.  Their favorite activity?  Lynching a number of African Americans from a very large branch that stuck out of the side of the tree at the same time.  After this horrible era, and the KKK was on the decline, the lynchings pretty much came to an end.  However, the reputation of what would become known as The Devil’s Tree had just begun.

The Devil's Tree along Mountain Road in Somerset County, New Jersey is thought to be haunted by former slaves and others who were killed there over the years.
The Devil’s Tree along Mountain Road in Somerset County, New Jersey is thought to be haunted by former slaves and others who were killed there over the years.

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In 1858, two monks arrived in Atchison, Kansas and set up a boarding school for boys on a rise overlooking the Missouri River.  They started off hosting just a half a dozen students.  Heavy wagon traffic, with settlers heading west, kept the town very busy and some chose to settle in Atchison.  Within a year or two, the boarding school grew into St. Benedict’s College.  In the 1970s, the school combined with the Mount St. Scholastica College for women, resulting in Benedictine College.   Many students have come and gone through Benedictine, but the monks who originally founded the school, never left!  And, they have a few ghostly friends that hang out with them.

Phantom monks are thought to haunt Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas
Phantom monks are thought to haunt Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas

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From the time when the first Dutch settlers came to New Amsterdam and the Hudson Valley, there has been a certain mystic about a sixty-five mile stretch of the Hudson all the way from Gravesend Bay to Pollepel Island located at a wide spot in the river approximately six miles north of West Point.  They believed that the Heer of Dunderberg dwelled in the highlands and kept watch over the River.  He would call upon his Storm Ship manned by witches and goblins to wreak havoc on seafarers making their way up and down the Hudson River.

The Dunderberg or "Thunder Mountain" on the left is said to be the home of the "Heer of Dunderberg", the Storm King of the Hudson Highlands who wreaks havoc on sailors that travel these waters.
The Dunderberg or “Thunder Mountain” on the left is said to be the home of the “Heer of Dunderberg”, the Storm King of the Hudson Highlands who wreaks havoc on sailors that travel these waters.

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Index of Haunted Places

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About 50 miles north of New York City, there sits an island nestled close to the eastern shore of the Hudson River. For centuries, Native Americans feared the island believing it to be possessed by evil spirits.  They refused to visit the island after the sun went down.  If they were hunting or fishing there, they would leave and return when it was light. They knew something that European settlers would later learn the hard way. There would be a string of tragedies throughout the years that would solidify the island’s reputation.

Bannerman Castle sits on Pollepel Island in the Hudson River, New York.  It is thought to be haunted by a malevolent spirit which caused a series of disasters over the ages, including the destruction of the castle.
Bannerman Castle sits on Pollepel Island in the Hudson River, New York.  It is thought to be haunted by a malevolent spirit which caused a series of disasters over the ages, including the destruction of the castle. Photo: Wikipedia public commons

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In the spectacular Waimea Valley on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, there is a trail that takes you deep into the Waimea Valley where there is a water fall and a beautiful pool of water.  Water that has held a mystic over the ages and has claimed many lives.

Deep in the pool of Waimea Falls, is believed to be a temple that is home of a akua that claims the lives of divers as a sacrifice.

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Notorious ferry boat master Martha “Patty” Cannon did more than transport people across the Naticoke River at Woodland Ferry in Delaware.  She and her band of hooligans captured, sold, and transported freed slaves back to plantations in the South.  One of the most notorious places she would keep her captured slave out of the public eye, was a secluded island on the Naticoke that became known as “Shackle Island”.  For centuries, the island itself has been a ghost.  No one seemed to know where it was located, until recently.

Some have discovered ruins of a moss covered boat and believe that this marks the spot of the lost Shackle Island where the notorious slave smuggler Patty Cannon hid some of her victims.
Some have discovered ruins of a moss covered boat and believe that this marks the spot of the lost Shackle Island where the notorious slave smuggler Patty Cannon hid some of her victims.

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In the late 1700s at a place known as Woodland Ferry, located in Colonial Delaware, a woman by the name of Patty Cannon ran a ferry that transported folks across the Nanticoke River.  Patty lived just north in the nearby town of Johnson’s Corners.  Patty was not an ordinary woman, on many levels.  She was large and burly in appearance and stood over 6 feet tall.  Some say that she could best any man in a fight.  What was really scary about Patty Cannon though, was that she was just as nasty on the inside as she appeared on the outside and was a very murderous woman.

The skull of Patty Cannon is all that is left as a reminder of her brutal legacy.  It is kept in a hat box in a library office.
The skull of Patty Cannon is all that is left as a reminder of her brutal legacy.  It is kept in a hat box in a library office.

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