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In the waters of Boston Harbor, stands Georges Island.  This tiny patch of land is home to Fort Warren, long time protector of Boston since 1850.  It is no longer an active military installation, but legends of the past still linger.

Georges Island and Fort Warren in Boston Harbor
The Lady in Black is said to haunt the grounds of Fort Warren located on Georges Island in Boston Harbor

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The small town of Sharpsburg, Maryland lies in the narrow strip of the state between Virginia and Pennsylvania.  Just east of the town winds a small stream known as Antietam Creek bordered by farms. This patch of farmland would forever change when the Confederate and Union Armies clashed one September day in 1862. The Battle of Antietam became known as the bloodiest day of the Civil War with over twenty three thousand men dead or wounded in a single day and many those souls, still linger.

The Sunken Road or 'Bloody Lane' as it would later be known as at Antietam Battlefield near Sharpsburg, Maryland
The Sunken Road or ‘Bloody Lane’ as it would later be known as at Antietam Battlefield near Sharpsburg, Maryland

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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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The American Civil War left very few areas of the Southern United States untouched by tragedy, loss and drama.  The Edgewood Plantation in Charles City, Virginia is no exception.  The third floor of the plantation house served as a lookout for the Confederate Army as it offered a great view of the area. It is rumored that the plantation may have served as a makeshift hospital during the war.  The lush gardens and landscape on the outside served as perfect cover for the devastation inside as wounded and dying soldiers occupied some of the rooms.  Some were lucky enough to leave, some were not. The grist mill on the property was used to grind grain to feed the soldiers encamped in the area.

The Edgewood Plantation in Charles City, Virginia is said to be haunted by the ghost of Lizzy Rowland who wainted in vain for her lover during the Civil War.

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Built in 1830, Point Lookout Lighthouse guides the water traffic entering into the Potomac River from the Chesapeake Bay.  It has stood the test of time, guarding these waters for over 180 years.  However, over part of the lighthouse’s history it has been manned by those of the spirit world.  Some believe it is the most haunted lighthouse in North America.  Read the full story>>

Point Lookout Lighthouse near Scotland, Maryland is thought to be the most haunted lighthouse in North America
Point Lookout Lighthouse near Scotland, Maryland is thought to be the most haunted lighthouse in North America

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In the small Georgia town of Hawkinsville, located halfway between Atlanta and Savannah, there is a home that for a while seemed most ordinary.  That is until work some work was done on it and extensive changes were made.  The changes in the house seemed to awaken something… spirits who dwelled within.  Read the full story>>

Spirits from the post Civil War era haunt the Sinyard House in Hawkinsville, Georgia
Spirits from the post Civil War era haunt the Sinyard House in Hawkinsville, Georgia – Image courtesy of Photostock freedigitalphotos.net

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Back in the mid 1860s during the time of the Civil War, a minister named William Sketoe was caught up in a scandal that would unjustly cost him his life.  Ever since that time he has made his presence known as he has come back to haunt those who wronged him in a most unusual way.  Read the full story>>

The original Choctawhatchee River Bridge - Newton, Alabama which is thought to be haunted by the ghost of Bill Sketoe
The original Choctawhatchee River Bridge – Newton, Alabama which is thought to be haunted by the ghost of Bill Sketoe

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