Haunted Trees in the United States

Is this twisted, old tree in Fort Desoto Park haunted by malevolent spirits?
Is this twisted, old tree in Fort Desoto Park haunted by malevolent spirits? | Source

Can Trees Be Haunted?

There are ghosts all over the place these days. In houses, in the streets, in office buildings and in warehouses, in schoolhouses and malls. There are even ghosts that are said to haunt specific objects such as toys (dolls in particular) and motor vehicles, but can ghosts haunt natural objects such as trees? After reading this article, you may be convinced that ghosts and spirits of different kinds can indeed haunt just about anything on this planet.

Is it the fact that many people are scared of the woods that makes us believe these trees are haunted? Or is it true that certain ghostly specters have chosen to haunt these trees for special reasons such as tragedy and loss that may have occurred near or on the tree itself? We shall soon find out...come on a walk with me through the haunted forests of our imagination.

Live Oak in City Park (New Orleans) LA that is reportedly the spot of multiple deaths and hauntings.
Live Oak in City Park (New Orleans) LA that is reportedly the spot of multiple deaths and hauntings. | Source

The Suicide Tree in Louisiana

There is a very beautiful yet creepy live oak tree in New Orleans, Louisiana that is said to be at least three hundred years old. It is located in City Park, amongst hundreds of other oak and cypress trees. This particular tree is known as the Suicide Oak Tree, and by its name you can guess what kind of bone-chilling events have occurred there. Legend has it that people would come to this particular tree in order to carry out their suicide plans. This oak tree has low hanging, strong branches...perfect for hanging. People say that at least twelve men committed suicide under this tree within a period of only sixteen years. With such tragedy, its no wonder this tree is thought to be haunted.

Although no one famous from the Old Creole days committed suicide here (that's known of, at least), it is said that these men took their lives either by poisoning themselves or by shooting themselves. Though I suspect hangings might have been common, too. If one is to just visit this tree in real life, one can see how massive the Suicide Tree really is. Could this tree be a portal? A door to the other side of the veil? Perhaps if you are to visit at night, you might run into the ghost of one of the men who ended it all under the Suicide Tree's humongous branches.

A look at the haunted Redcliffe Plantation property. Is the set of trees to the right haunted by the long-gone original owner James Hammond?
A look at the haunted Redcliffe Plantation property. Is the set of trees to the right haunted by the long-gone original owner James Hammond? | Source

Haunted Trees in the Carolinas

There are hair-raising legends surrounding more than one tree in the Carolinas. Supposedly a whole group of trees, known as the Haunted Woods, exists close by the town of Jamesville, North Carolina. But one tree in particular has a very violent and sordid past. Some call it the lynching tree, some call it the hangman's tree, but whatever you call it just don't find yourself there at night. Back in the time before lethal injection and before the courts were in complete control, many criminals were hanged as punishment for their crimes. One such criminal was said to have been a horse thief, punishable by death. The town's people hung him from this tree, and since then legend has it that you can see his ghost hanging from the tree's limbs on clearer nights.

Brave adventurers will walk to the Hangman's Tree at night, doubting that anything will actually happen...only to be surprised when the horse thief's transparent ghost shows itself hanging from the Hangman's Tree's long, sturdy limbs.

Another set of trees that is said to be haunted are located on the Redcliffe Plantation on Beech Island, South Carolina. This gorgeous and historic plantation was built in the mid 1800s by a politician by the name of James Hammond. It is James Hammond's ghost that is thought to haunt the home and the property, as he died at the plantation in 1864. There is a set of three trees in a triangular pattern on the property where people claim to have very weird paranormal experiences. One legend is that if you visit the three trees you will see a shadow man that is thought to be the ghost of James Hammond. But there have been other people to have died on the plantation, including James Hammond's descendants...so is it James Hammond or someone else haunting the trees on Redcliffe Property?

While this is not a real pixie in the tree, the trees in Maryland seem to harbor unseen little people...similar to what is depicted here.
While this is not a real pixie in the tree, the trees in Maryland seem to harbor unseen little people...similar to what is depicted here. | Source

The Fairy Tree in Maryland

In ancient times, the Celtic people in Europe believed that spirits could be found almost anywhere in nature. This included the trees. In fact, the name of the Celtic priesthood known as the Druids is very close to the Greek word for tree spirits Dryads. They were called such because they were said to worship the trees. They believed trees were sacred, and so were the spirits who lived in them. Were these spirits actually what later people would call the wee folk? Could these spirits of the trees still be haunting the trees today?

The state of Maryland is filled with huge, majestic oak, maple, elm, and willow trees (among others). Some of these trees take on their own personalities with time. The oldest trees seem to be alive...in fact in Japanese lore, anything that survives one hundred years or more acquires a soul or a consciousness. Could this be the case with older trees? I know someone who had an old oak tree in her frontyard, where sometimes during the twilight hours you could see things moving in the tree. She described them as "little men with wings" that would move in and out of the branches. At one point, a local psychic medium asked her if she knew about the fairies that lived in the tree. She was shocked, and yet it explained what she had been seeing.

Have you ever seen little things moving in a tree? Are there more of these beings possibly living in the trees in your own backyard?

Something evil lurks in these trees along the coastline in Florida...
Something evil lurks in these trees along the coastline in Florida... | Source

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Alastar Packer 14 months ago from North Carolina

Will do and thanks, Kitty. You should be delighted by this one, blew us away; working on something right now but will send it to you this week. Jamesville is bit off the path but if I do make it there in future will definitely video and pic.


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kittythedreamer 14 months ago from the Ether Author

AP! Yes please send the pic my way. You can email it to me at misskittythedreamer@gmail.com. Oh, if you go check out the Jamesville woods take pictures and let me know what you find!


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Alastar Packer 14 months ago from North Carolina

This one was of particular interest, Kitty. How ya doin! Been too long not having a connection between us. See your still going strong and that comes as no surprise with your talent and enthusiasm. The Jamesville haunted woods are a new on me, living here in NC. Would you be interested in taking a look at a possible tree nymph we got a digital of in a state park, next to a very old tree, not long ago? Truly would like your thoughts on it Kitty.


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kittythedreamer 18 months ago from the Ether Author

daydreamer13 - Agreed! I especially love oak trees. :)


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daydreamer13 18 months ago

Trees hold much magic. Interesting hub!


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Kristen Howe 18 months ago from Northeast Ohio

My pleasure, Kitty. You write good hubs!


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kittythedreamer 18 months ago from the Ether Author

Thanks, Kristen!


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Kristen Howe 18 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Kitty, this was real interesting to know about those haunted trees. I've heard of weeping willows, but not those are uses for lynches and suicides. Very interesting and voted up!


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kittythedreamer 19 months ago from the Ether Author

torrilynn - I think so too. Thank you for reading!


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torrilynn 19 months ago

I feel as if trees and plants could possible be haunted due to whatever horrific event or activity that may have occurred around them. thanks for interesting hub. Best of wishes.


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Nell Rose 19 months ago from England

Hiya, trees fascinate me, the power they have over people in history and legend is amazing! the suicide tree..... poor tree being stuck with that name! lol! but yes I see what you mean, fascinating stuff kitty!


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kittythedreamer 19 months ago from the Ether Author

Eric - I agree! I've always thought that too!


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kittythedreamer 19 months ago from the Ether Author

poetryman - Very good points! They were a very interesting people...one ancient culture that I love to study and research. Unfortunately they've gotten a bad rap because of what the Romans wrote about them. But isn't that how it goes? The victor always writes history and we don't get to hear the story from the underdogs? Thanks for reading and commenting, as always! :)


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Ericdierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

An enjoyable read. I have always thought that trees are more alive than just what we can see.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago

Once in a while it is entertaining to dust off an old druid tale about the magic of living trees. Sometimes I think that folks who believe in tree spirits were just casting about for something in their lives that was alive before they were born and will be alive long after they are dead. It speaks to me of an old religion and an older attempt at immortality of a sort.

Celtic peoples did come up with a number of fascinating things like music and knots.

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