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Real haunted houses

Updated on October 20, 2013

There are many real haunted houses located across the world. Some of the most famous haunted houses are listed below:

1. Faces of Bélmez

It is a small cottage located in the town of Bélmez, in the southern Spanish province of Jaen. The house does not exactly have a ghostly presence. It is however built on a burial site that dates back to 1830. In the year 1971, Maria Goméz Pereira, a resident of this cottage discovered a 3-dimensional face peering from the kitchen floor. She tried to chisel it off but this act resulted in a lot more faces peering from the floor. Scientists have visited the house but have not been able to figure out the reason for the ‘faces of Bélmez.’

2. The Whaley House

The Whaley House situated in San Diego is considered as one of the most haunted houses in America. It has been converted into a museum and is a registered historic site. The Whaley House was built by Thomas Whaley in 1856 on the grounds where Yankee Jim was hanged for grand larceny. After the house was built, the Whaleys could hear sound of clomping boots throughout the house, which they believed to be that of the ghost of Yankee Jim. Visitors to the home may sight the ghosts of Anna and Thomas Whaley, as well as smell perfume and cigar smoke in the air.

3. Rose Hall

It was a sugar cane plantation in Jamaica managed by Annie Hall and her husband. The Rose Hall mansion is now a museum. Annie Hall, referred to as the ‘White Witch’ knew the art of voodoo. She had illicit sexual relations with many of the slaves at the plantation. Annie killed those slaves who did not comply to her sexual needs. She even poisoned her husband so as to become sole owner of the estate. Annie was allegedly killed by the father of one of the housekeepers who was fatally cursed by Annie because she became close to one of her slave lovers. Visitors can see ghosts, hear doors slamming and screams of men, as well as other uncanny occurrences.

4. Monte Cristo Homestead

It is one of the most haunted houses in Australia. The house was home to the Crawley household who underwent a series of misfortunes after moving into the mansion. Their infant daughter fell down the stairs and died, Mr. Crawley died soon after, Mrs. Crawley led a cruel and reclusive life for many years thence, a servant burned to death, and a pregnant help fell from the balcony. Visitors will come across many cold spots, feel eerie ghostly presences, see strange behavior of the lights and other paranormal activities.

5. Blickling Hall

It is located in Norfolk, England. It was the childhood home of Queen Anne Boleyn, wife of King Henry VIII. She was beheaded by the king on adultery charges. The headless ghost of the queen visits Blickling Hall every year on the anniversary of her execution in a carriage drawn by a headless horseman. Anne carries her head along with her during her hauntings.

6. Deane House

The Deane House located in Alberta, Canada has seen many tragedies unfold within its premises. A teenager committed suicide in the attic in 1933 after experiencing bullying at school. However, the most shocking incident was the murder of Irma Umperville in 1952 by Roderick her husband, right in front of their children. He later killed himself in another room. Visitors will get to hear inexplicable laughter coming from the lobby, see unusual sights and experience other hauntings.

7. The White House

The White House is not only one of the most famous addresses in the United States but also one of the most haunted houses. The Rose Room has the highest amount of supernatural activities. People have sighted the ghost of President Andrew Jackson in this room as well as in the Red Room. Dolley Madison’s ghost had once asked the workers not to dig up her lovely Rose Garden. The ghost of Abigail Adams has been sighted hanging clothes in the East Room. President Abraham Lincoln’s ghost has often been found to roam the hallways and look out from varied windows. It can also be sometimes seen in the Lincoln bedroom. Jimmy Carter's daughter and Eleanor Roosevelt are other notable ghosts that reside at The White House.

8. Villisca Ax Murder House

It may currently be a B&B but the house has endured a very tragic past and many brutal and horrific murders. On the night of June 9, 1912, Josiah Moore, his entire family and some of their friends were viciously axed to death by some intruders while they were sleeping. Their skulls were smashed with an axe. The murderer/murderers were never found. Visitors will come across the ghosts of the murder victims and see mysterious occurrences like flying objects, falling lamps, as well as hear strange voices.

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