Most Haunted Places: Alabama
1. Sloss Furnaces
Sloss Furnaces. Birmingham, Al
If you are a paranormal buff, you have probably heard of the Sloss Furnaces. They have even been featured on some paranormal television shows. It is said that Sloss furnaces are not only Birmingams most haunted location, but the most haunted in all of Alabama. The most well known ghost linked to Sloss Furnaces is known as James ‘Slag’ Wormwood a former foreman at the furnaces who died there in1906 when he fell in a pool of molten iron. Ever since, his fellow workers complained about seeing and feeling his presence. It is also said that he has been known to push people and even cause physical harm.
2. King Criswell Plantation
King Criswell Plantation. Uriah, Al
King Criswell plantation was built in the late 1850s by William A.K.A Dock King. The plans for this plantation were scaled by a great deal when the civil war broke out. But it is still quite an impressive plantation. It is now privately owned, but there have been previous owners who claim that there is something evil in this home.
3. Old Cahawba
Old Cahawba is actually an abandoned town. Old Cahawba was actually the capital of Alabama at one time. Now it is just a handful of abandoned properties. Today it is maintained as a historical site. Although many people claim to hear the residents of this town that have been long gone.
4. Sweetwater Mansion
SweetWater Mansion. Florence, Al
Sweetwater Mansion was designed by war veteran General John Brahan who owned over 4000 acres of land in Alabama. Over the years, the mansion’s basement has served as a Civil War hospital and as a county jail. As if that is not enough to scare you, it is said that another occupant of the home practiced dark magic in the upstairs rooms. There have been more accounts of hauntings at the mansion than can be counted. Everything from hearing disembodied voices to seeing a man in full war uniform. There is also a room in the mansion that women seemed to get locked in numerous times. There are also rumors that two sons of a former owner were buried under the floor of a secret room. No one will ever know all the secrets to this mansion.
5. St. James Hotel
St. James Hotel. Selma, Al
Built in 1837, Selma's St. James Hotel is one of the oldest in the South. Although it was closed for nearly 100 years, it was restored in 1997 to its condition in the glory days when outlaw Jesse James was reportedly a guest. During the Civil War, the Brantley (years later to be known as St. James) was occupied by Union troops during the Battle of Selma. Two of the most reported "hauntings" in the hotel include Jesse James and his girlfriend Lucinda. Several have claimed to have seen the apparition of a man dressed in attire that was common for a man in the late 1800s. He is most often seen in the rooms in which he typically stayed - rooms 214, 314, and 315. However, he also has been sighted at a certain table in the bar. Fortunately if you are extra curious to find out more you can book a room and see for yourself.
6. Old Bryce Hospital
Old Bryce Hospital. Northport, Al
Alabama Hospital for the Insane was designed to be a refuge for the mentally ill. Time quickly eroded Bryce' legacy, however. By 1967, there were more than 5200 patients residing in a facility that was never meant to hold that many. Observers described Bryce as a concentration camp and a model for human cruelty. In 1970, one patient named Wyatt started a class action law suit against the Alabama's other mental hospital, Searcy State Hospital. This lead to major change in the way the mentally ill were treated in Alabama. The number of beds were cut drastically and humane treatment of the mentally ill became an absolute necessity. The landmark Wyatt v. Strickney Casee would change Bryce drastically. Old Bryce was the African American portion of Bryce Hospital and was notorious for being even more cruel than its white counterpart. After Wyatt v. Strickey and desegregation, Old Bryce was shut down entirely and other buildings were used. The African American patients were integrated into the white population. Old Bryce still sits quietly deserted, however, as a reminder to the old days when patients were held like prisoners with no rights. It is covered in graffiti and has been vandalized many times. Its even been set on fire. Trespassing is forbidden here, but the curious have reported seeing all manner of horrors coming out of the dark around Old Bryce. Lights flicker on an off in the building that has no electricity. Phones ring in rooms with no phones. Phantom lights drift from room to room. Furniture moves on its own and footsteps echo through the abandoned hallways. The living patients may be gone, but many believe Old Bryce is still filled with the ghosts of those who once suffered in its walls.
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