Interested in exploring actual spooky places and experience
Are you a fan of vampire movies like Twilight? Interested in exploring actual spooky places and experience what it feels like to be in a haunted place? We can help! In this blog, we shall take you through some of the most haunted places in America that every Twilight fan would love to visit.
Formerly known for fishing and logging, Forks quickly became popular as the setting of the Twilight series. Though not exactly haunting in its appearance, there are several locations around town that are sure to evoke a sense of mystery. Tour organizers put up several tours of locations mentioned in the book such as the forests located near the homes of the Swan and Cullen families. The La Push community that is home to the real Quileute tribe mentioned in the books is also frequented as part of the tour.
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Mercy Brown’s Grave
Mercy Brown is considered the first female vampire in the United States. Legend has it that Mercy Brown was the third person in her family to succumb to a disease that (according to locals) affected them due to bad luck. In reality, the family was affected by tuberculosis which was undiscovered and undiagnosed at the time.
Instead, people spread rumours that Mercy was a vampire feeding on others. Consequently, her body was exhumed and her liver and heart burned into ashes. These were mixed into a tonic that was fed to her brother who had the same disease at the time. He passed away two months after and their bodies remain buried in a church cemetery in Exeter, Rhode Island.
Eastern State Penitentiary
This prison was opened in Pennsylvania and used solitary confinement as punishment. This system allowed minimal human interaction to occur, and it is said that inmates had to wear hoods any time they were transported. Those who supported this system believed that penitence would happen through solitude which would eventually lead to rehabilitation. However, many spoke up against the emotional torture that this system was allowing to happen to prisoners.
After the prison was closed, it is said that the spirits of the inmates continued to live inside. Visitors claim to have seen apparitions and voices in unoccupied cell blocks. The Penitentiary currently offers daytime tours, special events, and a newly launched night tour for guests.
The Stanley Hotel is located in Estes Park in Colorado. The hotel-inspired Stephen King’s novel (which was later adapted into a film) called The Shining. The hotel was opened by a Massachusetts couple in the early 20th century and they supposedly never left the place. Visitors and staff say that the woman can be heard playing the piano at night while voices of children running down the corridors are also heard.
To experience living in one of the most haunted places in America, you can book yourself a room at Stanley or go for a tour during the day/at night.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
This asylum was designed with the intention of providing a healing environment to patients by allowing room for fresh air and sunlight. Reports indicate that at one point, the facility, meant for a few hundred patients, was overcrowded with several thousand people. They were treated in an inhumane manner with shock treatments and lobotomies. The asylum eventually closed down following the development of new mental health treatments.
It is said that several hundred patients died in the asylum from torture. Visitors have subsequently reported seeing their shadows around the halls and corridors. Historical day tours are available from Tuesday through Sunday at the asylum. They also arrange paranormal tours and ghost hunts in the month of October.