The supernatural is rife in the Nation’s Capital.
Washington DC is known as the birthplace of the U.S. worldwide. But with history comes mystery and strange happenings and so our beautiful city is said to be plagued with ghouls and ghosts of times past. Some evidently spooky, others not so much, these are but ten of the most haunted spots in DC–a city which is said to be rife with paranormal activity. Check these out to get in the mood for this spooky season, if you dare!
1. Old Stone House
This cute and inconspicuous stone house in Georgetown is actually the oldest building in the District, but don’t be fooled by its common and innocent appearance. Old Stone House is said to be inhabited by at least 11 spirits! There are some rather inoffensive ones like the woman dressed in 1700s-style clothing who’s said to always appear near the fireplace and the three boys who are always playing on the third-floor hall. However, Old Stone House is also home to a rather nasty ghost known as George, who isn’t too fond of visits, especially women, who he has often choked, shoved and poked in their visits to the house. Yikes!
2. Hay Adams Hotel
The Hay-Adams Hotel is a lovely luxury accommodation in the heart of DC, but did you know it also hides a dark secret? The hotel is actually comprised of the homes of two prominent statesmen of the 19th century, John Hay and Henry Adams. On December 6, 1885, Marian Hooper Adams, known as Clover and wife of Henry Adams, committed suicide during a bout of depression following the death of her beloved father. In her lifetime, Clover was a prominent photographer and is said to have consumed a lethal dose of potassium cyanide, a chemical used to develop old photographs. Her death didn’t stop Clover from mixing with DC socialites and can be often seen partying with hotel guests and employees on the fourth floor of the Hay-Adams Hotel. Guests have also reported smelling the lingering, almondy scent of potassium cyanide, especially around the month of December, the anniversary of her death.
3. The U.S. Capitol
The iconic building is said to be haunted by a cute but equally terrifying feline who is said to have foretold some of the darkest happenings in American history. The ghostly black cat was seen haunting the halls of the Capitol right before the Stock Market crash of 1929 and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. It is also said to have appeared right before President’s John Quincy Adam’s death, who suffered a stroke and passed away in the Speaker’s Room in 1848. He’s also said to haunt the Capitol and can be heard screaming “No!” in the speaker’s chamber every once in a while.
4. Cutts-Madison House
Fancy meeting one of DC’s most famous residents? She might not be very lively but First Lady Dolley Madison, the wife of President James Madison, can often be seen hanging out in her front porch rocking back and forth on her chair at this bright yellow house in DC. Just make sure to say hi when you walk by!
5. The White House
The presidential home is full of famous spirits including that of First Lady, Abigail Adams, the first lady to live in the White House, and President Abraham Lincoln. When the Adams first moved into the famous white home, there was no running water and so Ms. Adams had to carry in water from outside to do the washing. She was so fond of doing her family’s washing, she can still be seen walking around the White House busy with the washing, staff has even reported seeing her walk through walls and smelling of soap and wet clothes. President Lincoln seems to be another friendly recurring presence in the house. Many have reported seeing President Lincoln hanging around the Lincoln bedrooms and the oval office including President Theodore Roosevelt, First Lady Grace Coolidge, Winston Churchill, Maureen Reagan, and Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands!
6. The Smithsonian Castle
The beautiful Smithsonian castle is said to be haunted by no less than the ghost of James Smithson himself, the Englishman who donated all his fortune to the Institution and who never stepped on American soil. In 1973, one of the museum’s curators decided to open up Smithson’s coffin and rebury him in his current resting place with a small ceremony. Could he have released more than the dust and cobwebs shut inside Smithson’s coffin?
7. The Exorcist Stairs
Technically not haunted, but still equally as spooky. Georgetown’s scary-steep stairs have been terrifying Georgetowners and visitors alike since Linda Blair played a possessed teen in the “Exorcist.”
8. Octagon House
9. Walsh Mansion
Now home to the Indonesian Embassy in DC, this lavish home is said to be haunted by the outrageously fashionable ghost of Evalyn Walsh McLean, former owner of the house and of the equally haunted Hope Diamond!
10. Rock Creek Park
The beautiful park is said to be full of all kinds of ghouls and crawlies who come out after sundown to haunt the land. Wouldn’t want to be caught there after dusk!
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