These creaky homes and hotels have a hair-raising history they just can't escape - and visitors that just won't leave!
Plus: Transform your home into the scariest one on the block.
1. Loretta Lynn Ranch
The Queen of Country owns an old, sprawling estate in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee-and is having some issues with past tenants. Well over a century ago, a woman is said to have died of heartbreak only 12 days after the death of her baby.
Loretta Lynn herself has seen "the moaning woman," and even called in the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures team to investigate.
2. Cincinnati Music Hall
Conductor Erich Kunzel, who led the Cincinnati Pops from 1977 to 2009 and logged long hours in the music hall has this to say of the legendary ghosts, "I've met these people…If you think I'm crazy just come here sometime at three o'clock in the morning. They're very friendly."
3. Stanley Hotel
Tourists brave enough to stay at this hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, the inspiration for the setting of The Shining, are in for an unusual accommodation. The famed hotel shows the uncut R-rated version of the horror flick on a continuous loop in guest rooms.
4. Menger Hotel
Once a lavish vacation destination for celebrities as diverse and dynamic as Mae West, Babe Ruth, and Ulysses S. Grant, the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, is now forced to deal with a few guests who, after nearly 100 years, are still not ready to check out.
Teddy Roosevelt, who is said to have recruited many of his "Rough Riders" at the hotel, can be seen in the dark corners of the barroom, waiting to offer a free drink to the next innocent cowboy he hoped to enlist in his brigade of rough-and-tumble soldiers.
5. Myrtles Plantation
Visitors of the St. Francisville, Louisiana, plantation tell stories of a young woman wandering its halls wearing a distinctive green bonnet. It's rumored to be the ghost of a young slave Chloe, who wore her bonnet to conceal a missing ear.
6. Winchester Mystery House
At the turn of the 20th century, a wealthy widow in San Jose, California, consulted a psychic, who told her construction on her California home would deflect the spirits who died at the wrong end of the "gun that won the west."
For 38 years carpenters worked at all hours, building dozens of eerie add-ons and mazes to bewilder the ghosts. The result? Perhaps the most bizarre estate in American history.
7. Salem Witch House
Once the home a Salem Witch Trial judge, this residence in Salem, Massachusetts, is an eerie homage to the infamous summer of 1692, a time when fear and speculation bewitched a town and ruled a courtroom.
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