Real Haunted Houses: Kenworthy Hall

Kenworthy Hall, also known as the Carlisle-Martin House, Carlisle Hall and Edward Kenworthy Carlisle House, is a plantation house built between 1858 and 1860. It has a massive four-story tower, brownstone trim, windows of varibale size and shape. It was constructed for – as the name suggests – Edward Kenworthy Carlisle, as his primary family residence. Carlisle died in 1873 […]

Real Haunted Houses: Gaineswood

Gaineswood is a plantation house in Demopolis, Alabama. It reportedly took nearly twenty years to build it to completion, and it was finished just before the Civil War – talk about bad timing. Nevertheless, it is the grandest plantation house ever built in Marengo County, and one of the most significant remaining examples of Greek Revival architecture. Gaineswood was designed […]

Real Haunted Houses: Cedarhurst Mansion

The Cedarhurst Mansion was built in 1823 by Stephen Ewing. It is a two-story, brick-walled construction. Just a little over a decade after the mansion was built, in 1837, a relative of Ewing, Sally Carter, died of illness at the age of 16 while she was staying at the mansion. Her spirit is said to still haunt the house until […]

Real Haunted Houses: Redmont Hotel

Perhaps not an actual house, but rather a hotel, but the Redmont Hotel is alledgedly one of the most haunted buildings in the state of Alabama. It opened in 1925 and is one of the oldest operating hotels in the region. The original hotel counted some 200-rooms, with private baths which was quite unusual at the time. In 1946, it […]

Urban Legends Investigated: The Ghosts of Versailles

Have you ever been to Versailles? I visited the famous Palace of Versailles and its magnificent gardens a few years ago. While it was amazing to wander through the Palace and imagine how the Kings and Queens of old lived in the sprawling estate, it was the gardens that really drew my interest. Which is peculiar because I’m usually not […]

Real Haunted Houses: Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, with massive double parlors and a majestic circular staircase, is one of the most-photographed buildings in Mobile, Alabama. The house was built in 1855, and is a perfect example of Greek Revival architecture that was popular in that era. The mansion was built on request of Judge John Bragg. During the Civil War, all the live oak […]