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University Chapel

Alabama, Auburn, United States

Once used as a theater, the University Chapel was a hospital during the Civil War. When the chapel was used by theater students, it was haunted by a ghost identified as Sydney Grimlett. When the thespians moved their operations across the street to the Telfair Peet Theater, Sydney followed. Sydney Grimlett, a confederate soldier, had his leg amputated before he died. When there are theater productions, Sydney makes his presence known by opening and closing drawers, making rattling noises, locking and unlocking doors, and destroying equipment only to repair it again. There have also been reports of pianos playing and footsteps on the catwalk.

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Buxton Inn

Granville, Ohio, United States

In this nineteenth century themed inn appears a friendly ghost that is frequently seen by both employees and guests at the establishment.

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Ghostly Lights

Texas, United States, Waxahatchie

This quaint restaurant, famous for its pickles, is said to be frequented by three separate apparitions. There are two females and one farmer. Workers have reported seeing ghostly lights throughout the building. They have also alleged many of the tools in the kitchen moving and performing by themselves. In the restaurant, there is also a book for guests to record their observations.

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AMC Hampton Theatres

Michigan, Rochester Hills, United States

Three theatres were built in 1971, and in 1979 a fourth one was added. During the process of building, a worker was killed. Soon after construction was completed, many strange happenings were witnessed on the premises. Seats in the front row have rocked on their own, garbage cans rolled up the aisle, cans knocked over by themselves, lights flicker on their own, toilets have randomly flushed, and many others. These strange events have been witnessed by numerous patrons and employees. Over time, the employees nicknamed the ghost “Johnny”. The theatres closed on January 17, 1999 due to a lease expiration. In March of 1999, a group of former employees visited theatre four, said, “Hi.” to Johnny, and the lights mysteriously turned on.

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Eastern State Penitentiary

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States

As one of the most carefully studied paranormal building in the U.S., this former prison is abound with unexplainable occurrences.  Since the 1940s, inmates have reported seeing visions and experiencing eeriness throughout the grounds.  Paranormal experts have been exploring this site for years, recording ghosts.  Now a museum, it’s open to the public for touring.

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The Buxton Inn

Granville, Ohio, United States

The Buxton Inn, located in a small Ohio town, is said to be home to the stateâ??s â??friendliestâ? haunts. Only a few ghosts reside here, each with their own personality and history.

In 1812, the Buxton Inn was built by Orrin Granger, who had decided to move west with his family. The building was first used as a stagecoach stop and post office, where food was cooked over a fireplace and drivers slept on straw pallets. Nevertheless, Granger was successful, and the establishment turned into a full-blown inn in a few yearsâ?? time. In fact, famous Buxton Inn guests include Abraham Lincoln, Charles Dickens, and William McKinley.

However, Granger passed away six years later. Although ownership changed many times after that, his spirit is said to still remain. The first person to discover this was Fred Sweet, the young son of a later innkeeper. Legend says he was walking downstairs during the night, in search of a snack. When he arrived at the kitchen, Fred found someone had beaten him to the last piece of pie. The ghostly figure finished, and then politely introduced himself as Orrin Granger, the Innâ??s original owner. The two sat down at the table together, and Fred spent the night listening to stories and information about the early stagecoach stop days of the Inn. When Granger seemed to be tired of talking, he simply congratulated Fred on the innâ??s upkeep and maintenance, and then faded away with a smile.

Not surprisingly, many of the ghosts inhabiting the Buxton Inn happen to be former owners. In fact, Granger (described as an elderly gentleman wearing blue breeches) is said to have been seen sneaking pie from the kitchen more than once. Major Buxton, the second owner, is a shadowy figure who spends most of his time just sitting in the dining room. Guests seem only to recognize him because of his giant portrait hanging in the hall. One of the more colorful personalities haunting the Buxton Inn is named Ethel â??Bonnieâ? Bounell. She was a very talented singer and actress throughout most of her life, but was known mostly for her obsession with the color blue. She successfully ran the inn for about twenty-six years, while always wearing an elegant blue dress and sweet-smelling perfume. Bonnie apparently carried this trademark into the afterlife; customers, staff, and even psychics have reported catching glimpses of the â??Lady In Blueâ?.

There are also eerie footsteps, doors and windows unexplainably opening, and whispering heard in the shadows. But perhaps the most interesting bit of paranormal activity is the phantom gray cat, featured on the Innâ??s sign outside. Nobody is sure who the cat had belonged to, or even when it had died. He seems to be content wandering through the halls, resting in the rooms, or even playfully prancing around the Innâ??s guests. Most guests seem unbothered, or even amused. But some are genuinely creeped outâ?¦possibly because they claim to have heard a soft purring in their ears or noticing that the catâ??s head had appeared in their photos.


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