With Halloween around the corner, we wanted to share some of the most frightening and creepy corners of our favorite state. Believe it or not, Kentucky is one of the most haunted states in America. Not only do monsters like the Hillbilly Beast and Big Foot lurk through the forests, some of the most paranormally charged areas in America are here in Kentucky. We’ve compiled a list of some notably spooky places which are sure to send a chill down your spine. Happy Halloween!
- Bob Mackey’s Music World: Located in Wilder, Kentucky, this building is said to be “the most haunted nightclub in America.” It gained this reputation after two Satanists murdered and beheaded a woman named Pearl Bryan in 1897. If you’re looking for a devilish good time, check this place out and try to find Pearl’s head.
- Waverly Hills Sanatorium: Originally a tuberculosis hospital from 1910-1961, this haunted building is sure to give you the willies. Ghosts of patients who suffered from “The White Plague,” are said to walk the halls. Featured on countless TV shows, Waverly Hill offers guided tours and paranormal investigations. Check out their site below for times and help those ghostly wanderers find their meds.
- Gates of Hell- Grandview Cemetery: Located in Hardin County, this graveyard is reportedly possessed by spirits and “shadow creatures.” If you’re looking for things that go bump in the night, take a trip to this little plot of land. Just don’t bring your dog- pooches have been known to mysteriously meet their makers here. And that qualifies it as one of the creepiest places in Kentucky.
- Jailers Inn Bed and Breakfast: Now a charming bed-and-breakfast in Bardstown, this site used to be a jailhouse built in 1874. Guests of the inn have been known to feel the haunting presence of previous inmates. Close your eyes hard enough and you might hear the clinking of shackles.
- The Seelbach Hotel: This lavish hotel in Louisville is famous for its Art Deco décor and attracting some of the Roaring 20s most famous figures. However, most people don’t know a former patron named Patricia Wilson reportedly haunts the building. After finding out her husband died in an accident in 1936, Mrs. Wilson threw herself down the elevator shaft. Her ghost is said to still haunt the hotel, looking for her lover.
Words by June Tate