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Best Ghost Stories from Your Area

With October now upon us, I have been looking around my community at supposedly haunted sites. Whether one believes in ghosts or not does not always matter; "haunted sites" are a great way communities pass on local stories, urban legends, folk tales, and preserve history. And besides, they are just plain fun. So, in honor of Halloween, here is a post to throw out your best ghost story. Maybe it's one from your town or something you experienced personally. Only rule: don't judge others and their story, just have fun as we celebrate a few spooky weeks before our favorite time of year rolls around in November!


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Oh, there are so many in the area where I grew up that there are two books that I know of just about the ghosts and other ghoulies of Frederick County, Maryland.

We have our own local monster, the Snallygaster. Not to mention the Dwayyo and the Snarly-yow.

There's the story of a fellow in a local town many years ago who played the flute beautifully. Legend says he used to mount the hill to the cemetery each Christmas Eve and play at his father's grave. When he got too old to climb the hill himself, neighbors would pull him there on a sled. After he passed away, some say they could still hear the beautiful tones of his flute on Christmas Eve, still playing every year on the hill where he lay in rest next to his father.

Rose Hill Manor is the former home of Maryland's first governor, Thomas Johnson. Legend says that a strange blue dog haunts the grounds. The gift shop commissioned a kit with instructions and materials for embroidering the Blue Dog. It's said that they sent it out to needleworkers to see if the instructions were clear. The instructions said nothing about the colors to use---but most of the needleworkers sent the embroidery back worked in blue!

There is supposed to be a hill near Emmitsburg where, if you stop and put your car in neutral, it will roll uphill by itself. Supposedly it's pulled by the ghosts of Civil War artillerymen, as they would pull cannons uphill.
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The Bodega Brew Pub in my hometown of La Crosse is known for it's haunted history.

In fact, Adrian will not go in the men's restroom there, after seeing an older man w/ glasses standing behind him in the mirror, years ago while in college. He believes it was Paul Malin.

Here is an exerpt for www.prairieghosts.com.

"The city of La Crosse boasts a number of haunted spots. One of them is the Bodega Brew Pub, which was formerly the Union Saloon. According to the stories, the ghost here is that of a former pool hall owner that was also located on the premises. After the owner, Paul Malin, died in 1901, his ghost began to regularly appear to the new owners. No one knew why the building changed hands so many times in the years after Malin's death, until 1907, when owner A.J. "Skimmer" Hines, confided to his friends that he was selling the place because of the ghost. The building still exists at 120 South 4th Street today, but the current status of the haunting is unknown."

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TN we have the famous Bell Witch Cave.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_Witch
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One of the best known in Indianapolis is the Hannah House. It was built in 1858 and was a stop on the underground railroad. The story goes that a fire broke out in the hiding room of the slaves trying to escape and killed several of them. Their spirits and that of the owner's is seen roaming the grounds.

There is also Central State Hospital. It was the mental hospital here from 1848 to 1994. The buildings are supposedly haunted with the spirits of the former patients.
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With October now upon us, I have been looking around my community at supposedly haunted sites. Whether one believes in ghosts or not does not always matter; "haunted sites" are a great way communities pass on local stories, urban legends, folk tales, and preserve history. And besides, they are just plain fun. So, in honor of Halloween, here is a post to throw out your best ghost story. Maybe it's one from your town or something you experienced personally. Only rule: don't judge others and their story, just have fun as we celebrate a few spooky weeks before our favorite time of year rolls around in November!


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