Most Haunted Places in District Of Columbia

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    EHP Rating: 90.4

    The White House

    Washington, District of Columbia
    A number of mysterious happenings have been reported in the White House. President Abraham Lincoln's apparition is seen in the Lincoln Bedroom and all over the White House, President Andrew Jackson is seen in the Rose Bedroom, and President William Henry Harrison is heard in the attic. Abigail...
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    EHP Rating: 87.5

    Walsh Mansion - Embassy of Indonesia

    Washington, District of Columbia
    Formerly the Walsh Mansion and now the Embassy of Indonesia, this 1903 mansion is believed to be haunted by Evalyn Walsh McLean, daughter of original builder Thomas J. Walsh. The mansion had 60 rooms, including a theater and a ballroom. Evalyn Walsh married publishing heir Edward Beale "Ned"...
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    EHP Rating: 85.7

    Hay–Adams Hotel

    Washington, District of Columbia
    Allegedly haunted by the ghost of Marian (Clover) Hooper Adams who lived in the residence that occupied this site prior to the hotel being constructed. Mrs. Adams committed suicide by ingesting potassium cyanide. People claim to see and smell distinct scents that they attribute to her, including...
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    EHP Rating: 85.7

    National Museum of Crime and Punishment

    Washington, District of Columbia
    On display is the Tennessee electric chair, used on 125 men from 1916 to 1960. It is said to be haunted by the ghosts of the men whose lives it...
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    EHP Rating: 84.9

    St. Elizabeth's Hospital

    Washington, District of Columbia
    Paranormal experiences here have included groaning sounds, footsteps, cold spots, and strange noises. The site is still an operational hospital and trespassing is not...
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    EHP Rating: 82.4

    United States Capitol

    Washington, District of Columbia
    At the U.S. Capitol, folks say that late at night, the statues in the Statuary Hall come to life and move about the room. It is also said that a black cat appears in the basement just before a national disaster occurs. The ghost of a builder who died during the construction has been seen in the...
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    EHP Rating: 81.3

    Caldwell Hall - Catholic University of America

    Washington, District of Columbia
    A ghost story told at this historic university explains some mysterious lights and an apparition that appears in Caldwell Hall's attic window. The spirit is said to belong to a priest who took a fatal fall from the window after discovering a book on...
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    EHP Rating: 80.0

    Treasury Annex

    Washington, District of Columbia
    A ghostly woman in a long white dress roams the second floor, seen by several employees working late. Also experienced have been unexplained footsteps and voices, and even a toilet...
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    EHP Rating: 77.8

    Willard InterContinental

    Washington, District of Columbia
    The grand hotel has had many famous guests, such as Abraham Lincoln, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, General John J. Pershing, and Harry Houdini. Another renowned guest, once a U.S. president, is believed to still reside here. An apparition believed to be Ulysses S....
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    EHP Rating: 77.8

    Halcyon House

    Washington, District of Columbia
    Built by first Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Stoddert in 1787, Halcyon House was sold in 1900 to Albert Clemens, a nephew of Mark Twain. Clemens, who died in 1938, believed that perpetually altering the house would extend his life, so it changed quite a bit over the decades in which he owned it....
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    EHP Rating: 76.9

    Old Stone House

    Washington, District of Columbia
    The 18th-century home is reported to be one of the oldest buildings in D.C. It's believed to be home to at least four spirits, who knock things off shelves and perform other mischievous tricks. One spirit is said to be an "unfriendly male" who has scared many a...
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    EHP Rating: 76.9

    Lafayette Square - Presidents Park

    Washington, District of Columbia
    President's Park, a.k.a. Lafayette Square, is said to be haunted by Philip Barton Key II, son of Francis Scott Key. As legend has it, in 1958 Philip Key had an affair with the wife of one of his friends, Daniel Sickles. In his rage, Sickles shot Key, who was unarmed, three times. Key died in the...
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    EHP Rating: 75.0

    Decatur House

    Washington, District of Columbia
    The ghost of war hero Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr., is said to peer out the second-story window of his 1819 house or walk out its back door. Decatur was killed just 14 months after moving here, in a duel between himself and former friend James Barron. Ghostly weeping also can be heard here, which...
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    EHP Rating: 75.0

    Mary Surratt's Boarding House - Wok and Roll

    Washington, District of Columbia
    Notorious Lincoln conspirator Mary Surratt's former boarding house is now Wok and Roll, a Chinese restaurant, and it is said to be haunted by Mary Surratt's ghost. Witnesses have heard unintelligible murmurs, unexplained footsteps, muffled weeping and creaking...
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    EHP Rating: 73.7

    Ford's Theatre

    Washington, District of Columbia
    At this historic theater where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, folks say John Wilkes Booth's footsteps still can be heard running up the back stairs to the Presidential...
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    EHP Rating: 73.3

    Kerby Hall - Trinity Washington University

    Washington, District of Columbia
    This hall is rumored to be haunted by a student who died in the late 1960s. She has been seen in both the staircase and the 5th-floor lounge, as well as in some dorm...
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    EHP Rating: 73.3

    Marine Barracks - 8th and I

    Washington, District of Columbia
    The mysterious presence is said to linger around the lower parking garage, where a fatal accident involving a young child occurred. Some Marines have heard the child calling out early in the morning; others have seen a red ball rolling down a garage...
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    EHP Rating: 71.4

    National Building Museum

    Washington, District of Columbia
    The 1887 National Building Museum is said to be haunted by ghosts who appear in an unusual way. Formerly the "Pension Building," where pensions were processed for Civil War veterans, widows, and orphans, it has 15 Corinthian brick-and-plaster columns painted to resemble black onyx. Witnesses say...
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    EHP Rating: 70.0

    Library of Congress

    Washington, District of Columbia
    Tales are told of a ghostly police officer who haunts the stacks at the famed Library of Congress, often helping those who become lost amid the vast collection. Appearing both in uniform and in casual clothes, the officer, who often even tells people his name, is deceased sergeant. Other strange...
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    EHP Rating: 70.0

    National Theatre

    Washington, District of Columbia
    Opened in 1835 originally, the theater was demolished and rebuilt in 1923. Deceased actor John McCullough's spirit has appeared here in the role of Shakespeare's Hamlet. According to local stories, the actor was murdered here in the 1880s by another actor. The ghost has been seen as far back as...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Blair House

    Washington, District of Columbia
    Now a complex of four connected townhouses and the official state guest housing for the President of the United States, the historic Blair House was built in 1824 for Joseph Lovell, eighth Surgeon General of the United States Army. It is said that the ghost of President Woodrow Wilson has been seen...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    The Octagon House

    Washington, District of Columbia
    Built by Colonel John Tahoe in 1799, the historic Octagon House was used as The White House during former president Madison's term. One ghost here is the spirit of Colonel Tahoe's pregnant daughter, who died when she threw herself from the top banister. She committed suicide after finding out her...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Omni Shoreham Hotel

    Washington, District of Columbia
    This mammoth upscale 1930 hotel is home to its fair share of haunts. In 1930, a rich family, one of the hotel's finiancial backers, moved into Room 864. Reports say that one night their nanny awoke feeling ill, suddenly collapsed, and died. A few days later their adopted daughter Helen died...
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    EHP Rating: 63.6

    Fort McNair

    Washington, District of Columbia
    The ghost of Mary Surrat, convicted in a plot to assassinate President Lincoln, has been seen here, presumably trying to convince fort guests of her innocence. Building 21 has an unknown spirit lingering in spirit form. Workers here have heard footsteps in the attic and have felt something behind...
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    EHP Rating: 62.5

    St. John's Episcopal Church

    Washington, District of Columbia
    The 1816 church's President's Pew, reserved for the President of the United States, is where the hauntings are said to take place. So the story goes, when the old church bell tolls for the death of a notable person, six ghostly men in white robes appear at midnight in the President's...
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    EHP Rating: 61.5

    Cutts-Madison House - Dolley Madison House

    Washington, District of Columbia
    The spirit of former First Lady Dolley Madison is said to reside at her home, built in 1822 by Richard Cutts, Dolley's brother-in-law. After her husband James Madison died in 1836, Dolley lived here until her death in 1849. Although the house's next owner Rear Admiral Charles Wilkes changed things...
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    EHP Rating: 60.0

    Woodrow Wilson House

    Washington, District of Columbia
    At this museum, both staff members and visitors have reported seeing President Woodrow Wilson's apparition sitting in his rocking chair. Also reported have been the sound of a man with a shiffling gait walking with a cane and the sound of a man...
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    EHP Rating: 60.0

    Gallaudet University - MSSD

    Washington, District of Columbia
    MSSD is the Model Secondary School for the Deaf. The ghost of a girl who committed suicide has been seen in the dorms, as well as another female spirit. Hoofbeats also have been felt through the campus, thought to be left over from Revolutionary War...
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    EHP Rating: 60.0

    Renaissance Mayflower Hotel

    Washington, District of Columbia
    This 1925 is known for its beautiful inlaid gold decor, and also for its resident ghost. When Calvin Coolidge won the U.S. presidency, he was expected to go to his Inaugural Ball at the Mayflower Hotel. However, his son Calvin Jr. had just died of an infection, and the devastated father stayed...
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    EHP Rating: 60.0

    M Street Bridge

    Washington, District of Columbia
    Visitors to the bridge should keep a lookout for two ghosts. One is a phantom stagecoach, which locals saw from the early 19th century to the early 20th century; the other is a drummer boy who had been knocked off-balance by a strong breeze and drowned. Witnesses say they have heard his soft...
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    EHP Rating: 38.5

    Independence Avenue SW

    Washington, District of Columbia
    This part of the avenue is believed to be haunted by the ghosts of slaves. It is the former site of two notorious slave markets: the Yellow House or Williams Slave Pen, now the FAA headquarters, and the nearby Robey Slave Pen, at the 7th Street corner. Locals have heard chains clinking and screams...
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    EHP Rating: 33.3

    Old Long Bridge - 14th Street Bridge

    Washington, District of Columbia
    General Edward Braddock's 1755 expedition to capture Fort Duquesne was attacked, killing or wounding 900 men, in what is now known as the Battle of the Monongahela. Rumor has it that on the anniversary of Braddock's departure near the bridge or along the nearby bluffs, the ghostly sounds of...