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Ghost Stories

You’ve probably noticed by now, but around here we are captivated by the curious and scintillated by the symmetrical. But we’ve been a bit less transparent about another one of our interests, if you catch our drift…

For years, we’ve been collecting these stories in the shadows, searching for souls, spirits, and, yes, even the supernatural. Now, for the first time, we present the ultimate collection of the ghastliest ghost stories around. So kick back, turn out the lights, and tuck in for a little dose of delightful dismay!

Catsburg Country Store

We begin our journey with a rather heady story, finding ourselves at the Catsburg Country Store.

Meandering around the Catsburg, you’ll find the remnants of the train tracks that once ran behind Catsburg. Legend has it that a man was once beheaded by a passing train while walking along the tracks at night. Today, accounts of a mysterious light – like that of an oncoming train – are regularly reported along with sightings of the ghost of the man himself, endlessly scouring the grounds in search of his head.

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Congress Plaza Hotel

Shadowy specters still roam the rooms of Chicago’s Congress Plaza Hotel. And with its long history of hosting some of the richest and raunchiest among us, some of its ghostly guests may surprise you.

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Accidentally Wes Anderson - Don CeSar Hotel

Don CeSar

Moving right along among the rich and famous, this pink palace on the beach made a name for itself during the Jazz Age, regularly hosting the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Al Capone, Lou Gehrig, and even Franklin D. Roosevelt. And while those big names won’t be found haunting the halls, it has been said that the founder of the Don CeSar can still be seen, floating about, protecting the palace he loved so much.

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Eltham Palace

Eltham Palace has made a name for itself as a filming location for many television shows and movies, but it is perhaps most famous for its rather open secret. The Palace is listed on the English Heritage’s list of “most haunted places”. During times when the palace should be empty, the ghost of a former staff member is said to give tours. So it goes without saying — proceed through this palace at your own risk.

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Heceta Head Lighthouse

This story is one of hospitality, where sometimes lodging lasts a little too long. Sometimes, those early morning check-outs are hard to stick to, and at the former keeper’s house of Heceta Head Lighthouse that now serves as a Bed & Breakfast, one guest just can’t seem to find the heart to leave.

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Accidentally Wes Anderson - Church at Tjorn

Church at Tjorn

Though this church doesn’t boast any holy spirits it can call its own, the nearby cemetery plays a major role in a popular Icelandic ghost story. Let’s just say, around here, it’s important not to lose your head.

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Accidentally Wes Anderson - Villa Tesoriera

Villa Tesoriera

Welcome to the “Garden of the Devil”, otherwise known as Villa Tesoriera. If you come here on the right evening, you may just spot the legendarily mysterious black knight arriving on horseback to roam the grounds.

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Biltmore Hotel

From raucous bands blaring music from rooms no one can seem to find, to large pieces of furniture somehow moving themselves, there’s no shortage of the supernatural at this pink palace. Though many visitors come and go as they please, it appears some hotel guests never wished to leave…

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Accidentally Wes Anderson - Old Thatch Teashop

Old Thatch Garden

A step inside the Old Thatch Garden is a step into a fairytale scene, but not all fairies who visit may wish to be seen...

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Stanley Hotel

“…Every big hotel has got a ghost. Why? Hell, people come and go. Sometimes one of ‘em will pop off in his room, heart attack or stroke or something like that. Hotels are superstitious places.”

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