Saturday, 10 September 2011

HAUNTED GEORGIA - THE MOST GHOSTLY STATE?

If you like a little spook with a deep look at mystery within local history, then why not enjoy a great escape in the form of a jaunt to your favorite haunt.


First on the list is The Masquerade, which was previously known as the DuPre Excelsior Mill, built in 1890. Like many portions of Georgia that have seen battles between natives and newcomers, as well as lives lost through disease and other anguish, this location has had many incarnations - from wood mill to pizza parlor - which have populated it with a variety of people. The haunt here is a tall ominous man who has been reported to have upturned stage show speakers on a nightly basis as well as having having made unusual sounds. Others have heard shrieks from what may have been children employed at the mill, as well as other interesting occurrences.

Other reports include footsteps from unidentified sources, cold spots and horrifying screams coming from the back stairs. Could these screams be caused by the spirits of several young girls, who all died in freak accidents in the mill? As well as the various stories of deaths on the property, there have also been an unexplained fire and several structural collapses, not to mention the outbreak of tuberculosis that took the lives of several employees.
 
Next on this list is the The Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta. In the early 1990s, a performer who played Falstaff in Shakespeare's  HENRY IV emerged from a dressing room in tears because he had seen a ghostly young teen dressed in a period 19th century suit and hair who was clearly not in the show. On other occasions, an eerie old man who floats has been seen sometimes. Others have heard ungodly shrieks and have felt wildly unusual energy fields that affect all of their senses. Often it is said that a shadowy figure can be seen on the catwalk directly above the main stage.
 
 
Another eerie place to visit is the Caswell House of Newnan, built in the early 20th century. After the town grew rapidly, the home changed hands several times. It eventually became a a slave museum, as it operates today. Several different hauntings have been reported. Some believe that the hauntings here were the results of severe pagan practices in the 1980s. Some say slaves who died on the premises who never gained their freedom walk the nearby fields. Others think the house is haunted by Hoyt Caswell and the dear Ruby Caswell, the original owners of the home. Several witnesses say that she was a great lover of all children and has played with children close by for years.

Last, but certainly not least is our final destination our very own city of Lawrenceville. Yes, our lovely courtyard square was once the stomping grounds of the dead, who once claimed Main Street as their own. Lawrenceville Ghost Tours presents a tour of these haunted grounds. Today these ghosts now catch business owners unexpectedly, at the owner’s expense of course. Residents still share stories of paranormal experiences in the Old Jail. But that’s not all; what was once a specimen for paranormal investigators, the historic Lawrenceville Cemetery is still haunted along with the Historic Railroad Depot that lingers ghosts of murdered men. But your tour is not yet complete, not without the stories from the Lawrenceville Female Seminary where the ghosts of little girls frolic up and down the stairs.  

 
There are many haunted destinations in Georgia, considered one of the most haunted states. To find out more about these amazing and ominous locations, click here.
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