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Georgia named in Top 10 of spookiest states — and here are a few reasons why – WSB-TV Channel 2


ATLANTA — If you’re looking for some of the spookiest places to go this Halloween season, you won’t have to go far.

According to Vivint, Georgia comes in at No. 9 for paranormal places based on the number of ghost sightings and haunted locations.

So, if you’re looking for some spooky activities to do ahead of Halloween, here are a few of the area’s spookiest places:

Oakland Cemetery:

named as one of the most haunted places in Georgia by ThrillistOakland Cemetery is the final resting place for some of the metro’s biggest names.

“We’re talking folks like Maynard Jackson, Margaret Mitchell, and Bobby Jones — have been buried in Atlanta’s oldest and largest burial ground in the city,” Thrillist said.

You can also add country music legend Kenny Rogers to that list.

You can even take a ghost tour of the cemetery and meet some of its most influential residents.

The Historic Lawrenceville Jail:

Right in the middle of downtown Lawrenceville, is the Historic Lawrenceville Jail. It is believed to be haunted.

“Urban legend has it that a slave named Elleck was attacked by his slave master, and to escape the scuffle, Elleck is rumored to have tried to escape by climbing up a ladder to his quarters. The slave master tried to follow him but ended up falling off the ladder and plunging to his death. Opting to tell the truth about the matter, Elleck is said to have confessed the entire situation to the courts in good faith, but rather than seeing that it was merely an accident, the courts sentenced Elleck to death. After a failed escape attempt, Elleck was chained up and immobilized until his hanging from him, and legend suggests that he would sing a sorrowful song dedicated to his wife Betsy while awaiting his fate from him, ” Thrillist said.

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To this day, visitors to the jail claim they can hear Elleck singing to his wife.

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The Fox Theatre:

Take a ghost tour of the Fox Theatre. You will go behind the scenes of the theater for this top-rated ghost tour of the Halloween season.

“Spooks and scares lurk around every shadowy corner as guides spin chilling tales of eerie spirits and supernatural spectres. Many staff — and more than a few patrons — have felt sudden blasts of cold air, seen shadowy figures float along the walls, or heard mysterious creaks, thumps, and whispers,” the theater said on its website.

Ellis Hotel:

Before it became the Ellis Hotel, the building along Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta was known as the Winecoff Hotel.

Built in 1913, the hotel was supposed to be “fireproof.”

“In 1946, packed with 300 guests, the hotel caught fire, killing 119 people. Firefighters could only reach eight of the 15 stories, and there are images of people jumping from windows. Frank Winecoff, the hotel’s namesake, was among the dead,” Explore Georgia said about the event.

With its tragic past, hotel patrons still report smelling smoke and hearing fire alarms going off around the time that the fire initially started years ago.

Lake Lanier:

One of metro Atlanta’s most popular recreational spots is Lake Lanier.

“The lake was created in the 1950s by flooding valley communities that contained a cemetery, fueling beliefs that it’s cursed. Historians say some unmarked graves and other structures were swallowed up by its waters,” CNN said in an article about the belief that the lake is haunted.

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Because the land was never cleared before it was flooded, whole structures remain intact under the water.

“Over the years, divers have reported creepy sightings beneath the murky waters. Some tell stories of freaky catfish as big as a Volkswagen. YouTube is filled with divers showing videos of sunken houseboats and piles of debris,” CNN said. “One of Lake Lanier’s most popular urban legends involves a car wreck. According to the story, a Ford sedan carrying two women careened off a bridge in April 1958 and tumbled into the lake. Some say the ghost of one of the women, dubbed the ‘Lady of the Lake,’ wanders the bridge at night in a blue dress, lost and restless.”

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