12 HAUNTED PLACES IN MOBILE, ALABAMA
by: Chris Andrews
Alabama’s oldest public school building has seen its fair share of dark days. The building operated as a Union hospital during the Civil War where Confederates were hung in the basement. Following the war, a young girl jumped to her death from the third floor. Recently, paranormal investigators found footsteps, an orb, and heard a young girl laughing on that same floor.
Battle House Hotel
The Battle House Hotel is one of the most historic hotels in the South but it’s also one of the most haunted. The ghost of Henry Butler still haunts Room 552, photos of “unexpected visitors” who have appeared in photos, and, of course, the story of a newlywed woman in 1910 who hung herself from the Crystal Ballroom chandelier all still haunt this historic hotel.
Built in 1862, the Malaga is a beautiful place to stay in Mobile but many of its visitors have seen strange occurrences at the hotel. Swinging chandeliers, flickering lights, and the ghost of a women dressed in white on the balcony of room 007 are just a few of the hauntings here at the Malaga Inn.
You may not realize it today but Cathedral Square was once the site of Mobile’s first Spanish graveyard, Campo Santo. While some bodies were reinterred to Church Street Graveyard, many were not and continue to lie under the park benches outside of the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
In the 1830’s, a man named Charles Boyington was suspected and tried on a charge of murder. From the gallows of his death, he declared that to prove his innocence, an oak tree would grow from his grave. The Boyington Oak still stands on Bayou Street in Mobile.
Fort Conde Inn
The Fort Conde Inn is a charming hotel inside one of the oldest homes of Mobile. It’s so charming that some of its visitors have never left! Reports through the years of unusual happenings on the second floor combined with slamming doors and shaking beds have disturbed guests for many years.
Richards DAR House
Come tour this beautiful Antebellum home for its gorgeous Italianate architecture and charm. You’ll learn all about Mobile’s history but you might also find some disturbances in the Children’s Room including marbles that move daily, footsteps, and voices of children playing.
Built in 1833, Oakleigh is one of the oldest homes in Mobile. Take a visit here to admire the beautiful Greek Revival architecture, rare antique china, Union Barracks, but don’t miss the wreath of human hair. A wreath meant to make you feel close to loved ones who have deceased.
Bragg Mitchell Mansion
Built prior to the Civil War, the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is well known in Mobile for its Greek Revival architecture and Doric columns. Many supernatural encounters have occurred since the mansion opened its doors to the public. One romantic story of a young lady and a slave who fell in love prior to the Civil War. Another, of a cat that has haunted guests for almost 50 years.
Church St. Graveyard
The city of Mobile’s oldest graveyard. Inside, you’ll see raised brick tombs, and plenty of 19th century architecture. Notable Mobilians from French, British, and Spanish decent all mingle here together inside the walls of the Church St. Graveyard.
Kate Shepard House
Built in 1897, this Queen Anne style home is now a gorgeous bed and breakfast for any weekend stay in Mobile. Reports of a young girl running around the house and through the bedrooms continue to haunt guests to this day.
Mobile Carnival Museum
Built in 1872, the historic Bernstein-Bush mansion now houses the Mobile Carnival Museum. Today, you’ll find exhibits on Mobile’s Mardi Gras history. In years past, this was a former funeral home where workers claimed to often see ghost named, Ralph. Recently, the staff have found mannequins moved, exhibit pieces missing, and other strange happening from Ralph.
Bonus : Cry Baby Bridge
About 20 miles north of Mobile, you’ll find Cry Baby Bridge on a rural road in Mobile County. Legend has it that a woman left her baby under this bridge many years ago. Cries from that baby can still be heard on dark, still nights under the bridge.
Visit many of these locations and more throughout the year when you book a Bienville Bites Haunted Food Tour!