Haunted Places in Poolesville, Maryland



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    Ball's Bluff Battlefield

    Leesburg, Virginia

    6 miles from Poolesville, MD

    Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park and National Cemetery is a 223-acre park that contains a Civil War battlefield and the third-smallest U.S. National Cemetery. The 1861 Battle of Ball's Bluff took place here, and 54 soldiers are buried in the cemetery. The park, which offers tours and over 7 miles ...


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    Cost Plus World Market

    Poolesville, Virginia

    8.4 miles from Poolesville, MD

    I use to work at this store years ago and can tell you (and I'm sure you can ask other people who have worked there) that this place is truly haunted. When I worked over night here or worked a closing shift there were many strange happenings. There was always ...


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    Marwood Mansion

    Potomac, Maryland

    12.8 miles from Poolesville, MD

    Witnesses in this former house of the Gore family say they have seen the bathroom window open by itself, the toilet flushing, and steam coming from the tub, as well as eerie sounds from the basement. An apparition of the family's butler has been seen on the steps and around ...


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    Oatlands Plantation

    Leesburg, Virginia

    13 miles from Poolesville, MD

    Oatlands Plantation was once a 3,500-acre wheat and wool producer with over seven dozen slaves. Now a historic site of only 260 acres, the 1804 manor house museum is rumored to be home to a few spirits. Doors are said to randomly lock on their own, and witnesses and paranormalists ...


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    Landon House

    Frederick, Maryland

    13.1 miles from Poolesville, MD

    Built in 1754, this home was used as a Civil War makeshift hospital after a deadly battle nearby. Witnesses have heard phantom screams, cries, and prayers, or the sounds of soldiers begging for help. In the basement, where slaves once were kept and abused, folks have reported cold spots, taps ...


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    Beall-Dawson House

    Rockville, Maryland

    14.6 miles from Poolesville, MD

    This restored 1815 home and museum site is haunted by an apparition. Speculators say it may be original builder Upton Beall, his wife Jane, or one of their daughters: Jane, Mathilda or Margaret. Some suppose it also could be a household slaves. Ghost tours are offered around Halloween.


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    Brunswick Heritage Museum

    Brunswick, Maryland

    16.2 miles from Poolesville, MD

    This 1904 building now houses a railroad museum, and is allegedly haunted. Staff and paranormal investigators have reportedly encountered the apparition of a woman in a white dress, a ghostly curator who modifies exhibits and a spook who likes to tamper with a model railway. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Barbara Fritchie House

    Frederick, Maryland

    18.5 miles from Poolesville, MD

    Barbara Fritchie, age 96, is the heroine of The Ballad of Barbara Fritchie, written by John Greenleaf Whittier in 1864. During the Civil War, she was a Union sympathizer who dared to wave her Union flag in the face of the Confederates and Stonewall Jackson. Some historians say the event ...


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    National Museum of Civil War Medicine

    Frederick, Maryland

    18.5 miles from Poolesville, MD

    Here, objects have been known to move by themselves or mysteriously disappear, and strange sounds abound. Folks say the distinct sound of a cat scratching on a scratching post come from the executive director's office. It's a mystery, since the place was formerly an undertaking business, and a cat doesn't ...


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    Schifferstadt

    Frederick, Maryland

    19.2 miles from Poolesville, MD

    The 1750s German Colonial house is now a museum, said to be haunted by original owners Joseph and Elias Brunner (or Bruner, by some reports). Witnesses have heard unexplained voices, speaking in the Brunners' native German, as well as footsteps walking throughout the house.


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    Clara Barton National Historic Site

    Glen Echo, Maryland

    19.3 miles from Poolesville, MD

    Clara Barton National Historic Site, home of the famous wartime nurse for the last 15 years of her life, is said to be haunted. Folks have reported apparitions and it is believed that Clara herself still lingers here in spirit.


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    Lake Linganore

    New Market, Maryland

    19.5 miles from Poolesville, MD

    Orbs and unexplained sounds have been reported in the woods around this lake, where rumor has it that a child drowns every year. Bubbles also have been seen rising to the surface.


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    Hickory Grove Chapel

    Haymarket, Virginia

    20.3 miles from Poolesville, MD

    There are a lot of stories about this little white building that has been left to rot for the past 4-5 decades on Logmill Road in Haymarket, Virginia. Some call it the "Old White Chapel," others the "Hickory Grove Chapel". At least one person says it was never ...


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    St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church

    Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

    20.8 miles from Poolesville, MD

    The heritage listed church is believed to be haunted by a ghostly reverend, who has been seen praying at the church altar late at night. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Spook Hill

    Burkittsville, Maryland

    20.9 miles from Poolesville, MD

    This stretch of road near the battle site of Antietam is known for a mysterious phenomenon. Folks say that if you put your vehicle in neutral at the base of the hill, the ghosts of Confederate soldiers will push it back up the incline. Rumor has it that the ghosts ...


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    Historic Hilltop House

    Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

    21.1 miles from Poolesville, MD

    Folks must have been shocked to witness apparitions of soldiers marching through the rooms at this 1888 hotel. Reports say it is now closed, and its renovation is currently on hold.


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    Harpers Ferry

    Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

    21.2 miles from Poolesville, MD

    Known for its battles during the Civil War, the national historic park is believed to be haunted by ghosts of its past. Many apparitions have been seen here, including a well-dressed man in a brocade vest who glares in a hostile way. A woman and child believed to be the ...


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    Harpers Ferry Guest House

    Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

    21.3 miles from Poolesville, MD

    There are believed to be at least five apparitions that haunt this historic bed and breakfast. Guests have reported seeing the apparition of a hostile man in a brocade vest, who has been known to push guests around. Other apparitions seen include a woman in a grey dress, often accompanied ...


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    Haunted Cottage - Booth House

    Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

    22 miles from Poolesville, MD

    Paranormal researcher Vince Wilson operates this cottage and attraction that offers ghost tours, paranormal research training, and seances. The school is said to educate pupils on the history of ghosts starting with the first known hauntings in ancient Babylonia. It is called the Booth House because John Wilkes Booth is ...


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    Piero's Corner Italian - Carlos O'Kelley's

    Fairfax, Virginia

    22 miles from Poolesville, MD

    This location was once a "Carlos O'Kelley's" restaurant. Now it is an Italian place called "Piero's Corner." Back when it was Carlos O'Kelley's, it was said that a dishwasher who worked there hanged himself in the building and haunted the premises from then on. Numerous waitstaff reported ...


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    George Mason University

    Fairfax, Virginia

    22.4 miles from Poolesville, MD

    The crew team at George Mason University has reported seeing the ghost of an old man near the docks or dam. Legend has it that he's Old Man Johnson, a deceased area rower who, in the 1970s, found his wife having an affair. The distraught man went out rowing and ...


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    Manassas National Battlefield

    Manassas, Virginia

    23.4 miles from Poolesville, MD

    Historic Manassas National Battlefield Park contains an unfinished railroad ordered by Robert E. Lee. The Civil War-era railroad site is said to be popular with the spirit set, as several accounts of paranormal activity surrounding the area have been reported.


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    Omni Shoreham Hotel

    Washington, District of Columbia

    24.8 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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 ...


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    Halcyon House

    Washington, District of Columbia

    25 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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 ...


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    Duncan Hallow

    Frederick, Maryland

    25.3 miles from Poolesville, MD

    A cabin was built by a hermit named Fred Quick on the property of a local farmer. One day his body was found dead in his cabin with his wife missing. Later in the 70's the owner of the farm found signs of satanic rituals being preformed in the ...


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    Woodrow Wilson House

    Washington, District of Columbia

    25.3 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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 sobbing.


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    TWA Flight 514 Crash Site

    Bluemont, Virginia

    25.3 miles from Poolesville, MD

    Paranormal investigators were called to the forested area by passer-by's who reported hearing screams and seeing glowing apparitions moving around the forest at the crash site. Visitors have reported weird activity associated with a large limestone rock located at the site, and people have reported been pushed by unseen entities. (Submitted ...


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    Old Stone House

    Washington, District of Columbia

    25.3 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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 visitor.


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    M Street Bridge

    Washington, District of Columbia

    25.6 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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 ...


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    Walsh Mansion - Embassy of Indonesia

    Washington, District of Columbia

    25.7 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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" McLean, whose ...


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    Old Post Chapel

    Arlington, Virginia

    25.8 miles from Poolesville, MD

    Many Arlington National Cemetery burials started in this old military chapel, in use since the 1930s. Witnesses have reported unexplained voices and footsteps, locked doors have been known to open by themselves, and at least once, a soldier went into a room to find all the cabinets wide open. A ...


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    Old South Mountain Inn

    Boonsboro, Maryland

    25.8 miles from Poolesville, MD

    Legend has it that a ghost saved this 1730s historic inn from being destroyed by fire. It was the ghost of Madeline Dahlgren, owners say, who opened a door that normally remains shut, which allowed an employee to smell the smoke coming from a fire that had erupted in the ...


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    Renaissance Mayflower Hotel

    Washington, District of Columbia

    26.2 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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 ...


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    Decatur House

    Washington, District of Columbia

    26.5 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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 ...


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    Blair House

    Washington, District of Columbia

    26.5 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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 ...


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    The Octagon House

    Washington, District of Columbia

    26.5 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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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    Hay–Adams Hotel

    Washington, District of Columbia

    26.5 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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 the smell ...


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    St. John's Episcopal Church

    Washington, District of Columbia

    26.6 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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 ...


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    Cutts-Madison House - Dolley Madison House

    Washington, District of Columbia

    26.6 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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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    Caldwell Hall - Catholic University of America

    Washington, District of Columbia

    26.7 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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 exorcism.


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    The White House

    Washington, District of Columbia

    26.7 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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 Adams is ...


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    Treasury Annex

    Washington, District of Columbia

    26.7 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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 flushing.


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    Lafayette Square - Presidents Park

    Washington, District of Columbia

    26.8 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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, ...


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    Willard InterContinental

    Washington, District of Columbia

    26.9 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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. Grant has been ...


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    National Theatre

    Washington, District of Columbia

    27 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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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    Kerby Hall - Trinity Washington University

    Washington, District of Columbia

    27 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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 rooms.


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    Ford's Theatre

    Washington, District of Columbia

    27.2 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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 Box.


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    Mary Surratt's Boarding House - Wok and Roll

    Washington, District of Columbia

    27.3 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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 floorboards.


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    National Museum of Crime and Punishment

    Washington, District of Columbia

    27.3 miles from Poolesville, MD

    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 took.


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    Olde Towne Inn

    Manassas, Virginia

    27.4 miles from Poolesville, MD

    A ghost called Miss Lucy is said to haunt rooms 51 through 54. She is rumored to levitate guests and frequent the tavern.


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