Haunted Places in Benedict, Maryland



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    Summerseat Farm

    Mechanicsville, Maryland

    7.9 miles from Benedict, MD

    Summerseat Farm is believed to be haunted and has been investigated by ghost hunters, who found lights had come on after they had turned them off. Visitors have witnessed bed covers that move on their own and a rosary that swung by itself. The property includes a family cemetery that ...


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    Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum

    Waldorf, Maryland

    10.5 miles from Benedict, MD

    The historic house museum is said to be haunted by the apparition of Mrs. Frankie Mudd. Witnesses also have heard unexplained voices, and during a Civil War reenactment, electric candles in the windows repeatedly turned on by themselves. A human-shaped bed impression routinely appears in a room where John Wilkes ...


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    Surratt House Museum

    Clinton, Maryland

    21.2 miles from Benedict, MD

    The historic 18th century inn and tavern building, now a museum, was once owned by Mary Surratt. Her son John sometimes met with friends there, one of whom was John Wilkes Booth. These meetings were said to be when the plot for the assassination of President Lincoln evolved. The guns ...


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    Stratford Hall

    Montross, Virginia

    26.2 miles from Benedict, MD

    Stratford Hall Plantation was the home of the Lee family, including two Declaration of Independence signers, and it was Robert E. Lee's birthplace. It is said to be haunted by Elizabeth McCarty Storke, rumored to have had an affair with Henry Lee, Robert E. Lee's step-brother, when she was only ...


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    Oxon Hill Cemetery

    Oxon Hill-Glassmanor, Maryland

    26.3 miles from Benedict, MD

    This cemetery is located off Oxon Hill Road, catty corner to Levi's Barbecue, behind the Post Office. About 10 years ago my husband and I were hanging out with a group of homeless people. We would go to wherever they set up camp and just sit around and drink and ...


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    Ramsay House

    Alexandria, Virginia

    28.3 miles from Benedict, MD

    Ramsay House is used as a visitor information center, and originally was named for William Ramsay, Scottish merchant and city founder. Witnesses claim to have seen apparitions in 18th-century clothing in the building's basement.


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    Gadsby's Tavern

    Alexandria, Virginia

    28.4 miles from Benedict, MD

    Gadsby's Tavern was built in the 1770s and reportedly was visited by many of the country's founding fathers. According to rumor, the tours through the historic site do not include one of its rooms, which is closed tight. Why? It's said that a lovely ghost resides there. Legend has it ...


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    The John Douglass Brown House - Fawcett-Reeder House

    Alexandria, Virginia

    28.4 miles from Benedict, MD

    The John Douglass Brown House, aka Fawcett-Reeder House, was built in 1772 and was allegedly visited by George Washington during his lifetime. Around the colonial home, witnesses claim to have seen apparitions of ghostly Revolutionary War-era soldiers.


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    Woodlawn

    Alexandria, Virginia

    28.6 miles from Benedict, MD

    Historic Woodlawn was originally built in 1805 for Martha Washington’s granddaughter Nelly Parke Custis and her husband Major Lawrence Lewis. Now a museum, the place is rumored to be haunted by some of its many generations of former residents.


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    St. Elizabeth's Hospital

    Washington, District of Columbia

    28.6 miles from Benedict, MD

    Paranormal experiences here have included groaning sounds, footsteps, cold spots, and strange noises. The site is still an operational hospital and trespassing is not permitted.


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    Lee-Fendall House

    Alexandria, Virginia

    28.6 miles from Benedict, MD

    The Lee-Fendall House museum, once used as a Revolutionary War hospital, is said to be haunted by female apparition in period clothing, a woman and child who appear on the back stairs, and the sound of an antique telephone. The site has been featured on an episode of TV’s Ghost ...


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    Fort McNair

    Washington, District of Columbia

    30.7 miles from Benedict, MD

    The ghost of Mary Surrat, convicted in a plot to assassinate President Lincoln, has been seen here, presumably trying to convince fort guests of her innocence. Building 21 has an unknown spirit lingering in spirit form. Workers here have heard footsteps in the attic and have felt something behind them ...


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    Marine Barracks - 8th & I

    Washington, District of Columbia

    30.7 miles from Benedict, MD

    The mysterious presence is said to linger around the lower parking garage, where a fatal accident involving a young child occurred. Some Marines have heard the child calling out early in the morning; others have seen a red ball rolling down a garage ramp.


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    Old Brick Inn - Kemp House Bed and Breakfast

    Saint Michaels, Maryland

    31 miles from Benedict, MD

    This historic bed and breakfast inn dates back to 1807, and was formerly owned by a civil war soldier. The inn is believed to be haunted by the a pair of gentleman who have been heard arguing in a downstairs room, a blue ball of light that flies through ...


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    Aida's Victoriana Inn

    Saint Michaels, Maryland

    31.2 miles from Benedict, MD

    This nineteenth century bed and breakfast inn is located right on the harbour, and is believed to have its own resident ghost. The spirit of a man who passed away in an upstairs room before paying his bill has been known to leave money around the house for the ...


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    Library of Congress

    Washington, District of Columbia

    31.5 miles from Benedict, MD

    Tales are told of a ghostly police officer who haunts the stacks at the famed Library of Congress, often helping those who become lost amid the vast collection. Appearing both in uniform and in casual clothes, the officer, who often even tells people his name, is deceased sergeant. Other strange ...


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    United States Capitol

    Washington, District of Columbia

    31.7 miles from Benedict, MD

    At the U.S. Capitol, folks say that late at night, the statues in the Statuary Hall come to life and move about the room. It is also said that a black cat appears in the basement just before a national disaster occurs. The ghost of a builder who died during ...


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    Old Long Bridge - 14th Street Bridge

    Washington, District of Columbia

    31.9 miles from Benedict, MD

    General Edward Braddock's 1755 expedition to capture Fort Duquesne was attacked, killing or wounding 900 men, in what is now known as the Battle of the Monongahela. Rumor has it that on the anniversary of Braddock's departure near the bridge or along the nearby bluffs, the ghostly sounds of military ...


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    Independence Avenue SW

    Washington, District of Columbia

    32 miles from Benedict, MD

    This part of the avenue is believed to be haunted by the ghosts of slaves. It is the former site of two notorious slave markets: the Yellow House or Williams Slave Pen, now the FAA headquarters, and the nearby Robey Slave Pen, at the 7th Street corner. Locals have heard ...


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    Glenn Dale Hospital

    Glenn Dale, Maryland

    32 miles from Benedict, MD

    Glenn Dale Hospital, built in 1934, was once a tuberculosis sanatorium with 23 buildings. It closed because of asbestos problems in 1981. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in November 2011 and is regularly patrolled by police. The Goat Man of Maryland, a half-man, half-goat creature, ...


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    Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre

    Lorton, Virginia

    32.2 miles from Benedict, MD

    At the Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre, the ghosts in residence like to rearrange chairs and place settings or manifest as lights that glide around backstage.


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    Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

    Church Creek, Maryland

    32.2 miles from Benedict, MD

    The 27,000 acres of tidal marshes, forest and ponds that make up this refuge are said to be haunted by a demon mule. Long ago, the beast was known to attack loggers and fishermen, so the locals hunted it and chased it to its death in quicksand. The unhappy mule's ...


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    Gallaudet University - MSSD

    Washington, District of Columbia

    32.4 miles from Benedict, MD

    MSSD is the Model Secondary School for the Deaf. The ghost of a girl who committed suicide has been seen in the dorms, as well as another female spirit. Hoofbeats also have been felt through the campus, thought to be left over from Revolutionary War soldiers.


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    National Building Museum

    Washington, District of Columbia

    32.4 miles from Benedict, MD

    The 1887 National Building Museum is said to be haunted by ghosts who appear in an unusual way. Formerly the "Pension Building," where pensions were processed for Civil War veterans, widows, and orphans, it has 15 Corinthian brick-and-plaster columns painted to resemble black onyx. Witnesses say the colors on the ...


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    National Museum of Crime and Punishment

    Washington, District of Columbia

    32.5 miles from Benedict, 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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    Ford's Theatre

    Washington, District of Columbia

    32.6 miles from Benedict, 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

    32.6 miles from Benedict, 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 Theatre

    Washington, District of Columbia

    32.8 miles from Benedict, 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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    Willard InterContinental

    Washington, District of Columbia

    32.8 miles from Benedict, 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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    Bladensburg Dueling Grounds

    Colmar Manor, Maryland

    32.8 miles from Benedict, MD

    When dueling was outlawed in the district limits, this area, now a park, became the spot where men could defend their honor. The apparition of Commodore Stephen Decatur, killed here in 1820, has been seen here, as well as other shadowy figures.


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    Lafayette Square - Presidents Park

    Washington, District of Columbia

    32.9 miles from Benedict, 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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    Cator House

    Cambridge, Maryland

    32.9 miles from Benedict, MD

    The Cator House restaurant is reportedly haunted by original owner Emily Cator, who originally built it as an inn. Staff members claim to have heard and felt Emily's ghost.


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    The White House

    Washington, District of Columbia

    33 miles from Benedict, 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

    33 miles from Benedict, 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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    Witch's Grave - Truxton Park

    Annapolis, Maryland

    33.1 miles from Benedict, MD

    The witch's grave is said to be found at Truxton Park, in the woods past the third baseball field near a slanted tree. The witch is said to have been buried here in the 1800s but escaped from the grave, never to be seen again. Rumor has it that on ...


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    Bayly Orem House

    Cambridge, Maryland

    33.1 miles from Benedict, MD

    This historic house dates back to 1888, and now serves as a complex of quaint apartments. A former tenant claims the front parlour room is haunted, and reported flickering lights, objects being moved by unseen hands and the faint sound of ghostly laughter when there was no one around. (Submitted ...


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    Cutts-Madison House - Dolley Madison House

    Washington, District of Columbia

    33.1 miles from Benedict, 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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    The Octagon House

    Washington, District of Columbia

    33.1 miles from Benedict, 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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    St. John's Episcopal Church

    Washington, District of Columbia

    33.2 miles from Benedict, 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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    Blair House

    Washington, District of Columbia

    33.2 miles from Benedict, 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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    Hay–Adams Hotel

    Washington, District of Columbia

    33.2 miles from Benedict, 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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    Decatur House

    Washington, District of Columbia

    33.2 miles from Benedict, 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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    Renaissance Mayflower Hotel

    Washington, District of Columbia

    33.5 miles from Benedict, 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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    Old Post Chapel

    Arlington, Virginia

    33.5 miles from Benedict, 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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    Occoquan Inn

    Occoquan, Virginia

    33.6 miles from Benedict, MD

    The apparition of a Native American man has been seen in the Occuquan Inn, built in 1810. Legend has it that the man was enamored of the owner's wife, and he was shot when the owner caught him sneaking down the stairs one night. His ghost has been seen in ...


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    The Loft Gallery

    Occoquan, Virginia

    33.6 miles from Benedict, MD

    A haunting experience happened at The Loft Gallery in the 1990s when a painting flew off a wall. Then, one early morning in October 2006, an artist saw a glowing mist float through the gallery. Witnesses also report footsteps, creaking floors, and doors closing when no one is there.


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    Kerby Hall - Trinity Washington University

    Washington, District of Columbia

    33.7 miles from Benedict, 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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    Fletchertown Road

    Bowie, Maryland

    33.7 miles from Benedict, MD

    The Goat Man is an urban legend about a being who escaped from the nearby Department of Agriculture Research Center. Said to be a product of a human-animal breeding experiment, the escaped Goat Man murdered and ate many victims in the 1950s and '60s. As recently as the 1970s, something ...


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    Rams Head Tavern

    Annapolis, Maryland

    33.9 miles from Benedict, MD

    Built around 1831, the tavern has a legend relating to a ghost named Amy. She had been a prostitute employed by tavern guests, and died on the job. A bedpost, said to be hers, is on display in the downstairs bar. Her apparition has been seen by staff and even ...


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    Reynolds Tavern

    Annapolis, Maryland

    33.9 miles from Benedict, MD

    Mary Reynolds, who inherited the place after her husband William died in 1777, is the haunt who resides here. Witnesses have reported that objects move, and a ghostly woman's voice has been heard singing Christmas carols. The ghost also is said to have broken a dish during a ghost-hunting investigation.


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