Haunted Places in Buchanan, Virginia



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    The Natural Bridge Hotel

    Natural Bridge, Virginia

    10.3 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Legend has it that a former owner went mad and killed his wife and children in the hotel. Some say the apparitions of various members of the family have been seen around the grounds in the night.


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    Avenel Plantation

    Bedford, Virginia

    15.6 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Built around 1838 by William M. Burwell and his wife Frances Steptoe, the historic home eventually, in 1985, was purchased by the Avenel Foundation, a non-profit organization known to restore and preserve historic Avenel. A ghostly Lady in White has been seen walking on the grounds and in the halls, ...


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    Jeters Chapel of the Brethren Cemetery

    Vinton, Virginia

    16.3 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Jeters Chapel of the Brethren Cemetery, according to reports, is haunted by a man in a white robe who floats near the center of the cemetery.


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    Virginia Military Institute

    Lexington, Virginia

    22.5 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Virginia Military Institute, which originally opened in 1839 and has boasted famous professors of the likes of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, is said to be haunted by many ghosts, including an apparition of a hanged man. Jackson’s possessions and the skeleton of his horse are displayed in the chapel. Students have ...


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    The Patrick Henry Hotel

    Roanoke, Virginia

    22.9 miles from Buchanan, VA

    At this 1925 hotel, not only living guests can be found. Three ghostly men are said to stand around in the ballroom, keeping an eye on things. On the second floor, there is a man's apparition who smokes a pipe and sits at one of the tables. Those with sharp ...


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    Southern Virginia University

    Buena Vista, Virginia

    23.3 miles from Buchanan, VA

    The former Southern Virginia College, now Southern Virginia University, is said to be haunted by a young boy who rides his bicycle up and down the hallway of the fourth floor od a woman's dormitory carrying a red balloon. Some also say his mother's ghost haunts the third floor, looking ...


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    Randolph College

    Lynchburg, Virginia

    28.5 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Randolph College, founded in 1891 as Randolph-Macon's Woman's College, is said to be haunted. One haunted spot is Mary's Garden, named after Mary Stokes. Student legend says if you stray from the path and cross the garden, you will never graduate or never marry. Another story tells of a student ...


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    Sweet Briar College

    Amherst, Virginia

    32.8 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Sweet Briar College was founded in 1901, and since then has accumulated several ghosts. The college was founded by Indiana Fletcher Williams in memory of her daughter Daisy, who died in 1884 at age 16. "Miss Indie" died in 1900, but her ghost is said to make itself known throughout ...


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    Winton Country Club

    Amherst, Virginia

    36.7 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Winton Country Club, constructed in 1769, was the home of Sarah Winston Syme Henry, mother of patriot Patrick Henry. Legend has it that when Patrick Henry visited during the American Revolution, he had to secrete himself from the enemy in a pile of hay here. Rumors also say that Sarah ...


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    Lyric Theatre

    Blacksburg, Virginia

    45.3 miles from Buchanan, VA

    The historic theater opened in 1930, and at least some the weird occurrences here, some say, may stem from a workman who was killed during its construction. Employees have described footsteps on stairways, phantom muttering, cold breezes, and a woman shrieking, sometimes saying over and over "Let me out!"


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    Historic General Lewis Inn

    Lewisburg, West Virginia

    45.8 miles from Buchanan, VA

    The 1929 inn is said to be haunted by at least three ghosts. The most well known is a Lady in White who haunts Room 208. Her identity is unknown, a portrait of her hangs in the room. Also residing here is the ghost of a slave named Reuben, rumored ...


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    Holiday Inn - University / Blacksburg

    Blacksburg, Virginia

    46 miles from Buchanan, VA

    This hotel lies on the site of a former plantation called Jacob's Lantern. At Attitudes, the hotel bar and nightclub, laughter and voices can be heard after hours when the place is closed and empty. Guests often ask the hotel manager to turn the music down when no music is ...


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    Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park

    Buchanan, West Virginia

    51.8 miles from Buchanan, VA

    The Droop Mountain Battlefield was the site of an 1863 battle. Folks have reported soldiers' apparitions, some headless, in the fog that comes rolling over the mountain.


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    Belle Grae Inn - Ubon Thai Victorian Inn

    Staunton, Virginia

    54.1 miles from Buchanan, VA

    This inn is haunted by Mrs. Bagsby, a spirit who has resided here since the 1800s. Mrs. Bagsby unlocks doors and plays other tricks; it is said that she has been known to cause the inn's hot water supply to bypass the room of a guest that she doesn't like. ...


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    Western State Hospital - Dejarnette Building

    Staunton, Virginia

    54.2 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Western State Hospital, a fancy resort-style asylum called Western State Lunatic Asylum in its early years, was originally built in the 1820s. In 1905 it was taken over by Dr. Joseph Dejarnette, under whose authority patients were tortured. When the hospital moved in the 1970s the building became the Staunton ...


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    Thornrose House

    Staunton, Virginia

    54.5 miles from Buchanan, VA

    This historic home now operates as a bed and breakfast called "Thornrose House". The B&B has a room called "Caroline's Room" which allegedly has been a hot-spot for ghostly apparitions. The bed and breakfast is under new management as of Spring 2014.


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    Mary Baldwin College

    Staunton, Virginia

    54.7 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Mary Baldwin College is a four-year liberal arts women's college based in Staunton, VA. It was founded in 1842, and was originally called the Augusta Female Seminary. There are several reported ghosts at the college: A ghost known as "Richard" haunts the several areas, including the Administration Building, Wenger Hall and ...


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    Wilderness Road Regional Museum

    Dublin, Virginia

    63.8 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Wilderness Road Regional Museum is said to be haunted by an apparition of a young woman who walks the ground or stands in the window. The lights are known to flicker here as well.


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    Lanier House

    Danville, Virginia

    67 miles from Buchanan, VA

    The Lanier House, the oldest documented residence in the city, was built in 1830 by Danville's first mayor, Captain James Lanier. Although the structure now holds law offices, it has been the office of the city's first pediatrician as well as a private residence. It is said to be haunted; ...


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    Danville Museum - Sutherlin Mansion

    Danville, Virginia

    67.2 miles from Buchanan, VA

    The Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, located inside the Sutherlin Mansion (originally built for William T. Sutherlin in 1859), has been called the "Last Capitol of the Confederacy." It was here that Jefferson Davis spent long hours staring out the parlor window after he heard the news of ...


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    Bridgewater College

    Bridgewater, Virginia

    70.5 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Cole Hall at the est.-1880 Bridgewater College is rumored to be haunted by its namesake, Dr. Charles Knox Cole. Built in 1929 by Cole's daughter, Mrs. Virginia Garber Cole Strickler, the hall is an auditorium, and Mr. Cole's ghost is said to attend the plays shown there. The ghost sits ...


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    Longwood University

    Farmville, Virginia

    72.2 miles from Buchanan, VA

    A spooky story surrounds the statue of the Confederate Hero, dedicated Oct. 11, 1900, on High Street. Legend has it that when you can see the statue’s shadow on the wall of the camupus' East Ruffner Building, all is well. When you cannot, the soldier's ghost is out protecting the ...


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    Monticello

    Charlottesville, Virginia

    74.9 miles from Buchanan, VA

    People believe that Jefferson has never left his beloved Monticello and they claim to see Jefferson's ghost wandering the grounds and also to hear whistling, something that Jefferson was prone to doing as he toured the property.


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    By the Side of the Road Bed and Breakfast

    Harrisonburg, Virginia

    76.6 miles from Buchanan, VA

    This historic b&b was built just a bit after the American Revolution, and it was used a Civil War hospital in 1864. It is said that when the area was burned by Union soldiers, the flame-retardant building just wouldn't catch fire, so it became a sort of haven during the ...


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    Bremo Plantation

    Bremo Bluff, Virginia

    76.8 miles from Buchanan, VA

    One house here is said to be haunted by Anne Blaws Barraud Cocke, wife of John Hartwell Cocke, War of 1812 brigadier general and the builder of the plantation estate.


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    Virginia Quilt Museum

    Harrisonburg, Virginia

    77.3 miles from Buchanan, VA

    This 1856 antebellum home was formerly known as the Warren-Sip House, and during the Civil War, it served as a hospital for wounded soldiers. Visitors to the current museum have reported sighting the apparition of a Confederate soldier on the second floor of the building. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Major Graham Mansion

    Max Meadows, Virginia

    78.1 miles from Buchanan, VA

    The historic mansion is believed to be haunted by the spirits of folks from its past. Paranormalists have collected electric voice phenomna and seen apparitions. The property is reported to be open for history and ghost tours during some times of year, and is available for investigation by paranormalist groups ...


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    Hutton House Bed and Breakfast

    Huttonsville, West Virginia

    83.6 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Built in 1898 by Eugene Elihu Hutton, the Queen Anne-style Victorian home is now an inn, and is believed to be haunted. Folks say that at 5 a.m. the unexplained smell of baking bread wafts through the inn, although the kitchen is closed and the ovens are cold.


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    Castle Hill Manor

    Keswick, Virginia

    84.7 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Castle Hill Manor is a privately owned historic mansion said to be haunted by a female ghost who wears perfume and sometimes appears in a room known as the pink bedroom. Former owner Amelie Rives is suspected to linger here in spirit as well.


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    The Lafayette Inn

    Stanardsville, Virginia

    86.1 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Rumor has it that a phantom bloodstain in the foyer returns daily from a Confederate soldier who long ago committed suicide after the stress of learning his wife had been unfaithful with a Yankee soldier. The soldier's ghost is said to wander the halls at night with a pistol, still ...


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    Hawks Nest State Park

    Ansted, West Virginia

    88.6 miles from Buchanan, VA

    The site of the famouse cliff Lovers' Leap, this park has a long history of being haunted. Its legend tells of 1800s lovers who leapt off the cliff. Some say the pair were Native Americans, others say they were pioneers. In some tales the girl became dizzy and fell, and ...


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    Civil War Museum - Exchange Hotel

    Gordonsville, Virginia

    91.6 miles from Buchanan, VA

    The Civil War Museum at the Exchange Hotel is rumored to house some residents who died over a century ago. The hotel became a hospital in 1862, and was considered America’s first triage hospital. One of the ghosts here is believed to be a Union corporal who was the last ...


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    Graceland Inn and Conference Center

    Elkins, West Virginia

    97.4 miles from Buchanan, VA

    This inn, restaurant and conference center is said to be haunted by several entities: a ghost named Grace, senator Henry Davis, and a former servant named Katie.


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    Elon University

    Elon, North Carolina

    99 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Elon University is said to be haunted by Mary, who resides in the West Dormitory and is known for talking to students while they're sleeping. Mary also is blamed for swinging light fixtures, footsteps, electrical anomalies, apparitions, and shattering mirrors. According to campus legend, Mary died in the Jan. 18, ...


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    Guilford College

    Greensboro, North Carolina

    99.6 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Guilford College is said to have haunts in its 1961 Dana Auditorium. The building is said to stand on the site of a makeshift Civil War hospital where many soldiers died. The oldest ghost in residence is Lucas, a soldier who tends to appear at 2 a.m. in the Moon ...


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    Carolina Theatre

    Greensboro, North Carolina

    100.9 miles from Buchanan, VA

    In 1981 a fire broke out in the Carolina Theatre while it was closed and killed a woman. As the woman was not supposed to have been there at the time, it is believed she deliberately set the fire that killed her. People now claim that her ghost ...


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    Brookstown Inn

    Winston-Salem, North Carolina

    104.1 miles from Buchanan, VA

    It is said that for the past two or three decades, guests in many of the rooms here have been awakened by the sound of a female voice calling their name repeatedly or saying "Mercy!" over and over again.


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    Salem College

    Winston-Salem, North Carolina

    104.2 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Salem College began in 1772 as a primary school, then a high school and now a college. It is the oldest women's college in the Southern U.S., and it has the abundance of haunts fitting to such an old institution. For example, the Clewell Dorm is haunted by a little ...


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    Conyers House

    Sperryville, Virginia

    106 miles from Buchanan, VA

    A man named Sim Wright lived here from 1924 to 1964, with his wife Martha. It is said that he still haunts the inn to this day.


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    Alleghany County Courthouse

    Sparta, North Carolina

    106.3 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Built in 1933, the historic courthouse was constructed to replace the original edifice which was destroyed by the 'Big Fire of 1932'. Visitors to the building nowadays have reported hearing disembodied footsteps on the staircase and the unexplained sound of whistling near the decommissioned prison cells. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Patterson-Noble-Baker House

    Louisburg, North Carolina

    124.4 miles from Buchanan, VA

    The circa-1820 Patterson-Noble-Baker House was a plantation home originally, but now serves as a private home. Reports say it is a hot spot for paranormal activity, and ghost hunters have recorded EVPs inside.


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    Louisburg College

    Louisburg, North Carolina

    124.5 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Louisburg College, founded in 1787, is a private Methodist institution with many suspected ghosts. Its Main Building, used as a hospital during the Civil War, is haunted by a little boy with no face. Voices and sounds abound here, and other ghosts are suspected to call the building home. In ...


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    Belle Grove Plantation

    Middletown, Virginia

    127.3 miles from Buchanan, VA

    Belle Grove Plantation, built between 1794 and 1797, was once the home of Revolutionary War veteran Major Isaac Hite, Jr. (President James Madison’s brother-in-law) and was the headquarters of General Philip Sheridan during the Battle of Cedar Creek. It is believed to be haunted by an apparition of a woman ...


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