Haunted Places in Columbia, Kentucky



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    Lindsey Wilson College

    Columbia, Kentucky

    At Lindsey Wilson College's Horton Hall, rumors abound...especially about the dorm rooms on the second floor. Witnesses say dark ghosts float up and shake the ceiling tiles or creep down into the bedrooms. So the stories go, if you come across these mysterious beings, you should stay really still. If ...


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    Free Union Separate Baptist Church

    Columbia, Kentucky

    The cemetery is reportedly haunted by the ghost of a man holding an infant. People claim the ghosts are waiting for the man's wife to die so that they can be reunited as a family.


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    Greensburg Court House

    Greensburg, Kentucky

    15.3 miles from Columbia, KY

    The historic Greensburg Courthouse, built 1802-06, was used until 1931. With a history that long, of course it's bound to have some ghosts. Folks say that in the courtrooms you can hear ghostly activity such as footsteps and murmured talking.


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    Campbellsville University

    Campbellsville, Kentucky

    16.8 miles from Columbia, KY

    At Campbellsville University's Fine Arts Building, which was originally a Catholic Hospital, ghostly babies have been known to cry at night. Footsteps can sometimes be heard, cold spots felt, and pottery wheels have been spotted turning all by themselves.


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    Hiestand House

    Campbellsville, Kentucky

    17.5 miles from Columbia, KY

    This historic stone cottage is now a museum, but was formerly built in the early nineteenth century by a family of emigrants. After being abandoned for a period of time, a middle class family moved in, but fled after reporting apparitions, disembodied footsteps and strange fires. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    The Haintin' Holler

    Burkesville, Kentucky

    23.3 miles from Columbia, KY

    As it's called by locals "The Haintin; Holler" is located on HWY 3115, about 1/4 mile past the Gray Gap Road you will enter this area. It runs from there to about 1/4 mile from the end of Turner Branch Road. Turner Branch Road comes to a dead end ...


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    Coral Hill Road

    Glasgow, Kentucky

    30.1 miles from Columbia, KY

    A harrowing tale has been told by a man who was walking along Coral Hill Road one night. He saw the transparent white form of a headless horseman, which then followed him home. The ghost was spotted by the man's family members, who awoke to find the ghost in the ...


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    Saint Ivos Cemetery

    Lebanon, Kentucky

    36.8 miles from Columbia, KY

    At St. Ivos Cemetery, witnesses have reported video camera malfunctions and unexplained noises and voices.


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    Maple Hill Manor Bed and Breakfast

    Springfield, Kentucky

    39.4 miles from Columbia, KY

    Built in 1851 by slaves, this inn is said to be haunted either by the original owners or by soldiers who fought in the Battle of Perryville in 1962. Witnesses have reported knocks on doors when there was nobody there, footsteps from empty rooms, cold spots, phantom perfume scents, strange ...


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    Perryville Battlefield

    Perryville, Kentucky

    43.8 miles from Columbia, KY

    The largest Civil War battle in Kentucky was fought here on October 8, 1862; at least 7,600 were killed or wounded. The corpses of the Confederate soldiers were left to rot on the battlefield, and many suppose this is why the field has so much ghostly activity. Apparitions of soldiers, ...


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    Mammoth Cave National Park

    Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

    44.1 miles from Columbia, KY

    Around 4,000 years ago, it is believed that prehistoric Native Americans mined these cave walls for its minerals and buried their dead inside the cave. In the 1800s, Dr. Frank Gorin (or, some reports say, Dr. John Croghan) established a colony for tuberculosis patients in the cave, believing the cave ...


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    Thomas House

    Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee

    49.4 miles from Columbia, KY

    Built in 1890, the place is said to be haunted by a little girl ghost. Her favorite room appears to be Room 37. The Thomas House was featured on the TV show "Paranormal State."


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    Old Talbott Tavern

    Bardstown, Kentucky

    49.6 miles from Columbia, KY

    At this 1779 stagecoach stop, now an inn, many famous figures have stayed including Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Boone and Jesse James. Ghostly presences are said to make themselves known in many ways, including orbs, mists and apparitions. Mrs. Talbott may appear as an apparition to guests, or you may see ...


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    Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast

    Bardstown, Kentucky

    49.6 miles from Columbia, KY

    This bed-and-breakfast inn used to be an actual jail, housing prisoners from 1797 until 1987. It was Kentucky's oldest operating jail complex, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. But some of the spirits of the incarcerated folks may never have left when the building changed purposes. Witnesses, including ...


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    Morrison Masonic Lodge

    Elizabethtown, Kentucky

    50.9 miles from Columbia, KY

    The ghosts of Civil War soldiers have been spotted at this Lodge building, and witnesses also have reported unexplained footsteps and knocking and objects that move by themselves. The alarm goes off when no one is in the building, and ghosts have shown up in photos and have been heard ...


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    Hardin County Historical Museum

    Elizabethtown, Kentucky

    50.9 miles from Columbia, KY

    This historical museum houses many civil war and pioneer artefacts from the county history; and perhaps even a few ghosts. A spectral male apparition in a brown suit has been seen wandering the halls of the museum after closing hours. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Harrodsburg Spring - Young Park

    Harrodsburg, Kentucky

    51.7 miles from Columbia, KY

    The ghost story here begins with a beautiful young woman who checked in to the Harrodsburg Springs Hotel, which stood on the park grounds in the late 1800s, under a false name. She danced with several partners in the hotel ballroom, as the men all lined up for a chance ...


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    Bethlehem Academy

    Elizabethtown, Kentucky

    56 miles from Columbia, KY

    The old Bethlehem Academy, once a convent and then a hotel, is now a restaurant. Rumor has it that it's haunted by the ghosts of nuns and other folks who were murdered on the premises long ago. The spirits manifest by turning lights on and off and moving chairs and ...


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    Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

    Williamsburg, Kentucky

    56.1 miles from Columbia, KY

    Stories about the Cumberland Falls State Park tell of a 1950s bride and groom on their honeymoon. The bride lost her balance and fell from the cliff now called Lover's Leap. Reports say drivers have hit a woman in a wedding dress in the area, although when they got out ...


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    Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

    Harrodsburg, Kentucky

    58.3 miles from Columbia, KY

    The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is said to be the country's largest restored Shaker village. Its 3,000 acres contain 34 original Shaker buildings and perhaps a few ghosts, as well. It is said that ghostly babies can be heard crying at night around the pond.


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    Jim Beam Distillery

    Clermont, Kentucky

    60.3 miles from Columbia, KY

    At this Jim Beam Distillery, some say, a former guard was a little out of his mind and liked to yell at the full moon during his shift. Now, some witnesses currently working as guards say they can hear his screams when the moon is full.


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    1880 Newbury House

    Robbins, Tennessee

    61.2 miles from Columbia, KY

    It is said that at the Newbury House, ghostly occurrences are not unknown. It seems that especially single female guests are known to awaken in the night with the ghost of a man standing over their bed. The ghost is thought to be Charles Oldfield, and the Charles Oldfield Room ...


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    Kingstone Lisle Inn

    Robbins, Tennessee

    61.3 miles from Columbia, KY

    Called the Snoring Ghost, the ghost in residence here is said to be Thomas Hughes, the town's founder. He originally built the place for his mother, but remains in spirit. He is known to pull blankets back on the bed and audibly snore. The inn can be accessed through tours.


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    Western Kentucky University

    Bowling Green, Kentucky

    63.7 miles from Columbia, KY

    Western Kentucky University is rumored to have many haunts in many different buildings: Academic Complex - Formerly a hospital and now classrooms, medical facilities and TV and radio stations, the complex workers have heard strange sounds, seen apparitions out of the corners of their eyes, and saw a CD player ...


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    Boone Tavern

    Berea, Kentucky

    64.6 miles from Columbia, KY

    At this historic guesthouse for Berea College, many strange events have been reported. Some say the site was once part of the Underground Railroad, and the apparition of at an African-American boy has been spotted here; others say this information is inaccurate, and that the hotel was not built until ...


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    Gates of Hell - Grandview Cemetery - Kasey's Cemetery

    Custer, Kentucky

    65.6 miles from Columbia, KY

    Grandview Cemetery, aka Kasey's Cemetery or the Gates of Hell, contains the graves of people from the 1700s and 1800s as well as the ruins of an iron and stone gate. Some say one time an enormous green orb appeared here, hovered a short time, then shot straight up and ...


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    Ditto House Inn

    West Point, Kentucky

    71.2 miles from Columbia, KY

    Used as a headquarters and a hospital during the Civil War, this inn is said to be haunted by soldiers and other folks who passed away here during that era. Some guests have reported being touched or spoken to by the spirits. The inn has been featured on many TV ...


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    Octagon Hall

    Franklin, Kentucky

    72 miles from Columbia, KY

    The historic Octagon Hall was completed in 1859, and is rumored to be haunted. In the 1860s it is said that a young girl burned to death in the basement kitchen, and local stories tell that during a 2003 Halloween ghost tour, the fireplace kettle, which hangs from a moveable ...


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    White Hall

    Richmond, Kentucky

    72.7 miles from Columbia, KY

    Cassius Clay's historic home, built in 1798 by his father, is said to be haunted by Clay himself, his wife, and his son. Witnesses to the hauntings have described moving candle lights, footsteps and other unexplained sounds and even smells, and violin and piano music. Apparitions of the three ghosts ...


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    Doe Run Inn

    Brandenburg, Kentucky

    73.9 miles from Columbia, KY

    At this historic hotel, there is a quirky ghost who has been seen on the stairway and in the dining room. What's quirky about him? He loves to untie unsuspecting guests' shoes!


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    United States Post Office

    Jellico, Tennessee

    74.3 miles from Columbia, KY

    The old post office building is haunted by several spirits. Disembodied footsteps and loud voices are heard when no one is around. Mail is thrown around the post office, and objects go missing, only to turn up in different places to where they were left. The apparition of a tall ...


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    Cragfont

    Castalian Springs, Tennessee

    74.9 miles from Columbia, KY

    Brothers James and George Winchester built the first Cragfont, a log cabin, in 1785. George was killed by Indians in 1794, and James and his wife Susan went on to build the upscale manor house Cragfont, finished in 1802. The historic mansion has been restored and is open to the ...


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    Pope Lick Monster - Goat Man

    Louisville, Kentucky

    75.9 miles from Columbia, KY

    The Goat Man of Pope Lick is rumored to be a farmer who tortured goats at the devil's request and therefore forfeited his soul. But other legends say he is a refugee from a circus train wreck. The horned and hairy monster is supposed to trick folks into his clutches ...


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    Waverly Hills Sanatorium

    Louisville, Kentucky

    76.8 miles from Columbia, KY

    This historic hospital, originally opened in 1910 to treat tuberculosis patients, has reportedly seen about 63,000 deaths. TV shows Ghost Adventures, Fact or Faked, Ghost Hunters and many more have featured the site. Witnesses here report unexplained lights, apparitions, shadowy forms and other various phenomena.


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    Crowne Plaza Hotel - Campbell House Inn

    Lexington, Kentucky

    77.3 miles from Columbia, KY

    Formerly the Campbell House Inn, the Crowne Plaza Hotel is said to be a very spooky place. According to local legend, two women were murdered here. One was stabbed on the stairs, and folks say you can still see the blood stains on the carpet. The other woman was reportedly ...


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    The Campbell House

    Lexington, Kentucky

    77.3 miles from Columbia, KY

    At the Cambell House Inn, there is rumored to be a blood stain on a carpet where a woman, one of two women to have been murdered here, was stabbed to death. Witnesses have reported apparitions and doors slamming by themselves.


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    Henry Clay Estate - Ashland

    Lexington, Kentucky

    78.4 miles from Columbia, KY

    The historic Ashland House is said to be haunted by Henry Clay himself. His ghost, a white-haired apparition wearing a black frock coat, has been seen in the old red parlor room (which is now his study), leaning on the fireplace mantel.


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    Warfield Cemetery

    Barbourville, Kentucky

    78.4 miles from Columbia, KY

    Some claim that at the Warfield Cemetery, something unseen will follow you, moving as you do, terrorizing you as you walk through the graveyard, never stopping until you step outside the gate.


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    Gratz Park Inn

    Lexington, Kentucky

    79 miles from Columbia, KY

    At this historic inn, folks have reported seeing apparitions that include men, a lady in a white dress and hat, and intoxicated partygoers. Also, a ghostly little girl has been seen running and playing jacks in the hallways, and the spirit of an elderly man turns the TVs on and ...


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    John Morgan Hunt House

    Lexington, Kentucky

    79.1 miles from Columbia, KY

    This 1814 house was built by John Wesley Hunt, who can still be seen walking the hallways of this old property. The apparition of Mammy Bouviette James, a former nurse of the Hunt children, can still be seen in the third floor nursery and hallways, and often appears to those ...


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    Captain Frank's Tomb

    Elizabeth, Indiana

    79.1 miles from Columbia, KY

    Captain Frank McHarry's Tomb is located on a bluff overlooking the Ohio River. The gravesite of the steamboat captain is said to be visited by a ghostly light or mist. Legend has it that the tomb was built on this spot so he could watch over his former stomping grounds. ...


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    Liberty Hall

    Frankfort, Kentucky

    79.3 miles from Columbia, KY

    Built by Senator John Brown in 1796, Liberty Hall Mansion is said to be haunted by at least three ghosts. Mrs. Brown's kindly aunt, Mrs. Margaret Varick, died of a heart attack around 1817 in an upstairs bedroom. She was buried on the grounds but was lost when the graves ...


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    Union College

    Barbourville, Kentucky

    79.8 miles from Columbia, KY

    Union College seems to have a haunted Financial Aid office: Witnesses say the doors open and close, and even lock and unlock, on their own. The spirit is believed to be a woman who lived and died under mysterious circumstances here when the building was a private residence. Also haunting ...


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    Loudoun House

    Lexington, Kentucky

    80 miles from Columbia, KY

    The 1850 gothic revival mansion is haunted by the spirits of two women, both dressed in Victorian clothing. One has been seen in the western part of the mansion, and the other in the formal dining room. Also seen all over the mansion is a mysterious black cat. Witnesses have ...


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    Oliver's Restaurant - Grayfeather Grill

    Gallatin, Tennessee

    80.1 miles from Columbia, KY

    It has had many names, including Loco Lupe's, Oliver's Restaurant, Grecian's and Grayfeather Grill. The 1800s building that houses the eatery was once the county jail, and it is rumored to be haunted. Witnesses have heard voices, knocking, footsteps on the stairs and slamming doors late at night, and toilets ...


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    Buffalo Trace Distillery

    Frankfort, Kentucky

    80.6 miles from Columbia, KY

    The late-18th-century distillery on the site of an ancient buffalo crossing offers ghost tours by appointment; many characters from its long history are said to walk the grounds.


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    Old Louisville

    Louisville, Kentucky

    81.8 miles from Columbia, KY

    This historic district of Louisville is said to be one of the largest preservation districts and Victorian neighborhoods in the country. It's no wonder that spirits lingering beyond the grave find it an attractive place to reside! There are reportedly many ghost tours and haunted houses here, and locals may ...


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    Lady of the Stairs - First Church of Christ Scientist

    Louisville, Kentucky

    81.9 miles from Columbia, KY

    The Lady of the Stairs at the First Church of Christ Scientist is a female apparition that appears pacing and crying on the church steps. Locals call her Ms. G, as she is thought to belong to the Gathrights, a well-known local family of the early 1900s. Legend has it ...


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    Phoenix Hill Tavern

    Louisville, Kentucky

    82.2 miles from Columbia, KY

    Folks at Phoenix Hill Tavern have reported disembodied footsteps that come down the stairs and walk across the floor, white flashes that reflect in mirrors, cold spots, and objects that move or disappear.


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    The Brown Hotel

    Louisville, Kentucky

    82.8 miles from Columbia, KY

    It is the 15th floor, used only for storage space, that is said to be haunted at this hotel. Witnesses say Mr. Brown himself may once have had a suite on this floor, and the elevator often stops at it, called by an unseen presence. Footprints have been seen walking ...


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