Haunted Places in Gretna, Virginia



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    Lanier House

    Danville, Virginia

    25.6 miles from Gretna, 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

    25.9 miles from Gretna, 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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    Avenel Plantation

    Bedford, Virginia

    28.1 miles from Gretna, 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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    Randolph College

    Lynchburg, Virginia

    34.9 miles from Gretna, 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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    Jeters Chapel of the Brethren Cemetery

    Vinton, Virginia

    35.2 miles from Gretna, 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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    The Patrick Henry Hotel

    Roanoke, Virginia

    38.8 miles from Gretna, 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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    Sweet Briar College

    Amherst, Virginia

    44.4 miles from Gretna, 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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    The Natural Bridge Hotel

    Natural Bridge, Virginia

    47.8 miles from Gretna, 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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    Winton Country Club

    Amherst, Virginia

    50.7 miles from Gretna, 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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    Southern Virginia University

    Buena Vista, Virginia

    54.3 miles from Gretna, 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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    Virginia Military Institute

    Lexington, Virginia

    57.9 miles from Gretna, 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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    Longwood University

    Farmville, Virginia

    58.2 miles from Gretna, 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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    Elon University

    Elon, North Carolina

    59.4 miles from Gretna, 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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    Lyric Theatre

    Blacksburg, Virginia

    61.3 miles from Gretna, 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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    Holiday Inn - University / Blacksburg

    Blacksburg, Virginia

    62.1 miles from Gretna, 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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    Carolina Theatre

    Greensboro, North Carolina

    65.6 miles from Gretna, 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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    Guilford College

    Greensboro, North Carolina

    66.2 miles from Gretna, 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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    Lydia's Bridge

    Jamestown, North Carolina

    73.2 miles from Gretna, VA

    This bridge outside of Greensboro is said to be haunted by a phantom hitchhiker. Lydia was headed home from a dance in the early 1920s, and as her story goes, her date lost control of the car. He was kileld instantly, but she, badly injured, died on the roadside while ...


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    Horace Williams House

    Chapel Hill, North Carolina

    73.7 miles from Gretna, VA

    The 1840s Horace Williams House was the home of University of North Carolina's Philosophy Department chairman and taught future renowned author Thomas Wolfe. Williams is said to haunt his former home, moving objects around, rocking a rocking chair and flushing toilets.


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    Wilderness Road Regional Museum

    Dublin, Virginia

    74 miles from Gretna, 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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    Carolina Inn

    Chapel Hill, North Carolina

    74.1 miles from Gretna, VA

    As many as 20 ghosts are said to haunt this 1924 hotel building. The most well-known is that of Dr. William Jacocks, a frequent guest who made the hotel his home after he retired -- and still resides here, folks say. He lived in Room 256, and he makes himself ...


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    Gimghoul Castle - Dromgoole's Castle

    Chapel Hill, North Carolina

    74.2 miles from Gretna, VA

    Ghimghoul Castle near the University of North Carolina campus is a ruin with many legends attached. One says that 18-year-old Peter Dromgoole was buried here in 1833 after he lost a duel for the hand of his beloved Miss Fanny. Another tale says that Fanny loved Peter and didn't know ...


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    Brookstown Inn

    Winston-Salem, North Carolina

    77.3 miles from Gretna, 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

    77.3 miles from Gretna, 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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    High Point City Hall

    High Point, North Carolina

    77.7 miles from Gretna, VA

    During "active hours" in city hall, there is not much activity that is reported. But at night, shift workers inside the building, which is secured, have experienced multiple occasions of paranormal activity. The various types of accounts have been listed below and further investigation is on going by ...


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    Bremo Plantation

    Bremo Bluff, Virginia

    78.8 miles from Gretna, 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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    Haw Branch Plantation

    Amelia Court House, Virginia

    80.2 miles from Gretna, VA

    The circa-1735 Haw Branch Plantation, first settled by Colonel Thomas Tabb and wife Rebecca Booker, is the site of many strange occurrences such as footsteps, nighttime sounds of heavy objects falling, and an unexplained rose perfume scent. A loud scream regularly comes from the attic, at about 6-month intervals, and ...


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    Tribble Farm

    Blackstone, Virginia

    80.9 miles from Gretna, VA

    This old farm house is currently the home of both female and male spirits including a child who likes to peek around corners at you. There have been photos of a lady dressed in turn of the century (1800's) clothing as well as a man dressed in military clothing. ...


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    Patterson-Noble-Baker House

    Louisburg, North Carolina

    83 miles from Gretna, 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

    83.1 miles from Gretna, 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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    Western State Hospital - Dejarnette Building

    Staunton, Virginia

    83.1 miles from Gretna, 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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    Historic General Lewis Inn

    Lewisburg, West Virginia

    83.4 miles from Gretna, 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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    Belle Grae Inn - Ubon Thai Victorian Inn

    Staunton, Virginia

    84.1 miles from Gretna, 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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    Mary Baldwin College

    Staunton, Virginia

    84.5 miles from Gretna, 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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    Thornrose House

    Staunton, Virginia

    84.6 miles from Gretna, 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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    Amelia Wildlife Management Area

    Amelia Court House, Virginia

    87.2 miles from Gretna, VA

    A ghostly "charred lady" is said to roam the wildlife reserve, but she has company, as other apparitions have been seen here as well. The spot has been a dumping place for murder victims as well as a party spot for teens.


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    Alston House - Cryptozoology and Paranormal Museum

    Littleton, North Carolina

    88 miles from Gretna, VA

    The Alston House is home to many disembodied voices. Items in the house have moved, reappeared and disappeared again. Contractor had to stop working and leave the house because he felt there was a presence with him. (Submitted by Stephen Barcelo)


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    Monticello

    Charlottesville, Virginia

    88.3 miles from Gretna, 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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    North Carolina State University

    Raleigh, North Carolina

    89.1 miles from Gretna, VA

    The ghostly campus legends at North Carolina State University include a haunting by a student who threw herself off the roof of the D.H. Hill Library in the 1980s (her silhouette is occasionally spotted on the roof) and a construction worker who haunts the Bell Tower.


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    Mordecai House

    Raleigh, North Carolina

    89.8 miles from Gretna, VA

    The oldest part of Mordecai House, part of a public park, dates to around 1785 and was constructed by Joel Lane for his son Henry. The name of the house changed when Moses Mordecai married Margaret Lane in 1817. It is said to be haunted by family member Mary Willis ...


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    Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park

    Gretna, West Virginia

    94.5 miles from Gretna, 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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    Devil's Tramping Ground

    Bennett, North Carolina

    94.8 miles from Gretna, VA

    According to local lore, this area near Bennett is a 40-foot circle in the middle of a forest in which nothing will grow. Legend has maintained, for over a century, that it is the site where the devil himself rises to the surface to wreak havoc on mankind. Reports say ...


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    Castle Hill Manor

    Keswick, Virginia

    97.4 miles from Gretna, 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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    Bridgewater College

    Bridgewater, Virginia

    100.8 miles from Gretna, 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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    Civil War Museum - Exchange Hotel

    Gordonsville, Virginia

    103.8 miles from Gretna, 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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    The Lafayette Inn

    Stanardsville, Virginia

    105.6 miles from Gretna, 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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    By the Side of the Road Bed and Breakfast

    Harrisonburg, Virginia

    106.4 miles from Gretna, 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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    Virginia Quilt Museum

    Harrisonburg, Virginia

    106.6 miles from Gretna, 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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    Mayhurst Inn

    Orange, Virginia

    111.5 miles from Gretna, VA

    At this 1859 inn, folks have reported some strange happenings. There is a general feeling of being watched, and in the Madison Room, some have found the windows to open by themselves.


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    The Inn At Willow Grove

    Orange, Virginia

    113.2 miles from Gretna, VA

    Strange things are afoot at the Inn at Willow Grove. Folks have reported hearing noises from vacant rooms and mysterious footsteps. The apparitions of Confederate soldiers also have been witnessed sitting under a large tree in front of the inn.


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