Haunted Places in Loretto, Kentucky



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    Maple Hill Manor Bed and Breakfast

    Springfield, Kentucky

    12.2 miles from Loretto, 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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    Saint Ivos Cemetery

    Lebanon, Kentucky

    12.5 miles from Loretto, KY

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


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    Old Talbott Tavern

    Bardstown, Kentucky

    12.5 miles from Loretto, 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

    12.6 miles from Loretto, 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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    Hiestand House

    Campbellsville, Kentucky

    19.7 miles from Loretto, 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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    Campbellsville University

    Campbellsville, Kentucky

    20.4 miles from Loretto, 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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    Perryville Battlefield

    Perryville, Kentucky

    23.8 miles from Loretto, 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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    Jim Beam Distillery

    Clermont, Kentucky

    24.7 miles from Loretto, 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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    Morrison Masonic Lodge

    Elizabethtown, Kentucky

    25.4 miles from Loretto, 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

    25.4 miles from Loretto, 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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    Greensburg Court House

    Greensburg, Kentucky

    26.5 miles from Loretto, 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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    Harrodsburg Spring - Young Park

    Harrodsburg, Kentucky

    31.4 miles from Loretto, 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

    32.8 miles from Loretto, 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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    Lindsey Wilson College

    Columbia, Kentucky

    37.2 miles from Loretto, KY

    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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    Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

    Harrodsburg, Kentucky

    38.1 miles from Loretto, 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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    Pope Lick Monster - Goat Man

    Louisville, Kentucky

    38.7 miles from Loretto, 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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    Ditto House Inn

    West Point, Kentucky

    39 miles from Loretto, 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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    Free Union Separate Baptist Church

    Columbia, Kentucky

    39.5 miles from Loretto, KY

    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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    Waverly Hills Sanatorium

    Louisville, Kentucky

    41.8 miles from Loretto, 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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    Gates of Hell - Grandview Cemetery - Kasey's Cemetery

    Custer, Kentucky

    43.5 miles from Loretto, 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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    Captain Frank's Tomb

    Elizabeth, Indiana

    44.8 miles from Loretto, 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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    Doe Run Inn

    Brandenburg, Kentucky

    45.3 miles from Loretto, 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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    Old Louisville

    Louisville, Kentucky

    45.6 miles from Loretto, 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

    45.6 miles from Loretto, 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

    45.7 miles from Loretto, 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

    46.5 miles from Loretto, 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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    Louisville Palace Theater

    Louisville, Kentucky

    46.6 miles from Loretto, KY

    Originally opened as the Loew's Theater in 1928, the theater is said to be haunted by several ghosts. Some are seen as apparitions in the balcony area, including a man in 1930s garb who disappears when approached. In the mezzanine lobby, a faceless woman in a 1940s clothing has been ...


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    The Seelbach Hilton Louisville

    Louisville, Kentucky

    46.8 miles from Loretto, KY

    At this very old hotel building (construction originally began in 1903), there have been reports of TVs turning on at a very loud volume at about 4 a.m. Also, folks have heard the sound of running footsteps on wooden floors in the hallways, even though the halls are now carpeted.


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    Coral Hill Road

    Glasgow, Kentucky

    46.9 miles from Loretto, 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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    Belle of Louisville

    Louisville, Kentucky

    47.2 miles from Loretto, KY

    The historic steamboat is rumored to be haunted by former Captain Ben Winters, who died on board of a heart attack, and possibly by other felled workers, one of whom was crushed to death when machinery was turned on by accident and one killed when the paddlewheel unexpectedly went into ...


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    Old Bridge Inn

    Jeffersonville, Indiana

    47.7 miles from Loretto, KY

    The house here was originally built in 1836, and is haunted by a kindly spirit. Locals think the ghost may be former owner Dr. Charles Hancock, a descendant of patriot John Hancock. Other spirits are said to reside here as well.


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    Liberty Hall

    Frankfort, Kentucky

    48.2 miles from Loretto, 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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    Mammoth Cave National Park

    Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

    49.3 miles from Loretto, 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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    Buffalo Trace Distillery

    Frankfort, Kentucky

    49.5 miles from Loretto, 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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    Culbertson Mansion

    New Albany, Indiana

    50.3 miles from Loretto, KY

    Built in 1867 by William S. Culbertson, the mansion, which cost $120,000 to build at that time, is said to be haunted. Witnesses have heard doors shut by themselves and footsteps upstairs when no one is up there. Its Carriage House has a dark story attached to it. It burned ...


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    St. Joe Road Cemetery

    New Albany, Indiana

    53.2 miles from Loretto, KY

    An alleged hanging tree at St. Joe Road Cemetery is said to be the root (no pun intended) of the hauntings here. The tree stands in the middle of the cemetery, and rumor has it that looking toward it from the back of the cemetery at night, you can see ...


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    Rails Restaurant

    La Grange, Kentucky

    53.4 miles from Loretto, KY

    The restaurant, housed in a building that's more than a century and a half old, is home to a ghostly little girl. She has been seen in the parking lot as well as the back of the restaurant, and wears a white dress and a hair bow. She is believed ...


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    The Campbell House

    Lexington, Kentucky

    55.2 miles from Loretto, 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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    Crowne Plaza Hotel - Campbell House Inn

    Lexington, Kentucky

    55.2 miles from Loretto, 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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    Gratz Park Inn

    Lexington, Kentucky

    57.1 miles from Loretto, 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

    57.1 miles from Loretto, 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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    The Haintin' Holler

    Burkesville, Kentucky

    57.1 miles from Loretto, 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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    Henry Clay Estate - Ashland

    Lexington, Kentucky

    57.1 miles from Loretto, 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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    Loudoun House

    Lexington, Kentucky

    58.2 miles from Loretto, 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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    White Hall

    Richmond, Kentucky

    58.9 miles from Loretto, 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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    Boone Tavern

    Berea, Kentucky

    61.1 miles from Loretto, 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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    Mount Zion Cemetery

    Henryville, Indiana

    65.5 miles from Loretto, KY

    A ghostly Green Lady is said to be the spirit of a young woman killed in a car accident nearby. She was buried here and now is said to walk its grounds, glowing green. It is said that if you park at the cemetery at night, she may cover it ...


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    Bridgewater Cemetery

    Scottsburg, Indiana

    71 miles from Loretto, KY

    The isolated hilltop Bridgewater Cemetery is known to have a glowing tombstone. The grave is that of a man who appears in ghostly form at night to guard the cemetery's gate.


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    Western Kentucky University

    Bowling Green, Kentucky

    73.1 miles from Loretto, 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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    Hanover Cemetery

    Hanover, Indiana

    74.3 miles from Loretto, KY

    Visitors here have reported feeling unexplained nausea and chills, possibly related to the grave of Benjamin Bennett, who is believed to have drowned in the Ohio River (although his body was never found).


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