Haunted Places in Mount Vernon, Kentucky



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    Henry Clay Estate - Ashland

    Lexington, Kentucky

    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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    Gratz Park Inn

    Lexington, Kentucky

    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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    Crowne Plaza Hotel - Campbell House Inn

    Lexington, Kentucky

    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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    John Morgan Hunt House

    Lexington, Kentucky

    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 Campbell House

    Lexington, Kentucky

    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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    Loudoun House

    Lexington, Kentucky

    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

    15.4 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

    Harrodsburg, Kentucky

    19.7 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    Liberty Hall

    Frankfort, Kentucky

    24.2 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    Buffalo Trace Distillery

    Frankfort, Kentucky

    24.3 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    Harrodsburg Spring - Young Park

    Harrodsburg, Kentucky

    26.8 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    Rohs Opera House

    Cynthiana, Kentucky

    27.3 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

    The current Rohs Opera House (pronounced ROSS) opened in 1941 with a showing of Down Argentine Way. Ticket price was $.05 for adults. It was originally built in 1871 as Aeolian Hall, a live production theatre located on the second floor. A silent movie projector was eventually added to bring ...


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    Boone Tavern

    Berea, Kentucky

    33.3 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    Perryville Battlefield

    Perryville, Kentucky

    35.3 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    Maple Hill Manor Bed and Breakfast

    Springfield, Kentucky

    45 miles from Mount Vernon, 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

    46.2 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

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


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    Carrington Rock

    Salt Lick, Kentucky

    47.4 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

    Apparitions of Confederate soldiers and a pacing woman have been seen at Carrington Rock. The woman, witnesses say, eventually throws herself off the edge, screaming as she falls. Witnesses also have heard the sounds of officers calling orders to soldiers and moans and cries of pain on the battlefield.


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    Sherman Tavern

    Dry Ridge, Kentucky

    48.7 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

    The Sherman Tavern is a historic former tavern built in 1812, which is in the process of being restored by local residents. It was a former stage stop for cattle drovers and American Indians. People restoring the historic building have reported seeing the apparitions of Confederate soldiers, and African American ...


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    Rails Restaurant

    La Grange, Kentucky

    54.7 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    Old Talbott Tavern

    Bardstown, Kentucky

    55.1 miles from Mount Vernon, 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

    55.1 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    Pope Lick Monster - Goat Man

    Louisville, Kentucky

    55.2 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    Meldahl Locks and Dam - Foster Dam

    Felicity, Ohio

    56 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

    Visitors to Meldahl Locks and Dam, aka Foster Dam, at mile marker 436 on the Ohio River, have witnessed the presence of many spirits here, said to be folks who committed suicide or died accidentally here over the years.


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    Stepstone Church - Immaculate Conception Church

    Butler, Kentucky

    57.7 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

    Some reports say this church still stands, and others say it has been torn down. But rumor has it that whatever its state, it is haunted by four teen girls who some men hung on a cross in the loft before setting fire to the church. Witnesses have heard girls ...


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    Phillips' Folly

    Maysville, Kentucky

    58.4 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

    Phillips' Folly is a three-story brick house begun around 1828 by Williams B. Phillips. Its nickname came about when Phillips vanished when only the frame had been built, leading folks to believe he had run out of funds for the project. Phillips came back a few years later and finished ...


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    Aberdeen Baptist Church

    Aberdeen, Ohio

    59 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

    The apparitions of young children have been seen inside the church building and in front of it by passing motorists and parishioners. Screams come from inside the church during the night. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Schenck Mansion

    Vevay, Indiana

    59.1 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

    A ghostly Lady in White in Victorian attire haunts the second floor of this 1874 bed-and-breakfast building, originally built as a mansion of a home for Benjamin Franklin Schenk. She is said to walk the hallways, taking no notice of anyone around her. Guests also have reported hearing voices, footsteps, ...


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    Big Bone Lick Park

    Union, Kentucky

    60.8 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

    Folks visiting the park have reported disembodied whispers, eerie figures, strange noises and an evil spirit who is said to linger in the nearby woods.


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    Baird House Inn

    Ripley, Ohio

    61 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

    This historic house inn may no longer be in operation, and is now a private residence. The inn was a popular stopover for travellers on the river, and since it was built in 1825, has had a colourful history. Guests and staff at the former inn have reported hearing ...


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    Rankin House

    Ripley, Ohio

    61.3 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

    Rankin House belonged to abolitionist Reverend John Rankin, and he was said to put a bright light in his attic window to symbolize to runaway slaves that it was safe to seek shelter here. Apparitions of slaves are said to appear on Jacob's Ladder near his house on moonless nights.


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    Jim Beam Distillery

    Clermont, Kentucky

    63.4 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    Greenup Street Water Tower

    Alexandria, Kentucky

    64.7 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

    The apparition of a man in workman clothing has been standing underneath the water tower by local residents. He vanishes when approached, and appears to be confused or lost. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Campbellsville University

    Campbellsville, Kentucky

    66.4 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    Narrows Road

    Erlanger, Kentucky

    66.9 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

    A phantom officer in a '50s police car haunts Narrows Road, locals say, pulling over living drivers late at night. The ghost is said to be the lingering spirit of a cop who was hit and killed by a car here while making a traffic stop in the 1950s. Some ...


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    Hiestand House

    Campbellsville, Kentucky

    67 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    Allendale Tunnel

    Elsmere, Kentucky

    67.3 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

    Legend has it that a man hanged himself years ago in this tunnel, and the hook still protrudes from which he hung his rope. Witnesses say they have seen his apparition hanging here or walking in the tunnel and heard his screams.


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    Ohio Theater

    Madison, Indiana

    68.6 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

    Local tales tell of lights that seem to float in the balcony area and then disappear. It is also said that at midnight, the sound of screaming can be heard.


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    Phoenix Hill Tavern

    Louisville, Kentucky

    68.7 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    Broadway Historic Hotel and Tavern

    Madison, Indiana

    68.8 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

    The historic hotel and restaurant appears to be popular with the spirit set. The apparition of a disruptive criminal shot dead on the premises has been reported in the main dining room, while the bed and breakfast quarters of the establishment are supposedly haunted by an unknown woman in ...


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    Jefferson County Library

    Madison, Indiana

    68.8 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

    Rumor has it that the ornery ghost of a young man rides the elevator rubbing and patting women. He is believed to have lived here when it was a private home and was confined to a wheelchair, which is why the elevator originally was installed. Some reports say the ghost ...


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    Dead Man's Curve

    Bethel, Ohio

    69.7 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

    This intersection has been the site of numerous accidents, usually people who lost control at the curve (hence the name). People report seeing a male hitchhiker who has no face. Submitted by Chris Berglund


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    Old Bridge Inn

    Jeffersonville, Indiana

    69.8 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    Lady of the Stairs - First Church of Christ Scientist

    Louisville, Kentucky

    70.1 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    Old Louisville

    Louisville, Kentucky

    70.2 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    The Brown Hotel

    Louisville, Kentucky

    70.3 miles from Mount Vernon, 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

    70.3 miles from Mount Vernon, 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

    70.4 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    Belle of Louisville

    Louisville, Kentucky

    70.4 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    Hanover Cemetery

    Hanover, Indiana

    70.6 miles from Mount Vernon, 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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    Hanover College

    Hanover, Indiana

    70.7 miles from Mount Vernon, KY

    At Parker Auditorium, the ghost of Dr. A.G. Parker, past college president of the college, has been seen and heard, along with unexplained sounds and missing objects. And at Donner Residence Hall's east wing, the ghost of a student who committed suicide in a dorm room is blamed for objects ...


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