Haunted Places in New Salem, Illinois



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    Lula Belle's

    Hannibal, Missouri

    27 miles from New Salem, IL

    This one-time bordello opened in 1917, and is now a bed-and-breakfast and restaurant. The haunts here are known to move or throw things in the kitchen, or twist utensils into pretzels. They show themselves as orbs, shadows or mirror reflections, and can be heard as footsteps or disembodied voices. A ...


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    Garden House Bed & Breakfast

    Hannibal, Missouri

    27.3 miles from New Salem, IL

    Garden House Bed & Breakfast is a stop on the Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tour, and folks who have stayed here have reported some very odd things. According to reports from the hotel staff, most incidents occur between 2 and 3 a.m.


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    Garth Woodside Mansion

    Hannibal, Missouri

    30 miles from New Salem, IL

    This inn, built originally in 1871, is known for its connection with renowned author Mark Twain. Personal friends of the owners, the author would send them his books and stay there when he was in town. Folks believe his ghost still visits the place, especially the room that was named ...


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    Eldred House

    New Salem, Illinois

    31.9 miles from New Salem, IL

    The 23-room James J. Eldred House was completed in 1861, and was the setting for some sad events. All three Eldred daughters died of tuberculosis here: Alma, 4, in 1861; Alice, 17, in 1870; and Eva, 17, in 1876. A traveling salesman is said to have passed away here as ...


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    Illinois College

    Jacksonville, Illinois

    31.9 miles from New Salem, IL

    Illinois College, founded in 1829, is rumored to have several haunted buildings. Among them are Sturtevant Hall and Beecher Hall, where folks have reported apparitions, footsteps, and other noises. Beecher Hall, according to campus talk, was formerly a medical building and the top floor was a space for storing cadavers. ...


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    Lee-Baker-Hodges House

    Carrollton, Illinois

    36.5 miles from New Salem, IL

    Built in the early 1830s, the historic mansion fell into disrepair in the 1970s and was saved by preservationists. It is sometimes open to the public for pre-scheduled nighttime paranormal investigation and history tours. A ghost child is said to reside in one of the bedrooms, and another child's ghost ...


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    Cheney Mansion

    Jerseyville, Illinois

    48.9 miles from New Salem, IL

    Numerous reports of ghosts include the apparition of Miss Dorothy, a former nursemaid who roams the hallways and the bedroom bearing her name. Reports of people hearing talking upstairs, like women holding a conversation. Sounds of dining room chairs moving, like somebody's pulling out the chairs getting ready to sit ...


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    Vishnu Springs

    Colchester, Illinois

    50.1 miles from New Salem, IL

    Back in the 1880s, the strange-tasting water at Vishnu Springs, named after a Hindu god, was thought to have healing properties. Holiness Camp Meetings of folks who wanted to partake of the magical waters drew 3,000 people to the area, and a town was formed. Witnesses say the area is ...


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    Western Illinois University

    Macomb, Illinois

    52.9 miles from New Salem, IL

    Lingering spirits are many at this university! Bayliss Hall, room 1117, is haunted by a former occupant who delivered a baby in secret, threw it down the trash chute, then hung herself in the closet. Cries and moans can be heard in her room. In room 501, a severely depressed ...


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    East Otto Cemetery

    Lewistown, Illinois

    53.2 miles from New Salem, IL

    Local legend has it that the specters of two headless women can be seen at this cemetery late at night, screaming as they're being chased by an axe-wielding maniac. No word on exactly how a headless woman is supposed to be able to scream, but you know, details, details...


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    Super 8 Macomb

    Macomb, Illinois

    53.6 miles from New Salem, IL

    This Super 8 has been the site of numerous strange happenings. Witnesses say the lights and air conditioning will turn on and off by themselves, doors will open on their own, and mysterious whistling can be heard. Clerks have experienced electrical malfunctions with the phone, such as all the lines ...


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    Hotel Iowa

    Keokuk, Iowa

    55.3 miles from New Salem, IL

    This historic hotel was built in the early twentieth century for workers constructing a nearby lock for the town dam. And according to some reports by guests, they may have never left. Ghostly music, disembodied footsteps, screams and a male apparition in workman clothes have all been reported by staff. ...


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    220 North 4th - Keokuk

    Keokuk, Iowa

    55.3 miles from New Salem, IL

    Built by businessman Enos H. Harrison in 1857, this house is reported to be the home of a friendly ghost, according to many witnesses who have seen and heard the spirit.


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    Ruebel Hotel

    Grafton, Illinois

    55.6 miles from New Salem, IL

    When this 1884 hotel opened, rooms cost $1 a day. Although they cost a bit more now, they may come with a friendly haunt: A little girl named Abigail is said to reside here. Her apparition has been seen in the upstairs hallway, and reports say she has talked with ...


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    Lawford Theatre

    Havana, Illinois

    58.3 miles from New Salem, IL

    Folks who have visited or worked at the Lawford Theatre have seen faces appear in photographs and have felt cold chills behind the curtains on opening nights.


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    Rocky Fork Church

    Godfrey, Illinois

    62.2 miles from New Salem, IL

    The church was moved due to vandalism that kept recurring. Google Maps shows the church at the bend of Rocky Fork Road, but the last time I was there, it was at the end of Boy Scout Lane. When I was a young girl, my sister and cousin took me to ...


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    Lewis and Clark Community College

    Godfrey, Illinois

    62.8 miles from New Salem, IL

    This school's library is reportedly haunted by the ghost of a person who committed suicide by hanging. It's also reported that teachers who have passed away linger here in spirit form, especially walking the hallways in the main building.


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    Inn At 835

    Springfield, Illinois

    63.7 miles from New Salem, IL

    This inn was originally built in 1909 as a private home. As to the identity of the haunt who resides here, very little is known. Guests have witnessed apparitions and heard voices coming from rooms that are vacant, and the elevator runs by itself. Also, some people here have seen ...


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    Dana-Thomas House

    Springfield, Illinois

    63.8 miles from New Salem, IL

    Witnesses who visit or work at the historic house have reported humming voices, chairs being thrown down the stairs, curtains that move by themselves, and an apparition of a woman in black. The woman is believed to be the home’s original owner, Susan Lawrence Dana, who is rumored to have ...


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    Reeb House - Vintage Essentials Antiques

    Saint Charles, Missouri

    64.7 miles from New Salem, IL

    This historic antiques store may have returned to it's original status as a private residence, but visitors and past owners reported that the building was haunted. Doors slamming shut, ghostly voices, cold spots and disembodied footsteps were just some of the phenomena reported when the business was in operation. (Submitted ...


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    McPike Mansion

    Alton, Illinois

    65.8 miles from New Salem, IL

    This 1869 mansion is the site of many strange happenings. It has been seen on the TV show Scariest Places on Earth. Apparitions have been seen in the hallways, and children's laughter has been heard.


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    Lindenwood University

    St. Charles, Missouri

    66.3 miles from New Salem, IL

    The Lindenwood Auditorium ghost, a former teacher who never got to see her play, is not the only one on campus. Also haunted, according to reports, are the Sibley Chapel, where an organ has played by itself, and Cobbs Hall, where an apparition of a woman in a white dress ...


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    208 State Street - The Lincoln Lofts

    Alton, Illinois

    66.5 miles from New Salem, IL

    Abraham Lincoln once stayed at a hotel located in this 1836 apartment building, which is rumoured to be haunted. The ghost a young girl in a white dress has been seen playing with a ball on the main staircase, and visitors claim to have heard faint laughter and the ...


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    First Unitarian Church

    Alton, Illinois

    66.7 miles from New Salem, IL

    Founded in 1836, the First Unitarian Church's original structure here was built on the site of the St. Matthew's Catholic Church, which had burned down. Both churches were stations on the Underground Railroad. But that church also burned down in 1905, a the church that now stands here is said ...


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    My Just Desserts - Ryder Building

    Alton, Illinois

    66.7 miles from New Salem, IL

    Employees at this old-fashioned restaurant have reported a series of spooky occurrences over the past few years. A cook working on the ground level has reported hearing furniture moving around the hardwood floors upstairs on several occasions, but upon investigation, nothing is out of place. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Mineral Springs Hotel

    Alton, Illinois

    66.8 miles from New Salem, IL

    Several spirits are said to live at this historic hotel, now open for haunted tours. Among the ghosts are The Jasmine Lady, identified by the whiff of her floral perfume; George, who may have been drowned in the hotel swimming pool around the 1920s; The Drunken Ghost, the artist responsible ...


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    Jacoby Arts Center

    Alton, Illinois

    67 miles from New Salem, IL

    Formerly a funeral home and a furniture store, the basement of this 1883 building is particularly haunted. Visitors to the cellar have felt cold spots and an eerie presence, while the sound of the intercom that was disconnected many years ago has been heard on occasions. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Lost Graveyard

    Saint Charles, Missouri

    67.1 miles from New Salem, IL

    From approximately 1750 through 1854, there was a graveyard at this location - about 9 square blocks. In 1853 they moved MOST of the bodies to the current Borromeo cemetery, about 1-1/2 miles west. Conservatively, there are still between 50 - 200 bodies still there. Graves were opened there as ...


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    Little Hills Winery and Restaurant

    St. Charles, Missouri

    67.1 miles from New Salem, IL

    Little Hills Winery and Restaurant is said to be haunted by two ghosts, a man and a woman, who speak French. It is believed that they lived on the site around 1900. Witnesses say boxes and other objects in the storage area are found in disarray in the morning, as ...


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    Mother in Law House

    St. Charles, Missouri

    67.1 miles from New Salem, IL

    The Mother in Law House was built with two halves by Captain Krammer. ONe side was for his family, and the other for his mother-in-law. Witnesses say objects are moved, footsteps have been heard, and names of guests have mysteriously appeared on Easter Eggs and it wasn't done by the ...


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    Alton Cemetery

    Alton, Illinois

    67.2 miles from New Salem, IL

    Alton Cemetery is said to be haunted by several ghosts. One is a 9-year-old named Lucy Haskell, seen in the vicinity of the Hayner/Haskell monument. Another is a spectral woman in black near the Grandview mausoleum, and a third is minister and publisher Elijah P. Lovejoy. An abolitionist, Lovejoy was ...


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    Milton Schoolhouse

    Alton, Illinois

    67.7 miles from New Salem, IL

    The historic Milton School, built in 1904, operated until 1986 and then stood abandoned until the early 1990s when it re-opened as a decorative glass factory. It's believed to be haunted by a schoolgirl nicknamed Mary who was raped and murdered at the school when she stayed late to work ...


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    Fort Belle Fontaine

    St. Louis, Missouri

    69.6 miles from New Salem, IL

    The historic Fort Belle Fontaine, famously visited by explorers Lewis and Clark, is said to be home to a presence that appears as dark-red smoke or a red light on the stairs.


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    Payne-Gentry Historical House

    Bridgeton, Missouri

    70.7 miles from New Salem, IL

    At the Payne-Gentry Historical House, ghost investigations have turned up EVPs, shadowy figures, and orbs that showed up in photographs.


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    Creve Coeur Park

    St. Louis, Missouri

    71.4 miles from New Salem, IL

    Creve Coeur Park has a legend from the 1800s about the beautiful daughter of a Native-American chief who married a warrior. When he died on a hunting trip, the heartbroken woman jumped from the high cliff and died in the waters below. Her ghost is said to be heard crying, ...


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    Drury Inn and Suites Creve Coeur

    Creve Coeur, Missouri

    74.7 miles from New Salem, IL

    On the fifth floor is where the eerie things happen at this inn. Witnesses have seen apparitions who walk down the hall but disappear when you get close to them. They have also reported hearing the sounds of footsteps, voices, and an elevator ding, and feeling a presence when no ...


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    Hartford Castle

    Hartford, Illinois

    74.8 miles from New Salem, IL

    Hartford Castle was a speakeasy during the Prohibition, but was originally a home called Lakeview, built by French immigrant Benjamin Biszant in 1897. The castlelike home was the scene of a tragedy when Biszant's English wife passed away in the early 1900s. It is her ghost that was suspected to ...


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    Three Mile House

    Edwardsville, Illinois

    75 miles from New Salem, IL

    At this site once stood an inn that was haunted by ghosts of various children and adults, including slaves. The old inn may once have been a stop on the Underground Railroad. It is said that during 1970s renovations, underground tunnels and a skeleton were found. Phenomena that then began ...


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    Burlington National Guard Armory

    Burlington, Iowa

    75.5 miles from New Salem, IL

    Horses' hooves and footsteps can be heard late at night, doors open and close by themselves, and one witness reported seeing a reflection of a man with a handlebar mustache in a computer screen, but when he turned around, no one was there.


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    Darlene’s One Stop

    Berger, Missouri

    75.9 miles from New Salem, IL

    Darlene’s One Stop, a sports bar and grill once known as Mac’s Cafe, is said to be haunted by a man who ised to live in an apartment above the restaurant. Jack Schaefer was an explosive character and an abusive boyfriend and stepfather. In one incidence he was found firing ...


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    Wine Valley Inn

    Hermann, Missouri

    76.2 miles from New Salem, IL

    The historic Wine Valley Inn is believed to be haunted by the male ghost of a former owner. He has been known to whisper things from the dark corners of rooms, charge the air with static electricity, and even sometimes appear as a shadowy figure.


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    Players Workshop

    Burlington, Iowa

    76.8 miles from New Salem, IL

    A little theater for performing arts. Actors, actresses and stage crew report theater seats folding down on their own as if someone has a taken a seat. They've also reported cigar smoke smell, and electrical cords winding up in their own. Seems like a friendly spirit who wants the ...


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    The Drake Bar and Restaurant

    Burlington, Iowa

    77.4 miles from New Salem, IL

    This upscale restaurant is housed in a historic building, and staff and diners report that the women's restroom is haunted by a lady in an old-fashioned dress, who has been known to walk through the walls. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Highway 34 Ghost

    Burlington, Iowa

    77.7 miles from New Salem, IL

    The ghost who walks along the highway at night is said to be an escaped slave who died in the 1860s of diptheria and was buried in the basement of a nearby home. He carries a leather bag and walks westward on the north side of the road between 1 ...


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    Boondocker Inn

    New Haven, Missouri

    79.1 miles from New Salem, IL

    No longer an inn, this establishment can be rented out for events. It is said to be haunted by four ghosts: a man who is wearing boots, a little girl, a boy who screams, and a woman who wears a flowered shirt. Also, objects have been known to float and ...


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    Friendly Cafe

    Abingdon, Illinois

    79.3 miles from New Salem, IL

    The café is rumoured to be haunted. Employees have been touched by unseen hands, and a woman in a long dress appeared to a former owner in the main kitchen. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Bissell Mansion Restaurant and Dinner Theatre

    St. Louis, Missouri

    79.5 miles from New Salem, IL

    Bissell Mansion Restaurant & Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, inside the historic Bissell Mansion, is rumored to be haunted by more than the characters in their mystery shows. The mansion, built by Captain Lewis Bissell in 1823, is believed to be haunted by the captain himself. His apparition has been seen ...


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    Zombie Road - Lawler Ford Road

    Wildwood, Missouri

    79.6 miles from New Salem, IL

    This road goes through two miles of woods, and comes to a dead end at what used to be a rock quarry. The reported ghosts said to roam here include are a man hit and killed by a train, a child who fell to his death from the nearby bluffs, ...


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    Rose Garden Apartments

    Richmond Heights, Missouri

    79.8 miles from New Salem, IL

    Cannot claim the witnessing personally, but two tenants in a row have complained of strange noises and potential shapes in mirror reflections. Specifically the unit at 1264 Hawthorne Pl. Unit D. Both have moved out because of the perceived activities. Both have moved to other units in the same ...


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    Thias House

    Washington, Missouri

    79.9 miles from New Salem, IL

    Although this building still stands, reports say it is no longer open for business. It used to be open for tours and as a restaurant, and witnesses there saw an apparition of a lady combing her hair at the dresser in the master bedroom. Some also reported someone touching their ...


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