Haunted Places in Vernon, Illinois



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    Violin Annie - Elmwood Cemetery

    Centralia, Illinois

    18.1 miles from Vernon, IL

    Local legend says that Harriet Anne Marshall (Annie) was an accomplished violinist, and the daughter of a wealthy doctor. She became ill and died of diptheria, and at her grave her parents placed a statue of her playing the violin. It is said that cemetery visitors can hear the violin ...


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    Ridge Cemetery

    Tower Hill, Illinois

    35.4 miles from Vernon, IL

    Ridge Cemetery at Williamsburg Hill is said to be visited by apparitions, eerie lights and a disappearing old man. Phantom crowds and horses also have been seen and heard around the area. Rumors of sinister cult activity surround this place as well, and one report tells of a 3-year-old girl ...


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    Original Springs Mineral Spa and Hotel

    Okawville, Illinois

    35.6 miles from Vernon, IL

    This historic hotel is said to have a great many haunts in residence. Included are a man named Meier, who died in an explosion in the 1880s, and J.W. Schreiner, an owner during the 1890s. At least 7 other spirits of folks who have perished during this hotel's long history ...


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    King Cemetery

    Dieterich, Illinois

    38.4 miles from Vernon, IL

    There are vague reports online about orbs and shadow people being seen here. This cemetery is on private property, so be sure to secure the proper permissions before even thinking about visiting.


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    Ramsey Cemetery

    Effingham, Illinois

    39.1 miles from Vernon, IL

    Ramsey Cemetery, established in 1851 with the burial of namesake Alexander Ramsey, is also known as Casbar Cemetery and is a nighttime teen hangout. Besides the graves, rock shelters and sandstone caves are nearby, covered with carvings from its many visitors. A young man committed suicide inside a chapel that ...


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    Tapestry Room Restaurant

    Lebanon, Illinois

    41.3 miles from Vernon, IL

    Housed in a row of 1850's buildings, this restaurant may have ties to the underground railroad. Ever since the establishment opened, staff and diners have been reporting strange phenomena. A former cook would often hear furniture moving around when there was nothing out of place, and an electrician conducting ...


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    McKendree University

    Lebanon, Illinois

    41.5 miles from Vernon, IL

    This college has seen its share of tragedy, and the spiritual activity reported here can attest to that. On the main campus, it is said that a distraught student once hung himself in the bell tower, and his ghost has been seen on the upper floors. In the Alumni House, ...


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    Lebanon Road - Seven Gates to Hell

    Collinsville, Illinois

    46.2 miles from Vernon, IL

    Lebanon Road is the stuff of legends to locals, who have nicknamed the place the Seven Gates to Hell. According to locals, those who drive through all seven bridges, going through the last one at midnight on the dot, will pass through to Hell. The area is said to be ...


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    Three Mile House

    Edwardsville, Illinois

    47.2 miles from Vernon, 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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    Krome Family Cemetery

    Collinsville, Illinois

    48.8 miles from Vernon, IL

    A small family cemetery is now hidden amongst the trees just off Old Keebler Road. It is all that remains of the Krome family mansion, which burned down long ago and was for decades considered to be haunted by the locals. Some enterprising explorers found leg shackles in ...


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    Anderson Cemetery - Cemetery X

    Taylorville, Illinois

    49.2 miles from Vernon, IL

    According to tales told about this cemetery, there is a secret passage that opens up at night, when trees part and a path appears to an ancient graveyard. It's said to be protected by a phantom wolf who chases trespassers. (The cemetery is not to be confused with another Anderson ...


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    Miner's Theatre

    Collinsville, Illinois

    49.4 miles from Vernon, IL

    Experts on the Miner's Theatre say it has three ghosts: Two are brothers, one of whom one killed the other to become the sole owner of the theater. The third ghost, a young woman, is friendly but likes to play pranks like hiding the actors' makeup or costumes.


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    Papa Vito's Restaurant

    Belleville, Illinois

    52.1 miles from Vernon, IL

    The current restaurant is housed in a historic residence dating back to the mid nineteenth-century. The building is rumoured to be haunted by four entities, including a ghostly stagecoach driver known as 'Charlie', a mother and her young child, and a ghostly headmistress who used to teach at a ...


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    Lincoln Theatre

    Belleville, Illinois

    52.3 miles from Vernon, IL

    Lincoln Theatre is believed to be haunted by a prankster ghost. An apparition of a ghostly child has run up and down the stairs, a woman has appeared in the balcony, and tricks are played in the projection booth. Reports say there are seven ghosts who call this theater home.


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    Lindenwood Auditorium

    Belleville, Illinois

    53.4 miles from Vernon, IL

    Lindenwood Auditorium at Lindenwood University, built in 1924, is said to be haunted by a teacher who passed away before the play she was producing made it to the stage. According to witnesses, the friendly ghost likes to move the props around.


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    Hartford Castle

    Hartford, Illinois

    53.7 miles from Vernon, 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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    Cahokia Mounds

    East St. Louis, Illinois

    53.9 miles from Vernon, IL

    The Cahokia Mounds, located in the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, were part of an ancient Native American city (circa 600 to 1400). These landmarks are said to be haunted by the spirits of the ancient Native Americans who used to live here. Visitors have reported seeing unexplained shadows and ...


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    Milton Schoolhouse

    Alton, Illinois

    56.8 miles from Vernon, 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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    Alton Cemetery

    Alton, Illinois

    58.4 miles from Vernon, 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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    Jacoby Arts Center

    Alton, Illinois

    58.9 miles from Vernon, 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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    Mineral Springs Hotel

    Alton, Illinois

    59.2 miles from Vernon, 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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    First Unitarian Church

    Alton, Illinois

    59.3 miles from Vernon, 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

    59.4 miles from Vernon, 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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    McPike Mansion

    Alton, Illinois

    59.4 miles from Vernon, 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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    208 State Street - The Lincoln Lofts

    Alton, Illinois

    59.6 miles from Vernon, 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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    Lewis and Clark Community College

    Godfrey, Illinois

    60.5 miles from Vernon, 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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    Fort Belle Fontaine

    St. Louis, Missouri

    60.7 miles from Vernon, 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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    The Harrison Street Inn

    Sullivan, Illinois

    60.8 miles from Vernon, IL

    Eyewitnesses report apparitions, footsteps, diesmbodied voices, showers and toilets that work by themselves, and many other strange phenomena at this historic inn.


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    Bissell Mansion Restaurant and Dinner Theatre

    St. Louis, Missouri

    60.9 miles from Vernon, 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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    The Lehmann House

    St. Louis, Missouri

    62.1 miles from Vernon, IL

    This 1960s building, now a bed-and-breakfast, is said to be haunted by original owner Mr. Edward Rowse, who passed away in the dining room. Folks have reported shadowy figures, unexplained voices, and banging sounds.


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    Rocky Fork Church

    Godfrey, Illinois

    62.4 miles from Vernon, 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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    Lemp Mansion

    St. Louis, Missouri

    62.6 miles from Vernon, IL

    Reports say that at this bed-and-breakfast you may experience cold spots, electrical oddities, vibrations from the floors, feelings of sorrow, tapping on your shoulders, a pervasive feeling of being watched, a piano that plays a single note during the night... and if that weren't enough, you may find strange things ...


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    Jefferson Barracks

    St. Louis, Missouri

    67.1 miles from Vernon, IL

    Jefferson Barracks includes 41 historic military buildings and is rumored to be haunted by many ghosts. Building 1, built in 1900, is haunted by an older Confederate Civil War general, seen at the post commander's office, as well as a shadowy ghost of a man who sits at a desk ...


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    Rose Garden Apartments

    Richmond Heights, Missouri

    67.3 miles from Vernon, 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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    Pemberton Hall - Eastern Illinois University

    Charleston, Illinois

    67.8 miles from Vernon, IL

    The ghost of Mary Hawkins, a former dorm mother, is said to be the head haunt here.


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    Cheney Mansion

    Jerseyville, Illinois

    70.3 miles from Vernon, 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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    Payne-Gentry Historical House

    Bridgeton, Missouri

    70.8 miles from Vernon, 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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    Greenwood Cemetery

    Decatur, Illinois

    71.7 miles from Vernon, IL

    This large and very actively haunted cemetery is known for the ghostly weeping Greenwood Bride, and it's also home to many Confederate soldiers' spirits. The soldiers were prisoners in the Civil War, and died of yellow fever only to be cast into unmarked graves. The soldiers have been known to ...


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    Millikin University

    Decatur, Illinois

    72.1 miles from Vernon, IL

    Many ghosts are said to haunt the historic Millikin University, including Rail Girl, who haunts the Albert Taylor Theater. Her ghost appears, as her name suggests, along a rail in the upper part of the theater. Students have a tradition of leaving her three pieces of candy before a show ...


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    Lincoln Square Theatre

    Decatur, Illinois

    72.2 miles from Vernon, IL

    This historic 1916 theater building was built atop the fire-ravaged Priest Hotel that once stood here. It is said that the ghosts of the fire victims still linger in the theater. Red, a former theater worker, is a friendly ghost here. Witnesses have heard his whispers, seen his shadowy form, ...


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    Avon Theater

    Decatur, Illinois

    72.4 miles from Vernon, IL

    Staff members at this theater report disembodied laughter, footsteps, missing objects, and voices and applause that come from the auditorium when it is empty. The apparition of a man in his 50s or 60s also has been seen.


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    Abandoned Public Pool

    St. Louis, Missouri

    72.5 miles from Vernon, IL

    This old public pool was abandoned many years ago, left for the teens to graffiti inside. But the teens regularly report strange experiences there. They claim they hear water splashing and footsteps inside. Some accounts have said they have felt ghosts touching them. One account said ...


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    Ruebel Hotel

    Grafton, Illinois

    73.3 miles from Vernon, 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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    Drury Inn and Suites Creve Coeur

    Creve Coeur, Missouri

    73.9 miles from Vernon, 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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    Hundley House Bed and Breakfast

    Carbondale, Illinois

    74.7 miles from Vernon, IL

    Although Hundley House has not operated as a B & B since 2011, former guests claim that double homicide that took place there in the 1928's has left its mark, both literally and spiritually. A bullet hole from the murders can still be seen in the back staircase and people ...


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    Inn At 835

    Springfield, Illinois

    74.8 miles from Vernon, 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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    Ashmore Estates

    Ashmore, Illinois

    74.9 miles from Vernon, IL

    Reportedly a former almshouse, this building was purchased for use as a haunted attraction. It was reportedly haunted by many ghosts, including Elva SKinner, a woman who died in a fire in the former almshouse. The house has been featured in several books and TV shows including Ghost Hunters and ...


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    Dana-Thomas House

    Springfield, Illinois

    74.9 miles from Vernon, 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

    74.9 miles from Vernon, 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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    Lost Graveyard

    Saint Charles, Missouri

    75.2 miles from Vernon, 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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