Part of the fun during Halloween is getting scared. Not everyone is a ghost hunter, but almost everyone can appreciate a good ghost story. We’ve rounded up some of the most haunted places around the Thousand Trails locations. See for yourself if these places are truly haunted! If visiting any of these sites, make sure you are not trespassing on private property or disturbing the peace of these areas in any way.
At Fort Ontario, it’s believed that several ghosts have resided here since 1755, including that of a Civil War soldier clad in blue, a headless Civil War veteran, a female spirit lingering, and the sounds of a little boy crying and giggling. Fort Ontario is located just 30 minutes from the Brennan Beach RV Resort (Encore), and there are tours offered a few times a week.
If you dare, drive 2 hours from the St. Clair RV Resort into Ohio to visit the Columbian House Hotel. The spirit of a farm worker that was murdered in the hotel in the 1840s still wanders the halls and guests who’ve stayed here claim to have seen him and heard his screams from the room he stayed in. There have also been claims that strange noises come from a room where a young lady was locked inside. The furniture in this room also tends to move around without explanation. Staff and guests have claimed to have heard ballroom music, ghostly voices and cutlery music moving around in other rooms.
Located 1 hour from the Carolina Landing RV Resort in South Carolina is York House Inn, Georgia’s oldest continuously operating Inn, since 1896. Various employees have claimed that the ghost of a Civil War soldiers smokes cigars in one room and that several children can be seen playing in the the Inn. Some ghost hunters have been able to capture several pictures of what appears to be an old crouching woman and a face of a girl looking in a window.
Located 15 minute drive from The Oaks at South Point, are the Old Sheldon Church Ruins. This church was burned down in 1779 during the Revolutionary War and is said to be haunted by an unknown Pilgrim woman in a brown dress. Her apparition has said to also be seen near the grave of an infant close by.
If you are the cinematic type, check out Thornewood Castle Inn, where the Stephen King film, Rose Red, was shot. Both guests and employees have claimed to have seen apparitions, strange lights, orbs, and what ghost hunters call, “ectoplasm.” Thornewood Castle Inn is a 1 hour drive from Chehalis RV & Camping Resort. This English Tudor/Gothic mansion was once a single family home. Once the family moved out, it was converted into an inn and has had some very famous guests – President William Howard Taft and President Theodore Roosevelt have stayed here. Those that work and have stayed here claim to have seen a number of spirits that refuse to leave, including the original owner, Chester Thorne. Others have reported to have seen Chester’s wife, Anna, sitting in the window seat of her room that overlooks the garden.
For the final haunted place, we recommend Seaview Terrace, located 1 hour from Gateway to Cape Cod RV Campground. Seaview Terrace is also referred to as Carey Mansion. It was built and said to be aunty by the whiskey magnate, Edson Bradley and his wife Julia. It’s believed that Julia loved her home so much that she continued to reside there after he death. There have been reports of unexplained sounds, the playing of a defunct organ, footsteps, apparitions, and temperature drops. This property was the location for the gothic horror soap opera, Dark Shadows, and also was a location on the TV show, Ghost Hunters.
Have you seen a ghost on your campsite? Tell us your story in the comments!