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5 of Maryland's Most Haunted & Paranormal Places

Updated on April 15, 2016
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Kitty has had paranormal experiences her entire life. These experiences have fueled her passion to write about all things supernatural.

Haunted Maryland

From the ocean waves lapping on the Eastern Shore to the Appalachian mountain-tops sprinkled about the Northwestern corner's sky to the welcoming Chesapeake Bay running through the state, Maryland is truly a majestic place. Many people tend to think that Maryland is not an interesting state to visit, but I beg to differ. In fact, Maryland is one of the most gorgeous and historic states in the US, and it also has a darker side...a haunted side. From the ghosts of Natives to the ghosts of soldiers and everything in between, Maryland is truly a state filled with a long history and tragedy. Come with me on a spine-tingling haunted tour of five of Maryland's most haunted places.

Dr. Mudd's Home
Dr. Mudd's Home
Historical Marker
Historical Marker
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
The Tobacco Barn
The Tobacco Barn

The Restless Ghosts at Dr. Mudd's House

If you were ever taught the story of how our President Lincoln was assassinated, then you will know that it was the actor John Wilkes Booth who shot Lincoln. But did you know what happened to John Wilkes Booth after he fled the assassination scene in DC? Booth jumped from the balcony reportedly breaking one of his legs, and then ran on horseback miles from DC through the Zekiah Swamp.

To the demise of a local Southern Maryland doctor, Dr. Samuel Mudd, John Wilkes Booth stopped at his home in order to have his injured leg cared for. After Booth was hunted down and killed, Dr. Mudd was brought to trial for sympathizing with Booth and possibly being a part of the plot to assassinate President Lincoln. He was found guilty and went to jail, but ended up getting pardoned after a number of years serving. Mudd died of pneumonia in 1883, when he was only 49 years old. His home still stands today...and some say his home is very much haunted by spirits of the past, including the ghost of John Wilkes Booth and a couple of unidentified Confederate soldiers. Why would Confederate soldiers be haunting Dr. Mudd's house in the state of Maryland? In the Southern parts of Maryland, there were numerous amounts of Southern Confederate sympathizers, and many people believed that Dr. Mudd was one of them and that he also assisted Booth in his original plot to kidnap President Lincoln. The debate over whether Dr. Mudd was truly guilty of the crime still continues to this day, but the eyewitnesses who have seen the Confederate soldier apparitions have made up their minds.

In addition to the apparitions seen at Dr. Mudd's gorgeously preserved manor are disembodied voices and ghostly footsteps. One of the creepiest and saddest stories told about the Mudd family home is that an eighteen month old baby died in one of the upstairs rooms. Apparently the baby had fallen off of a fence where it had been sitting and then someone in the family laid the baby down in its crib following the event, where it died. Visitors of the Mudd home say that they experience cold spots around the child's still-present crib. Shadows have been seen in many different places within the home, as well as a woman who stands in one of the windows on the second floor. One visitor also tells the tale of how a man's voice can be heard saying, "I'm not guilty". Many other haunting experiences have taken place in Dr. Mudd's home and on his property surrounding the home, and I have a feeling we have yet to see the last of these restless spirits.

Painting of Sotterley Plantation
Painting of Sotterley Plantation
Herbert Satterlee and Wife
Herbert Satterlee and Wife
Old Sotterley Slave Cabin
Old Sotterley Slave Cabin
Sotterley Staircase
Sotterley Staircase

Haunted Sotterley Plantation

Sotterley Plantation is the oldest surviving plantation in Southern Maryland and sits overlooking the Patuxent River. This beautiful, historic plantation was built in the 1700's and has been the residence of a number of wealthy families through the years. It is now open to the public for tours and also provides different family events on special occasions and holidays. But as serene and enchanting as Sotterley Plantation can seem, there are certain very spooky elements present on this property.

The employees who give tours here, even the people who maintain the premises have claimed a number of paranormal experiences. One cleaning lady claims that a poltergeist in the Manor would mess with her by turning off the vacuum over and over again. When she decided to leave and therefore leave the poltergeist alone there was a rock randomly hurled at her head while she was walking to her car in the empty driveway. Others say that one former owner who lives at Sotterley most of his life still haunts the second level bedrooms and hallway, as well as the beautiful staircase. He doesn't appreciate people being in his presence if they do not respect the rules of the house and stay on the first level and has been said to have pushed people down the stairs on a couple occasions.

Paranormal investigators in the area decided to do a thorough investigation of Sotterley Plantation and acquired many EVP's, including a very frightening and intriguing EVP at the old slave cabin still standing on the property. If you listen to the EVP, you can hear the sound of drums beating very faintly in the background and then a woman's voice yells "Get Out!" Who knows if the ghosts of the former slaves are still trapped on the property or not, but the EVP is terrifying nonetheless. There are also legends that circulate about certain scents that undulate from Sotterley's kitchen, such as breakfast smells and yet there is no one else in the house and no one cooking at the time. Lights flicker on and off in spontaneity and many other hair-raising experiences have been documented to have occurred within Sotterley's walls and grounds, according to the employees and tourists. Read more about Sotterley's history and more on the paranormal activity in my Sotterley Hub by clicking here.

A Shot of the Lighthouse & Home
A Shot of the Lighthouse & Home
Point Lookout Hotel
Point Lookout Hotel

Paranormal Point Lookout

Many hubs and articles have been written on the paranormal activity present on the lovely peninsula that is Point Lookout. Located in Scotland, Maryland, at the very southern tip of the state of Maryland, Point Lookout actually began as one of the first Maryland governor's properties. Throughout the history of Maryland, Point Lookout has been the site of many unbelievable tragedies. Perhaps one of the most well-known stories of Point Lookout is the fact that it was used as a prisoner encampment/hospital during the Civil War. Maryland was supposed to be a state of the Union; however, some Maryland citizens, particularly Southern Marylanders, were found to be sympathizers with the Confederacy and so they were ordered to be kept at Point Lookout. At least 50,000 Confederate soldiers were kept at the prison encampment at one point and many (an estimated 8,000) died during their stay at Point Lookout from disease due to contaminated wells and unsanitary conditions or they froze to death in shabby tents during the winter months.

After the Civil War had ended, Point Lookout acquired its first lighthouse of which was used for 135 years following its establishment. Different families lived in the lighthouse and aided in maintaining the lighthouse which still stands today (no one lives there any longer). It is also said that one of the resorts that was housed on Point Lookout burned down in the early 1900s, though supposedly no one was killed in the fire. There have been numerous other strange tragedies, such as ships sinking off the coast of Point Lookout. You can imagine how haunted Point Lookout really is...

We'll start with the fact that many people who visit Point Lookout, including campers who camp in the State Park, encounter the ghosts of Confederate soldiers either walking across the roads or walking alongside of them. Dressed in full uniform, they seem sad and on a ubiquitous mission...even in death. Some people even mistake these ghosts for historical reenactors, to find that they disappear after sometime. Much paranormal acticity has been experienced in the Lighthouse itself, including pictures taken of ghosts, various frightening EVPs, and blatant encounters with apparitions.

Another even creepier legend is that told by one of the watchmen, who claims that on one occasion he met an old woman who asked him where the "gravestones were that used to be where they were standing". He tried to help her by asking her where she lived and he says that she just told him she lived up the road "a ways" and that she didn't need his help at all.

The park watchmen left her alone only to have her disappear into thin air once he had turned around. He also took notice that there were no cars in the parking lot at the park. The park watchmen apparently did some research and found out that there was once a graveyard in the area of where the woman had been searching, the graveyard of a family who once lived in the lighthouse...the Taylor family. The park watchmen and some friends used a metal detector to try to locate the gravestones in the ground but found only some pieces of an old Civil War building. The cemetery hasn't been located, even to this day but people have theorized that the lady who was searching for the graveyard was the ghost of Elizabeth Taylor, a woman who once lived in the lighthouse whose headstone had actually been stolen years before.

Many other ghostly tales of Point Lookout could be shared here, but I'll point you in the direction of Miss Dolores Monet's exquisite hub on the history and paranormal activity of Point Lookout. .


Haunted St. Mary's College, MD - The Terrifying Hell House

An old and dilapidated building sitting in Ellicott City, MD is now known by locals and paranormal addicts as The Hellhouse. The building was first established over a hundred and fifty ago as a Catholic Seminary or better known as a college for young men who wanted to join the Roman Catholic Redemptorists. The seminary was known as St. Mary's College and operated as such for over a hundred years. In the 1970s, the college had to be closed due to a major decrease in the admitting number of students. Since the 1970s, the college and its property has been sold off to the state and other buyers, and it has unfortunately gone into a state of total abandonment and destruction. Two major fires have occurred since the late 60's, destroying much of the college's structures. Now, St. Mary's College is known as "The Hellhouse" as many local legends revolve around the college, including a legend that Satanic rituals occur there and that the building and property is haunted by evil spirits.

Many personal accounts of visiting the structure tell of signs of animal sacrifice and definite homeless people dwelling there. There are local stories that some of the nuns or pastors were involved in Satanism and not Catholicism and would perform rituals here. The place is said to have a very negative energy to it, with cold spots and disembodied voices, etc. I have to be honest and say that I'm not truly convinced that this place is haunted by evil spirits, but maybe if I went there and experienced it for myself I might agree.

Edgar Allan Poe's Home in Baltimore, MD
Edgar Allan Poe's Home in Baltimore, MD
Poe's Bedroom
Poe's Bedroom
Poe's Gravestone
Poe's Gravestone

Ghosts at Edgar Allan Poe's Home in Baltimore, MD

The famous author of the strange, Edgar Allan Poe, owned a home and resided in Baltimore, MD during his lifetime in the 1800's. His home is still standing today and tours are given to the public on certain days of the week, as it is now a museum. In compliance with Poe's creepy writing during his life, the home is now known to be haunted by several ghosts. One ghost is that of an older lady who doesn't seem to want to harm or scare anyone. Many investigators actually believe that she is merely a residual energy that is left from years passed and not necessarily a trapped spirit.

People also believe that Edgar Allan Poe himself may be haunting his Baltimore home, as more poltergeist-like activity has occurred in the building including lights flickering and windows slamming open and shut. Poe's grave is not far from his Baltimore home and legend has it that a bottle of whiskey and roses are placed on Poe's grave often, with no knowledge as to who leaves the gifts for the deceased author of the weird.

The cause of death for Poe was never identified and still hasn't been, even to this day. What do you think? Do you believe that the gifts placed on Poe's grave could be from the spirit of Poe himself? Or is it merely a relative or fan in remembrance of the brilliant author? Either way, there is definitely paranormal activity within the brick walls of Edgar Allan Poe's Baltimore residence.

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    Author Nicole Canfield 22 months ago from the Ether

    Ok thanks.

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    Avalongirl83 22 months ago

    Nice article. The one thing I would point out thought: Point Lookout Lighthouse was built and entered into service in 1830 which is 35 years BEFORE the end of the civil war, not after. Md is full of creepy faces indeed

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    Author Nicole Canfield 23 months ago from the Ether

    melissae1963 - Thank you so much! I appreciate that. :)

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    Melissa Reese Etheridge 23 months ago from Tennessee, United States

    Such a fantastic piece. You've really captured the essence of these creepy places. I'm definitely going to share this with my students. Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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    Author Nicole Canfield 23 months ago from the Ether

    wildbluefrontier - That's a very good question!

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    Nathan M 23 months ago from Tucson

    i wonder if it's Dr. Mudd or Booth himself that stated "Im not guilty"...Interesting hub. I've got to tour the Poe house if I'm ever in the area.

  • Stargrrl 23 months ago

    Awesome hub. I enjoyed reading about all the haunted places and the stories that went with them. I live in Maryland, so I know it's a great place to live!

  • star385 4 years ago

    I was in English class and 1 of the suspected reasons for hos death is alcohol posining. The reason is he an alcoholic and someone gave him alcohol and he died in a hospitial in DC

  • rachel j 4 years ago

    Unfortunately Hellhouse has been knocked down, I think it's been about 5 years now. I went up there a few times in high school, several buildings are still standing and I believe the pool is still there. However, the main dormitory and most of the surrounding buildings have been destroyed due to safety concerns (they were falling down 7 years ago). Also, the police had to be called often because kids would go up there to drink. The area still brings some creepy feelings even without the buildings, and you get the feeling of people watching you.

  • guest 4 years ago

    i wonder know if anyone's available to go inside and check it out? -.-

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    Author Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    seth - Thanks for the support! I lived in Maryland for 19 years and never went to The Hell House, but have been to the other places. Very creepy.

  • seth 5 years ago

    the hell house is indeed haunted ive been to several places in MD lived here my whole life that was top 5 for me and paranormal activity

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    Author Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Clucy - No problem! Good luck and have fun. Maryland is a cool place because of its history.

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    Kristin Tamke 5 years ago from Frederick, MD

    I love in MD now, just love the history of the state. Thanks for the hubs, you gave me ideas of places to check out.

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    Author Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Ron - I'm glad you enjoyed these. Wow! How interesting that your ancestor was one of the confederate soldiers held there...do you know if they released him or if he passed there? Thanks for sharing your story with us.

  • Ron 5 years ago

    I love ghost stories, and I really enjoyed these. My ancestor, taken prisoner at Port Hudson, Louisiana, was one of the prisoners at Point Lookout.

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    Author Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    angemac23 - Thanks! I thought so too. :)

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    angemac23 5 years ago from Canada

    Very very fascinating!

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    Author Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    JesadaB - Thanks so much! Maryland has so much history, it never ceases to amaze me. :)

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    JesadaB 5 years ago from Home!

    Awesome as always, I have heard of three of those mentioned, but then again Poe is my all time favorite! I have lived in Md now for 20 years and still get surprised at some of its history!

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    Author Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    beth - Thanks, lady! :) I love writing them, I find hauntings beyond fascinating...just riveting!

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    bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee

    Another fascinating Hub, girl! I love these kind of articles and you articulate so well.

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    Author Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Radioguy - Thanks so much!

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    Author Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    CyclingFitness - Haha, yes, many Scooby snacks would be handed out in the state of MD. :)

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    Radioguy 5 years ago from Maine

    Fine piece of work and--very professionally done! Congrats!

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    Author Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Kaila Gowe - Now you know! Do some research on your hometown, I guarantee you'll find some hauntings in your area. :)

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    Liam Hallam 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

    Wow, Maryland seem rife with enough paranormal activity for a whole series of Scooby Doo! Great hub.

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    Kaila Gowe 5 years ago from Easton,Md

    Wow lived in Md my whole life and still didn't know some of this information. I loved the article!

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    Author Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    lone77star - I lived there from the time I was born until I was 19, so I know all about it. I hated it then and couldn't wait to get out of there, but now that I'm gone, I find the history and land so fascinating! Not that I'll ever move back, but I can admire it from afar. Especially the hauntings. Maryland has such a rich history of war and presidents, etc. it's no wonder it's so haunted, so no, I don't blame you for writing horror based in Maryland at all!

    Southern Maryland is especially beautiful. The bay, the rolling hills and the farmland is gorgeous and nothing can compare to it. It has its own unique beauty that can't be found elsewhere. Thanks for commenting!

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    Rod Martin Jr 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    Kitty, I lived in Maryland for 6 years as a teenager and just didn't know! Wow! Thanks for the insights.

    Yes, I know Maryland is beautiful. One of my most precious memories is from a hike up a mountain trail overlooking a valley of farmland and small towns. I think it was near Frederick. The sun, mixed with scattered, low clouds, made it look like a slice of heaven.

    I'm usually into science fiction and uplifting stories of inspiration, but the one story idea I had from the genre of horror involved a memory from my time in Maryland. Glad to see that my conceptual connection was not so outrageous.

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