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The Madison County Grey
Private Nicodemus Kidd enlisted in the Confederate Army on July 10, 1861; however, the young private quickly fell victim to an horrendous disease while camped outside of the Confederate capital. A disease that would plague Confederate camps for the entire war, giving soldiers an horrific 1 in 5 chance of dying from illness and infection during the conflict.
Fort Jefferson's Most Infamous
Construction of Fort Jefferson began in the early 19th century to address the growing need for America to protect its shores. The resulting massive coastal fortress is the largest masonry structure on American soil; however, its history as a defensive outpost is far overshadowed by its time spent as a prison, housing Union Army deserters and none other than the very men convicted for successfully conspiring to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.
The Abandoned Amusement Park of Lake Shawnee
In 1926 Conley Snidow opened the Lake Shawnee Amusement Park in West Virginia, on land that many believe was once sacred to the indigenous tribes of the region. Echoes of the land's subsequent bloody history and the park's tragic demise are said to still resonate there today.
The Seer of Shelbyville
On March 22, 1957, Simon Warner, a self-described "crime doctor," was murdered at is home in Shelbyville, Tennessee for allegedly placing a Voodoo hex on a man who had come to him for help; and while Warner was certainly not a Voodoo practitioner, many believed he held supernatural powers.
William Faulkner's Rowan Oak
William Faulkner is arguably the most influential writer in the literary genre of Southern Gothic; and nowhere is his fascination with the aesthetic more apparent, than in his Oxford, Mississippi home Rowan Oak.
Taking Up Serpents for Salvation
The religious practice of snake handling sprung up from the isolated rural communities of Appalachia in the early twentieth century; spreading throughout the south by way of an eccentric, charismatic and often troubled group of devout pastors.
Beautiful Nell's Tragic Tale
In 1901, Nell Cropsey went missing from her home in Elizabeth City, North Carolina for thirty-seven days. Her long-time boyfriend was convicted of her murder soon after, but many believe that the mystery of her tragic death still remains unsolved over a century later.
The Haunted History of Liberty Hall
In 1796 John Brown, the founding father of the state of Kentucky, built a beautiful home where he and his family would entertain many of the new American political and social elite, but legend says that several of the famed Liberty Hall's guests still remain there today.
The Spirits of Sloss Furnaces
Sloss Furnaces was built in 1881, the first of numerous blast furnaces to manufacture pig iron in Birmingham, Alabama; catalyzing the Industrial Revolution in the postwar south. But this lucrative new economy came at a high cost to the men who toiled to keep the furnace fed, and many believe that echoes of their tragic past still reverberate through the tunnels and catwalks of this icon of American industry.
Crossing the Chunky River
Just southwest of Meridian, Mississippi is a dilapidated old truss bridge once used by the early settlers of the state. No longer open to cars and traffic, the bridge is believed to have once been the site of the grizzly execution of a murderous old man who's soul is said to remain.
Buried Alive on Edisto Island
A young mother is struck by a horrendous disease while staying at her family's plantation on Edisto Island, South Carolina; but unbeknownst to her grieving family, it wasn't the disease that took her life.
The Lost City of Frenier
A vicious hurricane destroys a small farming settlement on the edge of the Manchac Swamp; but legend has it this wasn't just any storm, it was the result of a curse by local voodoo priestess who still haunts the swamp today.
Little Nina's Bleeding Mausoleum
A grieving father of great means erects a beautiful church and mausoleum in her memory, but an eerie occurrence ensues as it appears to bleed as tragedy after tragedy strikes.
Ghosts of the Myrtles Plantation
The Myrtles Plantation of St. Francisville, Louisiana was built in 1796. Disease, violence and supernatural happenings have plagued the ever since, giving rise to a string of haunting tales that lead many to believeThe Myrtles is America's Most Haunted Home.