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Metro Atlanta has a long and interesting history so it shouldn't come as a shock that some of the older homes and buildings in the area might have, well, a few stories that might frighten a future buyer. And we don't mean termites!
In honor of All Hallow's Eve, I thought we'd have a little fun with a list of some of metro Atlanta's haunted buildings. Luckily, none of them are currently on the MLS so no nighttime showings needed! Be warned, much like a complicated closing, these stories could leave you a bit shaken!
1. Bulloch Hall
Roswell, GA 30075
Built in 1839 for Maj. James Stephens Bulloch, this antebellum Roswell plantation is rumored to be the home of a teenage girl whose body was found in a well on the property. Those who've experienced her presence say she likes to flicker the home's lights. Other reports mention figures dressed in Civil War-era clothing seen in the second-floor windows.
2. The Ellis Hotel
Atlanta, GA 30303
Formerly known as the Winecoff, the Ellis remains the site of the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history. In 1946, 119 people lost their lives after the "fireproof" hotel went up in flames.
Ever since, guests and staff have reported seeing apparitions, smelling mysterious smoke and hearing screaming in the hallways. The fire alarm sometimes goes off at 2:48 a.m., the exact time of the horrendous blaze.
3. Marietta Museum of History
Marietta, GA 30060
A former cotton mill, hotel, Civil War hospital, and morgue, the former Kennesaw House, built in 1845, is nicknamed "house of 1,000 ghosts," based on reports of multiple apparitions.
These include the figure of a young boy standing in front of the elevator as well as a woman believed to be Mrs. Fletcher, the wife of the second owner, who has been spotted wearing a dress with pink trim.
4. Bonnie Castle
Grantville, GA 3022
In 1896, prosperous businessman J.W Colley built what would come to be known as Bonnie Castle, a twenty-room mansion featuring Stone Mountain granite, local bricks and heart pine woodwork. Ghosts reported here include a woman named Mary who dislikes electricity, a spectral cat, and the original owner, J.W. Colley himself. Strange sounds have been reported coming from the building at all hours of the night, but the spirits here are said to be friendly. If you'd like to test the theory yourself, rooms in the castle are available on Airbnb.
5. Former Village Inn Bed & Breakfast
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Built in 1820, the former Village Inn is the oldest building in Stone Mountain. With a brief stint as a Confederate Hospital during the Civil War, the house is said to be home to three spirits: former owner Rev. Jacob Stillwell, a Civil War soldier, and an African-American man who sings hymns.
Evidence of their residency includes the odor of cigar smoke appearing out of nowhere, a face showing up in photographs, slamming doors, lights, and fans that turn on and off on their own, pictures falling off walls, and the sense of a presence near one stairway.