Arkansas is certainly not short of a creepy tale or two! The state has several very well known haunted locations as well as a few hidden gems. If you are planning a trip to take in the sights the state has to offer, then these are just a few of the haunted locations in Arkansas that you will not want to miss!
6 – Peel Mansion, Bentonville
Peel Mansion was built in 1875 by Samuel Peel and it is now said to be haunted by both Samuel himself and his daughter Minnie Belle. Minnie is commonly sighted as a woman in white wandering around Peel mansion and she is often heard playing the piano just as beautifully as she did in life, although it is said that if anyone enters the room while she is playing then the music will abruptly stop! Samuel Peel, who was at one time a United States Congressman, is also said to haunt his former home and his spirit has been seen in various parts of the house. Peel Mansion embraces its reputation as one of the most haunted places in Arkansas and even hosts ghost walks every Tuesday and Thursday which culminate in a dinner!
5 – Jacksonville High School, Jacksonville
One of the most well known ghost stories in Arkansas is probably ‘The Mumbling Man’. This is a story about a male spirit who haunts Jacksonville High School. The story goes that this man haunts the auditorium of the high school. People have reported hearing strange noises in the auditorium that cannot be explained, the most common being the sound of a male voice mumbling away to himself when nobody else is in the room. It is also common to hear footsteps walking on the catwalk above the stage, again when nobody is actually there.
4 – The Clayton House, Fort Smith
The Clayton House is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. It was once the home of William Henry Harrison Clayton and over the years it has come to be one of the best loved buildings in all of Arkansas. The house was completely restored to its former glory in the seventies and it is now like stepping back in time when you visit. There are even several priceless Clayton family belonging on display in the house.
Former Clayton House director, Martha Siler claimed to have started having paranormal encounters quite soon after starting work at the house. She has described how one particular bedroom on the second floor seems to terrify everyone who visits and that people report hearing doors slamming, and boots stomping up the hall along with music emanating from empty rooms. She also claims to have seen the apparition of a woman dressed in a linen shirt and brown skirt appearing in Mr Clayton’s study. Martha is not the only one to have seen this woman, a carpenter who was carrying out some repairs in the house several years ago took pictures of the house before and after. When the photos were developed he saw what looked like a semi transparent woman in one of them. Visitors have also experienced having their hair pulled on occasion.
Why not pay a visit to the Clayton House yourself?
3 – Basin Park Hotel, Eureka Springs (Book a Room)
The Basin Park Hotel in Eureka Springs is certainly proud of its spooky reputation – to the point where they use ‘Boo at the Basin’ as one of their slogans! Many of the guests who come to stay actually do so purely to have the chance of snapping a picture of one of the Arkansas ghosts that call the Basin Park Hotel home! The most commonly sighted ghosts at the hotel include a translucent young woman who is described as having steel blue eyes and cotton candy like blonde hair and also the spirit of a little girl with pig tails and a yellow dress. Orbs of light are also a common occurrence around the hotel and objects often move seemingly of their own accord. The Basin Park Hotel runs ghost tours every Friday and Saturday night guided by two mediums who not only explore the hotel in search of ghosts, but who will also offer a run down of the hotel’s haunted history!
2 – The Allen House, Monticello
The Allen House in Monticello is apparently haunted by former owner Joe Allen who built the property, but he is not the only spirit that is clinging to the place that they once called home. In fact, the ghost that is spotted most often is actually that of his daughter LaDell Allen who is believed to have committed suicide in the property by drinking cyanide. After her death, Joe moved the rest of the family out of the building and it was converted into smaller, more affordable apartments. It was when this construction began that people first started to report seeing LaDell’s ghost!
A doctor who lived in the house at one time did not hold much stock in ghost stories and told people that rumours of the hauntings were nothing but silliness. However, he was forced to eat his words after developing some photographs he had take of the house and finding a very clear image of LaDell Allen in one of the mirrors in the house! Another resident of the building reported seeing LaDell in their closet. They tried to shut the closet door and it wouldn’t close properly. They heard giggling and opened the door only to see the girl who promptly vanished before their eyes! The first floor of the property was turned into retail space and the store owner would lock the door each night only to return the next day and find items had been moved or were missing completely. Other residents have reported hearing a girl crying, phantom footsteps and other strange noises. Some have even called to police fearing a live intruder, but there is never anybody there!
Would you like to visit Allen House in search of LaDell?
1 – The Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs (Book Now)
The Crescent Hotel sits at the very highest point in the county overlooking the Eureka Springs and the Ozark Mountains. It has retained much of id Victorian character and boasts a rich history that is peppered with ghost stories. In fact, it is not only one of the most haunted places in Arkansas, but it is also regarded as one of the most haunted hotels in the entire United States!
The hotel is actually said to have several different ghosts and staff are constantly hearing reports of unexplained activity from various rooms in the hotel. An apparition was actually photographed by a guest in Room 202, while in room 218 guests have reported seeing full body apparitions as well as feeling strange sensations and hearing unexplained noises! Doors in this room often slam shut on their own and guests are often shaken awake during the night! One possible explanation is that this is the ghost of someone who died in Room 218 under some very strange circumstances. It is said that an Irish stone mason called Michael who worked on the construction of The Crescent Hotel in 1885 was working on the roof of the hotel when he slipped and fell. It is thought that the spot where he landed (and died instantly) is where room 218 now stands.
It is not only the bedrooms that are said to be haunted. There are somewhat frequent reports of a middle aged man with a moustache who sits in the lobby or the bar area. He sits quietly for a time before suddenly vanishing into thin air! There have also been reports of a ghostly nurse pushing a gurney down the hall and through a solid wall in the middle of the night. This fits in with some interesting history as the property was once a retreat for cancer patients. The owner at the time, Norman Baker, claimed to have a cure for cancer and charged sufferers to come to the hotel and get the treatment. However, he was a fraud and when found out ended up being imprisoned for four years. Some guests have reported seeing his spirit in the hotel too.