Indiana is known for its famous NASCAR races and cornfields, but it also has an unusually high number of haunted sites, which perhaps isn’t surprising (Children of the Corn, anyone?). Haunted places in Indiana range from creepy cemeteries to mysterious mansions and eerie roadside hotels. We thought Indiana was supposed to be the heartland, like the epitome of normality! Think again, folks. If you’re looking for something to do this Halloween or you’re dipping your toes into the world of dark tourism, then the Hoosier State is the perfect place to start. We’ve gathered all the most haunted locations in Indiana for you to explore!
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The Most Haunted Places in Indiana
Most of Indiana is rural, and therefore, the haunted destinations are in the wild. While some of the most spooky spots are available to tour, many are on private property. Ghost hunters have been arrested for trespassing for exploring paranormal places without permission from the owners. Please make sure that you’re not violating any land rights during your eerie excursion! Since we focus on adventure here at Let’s Roam, we’ll give you as many details as possible about the touring policies, but you should always double-check. Let’s get into some ghost stories!
1. Indiana Central State Hospital
Located in Indianapolis, the Indiana Central State Hospital has a score of gruesome ghouls. Operated from 1848 to 1994, the facility was originally known as the Indiana Hospital for the Insane. Not only will you encounter plenty of paranormals, but they might not be the most mentally stable. The giant hospital on over 160 acres was home to tens of thousands of mentally ill patients over the years. Unsurprisingly, some of them decided to hang around after death. Investigators have reported glowing orbs, assault by invisible people, and screaming through the halls.
For some unexplainable reason, part of the remaining structure has been repurposed into modern apartments! Yeah… we’re out on that one. Visiting a haunted hospital for a tour is one thing. Sleeping with the ghosts of abused mental patients and the criminally insane is a whole different level! You can still visit the Indiana Medical History Museum on the property, and there are several markers explaining the history of the historic buildings.
2. French Lick Springs Hotel
French Lick is famous as the home of basketball great, lanky Larry Byrd. It also happens to be home to one of the best resorts in Middle America. French Lick Resort boasts multiple spas, hotels, golf courses, and an impressive casino. The French Lick Springs Hotel was built in 1845 by Dr. William Bowles and acquired at the turn of the 20th century by Thomas Taggart, who expanded the concept into the resort we see today. It has hosted the likes of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bob Hope, and Al Capone, who came to seek its “miracle waters”… or its hopping casino.
Local lore states that the former owner, Mr. Taggart, still smokes his cigars in the lobby, rides the service elevator at night, and hangs out in the ballroom. He’s also been seen riding a horse around the property. An apparition of a former bellhop has been caught on camera. The suite where a jilted bride committed suicide is still subject to blood stains randomly appearing in the bathtub, and the sixth floor is said to feature several cold spots, disembodied voices, and moans. French Lick is still a very popular resort, and you can book a room any day of the year! Just prepare to have unwanted company on the elevator.
3. The Haunted Bridge of Avon
Avon is a sleepy suburb of Indy and has a reputation as the home of one of the most haunted bridges in the country. Not only is the bridge incredibly sinister looking, but there’s reportedly a dead body built right into it. Supposedly, a drunken construction worker fell into the concrete while still wet. Unable to get out, he passed away and was buried in the bridge.
Avon Bridge spans a decrepit railroad track where it’s reported that a weeping woman still spends her evenings mourning the son who died on the tracks. The woman and her young son were walking along the tracks when a train forced them to jump from the bridge. The mother survived, but the little boy did not. You can park and walk along the bridge. Just don’t be surprised if locals honk at you… well, not at you. They’re actually honking to cover the sounds of the weeping woman’s moans.
4. Cry Baby Bridge
Near Pendleton, another bridge is attached to a small child’s death. Cry Baby Bridge is one of many that go by that moniker in the United States. It has been dubbed by some as “fakelore” propagated by the internet. The story goes that a child was either abandoned or a mother drowned the child under the bridge. Today, you can hear the mother wailing or see her looking for her drowned child, and you can hear the baby crying. Are these tales true, or are they just internet propaganda? We guess you’ll have to visit Pendleton and find out!
5. Hannah House
Built in 1858, Hannah House initially served a noble purpose as a primary stop on the Underground Railroad. However, a few of the fugitive enslaved persons, unfortunately, perished in a basement fire… allegedly. The bodies were secretly buried, but visitors report hearing furniture move, feeling cold spots, and smelling decaying flesh. There are reports of Mr. Hannah’s apparition climbing the stairs or sitting on the balcony, and occasionally, an unknown older woman makes an appearance, as well.
Hannah House hosts a monthly open house, and you can rent the complex for special events. Perhaps the creepiest fact in this whole story is that they host a yearly Easter egg hunt for children.
6. Elkhart Civic Theatre
Also known as the Bristol Opera House, the 1897 structure is reportedly haunted by some mischievous specters who enjoy being tricksters. Guests report seeing levitating objects, an invisible force knocking books off the shelves, and even theater machinery running on its own. Staff members report being assaulted by invisible beings. It’s believed one of the ghosts is a former handyman who worked for the theater in the Depression Era. He and his family lived in the basement of the facility after losing their home in the market crash. Percy isn’t the only spooky specter, though. There is also a dark-haired woman lurking about.
In the weeks surrounding Halloween, the active theater embraces its ghoulish reputation and hosts a paranormal conference, including ghost hunts, zombie runs, and lectures with paranormal experts.
7. Saint Mary’s College
Le Mans Hall at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame reportedly has a bedeviled bell tower. Many have seen a young woman hanging out of the tower. Details are blurry, but apparently, a student committed suicide in the tower many years ago, and it’s her vestige that remains. Though stories vary, former students report doors that open and shut on their own, their clothing disappearing and then reappearing days later, and randomly appearing blood stains in the infirmary.
After visiting Saint Mary’s, hop over to Washington Hall on a tour of the Notre Dame campus, and try to catch a glimpse of the former All-American George Gipp, who reportedly died of pneumonia after spending the night locked out of the dorm.
8. Carolina Street Demon House
One of Indiana’s truly terrifying spots is located in Gary, and its paranormal activity is not limited to jilted specters from the 1800s. This haunted house story takes place in 2011. Latoya Ammons and her three children were living in a rather modest rental home. The mother called for help from the police, and CPS investigated. Authorities came in skeptical, but some left believers when the seven-year-old son reportedly climbed the wall before their eyes. Latoya reported her 12-year-old daughter levitating over her bed in her sleep and that other children reported being choked by one another while possessed.
An exorcism was performed on the home. The children were taken by CPS but returned when Latoya found proper housing, and the home was purchased by Zak Bagans of the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures. After recording his documentary “Demon House” in 2014, Bagans demolished the hellish house.
9. Willard Library
Willard Library, located in Evansville, is a gorgeous Victorian Gothic structure dating from 1881, and it’s the oldest one in the state. While the lovely library is mostly populated by leatherbacks and community records, there is also reportedly a ghost. The Grey Lady has been seen by many staff members. Visitors have often reported smelling perfume, feeling cold, and ghosts pulling the security alarms. Willard Library embraces its reputation and has six webcams for virtual ghost hunting. They also offer guided Grey Lady Ghost Tours in October.
10. Tunnelton Tunnel
If you like your undead in decapitated form, then head for Tunnelton Tunnel. Reportedly, a construction worker was rendered headless during the construction of the structure. Visitors have claimed to see him looking for his severed head. The headless tradesman is not the only sighting at the tunnel. Local legends abound about a whole family who perished in a wagon crash in the river nearby and bodies falling through the tunnel from a gravesite above it. Are any of these legends true? You be the judge!
11. Story Inn
Located near Nashville, the jaunt to the former mining town of Story is a beautiful road trip through the wilderness of Brown County State Park. Within the town, there’s a general store that had been turned into a restaurant and hostel. Visitors to Story Inn report frequent sightings of a specter called the Blue Lady. Her presence is noted when a blue light is turned on, and she supposedly also likes the smell of cherry tobacco. If you want the best chance of meeting this tobacco-loving presence, book the Blue Lady Room. Apparently, it’s her favorite. Buried deep in the woods in the darkest of landscapes, surrounded by coyotes, and miles from help, you’ll sleep perfectly sound—we’re sure of it!
12. Hays Cemetery
Also near Pendleton in the small town of Wilkinson, Hays Cemetery is just a detour from Cry Baby Bridge. While the truth of the bridge hauntings is speculative at least, Hays Cemetery (a.k.a. Main Street Cemetery) has been home to verified strange happenings. The cemetery dates back to at least 1840 and is the last resting place for many of Indiana’s pioneers and several members of the Hays family.
The age and rural location of the cemetery have made it a prime target for high school ghost hunts, satanic rituals, and vandalism. It’s said to be the resting place of “the devil’s child” due to a pitchforked-shaped tree growing out of the grave. The cemetery has now undergone some refurbishment as a historic spot, and the locals keep a good eye on it for trespassers. You’re welcome to visit, but no fishy behavior!
13. James Allison Mansion
James Allison was an Indianapolis big wig in the auto and plane industry. He was the founder of the Prest-O-Lite company and a co-founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. From the proceeds, he built his glorious mansion in 1911 on Riverdale Estate for a whopping $2 million. Entities are often seen in the mansion, and most of them are quite mischievous.
They like to steal keys and rearrange the furniture in the library. A little girl is seen often and is reportedly the spirit of a young girl who was visiting Riverdale and drowned in the basement pool. Mr. Allison himself is thought to inhabit the home, as well. He died suddenly of an unknown illness soon after remarrying, and he is suspected to be the specter that is unhappy with the library’s furniture arrangement.
14. Rivoli Theatre
Rivoli Theatre is one of Indianapolis’s vintage gems. The 1927 theater seats 1,500 and was built to impress! From its Riviera black marble to its ivory fixtures and Indiana limestone, Henry Ziegler Dietz pulled out all the stops when designing this behemoth beauty. Domed ceiling, brass fittings, and handcrafted sweet gum woodwork round out the theater’s elegant trimmings. The theater is now closed but is in meetings with the townspeople to discuss its renovation and reuse. They offer tours during their reuse meetings.
Reportedly, Rivoli sits on the site of an old farmhouse and burial ground, which sits on the site of an even older Indian burial ground. Digging through records, the owners found that the farming family had reported paranormal activity. The owner claims he’s been hugged by a cold being in the boiler room and has seen a dapperly dressed couple in the viewing area before a show. He also says that female patrons state the faucets in the bathroom turn on and off on their own. They have even reported seeing a solid female in the powder room, who vanishes upon being spoken to.
15. Whispers Estate
Located in Mitchell, Whispers Estate is appropriately named, as apparently, its walls have a lot to say. The haunted Victorian dates back to 1894, when it was the home of a prominent doctor and his wife. He used the first floor as his operating room, and the couple adopted many orphaned children over the years. One of the children started a fire in the parlor and died. She reportedly never left home, though. Supposedly, several other deaths have occurred in the house, too. A boy fell down the stairs, Mrs. Gibbons died of pneumonia, and a baby named Elizabeth died of unknown causes.
Former guests report hearing the last words of Jessie Gibbons as she gasped for breath on her deathbed. They have seen apparitions and heard voices in the halls. Some report earthquake-like tremors and awakening from sleep with an invisible being sitting on their chest, as well. American Hauntings hosts overnight stays in Whispers Estate, focused on ghost hunting. You need to be 18 or over, and you must sign the waiver. You can also reserve a night in one of the house’s haunted rooms, but no refunds!
16. Roads Hotel
Built in 1893, this lovely Queen Anne has a long history of being an unsavory spot. After its first owner died, the new proprietor turned it into a brothel. Located in Atlanta, the notorious hangout for outlaws on the run has reportedly entertained the likes of Al Capone and John Dillinger.
The home is also rumored to be haunted by several spirits, including a former lady of the night named Sarah. Guests have also reported hearing disembodied voices, seeing footsteps, and witnessing women and children wandering the house. The hotel offers both private paranormal investigations and public ones on its website.
You just thought Indiana was a safe space! Now, you know better. Just joking, Hoosiers! Indiana is great and offers plenty of wholesome attractions, but if you’re looking for a tour with a dark side, a ghost hunt in one of the most haunted places in Indiana might be just the ticket.
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