Our Haunted Vacations

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Our Haunted Vacations up the East Coast madeinaday.com

One of my favorite things to do on vacation is to do a Ghost Tour of the town we are visiting! Some of them are cheesy, some have not so great storytellers, but then some are really quite informative about the history of the area.

We love to visit historical places and where there’s history there’s always something dark and shady from the past that in no way wants to be forgotten. Most of the historical towns we go to always have a cemetery right smack in the middle of them and that’s usually where you will find us!

We love to visit historical places and where there’s history there’s always something dark and shady from the past that in no way wants to be forgotten. Most of the historical towns we go to always have a cemetery right smack in the middle of them and that’s usually where you will find us!

So sit back while I share some of the spooky adventures of the cemeteries and haunted places we have seen throughout the last few years.

Let me take you on a tour of….. Our Haunted Vacations

First let’s start in Florida where I am originally from, in Old St. Augustine. I have been there countless times and even lived there twice. So the eerie, spookiness was always at my back door so to say. Every part of the town is said to be haunted. Here are a few of the reasons why….

Huguenot Cemetery madeinaday.com

The Huguenot Cemetery, just across from the old city gates on Cordova Street. This cemetery is so spooky even in the daytime. The Gothic look of it makes it seem straight out of a horror movie.

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The St Augustine Lighthouse, Dark of the Moon Ghost Tour 2006. We took this tour the same year Ghost Hunters did their investigation. So fun!

St Augustine Lighthouse Halloween Tour 2006 madeinaday.com

Looking midway down from the top of the lighthouse. The Ghost Hunters episode at the lighthouse is one of my all time favorites. It is so creepy watching that episode, especially since I had been there so many times.

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Tolomato Cemetery St. Augustine, FL. This is the one cemetery I always seem to stop at first and last in St Augustine when I visit. There are lots of weird stories about this cemetery, from apparitions of a boy in the tree at the entrance to a woman roaming around inside. This one is so eerie at night.

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Let’s move on up the coast to Savannah, GA.

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This is the wall of tombstones at the Colonial Park Cemetery in Savannah, GA. The tombstones on the wall are misplaced headstones from vandals and troops that set up camp in the cemetery. This wall goes on and on. Sad really that so many tombstones were misplaced. This makes for a lot of lost ghosts if you ask me!

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This is the Colonial Park Cemetery at night. Super eerie Savannah style!

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The Pirates House Restaurant, Savannah GA. This is one creepy place, lots of haunted tales about this house. The food is great too!

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We did a tour of The Haunted Sorrel Weed House, seen on HGTV and Ghost Hunters. {Psst., that’s me with my hand on the fireplace}. There were so many people trampling through, it just wasn’t at all scary.

This house was great but our guide was pretty bad, he asked the ghosts to answer him with a flashlight that went on and off ~via remote control in his pocket. Definitely not worth the money for the tour. The TV ghost hunters seem to think it was haunted, the jury is still out for us on this one.

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Next up is Charleston, SC.

Cemetery in Charleston, SC madeinaday.com

I do not know the name of this cemetery. There are so many haunted areas and cemeteries in the historical part of town that were moved and rebuilt upon {very Poltergeist the movie, yikes}, it was too hard to keep track of which one is which. That happens to be the charm of Charleston, though. I love this town! I plan to die and become a ghost there one day! Lol!

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The Provost Dungeon in Charleston, SC. This place was featured on America’s Most Haunted Places and Ghost Adventures. To us, the scariest part of this place was the creepy manikins, lol.

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The haunted USS Yorktown in Charleston, SC. This place takes hours to go through all the tight corridors, very neat place to visit. When you first walk up it is so huge and menacing.

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Next stop Charlotte, NC.

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The Old Settlers Cemetery in the center of uptown Charlotte, NC. This cemetery contains the remains Charlotte’s early settlers. Gravesites date from 1776 through 1884.

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We are going to take a left and head over the Asheville, NC

The Grove Park Inn Madeinaday.com

The massive Grove Park Inn. Haunted by the notorious Pink Lady.

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White Gate Inn, A Bed & Breakfast. Haunted by Miss B and another ghost in the basement.

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Central United Methodist Church, Asheville NC. This church is located on the infamous Church Street, where they paved over graveyards to make the street. Lots of haunted areas around this block.

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Onto Colonial Williamsburg, VA

Colonial Williamsburg is a know as a living museum. Everyone is walking around in period clothing, hard to tell who is a ghost and who isn’t there.

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Governor’s Palace Mansion, Colonial Williamsburg, VA. This building burned to the ground and was reconstructed. The maze on the ground is said to be haunted by Civil & Revolutionary War soldiers.

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Colonial Williamsburg Gaol Jail built in 1704. Oddly it is haunted by two women with loud voices and shoe stomping on the second floor.

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And the last stop on the tour Washington, DC.

I personally think most of Washington is haunted, the history there is endless. We had so much fun in DC. There’s so much to see, we plan to go back again soon!

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Ford’s Theater Washington, DC. John Wilkes Booth and Lincoln himself have been known to haunt the theater. We were out of luck that day and didn’t see either one of them.

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Arlington National Cemetery Washington, DC. Bring your walking shoes, this one is huge!!! So many famous graves, from the Kennedys, Civil War Unknowns, Battle of the Bulge, WWI, to Pan Am Flight 103. The saddest ones for us were the Space Shuttle Columbia and Challenger graves. A Must see when visiting DC.

I hope you enjoyed my Haunted Vacations Ghost Tour up the coast!

UPDATED!! 2015

Old Charleston Jail

The Old Charleston Jail is a must see tour! My favorite haunted tour to date, I was actually creeped out on this one! This is one spooky place.

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We took a quick trip to Los Angeles this summer. While we were there we took a whale spotting tour out of Long Beach. We passed the Mighty Queen Mary on the way out to Catalina Island! This is as close as I got we ran out of time to do the haunted tour!

I would love to hear some of your scary stories about vacations that went array!

I am sure I will have a follow-up of more scary places to add to the list in the future! Until then!

Happy Halloween!


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  1. Ships creep me out, so the Queen Mary tour is one I would be absolutely terrified to take. I have seen it on the television though.

    We went to New Orleans on vacation and took one of their walking tours. Hubs agreed to tag along, I told him to think of it as a walking theatre performance. We both absolutely loved it, we learned all kinds of history about New Orleans that we never would have known.

    Pinning this post as I am determined to travel to South Carolina in the next year.

  2. Great Post Kim!!! We love the haunted historical tours too!!!

  3. Great photos! Makes me want to visit every place you’ve ever been. But alas, I will have to settle for the virtual tours. Thank you for sharing!

  4. So many beautiful buildings and locations. What a great way to approach a new place.

    Thanks for the ideas!

  5. This looks like so much fun! What a neat post!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  6. Looks like some great places! We wanted to do the Cemetery tours in Savannah and Charleston last year but ran out of time. Had fun reading about your travels and seeing the pictures. I love places with a good ghost story.

    1. I just realized I left out Asheville, NC!!! So I will be updating the post! Thanks for reading and the sweet comments! More to come!

  7. I love historical places and the great stories that go with them. Cemeteries can be so fascinating, the buildings, the tombstone inscriptions, everything. I visited Isla Mujeres just off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, and saw the first use of the Skull and Cross Bones. It was used on the tombstone of a pirates love… awesome.

    Stopping by from the Pretty Pintastic Party.
    Life With Lorelai

  8. I LOVE haunted vacations, and I loved your post! Thank you for sharing it with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned! :)

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