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The ultimate guide to Atlanta’s most haunted locations

A collection of spooky tales and places throughout the metro

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When it comes to Southern spooks, Savannah has Atlanta beat with its spectral arms tied behind its back, but that doesn’t mean our city lacks ghosts and ghouls.

With Civil War battlefields, historic cemeteries, and good old Southern lore, metro Atlanta has terrifying stories aplenty.

With All Hallow’s Eve just around the corner, there’s no time like the present to examine the ghosts of the past. Prepare to get seriously creeped out.

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1. Bulloch Hall

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180 Bulloch Ave
Roswell, GA 30075
(770) 992-1731
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Built in 1839 by the enslaved men of Maj. James Stephens Bulloch, this antebellum Roswell plantation is rumored to be the home of a teenaged enslaved 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 state figures dressed in Civil War-era clothing have been spotted in the second-floor windows.

2. The Fox Theatre

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660 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 881-2100
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Given that it’s been part of Atlanta for 90 years, it’s not surprising The Fox Theatre has its share of ghostly tales.

The original owners—as well as staff and even patrons—have shared stories of figures walking about the building, shadowy figures floating along the walls, the slow creaking of a door shutting without cause, or a sudden blast of cold air.

Seasonal ghost tours elaborate on these stories during visits to such spooky areas as the hospital room, power room, and stage freight elevator.

3. The Ellis Hotel

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176 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 523-5155
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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.

4. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

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900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 427-4686
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Given it’s the site of Civil War battles from June 19, 1864, until July 2, 1864, it’s not surprising this national battlefield park is home to its share of paranormal activity.

Locals have reported many experiences with Civil War soldiers who’ve stopped by for a visit. Apparently, they seem to just come and go through different residential homes in nearby neighborhoods. 

5. The Masquerade’s former location

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695 North Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

If you’ve lived in Atlanta long enough, you’ve heard that The Masquerade’s former North Avenue location overflowed with vampires. While that claim doesn’t appear to be true, there are reports of a shadow figure running up the stairs, sounds of a screaming girl, numerous male apparitions, uneasy feelings, moving equipment, and mysterious sounds and footsteps.

It’s unclear if these ghostly residents have settled down since the music venue (the former Masquerade is now undergoing redevelopment) relocated to Underground Atlanta in 2016. 

6. Oakland Cemetery

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248 Oakland Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 688-2107
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When you have this many dead bodies in one spot, you’re bound to have some roaming phantoms. From a soldier doing roll call (and getting answers) in the Confederate area to a mournful young woman searching for her beloved, some of the deceased are really still quite busy, they say.

The historic cemetery offers guided tours focused on the restless spirits during the haunting season every year.

7. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse

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499 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 874-5299
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Theaters are notorious for their spirit activity, and despite its relative youth, the Shakespeare Tavern is no exception. Visitors and staff report hearing voices, seeing shadowy figures and strange lights, and witnessing full-on ghosts.

The apparitions include a young boy, a female who moves things in the women’s dressing room, and an old man. Many staffers refuse to enter one consistently cold and strangely disturbing room on the top level.

8. Marietta Museum of History

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1 Depot St
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 794-5710
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A former cotton mill, hotel, Civil War hospital, and morgue, the former Kennesaw House (circa 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 original owner, who has been spotted wearing a dress with pink trim.

Posted by Marietta Museum of History on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

9. The Wren's Nest

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1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30310
(404) 753-7735
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Built around 1870 as a farmhouse, this landmark served as the home of author Joel Chandler Harris from 1881 until 1908. While there’s no history of tragedy or other unsavory events here, that hasn’t deterred reports of some fairly eerie encounters.

Members with the Georgia Ghost Society heard a loud ringing noise and saw a tall figure of a woman walking toward a closet as well as a man’s face in a mirror. Also, in 2008, the Wren’s Nest staff shared some hair-raising audio of ghostly voices caught on tape.

10. Rhodes Hall

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1516 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 885-7800
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Built in 1904 for Amos Giles Rhodes, whose spectral energy allegedly still resides there today, Rhodes Hall continues to be the object of paranormal investigations.

Ghostly appearances by a “dark, evil” shadow man in the basement, the couple who originally owned the home, and noisy children have been accompanied by lights that turn on and off, disembodied voices, footsteps, apparitions, and an attic door that locks and unlocks itself.

11. St. James Episcopal Cemetery

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121 Winn St
Marietta, GA 30064
(770) 428-5841 
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Located in Marietta, this cemetery is rumored to be occupied by two key ghostly residents. The first is Marion Meinart, who’s memorialized with a statue in the cemetery. Legend has it the statue will either cry blood or real tears in response to the question, “Mary, Mary, where’s your babies?” (Ignore the fact the statue is holding two infants.)

The second is a barefoot young girl, often seen crying at her parents’ grave.

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) are sponsoring a tour of the Historic St. James Cemetery on Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m....

Posted by St. James Episcopal Church, Marietta, GA on Tuesday, April 24, 2018

12. Six Flags Over Georgia

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275 Riverside Parkway Southwest
Austell, GA 30168
(770) 739-3400
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Although FrightFest returns year after year, Six Flags Over Georgia is rumored to have its share of otherworldly residents year-round. One such resident is a little girl who was killed by a car in the 1970s that asks guests for help before disappearing.

Another is an actor who was killed on his way there in 1967 to work in The Crystal Pistol, which he allegedly haunts today.

13. Beverly Hills Inn Apartments

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65 Sheridan Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 233-8520

Formerly an 18-room hotel in Buckhead, the Beverly Hills Inn now serves as an apartment building. But there many be more folks in residence than just the renters. Believed to be the spirits of three older women who lived in the 1929 building, which was once a home for elderly widows, these guests have been known to throw drinking glasses at rude visitors or whisper “Get out!”

Other reports include sightings of orbs, fog, and blurry apparitions that have been known to enter rooms, particularly on the third floor.

14. Pope-Walton House

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3109 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

If you believe the reports of both staff and visitors, this antebellum mansion and former home of Anthony’s Fine Dining in Buckhead is filled with otherworldly residents.

Reports include a full-body apparition of a woman near the stairs, the sound of kids singing and playing, lights that turn themselves on and off, flying kitchenware, cold sensations, and mysterious voices and sounds.

History & Haunting of Pope-Walton house, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S Formerly known as the Pope-Walton house, the mansion...

Posted by Haunted History on Saturday, November 15, 2014

15. Former Village Inn Bed & Breakfast

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992 Ridge Ave
Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Built in 1820, the former Village Inn at 992 Ridge Avenue is the oldest building in Stone Mountain. With a brief stint as a Confederate Hospital during the Civil War, the residence 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.

— Former Curbed Atlanta writer Kimberly Turner contributed to this report

1. Bulloch Hall

180 Bulloch Ave, Roswell, GA 30075

Built in 1839 by the enslaved men of Maj. James Stephens Bulloch, this antebellum Roswell plantation is rumored to be the home of a teenaged enslaved 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 state figures dressed in Civil War-era clothing have been spotted in the second-floor windows.

180 Bulloch Ave
Roswell, GA 30075

2. The Fox Theatre

660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Given that it’s been part of Atlanta for 90 years, it’s not surprising The Fox Theatre has its share of ghostly tales.

The original owners—as well as staff and even patrons—have shared stories of figures walking about the building, shadowy figures floating along the walls, the slow creaking of a door shutting without cause, or a sudden blast of cold air.

Seasonal ghost tours elaborate on these stories during visits to such spooky areas as the hospital room, power room, and stage freight elevator.

660 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

3. The Ellis Hotel

176 Peachtree Street, 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.

176 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30303

4. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr, Kennesaw, GA 30152

Given it’s the site of Civil War battles from June 19, 1864, until July 2, 1864, it’s not surprising this national battlefield park is home to its share of paranormal activity.

Locals have reported many experiences with Civil War soldiers who’ve stopped by for a visit. Apparently, they seem to just come and go through different residential homes in nearby neighborhoods. 

900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr
Kennesaw, GA 30152

5. The Masquerade’s former location

695 North Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

If you’ve lived in Atlanta long enough, you’ve heard that The Masquerade’s former North Avenue location overflowed with vampires. While that claim doesn’t appear to be true, there are reports of a shadow figure running up the stairs, sounds of a screaming girl, numerous male apparitions, uneasy feelings, moving equipment, and mysterious sounds and footsteps.

It’s unclear if these ghostly residents have settled down since the music venue (the former Masquerade is now undergoing redevelopment) relocated to Underground Atlanta in 2016. 

695 North Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

6. Oakland Cemetery

248 Oakland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

When you have this many dead bodies in one spot, you’re bound to have some roaming phantoms. From a soldier doing roll call (and getting answers) in the Confederate area to a mournful young woman searching for her beloved, some of the deceased are really still quite busy, they say.

The historic cemetery offers guided tours focused on the restless spirits during the haunting season every year.

248 Oakland Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

7. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse

499 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Theaters are notorious for their spirit activity, and despite its relative youth, the Shakespeare Tavern is no exception. Visitors and staff report hearing voices, seeing shadowy figures and strange lights, and witnessing full-on ghosts.

The apparitions include a young boy, a female who moves things in the women’s dressing room, and an old man. Many staffers refuse to enter one consistently cold and strangely disturbing room on the top level.

499 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

8. Marietta Museum of History

1 Depot St, Marietta, GA 30060

A former cotton mill, hotel, Civil War hospital, and morgue, the former Kennesaw House (circa 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 original owner, who has been spotted wearing a dress with pink trim.

1 Depot St
Marietta, GA 30060

9. The Wren's Nest

1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30310

Built around 1870 as a farmhouse, this landmark served as the home of author Joel Chandler Harris from 1881 until 1908. While there’s no history of tragedy or other unsavory events here, that hasn’t deterred reports of some fairly eerie encounters.

Members with the Georgia Ghost Society heard a loud ringing noise and saw a tall figure of a woman walking toward a closet as well as a man’s face in a mirror. Also, in 2008, the Wren’s Nest staff shared some hair-raising audio of ghostly voices caught on tape.

1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30310

10. Rhodes Hall

1516 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Built in 1904 for Amos Giles Rhodes, whose spectral energy allegedly still resides there today, Rhodes Hall continues to be the object of paranormal investigations.

Ghostly appearances by a “dark, evil” shadow man in the basement, the couple who originally owned the home, and noisy children have been accompanied by lights that turn on and off, disembodied voices, footsteps, apparitions, and an attic door that locks and unlocks itself.

1516 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

11. St. James Episcopal Cemetery

121 Winn St, Marietta, GA 30064

Located in Marietta, this cemetery is rumored to be occupied by two key ghostly residents. The first is Marion Meinart, who’s memorialized with a statue in the cemetery. Legend has it the statue will either cry blood or real tears in response to the question, “Mary, Mary, where’s your babies?” (Ignore the fact the statue is holding two infants.)

The second is a barefoot young girl, often seen crying at her parents’ grave.

121 Winn St
Marietta, GA 30064

12. Six Flags Over Georgia

275 Riverside Parkway Southwest, Austell, GA 30168

Although FrightFest returns year after year, Six Flags Over Georgia is rumored to have its share of otherworldly residents year-round. One such resident is a little girl who was killed by a car in the 1970s that asks guests for help before disappearing.

Another is an actor who was killed on his way there in 1967 to work in The Crystal Pistol, which he allegedly haunts today.

275 Riverside Parkway Southwest
Austell, GA 30168

13. Beverly Hills Inn Apartments

65 Sheridan Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Formerly an 18-room hotel in Buckhead, the Beverly Hills Inn now serves as an apartment building. But there many be more folks in residence than just the renters. Believed to be the spirits of three older women who lived in the 1929 building, which was once a home for elderly widows, these guests have been known to throw drinking glasses at rude visitors or whisper “Get out!”

Other reports include sightings of orbs, fog, and blurry apparitions that have been known to enter rooms, particularly on the third floor.

65 Sheridan Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

14. Pope-Walton House

3109 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

If you believe the reports of both staff and visitors, this antebellum mansion and former home of Anthony’s Fine Dining in Buckhead is filled with otherworldly residents.

Reports include a full-body apparition of a woman near the stairs, the sound of kids singing and playing, lights that turn themselves on and off, flying kitchenware, cold sensations, and mysterious voices and sounds.

3109 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

15. Former Village Inn Bed & Breakfast

992 Ridge Ave, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Built in 1820, the former Village Inn at 992 Ridge Avenue is the oldest building in Stone Mountain. With a brief stint as a Confederate Hospital during the Civil War, the residence 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.

— Former Curbed Atlanta writer Kimberly Turner contributed to this report

992 Ridge Ave
Stone Mountain, GA 30083