Atlanta may not have the same spooky charm as Savannah, but it still has plenty of haunted history. From Civil War spirits to restless playhouse apparitions to the dead rising in cemeteries, ghosts come out in all corners of metro-Atlanta. See what dark secrets are hiding in these haunted places in Atlanta, Georgia.
Are you brave enough to explore the most haunted places in Atlanta?
From haunted hotels to eerie mansions, Atlanta has plenty of great spots for ghost hunting.
Get ready to go a haunted journey into Atlanta’s past and discover the ghostly secrets it has to offer.
The Spookiest Haunted Spots in Atlanta, Georgia
Throughout Atlanta, there are stories of apparitions, spooky sounds, and eerie sensations. If you’re brave enough, check out these 13 haunted spots in Atlanta to uncover the city’s dark history.
1. The Ellis Hotel
The Ellis Hotel, formerly the Winecoff Hotel, is the site of the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history. It’s no surprise that this hotel is still haunted by spirits.
When the hotel opened in 1913, it was one of Atlanta’s tallest buildings at 15 stories and was deemed “fireproof” despite having no fire escapes, fire doors, or sprinklers. The fire department arrived on scene quickly, but their ladders only reached up to 8 stories, and their nets could only withstand jumps from about 6 stories up.
The fire killed 119 of the 280 guests. Many guests died jumping from the building.
Today, guests of the hotel report the smell of smoke and hearing disembodied footstep and people screaming. From across the street, people report seeing screaming and terrified faces in the windows of the hotel. The fire alarm sometimes goes off at 2:48 a.m., the exact time of the deadly fire.
The Ellis Hotel is all up to code now. In fact, within days of the fire, cities all over the country began enacting more stringent safety ordinances.
2. The Fox Theatre
The Fox Theatre is a gorgeous building built in the 1920’s with Islamic and Egyptian design elements. This is the best place in Atlanta to see a show. But underneath its twinkling night sky ceiling lay some spooky secrets.
The theater’s most notable ghost is Roosevelt, who maintained the boiler room until his death in 1945. He doesn’t like to be disturbed in his work and may slam doors and turn off the lights.
There are even more stories of shadowy figures roaming the building, sudden blasts of cold air, and odd technical glitches during shows.
Every year in October, the Fox holds special Ghost Tours so you can explore the haunted history behind the curtains of this Atlanta landmark.
3. Bulloch Hall
People report seeing the spirits of enslaved workers wandering the property near where the slave quarters would have been. The home’s alarm system will go off for no discernable reason, and the Roswell Police are now weary to investigate these calls, especially when they have to search the attic.
Take a picture of the outside of the house and pay special attention to the attic window and the rocking chairs on the front porch. You may just capture a ghostly specter!
If you want to see even more haunted places in Roswell, check out the Roswell Ghost Tour.
4. Oakland Cemetery
Of course a cemetery is bound to be haunted! Established in 1850, Atlanta’s haunted Oakland Cemetery is the city’s oldest public park.
There are over 70,000 people buried at the cemetery, including many prominent figures in Atlanta’s history.
The hauntings in this cemetery include the specter of a Union soldier hanging from a tree, ghostly voices of soldiers calling out names in roll-call, and a young woman still searching for her lost love in the afterlife.
You can tour the cemetery’s history any time of year. But in October, they offer the Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours that are specially for the cemetery’s hauntings. Tickets sell out fast, though!
Check out more of Atlanta’s historic cemeteries here.
5. The Wren’s Nest
The Wren’s Nest was the home of writer Joel Chandler Harris. Even though the house has no dark past, the Wren’s Nest is still haunted. Though no one is positive, most believe the ghosts belong to the Harris family.
Visitors to the house museum have heard and recorded disembodied voices and unexplained noises.
Guests have seen apparitions of two young boys playing on the stairs and in the yard, likely Harris’ grandchildren. Harris himself may be the specter seen sitting in his favorite rocking chair. Harris’ son also seems to make an appearance in Harris’ bedroom and the dining room.
Every year in October, the Wren’s Nest holds Ghost Hunting with the Southeastern Institute of Paranormal Research. Seasoned paranormal investigators lead you through the house for ghostly experiences that never disappoint.
6. Rhodes Hall
Rhodes Hall is a glamorous turn-of-the-century home sometimes called the “castle on Peachtree”. It was built in 1904 as the home of Rhodes Furniture founder Amos Rhodes. He and his wife may still haunt this castle.
There are also reports of noisy children, lights turning on and off by themselves, and an attic door that locks and unlocks itself. You may also hear disembodied voices and footsteps throughout the home.
The scariest spirit, though, is one described as dark and evil presence lurking in the basement. If you book your wedding at Rhodes Hall, be aware that the groom’s dressing room is in the basement and keep an eye out for this dark spirit!
7. Beverly Hills Inn Apartments
The Beverly Hills Inn Apartments in Buckhead used to be an 18-room hotel and a home for elderly widowed women. Today, it’s just a regular Atlanta apartment complex haunted by three elderly female ghosts.
The apparitions have been known to throw glassware at rude guests and tell them to “Get out!” The ghostly activity is usually concentrated on the building’s third floor.
I actually have a friend who lived in these apartments for a couple years. I never saw anything ghostly while visiting her, though.
8. The Thornton House
As the oldest restored home in Georgia, it’s no surprise that the Thornton House in Stone Mountain comes with its fair share of paranormal sightings.
Built in 1790, the house moved locations many times, including settling at the High Museum for a bit, before landing in Stone Mountain Park. People report strange occurrences, like candles blowing out even when there’s no breeze.
The ghost of a preteen girl is the house’s main apparition. She seems quite jealous and likes to pull the hair of teenage girls. Both staff and guests have seen the girl appear on the stairs.
9. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse
The Atlanta playhouse is even said to be haunted by a few ghosts — and not just during their performance of Hamlet.
Ghostly apparitions include a young boy in a blue suit, a woman in Elizabethan dress who moves things in the women’s dressing room, and an old man. Staff members also refuse to go into one cold and disturbing room on the top level of the playhouse.
10. Kennesaw House, Marietta Museum of History
The Kennesaw House, the historic building that houses the Marietta Museum of History, has plenty of backstory fueling its hauntings.
It was first constructed as a cotton warehouse in 1845, later remodeled into the Fletcher House Hotel, and then served as a hospital and morgue during the Civil War.
The museum is haunted by unexplained noises, phantom smells of popcorn and cigar smoke, and the elevator moving on its own.
Visitors have even stepped into the basement and instead found themselves in a gruesome hospital scene. Sometimes children see the figure of a lady in a pink dress identified as Mrs. Fletcher.
If you want to see more haunted spots in Marietta, check out the Ghosts of Marietta tour.
11. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
As the site of bloody Civil War battles in the summer of 1864, it’s no surprise that Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is still home to spirits.
5,350 people died on these battlefields during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. The deadliest battles took place at Pigeon Hill and at Cheatham Hill, which became known as the “Dead Angle”.
While hiking the park’s numerous trails, you may catch sight of a ghostly specter, hear the sounds of cannons and gunshots, or even smell blood and gunpowder.
Locals with homes that back up to the battlefields have also reported the ghosts of Civil War soldiers stopping by for a visit.
12. Kimball House
Located in an old Decatur train depot dating back to the 1800s, the Kimball House is a restaurant known for its oysters and cocktails. The restaurant takes its name from and pays homage to a historic Atlanta hotel that was demolished in the ’60s.
The Decatur restaurant keeps the past alive with plenty of hauntings, too. Strange occurrences like flickering lights and doors closing on their own could be a sign of the building’s age, or they could be supernatural.
Sightings of apparitions at this haunted Decatur spot are a little harder to explain away. Some people report seeing a little boy’s face in a bathroom mirror. Some have heard someone enter the bathroom and close the door loudly, but find the bathroom empty when they investigate.
The hauntings extend beyond the building, too. Some have seen a figure of a woman on the train tracks just beyond the restaurant.
13. The Highland Inn & Ballroom
The Highland Inn & Ballroom is a historic building in the Poncey-Highland area that was established in 1927.
Until recently, the building operated as a hotel and wedding venue. The owners of the hotel never confirmed any ghostly activity, and staff denied there was anything strange going on, but guests felt differently.
People reported seeing odd shadows on the walls, hearing unexplained noises, and experiencing cold spots throughout the building. Some people even reported being touched by ghosts.
The building has been bought by a new developer with plans for a flexible housing option. We’ll see if the hauntings continue with the new ownership or if the souls find some rest.
Top Atlanta Ghost Tours
The best way to see even more of Atlanta’s haunted spots is to take a ghost tour! There are all kinds of tours to choose from: walking tours, driving tours, pub crawls, and cemetery tours.
Check out these top-rated Atlanta ghost tours for a scary good time:
- Atlanta Ghosts: Haunted Dark History Walking Tour — This 60 minute walking tour takes you to the haunted sights in Midtown Atlanta.
- Fox Theatre Ghost Tour — Each October, you’ll get the chance to explore the darkened Fox Theatre after hours and hear from the ghosts themselves on this theatrical ghost tour.
- Ghosts of Marietta Tour — Choose from a haunted walking tour of downtown Marietta, a haunted pub crawl, and a haunted bus tour to explore the spooky sights in this Atlanta city with a bloodied past.
- Roswell Ghost Tour — Take this tour led by a paranormal investigator as you explore this haunted Atlanta city.
- Decatur Ghost Tour — This psychic led tour of one of Atlanta’s most haunted areas gives you a unique perspective on its ghostly residents.
- A Tour of Southern Ghosts — This family-friendly tour keeps the Southern tradition of storytelling alive as you stroll the moonlit paths of Stone Mountain Park’s Historic Square.
Haunted Atlanta Map
Create your own tour of Atlanta’s haunted sights! I’ve put together this map of all the haunted spots listed in this blog post to help you get started.
You can click the star icon at the top of the map to save it to your favorites and open the locations in your own Google Maps app.
Haunted Atlanta FAQ
Atlanta’s rich history, including its involvement in significant events like the Civil War, coupled with its numerous historic buildings and urban legends, contributes to the city’s reputation for being haunted.
Some of the most haunted places in Atlanta include the Oakland Cemetery, the Fox Theatre, the Ellis Hotel, and the Rhodes Hall.
There are plenty of guided tours for exploring Atlanta’s most haunted places. The Atlanta Ghosts: Haunted Dark History Walking Tour and the Fox Theatre Ghost Tour are some of the most popular ghost torus of Atlanta.
The Ellis Hotel is the most haunted hotel in Atlanta. It was the site of the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history and is still haunted by the fire’s victims.
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