Old taverns are often rumored to be haunted, and The Horse You Came In On Saloon in the once-notorious Fell’s Point in Baltimore is no exception. Visitors report sightings of the pub’s most famous drinker, Edgar Allan Poe, in the vicinity of the glass of cognac left for him by the bartender each night. Nearby, guests at the 18th-century Admiral Fell Inn have claimed to see apparitions who can’t manage to check out.
Mary Shelley is famous for her gothic horror tale Frankenstein, the story of the scientist intent on bringing to life a creature shaped from body parts. It turns out there is a real Castle Frankenstein overlooking the city of Darmstadt, Germany, south of Frankfurt. The castle is the birthplace of the eccentric alchemist Johann Konrad Dippel, who may or may not have inspired Shelley’s dead-raising tale. Dippel was known for his gruesome experiments and electrical therapies, reason enough to visit the ruined castle and have a wurst in its restaurant.
Savannah, Georgia, and New Orleans compete for the title of most haunted city in America. Both places have seen death and destruction from wars and natural disaster, the anguish of the enslaved, murderous intrigue and outbreaks of deadly pestilence. Savannah, with its history of building on burial grounds, is reportedly home to many a restless spirit. Touring the Mercer Williams House on Monterey Square, featured in the famous book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, is one favorite attraction. Bonaventure Cemetery is another, with its Spanish moss-draped Gothic tombstones and eerie mausoleums.