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Best Haunted Locations In The DC Area

October 11, 2012 6:00 AM

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The D.C.-metro area is known for being the location of many historical events including assassinations, deadly battles, fires and other catastrophic deaths. It’s no surprise that among paranormal experts, D.C. is considered to be one of the world’s most haunted cities. Check out one of these haunted locations in the D.C. area today for your own venture to D.C.’s historical dark side.

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 234-0700
www.omnihotels.com

Spirits, ghostly whispers and other spooky paranormal activity haunt a particular wing of this D.C. mainstay. Don’t let the ghosts scare you away. The Omni Shoreham Hotel features an elegantly decorated dining room, bar and lounge. Enjoy a delicious dinner, such as sautéed crab cakes or stuffed meatloaf,  a delectable drink, including a blushing berri martini, or a tasty dessert treat. Warm up with a cup of Joe at Morsels, a gourmet coffee bar that also provides yummy food to-go. Those who wish to see the ghostly action themselves may request a stay in the appropriately named Ghost Suite.

Hay-Adams Hotel
800 16th St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 638-6600
www.hayadams.com

Lafayette Square and its surrounding buildings are well-known for being purportedly haunted — author Dan Brown included many of these buildings in his 2009 best-selling novel “The Lost Symbol.” One of these buildings is the Hay-Adams Hotel, where the spirit of Marian Hooper Adams, the wife of celebrated author and presidential descendent Henry Brooks Adams, is said to wander the halls sobbing and whispering “What do you want?” Off the Record, recognized as one of Forbes.com “World’s Best Hotel Bars,” is also known as a popular hot spot for journalists, political dignitaries, locals and guests. Featuring blood-red walls, sleek wooden tables and glass cabinets, Off the Record provides a delicious menu, plush booths and complimentary gourmet olives and assorted nuts with your drink. Who knows who you’ll run into while you’re there.

Related: Best Hotels in D.C. on a Budget

Georgetown
M Street Northwest

Listen to soulful tunes at Blue Alley, dance the night away at Modern, or enjoy fine Mediterranean cuisine at Neyla. Fans of the film “The Exorcist” and city locals are well-aware of the creepy, steep steps featured in the film. What they may not know is myriad ghosts and supposed evil spirits lurk the bustling streets of this popular nighttime hangout. The Halcyon House, which was allegedly used as a safe house for escaping slaves, is said to be haunted by those who did not make it out alive. The M Street Bridge is believed to be haunted by two apparitions: one of a stagecoach that disappears into the night and one of a young drummer boy who was allegedly knocked off the bridge during the Revolutionary War time period. The Old Stone House, a key Georgetown landmark, is also said to house an evil ghost named George who reportedly pushes and chokes visitors. Georgetown is also known for its lively nightlife, high-class lounges and laid back hangouts, so grab a drink, go exploring and expect to stumble across something haunted.

Ellicott Mills Brewing Company
8308 Main St.
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 313-8141
ellicottmillsbrewing.com

Enjoy a ghostly sighting with your beer right here in Ellicot City. During the Great Depression, the site of the current Ellicott Mills Brewing Company was once the location of a lumber store. Rumor has it, an accountant of the lumber store hung himself after he was fired from his job. Today, the accountant’s spirit is said to live and roam among the second floor of the Ellicott Mills Brewing Company. Ellicott Mills Brewing Company is also known for its flavorful brewed beers, traditional German food and laid-back atmosphere. Enjoy daily food and drink specials, including $2 beers on Monday and prime rib night on Thursdays, as well as community fundraisers and happy-hour events.

Related: Best Historical Sites in the D.C. Area

The National Theatre
1321 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-6161
www.nationaltheatre.org/

Venture around the Helen Hayes Gallery, located one level above the orchestra seating. Enjoy refreshments, libations and concessions prior to the show, or swing by the souvenir stand and pick up a memorable memento. Rumor has it the ghost of John McCullough, a popular actor who made his professional acting debut in The Belle’s Stratagem in 1857, wanders the halls of the National Theatre during opening nights. Legend says he was murdered by a fellow actor and his remains lie beneath the stage. Some claim to have seen his spirit sit among the audience during performances. The historical National Theatre is known to have featured many great performing artists, from both the past and present. Upcoming performances include Les Miserables, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Christmas Dreams from the Nutcracker. The venue provides family friendly events as well.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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