We’ve got five stories about a haunted Huntsville. For our brave ghost-hunters out there, we’ve included exactly where to check out these hauntings. Keep reading for a scare.
1. The grave of Thomas Bibb
A haunted spot in Huntsville is Thomas Bibb’s grave.
If you didn’t know, Thomas Bibb was President of the Alabama State Senate and became the second governor of Alabama, following his brother’s death. Despite his own death in 1839, this well-known Alabamian still shows up occasionally…
Thomas Bibb owned and loved a plantation outside of Huntsville, in Limestone County. It only seemed fitting he was buried at his beloved Belle Mina. That is, until he wasn’t.
His body that was once laid to rest peacefully was disturbed and moved to Maple Hill Cemetery—the oldest cemetery in Alabama.
Thomas Bibb still isn’t happy about his relocation. On a full moon, a carriage drawn by white horses shows up to take him home to Belle Mina.
2. Huntsville’s haunted depot
This passenger depot was built in 1860 and now serves as a museum for Huntsvillians interested in its history.
While its bright yellow color may seem cheerful, it is rumored to be haunted by Confederate soldiers who were held prisoner during the Civil War.
Ghost sightings have been reported on the second and third floors of the depot. This doesn’t mean the first floor is ghost-free… Enter if you dare.
Sometimes, a train engineer can be seen walking the platform, making sure the tracks entering the station are all clear.
3. Mary Bibb’s rocking chair
If this last name sounds familiar, it’s because Mary Bibb is Thomas Bibb’s daughter-in-law—small world, huh?
On her wedding night, Mary Bibb was poisoned. She died a few weeks later in May 1835. She left behind a husband of less than a month and her family.
Mary Bibb requested she was put to rest in her wedding dress and sitting up in her rocking chair, so a mausoleum was built for Mary Bibb at Maple Hill Cemetery.
Legend has it that if you knock, Mary’s ghost will respond by rocking her chair. Are you willing to test this?
4. The Lowry House
The original Lowry House was built in 1809, followed by a revamp of the house in 1850 by John Tate Lowry.
Fun fact: The Lowry House served as a stop on the Underground Railroad.
The house has since been restored and serves as a glimpse into life in Huntsville well before our time. Many Huntsvillians tour the home and some even rent it out for their own events.
I wonder if they know about the paranormal activity there…
What’s a good ghost story without a murder? During the Civil War, Anne Lowry was killed on the front steps of the house while waiting for her husband to return home from war.
The house now has a reputation for being haunted. There have been countless reports of suspicious activity, frightening sounds and even ghost sightings within the house. Don’t believe me? Go ghost-hunting yourself.
5. Dead Children’s Playground
This haunted spot gave me the chills.
The children who died during the 1918 Spanish Flu weren’t finished playing. They can be heard laughing on the playground and you might see the swings moving.
Will you be scoping it out?
Did this get you in the Halloween spirit? Here is a guide to October’s spooky events in Huntsville.