Due to the large number of ghosts they can hold, haunted houses are consistently scarier than cursed sleeping bags, possessed lean-tos, and ectoplasmic studio apartments. Tiptoe through a real-life haunted dwelling with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get a guided paranormal tour for two at The Morse Mill Hotel in Morse Mill (a $60 value). Guided by paranormal investigators, this two-hour tour takes travelers on a terrifying trek through the haunted grounds of this 19th-century hotel. Beginning right before dusk, the tour starts at the gravesite of infamous serial killer Bertha Gifford and slowly snakes its way to the four-story Morse manse. Here, tour-goers split into smaller groups and explore the spine-tingling site, which includes an intact slave dungeon, a burial ground for Confederate soldiers, sinister relics of Al Capone's old brothel, and a guest registry spookily signed by history's most feared criminals: Jesse James and Charlie Chaplin. If they dare, guests are encouraged to snap pictures to document their paranormal encounters with phantoms, entities, or eerily expensive mini-bars.
Although there aren't many online reviews, The Morse Mill Hotel provides testimonial accounts of supernatural activity, and it was recently featured in the sixth installment of Most Terrifying Places In America.
Morse Mill Hotel
Originally built as a one-room house in 1816, the Morse Mill Hotel grew to 5,300 square feet under the watchful eye of engineer John Morse, a former Confederate officer and suspected warlock. In its present state, the hotel may house ghostly figures who once took up residence in one of its 33 rooms. Jesse James and company signed their marks in the guest register, and a famous female serial killer, Bertha Gifford, was kept in the hotel's employ; a nearby gravesite marks her resting place. A burial ground for Confederate soldiers, relics of Al Capone's old brothel, and a dungeon also add to the sinister air. An expert paranormal guide leads amateur ghost gumshoes through the 33-room, four-story Morse manse, providing advice on where to find the friendliest long-term residents. If they dare, guests are encouraged to snap photos to document their occult encounters with phantoms, specters, or eerily expensive minibars.