My Hometown Is Haunted: Sharing Local Ghost Stories

A town I grew up in, the historic part to be exact, is known to be one of the most haunted areas in the United States. This little town has also been affected by not one but multiple flash foods that temporarily wiped out the town & businesses in their tracks. Despite such setback, the small businesses have returned stronger than ever. But the reasons of such turmoil & destruction (other than poor construction choices) could be do to its eery history. In today’s blog post, I’ll be sharing with you some of the common “ghost stories” of this small town.

The Cooking Ghost of Hayden House

Built in in the early 19th century, the Hayden House was inhabited by the county clerk, Edwin Parson Hayden, his wife & six children until he passed away in 1850. The home has been owned by many since then with countless unexplainable stories. One story in particular is about The Cooking Ghost. Scents of freshly cooked eggs or bacon can be reported in multiple areas in the house with no one in the kitchen , coffee pots heating up without being plugged in & lights turning on & off. Honestly, if I were to run into a ghost – it might as well be surprising me with tasty food, you know?

The Burning of The Lilburn House

After the original owner, Richard Hazlehurst died in 1900 at the age of 85, did the paranormal acts occur when the home was burnt to a crisp from a fire & rebuilt. Unexplained footsteps in the corridor, strange noises echoing in the distance, chandeliers swaying back & forth & even animals refusing to enter the home all together are just a few of the creepy occurrences. In the 1960’s, moments of windows not staying shut & even flying open on their own have caused owners to flee the premises. This home in particular is known as the haunted hot spot – & I can see why.

The Patapsco Female Institute

As a kid, I’d go to this place for a man made haunted house event the town hosted for a few years. For unexplainable reasons though, they had to stop allowing the public to enter. In the 1830’s the building was a finishing school for young women. The living atmosphere for these women were brutal & many succumbed to illness or even death. Later, the school transformed into a hotel & later a military hospital during World War 1. It’s safe to say the souls of the women & soldiers may still linger these parts. There have been stories of young teens who trespass this area spotting figures that quickly disappear.

Watch Out For the Demon Truck on 7 Hills Road

This story, whether be a urban legend or not is one I remember being told by my friends growing up. The legend states if you hit the 7th hill on Rolling Road at midnight driving fast, you will be chased by a demon truck. This is a challenge I would not recommend as many car accidents have occurred because of this myth.

Listen Close When On Cry Baby Bridge

Along the 7 Hills Road is a fork where you turn to a bridge. Legend says if you drive over this bridge at night, you can hear the faint sound of a baby crying. It is said a mother dropped her baby over the bridge because she felt she could not deal with responsibilities of a newborn. But later felt guilty & killed herself right there. Some have spotted the woman searching for her baby to this day.

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting chills just writing this. I hope you all enjoyed these haunted stories. There are quite a few others to read about if you are interested. My question to you, do you believe in ghosts? And do you have any haunted stories to share? Leave them in the comments.

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47 thoughts on “My Hometown Is Haunted: Sharing Local Ghost Stories

  1. Shivers down my spine, when the baby cries and The Demon Truck on 7 Hills – Bloody love a good ghost story. I don’t know if I believe in Ghosts though… but these stories absolutely scare me x

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  2. Oh wow! These are so spooky! There’s a book about hauntings in the county I grew up in. I love reading those old ghost stories! For some reason I find them fascinating! I have to admit that I’m a believer because I’ve seen a few odd and unexplainable things over the years, mostly at my grandparent’s farm house.

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  3. Creepy! I use to love horror movies and stories as a child growing up but somewhere along the lines in my late teens, I became horried of these things. Not sure what triggered it lol. Thankfully these stories you provided are just folk tales lol.

    Thank for sharing!

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  4. What an incredible place with so many stories and legendary ghosts. I find this so fascinating and I’d be so curious to visit and take in the atmosphere as I love the history and the spookiness. The people/events who are said to the ghosts have really interesting stories that you can’t fail to connect with — thank you for sharing, this was a perfect post to read at this time of year!

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  5. Ahhh, loved this! What an exciting read – amazing job. I do believe in ghosts, at least I’m 90% sure I do. I think ghost stories are so much better when they are told from real life experiences. Especially those ones you are told when you are younger that stick with you later in life.

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  6. Oh my goodness, I’m such a chicken when it comes to ghost stories! I’m all for the cooking ghost though if it comes with a side of eggs!

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  7. Ok, this was scary! I don’t know if I believe in ghosts but these stories gave me some chills. There was a ghost story in one of the hotels I used to live for 4 years during my twenties. A guy had committed suicide some years ago jumping from the balcony of the fifth floor and sometimes during nights when it was silent you could hear a noise like something heavy was thrown from hight and splashed. Some would say that they could see shadows outside their windows. I don’t know if any is true. I guess I was fearless back then, haha.
    Thank you for this post! You reminded me of something I thought I had forgotten.

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  8. The first ghost does not sound that bad, especially if they came with some freshly cooked eggs or bacon! Maybe it would be like Casper, the friendly cook.

    Nope. The burning of the Lilburn House sounds creepy, especially with the fact that animals refuse to enter. For some reason, that makes it ten times creepier. I got a shiver down my spine when I read the last story! 😬

    Thank you for sharing these stories; it made me wonder if there are any scary stories about my hometown. πŸŽƒ

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    1. yes – i def get Casper vibes from the first story too! i’m always down for tasty food. lol.

      I feel the same way. animals always have a 6th sense with these types of things.

      Glad you enjoyed this stories. you should do your research. there might be some in your town!

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  9. Wow I had no idea that Maryland had so many ghostly locales. That women’s institution sounds particularly gruesome. Thanks for sharing this source book.

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