Alabama urban legends are often rooted in the state's Civil War history, as tales of phantom fallen soldiers are not uncommon in the area. However, these are not the only unsettling stories to grace the state. From abandoned churches haunted by hell hounds to headless ghosts, Alabama folklore has a little of everything. These ghost stories from Alabama will leave you with a serious case of goosebumps.
Strange disappearances, tragic deaths, weird events, and unexplainable sites are just a few chilling details of creepy Alabama legend. The state can boast haunted bridges, schools, mansions, churches, hospitals, and even a haunted playground on the grounds of a centuries-old cemetery. If you love your spooky tales with a southern flavor, you will be delighted and terrified by this list of spectacular haunts.
The abandoned Oakey Street Methodist Church, better known as Consolation Church, is found in Red Level, Alabama and is allegedly home to a wide array of other-worldly visitors. According to legend, the church was forced to close its doors long ago due to the loud crying, whimpering, and screaming of ghosts. Female spirits would descend upon churchgoers promising death.
The church is said to be a place where you can see hell hounds, banshees, and child ghosts. Confederate soldiers have also been reported marching near the church grounds. Ghost hunters claim to feel spirits touch them and experience random bursts of cold air, even in 100 degree weather. Some claim that, if you linger near the church too late, you'll see a phantom 1964 black Ford truck operated by a ghost driver that will chase you off the grounds. Be careful, however. If the driver catches up to you, you'll be likely to meet a terrible fate.
The legend of Cry Baby Hollow revolves around a haunted bridge deep in the woods on Kayo Road in Hartselle, Alabama. There are a number of legends surrounding the bridge, as is common for urban legends, but the most often repeated tale is that of Cry Baby Hollow. According to the story, in the 1800s a horse drawn wagon carrying an infant was traveling across the bridge when a wheel snapped. The wagon turned over and the infant fell into the creek and drowned. Some report they hear crying near the bridge late at night. According to local lore, if you put a candy bar on the bridge and leave it, a small bite will be gone when you come back.
The Burleson/McEntire House is a former plantation that has been standing in Decatur, Alabama for over 170 years. The house has deep roots to the Civil War. The front columns are riddled with bullet holes from various battles and the Battle of Shiloh was planned within its walls. During the war, it was sometimes used as a hospital and soldiers often died in the house. Perhaps in part due to this violent history, the house has long been rumored to be haunted.
According to local lore, a Union soldier died from battle wounds in the Burleson/McEntire House and was buried under the floorboards for a few days until the battle had died down enough to give him a proper burial. Since then, people have reported seeing the apparition of the ghost lurking around the house. In addition to the Union soldier, people report seeing the spirit of a woman in white lurking around the grounds.
This Alabama playground is found within the grounds of Maple Hill Cemetery, the oldest and biggest cemetery in the state. Given its location, it's no surprise it's rumored to be haunted. Guests report seeing swings move on their own and hearing children giggling. It's not uncommon for residents to take pictures in the playground only to have mysterious orbs of light show up in the photos.
So, why is the cemetery haunted? Like all folklore, legends vary. Some prefer the simple explanation that the ghosts of children buried in the cemetery come to the grounds to play, while others spin more sinister tales. Some say there were a string of child abductions in the 1960s and the bodies of the kidnaped children were eventually discovered near the playground.
The Alabama Paranormal Society investigated the playground in 2008. Investigators claimed they heard the voice of a small child. When they took a photo from the area where the voice was coming from, a misty figure of a woman appeared in the picture.