READ 14 Ghost Stories And Legends That Prove Maryland Is The Creepiest U.S. State  

Lyra Radford
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As one of the thirteen original colonies, Maryland has had plenty of time to aquire creepy folklore and pervasive urban legends. Evil spirits and mythological creatures are believed to lurk in the deepest parts of creepy Maryland. Ghost stories from Maryland involve strange figures, haunted hospitals, and mysterious monsters. This mid-Atlantic state was home to the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, and his spirit is said to still wander near the site of his grave.

Some of the tales seem quite outlandish, for sure. But, Maryland has a long and complex history filled with decades of violent battles, storms, and horrific murders. All of these events contribute to a spine-chilling oral history that's been passed down through many, many generations of Maryland locals. These creepy Maryland urban legends will send a chill down anyone's spine. 


The Goatman

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For years, witnesses have reported seeing a bearded man with horns and cloven hooves skulking through the woods of Maryland. This Goatman stalks through the Old Line State, eating wild animals and breaking into homes to eat family pets. His also likes chopping up teenagers getting steamy at Lover's Lane. Clearly, he's a very original monster. 

The first alleged sighting of this hybrid creature was in 1957, but by the 1970s the legend of the Goatman became a cautionary tale to warn kids about the dangers of premarital sex. Over the years, Goatman stopped popping up in random places and made a home in Prince George's County.

Where did the Goatman come from? The most common theory is he was the outcome of horrible human/animal hybrid experimentation. Another origin story claims that Goatman is one of the Devil's minions brought forth by dedicated Satanists. Some locals believe he is the actually the pagan god Pan. While the true origin of Goatman remains cloudy, the terror his sightings invoke is all too real.


Crybaby Bridge

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The haunting tale of the "Crybaby Bridge" is a pretty widespread Maryland urban legend. Located in Prince George's County and crossing over the Patuxent River, this places Crybaby Bridge right in the middle of Goatman's territory.

A baby tragically died in the river back in the 1950s, and locals still argue about what really happened that day. Some say a young mother went out to the bridge to greet her husband with their baby. It was foggy and she dropped the child into the river after being hit by her husband's car. Another story claims the woman suffered from postpartum depression and threw the child into the water. A more recent theory focuses on the KKK and their ritual killing of African-American children being responsible for the haunting of the bridge.


Chessie, The Chesapeake Bay Sea Monster

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According to legend, the Chesapeake Bay is home to a sea monster that locals have dubbed Chessie. She’s an aquatic snake-like beast with flippers running anywhere from 25 to 40 feet in length. Chessie has been spotted in the bay sporadically since the early 1940s. There were a rash of Chessie sightings in 1977, but they have slowed to a trickle in recent years. The most recent sighting took place in 2014.

Speculation about what Chessie really is ranges from the mundane to the fantastic. Some say she's a manatee or a large river otter, and others think she might be a mutant eel or a huge anaconda that got lost. The craziest folks believe she is a prehistoric Zeuglodon! 


The Haunting At The Sotterley Plantation

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The historic Sotterley Plantation was built along the Patuxent River back in the 18th Century, and is currently the oldest surviving plantation in southern Maryland. While it was a private residence for a number of wealthy families through the years, it's now a public space. Staff and visitors have all reported strange happenings on the grounds. Lights flicker on and off, strange noises can be heard throughout the house, and breakfast smells waft up from the kitchen when no one is cooking.

One of the more menacing ghosts that live on Sotterley Plantation is a former owner who still haunts the second-level hallway, staircase, and one of the bedrooms. His spirit is notorious for throwing people he doesn’t like down the staircase.