What Are the Scariest Areas in State of Maryland?

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If you want to see a ghost in Maryland, head to Baltimore. Between Baltimore-proper, and the Brooklyn Park-area, just on the city’s outskirts, there have been 69 ghost sightings recorded on GhostsofAmerica.com.

BetMaryland.com took a break from our main job of covering Maryland sports betting to venture into some paranormal activity. We are striving to find the Maryland cities where the most ghost sightings have occurred.

Using GhostsofAmerica.com, a website that collects and shares users’ eyewitness accounts of hauntings, we compiled a list of the 10 cities where the most ghost sightings have occurred.

Maryland Cities That You’d Most Likely See a Ghost

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Rank City Sightings Reported
1 Brooklyn Park 35
2 Baltimore 34
3 Hagerstown 32
4 Elkton 25
5 Glen Burnie 22
6 Ocean City 21
7 Fort Howard 19
8 Washington, D.C. 18
9 Cumberland 16
T10 Salisbury 14
T10 Dundalk 14


Westminster Hall Among the Spookiest

One must-see spot for prospective ghost hunters is Westminster Hall in downtown Baltimore. The building itself was constructed in the mid-1800s, but the burial grounds by this Presbyterian church date all the way back to 1787. Paranormal investigators have carried out a number of operations here — in large part because Westminster Hall is the final resting place of the American trailblazer of gothic horror, Edgar Allen Poe.

Poe began his writing career in Baltimore in the 1830s and would go on to write some of his most significant works of literature in the city — including “The Tell Tale Heart” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” Supernatural encounters also have been reported at the unassuming row house on N. Amity St. where Poe lived — which since has been converted into a museum dedicated to the writer.

You will find another alleged hot spot for paranormal activity in Baltimore docked in the city’s Inner Harbor. The USS Constellation was launched in 1854 and was the last remaining sail-only warship built by the US Navy. According to legend, the ship is haunted by the many sailors who died aboard the USS Constellation during its storied naval history. And good news for haunt hunters: the ship is still open to the public.

Baltimore isn’t the only place in Maryland to spot a ghost. If you’re in the Hagerstown area this Halloween, you can visit the city park to check out a 300-year-old haunted house. Known as Hager’s House, this limestone home was the former abode of Hagerstown’s founder Jonathan Hager. After three centuries of continued occupation, locals believe it to be infested with ghouls.

Paranormal thrill-seekers in the vicinity of Elkton might want to check out the Turnquist-area near the Delaware border. In 1963, 81 passengers aboard Flight 214 crash landed in the area, and ever since residents have reported unexplained phenomena.

Located about a half-hour south of Baltimore, Glen Burnie is another area known for its ghost sightings. Some believe this might be the result of the nearby Wishing Rock, a large quartzite outcropping that served as an important gathering sport for First Nations tribes thousands of years ago. To this day, supernaturalists believe the rock holds an uncanny power over the surrounding area.

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Jeff Parker is an entertainment writer for BetMaryland.com. A writer for film, television and the internet, Jeff is a life long movie buff, with an actual Masters Degree in Popular Culture. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he works full time as documentary filmmaker and producer.

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