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Most Haunted Places in Fairhope, Alabama

I have a great interest in reading Horror books. During one of our crew’s visits to the Fairhope Historical Museum, we stumbled upon a fascinating book titled “Haunted Baldwin County Alabama” by Harriet Brill Outlaw. With Halloween season approaching, we decided to explore a few of the places mentioned in the book located in Fairhope in hopes of experiencing some supernatural sightings ourselves.

The Grand Piano Man: Jack Normand

Jack was a beloved figure at the hotel and his charm was an integral part of its hospitality. He was a pianist extraordinaire with a heart that matched his musical talent. Jack performed almost every night and for special occasions, enchanting his audience with big band classics and contemporary hits alike. In 1990, Jack passed away, playing the piano almost until the end. His death was mourned by people from all over the world, who knew that the Hotel would never be the same without him. Shortly after his passing, guests started hearing the version of his signature tune, “Stars Fell on Alabama,” mixed with “On Mobile Bay,” played in the way only Jack could play it.

The Ocean Wave: Bay Boat Disaster, Point Clear

The Ocean Wave was a steam-powered bay boat designed to navigate the shallow waters of Mobile Bay. It had the capacity to carry passengers and cargo and made regular trips between Mobile and Pensacola, with stops along the way. However, tragedy struck when the boiler exploded as soon as the boat left the dock, causing massive destruction. Reports suggest that between fifty to seventy people died, and many more were injured. Today, some guests at the nearby hotel claim to witness a strange glow in the bay during sunset; some believe it’s just the sun reflecting off the waters. Others claim to see fireworks out in the bay when none are scheduled.

Black Magic: Confederate Rest Cemetry

Edmund joined the Confederate army and took his horse, Black Magic, with him. He had raised Black Magic from a colt, trained him, and worked his farm with him. Edmund and Black Magic were inseparable. Black Magic saved Edmund’s life multiple times during the war. After Edmund passed away due to injuries sustained in the war, Black Magic was observed visiting his grave. When the horse died, he was buried in the same cemetery as Edmund. Late-evening golfers at the Lakewood Golf Course near the Grand Hotel have reported hearing the sound of a horse neighing nearby. One person even heard the sound of horse hooves galloping through the cemetery. Local residents and joggers claim to have seen the ghostly figure of a horse in the area.

American Legion Post 199

There is a highly haunted building known as the American Legion Post 199, which was originally built in 1912 as a retreat called Pine Needles by the Mobile Business Women’s Club. The American Legion Post 199 took over the building in 1961 and enclosed the porches to increase the interior space. There have been sightings of lights and loud bumping sounds coming from the third floor, even though there is no electricity there. Employees have reported glasses being overturned and objects moving inexplicably, and some waitresses refuse to work alone in the building because of these occurrences.

Old Fairhope City Hall and Jail

The Fairhope City Museum building was constructed in 1928 by Oswalt Forester using Clay City Tile for the city government. It was originally used to house the mayor’s office, the police department, the fire department, the city council chambers, and the city clerk. However, the building was preserved and converted into a museum after some time. The director of the museum has had some inexplicable personal experiences. Once, while he was at the top of the stairs writing on a clipboard, he heard footsteps approaching him. When they reached the top, he turned to greet the guest but found no one there. When he was alone, he heard the jail door slam shut several times. But every time he went down to check, he found both cell doors wide open.

We had a great time visiting these sites, and although we didn’t experience any supernatural activity, some of these places were quite eerie. If you’re interested in learning more about these haunted places, I recommend reading “Haunted Baldwin County Alabama” by Harriet Brill Outlaw.

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Haunted Baldwin County Alabama by Harriet Brill

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