One of my most favorite things to do is look into the history of the areas I live in and/or are nearby and by history, I mean of the spooky variety. I want to know all the weird facts, hear the ghost stories and get the goosebumps up and down my arm when someone recounts the strange events that took place in a particular area.
I love Atlas Obscura and when we moved to the DC area, I jumped on the website to see what surprises were lurking around ordinary corners!
From the list of places I wanted to visit, I made a Haunted Georgetown (and nearby places) tour that is sure to get you into the Halloween spirit!
The first stop is not IN Georgetown and is probably easier to locate in the light of late afternoon OR you can visit the Mount Zion Cemetery at night to set the mood for the evening.
Mount Zion Cemetery’s Underground Railroad Shelter
This brick 8’x8′ box was used to store corpse’ during the winter months when the ground was too hard to bury them. For months bodies were piling up waiting for the ground to thaw for burial ceremonies.
There’s no written record, but stories passed down from generation to generation imply that this building was a part of history and significant to the Underground Railroad. It was viewed as safe place for slaves to hide because it was mostly covered, deep in the woods and full of dead bodies.
For more information click HERE.
Now you will head into Georgetown to find the other two stops.
Georgetown’s Haunted Halycon House
The Halcyon House is well known as one of the most haunted buildings in Washington DC! The house, built in 1797 has passed through the hands of numerous owners collecting stories (and spirits) along the way.
One notable owner was Mark Clemens who purchased the property in 1900. He went a little crazy and added strange elements to the house such as staircases that led to nowhere, very tiny rooms and trap doors.
The Halcyon House is now privately owned, but you can still visit and see it from the outside.
3400 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007
“If, for whatever reason, you happen to find yourself at the ExxonMobil gas station in Georgetown where M Street becomes Canal Road, you might notice an exceptionally long, steep staircase wedged between a stone wall and a brick warehouse.” – Atlas Obscura
The infamous stairs from the final scene in the 1973 horror movie The Exorcist can be found in Georgetown. The staircase is steep, narrow and covered in ivy on one side- definitely the perfect spooky spot to visit on a haunted tour of Georgetown!
If you are the ultimate ghost enthusiast I recommend booking a Wicked Georgetown Ghost Tour to round out your evening of things that go bump in the night! You can learn more and book a tour HERE.