The Most Haunted Place in Marietta
The South is full of ghosts. Countless bloody battles during the Civil War caused the spirits of soldiers from both sides to be trapped in limbo forever. At least, that’s what the stories say. But even the most hardened skeptic will have a hard time not believing the stories when visiting Marietta’s most haunted building, Kennesaw House.
Built in 1845, Kennesaw House is one of the oldest buildings in Marietta because it was one of the few buildings not burned down during Sherman’s Atlanta campaign. At the time, the building was the Fletcher House hotel, owned by Dix Fletcher. The hotel was spared during Sherman’s campaign because Fletcher’s son-in-law was a Union spy.
Used as a hospital and morgue during the Civil War, it’s no surprise that Kennesaw House is said to be home to 700 restless spirits. Now home to the Marietta Museum of History, many museum visitors report seeing some of these ghosts. There have been several sightings of a Civil War surgeon who seems to enjoy riding the elevator. Children on school field trips often report spotting a woman in an Antebellum dress they later identity as Mrs. Fletcher, the wife of Dix Fletcher, who appears in a portrait hanging in the museum. But the most notable supernatural experience happened in the basement.
While riding the elevator, museum visitors found themselves unexpectedly taken to the basement. When the doors opened, they found a crowded hospital room. Men in Civil War uniforms shouted in pain as weary surgeons removed limbs and tended to bullet wounds. When they returned to the main floor, some visitors asked museum staff about the “Civil War reenactment” going on downstairs. Baffled, museum staff went to check the situation but found the basement to be totally empty.
Are these stories proof of the supernatural or tall tales meant to frighten the gullible? Make a trip to Kennesaw House in the historic downtown Marietta Square and find out for yourself.
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