The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia was the first to subject its prisoners to solitary confinement, beginning in 1829. Hundreds of prisoners languished in these conditions. Some even had hoods placed over their heads as punishment for moving around their cells. Though the prison closed in 1971, tours are now offered year-round for those who would like to visit the souls who have stayed way longer than their original sentences. For an added thrill (or chill), head to the penitentiary during the fall for its Terror Behind the Walls, one of the top haunted houses in the country.

If you’re on the hunt for your next haunt, there are plenty of destinations across the U.S. that contain enough tales of terror to inspire chills in even the bravest visitors. Whether you’re an amateur ghost hunter or just looking for a great story to tell at your next dinner party, you’ll want to hear the fascinating histories of sites such as the LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans and the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast in Massachusetts. Just make sure you’re ready to meet these place’s past residents before you go. Rumor has it, they’re a lot closer to this side of the veil than you might think. And if you really want to spook yourself, here are the 23 Urban Legends that are Totally True.
 

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