As you know, tomorrow is Friday is Friday the 13th. Besides being the scariest day as a result of pop movies which began in the 80’s, Friday the 13th is also known as the most unlucky day of the year.
Living in an apartment in Roanoke, VA is the perfect place for a scary setting. Did you know that there are 4 haunted houses right here in and around Roanoke?
They say the Avenel Plantation is haunted. It is located in Bedford, VA, a town approximately 45 minutes from Roanoke. Avenel was built circa 1838 to be the personal residence of William M. and Frances Steptoe Burwell.
According to the tour guide from the Avenel Foundation, a "lady in white" supposedly haunts the house and grounds of Avenel.
Another allegedly haunted place in Roanoke is the Music Department at Hollins University. It has been reported that music has been heard coming from the music department at night when there is no one inside the building.
A third haunted place, Grandin Theatre, is an old landmark movie theatre. The Grandin first opened in 1932. The only locally owned theater in Roanoke, you can still watch movies there.
Employees of the Grandin have heard a baby crying late in the night when the theatre is empty. There have also been reports of a face looking down from the projection booth, a boy walking through the doors of a screening room, and the sounds of clinking glasses and laughter from the upstairs at night. Surely the atmosphere alone in the Grandin is enough to give you that chilly, ghostly feeling.
There is on last haunted location in Roanoke, but unfortunately it is no longer open. The Patrick Henry Hotel is a national historic landmark here. As the story goes, many spooky spirits have been seen in the hotel; three men in the ballroom who walk around and watch people in the room, an old lady who continues to live in the room where she died, and a man who kicks the tablecloth at a second floor table.
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, visiting these four historic places are the perfect way to spend Friday the 13th in Roanoke.
Image from historicavenel.com