Home to the oldest Mardi Gras festival in America, Mobile shares NOLA’s reputation for festivals, a frightening past, and fiendish spirits that stalk the darkest corners, waiting to be provoked.Book Now
Port City Ghosts takes you to the cursed sites that saw the perils of the Civil War, misfortune, and disease. Discover Mobile’s gruesome history with a bone-chilling ghost tour, and walk the bloody path paved by years of tragedy and death.
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Discover why this unsuspecting city doubles as an otherworldly portal, opened by disturbed burial grounds, angered spirits of stolen territory, soldiers lost to war, and victims of unhinged violence.
Once referred to as an Old Spanish Town, Mobile has seen its fair share of bloodshed as it served as a prize for the various armies that fought to claim it. Death and destruction forged the way for the birth of The Port City, and the remnants of these melees continue to reverberate throughout the city’s most scarred locations.
Underneath the very earth that holds the festivals Mobile has become known for lies the decrepit remains of the original settlers, their souls unable to rest from unceremoniously being unearthed. However, as it usually goes in these events, not all bodies were moved to their new resting place.
Port City Ghosts takes you to Cathedral Square, the site of the city’s first graveyard, where Yellow Fever helped fill the plots in a non-discriminatory fashion. Many children succumbed to this horrific plague, suffering terribly before their untimely deaths. Today, the creepy sounds of disembodied children’s laughter and invisible feet running along the grass can be heard by unsuspecting visitors.
Of course, they’re not alone. Hear the unsettling story of Charles Boyington, a man wrongly convicted of murder and unjustly hanged. His eerie final words rang true, and an Oak Tree sprouted from his grave without explanation. Boyington’s tortured whispers and screams can be heard from the tree, his spirit seemingly unable to move on from his earthly prison.
These horrors and more await on your walk through historic haunted Mobile. Prepare for a night of thrilling tales and spine-tingling scares from Port City Ghosts and the lost souls that lurk in the shadows of their former stomping grounds.
Visit Mobile’s Most Haunted Locations Including:
Haunted hotels and Inns can be found all over the nation, but very few deliver on their otherworldly claims. The Malaga Inn is amongst those that house the petrifying unexplained phenomena it proclaims and is touted as one of the most haunted hotels in America.
Though the wars may be over, the atrocities committed never really die. In Mobile, they emanate from above and below. Uncover the secret tunnels harboring heavy energy that festers below the floors of The Malaga Inn. Once used during the Civil War for hiding Confederate soldiers, they would become tunnels of death, with soldiers meeting gruesome ends in these dank and dark holes.
It’s said that hauntings that occur within the hotel’s walls rival those of Los Angeles’s Hollywood Roosevelt and The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, as nearly every room in The Malaga Inn exudes its own unexplained activity. Room 007 is believed to be the most haunted, inhabited by the spirit of a woman dressed all in white who is known to pace back and forth across the room.
Reports include the woman crawling into bed with guests, while others have reported unexplained cold spots and the sound of disembodied footsteps outside their windows as well as taps on the doors. Experience a chill down your spine as we take you to the site of one of USA Today’s Top Ten Haunted Hotels and learn about the spirits that give it this prestigious, petrifying honor.
The anger and hatred that resound from the soul of war can often still be felt and heard centuries after the bleeding has stopped. You see, for the victims of these barbaric times, the violence and bloodshed never really cease, as is the case with the souls trapped in the Battle House Renaissance Hotel.
Prepare to unveil a string of misfortune that turned this historic hotel into a haven for the dead. Built in 1852, the hotel was ahead of its time, offering amenities such as proper electrical lighting that drew in the nation’s elite. Stephen A. Douglas stayed at the hotel the night before his historic loss to President Abraham Lincoln, while Jefferson Davis and famed playwright Oscar Wilde took residence in the hotel.
Prior to this display of opulence, however, the site was home to a military base during the War of 1812. Though the fighting continues from the other side, it’s the spirit of the former Mardi Gras King, Mr. Henry Butler, Jr., that offers the most scares nightly. Mr. Butler would be another victim of violence, being murdered by the husband of one of his mistresses.
His ghost mingles with that of a bride who killed herself in the ballroom. But it’s the mysterious gray figure that causes the hair on guests’ arms to rise. The figure has been known to violently shake the beds, and it’s believed the entity is also responsible for the disembodied voice terrifyingly demanding they “Get Out!” A true horror of horrors at this luxurious establishment.
Various parts of Mobile were exposed to the darkness that is war, leaving very few places safe from the devastation. Early settlers of the town constructed first in an attempt to protect the area from incoming attacks. One of these forts was Colonial Forte Conde, and though it’s evolved over the last few centuries, the spirits have always remained.
Port City Ghosts takes you to Fort Conde Inn, a collection of cottages that offer a quaint stay and a night of bone-chilling haunts. The death that occurred here all those years ago echoes in this enclosed getaway. Witnesses claim to hear disembodied voices throughout the Inn, with full-bodied apparitions appearing in the Autunez Cottage.
The eerie sound of footsteps, when no one is around, has been heard, and several guests have reported seeing a soldier staring out of the window of the cursed cottage. Keep your eyes peeled, as it’s not uncommon for the soldiers who perished during this brutal time to make an impromptu appearance.
Most places with such significant ties to the development of the nation are bound to have a historic district within them. Mobile is one of these places, home to the historic De Tonti Square Historic District of Mobile. It’s one of two that were created to preserve downtown Mobile and consists of 44 homes, one of those being the infamously haunted Richards DAR House.
Venture to a piece of history, where one can experience the timelessness of the building and the spine-chilling unexplained activity that attracts ghost hunters and photographers looking to capture it. Though it now operates as a museum, the original family believes it to still be theirs. The phenomena in the former office were so strong that the Alabama Chapter of the Delta Paranormal Project was brought in to investigate.
Catching activity straight from a horror movie, the team picked up marbles being rearranged, seemingly moved by invisible hands. One photographer captured a shadowy figure that is known today as “Uncle Willie.” He’s also been seen sitting on a couch dressed in 19th-century clothing while other staff members have heard the creepy sound of children’s laughter with no known origin. The museum is open to the public on various days and times, but the spirits cause a scary stir 24 hours a day.
Filled with beauty and charm, it’s hard to imagine that Mobile had such tumultuous beginnings. Fights over the territory never ceased, and the stench of death never left the air. Memorials and dedications to the resilience of the town and its defenders who continue to roam the grounds in their otherworldly form. One such dedication you’ll visit with Port City Ghosts is The Admiral Hotel, originally named after a controversial military figure that sits just a short distance from the USS Alabama – one of the most haunted ships in the nation.
Several deaths were reported aboard the USS Alabama, including two workers and at least eight killed by friendly fire. The terrifying sounds of disembodied footsteps can be heard inside the ship. Heavy steel hatches have been known to eerily shut on their own, and many feel as though they’re being watched while visiting the ship. The USS Alabama is another reminder of the tragedy and horror that are a part of Mobile’s past and that continues to haunt its present.
When visiting a place with so much history, making the most of your trip is a must. Whether you’re a history buff, a ghost enthusiast, or are just looking for a fun and exciting way to experience Mobile, Port City Ghosts has something for everyone! Our expert tour guides will take you to the area’s most significant locations and give you a history lesson with a touch of horror you won’t soon forget.
Jimmy Buffet may have chosen The Admiral as his old stomping grounds, but the backstory of The Port City is anything but a trip to Margaritaville. You might even need a trip to the oasis yourself after your tour of terror. Prepare for a night of fun and frights, and book your Port City Ghosts Tour today!
* This is a walking tour and we do not enter privately-owned buildings or private property *
One of the most historic hotels in Mobile is also one of the most haunted in the nation. Beneath this stunning piece of architecture sits a set of tunnels once used to hide Confederate soldiers, and once was the site of several gruesome ends. Discover the spirits of the soldiers and the various other entities that cause fear in the hearts of guests at The Malaga Inn.
A seemingly peaceful spot, Cathedral Square was once the site of Mobile’s oldest graveyard. Though several of its earliest inhabitants have since been moved, some were sadly left behind. Combined with an Oak Tree that sprouted from the grave of a wrongly executed man, and you have a piece of Mobile infamously known for its unexplained activity.
As the former site of a military base during the War of 1812, it should be no surprise that the fighting that once occurred here has continued even in the afterlife. However, the spirits of long-deceased soldiers aren’t alone. Learn about the original Mardi Gras King’s ties to the hotel and why he may never be able to leave.
New Orleans has been long known as the place for fun and festivals, but Mobile is actually the place where these famous soirees originated. Port City Ghosts takes you to the site of America’s first Mardi Gras as well as the very grounds where America’s first carnival parade took place. Get the true story about one of America’s most beloved and outrageous festivals while also hearing about the spirits who aren’t ready to stop celebrating.
Mobile is full of national attractions, drawing in thousands of tourists each year. As much as there is to see, you’ll definitely get the most out of your time here by going off-script a little. While its haunted history isn’t as well known as its main attraction, the USS Alabama, a tour with Port City Ghosts will give you a first-hand look at these haunted locations and the chilling tales that gave them their terrifying reputation. You won’t believe some of the stories that this quaint and cozy city harbors in its darkest corners.
The South played a significant role in the shaping of America, and with the death and destruction that came with this uprising, so did untimely deaths and gruesome ends. If it’s your first time visiting the South, take in the history with tales from the past that are alive in the afterlife. Get ready to hear stories to tell around a campfire, made extra terrifying by the fact that every one of them is true.
You’ve done the bar hopping and have had your fill of delicious Creole food and unique shops. Why not cap off your night in a way that’ll put other bachelor/bachelorette parties to shame? Take your party on a Port City Ghosts tour and experience a night of adrenaline-pumping, bone-chilling fun that’ll keep you and your guests on their toes. You may even take back some spooky stories of your own.
We get it. If you’ve never seen a ghost, it’s hard to believe they exist. That may change after a tour with Port City Ghosts. Prepare to have your mind altered after visiting sites such as Bienville Square, that’s inhabited by the spirit of a former Sea Captain. Should you smell the faint air of smoke, no need to worry. It’s just the Sea Captain keeping an eye on his favorite spot in Mobile.