10 great haunts for seekers of the paranormal

When Franklin D. Roosevelt said that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, maybe he had already heard rumors of ghosts that had set up shop in the presidential mansion. "Some of the most prominent sightings involve the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, who has been seen on the second floor near the Lincoln Bedroom, the specter of a Redcoat near the North Portico, and first lady Abigail Adams in the East Room," Belanger says. 202-456-2121; whitehouse.gov/ghosts

Hockomock Swamp and Freetown State Forest Bridgewater Triangle, Mass.

Hockomock Swamp and Freetown State Forest are to the paranormal what Starbucks is to Wi-Fi — a hot spot. "Located in southeastern Massachusetts is a 200-square-mile triangle with the towns of Abington, Rehoboth and Freetown forming the points, and where there have been an unusually high number of UFO, Bigfoot and ghost sightings," Belanger says. bridgewaterpubliclibrary.org/historical_tidbits.htm

St. Louis Cemetery #1 New Orleans

"The Big Easy may be the most haunted city in the United States," Belanger says. "Look for Marie Laveau's ghost in Saint Louis Cemetery #1. Leave an offering of cigars and white rum at her grave, and her spirit may just grant you a wish." Other ghostly haunts include the Ashley House, a former hospital during the Civil War, and the Beauregard-Keyes House, a museum where many claim the spirit of Confederate Gen. Pierre G.T. Beauregard is a regular. neworleansonline.com

Farm fields Eastern Nebraska

Crop circles — large patterns created by flattening crops in agricultural fields — have been reported since the early 1990s near the towns of Butte in northeastern Nebraska, and Waverly and Barada in the southeastern part of the state. "Many believe UFOs produce some kind of energy field that can lay wheat and cornstalks over without breaking them to form these patterns," Belanger says. "Others feel it's simply an elaborate hoax perpetrated by pranksters with way too much free time."

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