Don’t follow the woman in red at the Old Post Chapel
This military chapel, adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery, is where the majority of funerals that take place in the cemetery begin. Considering that over 400,000 soldiers have been buried here, there is a significant presence from families who have experienced loss and buried loved ones, and the space has a continuous importance as hallowed ground.
However, with all this history, there’s bound to be a few hauntings. Soldiers stationed here will often talk to the tomb’s guards or local MPs, and hear about strange occurrences. For instance, a lady in red can be seen walking through the cemetery, lost, as though she’s looking for the grave of someone close to her; the clip-clop of horses can occasionally be heard on overcast evenings, despite all burials taking place during the daytime; and an apparition can be seen in one of the anterooms, kneeling in prayer, likely for a fallen soldier. Once observed, the apparition’s lit candles blow out.
Don’t pet the kitties at the United States Capitol
A lot of people have died working in the US Capitol Building, including representatives like Joseph Cannon, Wilbur Mills, and Champ Clark; government officials like Vice President Wilson, John Quincy Adams, and James Garfield; and officers who served in the armed forces, like General John Logan and Pierre L’Enfant. Many workers also died during the Capitol’s strenuous and complicated construction process, too. If any of these folks have a right to haunt the place, it’s the latter group -- and who’s to say they’re not?
The most sympathetic US Capitol apparition is said to appear on the ceiling, then reappear almost immediately below, at ground-level, mimicking how he fell during construction of the rotunda. Another worker, a stonemason who was crushed to death between collapsed walls, can be seen passing through these same walls while roaming the area.
However, the Capitol building is perhaps more famously haunted by the representative ghost of a clowder of black cats that lived on Capitol Hill. Prior to the construction of the US Capitol Building, the area was cleared out by hired hands, who were hired in part to kill the cats. Many of them were allegedly wiped out with shovels and pickaxes to allow for easier construction. After this, a single cat apparition, now labeled the Demon Cat of Capitol Hill, can be seen by those walking the streets of the neighborhood late at night. The Demon Cat has been said to often appear to security guards, and legend has it that if you don’t run from it immediately, the cat will pounce at you, transforming into a panther... then vanishing right before it lands.