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Quiz about Ghosts of the American South
Quiz about Ghosts of the American South

Ghosts of the American South Trivia Quiz


The American South has a long and deep history of wars, tragedies, and crimes. As a result of this, many ghost sightings and spectral phenomena have been reported. Come learn about a few of these Southern hauntings.

A multiple-choice quiz by stephgm67. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
stephgm67
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
408,633
Updated
Mar 24 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
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Top 35% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. There have been more than 100 reports of paranormal activity at Sloss Furnace in Birmingham, Alabama. This includes many sightings of a dead worker from 1906 named "Slag". What did the furnace make that contributed to the deaths and injuries? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Many ghostly figures have been seen at the Wren's Nest, a famous home in Atlanta, Georgia. The owner himself, long deceased, has been sighted in his rocking chair. Who is this man who wrote various volumes of Uncle Remus folktales? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. A person stopping for food or a beverage at King's Tavern in Natchez, Mississippi, might run across one of several ghosts! There is the crying infant, the vengeful seductress, and a literal skeleton in a closet. There is also an outlaw nicknamed "Little". He is part of a vicious duo from the 1790s that are often considered the first American serial killers. Who are they? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Pawleys Island in South Carolina is a quaint town on the coast just north of Charleston. At certain times, a ghost called The Gray Man can be seen wandering on the sands. He is warning of an approaching calamity. He should have been seen before Katrina! What kind of natural disaster is he predicting? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. In two days of April, 1862, the Union troops led by U.S. Grant penetrated the interior of the Confederacy. With over 23,000 dead in this Tennessee battle, it is no surprise that it is one of the most haunted American Civil War sites. What was it called? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. What kid friendly place, located next to Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville, Alabama, is one of the most haunted places in the entire state? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In New Orleans, Louisiana, there exists the tomb of Marie Laveau. Her ghost has been reported as being seen hovering near the site and many people claim that she still exerts magical influence at times. Of what religion was Marie a key figure? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina is the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States. When visitors go to this iconic site near the Outer Banks, they often see an animal there and reach toward it....only to see it disappear. What is it that may have used up its nine lives? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. There is an old Spanish Military Hospital in Florida that has an abundance of supernatural activity. It started off badly by being built on a Timucuan Indian burial site. In addition to those ghosts, people have seen objects moving, heard moaning, and smelt sulfur. Where is this, which is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European and African-American origin in America? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Waverly Hills Sanatorium is located outside of Louisville, Kentucky. It opened in 1910 to combat an infectious disease of the lungs. Over 50,000 people died there so it is no surprise ghostly sightings are seen, especially around the Death Tunnel. Eerie sounds of coughing can also be heard. What illness was the source of these deaths? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. There have been more than 100 reports of paranormal activity at Sloss Furnace in Birmingham, Alabama. This includes many sightings of a dead worker from 1906 named "Slag". What did the furnace make that contributed to the deaths and injuries?

Answer: Pig iron

Birmingham, Alabama was known as the "Pittsburgh of the South" as it became a thriving iron and steel city until the 1960s. One of the largest blast furnaces, making pig iron, was called Sloss Furnace. In 1906, as the temperatures inside reached close to 120 degrees, a worker nicknamed "Slag" Wormwood got dizzy and lost his footing.

He fell into the molted ore and melted instantly. His ghost, and others who suffered there, have been seen wandering the deserted facilities. Several television shows and documentaries have highlighted this mysterious factory.
2. Many ghostly figures have been seen at the Wren's Nest, a famous home in Atlanta, Georgia. The owner himself, long deceased, has been sighted in his rocking chair. Who is this man who wrote various volumes of Uncle Remus folktales?

Answer: Joel Chandler Harris

Joel Chandler Harris moved into the Victorian home in Atlanta known as the "Wren's Nest" in the 1880s with his wife and nine children, only six whom survived to adulthood. Here he wrote many of his works, including those around Uncle Remus and his stories.

By the early 1900s there were sightings of two young ghostly boys (assumed to be sons of Harris), the author himself, and a former kitchen worker. In 2019, the Southeastern Institute of Paranormal Research conducted a month-long investigation with positive results.
3. A person stopping for food or a beverage at King's Tavern in Natchez, Mississippi, might run across one of several ghosts! There is the crying infant, the vengeful seductress, and a literal skeleton in a closet. There is also an outlaw nicknamed "Little". He is part of a vicious duo from the 1790s that are often considered the first American serial killers. Who are they?

Answer: Harpe brothers

The old inn, located along the Natchez Trail in Mississippi, was built in the 1700s to service flatboat merchants and explorers. The Harpe brothers, who were actually cousins, made their way through the trails and murdered people as they went. The youngest, Wiley "Little" Harpe, was finally caught and hanged near the tavern and his ghost is seen wandering the area.

In 1930, three skeletons were found behind a fireplace. A baby's cries can be heard in the upstairs floors. And a ghost named Madeline, who was a mistress to a tavern owner, is said to perform paranormal antics.

The Travel Channel series "Ghost Adventures" has featured this site in its shows.
4. Pawleys Island in South Carolina is a quaint town on the coast just north of Charleston. At certain times, a ghost called The Gray Man can be seen wandering on the sands. He is warning of an approaching calamity. He should have been seen before Katrina! What kind of natural disaster is he predicting?

Answer: Hurricane

The Gray Man dates back to 1822 when a young man returned from a sea voyage just ahead of a big storm. Anxious to see his sweetheart, he headed out through the beaches and marshes. Unfortunately, the weather caught up to him and he drowned. Over the last 200 years, people still claim to see him right before an approaching hurricane. Once he is spotted, the locals say it is well advised to pack up and head out of town.

These events have been reported in several newspapers and on-line sources.
5. In two days of April, 1862, the Union troops led by U.S. Grant penetrated the interior of the Confederacy. With over 23,000 dead in this Tennessee battle, it is no surprise that it is one of the most haunted American Civil War sites. What was it called?

Answer: Battle of Shiloh

The Battle of Shiloh was a crucial success for the Union troops and helped them to begin a campaign to win control of the Mississippi River. Thousands died on each side during the bloody two day battle on the banks of the Tennessee River. Visitors and park rangers at the National Park site claim they still hear distant gunfire, the beating of drums, cannon shots, and screams. Ghostly apparitions have been sighted at the Bloody Pond, the Peach Orchard, and the Old Shiloh Church.
6. What kid friendly place, located next to Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville, Alabama, is one of the most haunted places in the entire state?

Answer: A playground

Maple Hill Cemetery was founded in 1822 and was the site of many child burials when the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic swept through the area. Years later, a playground was built and soon people began to start reporting mysterious happenings. The area became known as "Dead Children's Playground" where one could, between the hours of 10:00 PM and 3:00 AM, see swings moving by themselves, watch ghostly children, and hear faint laughter.

It is a site seen on programs and often visited by haunted tours of the United States.
7. In New Orleans, Louisiana, there exists the tomb of Marie Laveau. Her ghost has been reported as being seen hovering near the site and many people claim that she still exerts magical influence at times. Of what religion was Marie a key figure?

Answer: Voodoo

Voodoo is a religion that has its roots in Africa and was a powerful force in the 1800s in New Orleans. The core belief is that one God does not interfere in daily life, but spirits may do so. Marie Laveau was born around 1800, the illegitimate daughter of a Creole man and a black/Chocktaw woman. By 1830 she had learned about voodoo from "Doctor John" and begin to dominate the rituals and ceremonies of the city.

After she died in 1881, she was buried in an above-ground crypt and visitors flocked to the site.

It is said that her ghost can be seen there at certain times and that, if one follows specific rituals (e.g. knocking, offering, etc.), she may grant a wish.
8. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina is the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States. When visitors go to this iconic site near the Outer Banks, they often see an animal there and reach toward it....only to see it disappear. What is it that may have used up its nine lives?

Answer: A cat

The lighthouse has black and white candy-cane stripes and its light spans 20 miles into the ocean, protecting ships traversing the Outer Banks. It is the world's tallest brick lighthouse at 208 feet tall. Around 1920, a black and white cat began appearing near the base of the tower.

It would walk up toward tourists and appear to want to rub against their legs. When a person would reach to pet it, the cat would vanish into air. It is believed the cat belonged to a lighthouse keeper from long ago and that it is still protecting the building.
9. There is an old Spanish Military Hospital in Florida that has an abundance of supernatural activity. It started off badly by being built on a Timucuan Indian burial site. In addition to those ghosts, people have seen objects moving, heard moaning, and smelt sulfur. Where is this, which is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European and African-American origin in America?

Answer: St. Augustine

The hospital was originally built as a merchant's home. When the Spanish took the city over in 1784, for the second time, they converted the home into a hospital. From them until 1821, hundreds of sick and injured people were treated at the site. During those years, doctors performed amputations and worked with the victims of the yellow fever epidemics. During renovation of the building, Native American bones were found and it was discovered the hospital was built on a sacred ground. Visitors report seeing ghosts of soldiers, sighting beds moving on their own, and smelling the distinct scent of sulfur.
10. Waverly Hills Sanatorium is located outside of Louisville, Kentucky. It opened in 1910 to combat an infectious disease of the lungs. Over 50,000 people died there so it is no surprise ghostly sightings are seen, especially around the Death Tunnel. Eerie sounds of coughing can also be heard. What illness was the source of these deaths?

Answer: Tuberculosis

The weather of Kentucky in the 1900s was a breeding ground for tuberculosis, which was a disease that consumed lung tissue. The Waverly Hills Sanatorium was built for 50 patients but had to expand to hold 400 beds. Since there was no known cure at the time, people were put outside for "fresh air" even in the coldest winters and sometimes were operated on to collapse lungs. So many people died that a tunnel was made to carry the corpses out so as not be seen by patients and visitors. Television shows, and even a movie, have capitalized on the many sightings of ghostly patients and staff wandering the halls looking for a cure.
Source: Author stephgm67

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