Galveston Island’s ghostly history makes it one of the top destinations in the country for spooky travel, from a haunted historic hotel to the island’s storied harbor, cemeteries and Victorian mansions. Here, visitors can get spooked by the numerous ghost stories that stem from the country’s deadliest natural disaster and other tragedies.
Galveston has many sites that are considered haunted, including an 1867 building that served as a morgue after the 1900 Storm – still the deadliest storm in U.S. history having killed an estimated 8,000 Galveston residents. The building now houses Haunted Mayfield Manor – a year-round haunted house attraction in downtown Galveston. The haunted house embraces the spooky history of the building’s past while providing guests with a psychologically thrilling experience.
Also embracing its reported haunting is Hotel Galvez, which has been featured on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Stories and on the Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab for its paranormal significance. The hotel, which offers year-round audio ghost tours and special tours during October, is said to be haunted by a “Ghost Bride” who reportedly has been seen in room 501 and in the hotel’s west turret. Legend has it that the bride hung herself in the west turret during the mid-1900s after hearing reports that her fiancé had died at sea. Tragically, her fiancé eventually returned to the hotel looking forward to a marriage that would never be.
The Galveston Historical Foundation, which manages many of the island’s well-preserved historical sites and Victorian mansions, also offers ghost tours throughout October. Many of the island’s historic places have ghost stories attached to them as Galveston has been home to epidemics of disease, war, fires, storms and many merciless pirates, including the infamous Jean Laffite whose lavish and lawless den of thieves was the island’s first European settlement.
Galveston is also home to the nationally recognized paranormal expert Dash Beardsley, who offers ghost tours in the island’s cemeteries, downtown district and other parts of the island year round.
From the Blogs
Battle of Galveston Part 1, The Cannon Balls - E3
Published: Wednesday, July 04, 2018
On January 1, 1863, the Civil War battle known as the Battle of Galveston began. Lee and George visit the site of the battle and see cannon ball damage on a downtown building. Read more.
July 2018 - Galveston's July 1987 Recall Vote
Published: Tuesday, July 03, 2018
During the month of July, Rosenberg Library is exhibiting two political signs from the recall vote which took place in Galveston in July 1987. Read more.
Five Women. One Saturday.
Published: Monday, July 02, 2018
What do you do when five women show up at your house in Galveston? Read more.
The Panoramic Sketch - E2
Published: Friday, June 29, 2018
In this episode we see a sketch drawn in 1855 of the harbor and downtown. The story takes us to Pier 21 and The Tremont House. Read more.
The Wooden Paver - E1
Published: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
In this episode, Rosenberg Library's Museum Curator, Eleanor Barton, shows a wooden paver that was used to pave Market Street in the 1800s. Read more.
June 2018 - June P. Ross Community Leader Items Displayed
Published: Thursday, June 07, 2018
During the month of June, Rosenberg Library will exhibit a beautiful, hand-carved mother-of-pearl rosary which was presented to Galveston resident Fides Senechal Boening Read more.
The Galveston Island Bucket List
Published: Wednesday, June 06, 2018
There is so much you need to do in your lifetime on the island! Here's the ultimate Galveston bucket list: 50 things you need to do before you kick the bucket. Read more.
7 Surprising Things to Do In Galveston This Summer
Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
There is far more to do in Galveston this summer than hitting the beach, check it out! Read more.
Don't Forget Postoffice!
Published: Thursday, May 10, 2018
The quarter-mile strip of Postoffice Street between 23rd & 20th St. has dozens of great shops, top-notch coffee, ice cream and more! Read more.
Free Summertime Activities in Galveston
Published: Monday, May 07, 2018
Looking to enjoy island time without spending a pretty penny? This guide to free summertime activities is perfect for you! Read more.