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
Enjoy Island History on a Budget This Summer
Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Wanna learn how to get the best bang for your buck this summer when touring Galveston's historic attractions? Here's how... Read more.
May 2019 - The Galveston Municipal Flag
Published: Friday, May 03, 2019
During the month of May, Rosenberg Library will exhibit items related to a city-wide flag design competition held in the spring of 1916. Read more.
Galveston Island Events April thru May 2019
Published: Monday, March 11, 2019
With all of the festivals and events that take place in Galveston, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up! Here's a list of events taking place in the next few months: Read more.
Tuesday Night Love Letters Will Warm Your Heart
Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Hot off the press and hand-delivered by Santa’s elves, this latest book by Galveston authors Gini Brown and Leslie Watts, is guaranteed to add a sleigh full of delight to the holiday season. Read more.
Power Grids Are a Powerful Thing
Published: Friday, November 02, 2018
Find out about the new power grid downtown that has eliminated the need for noisy generators at the Lone Star Rally. Read more.
November 2018 - The D.A.R. in Galveston
Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
During the month of November, Rosenberg Library will exhibit items related to the George Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution from its permanent collection as well as items on loan from the chapter itself. Read more.
The Mitchell Family Continues Legacy of Preservation
Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Mitchell Historic Properties recently finished painting the exterior of the Dargan and Tobyn building and it looks beautiful! Read more.
The Gun Battery
Published: Monday, October 08, 2018
In Episode Six of Artifacts. Stories., we meet George Osbourn at Fort San Jacinto for a tour of what is left of a concrete gun battery built to protect the city and harbor and to secure the entrance of Galveston Bay. Read more.
October 2018 - The Beach Hotel
Published: Monday, October 01, 2018
During the month of October, Rosenberg Library will exhibit items related to the Beach Hotel, Galveston’s first oceanfront resort property. Opened in 1883, the impressive structure operated for just fifteen years before it burned to the ground in 1898. Read more.
Galveston Photography, 1860-1890
Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Rosenberg Library announced its newest exhibit: Galveston Photography, 1860-1890. The exhibit will include the earliest known photographs of downtown Galveston which were taken by Sache & Potter Studio in 1861, just before the Civil War. Read more.