Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Ghosts of Christmas Past

Charity Hospital’s Mysterious Light

Written by: Sean L.

There’ll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There’ll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago.

It’s supposed to be a happy song. But for some reason, those last few lines of Andy Williams’ Christmas classic have always stuck with me. They may be just lyrics, but this past holiday featured one real life ghost story in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. This last week, residents from around the city began to take notice of a strange light coming from the empty windows of the abandoned Charity Hospital. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the once lively Charity Hospital was closed for good. She sustained heavy flood damage during the storm, and will more than likely never recover. There has been strong support to revive the abandoned hospital, but no success has yet to be found. The buildings lie on the campus of the Tulane University School of Medicine, and are heavily guarded.

But a few days ago, what appears to be a small illuminated Christmas tree now stands in one of the hospitals empty windows.


Though the hospital now sits dark and empty, an eery glimmer of light still shines. For more information, please visit –


Riddley (s) copy

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone here at Abandoned Wonders and from Riddley the Hedgehog!

Learn to Forget

Ten Most Haunting Abandoned Artifacts

Written by: Sean L.

Photographs by: Amanda H.

There’s a difference between forgetting and choosing not to remember. Forgetting happens by accident. You keep something in the back of your mind, but over time it becomes dusty and slowly deteriorates. And over time, it eventually decays completely. Choosing not to remember is deliberately trying to remove something from your memory. But unfortunately, some things cannot be forgotten. Some hurts go too deep, and no matter how hard you try, they will always be there. There is no learning to forget. We’ve explored countless abandoned places over the years. Some can be fascinating, others can be frightening. But one thing they all seem to have in common is the haunting aura. Some have it stronger than others, but they all have it. What gives them this aura? Is it the mystique of seeing a world that humans have left behind? Is it a glimpse into the past? Or is it the shattering realization of seeing what comes to pass when we’ve gone? Here is a list of our top ten most haunting artifacts.

  1. Baby Stroller: This abandoned stroller lies amongst the ruins of an old rail yard. How it got there and why remains a mystery. 
  2. Mercury Cougar: Though she once ruled road with classic Mercury style and speed, this old car stands as abandoned and trashed as the home of its former owner.
  3. Playground Slide: Once a place of joy and amusement to young patients, this old piece of playground is now at the mercy of the elements as it sits outside an abandoned hospital.
  4. The Moss Shoe: Sitting outside of an abandoned summer camp, this old shoe has been left behind for so long that it has truly become a part of nature.
  5. Stuffed Dog: Perhaps he once a child’s best friend, but now this stuffed animal sadly lies completely abandoned and forgotten outside a derelict home.
  6. Holy Bible: One of the most popular and holy books in the history of mankind, this bible now lies broken and destroyed outside an abandoned motel.
  7. Christmas Tree: The symbol of peace, love, and joy is now nothing more than a forgotten decoration in an abandoned dining hall.
  8. School Bus: It once ferried children to and from school. Now this magic bus lies broken and abandoned in the middle of the woods. 
  9. The Cane: The former walking stick of the former resident of this abandoned house still stands as the world it once knew slowly crumbles around it. 
  10. River Chairs: Standing forever in a flooded river, these two chairs are still haunted by the spirits of those who once enjoyed the sunset from them.