Little Rock has lots to offer when it comes to historical attractions, museums, parks, and opportunities for outdoor adventure nearby, but it’s also a place that’s said to have a number of haunted locations.
If you’re interested in checking out the most allegedly haunted spots in Arkansas’ capital city while you’re here on business, touring the Little Rock houses for sale, or as a tourist, you’ll definitely want to put these places on your list.
Arkansas State Capitol
While most state capitol buildings have a long history with plenty of interesting happenings over the years, Arkansas’ is rather unique, built on the grounds of the former Arkansas State Penitentiary.
When the foundation was excavated around the turn of the 20th century, some long forgotten wooden coffins were unearthed, partially rotted away to reveal the contents: remains of criminals from the state’s past. With so much tragedy here it’s not surprising that some strange incidents have been reported, such as disembodied voices heard coming from the basement.
Many years after the construction of the capitol building in 1932, the south elevator in the crushed Representative Ira Gurley and that same elevator occasionally rises up and down on its own.
The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History
Located in MacArthur Park, the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History was once the Little Rock Arsenal Building and it seems to have plenty of tales to tell.
It’s one of the city’s oldest surviving buildings, constructed in 1836 by the federal government as an outpost in what was then an undeveloped wilderness area. During the Civil War, it was occupied by Confederate Troops.
Today it’s considered to be one of the most famously haunted buildings in the state, with museum workers reporting everything from music playing and phantom touches when no other person is in the room to apparitions of Civil War soldiers and Victorian women.
North Little Rock Heritage Center
The North Little Rock Heritage Center was constructed in 1895, serving many different purposes throughout the decades, originally as Little Rock Fire Station Number 6.
In 1904, it was expanded and transformed into a hub for city business which included a police station with a small jail and the City Hall, in addition to housing the main fire station. In 1962, the fire station was shuttered and eventually it all fell into disrepair, but some 40 years later it was remodeled, used to house a library and offices for the North Little Rock History Commission.
Soon afterward, employees started experiencing all sorts of bizarre happenings, like objects being moved around, phantom smells, and the sounds of an angry crowd when the building was empty and locked up that are believed to be connected to a lynching.
Little Rock Visitor’s Center at Curran Hall
Curran Hall was built in 1842 as a luxurious home by Colonel Ebenezer Walters for his wife Mary. Unfortunately, she passed away just before they were about to move in and it was sold to James Curran, a lawyer, not long after.
A number of prominent people lived here over the following 175 years, and in 2022 it was restored and reopened as the visitor center of Little Rock.
Ever since, both visitors and staff have reported strange occurrences such as being touched by unseen hands when touring the home, lights turning on and off, objects moving on their own, and other unexplained events.
Hornibrook House/ The Empress of Little Rock
A wealthy saloonkeeper by the name of James H. Hornibrook originally built this home in 1888. It was considered the state’s most extravagant at the time and remains one of the finest examples of ornate Victorian architecture.
Today it’s known as The Empress of Little Rock and serves as a luxurious bed and breakfast. Numerous paranormal encounters have been witnessed, including apparitions in period dress floating down the stairs.