St. Mary’s College

 St. Mary’s College-AKA Hell House

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Here’s a road trip adventure for you but, leave the kids at home for this one! Not for the faint of heart, St. Mary’s College, also know as Hell House is repudiated to be haunted based on the evil deeds committed by a priest who murdered five female students. The story is that he hung them all over a pentagram on the first floor of the dwelling and then took his own life. The dwelling can be seen from the winding River Road and then one is taken to the overgrown stairs that lead one directly to Hell House.


Strange Formation


Originally intended to be a tavern, Hell House became a Redemptorist seminary called  Mount Clement which later became St. Mary’s College. Built back in the 1800’s and  located in Ilchester, Maryland, it is isolated and completely surrounded by woods. The stone house and land were sold to the Redemptorists for $15,000 by a Mr. George Ellicott Jr. in 1866. The intent was to  provide services for Catholics in the surrounding communities. The first services were held in 1866 and the seminary itself opening in 1868. In 1997 a fire, caused by vandals, destroyed the former church and school. It currently sits in ruins.


A Burning


There have been a number reports of paranormal activity over the years which includes:

  • cold spots at the top of the stairs
  • screams of the murdered girls
  • feelings of being followed
  • uncontrollable need to cry
  • feelings of dizziness


Due to the dilapidated condition of Hell House, visiting is discouraged and the property is now privately owned. It is important to pay attention to any warning signs located on the premises. Walls are deteriorated and some people have been injured walking the site. There is a hiking trail in the area that allows for a full view of the dwelling and surrounding areas. Here is a video that includes Hell House. There certainly are many haunted places to road trip to in Maryland. Other locations include:

Fort McHenry-Baltimore

2400 E Fort Ave
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Hours: Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Antietam Battlefield

Visitor Center
5831 Dunker Church Road
Sharpsburg, Md. 21782
(301) 432-5124

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd’s House

3725 Doctor Samuel Mudd Road
Waldorf, Md. 20601
(301) 645-6870

Maryland State House – Annapolis

Visitor Center located on 1st Floor – Archives Room
State Circle
Annapolis, Md.
(410) 974-3400

Jonathan Hager House

110 Key Street
Hagerstown, Md. 21740
(301) 739-8393

Bachelor’s Point – Denton

Wharves at Choptank Crossing
10219 River Landing Road
Denton, Md. 21629
(410) 479-0655
Hours: Any time

St. Paul’s Cemetery – Chestertown

7579 Sandy Bottom Rd.
Chestertown, Md. 21620
(410) 778-1540
Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Baltimore County Almshouse

Baltimore County Historical Society
9811 Van Buren Lane
Cockeysville, Md. 21030
(410) 666-1878

Fort McHenry-Baltimore

2400 E Fort Ave
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Hours: Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment below!


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  1. Rob

    Cool information. I love the paranormal.

    1. Donna

      Thank you!

  2. Rob

    Just went there and it is really spookey. The history is chilling. I really like your website because it feels like you are right here with us.

    1. Donna

      Hi Rob…I am so happy you enjoy the site. I appreciate your comments!


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