Haunted Legends of Arkansas: Thirteen Historic Sites in the (Super)Natural State
About the Author

Layne Livingston Anderson was born in Memphis and lived in New Orleans and Atlanta before her family settled in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She developed a love of travel and history at an early age. Although she has traveled across the globe, her adopted home state of Arkansas is among her favorite destinations.

She holds a B.A. from the University of Arkansas with a double major in History and English Literature and a J.D. from the Bowen School of Law in Little Rock By day, she works as a government lawyer. By night, she can be found researching ghost legends or leading guided tours as “Ghostess” of haunted historic sites. A cemetery enthusiast, she counts among her favorites Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh, Highgate Cemetery in north London, and Little Rock’s Mount Holly Cemetery, where she is a “property owner.”

ISBN 978-0-9905971-0-0 $ 14.95

Named an Arkansas Gem by the Arkansas Center for the Book
120 pages ● 5.5 x 8.5”
Interest Level: Grades 7-12 (ages 12+)
Reading Level: Grades 10-12 (ages 15+)
Lexile Level: 1270L
ATOS Reading Level 10.4
ATOS Interest Level: UG
BISAC Subjects: JNF025180; OCC023000; HIS036120

In these thirteen tales, Layne Livingston Anderson takes the reader on a guided tour of historical sites in Arkansas, focusing on legends passed down through the oral tradition. From the Old Confederate Cemetery in Helena to the Crescent Hotel in the Ozark Mountains—and eleven curious sites in between—Anderson relates the history of Arkansas as you've never heard it before. Creeping tombstones, levitating barware, a disobedient elevator, and a riderless tricycle—they’re all here, along with other accounts of mysterious occurrences. Funny and scary, these tales are surefire entertainment for sleepovers, lock-ins, summer camp, and Halloween events.

Sites include:

  • The Arkansas State Capitol (Little Rock)
  • The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (Eureka Springs)
  • Fort Chaffee Training Camp (Fort Smith)
  • Keller’s Chapel and Cemetery (Jonesboro)
  • Historic Powhatan Courthouse (Powhatan, Lawrence County)
  • The Allen House (Monticello)
  • Fort Smith Courthouse (Fort Smith)
  • Natural Steps (Roland)
  • Argenta Historic District (North Little Rock)
  • Old Confederate Cemetery (Helena–West Helena)
  • Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park (Scott)
  • The Hornibrook House/Empress Bed & Breakfast (Little Rock)
  • Mount Holly Cemetery (Little Rock)