When exploring the most haunted places in Massachusetts, there seems to be a ghost story behind every rock and a haunting in nearly every community. Massachusetts, along with the entire New England corridor, form a hotbed of paranormal activity that can keep many a true ghost hunter busy.
Haunted Places in Massachusetts
The most haunted places in Massachusetts include the following locations.
Salem, Massachusetts (Essex County)
Known for the notorious witch trials of 1692, Salem is visible like the ghosts who reside there in the quiet places throughout the town.
Definitely, you should visit the house where Nathaniel Hawthorne's was born, which was moved to the House of the Seven Gables in 1958. The public is allowed to explore the house Hawthorne lived in, and there is also a haunted inn once owned by a woman who was accused of being a witch.
Danvers, Massachusetts (Essex County)
Danvers was known as Salem Village and was home to many of the accused witches who stood trial in Salem. It is also the home of former Danvers State Hospital. Like most of its kind, Danvers State Hospital was a place for lost souls. It was a progressive institution for its time, but deteriorated from overcrowding in the '30s and '40s. Documented activity includes cold spots, the sound of cries, voices and various ghosts of former patients.
The Danvers hospital grounds are open to the public for tours the second and fourth Tuesday every month from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Lizzie Borden's House (92 Second Street, Fall River, Massachusetts)
Now known as the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, you can rent and sleep in the rooms where Lizzie and the rest of the family slept. The debate rages on as to whom committed the infamous murders, but most agree, this is still an active location.
People have reported seeing a mist-like human figure form above a couch in the area where Andrew Borden took the last nap of his life. Apparitions of Abby Borden and Lizzie have reportedly appeared in the basement and bedrooms in front of startled guests and staff.
The Houghton Mansion (172 Church Street, North Adams, Massachusetts)
The story at this haunted location is about a 1914 car accident, the death of a beloved daughter and that of a devoted father a few days later. Add the tragic suicide of the chauffeur, and you have the sordid tale of the Houghton Mansion. The mansion was the home of wealthy businessperson, Albert Houghton. A pleasure drive resulted in an accident that killed his adult (and youngest) daughter and caused Albert to die a few days later, reportedly of a broken heart. Family servant John Widders was at the wheel and committed suicide later.
Today the three-story mansion is home to the Masons and also serves as the base for the Berkshire Paranormal Group. Activity includes doors opening on their own accord, audible footsteps, overwhelming feelings of sadness and anger, cold spots and EVPs.
The Hoosac Tunnel (North Adams, Massachusetts)
The name 'Hoosac' means 'forbidden' in Native American. This tunnel was the first tunnel of the time to be built using nitroglycerin. Subsequent accidents, deaths, cave ins and fires earned the location its nickname, 'The Bloody Pit'. Over two hundred men died during its construction, and sighs, apparitions, strange lights, sounds and voices have been seen and heard from the 1800s to this day. Be careful - this is still an operating railroad line and tunnel.
Saint Thecla Retreat House, Dudley Road (77 Dudley Rd., Billerica, Massachusetts)
The Retreat House is the private property of the Daughters of St. Paul Convent. Dudley Road in front of the house is a public road and has seen its share of ghostly nuns, strange lights and sounds. It remains a perfect spot for EVP, digital recorder and camera work.
Beckett Land Trust/Historic Quarry (Becket, Massachusetts)
The Beckett Land Trust was a stone quarry from the 1850s through the 1960s. To this day, it looks as though the workers put down their tools and just walked away. There is a reason to be cautious around the abandoned machines and piles of stone. The sounds of working machinery can be heard as well as disembodied voices, and there are cold spots.
Hauntings in Massachusetts
The most haunted place in Massachusetts is actually the 200 square miles of southeastern Massachusetts that form the Bridgewater Triangle.
The triangle encompasses as its points the towns of Abington, Rehoboth and Freetown. Every town in the triangle is a hot spot, the most famous being the Hockomock Swamp in the Freetown Fall River State Forest.
Reports of paranormal activity exist as far back as precolonial times. They include poltergeist activity, balls of fire, Big Foot sightings, ghosts of Indians and soldiers, and reports of UFOs and large birds with ten-foot wingspans.
People investigating the swamp have heard Indian battle cries, drumming and singing. The 'Profile Rock', shaped in the profile of an Indian face, is there and is considered sacred to Native Americans in the area.
UFO reports begin as early as 1710 and continue through actual police reports today. There are also existing and current reports of a Big Foot-like creature. It has also been seen scavenging the gardens of homeowners whose property abut the swap.
The Freetown Fall River State Forest has been home to many cults dedicated to black magic. It has also served as the dumping ground for the bodies of murder victims and mutilated livestock.
Ghost sightings include a hitchhiking ghost with red hair that wonders along Route 44. A ghostly trucker has been seen driving the road in Freetown. People claim to see ghosts of Indians and soldiers in the swamp itself.
The most haunted places in Massachusetts are worth visiting for their spectacular scenery as well as for their ghosts. Your chances of running into something not of this world are practically guaranteed as soon as you cross the state line.