Do you believe in ghosts?
There are so many scary happenings and unexplained phenomena to at least not let you appreciate the mystery of the paranormal, especially at this time of year. Even if you don’t believe in the supernatural, stories of haunted places can pique people’s interest, although debunking isn’t always as fun as things that simply lack explanation.
New England, with its long history and connection to the witch trials of the 1690s, is full of places believed to be haunted, including these places in Massachusetts. Read about these macabre properties and decide for yourself:
The oldest part of this historic property dates back to 1716, but activities half a century later are what many believe have caused some guests to permanently check into this inn, never to leave. Located near the famous “shot heard” around the world “, wounded patriots were taken to the inn, which at the time belonged to Doctor Timothy Minot. He used one room as a hospital and another, room 24, as an operating room.
It was the experiences in this room that solidified beliefs that the inn is haunted, first documented in writing by a visitor who stayed in the room during her honeymoon in 1966 and said she saw a “figure greyish” at his bedside. Other paranormal figures and phenomena have been reported at the site, including the specter of former resident Henry David Thoreau.
Seth Jacobson of Wicked Local wrote about the Bridgewater Triangle last month, where he quoted a summary from the Bridgewater Public Library:
“The Bridgewater Triangle is an area of approximately 200 square miles in the greater Bridgewater area, claiming to be a site of suspected paranormal phenomena, ranging from UFOs to poltergeists, various bigfoot sightings, giant snakes and Thunderbirds.”
The region, named by New England-based cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, includes parts of many towns, including Brockton, Whitman, West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Bridgewater, Middleboro, Dighton, Berkley, Raynham, Norton, Easton, Lakeville, Seekonk, and Taunton.
Jenny Lind Tower, Truro North
This seemingly out of place landmark is a medieval battle tower on the Outer Cape. The Jenny Lind Tower is said to house the benevolent ghost of the woman whose name it bears. Although her connection with Lind, a famous Swedish soprano, probably ends in her performing at the Fitchburg Railroad Depot in Boston of which the tower was originally a part, a myth of her performance of the tower at an overflowing, overflowing crowd below was bolstered by its promoter, none other than PT Barnum.
The tower was moved to North Truro in 1927 following a fire at the railway depot; it is said that the ghost of Jenny Lind can be heard singing from the tower, possibly in an effort to scare away the angry ghost of Goody Hallett, the “Witch of Wellfleet” – the mistress of pirate Black Sam Bellamy, including Wydah Galley sank Cape Cod.
Designed and built in 1902 by legendary American author Edith Wharton, who wrote several ghost stories throughout her career, this National Historic Landmark offers ghost tours July through October to explore the property’s paranormal history.
Mysterious noises and ghostly figures in Wharton-era attire have been reported since 1942, when the property was used as a dormitory for the Foxhollow School for Girls. SyFy’s TV show “Ghost Hunters” aired episodes on The Mount in 2009 and 2015, in which they also reported signs of paranormal activity.
Featured in both Syfy’s “Ghost Hunters” and Travel Channel’s “Most Terrifying Places in America”, the USS Salem was the last heavy cruiser to enter service, in 1949, and the only one remaining. The ship was decommissioned in 1959 and is now a museum ship, but even its short lifespan was enough to convince some that ghosts still inhabit it.
In addition to the souls of sailors who never left the ship, the ghosts reported on board include victims of civilians who died on board when the Salem was used as a hospital ship in the Ionian Sea after earthquakes in Greece on the 1st. summer of 1953.
Construction of this tunnel in the mid-1800s through the mountains of western Massachusetts claimed the lives of nearly 200 workers, including the deaths of 13 people in one day, earning it the nickname of “Bloody Pit”. The railroad tunnel, which is still in active use, stretches nearly five miles from Florida City at its eastern end to North Adams in the west. The dangerous technology of the time and the inherent risks of drilling a hole in a mountain were responsible for most of these deaths, and some insist that the ghosts of these souls linger.
According to legend, one of the workers killed during the construction of the tunnel, Ringo Kelley, initiated the combustion of explosive nitroglycerine before his two colleagues were beyond the range of the explosion. Kelley himself was found dead 10 years later, apparently killed by strangulation – possibly by the ghosts of his colleagues in retaliation for killing them.