Oct 052015


If you’re a regular around here, you know that I am fascinated by all things spooky and haunted.  In addition to going on ghost tours on a semi-regular basis, I drag my poor husband to as many reportedly haunted locations all over New England. Today, I am going to tell you a little bit about eight of the spookiest places right here in Massachusetts!  I’ve visited four out of the eight and only had an experience at one of them – the Lizzie Borden House, if you can call it that.  No, I didn’t see a ghost, but all my batteries (phone, camera) that were fully charged drained as soon as I entered the house.  I can’t wait to check out the other four.

1. Old Yarmouth Inn, Yarmouth Port, Mass
The Old Yarmouth Inn was established in 1696, making it the oldest Inn on Cape Cod. It stands to reason, then, that there are a few ghosts here. The ghosts are not mean or scary, though; they seem to have a sense of humor and actually enjoy being irritating to the guests. Since the Inn also served as a post on the underground railroad, one of the ghosts may be a woman who visited the Inn in that manner. The other is a benevolent spirit of a grandfatherly old man.

2. USS Salem, Quincy, Mass 
This gunship was built in 1947 and commissioned in 1949. Her guns were never fired in anger, but she did serve as a flagship for other U.S. ships in the Mediterranean during WWII. It has since been turned into a museum to the industry of shipbuilding and the wonderful marvel of this type of ship. Although this ship was never fired upon, it does seem to have its fair share of ghosts. They are seen roaming the decks going about their work, as if it’s just another day.

3. Fort Revere, Hull, Mass
This spot was key in protecting the Boston Harbor during the Revolutionary War. There are still remnants of the original fort here, along with a water tower and museum. Noises and whispers are heard throughout the fort. There are also unexplained shadows and one doorway where if an object is tossed toward the doorway it seems to be thrown back at you. The steps leading up to the fort are also a little scary since they are placed at alternating angles, making it hard to walk up and down.

4. Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, Sudbury, Mass
This hotel remains largely unchanged from how it looked when it was first started in 1707. This home became a meeting place for the militia during the Revolutionary War. There are multiple ghosts that also reside here. One is the wife of a former owner who still moves through the rooms that she occupied while alive, what is now Room 9 of the Inn. Men have reported that this ghost can get a little flirty at times and they have been caressed or they feel like someone has kissed their cheek. She also plays waltzes on the piano when the Inn is empty and quiet.

5. Lizzie Borden House, Fall River, Mass 
The unhappy home life of the Borden’s is well know, probably owing to the rhyme about Lizzie and her alleged ax murder of her step-mother and father. The guilt of Lizzie Borden remains in doubt to this day even though she was acquitted in court. Too bad there wasn’t real crime scene investigation in those days so we will never really know. The ghosts of the entire Borden family still wander the home from time to time – Andrew Borden going about his business, Abby Borden making her happy home that didn’t exist in life, Lizzie Borden searching about the basement as if making sure she got rid of all the evidence, Maggie Sullivan, the Borden maid, still trying to tell what actually happened.

6. Knox Trail Inn, East Otis, Mass
The restaurant at this hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of a Revolutionary War soldier. This young man pulls at your clothes and messes with lights. He will disappear if you try to make contact with him. The spirit is benevolent but seems to be destined to wander here forever.

7. Omni Parker House Hotel, Boston, Mass
This hotel complex is haunted by the ghost of Harvey Parker himself. Mr. Parker was a perfectionist who attended to almost every detail of the working of the hotel. It makes sense, then, that his spirit would still be attending to those needs. The elevator seems also to always stop at the 3rd floor without a guest waiting or the buttons being pushed. Lots of noises have been heard as well – one is reportedly someone rocking in a rocking chair, but there are no such chairs in the hotel. Bright orbs of light have been seen traversing the hallways, especially on the 10th floor.

8. Joshua Ward House, Salem, Mass 
This home was built as a private home for a sea captain, Joshua Ward. It later became a hotel and now houses businesses, including a book company. This home was built on the site of an old jail, where the sheriff had taken it upon himself to commit many bad acts toward his prisoners. Many of the hangings that occurred during the Salem Witch Trials occurred here. Because of their vicious deaths, these ghosts aren’t particularly happy either. One picture taken shows a scowling image in the background. The sheriff is also said to haunt his former jail, even attempting to strangle some people to regain his control.

Have you ever visited any of these locations?  If so, did you encounter any spirits while you were there?

  119 Responses to “8 of the Spookiest Places in Massachusetts”

  1. What a great list and if I am ever up your way will have to keep these in mind now 😉

  2. I am ashamed to say I haven’t been to one of these places. Great list! If I had to choose one to visit, I would hit the Lizzie Borden house. I did see that special on Ghost Hunters. Pretty spooky! Crazy that your batteries drained! 🙂

  3. Nope. I haven’t visited any of these places and quite honestly I don’t think I will lol. Although, it does intrigue me.

  4. You have had a lot of fun lately experience scaring your family! Good for you! I watch the Lizzie borden show so I would want to go there first I wouldn’t bring Bella but it sure would be fun to scare the boys lol

  5. I am so feeling the spook this October. I wish I lived closer as we would totally tour these spooky places!

  6. Oh man, my daughter would drag me to each an every one of these. It would be cool learning about the history of each place though!

  7. That would be fun to go there. I’d think 5. Lizzie Borden House, Fall River, Mass would be scary for sure. I remember hearing stories about her.

  8. What a cool list! I am bookmarking this for sure–as a Boston resident, I need to experience these in person!

  9. I love horror stories and movies so really like your spooky posts. Very interesting trivia. Keep them coming! 😉

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  10. I have a niece in Boston. I need to share this with her as something fun to check out this Halloween season.

  11. These are great! I love to read about spooky places, and visit them. This summer we visited Eastern State Penn. and it was amazing! such a great place to visit.

  12. these are some awesome spooky places. I want to explore Lizzie’s house for sure.

  13. I’m such a baby! I can’t do haunted things at all – not even scary movies.

  14. This is a great list. I am not sure if I can do this, but my husband would totally love to experience haunted house tours.

  15. I love spooky things. Halloween festivities are fun, and these look like great places to go. I wish we lived a lot closer to Massachusetts.

  16. I’ll be honest – I’m not too crazy about over the top scary but a few of these places really intrigue me! They look like tons of fun!

  17. I have been to Boston several times but no not into visiting spooky houses.

  18. Those all sound like so much fun to visit, especially during Halloween season.

  19. None of these places seem to be right by me, but that makes for a fun road trip! I’ve never been to Salem, but I always wanted to visit.

  20. Having never been to MA I can’t say that I have been to any but maybe one day when I visit.

  21. I’ve never been to MA. My husband would be interested in visiting these spooky places.

  22. Fascinating and scary list. And may I mention, you have great courage!

  23. OMGOSH MA is FULL of spooky places! no wonder, it’s entrenched in such history! If I ever make it out that way, my curiosity will get me for sure!

  24. Those sound like great places to visit. I might have to make a Halloween trip to Massachusetts next year.

  25. They all sound like spooky places to visit. I would love to make a trip to Massachusetts and check couple of them out.

  26. Oh, the Lizzie Borden House sounds very interesting! I haven’t been to any of these places but I love all things paranormal so I would love to check them all out.

  27. Oo I love haunted places! I would love to go on a tour of each house. They are so fun

  28. These sound great! This is the kind of thing I love to do when Halloween rolls around.

  29. Oh they do sound spooky! I would be too chicken to visit them, you are brave!

  30. I love spooky haunted places at Halloween time!! This is my favorite time of the year and I love being scared!

  31. We have got to take my kids to see some of these places. Massachusetts isn’t THAT far from Rhode Island. =D

  32. I have always wanted to go to the Lizzie Borden house. I heard you can rent the room for the night!

  33. After seeing the Lizzie Borden show on Lifetime, I would love to visit her home. I love spooky stuff, although I will admit when some things happen as far as hauntings, it’s pretty scary.

  34. If I ever make it to Massachusetts, I want to visit each of these places. I love touring Georgia and visiting all of the so called haunted houses and spooky places. The kids think it’s cool and I just enjoy the stories behind the spooky or haunted places.

  35. I am too chicken to go into any place like these! I have a friend that loves them. If she ever goes out that way I will tell her to check this post for some great places.

  36. I have heard of several of these places! I need to make it a point to get up to Massachusetts and check them out.

  37. I once stayed at that hotel in Boston that was once a jail. I swear that place was haunted.

  38. I am not crazy about spooky things but I’d love to visit all 8 of these locations. The Old Yarmouth Inn intrigues me the most because it’s SO old!

  39. I remember the Lizze Borden tale. As a kid that was so scary.

  40. Okay so I say now that I want to visit all these places but I pretty much guarantee if someone offered me the chance to go to any I would chicken out lol!

  41. There are so many wonderful options for enjoying spooky fun times this season. We have a haunted abandoned asylum just down the road that I can’t wait to visit!

  42. I love this list! I went to a few of these when I was in High School but I think we need to revisit! We’re in Western Mass so we may be taking a trip to Fall River and Otis this month. I’m thinking spooky date night!

  43. Never been to any of these but they sound amazing. Will have to make my way up there one day during Halloween time!

  44. Excellent list. I know would enjoy seeing them. I have never been to that part of the United States, but it sounds like it would be fun this time of the year.

  45. What a great list!! Too scary for me but it looks like your family had a great time!!

  46. Memo to self: Don’t read creepy posts in the dark especially during nap time when it’s already quiet because when something falls over (because it always happens) screaming wakes everyone up. LOL!!

  47. I would love to visit any of these places but I think my favorite would be Fort Revere – I want to see if I toss something if it gets tossed back 🙂

  48. Love hearing about haunted places. Think the longfellow’s wayside inn sounds the creepiest on the list. Not sure if I would want a ghost getting that friendly!

  49. Oh my. How fun, I’m not a spooky fan. I get so creeped out easily and then if I’m home alone I start to think of those places and freak myself out even more hahaha! However, thats a lot of haunted or spooky places, eeeek!

  50. I would like to see the LIzzie Borden house, ounds like a great place to get scared.

  51. Haunted houses scare me way too much, it is great though that you have a list for those that really love them:) Happy Halloween

  52. Oh I love this kind of stuff. Especially in the fall… perfect time to explore and find out if we can be witness to something spooky!

  53. The Lizzie Borden house sounds rather spooky poor Lizzie isn’t Halloween such a fantastic time of year?

  54. I have not visited any of these places as I am from Manitoba, Canada, but truthfully I would probably be too scared to visit 😉

  55. I’m a wimp about spooky stuff. I haven’t been to any of these places. I love the stories, but don’t want to see them for myself!

  56. These spots look cool. I have plenty of ghosts & goblins at my own house though…lol.

  57. All of these places sound so super awesome! Visiting the Lizzie Borden house is definitely on my bucket list.

  58. I have never been to these places but would love to. This would be a fun trip, well for me anyway.

  59. I would love to visit the Bodren House one day.. the story is quite fascinating ( weird I know ) Will the Haunted House Tour continue to another city?

  60. I want to visit every single one of these! I love anything haunted or spiritual!

  61. Oh what fun. I have always wanted to go to Lizzie Boden’s house. I love hearing about old haunts like these. Thanks for sharing.

  62. Don’t laugh, but I lived in a haunted house for 17 years. I LOVED it! We named the Ghose Henrietta and she often came by, but she was NEVER around in October (figure she was out partying with her friends!). First met her one night when she played the piano (and I was able to play what I had heard). Then she hung out in the kitchen and played with the pots and pans. She lived with us as long as we had the house (and neighbors confirmed that the previous owner had said the house was haunted!). I loved scaring Lauren’s classmates with stories of the ghost living in the walls of the house!

  63. Id love to visit places like these. Thank you for sharing.

  64. The Lizzie Borden house sounds really scary! I would like to go there the most.

  65. I’m going to have to share this with my daughter in Boston. I think she’d love visiting these places!

  66. I am going to have to take a road trip and visit some of these places. They sound super interesting!

  67. What a great list!! I haven’t been to a haunted place in years sounds like fun!

  68. The naval boat is super creepy! The ghosts walking around?!? Eek!

  69. I am so not into being scared. I would have been creeped out by the devices losing their charge.

  70. World’s biggest fraidy cat here – I am going to be happy with hearing and seeing all about these places from a distance LOL

  71. We live in SoCal and there are a lot of spooky places to visit, but I’m too chicken…lol.

  72. I’m a baby. I can’t to the haunted houses. This is a great list for the brave ones.

  73. What a great list of pace to visit. this is the kind of activity that i like it looks there is a lot of fun.

  74. Ah, I bet that whole state is haunted! I want to visit them all!

  75. I have never been to any of these places. I love going to haunted houses. I would love to do all of these.

  76. I am hoping to be in Massachusetts in the next few months. These would all be fun to go to. My family would love it.

  77. You always have the best lists. If you say these are spooky, I believe you!

  78. I have never been there, looks really fun. This is the place that I want this coming halloween.

  79. I’ve never been to any of those locations, but a few catch my interest. The men better watch out for those flirty girl ghosts!

  80. This is a really cool list. I hope to get to Massachusetts to check them all out one day soon!

  81. I bet those are some great places to visit! I think I would be too big of a chicken to go to some of them!

  82. I am sorry but I am not interested to go to these places. Just the sight of them would freak me out! I think my kids would enjoy this, but I am not that brave. I don’t want to disturb the ghosts, and I don’t ever want them to disturb me!

  83. My family would love to go to any of these places. I am a big chicken so i would probably chicken out when we got there.

  84. It would be fun to have a haunted Halloween road trip. Hit up a ton of spooky sites and haunted houses.

  85. There’s so many great Halloween places to visit if you just take a look around!

  86. I think it would be a nice halloween trip! Sounds fun and very adventurous

  87. I have heard of a couple of these. I think it’s spooktacular that you put the list together, just in time for Halloween. 🙂

  88. This is a great list. I know some people that love spooky and I bet they will want to visit every place you mentioned!

  89. This is a very interesting list of haunted places to be explored.

  90. Just reading about them makes me feel scared! What more if I’m actually in the site/house. I might have a heart attack!

  91. I have not ever visited any of these places but I think they would all be awesome!

  92. Wow, you really went all out with this….great post

  93. What a cool post! I’m usually not into spooky places, as I get really scared. Gosh, just by reading your post I am feeling spooked!

  94. I’m actually surprised none of the old Boston cemeteries made it on this list. I’ll have to tell my relatives who live in Mass

  95. What a fun list of places to visit, and perfect for Halloween!

  96. I always love a good scare during Halloween time. If I could just visit one of these places I would be happy lol.

  97. Love the haunted atmosphere… I knew of a couple of these. Knox Trail is a new one. Had never heard of it I guess. I need a trip!!!

  98. So spooky! This time of the year is so much fun.

  99. Eeeek this sounds scary! I’m not sure if I would want to visit. I’m such a scary cat.

  100. Went to Salem last year at this time but didn’t go to the Ward house. Really want to go back to see a number of things. So want to go to the Borden house too. Hopefully soon!

  101. I don’t know why but I think of Massachusetts as being the mosted haunted state of all. Maybe because it’s so old?

  102. Sign me up! I’d love to see some of these spots in person. SO SCARY!

  103. I stayed at a hotel in Santa Fe NM that was supposed to be haunted, but there wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. shoot!

  104. Never been to any of these places, but sounds fun.

  105. I would love to go to the Lizzie Borden house. That is a story that has fascinated me since I was a kid!

  106. I love stuff like this. I wanna go to all of them!

  107. I have always wanted to visit Massachusetts for the history. Haunted houses has always been something that interested me. This sounds like a great list and thanks for sharing it.

  108. I’m so bad about spooky places! I have a lot of friends who love haunted houses and such but I just can’t handle them. lol

  109. Oh my gosh! The Lizzie B house sounds totally terrifying!!

  110. As much as I love scary things, I’ve never actually been to a spooky place. I’ll have to check some of these out.

  111. I cannot do a haunted house. They are just too terrifying! Fun collection of places to go though for those who love this kind of terror. 😉

  112. Hehehe after reading all the comments I feel like I’m one of the only ones who think haunted places are fun! They are scary but idk…. I love hearing the stories behind why places are haunted!

  113. This is such a fun and spooky list. I am a total wimp when it comes to spooky places. LOL Thanks for sharing.