Jul 242017
 

In a city nearly four hundred years old – troubled with war, murderers, strife and the occasional bout of stray molasses, it is hardly any wonder that Boston remains one of the most haunted cities in America and stories of the glory days of Colonial Boston only scratch the surface of Boston’s darker side. Boston has found itself plagued with some of history’s most nefarious figures – The Boston Strangler, Jolly Jane, Dr. John Webster, Cotton Mather, amongst a slew of other assorted characters. If you want to hear all about Boston’s dark history, the Ghost & Gravestones Tour is the place to hear about all of it.

Explore Boston’s most chilling murder sites, haunted places and spend time with the dead on the Ghosts & Gravestones tour.

I took this fun trolley tour in Boston a few years ago with my husband, but I recently had a chance to take it again with him, my sister and brother in law. Our tour guide was Ashton Burns and we really enjoyed the stories that he told us. Ashton was not only just great a storyteller, but he was also well-informed and ready to answer any questions asked of him. There were a few tours out that night and all of the guides are dressed up AND in character! As I mentioned, Ashton was our guide and sadly, all of the pictures I took of him came out blurry, but he was great and really authentic. The other guide out that night was Betty and our group met up with their group in one of the cemeteries we visited. Continue reading »

Apr 122016
 

By now you know that my hubby, Chris, and I have declared 2016 as the year of Robin and Chris. We decided that we were going to make this year all about trying new things and going on as many adventures as possible. The two of us had a lot of fun during the month of March & beginning of April and today I’m going to share some of the highlights.

Chris’s birthday was in January and I got him tickets to see Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage live in Boston.  It was an orchestra that played music from the show while some scenes from Star Trek films and TV footage was simultaneously beamed in high definition to a 40-foot wide screen.

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Oct 182015
 

Top 5 Eastern Connecticut Haunts

Connecticut is one of the most oldest states in our nation.  Being that it’s one of the first states, Connecticut is not only steeped in history, it’s full of things that go bump in the night. Connecticut’s sordid past, centuries-old graveyards, and gorgeous old mansions create the perfect recipe for spirit activity.

If you’re looking for a spine-chilling ghostly experience, eastern Connecticut is the perfect place to learn about the people and places that still haunt us to this day. If you want to experience some paranormal activity, check out these five haunted eastern Connecticut locations for your best chance. Guys, these are not staged haunted venues for Halloween- These are the real deal!

1.  Captain Daniel Packer Inne, Mystic
In 1873, Captain Packer’s 7-year-old niece, Ada Clift, was struck by scarlet fever and died at the Inne.  To this day, it is said that she still haunts the restaurant.  Apparently, according to staff & customers, her favorite place to play is in the stairwell.  She has also been known to befriend young children who are dining at the Inne.   Some employees say that the Captain still roams there as well. Continue reading »

Oct 122015
 

My husband, Christian, and I have been to Mystic, CT numerous times.  In fact, you have probably seen me write about our trips down there a few times in the last year alone. We only live about an hour and fifteen minutes away, so while it’s still relatively close to where we live, it’s just far enough that it makes for a perfect weekend getaway spot.

Last weekend we found ourselves in Mystic yet again and had a chance to go on the Seaside Shadows Haunted Tour one of the nights. If you are a regular around here, you know that I am obsessed with love walking ghost tours.  They combine two of my favorite things in one – history and paranormal activity.  Seriously, as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t get much better than that.

**Disclosure:  My husband and I received complimentary tickets to this tour thanks to my friends at Mystic Country.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way!

As I said, I have been in Mystic many times, but I had no idea that this community had such a dark past.  I loved hearing the spooky stories as we strolled through downtown Mystic by lantern light.

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The tour met on the sidewalk by the Mystic River Park (near the drawbridge). Once the tour started at 7 pm, we all headed over to the Park’s boardwalk to start the tour.  It was there that the tour guide, Courtney McInvale Reardon, told us a little bit about herself.  In addition to being a Connecticut native herself, she is a sensitive and has been connecting with the other side for many years.  She also told us about her experiences growing up in a haunted house which was actually investigated by the famous Warren family. Continue reading »

Oct 112015
 

Ghost Walk Ghost Talk Tour

As you know, my husband and I were recently in Savannah.  We arrived in Savannah in the mid afternoon and were dying to make plans for that night.  We already had a trolley tour booked for 7 pm that first night, but we didn’t want to waste any time in booking a second tour that night.  We love ghost tours and wanted to squeeze in as many as possible.  Once Chris and I were checked into the hotel, we grabbed a bunch of ghost tour fliers and narrowed down the ones we were interested in.

The first one we called was Ghost Talk Ghost Walk.  It was sort of last minute to be making reservations (about 3:30 pm same day), so we were excited when they said that they still had spots open for the 9:30 tour.

Ghost Talk Ghost Walk is a walking ghost tour that explores the legends and haunting tales of Savannah.  As I said, we did a trolley tour earlier that night, so we wanted to make sure that if we were double booking, we did something different.

Jan, or “Wimpy Jan” as she referred to herself was our guide for the night and it was  truly a great experience.  She told us that she had been giving tours for over ten years and she’s not necessarily a believer, but some weird things have been known to happen on her tour.  She was very knowledgeable and she had a great personality.  I think when it comes to a tour like this, the guide’s personality can either make or break the tour and we were in good hands with Jan.

The funny thing is, Chris and I were worried about making last minute reservations for this tour for nothing.  We were the only ones booked for the 9:30 tour that night, so we got a private tour.  Because of that, Jan was able to personalize the tour a bit more around what we wanted to see. Continue reading »

Oct 052015
 

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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. Continue reading »

Sep 272015
 

Oglethorpe Haunted Trolley Tour

The American Institute of Parapsychology has named Savannah “America’s Most Haunted City.”  When night falls, the streets of Savannah most certainly take on a spooky ambiance, which makes it a great time to take a haunted tour like the Oglethorpe Haunted Trolley Tour. They offer day time tours as well, but when the ghosts come out at night, Oglethorpe Tours will take you on a 90 minute tour of some of the Savannah’s most popular haunts.

*Disclosure:  My husband and I received complimentary admission to the trolley tour in exchange for this post about our experience.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

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Chris and I decided to take the Oglethorpe Haunted Trolley Tour when we were in Savannah recently and loved hearing our guide, Debbie, entertain us with tales of ghosts and famed citizens—long dead—who may still be walking Savannah’s streets. She told us verifiable accounts of some of the murders, mysteries, and spirits of the area’s past. Continue reading »

Sep 202015
 

Uncensored Zombie Tour Savannah

I love, love, love going on ghost tours.  I am truly fascinated by the paranormal and I am genuinely interested in learning about history, which makes going on ghost tours so much fun for me because they combine a little bit of both.  While my husband, Christian, and I were in Savannah recently I dragged him on we had the chance to go on a few ghost tours. There are over 35 different ghost tours offered in Savannah and one of the ones we chose was the Uncensored Zombie Tour by Blue Orb Tours.  The Uncensored Zombie Tour is a late night (10 pm), all adult tour which leaves from Chippewa Square next to the Oglethorpe Monument.

**Disclosure:  We received complimentary tickets to take this tour in exchange for this article about our experience.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

Adam was our tour guide for the night and he was a very entertaining and engaging storyteller!  He was very well spoken, provided many historical details and had great images on his iPad to show us of some great photos and videos captured by people on the tour in the past.  We had a fairly large group, but Adam did a great job making sure that we all could hear him & made sure that we all had a chance to see the pictures  & videos on his iPad that went along with the tour. We left Chippewa Square right on time and when the tour first started he said he was doing the tour backwards (just for tonight) to avoid all of the other tours out that night, but I suspect each night is actually the same. Continue reading »

Sep 132015
 

Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour Savannah

My husband, Christian, and I recently got to spend a few days in Savannah, GA.  Over the years we’ve both heard the stories about how Savannah is America’s most haunted city, so we were dying to explore some of the haunted history of the charming southern city during our first visit there.

*Disclosure:  My husband and I received complimentary admission to the trolley tour in exchange for this post about our experience.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

For anyone that’s ever been to the historic part of Savannah, the first thing you’ll probably notice is that there are ghost tours everywhere you look.  While we were down there, someone told us that there were over 35 different tours to choose from.  With that many options, how do you decide which one to do?  For me, the decision was easy – I went with what I knew – the Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour.  Last year for my birthday, Chris took me on the Ghosts & Gravestones Tour here in Boston and we loved it, so when we saw that the same company had tours in Savannah, it was a no-brainer for us.

Let’s just say that we were very happy with our decision. Continue reading »

Aug 162015
 

Touring The Eastern State Penitentiary

The first time I had ever heard of the Eastern State Penitentiary was on an episode of Ghost Adventures a few years ago.  I’m a life-long Boston girl who had never been to Philadelphia before, so I really didn’t know anything about Philly other than the fact that Rocky ran up some stairs there.  But over the past few years I have seen a few other ghost hunting type shows that were filmed there, so when I knew that I was going to be spending a few days in Philly last month, the ESP was on my short list of places to go see.

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Each year approximately 60 paranormal investigation teams explore the site, capturing extensive evidence of ghosts within the penitentiary walls.  There were never any executions carried out at Eastern State, but over the years, the prison was home to its fair share of murders. In addition to many inmates that were killed there, at least two guards were murdered as well. Hundreds of others prisoners died from disease and/or old age. Admittedly, I really, really wanted to have a paranormal experience there the day I visited. Sadly, I didn’t, but touring the grounds was by far the highlight of my two days in Philadelphia. Continue reading »

Jul 272014
 

Haunted Boston

Haunted places from houses to building to cemeteries are a part of our culture. Being in a house and then finding out it is haunted can be a bit unnerving. Have you ever gone in search of haunted places when you are traveling? Boston is one of the oldest cities in the US and has no shortage of haunted places to check out. It doesn’t need to be Halloween to get your scare on. Check out these haunted Boston establishments and let me know if you experience any paranormal activity.

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Out on George’s Island at the entrance to the Boston Harbor is Fort Warren. This granite fort was built in the 1940s and housed the prisoners of war during the Civil War for the Confederate Soldiers. Even back then the island had a history of Union soldiers seeing shadows and they also complained about being watched. One woman, called the Lady in Black, was Mrs. Lanier whose husband was being held prisoner at the fort. She broke in to rescue him and during their escape attempt, her husband was shot accidentally from her own gun when a guard knocked the pistol from her hand. Mrs. Lanier was then hung and buried on George’s Island. She is seen quite often wandering the grounds in those same black robes she wore the night she tried to free her husband. Continue reading »

Jun 072014
 

haunted hotels in california

There are haunted places all over the United States and a few hotels are also known to have spirits hang around a long time after they have left this earth. California hotels are no different! There are haunted hotels in California up and down the coast.

One of the most recognizable haunted hotels is in Berkeley, California. The Claremont Hotel opened up in 1915 on the grounds of an old castle-like home that burned down in 1901. Still to this day guests say they can smell fire smoke in their rooms even if they are staying in any number of the smoke-free rooms. The fourth floor is where most of this hotel’s ghost legend originates. A six-year old girl died there either in the fire or shortly thereafter and has taken up residence in her favorite place, Room 422. Guests have witnessed TVs turning on, lights flickering, and even the sound of a child’s laughter. There is a second ghost that belongs to an older woman and she can be seen walking down the hallways of the fourth floor in vintage garb. Neither ghost has a mean streak but they do enjoy opening up the drawers and seeing what you brought when you are taking a shower! Nosy ghosts! Continue reading »

Jun 062014
 

While we were in San Diego recently, Chris and I decided to go on the San Diego Ghost Tour in Old Town.  Chris’s brother & his family live in the area and they were kind enough to watch the gruesome twosome one of the nights so that Chris and I could go out sans kids.  They did the same thing for us last year and we wanted to go on the ghost tour while we were in  Old Town, but it ended up raining that night, so we never got to go.  This year the weather cooperated and we got to take the tour.

If you don’t know this already, I love ghost tours.  I have been on many of the tours here in New England and when I get the chance to go on one in a different city, I am all over it.

The tour left from Old Town at 9 pm and our first stop  was the El Campo Santo Cemetery.

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Feb 122014
 

Recently, Chris and I took a walk through Burial Hill, which is a historic cemetery in Plymouth, MA.  On Burial Hill. several Mayflower passengers are buried including Governor William Bradford and William & Mary Brewster. Plymouth residents have been burying their dead on Burial Hill since the 1620’s and last burial there took place in 1957.

Burial Hill is actually an amazing place to spend an afternoon.  Despite the fact that it’s a grave yard, some of the old stone are just plain gorgeous -not to mention that the view of Plymouth Harbor from up on the hill are amazing.

This is what the main entrance to the cemetery looks like:

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Sep 172013
 

I get this email from my husband, Chris, about a week ago with “Pub Tour 2012: The Naughty Pilgrims” as the subject line.  First of all I’m thinking to myself “isn’t is 2013?” – but since I am always confused, I double checked the calendar just to be sure.  Sure enough we are in the year 2013 (you know, in case you’re sitting there scratching your head just like I was).

Anyways here is what was in the email:

Pub Tour 2012
The Naughty Pilgrims
Meet Jenney Grist Mill 6 Spring Lane Plymouth
Cost $20

Hear amazing tales of early colonists and their misdeeds. Stop at some unique pubs to learn about the legends they hold. Discover why the John Carver Inn is believed to be haunted. Learn about witchcraft and superstitions in the 17th century.

Pretty cool, right?  If you have been around here long, you know that I love, LOVE haunted ghost tours and have dragged my poor, unsuspecting husband along on dozens of them.  We’ve been on haunted tours in Plymouth, MA (think pilgrims), Boston (actually I went on that one before I met Chris), Salem, MA (think witch trials), Barnstable, MA (Cape Cod) and tours in Providence & Newport, RI a few times each.  The Naughty Pilgrims Pub Tour was being run by Colonial Lantern Tours in Plymouth and since we’ve been on their haunted lantern tour about a dozen times and LOVED it, we thought this one might be kind of fun.  So, I emailed Chris back and told him to reserve our spots because well, who wouldn’t want to hear all about some pilgrim shenanigans.

He replies back with: “Hey, let’s make a night of it and book a room at The John Carver Inn“.  I quickly reminded him that the Inn is haunted and I also reminded him that he is even more of a chicken shit than I am when it comes to these sorts of things.  But he was pretty insistent, and who am I to argue with a night away without the kids?

So Last Wednesday was the day.  We dropped the kids off early, so we ended up arriving at the Inn nice and early.  We checked in and went up to our room.  Normally when Chris and I stay in a hotel and walk into our room and see this, we get all giddy.  Two separate beds are a huge treat, but not on this night. Continue reading »

Sep 092011
 

After the lack of, well, anything paranormal during our tour of the Lizzie Borden House on Sunday, I somehow managed to talk my poor scaredy cat husband into going on a local ghost tour. I love ghost tours because they’re a combination of history and paranormal and he loves….um, well, nothing about them.  He loves history – just not when ghosts are involved.  But despite the fact he is scared to death that he didn’t really want to go, he said yes when I asked him to go.  So, I just left it at that.  Usually I have to drag him, literally, to that sort of stuff.

We debated which tour to go on, but ultimately decided on Newport.  The last time we went on the Newport tour was almost two years ago, which you can read all about here if you like.

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Sep 062011
 

Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks.  And when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.

I have such vivid memories of  jumping rope while singing that song when I was a little girl.  But I digress….

We’ve all heard of Lizzie Borden, right?  She was accused of hacking her father and step-mother to death with an axe, but was acquitted.  No one else was ever arrested or tried for the murders and it remains an unsolved mystery to this day.  Wikipedia has a pretty decent recount of the story if you’re interested in the gory details.

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Jun 132011
 

This past winter my sister had purchased some Groupon tickets for The Colonial Lantern Tour in Plymouth.  She knows how much I love  haunted ghost walking tours and how much I especially love the one in Plymouth,so her and I made plans (with our respective mates) to go on the tour in the spring.  It was challenging coordinating our schedules, but we finally made it happen this past Saturday much to my husbands horror  my delight!

We only live about 15-20 minutes from The John Carver Inn, which is where the tour left from.   Since my kids were off with their dad for the weekend, we sent his son to his grandparent’s house and decided to stay the night down in Plymouth.  We ended up picking the Bayberry Inn Bed & Breakfast, which was right outside the center of town to spend the night at.   The B&B was really nice and once we arrived, we found out that the owners ended up upgrading our room to a suite because the people that were in the room that we originally booked, wanted to say an extra night (the night we booked), so it worked out in our favor.

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Oct 252010
 

This past Friday night, myself, Chris, Chris’s brother and his wife went on the Providence Ghost Tour (Providence, RI for those of you who are not local).   People that read my little old blog regularly know I love this kind of stuff.  I’ve been on the Plymouth, MA tour many times, the Salem, MA (think witch trials) tour, one in Boston and one in Newport, RI last year, so I was super excited to check out the one in Providence since I’d never been.

First off, the highlight of the tour was Sam, our FAB tour guide. He was energetic and made the tour so much fun.  And although we didn’t see much at the time, when I went back to look at the pictures I took, apparently there was some activity around where we were walking.

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Sep 262010
 

This past Friday night, I dragged Chris with me on the Ghost & Legends Tour in Plymouth, MA (think pilgrims).  In my post that day I mentioned that Chris gets super creeped out by this sort of thing, but never the less, he loves me, so he lets me drag him along to these.   The tour group was really small, which made it SOO much better.  I’ve been on tours that have been packed and I’ve had to struggle to hear the guide…and that’s not cool.   The tour on Friday was just myself, Chris & another family (a mom, dad, the nanny, a 9 year old & a 6 year old, who I feel was much too young to be on that type of tour, but that’s just me).

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