Every state has its share of weird roadside attractions. Massachusetts is no different. When you’re in the mood for the unusual, consider the following options. You’ll be glad you did!
Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast (Fall River)
In August of 1892, Fall River residents Andrew and Abby Borden were found murdered in their home. Their adult daughter Lizzie was accused of the crime but was acquitted after standing trial. The house remained empty for some time after Lizzie moved away. However, it eventually became a Bed and Breakfast catering to tourists looking for a spooky travel destination.
Today, the house has been restored to reflect its appearance around the time of the gruesome murders, along with crime scene photographs on the walls of each room to show how closely everything has been refurbished.
Guests who aren’t frightened away in the night are treated to breakfast in the morning, resembling the very meal the Borden’s ate on the day of their death.
Babson Boulder Trail (Gloucester)
The Babson Boulder Trail is a popular hiking destination with a strange backstory. Originally a community of farmers settled in what was known as Dogtown, away from Gloucester Harbor. The “town” was abandoned in 1812.
Years later, Roger Babson (economist and entrepreneur) paid unemployed stonecutters in the area to carve various inspirational messages such as “never try, never win” on boulders situated in the area where Dogtown stood.
These boulders remain today. What was once a rocky field is now a dense, overgrown forest. Several trails cut through these woods, though the boulders are typically a bit hard to find in the thick trees.
Bancroft Tower (Worcester)
If you’ve always wanted to get a glimpse of a real castle without leaving Massachusetts, Bancroft Tower is probably your best option. Built to honor a local statesman and historian, the two-story building (made with granite and natural stone) resembles a miniature medieval castle.
The inside is off-limits to visitors during the majority of the year. However, the tower is home to a haunted house attraction every Halloween.
These are just three of many weird roadside attractions located in Massachusetts. The next time you’re in search of something different to do, why not consider a visit?