Massachusetts is home to many a ghost story and urban legend. For starters, the Salem Witch trials happened there in which many men, women, and children lost their lives due to the superstitions of the scared and ill-informed. So it comes as no surprise to find that Massachusetts has become one of the prime destinations for seekers of urban legends and fanatics of the paranormal.
From haunted houses to mystical beasts, Massachusetts has had its fair share of eerie occurrences for centuries. Here are eleven samples of freaky things to experience while in the area known for things that go bump in the night.
Spider Gate Cemetery
With a name like Spider Gate Cemetery, you would automatically think that something was creepy in the first place, but this cemetery is an actual gateway to Hell. The official name is actually Friends Cemetery located in Leicester, MA. It is said that if you go in a specific gateway, you will find yourself in Demonland. But the fun doesn’t stop there. In the center of the cemetery is where Satanic rituals are performed and it is rumored that a girl was murdered in a nearby cave as well as a possible boy’s suicide at one of the gates.
S.K. Pierce Mansion
Over in Gardner, Ma, This spooky story consists of a Victorian mansion built in 1875. The founder of the S.K. Pierce and Son Chair Co., Sylvester Knowlton Pierce, had many a famous guest including Bette Davis, President Coolidge, P.T. Barnum, and Norman Rockwell. Unfortunately, many tragic events happened there as well. Speculators say possibly brought on by the house itself.
Upon moving into the house, within three weeks, Peirce’s wife fell ill and died. After they sold the house, it became a house of ill repute where a prostitute was murdered and a boy drowned. And in !963 a man spontaneously combusted while staying there. Some say visitors can catch glimpses of the spirits of the prostitute and the boy in the mirror who often make their presence known.
Boston light house
The Hobomock demon inhabits the Boston Light in Cohasset, MA. according to the Quonahassitis tribe. The rocks along the shore were causing quite a few shipwrecks, hence the erection of the lighthouse to begin with. However, Some say that in addition to the demon, the house is haunted with the souls of former light keepers.
The first light keeper drowned after only a few months of service and the second, Robert Saunders only got to punch the time clock for a few days. About a year later in 1851, the current light keeper left his two assistants on the morning of April 11. While he was gone, a fantastic wind came in from the northeast which made him unable to return. Five days later, A continuous foghorn woke people up and on the next morning, the building was gone. One assistant was found on the shore of Gull Rock and the other off the coast of Nantucket, victims of Hobomock.
Dogtown Witch Queen
In a place called Cape Ann, a section called Dogtown was established in 1693. As residents began to move away, an undesirable element began to move in. The rising population of feral dogs didn’t help the situation any. Rumors began to spread of witches inhabiting the area and curses being cast on anyone who would come near. The queen of the witches, Thomazine “Tammy” Younger, is believed to haunt Dogtown and the nearby woods. Today there is little more the rocks with inscriptions and a supposed giant wolf roams the forest.
The Joshua Ward House
Joshua Ward built his house on the land that Sherriff George Corwin died on. Every night, Corwin brings along a couple of other spirits from the Salem Witch Trials and haunts the grounds. Back in the 1680s, Corwin was called the “Strangler” for his intense techniques at his home/jail. Suspected witches were sentenced to death by slow strangulation or crushed by a rock. If they had survived the torturous questioning process. Corwin is accompanied by a suspected witch and warlock who flickers lights, slams doors, and blows wind through the house.
Back in 1923, Shelton hall was built as one of the initial buildings for the Sheraton hotel but in 1954, it became another haunting tale. Bought by Boston University, Shelton Hall became home to creative writing majors and the ghost of Playwright Eugene O’Neill who died in room 401 the previous year. O’Neill likes to stop elevators, knock on doors, and adjust the temperature but only on the fourth floor.
Lizzie Borden’s house
This house belonged to the infamous killer, Lizzie Borden and is the source of this haunting tale. Most people have heard of Lizzie Borden due to the vicious rhyme of the killings but what many don’t know is that she was acquitted of brutally killing her father and step mother with an ax. Some claim to feeling ill and being watched when visiting the property due to the vicious murders that took place in the house.
In Freetown/Fall River State Forest, there is a 200 square mile area that is the source of this haunting tale. This forest is so haunted, it has a checklist. Satanic rituals, suicides, brutal murders, and animal mutilations are all rumored to have occurred here. There is also reports of UFO sightings and cloaked figure sightings.
Taunton State Hospital
The Taunton State hospital opened as the State Lunatic Hospital in 1854. This haunting tale could not be fixed with a name change, however. Jane Toppan was a nurse there and confessed to killing as many as 31 of its residents. Possibly a Satanic coven, Toppan would take patients down to the basement for human sacrifice or some other type of ritual. It is rumored that Lizzie Borden stayed here while awaiting trial but historians dispute that. Largely abandoned, while in operation, the hospital’s lights flickered and a presence blocked off the basement. Some even claimed to see a shadowy figure climbing walls and hanging on ceilings to scare patients.
Provincetown, MA in the 1930’s is the setting for this haunting tale. The black flash was reported to stand over eight feet tall and leap tall fences. Two men even reported being attacked by the ghostly figure. Then he just disappeared as his last sighting was in 1945.
Over in the swampy regions of Massachusetts, the Wampanoag tribe tells the haunting tale of the puckwudgies. Small in stature, the small gray porcupine looking beasts are said to lure travelers to their deaths by pushing them off cliffs, blinding them with sand, and on occasion, attacking with tiny spears. They can appear and vanish at will.
Whether all over the United States or localized to one of its most famous cities, these haunting tales are sure to get your spine tingling. Haunted houses, weird spirits, and eerie creatures all inhabit the land of Massachusetts so travelers beware. Perhaps you only knew about Lizzie Borden or the Salem Witch Trials. Well, this list is here to inform you that the horror didn’t simply end with their deaths or the death of their victims.
The area is famous for its lighthouses so naturally there would be a chilling tale upon the high seas. Boston may be known for their baked beans but this list will put them on the map for other, terrifying reasons.