New England is one of the earliest English Settlements in North America which means that these states have some of the oldest historical spots. One particular New England state which is often overlooked when it comes to the paranormal is New Hampshire, but it has its fair share of ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night.
Join us as we take a look as some of the most haunted places in New Hampshire:
Alton Town Hall is one of the most haunted places in New Hampshire. There has been a variety of paranormal activity reported in the old building including heavy footsteps when nobody is there, doors opening on their own, disembodied voices and furniture that moves around by itself.
9. Amos J Blake House Museum, Fitzwilliam
Considering the fact that there are apparently 11 ghosts plus a phantom cat that call the Amos J Blake House home, it is safe to say that it most definitely qualifies as one of the most haunted places in New Hampshire! The house was built in 1837 and has featured on some popular paranormal television shows. Staff at the museum say that they often feel as though they are not alone and that there have been several reports of unexplained sounds, disembodied voices and even ectoplasm!
8. University of New Hampshire, Durham
The University of New Hampshire is said to have a female spirit that roams the halls during the night. She is most often reported in Smith Hall and T-Hall where she manifests as a lady in white who visits students while they sleep. Several students have claimed to here phantom footsteps and then a feeling that they were no longer alone. She has also been seen on a number of occasions. Nobody is quite sure who the lady is or why she may be haunting the dorm rooms!
7. Ocean-Born Mary House, Henniker
Ocean-Born Mary House is said to be haunted by a woman named Mary who has fiery red hair and green eyes. It is said that she appears in one of the upstairs windows and she has also been seen on the house’s main staircase when people enter the building. Mary was a lady who lived in the house and was widowed at a young age. This may seem like nothing out of the ordinary until you learn that Mary was the one who found the body of her murdered husband and then chose to bury him under the hearthstone in her kitchen! No wonder this place is haunted! Mary sounds like she could be very creepy indeed, but those who have encountered her say that the feeling they get is that she is simply there to guard and protect her home!
6. Kimball Castle, Gilford
Even just glancing at the ruins of Kimball Castle in Gilford, it is easy to see how it could be considered to be one of the most haunted places in New Hampshire. Even before you step inside it just has a creepy aura surrounding it that is apparent immediately on first sight! Some of the unexplained phenomena that has been reported at Kimball Castle includes loud unexplained noises, lights turning on and off by themselves and a couple of antique clocks which were long since dead that have suddenly decided to start working again. The presence in the castle is decidedly unwelcoming and it is apparent that someone or something wants to be left alone there!
Construction on the Mount Washington Hotel began in 1900 and was completed in 1902. The hotel was the largest wooden building in New England and was a pet project of wealthy industrialist Joseph Stickney. Sadly he had little time to enjoy his creation as he died less than a year after it opened. However, it is not his spirit that is said to haunt the hotel, instead it is his wife Carolyn Stickney. Soon after Joseph died, Carolyn remarried – this time taking a European prince as her husband.
Carolyn died in 1936 and soon afterwards staff began reporting some very strange things happening around the hotel. In the winter months, the caretakers claimed to have seen an elegant lady walking into the dining room and reported that lights would turn on and off by themselves all over the hotel. When the summer staff returned they posed for a photograph only to find a shadowy female figure looking through the window behind them! Carolyn’s old room, number 314 is said to be the most haunted which is not at all surprising considering her giant four poster bed is still in the room!
4. The Chase House, Portsmouth
The Chase House in Portsmouth was built as a home for orphaned children, and in time it was a children’s home as appointed by the court. As you can probably imagine it has some spooky tales to tell regarding the ghosts of children, but it is a little bit more horrific than you might imagine. The ghosts here are not of tragic children who died due to illness or accident, but rather the tortured soul of a youngster who took her own life.
It has been said that a young girl who was living in the children’s home hanged herself in her bedroom and to this day residents say that they sometimes see her ghostly figure in the hallway. However, worse than that are the reports that she is often heard screaming from inside the room in which she died. She has also been known to unlock doors and turn the electricity on and off! Chase House is without a doubt one of the most haunted places in New Hampshire.
3. Pine Hill Cemetery, Hollis
Pine Hill Cemetery has a a nickname that hints at its dark history. The locals know it as Blood Cemetery. There are more than 300 gravestones dating back as far as the 1700s. It is also allegedly full of numerous ghostly apparitions and visitors have described hearing unexplained tapping sounds and seeing floating orbs of light! There is one particular spirit who is said to make regular appearances and he is also the reason for Pine Hill Cemetery’s gruesome nickname!
Abel Blood was a devout Christian man who was laid to rest in Pine Hill Cemetery in 1867 next to his wife Betsy Blood. It is said that the Blood family were murdered, but this has never been proven as actual fact. What does seem to be apparent though is that Abel Blood remains in the cemetery in the form of a malevolent entity that scares the wits out of those who come to visit the burial ground. There is also a strange legend linked to Abel Blood’s headstone! It bears a carving of a hand with the index finger pointed up towards heaven. However, if you dare to visit his grave at night it is said that his grave marker changes colour and that the finger points downward! Creepy!
2. Isles of Shoals, Portsmouth
The Isles of Shoals is a group of islands of the coast of Portsmouth and it is considered to be one of the most haunted places in New Hampshire with numerous ghost sightings on 9 of the islands. Boon Island Lighthouse is haunted by an unknown spirit who opens and closes doors as well as running up and down the stairs. Boon Island is said to host a sad lady dressed in white who wanders the island and there are also sightings of The Isodore, a ghost ship that wrecked among the islands in 1843! These are just some of the spooky tales connected to the islands.
1. New Hampshire State Hospital, Concord
New Hampshire State Hospital in Concord was originally known as the decidedly more creepy name ‘New Hampshire Asylum for the Insane’ when it first opened and it has a very similar history to some of the other asylums in New England, such as Danvers State Hospital in Massachusetts. In short, the conditions hear were brutal and patients were neglected, abused, tortured and even experimented on. Like so many asylums of the time, New Hampshire State Hospital was closed down amidst allegations about the lack of care given to patients. However, not before this pain and suffering left a permanent scar on the building!
Although the hospital now lies abandoned it is certainly not empty. Those who have come to visit report hearing phantom footsteps and disembodied screams. They have encountered cold spots and seen objects pushed off of tables or shelves by unseen hands. The elevators have also started working all on their own and anyone who visits says that they feel a constant feeling that someone is watching them very closely. It is not at all surprising that this old asylum is one of the most haunted places in New Hampshire.