Updated: Aug 16
Happy Sunday! Welcome to Blogtober Day 7. Today's post is all about some of the most haunted places in New England. According to mediums, paranormal investigators, historians, and locals, the region of New England is one of the most haunted in the world.
It has a rich history that goes all the way back to the United States origins. Plagues, murders, witch trials, deaths, and unimaginable horrific events give place to centuries old haunted tales, ghost sittings and apparitions. So to celebrate the creepiest month of the year, today we are taking a look at some of the most terrifying sites and locations that are at the epicenter of the rich paranormal history of New England's six states.
The Sterling Opera House in Derby, Connecticut
Designed by architect H. Edwards Ficken, The Sterling Opera House was built in 1889 to serve both political and entertainment needs. Since its early stages, mystery has surrounded this building. Located in Connecticut's smallest town, it was named after local piano manufacturer, Charles Sterling.
One of its best kept secrets is that for a period of time there was a prison in the basement and that famous serial killer Lydia Sherman was locked in one of the cells. I also read that apparently, Harry Houdini performed a show there and attempted to contact the beyond on a Halloween night. It is also believed that the spirit of Charles Sterling may be lurking in the building.
There have been many people that claim to have seen shadow figures, orbs of light, doors shutting, lights turning on and off, as well as objects moving on their own. With a high count of unusual happenings that have been reported there over the years, The Sterling Opera House is one of the creepiest places in New England.
Dudleytown in Cornwall, Connecticut
According to the Cornwall Historical Society, "Dudleytown was never an actual town. The name was given at an unknown date to a portion of Cornwall that included several members of the Dudley family" that settled there as early as the 1740's.
What's truly horrifying about this place is that according to legend there was a centuries-old curse was placed upon the area. Once a thriving community, today it’s a ghost town commonly known as the Village of the Damned that sits on private property where access is forbidden.
For many years there have been reports on the many mysterious events that happened here, including madness, suicide, fatal accidents, natural disasters, vanishings and unexplained sightings.
Center Church Crypt in New Haven, Connecticut
Things are bound to get creepy when a place is built atop a cemetery, which is the case of the Center Church in New Haven. But the true scary part of this place is that when they were building the church in 1812, instead of moving the bodies and headstones, they decided to erect the church on pillars so it could raise up over the graves, leaving the remains of close to 1,000 people in the crypt.
Surrounding the church is the 16-acre New Haven Green that served as the city’s first burial ground but when it became too crowded, the graves had to be moved to Grove Street Cemetery by 1821. But- wait for it- the remains of the dead were not moved, only the headstones which means that the bodies and skeletons still remain below the soil of the Green.
Because of this, the spirits have lingered on, trying to find their bodies and headstones. Many people have reported shadowy or misty figures that disappear when they're approached. Others report that they have been asked questions but when they look around there is no one there to respond to.
The Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Massachusetts
This is one of the most haunted places in all of New England and has one of the most horrifying and macabre stories. On the morning of August 4, 1892. Lizzie Borden, who was a 32 year old Sunday school teacher, and the daughter of Andrew Borden, came downstairs refusing to eat breakfast -which in my opinion is a sign that she was probably "hangry" and that's why she murdered everyone-. Apparently Andrew, went downtown to run some errands and when he returned, Lizzie told him that Abby, her stepmother, had gone out of town to visit a friend after receiving news they were sick. Andrew went about his day and went downstairs where he settled on a sofa in the sitting room.
A frightening scream was heard, and the maid, who had been sleeping because she felt sick, found Lizzie screaming that her father was dead. He was covered in blood, his face so badly disfigured that he was unrecognizable. The police and the neighbours went to the house and concerned about Abby, whose whereabouts were unknown to them, asked Lizzie where her stepmother could be. She told them that Abby had received a note asking her to leave the house. But-surprise!-Abby's body was found upstairs laying face down in a pool of her own blood. She had been struck 19 times with a hatchet and her husband Andrew had been hit 11 times with the same weapon.
Long story short, evidence was so confusing that no one knows for sure who murdered the Bordens. Lizzie was charged then found not guilty... but all events still make her a suspect. She eventually moved to another house in Fall River where she lived out the rest of her days, dying in 1927 at the age of 67.
The original Borden house, which is now a Bed & Breakfast, is said to be haunted by the ghosts of Andrew and Abby. Many guests who have stayed there report hearing creepy sounds and seeing shadowy figures lurking in the house.
Houghton Mansion in North Adams, Massachusetts
The Houghton Mansion was built in 1890 by Albert Houghton, the first mayor of North Adams. Tragedy struck the family, when in 1914, most of them were killed in a car crash near Pownal, Vermont.
Houghton had purchased a vehicle and decide to take a trip to Vermont accompanied by his daughter Mary, Dr. Hutton, his wife and daughter, as well as Houghton's driver. While on the road they spotted a construction crew, working on repairing the surface. The driver pulled Houghton's car over to the left in an attempt to drive around the construction crew, but the car's tires hit a soft dirt shoulder, which sent the vehicle tumbling down a steep embankment.
All but Mary Houghton were thrown from the car. Mrs. Hutton was killed instantly when the vehicle rolled on top of her. Mary suffered serious injuries and died a few hours later at North Adams Hospital.
The driver couldn't forgive himself for the deaths and in the morning of August 2, went down to the basement and shot himself. Mr. Houghton suffered no serious physical injuries during the accident, but the tragic events broke his heart. He died 10 days after the crash.
The mansion remained with the Houghton family until 1926 but was eventually sold to the Freemasons who use it to carry out meetings and rituals within a temple they built attached to the mansion. Ever since the temple was built, strange events started happening. Some claimed to have been touched by an unknown presence in the area of the basement, while others affirm they've heard a female voice whispering.
The Bridgewater Triangle in Eastern Massachusetts
The Bridgewater Triangle is a 200 square-mile area in Eastern Massachusetts that many believe to be one of the strangest and terrifying places in the world. Visitors have reported all sorts of creepy and paranormal experiences and affirm that this area possess a demonic energy.
Located just 30 miles south of Boston, the Bridgewater Triangle angles three towns: Abington, Freetown and Rehoboth. With mysterious landmarks like the Hockomock Swamp, the Freetown-Fall River State Forest, the Solitude Stone, and the Dighton Rock, for centuries there have been reports of paranormal events like ghostly apparitions and mysterious creatures sightings as well as evidence of satanic cults and murders.
The Boston Athenæum in Boston, Massachusetts
The Boston Athenæum is one of the oldest independent libraries in the United States. It was founded in 1807 by the Anthology Club of Boston, Massachusetts and has had many prominent writers, scholars, and politicians as its members.
I was fascinated by one particular tale behind a haunting in the Boston Athenæum because, not only is it scary, but the person who encountered the ghost was famous author Nathaniel Hawthorne. According to historical records, in the spring of 1842, Hawthorne was doing some research in the library and visited it on and off for several months. During his visits he will come across other authors in the Athenæum readings room and see Reverend Harris sitting in his favorite chair reading the Boston Post.
One day, as he was leaving the reading room, a librarian informed him that Harris had passed away. Hawthorne was sad to hear the news as he wanted to introduce himself to him but never got a chance. The next day he returned to the library and sat down and looked over to the Reverend's chair by the fireplace and spotted Harris reading the newspaper by the window. This went on for weeks, and every time Hawthorne visited the library he would see Harris sitting in the chair reading a newspaper. The weird thing is that he never saw Harris enter or leave the room and no one else appeared to see him.
Many of the staff and members have said to experience similar bone-chilling encounters and sightings.
Whew! This was a long post. I'm probably going to sleep with the lights on. Stay tuned for Part 2 of the most haunted places in New England where I'll share more frightening stories of paranormal sites in the other states that weren't covered in this post.
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Until next time.
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“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”