New Hampshire has a long history, so it’s no surprise that a few ghost stories have popped up along the way. However, some places in New Hampshire have such an odd, spooky history that they’re widely acknowledged as ghost towns – whole areas where the veil between realms is thin, and it’s said that there is an other worldly presence. Visit these 6 ghost towns in New Hampshire at your own risk. You’ll probably want to go before dark.
1. Isles of Shoals
A double murder, an escaped victim, a jailbreak and a hanging: if that doesn’t make for a ghost story we don’t know what will. The Smuttynose Murders on the Isles of Shoals happened in 1873, when two women were found strangled. A third victim escaped, and identified the murdered, who then fled through the isles and to Boston. When he was caught and brought back to Portsmouth he still proclaimed his innocence. He escaped again, before being caught and executed in Maine. It is said that spirits of the victims still walk the rocky islands, especially around Maren’s Rock, where the surviving victim hid during the attack.
2. Old Hill Village
Imagine relocating a whole village, buildings and all. That’s exactly what happened in Hill, where in 1937 the government announced that the town would be relocated so that the original location could be used as part of the Franklin Falls Reservoir. By 1941 the town had been relocated and is now home to about 1,000 New Hampshire residents. However, it’s said that the original Old Hill Village, now part of the Franklin Falls Reservoir, still has residents as well – ghosts from the original town who weren’t happy to see their home destroyed.
3. Madame Sherri’s, Chesterfield
Madame Sherri was known in Chesterfield and beyond for her over-the-top parties. The Paris native was either a socialite or a business women – operating a brothel – depending on who you ask. Madame Sherri built her fabulous home in the 1930s, but it burned down just 30 years later. Today, it’s said that ghostly revelers still party among the ruins of her once glamorous home.
In the late 1800’s, Livermore was a lively logging town located in the heart of what is now the White Mountains National Forest. Although the town was made up mostly of men and boys working in the logging industry, there was a school house, a mill, and many more buildings, which are now being reclaimed by nature. Life in Livermore was dreary however: the long winters, hard work and even a smallpox epidemic resulted in many lives lost too young. The town has officially been empty since 1946, but some say the loggers never really left.
Another abandoned logging town in the White Mountains, Zealand was plagued by bad luck, driving in into oblivion before its time. In the 1880s, J.E. Henry began the town to support his logging company, and it quickly flourished. However, in 1886, a forest fire destroyed much of the timber around the village, forcing Henry to move his operation to virgin forest new Lincoln. There, forest fires again destroyed the Zealand logging operation in 1897. After that, the railroads stopped serving the cursed town, and soon after the population vanished. Today, you can see remnants of the village from the Zealand Falls Trail in Bethlehem.
6. Monson Center
This colonial town near Milford was one of the first in-land settlements in New Hampshire, with buildings dating back to the 1700s. When you walk past the large sign greeting your entrance to the village, you may think that you’re in another ordinary hiking spot in New Hampshire, but as the woods open up to fields and you walk among the ruins you’ll find that this old, abandoned town has an energy to it that is simply other-worldly.