We love New Hampshire for all its beauty and abundance, but we also love the creepier side of things. In a state with as much history the Granite State, there’s bound to be some seriously haunted spots. Some are more obvious – the ones we heard about growing up and were told to avoid – but others might just surprise you. Have you been to any of these? Do you believe they’re
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1. Outer Heron Island
This one might seem a bit too out of the ordinary to be true. But, then again, what ghost story DOES seem easily believable? This island is said to be home to lost treasure, possibly found inside a sea cave with unexplained hieroglyphics. To keep it safe, you'll find an unhappy ghost guarding the area and a mysterious grave.
2. Route 182
Driving down the road that joins Hancock County with Washington County - Route 182 - might just give you a bit of a scare. It's said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who's been in a car accident and lost her husband. The story says she'll ask you for help, but not giving her help might spell disaster for you. Would you stop? Or would your fear make you keep going?
3. Opera House, Boothbay Harbor
The Boothbay Opera House is also known as The Pythian Opera House and once served as the home to the Knights of Pythias and the Freemasons. It was built in 1894 and was home to the government offices of Boothbay until the 1930s as well as the meeting space for local fraternal organizations until the 1960s. With so many different people living key parts of their lives here, it’s no wonder their spirits have caused the space to be one of the most haunted in the state. Since 1949, people have reported the an piano playing by itself. Official reports of this ghostly music were made again in 1957 and then again in 1977. The spirit who is responsible, along with his or her motives, is unknown.
4. Mount Desert Rock
This island, now home to an ecology research station used to study whales, is said to haunt one particular room in the station. Those who sleep there might be plagued by horrible nightmares that play scenes from a tragedy that took place on the island.
5. Ship Harbor Nature Trail, Bar Harbor
In 1739, 200 people were shipwrecked here. Over time about half of them died and were buried in unmarked graves throughout the area. The rest of the group went in search of help and were never heard from again. Some believe the area is cursed, while others believe the strange things that happen here (including multiple shipwrecks) are the result of unsettled spirits in the unmarked graves. Accessible throughout the year, this trail is an easy 1.3 miles of beauty. Visit during the warmer months for beautiful wildflowers.
6. Jameson Tavern, Freeport
Originally built as a family home for local doctor, John Anglier Hyde, the Jameson Tavern has been around since 1779. Given how many people both lived here and slept here, it’s not surprising that it’s reported to be haunted. Two different psychics have reported seeing a man in a top hat standing in the hallway where guests enter the tavern. It's located at: 115 Main Street, Freeport.
7. Old Narrow Gauge Trail, Randolph
Surprisingly, one of the more scary trails on this list, the Old Narrow Gauge route is said to be haunted by the ghost of a local who went missing here. Neither he nor his bike were ever found. Nobody was ever arrested for the presumed crime, but many believe he was killed by someone he knew. Today people report seeing orbs and spirits along with scary screams to "get out!" The trail itself is a bit more than a mile and follows part of the historic Kennebec Central Railroad roadbed.
8. Sable Island
This area, known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, saw over 350 shipwrecks. The island is said to be haunted by all sorts of ghosts for many reasons. One bunch of ghosts is said to have ended up here in a penal colony. Two others are women, one of whom was murdered and the other who was torn apart to remove a ring on her finger.
9. Silver Lake Trails, Bucksport
The 2 mile network of trails here are said to be haunted by Sarah Ware who was killed nearby in 1898. She was found decapitated and eventually all parts were found and buried. Her killed was never found, however
10. Fort William Henry, Pemaquid Beach
Built in 1692 during King William's War, Fort William Henry was created by the English to help defend against the French and Wabanaki Confederacy of Acadia. It stood for 4 years before being destroyed in the Siege of Pemaquid in 1696. Much of Maine's land was occupied by indigenous people when white settlers arrived, a history that too often is erased from our history books. During that time, Tarratine Native American chief Taukolexis was killed by the English just steps from the fort. His ghost is said to still roam the area.
11. Swan's Island
This island in Maine is explorable and beautiful, but beware of the young girl who might lead you to the cemetery where she is, perhaps, buried. You won't know for sure because she disappears before ever reaching her destination.