Massachusetts has its fair share of spooky stories and haunted houses. However, one take is more bone-chilling than most. There’s a mansion-turned-hotel in Salem that may harbor more than paying guests. Here’s a Bay State ghost story to give you a serious case of the shivers.

Today, the Joshua Ward House is a hotel called The Merchant. Visitors continue to report ghostly encounters in what is often considered the most haunted spot in Salem.

For more spooky Massachusetts history, check out this road trip to some of the most paranormal places in the state.


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