Visit Goose Hill Cemetery, A Hidden Cemetery That Feels Like Massachusett's Most Haunted Secret
Massachusetts is one of our oldest states, so it goes without saying that there are some pretty old cemeteries here. And in at least one area, we have a cemetery that’s harboring a secret cemetery. Check out the Goose Hill Cemetery and you’ll see what we mean.
Located in Rutland, Goose Hill Cemetery dates all the way back to the early 1700s.
In fact, the most recent headstones are from the late 1800s.
The grounds are quiet and peaceful, and you won't find many other people perusing the area.
In fact, walking through this place almost feels like you've discovered a hidden secret.
Strolling through this cemetery feels like taking a trip back through time.
It's fascinating to see headstones from time periods like the War of 1812, or graves that go back to the days before we achieved statehood.
But here's the truly creepy part: if you walk up a rarely-used road next to the cemetery, you'll come across another, even more hidden cemetery.
One single granite memorial will tell you that 59 prisoners were laid to rest here.
In 1903, state prison commissioners opened a prison camp to rehabilitate long-term prisoners who were preparing for release.
The camp was self-supporting through its sale of milk, eggs, chickens, and goats. But in 1907, a tuberculosis hospital opened. The hospital was actually used as an experiment and observation, where the effects of sunlight, farm work, and healthy eating on people with tuberculosis were studied.
Out of 100 prisoners, only 41 survived their illness. The rest were buried here, in this secret cemetery.
The graves are now largely unmarked, with the iron crosses disappearing long ago. Unfortunately, there have been a few grave robberies here, and at least one grave has been disturbed. If you go, make sure to let these formers prisoners rest in peace.
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114 Charnock Hill Rd, Rutland, MA 01543, USA