New England is full of supposedly haunted places, and New Hampshire is no exception. Here are nine places where you might be able to spot a ghost, according to local legends.
1. Alton Town Hall, Alton
Stories of the hauntings here have been gathering for decades. While no one claims to have actually seen a ghost, many folks have heard footsteps and heavy thudding noises. One security guard reported that he heard noises from upstairs, like furniture was being dragged across the floor. When he went to investigate, he found that the chairs from the courtroom had been moved into the hallway and were lined up, single-file.
2. University of New Hampshire, Durham
Several ghosts reportedly haunt the campus of the University of New Hampshire. The most commonly seen is that of a woman who walks the halls late at night. She's been seen in Smith Hall, checking up on the students.
3. Mt. Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods
This iconic hotel was completed in 1902, It is supposedly haunted by the wife of the original owner. Carolyn's ghost is seen throughout the property, and has supposedly even been captured in at least one photograph. When the summer staff returned to the hotel one year, they all posed for a photo in front of the hotel. It's said that you can see Carolyn's ghost peering through a window behind them.
4. Chase Home, Portsmouth
The Chase Home has a long history of caring for orphaned children. One little girl is said to have committed suicide here, and both staff and residence report that she is still a constant presence in the house. Some claim to have seen her ghost wandering the halls; others report pranks such as turning lights on and off.
5. Pine Hill Cemetery, Hollis
Pine Hill Cemetery is full of very old graves, but one in particular is especially creepy. Abel Blood and his family are said to have been murdered. His ghost still roams the cemetery, and visitors report actually being attacked by Abel!
6. Isles of Shoals, Portsmouth
The history of these islands off the coast includes pirates, murderers and outlaws. Many ghosts are said to roam the islands, including one at the lighthouse on Boon Island, who runs up and down the stairs, and another of a woman who smothered her baby while hiding from pirates.
7. The Mills, Dover
The mills burned in a horrific fire many years ago. The reconstructed mills are thought to be haunted. Some people report machinery turning on and off on its own, hearing voices and footsteps and feeling cold spots.
8. New Hampshire State Hospital, Concord
Parts of this hospital are abandoned, and are said to be haunted. Patients were once tortured and abused here, and their spirits supposedly linger on. People report hearing screams, seeing objects move and hearing footsteps. This may be one of the most haunted places in New Hampshire.
9. Country Tavern, Nashua
Captain Ford built this home in 1741 and moved in with his wife Elizabeth. It's rumored that he returned from sea to find that his wife had given birth to another man's child. He locked her in the closet and killed the baby. Later, he stabbed Elizabeth and threw her body down the well. The home now serves as a restaurant, but it's said to be haunted by Elizabeth's ghost.
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