The following is a list of allegedly haunted locations in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. To view my full list of ghost stories and haunted locations in Massachusetts, Click Here. And if you liked this list, be sure to check out my new book, The Folklore & Haunted Locations Guide: Massachusetts, available on Amazon!!
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#1 - Bridgewater State University
Coordinates: 41.987155°, -70.965071°
Location Address: 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts was founded in 1840 as the Bridgewater Normal School, and many of the old buildings on campus are rumored to be haunted. The Campus Center Auditorium is said to be haunted by the spirit of a man named George, whose apparition is seen by students playing different instruments in the orchestra pit late at night. Shea-Durgin Hall is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young woman who was strangled to death in Room 208 by a jealous boyfriend after it was discovered she was having an affair. In addition to witnessing the young woman's apparition, residents at Shea-Durgin Hall report experiencing a variety of poltergeist activity, such as lights flickering, and objects being moved or thrown by an unseen entity. Tillinghast Hall is also said to be haunted by the spirit of a former headmistress who died after falling from the building's rooftop. Students at Bridgewater State University have reported experiencing paranormal activity throughout its campus dating back to the late 1800's.
#2 - Camp Titicut Reservation
Coordinates: 41.931820°, -70.999631°
Location Address: 190 Beech Street, Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Camp Titicut Reservation in Bridgewater, Massachusetts was first settled by Native Americans during the 1500's, and was used as a boy's summer camp starting in the 1930's. In 1946 the site was excavated by the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, which uncovered numerous Native American burial sites, as well as over 6,000 other tribal artifacts and relics. Hikers at Camp Titicut report witnessing the apparitions of former tribesmen and women, as well as the spirit of a young boy who drowned in a nearby lake while camping. Others report feeling sudden cold spots, as well as feeling the presence of an unseen entity in the woods. One popular urban legend claims that King Phillip was executed at Camp Titicut, however these claims have been debunked as being historically inaccurate. Despite that, some still claim to encounter the forlorn spirit of King Phillip wandering the woods late at night.
#3 - Lake Nippenicket
Coordinates: 41.968345°, -71.040255°
Location Address: Lakeside Drive, Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Sometimes referred to as simply "The Nip," Lake Nippenicket in Bridgewater, Massachusetts is said to be haunted by the spirit of an elderly man who drowned while fishing. The man's apparition is often seen by swimmers at night paddling a small boat before disappearing into the night. Unfortunately, very little additional information is available regarding this allegedly haunted location.
#4 - William H. McElwain School
Coordinates: 41.995442°, -70.981405°
Location Address: 250 Main Street, Bridgewater, Massachusetts
The William H. McElwain School in Bridgewater, Massachusetts was constructed in 1912 and served as a public school until 1997. The location is rumored to be haunted by the spirit of a former student whose ghost remains at the school for unknown reasons. Former students at William H. McElwain School have reported encountering the young boy's apparition in one of the bathrooms, as well as experiencing other unexplained paranormal phenomena, such as faucets turning on and off by themselves, and stall doors being pushed open or shut unexpectedly. Urban explorers and paranormal investigators at the school report feeling the presence of an unseen entity, or experiencing feelings of being watched. The William H. McElwain School was added to the National Register of Historic Places in January of 2013.
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Brian Weaver is the founder and creator of GhostQuest.net, one of the internet’s most comprehensive databases for haunted locations, urban legends, and folklore tales throughout the United States. He grew up in rural New England, where he attended college for Computer Science.