Below is a list of some of the most notoriously haunted locations in Boston, Massachusetts.
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#1 - Berklee College of Music
Coordinates: 42.346693°, -71.087090°
Location Address: Mass Avenue Dorms, 150 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, 02115
Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts was established in 1945 and is renowned as being the largest independent music college in the world. The Massachusetts Avenue Dorms were originally constructed as the Sherry Biltmore Hotel, and are said to be haunted by several spirits who were killed in 1963 when the hotel caught fire. Ever since, hotel guests have reported encountering the apparitions of a number of men and women who were killed in the fire, as well as experiencing a variety of other paranormal activity. In 1972 the Sherry Biltmore Hotel was purchased by Berklee College of Music and converted into a dormitory for undergraduate students, who continue to report encountering apparitions, as well as experiencing other paranormal phenomena such as hearing disembodied voices and witnessing objects being moved around or thrown violently by an unseen entity.
#2 - Boston Common
Coordinates: 42.354954°, -71.065489°
Location Address: 139 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02111
Established in 1634 by Puritan settlers, the Boston Common spans over 50 acres of land in central Boston, Massachusetts, and is renowned as being the first city park in the United States. It was used until 1817 to hang criminals, lawbreakers, people accused of witchcraft, and others who disobeyed the strict Puritan laws of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In recent years Boston Common has been used for concerts and other public gatherings and events, and Frog Pond located on the northern end of the common is a popular location for ice skating during the winter. Those walking on the common late at night often report witnessing the apparitions of two women strolling through the park wearing 1800's style dresses, who mysteriously vanish when approached.
#3 - Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Coordinates: 42.346215°, -71.090006°
Location Address: 4099 8, Fenway, Boston, Massachusetts, 02215
The Boston Conservatory at Berklee was established in 1867 as The Boston Conservatory, which merged with Berklee College of Music in 2016. Students and guests at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee often report encountering the spirits of unidentified men and women, who many believe were patients at a hospital that once occupied the location. Others living in the building's old dorms report hearing disembodied voices and whispers, as well as witnessing doors opening and closing by themselves, and objects that go missing and reappear in strange places.
#4 - Boston University
Coordinates: 42.350309°, -71.097017°
Location Address: Kilachand Hall, 91 Bay State Road, Boston, Massachusetts, 02215
Established in 1839, Boston University (also referred to as simply, BU) is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts that spans over 135 acres. Kilachand Hall was constructed in 1923 as the Sheraton Hotel, and is said to be haunted by the spirit of a famous American playwright named Eugene O'Neill who passed away on the building's 4th Floor in November of 1953. In 1954, Boston University purchased the hotel and changed the name to Shelton Hall, and in 2010 the name was again changed to Kilachand Hall. Students living in Kilachand Hall report encountering the apparition of a man believed to be Mr. O'Neill, as well as experiencing other paranormal phenomena, such as unexplained cold spots and lights flickering. Residents also report being woken in the middle of the night by an unseen entity pounding on the door, while others report witnessing the building's elevator moving by itself and stopping on the 4th Floor, as if being controlled by an invisible rider.
#5 - Boylston Station
Coordinates: 42.353279°, -71.064361°
Location Address: Tremont Street at Boylston Station, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116
Boylston Station in Boston, Massachusetts first opened on September 3, 1897, and is renowned as being the first subway station in the United States. Boylston Station and many of its surrounding tunnels are believed to be haunted by the spirits of over 900 British soldiers who were discovered buried in a mass grave during its construction, as well as six men and women who were killed in a gas line explosion in March of 1897. Passengers on the subway frequently report witnessing apparitions and hearing disembodied voices, as well as experiencing feelings of being watched by an unseen entity, especially at night when the location is less populated. In 2013, a group of paranormal investigators was filmed investigating Boylston Station for a television show called Haunted Encounters. During the investigation the group reported experiencing unexplained technical difficulties with electronic equipment, such as devices turning on and off by themselves, and batteries being drained unexpectedly.
#6 - Central Burying Ground
Coordinates: 42.352894°, -71.065934°
Location Address: Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116
Central Burying Ground in Boston, Massachusetts was established in 1756, and is believed to be haunted by the spirits of dozens of unidentified men and women who were found buried in a mass grave during the construction of the nearby Tremont Street Subway in the late 1800's. The newly discovered bodies were then buried in another mass grave at Central Burying Ground, where their restless spirits are allegedly seen wandering the cemetery and its surrounding area wearing Colonial-era clothing. Pedestrians walking near the cemetery late at night also report witnessing mysterious glowing orbs and flashing lights, in addition to feeling a strange presence, as if someone or something is lurking in the shadows nearby.
#7 - Copp's Hill Burying Ground
Coordinates: 42.367256°, -71.055951°
Location Address: 21 Hull Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02113
Established in 1659 as North Burying Ground, Copp's Hill Burying Ground is a historic cemetery located in northern Boston, Massachusetts. It is believed to be haunted by the spirits of numerous unidentified men wearing uniforms from the American Revolutionary War and Civil War, who often appear in photographs taken by visitors at night. Another spirit said to haunt the old cemetery is that of a Puritan minister named Reverend Increase Mather, who famously campaigned for the prosecution of over 200 men and women during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Paranormal enthusiasts investigating the location at night also report witnessing strange glowing balls of light, and feeling an eerie presence, as if being watched by an unseen entity. During the late 1700's, Copp's Hill Burying Ground was used by British soldiers as a hideout, where infantrymen repeatedly used the headstones of American patriots as targets for musket practice and committed other acts of vandalism. The location was added to the National Register of Historic Places in April of 1974.
#8 - East Boston Public Library
Coordinates: 42.377810°, -71.028035°
Location Address: 365 S. Bremen Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02128
Opened in 1870, the East Boston Public Library is renowned as being the first branch library in the United States. Employees working at the library report hearing the sounds of disembodied voices and movement coming from the basement, where a former librarian was rumored to have been killed. Others report feeling a strange presence in the basement, as if being watched by an unseen entity. Although many believe the East Boston Public Library is haunted, very little evidence is available to support these claims.
#9 - Emerson Cutler Majestic Theater
Coordinates: 42.351633°, -71.065295°
Location Address: 219 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116
The Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre was constructed in 1903 as the Majestic Theatre, and is one of the oldest and most lavishly decorated theaters in the state of Massachusetts. It was remodeled in the 1920's to accommodate vaudeville shows, and in the 1950's was redesigned again for use as a movie theater. The theater was bought by Emerson College during the mid-1980's and restored to its previous Beaux-Arts design, and in 2003 was renamed as the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre. The location is said to be haunted by several different spirits, including that of a former Boston mayor who died of a heart attack during a performance in the early 1900's, as well as a married couple who were killed in a car crash during the 1930's after attending a show. Guests at the Majestic Theater also report encountering the spirit of a young girl whose apparition is seen and heard crying in certain areas, and performers backstage have nicknamed one room "The Nightmare Room" due to reports of people experiencing feelings of fear and shortness of breath.
#10 - Everett Square Theatre
Location Address: 11 Fairmount Avenue, Hyde Park, Boston, Massachusetts, 02136
The Everett Square Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts was constructed in 1915. It hosted a variety of vaudeville and musical performances as well as motion pictures before permanently closing in the mid-1980's. The abandoned theater is rumored to be haunted by several ghosts, and urban explorers often report witnessing mysterious glowing orbs and flickering lights, as well as hearing the sounds of disembodied voices and footsteps. Others claim to feel a strange presence, as if being watched or followed by an unseen entity. One popular urban legend claims that a group of guests seated in the balcony were killed after the stage lights above were cut down, however no historical evidence is currently available to support this legend.
#11 - Faneuil Hall
Coordinates: 42.360189°, -71.055114°
Location Address: 4 S. Market Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02109
Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts was constructed in 1742 as a town marketplace and business hub for various merchants to sell goods and other products, such as meat and produce. African slaves brought to America were also auctioned off at Faneuil Hall for a short time, however slavery became illegal in the state of Massachusetts during the 1780's. The building also included a large room on its 2nd Floor which was used as a meeting hall by New England colonists to discuss town issues and other business. It was rebuilt after a large fire in March of 1761, at which point it was expanded to almost double its original size. The historic location was also used by many of America's founding fathers to deliver important speeches and rally patriot forces during the American Revolution. It was later given the nickname, "The Cradle of Liberty," and was used for town meetings until 1822. Devine's Irish Pub, located within the Quincy Market at Faneuil Hall, is said to be haunted by the spirit of a dark-skinned woman wearing old, Colonial-era clothing. She is believed to have been a former African slave who died under mysterious circumstances, and whose identity is unknown. She is also believed to be responsible for a variety of unexplained paranormal phenomena which occur at the pub, such as objects being moved around or rearranged by an unseen entity, or sudden cold spots and drops in temperature. Another spirit said to haunt the Quincy Market area of Faneuil Hall is that of a man named Victor Hendrickson, who was killed in 1907 in a heavy machinery accident while working at Ames Plow Company, which occupied a large portion of the market from 1862 until 1909. An article published by The Boston Globe in September of 1907 reports that Victor Hendrickson was killed at the age of 35 after his shirt became caught in a piece of rotating machinery, causing him to be dragged through the machine, and breaking every bone in the man's body. When an autopsy was performed on the man's disfigured and partially dismembered corpse, it was unable to be determined if he was crushed to death, or if he later died of strangulation after the machine caused the vest he was wearing to become so tightly wound around his neck that he was nearly decapitated. Ever since his death, Victor Hendrickson's mutilated apparition has reportedly been seen by those shopping at Quincy Market or walking on the streets nearby at night. Others report hearing the sounds of disembodied screams, and feeling a strange, unexplained presence. Many have also reported encountering a number of other unidentified apparitions and shadow figures, with some also claiming that the location is haunted by five Boston men who were killed by British troops on nearby State Street on March 5, 1770 in an event that later became known as The Boston Massacre.
#12 - Ft. Warren
Coordinates: 42.320385°, -70.927777°
Location Address: Georges Island, Boston Harbor, Boston, Massachusetts
Ft. Warren was constructed between 1833 and 1861 to protect Boston Harbor from Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War and was used as an active military base until 1947. It is said to be haunted by the spirit of a woman named Mrs. Melanie Lanier, who was sentenced to death by hanging during the mid-1800's after she was caught by Union soldiers attempting to free her captured Confederate husband, Lieutenant Andrew Lanier. She was hanged wearing a black dress, and according to legend, her spirit haunts the location of her death, still searching for her captured husband. Over the years, her spirit has come to be known as The Lady In Black. For more information see: Ft. Devens Main Post Cemetery in Ft. Devens, Massachusetts.
#13 - Granary Burying Ground
Coordinates: 42.357476°, -71.061721°
Location Address: Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02108
Established in 1660, the Granary Burying Ground in Boston, Massachusetts consists of over 2,300 burial plots and is known as being the final resting place of many of America's patriots and founding fathers, including Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock. Those visiting the old cemetery at night report witnessing mysterious glowing orbs and apparitions, as well as capturing images of shadowy faces and figures in photographs and videos.
#14 - Omni Parker House
Coordinates: 42.357730°, -71.060130°
Location Address: 60 School Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02108
Constructed in 1927 as the Parker House Hotel, the Omni Parker House is a historic hotel located in Boston, Massachusetts, and is said to be one of the most haunted hotels in the United States. It is said to be haunted by the spirit of Harvey Parker, who founded the original Parker House Hotel in 1855, as well as the spirits of several other unidentified men and women. Guests at the Omni Parker House report witnessing orbs and apparitions, as well as hearing disembodied voices, and feeling the presence of an unseen entity. The 3rd floor of the Omni Parker House is also said to be haunted by the spirit of the American actress Charlotte Cushman, who died of pneumonia while staying at the hotel, and the novel 1408 was allegedly based on events experienced by author Stephen King while staying in room 303 where a former guest committed suicide. Employees at the Omni Parker House report witnessing elevators opening and closing by themselves, and unexpectedly stopping at the 3rd Floor, as well as experiencing other unexplained paranormal phenomena, such as lights flickering, and bathroom faucets turning on and off by themselves.
#15 - The Charlesgate
Coordinates: 42.350079°, -71.091504°
Location Address: 4 Charlesgate East, Boston, Massachusetts, 02215
Constructed in 1901 as The Charlesgate Hotel, The Charlesgate in Boston, Massachusetts was bought by Boston University in 1947 for use as a women's dormitory, and in 1994 was sold again and converted into luxury condos. The old brownstone building is said to be haunted by several spirits, including one man who committed suicide with a revolver in March of 1908, as well as a young girl who was crushed to death in the building's elevator shaft. One urban legend claims that several men were killed in the basement during a flood, and another claims that the hotel was used during the early 1900's as a meeting place for a satanic cult to perform dark magic rituals. Residents at The Charlesgate often report witnessing spirits, orbs, and apparitions, as well as experiencing a variety of other paranormal activity, such as disembodied voices, and feeling the presence of an unseen entity in certain areas. Those who enter the basement also report experiencing unexplained feelings of paranoia and fear that subside upon leaving the location.
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