Below is a list of some of the most notoriously haunted locations in Boston, 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 - Berklee College of Music
Coordinates: 42.346693°, -71.087090°
Location Address: Mass Avenue Dorms, 150 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts
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
Established in 1634 by Puritan settlers, the Boston Common spans over fifty 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
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
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
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
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
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
Opened in 1870, the East Boston Public Library in Boston, Massachusetts 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.
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.