Below is a list of some of the most notorious haunted locations in Marblehead, 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 - Ft. Sewall
Coordinates: 42.508554°, -70.841549°
Location Address: 8 Fort Sewall Lane, Marblehead, Massachusetts
Ft. Sewall in Marblehead, Massachusetts was constructed in 1742 by British military forces, and is renowned as being one of the oldest coastal fortifications in the United States. It was rebuilt in 1775 to include a cell block for captured prisoners of war, and saw heavy use during the American Revolution, War of 1812, and Civil War. In 1922, the location was given to the town of Marblehead, and is now used as a walking park by residents. Those walking at Ft. Sewall at night often report witnessing apparitions and spectral figures, believed to be former prisoners of war who were executed. Paranormal investigators at the old fortress also report hearing the sounds of disembodied voices, as well as detecting high levels of electromagnetic energy, despite the location having no electricity. Ft. Sewall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in April of 1975.
#2 - Lovis Cove
Coordinates: 42.507794°, -70.843281°
Location Address: Front Street, Marblehead, Massachusetts
Sometimes referred to as Screeching Lady Beach, Lovis Cove in Marblehead, Massachusetts is said to be haunted by the spirit of a wealthy woman who was kidnapped and murdered by pirates during the late 1600's. The woman and several other colonists were kidnapped and brought aboard the pirates' ship, where they were beaten, and their belongings confiscated. One woman escaped and swam back to shore, but was recaptured shortly after. According to legend, she wore an expensive emerald ring on her hand, which had become swollen while she swam to shore through the cold Atlantic waters. After struggling for several minutes to remove the ring the buccaneers instead decided to cut the woman's hand off, and left her on the shoreline to die. Ever since, Marblehead residents have reported witnessing the woman's spectral apparition at Lovis Cove at night, as well as hearing the disembodied sounds of her dying screams. Over the years, the woman's name was forgotten, but she has since been given the nickname: "The Screeching Lady of Lovis Cove."
#3 - Old Burial Hill Cemetery
Coordinates: 42.510482°, -70.846370°
Location Address: Pond Street & Orne Street, Marblehead, Massachusetts
The Old Burial Hill Cemetery in Marblehead, Massachusetts is a historic Puritan burial ground established in 1638. The location is believed to be haunted by the spirit of a woman named Wilmot Redd and seven other men and women who were hanged on September 22, 1692 after being accused of practicing witchcraft. With her dying breath, Wilmot Redd cursed the town of Marblehead, shouting "this town shall burn!" The alleged witches' bodies were later cut down and laid in a nearby ditch where they were buried in a mass grave. Visitors at the old cemetery report witnessing shadow figures and apparitions, as well as hearing the sounds of disembodied voices, footsteps, and screams. Others report feeling sudden cold spots, or feelings of being watched by an unseen entity. The Old Burial Hill Cemetery is renowned for its diverse stone carvings and Puritan headstones, as well as being mentioned in H.P. Lovecraft's short story, The Festival. The scenic burial ground was also used as a filming location in Disney's 1993 film, Hocus Pocus.
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Brian Weaver is the founder and creator of GhostQuest.net, one of the internet’s largest 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.