Below is a list of some of the most notorious haunted locations in Nantucket, 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 - Jared Coffin House
Coordinates: 41.285100°, -70.100748°
Location Address: 29 Broad Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts
The Jared Coffin House in Nantucket, Massachusetts was constructed in 1845 by a wealthy sea captain and shipbuilder named Jared Coffin. It is famous for being the first mansion ever built on the island of Nantucket, and was obtained by the Nantucket Historical Society in the early 1960's. The old mansion is said to be haunted by the spirit of an elderly man, whose apparition is seen sitting in a rocking chair near the fireplace by employees and guests. Many speculate that the man's spirit is that of the late Jared Coffin who passed away in 1860, however many historians note that Mr. Coffin and his wife sold the mansion in 1846 and never returned. Another spirit said to haunt the Jared Coffin House is that of a young Puritan woman whose apparition is said to harass unwed couples who stay in the same room together overnight, as well as the spirit of an unidentified young girl. Guests staying at the Jared Coffin House often report witnessing these apparitions late at night, as well as experiencing other unexplained paranormal activity, such as objects moving by themselves, or being woken in the night by a shadowy figure standing over the bed.
#2 - The Chicken Box
Coordinates: 41.272801°, -70.091730°
Location Address: 16 Daves Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Established in the early 1900's, The Chicken Box in Nantucket, Massachusetts is an internationally famous restaurant known for hosting jazz, blues, and reggae performances. According to legend, the location was used as a speakeasy and hideout for bootleggers during the American Alcohol Prohibition in the 1920's and 1930's. Employees and customers at The Chicken Box often report seeing the spirits of a group of men dressed in 1920's-style clothing who appear to be dragging a large wooden chest from the restaurant. Many speculations exist about the contents of the phantom chest, however those who witness the men's apparitions report that they quickly vanish when approached.
#3 - The Nantucket Hotel & Resort
Coordinates: 41.287749°, -70.100959°
Location Address: 77 Easton Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts
The Nantucket Hotel & Resort in Nantucket, Massachusetts was constructed in 1890 as Breeze Point Club & Resort, and is said to be haunted by several unidentified spirits. Employees at the historic hotel often report witnessing the apparitions of men and women dressed in clothing from a bygone era, while others report experiencing other unexplained paranormal phenomena, such as hearing disembodied voices and feeling the presence of an unseen entity. Although many guests have reported encountering apparitions at The Nantucket Hotel & Resort, the reason for their presence is unknown.
#4 - The Wauwinet Hotel
Coordinates: 41.329338°, -69.996984°
Location Address: 120 Wauwinet Road, Nantucket, Massachusetts
The Wauwinet Hotel in Nantucket, Massachusetts was constructed in 1875, and is said to be haunted by the spirit of an unidentified woman whose apparition is often accompanied by the scent of flowery perfume. Guests staying at the old hotel also report hearing disembodied footsteps, voices, and laughter, as well as experiencing other unexplained paranormal phenomena, such as lights flickering, and electronic devices turning on and off by themselves. Many Nantucket locals even claim that The Wauwinet Hotel is constructed over the site of an ancient Native American burial ground, however no historical evidence exists to verify these claims.
#5 - Unitarian Universalist Church
Coordinates: 41.282347°, -70.099078°
Location Address: 11 Orange Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts
The Unitarian Universalist Church in Nantucket, Massachusetts was constructed in 1810 as the Second Congregational Meeting House Society. The historic church is said to be haunted by the spirit of a man named Seth Freeman Swift, who served as the congregation's first minister from 1810 until 1833. Since his death, churchgoers have reported encountering the spirit of a man matching Mr. Swift's description, especially in the church's bell tower. Employees working at the old church at night also report hearing the sounds of disembodied footsteps and banging coming from empty areas, or feeling the presence of an unseen entity. Others claim that the ghost of Seth Freeman Swift sometimes appears to discipline children who misbehave during church services.
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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.