New Hampshire's haunted places

April 22. 2011 1:53PM
According to the Soul Seekers Paranormal Society: The Fitzwilliam Historical Society's Amos J. Blake House Museum has many reports of possible paranormal activity including feelings of not being alone, strange sounds, voices, and photographs of ectoplasm. 

Want to get a glimpse of an honest-to-goodness ghost? Or maybe just feel a chill run down your spine by being in the presence of something other-wordly? Perhaps you don't believe in this stuff, and you just want proof that it's all a bunch of hoo-hah? Whatever your motivation, here's a list of allegedly haunted places from around the Granite State, arranged by town.

Alton Town Hall

Alton, NH
Heavy footsteps walking around, furniture moving on its own, doors open mysteriously, and voices heard when no one is in the building.

Haunted House

Amos J. Blake House Museum

Fitzwilliam, NH
According to the Soul Seekers Paranormal Society: The museum of the Fitzwilliam Historical Society has many reports of possible paranormal activity including feelings of not being alone, strange sounds, voices, and photographs of ectoplasm.

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant

1 Bicentennial Square
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 224-2821
A mischievous ghost named George who moves people's chairs, drinks their beverages, and throws food.

Siam Orchid Thai Restaurant

158 N Main
Concord, NH
The drinking glasses move across the table and mysterious voices can be heard in the dining room and kitchen. The people living above the restaurant sometimes hear things after the restaurant has closed for the evening.

Bedard Haunting

Dover, NH
There have been strange scratching sounds in the attic, doors closing, elderly gentleman seen momentarily staring into the living room from outside the window or sitting in a wheelchair in an unused bedroom.

Dover Mills

Dover, NH
Former site of a mill that partially burned down. Strange lights coming from upper level rooms. You can hear machines running and turning on and off. There are also lights on in the basement even though it's blocked off.

University of New Hampshire

Smith Hall
Durham, NH
A mysterious female figure roams the halls and visits residents in the middle of the night.

Toll Hill

Eaton Center, NH
An old farmhouse on top of this hill is haunted by the ghost of a horse who sought shelter in the abandoned building during a blizzard and became trapped and died. The horse is reportedly still trying to escape.

Philbrick House

East Kingston, NH
Unexplainable loud noises, lights behind closed doors in vacant rooms, and antique clocks mysteriously working.

Haunted Lake

Francestown, NH
During the early to mid- 1700s, two men decided to camp out while travelling to Hillsborough. The men had a fight and one buried the other along the shore of the lake. Reports of mysterious loud moans and shrieks.

Kimball Castle

Gilford, NH
Reports of doors locking and unlocking by themselves, things disappearing, books being pulled off shelves, and plants being knocked over.

Temperance Tavern

Gilmanton, NH
Reports of doors locking and unlocking by themselves, things disappearing, books being pulled off shelves, and plants being knocked over.

Goffstown Historical Society

Goffstown, NH
Lights mysteriously turn on and off by themselves. Strange lights have been reported by neighbors along with a human silhouette in the second floor windows.

Meetinghouse Green Memorial Park

Hampton, NH
Haunted by the ghost of Goody Cole who is the state's only woman to be convicted of witchcraft. The figure is a shabby, sad, bent over old lady.

Marston House

Hampton, NH
Haunted by an 11-year-old boy named Valentine Marston who was accidentally shot in 1890 while hunting. This harmless ghost is known to wear a sailor suit.

Moulton House

Hampton, NH
Original owner General Johnathan Moulton's wife Abigail haunts the house. He was also reported to have sold his soul to the devil.

Notchland Inn

Route 302
Hart's Location, NH
Inhabited by an unknown, but so far harmless, spirit.

The Henniker House

Henniker, NH
You may be allowed to visit the house, please contact the Chamber of Commerce in Henniker, New Hampshire, for more information. The ghost of "Ocean-Born" Mary Wallace supposedly visits this house every Halloween in a horse drawn coach. Some say she's always there haunting it on a permanent basis.

Blaser's Fireside Tavern

Main Street
Hopkinton, NH
Reports of the ghost of a balding man wearing a checkered coat, striped pants,and spats. He is believe to be Frank Mills, who committed suicide in the building. There has also been footsteps in empty rooms, male voices when their shouldn't be, candles lit after being put out, and chairs being tossed.

Keene State College

Huntress Hall
Keene, NH
Harriet Huntress is said to roam the attic and fourth floor of the building in her wheelchair. The wheelchair is still in the attic.

Colonial Theater

Laconia, NH
Footsteps heard and lights go on and off, and doors open and close when no one's around. Visitors get a strange feeling that they should leave as soon as possible. A figure of a man has been seen.

Bob Shaw's Italian Sandwich Shop

(formerly Psaris Bistro)
915 Elm Street
Manchester, NH
Unexplained noises, names being called when no one's there, shadows move across mirrors, and other minor ghostly activity.

Hesser College

Manchester, NH
A young boy bounces his ball around the third and fourth floors and, upon investigation, the boy disappears and the bouncing ball sound vanishes. There are also reports of the sound of a wet finger running down the windows and eerie blue eyes peering in. Legend states that a young girl died of hypothermia and attempted to write help on the window.

Nutmeg Inn

Meredith, NH
Owners' daughter reported that she had a feeling she was not welcome in room number 4. Presence felt while playing musical instruments. Photos that have been taken at the inn showed ghostly shapes in them.

The Common Man (formerly Hannah Jack Tavern)

Merrimack, NH
Reports of strange noises and figures walking past doorways.

Burns House

Milford, NH
A young girl is seen in the upstairs window of this house that's been abandoned for years.

Country Tavern

452 Amherst Street
Nashua, NH
Elizabeth Ford was murdered by her husband when he came back after ten months to find her pregnant. He buried his wife and the baby on the grounds and Elizabeth now spends her time looking for the child. So far she is just a harmless, mischievous ghost.

Gilson Road Cemetary

Nashua, NH
Sightings of ghostly shapes have been reported. Walk from the front entrance to the middle feels like you're wading in water. A feeling of being pushed back from the cemetery when approached from across the street. Voices from the back, right-hand corner of the cemetery can be heard. A black hooded figure has been seen on several occasions.

Indian Rock Road

Nashua, NH
When walking along Indian Rock Road, travelers experience cold spots and the intense feeling of being watched by some malevolent force.

Colby-Sawyer College

Colgate building
New London, NH
A mysterious male figure with a hat sometimes is seen leaning over a railing or walking around the tower. He then disappears into thin air.

Colby-Sawyer College

Academy building
New London, NH
Doors open and close on their own and water faucets mysteriously turn on an off when no one's using them.

Colby-Sawyer College

New London, NH
Ghost with an interest in history rearranges books and looks through history books.

MacDowell Colony

Peterborough, NH
Former residents of the colony, including Elinor Wylie and Edward Arlington Robinson, are said to inhabit the colony.

Chase Home

Portsmouth, NH
A former children's home. A young girl who hung herself in her room appears in the hallway late at night and when she is approached she runs down the hall and disappears. A young girl screams late at night. Footsteps can be heard moving toward the stairs on the third floor which used to house the resident counselors. Locked doors are mysteriously unlocked and opened.

Isles of Shoals

Portsmouth, NH
There have been numerous reports of ghostly sightings on 9 of the islands.
    • Boon Island Lighthouse
      Reports of the lighthouse being haunted by an unknown ghost. Activity includes footsteps on stairs when no one's there and doors opening and closing on their own.
    • Boon Island
      A sad lady in white roams the island
    • The Isidore
      The ghost of ship that wrecked around the islands in 1843. Usually seen from Rye and Portsmouth
  • Starr Island
    Home to Betty Moody's cave. She hid with her child to avoid an Indian attack and smothered him to avoid being discovered. You can hear her cries just before a storm hits.

Point of Graves Burial Ground

Portsmouth, NH
Small graveyard that holds the remains of some of Portsmouth's most prominent historical figures. Visitors hear footsteps behind them when no one is there and a vault on the most western side has an odd glow when looked at on film.

Portsmouth Music Hall

Portsmouth, NH
A resident ghost of unknown origin is said to block the view of some patrons and shuffles from place to place. Noises often heard outside the lobby box office.

Rindge Historical Society Museum

Rindge, NH
According to the Soul Seekers Paranormal Society: This quintessential New England museum has had many reports of strange happenings including figures seen in the windows, lights turning on/off, objects moving and being thrown, voices, cold spots, strange photographs and video, feelings of not being alone, and the smell of pipe tobacco.

Rockingham Hotel

Portsmouth, NH
Spirit of a woman who smells of the sea. The figure is also know to have peered into the windows of the Purcell House, now the John Paul Jones House Museum. There's also theories that the ghost is somehow connected to John Paul Jones who is also know to haunt the area.

Sheafe Street Inn

Portsmouth, NH
Reports of alcoholic beverage bottles smashed when left in one particular room, open windows found shut upon returning to the room, out of place cooking utensils neatly put back when the cook turns away. Ghost of a horseman has also been reported.

Sise Inn

40 Court Street
Portsmouth, NH
A male and female ghost inhabit this inn. One or both likes the area in and around Suite 204. They play with the ice machine and lock and unlock doors.

Bow Lake

Strafford, NH
Reports of screams, moans, cries for help, and the calling of people's names. Visitors to this area have also witnessed bright lights coming from the woods, strange objects and shadows, and sunshine in the middle of the night.

Merrill House

corner of Frying Pan Lane and Bunker Hill Avenue
Stratham, NH
Inhabited by Annie Merrill who committed suicide after being jilted by the man who was engaged to her. Reports of doors opening and closing.

Mizpah Hut

White Mountains
One of the Appalachian Mountain Club huts. A child's voice heard calling out for her mother. An apparition of a young girl, standing in the first floor area.

Admiral Hawly's House

Whitefield, NH
This house is not open for public viewing. The ghost of Admiral Hawly inhabits the upstairs club room.

Blue Lady

Vale Cemetery
Wilton, NH
Blue lights rise from one particular grave and then sink back into the ground.

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