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The Boston region’s most haunted locations, mapped

These spooky spots include the Cutler Majestic, Park Street Station, and Boston Common

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Perhaps the only thing scarier than the Boston region’s housing costs is its traffic. And, after that, these 17 spooky spots. Salem doesn’t have all of the fun around Halloween.

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1. Powder House Square tower

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Powder House Square
Somerville, MA

A windmill used to stand where the tower now does, and it’s said that the ghost of an old man the windmill accidentally shredded still rattles about the place.

2. Hooper-Lee-Nichols House

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159 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Five Hessian soldiers, still in town from the Revolution, have been playing cards since 1915, when construction of a new wing on the house awakened them. 

The exterior of a three-story federal-style house. Daderot/Wikipedia

3. Christ Church Cambridge

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Zero Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-0200
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The church off Harvard Square was a redoubt for Tory sympathizers during the Revolution. One British soldier, buried as he was under the church building, is said to still haunt the pews, looking for his regiment. 

The interior of a church with arched ceilings, a single aisle, pews on either side of the aisle, and the aisle leading to an altar. Daderot/Wikipedia

4. Cambridge Rindge & Latin School

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459 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 349-6630
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The ghost of an old man apparently haunts a hallway memorializing World War II. 

The exterior of a high school with no one in front of it. Wikipedia

5. Charlestown Bridge

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Charlestown Bridge
Boston, MA

An 18th-century Bostonian named Peter Rugg is said to have disappeared on a stormy night during his return trip from Concord.

The clatter of his horse and carriage can still be heard on the west side of the expanse, which is also known as the North Washington Street Bridge.

Meanwhile, repairs starting in mid-2018 are set to haunt commuters for years.

An iron bridge over a river at nighttime. Shutterstock

6. Omni Parker House

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Omni Parker House
Boston, MA 02108

Harvey Parker, the hotel’s developer, who died in 1884, is said to inhabit the 10th-floor annex. A spooked guest once described him as "a heavy-set older man with a black mustache," according to the hotel’s website.

Elevators are also said to arrive on the third floor (where Charles Dickens stayed for a time) without any buttons having been pushed or anyone awaiting a lift.

The baroque exterior of an old hotel, with the sidewalk largely empty in front of it. Shutterstock

7. 8 Walnut Street

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8 Walnut St
Boston, MA 02108

This townhouse was the home of Dr. George Parkman, who was murdered and dismembered in 1849 in Harvard’s Holden Chapel, the university’s first cadaver room. It was one of the most sensational murder cases of the 19th century.

He continues to disquiet his old home, which should not be confused with 33 Beacon Street, where his family lived post-murder.

Parkman left that townhouse to the City of Boston, and it serves as the official—though rarely used—home of the mayor.

8. 1 Milk Street

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1 Milk St
Boston, MA 02109

Near this spot was the location of a grand Tudor mansion called Province House that served as the residence of royal governors until the Revolution.

As British troops evacuated the region, so a Nathaniel Hawthorne short story says, an old housekeeper named Esther Dudley stayed behind to await the return of the king’s men—a return, of course, that has never come. 

It’s now the site of a large WeWork space.

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9. Park Street Station

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Tremont St & Park Street & Winter Street
Boston, MA 02108

The wails and moans of chronically late Red Line riders are said to haunt the busiest station along America’s oldest subway route.

A subway platform with an empty train track and commuters awaiting the train. Shutterstock

10. Boston Common

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139 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 635-4505
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America’s oldest public park was three centuries ago the site of public hangings. Some of the poor souls executed there are said to still roam about. 

Trees changing color on either side of a walkway. Shutterstock

11. Cutler Majestic Theatre

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219 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 824-8000
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Ask an Emerson student and you may very well hear tales of moving chairs and suspicious power outages at the Beaux-Arts palace.

The arched entryway, with murals, of a theater. Wikipedia

12. Kilachand Hall

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91 Bay State Rd #115
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 358-5900
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Moody playwright Eugene O’Neill died in 1953 in Suite 401 of Boston University’s Kilachand Hall (formerly Shelton Hall). Students still run into him today

13. 4 Charlesgate East

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4 Charlesgate E
Boston, MA 02215

The ghosts haunting the old Charlesgate Hotel (and B.U. and Emerson dorm) are said to be so brazen they set traps for unsuspecting persons.

The building is now a condo. 

14. Washington Street and East Berkeley Street (formerly Boston Neck)

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1138 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

This former spit of land was the site of many a hanging back in the day, including, in 1648, the execution of the first New Englander convicted of witchcraft.

The isthmus no longer exists, of course, but the troubled souls of the strangled still murk about. 

15. Georges Island

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Georges Island
Boston, MA

The island was the site of a notorious Confederate prison, and the angry widow of an inmate haunts it: The so-called Lady in Black. She came all the way from Georgia to rescue her man, only to die in the attempt.

A stone wall along a fort, with sloping grass in front of it. Shutterstock

16. Lamartine and Green streets in Jamaica Plain

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A ladylike ghost is said to have started wandering the intersection of Lamartine and Green streets, around Johnson Park in Jamaica Plain, late at night starting in the 1880s.

She is often so tuckered out by the traipsing that she can be seen resting on area walls and fences. 

17. Everett Square Theatre

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11 Fairmount Ave
Hyde Park, MA 02136

The partially rehabbed Hyde Park landmark hosts a fairly pleasant ghost who has earned the sobriquet "Smilin’ Al" in honor of Al Jolson, who played the Everett a century ago. 

The shabby interior of an old theater, with peeling paint on the wall and a spindly staircase prominent in the picture. Boston Globe via Getty Images

1. Powder House Square tower

Powder House Square, Somerville, MA

A windmill used to stand where the tower now does, and it’s said that the ghost of an old man the windmill accidentally shredded still rattles about the place.

Powder House Square
Somerville, MA

2. Hooper-Lee-Nichols House

159 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
The exterior of a three-story federal-style house. Daderot/Wikipedia

Five Hessian soldiers, still in town from the Revolution, have been playing cards since 1915, when construction of a new wing on the house awakened them. 

159 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. Christ Church Cambridge

Zero Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
The interior of a church with arched ceilings, a single aisle, pews on either side of the aisle, and the aisle leading to an altar. Daderot/Wikipedia

The church off Harvard Square was a redoubt for Tory sympathizers during the Revolution. One British soldier, buried as he was under the church building, is said to still haunt the pews, looking for his regiment. 

Zero Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

4. Cambridge Rindge & Latin School

459 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
The exterior of a high school with no one in front of it. Wikipedia

The ghost of an old man apparently haunts a hallway memorializing World War II. 

459 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. Charlestown Bridge

Charlestown Bridge, Boston, MA
An iron bridge over a river at nighttime. Shutterstock

An 18th-century Bostonian named Peter Rugg is said to have disappeared on a stormy night during his return trip from Concord.

The clatter of his horse and carriage can still be heard on the west side of the expanse, which is also known as the North Washington Street Bridge.

Meanwhile, repairs starting in mid-2018 are set to haunt commuters for years.

Charlestown Bridge
Boston, MA

6. Omni Parker House

Omni Parker House, Boston, MA 02108
The baroque exterior of an old hotel, with the sidewalk largely empty in front of it. Shutterstock

Harvey Parker, the hotel’s developer, who died in 1884, is said to inhabit the 10th-floor annex. A spooked guest once described him as "a heavy-set older man with a black mustache," according to the hotel’s website.

Elevators are also said to arrive on the third floor (where Charles Dickens stayed for a time) without any buttons having been pushed or anyone awaiting a lift.

Omni Parker House
Boston, MA 02108

7. 8 Walnut Street

8 Walnut St, Boston, MA 02108

This townhouse was the home of Dr. George Parkman, who was murdered and dismembered in 1849 in Harvard’s Holden Chapel, the university’s first cadaver room. It was one of the most sensational murder cases of the 19th century.

He continues to disquiet his old home, which should not be confused with 33 Beacon Street, where his family lived post-murder.

Parkman left that townhouse to the City of Boston, and it serves as the official—though rarely used—home of the mayor.

8 Walnut St
Boston, MA 02108

8. 1 Milk Street

1 Milk St, Boston, MA 02109
Boston Public Library/Flickr

Near this spot was the location of a grand Tudor mansion called Province House that served as the residence of royal governors until the Revolution.

As British troops evacuated the region, so a Nathaniel Hawthorne short story says, an old housekeeper named Esther Dudley stayed behind to await the return of the king’s men—a return, of course, that has never come. 

It’s now the site of a large WeWork space.

1 Milk St
Boston, MA 02109

9. Park Street Station

Tremont St & Park Street & Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108
A subway platform with an empty train track and commuters awaiting the train. Shutterstock

The wails and moans of chronically late Red Line riders are said to haunt the busiest station along America’s oldest subway route.

Tremont St & Park Street & Winter Street
Boston, MA 02108

10. Boston Common

139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111
Trees changing color on either side of a walkway. Shutterstock

America’s oldest public park was three centuries ago the site of public hangings. Some of the poor souls executed there are said to still roam about. 

139 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02111

11. Cutler Majestic Theatre

219 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
The arched entryway, with murals, of a theater. Wikipedia

Ask an Emerson student and you may very well hear tales of moving chairs and suspicious power outages at the Beaux-Arts palace.

219 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

12. Kilachand Hall

91 Bay State Rd #115, Boston, MA 02215

Moody playwright Eugene O’Neill died in 1953 in Suite 401 of Boston University’s Kilachand Hall (formerly Shelton Hall). Students still run into him today

91 Bay State Rd #115
Boston, MA 02215

13. 4 Charlesgate East

4 Charlesgate E, Boston, MA 02215

The ghosts haunting the old Charlesgate Hotel (and B.U. and Emerson dorm) are said to be so brazen they set traps for unsuspecting persons.

The building is now a condo. 

4 Charlesgate E
Boston, MA 02215

14. Washington Street and East Berkeley Street (formerly Boston Neck)

1138 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

This former spit of land was the site of many a hanging back in the day, including, in 1648, the execution of the first New Englander convicted of witchcraft.

The isthmus no longer exists, of course, but the troubled souls of the strangled still murk about. 

1138 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

15. Georges Island

Georges Island, Boston, MA
A stone wall along a fort, with sloping grass in front of it. Shutterstock

The island was the site of a notorious Confederate prison, and the angry widow of an inmate haunts it: The so-called Lady in Black. She came all the way from Georgia to rescue her man, only to die in the attempt.

Georges Island
Boston, MA

16. Lamartine and Green streets in Jamaica Plain

Boston, MA 02130

A ladylike ghost is said to have started wandering the intersection of Lamartine and Green streets, around Johnson Park in Jamaica Plain, late at night starting in the 1880s.

She is often so tuckered out by the traipsing that she can be seen resting on area walls and fences. 

17. Everett Square Theatre

11 Fairmount Ave, Hyde Park, MA 02136
The shabby interior of an old theater, with peeling paint on the wall and a spindly staircase prominent in the picture. Boston Globe via Getty Images

The partially rehabbed Hyde Park landmark hosts a fairly pleasant ghost who has earned the sobriquet "Smilin’ Al" in honor of Al Jolson, who played the Everett a century ago. 

11 Fairmount Ave
Hyde Park, MA 02136