As Halloween approaches, there’s one town that’s on almost everybody’s list: Salem, Massachusettes. It’s a town full of infamous history, attracting visitors and tourists from all over the world. Besides the Salem Witch Trials, the town is known for its many haunted locations (not in any particular order).
The Hawthorne Hotel
In July of 1925, the Hawthorne Hotel opened its doors to more than a thousand Salem residents. It was named after Nathanial Hawthorne, author of the Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables. The hotel offers 93 well-furnished and beautifully decorated rooms (including 6 suites) for any traveler and businessman. For those looking for a tasty bite to eat, it has a restaurant perfect for all with its extensive menu.
Although this is a great place for the living to stay, you might find yourself wondering if the dead wander here as well. Yes, the hotel is rumored to be haunted as guests repeatedly report spotting a female apparition occupying one of the halls. In room 325, people experience lights and faucets turning on then off all by themselves and others have heard the sound of a baby crying while also feeling like they’ve been touched. Would you stay here?
While Turner’s Seafood is its current name, this seafood restaurant can also be identified as The Lyceum. It’s a place that would definitely meet your seafood desires with a list of options. It was visited by Nathanial Hawthorne and Alexander Graham Bell, along with other known personalities.
The property it sits upon once belonged to Bridget Bishop as she was one of the first women executed for witchcraft. Today, a lady in a white, period dress is often seen on the staircase and many believe that she’s the ghost of Bridget herself. Other phenomena include electrical disturbances, light anomalies, and other sightings of apparitions. Seafood and spirits, what more can you ask for?
Charter Street Cemetery
Also known as the Old Burying Point Cemetery, it is the oldest cemetery in all of Salem, as it opened in 1637. Being this old, most of the headstones are well withered and many of the inscriptions and names aren’t legible anymore. Judge John Hathorne is among one of the buried here and is known for being ‘The Hanging Judge’ apart of the Witch Trials. Other notable burials include Judge Bartholomew Gedney, Mary Corey (second wife of Giles Corey), and Reverend Nicholas Noyes is also believed to be buried here, though his grave isn’t marked.
While Hathorne is one of the entities of the cemetery, he is not the only one. Many others have been spotted and apparently captured on film. A lot of the time, people report that the ghosts wander in their homes. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind. They’d make terrific neighbors!
In a Pig’s Eye
After the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials faded, local taverns became hubs for illegal activity. The area of Derby Street became lined with brothels, drinking dens, and tunnels used to abduct younger men, specifically when sea captains would dock there, they would use the tunnels to kidnap young men without gaining a lot of attention.
Because of the unfortunate happenings in the area, it is known to be haunted, In A Pig’s Eye being the main focal point for the activity. In the bar area, people have reported seeing the apparitions of pirates and hearing disembodied voices that likely belong to the Sea Captains. Screaming is even heard from the underground tunnels as well. Could these captains still be trying to partake in unnerving activity, even after death?
The Witch House
Located on Essex Street in Salem, the Jonathan Corwin House (known as the Witch House) is the only remaining structure tied directly to the Salem Witch Trials. Corwin purchased the home in 1674 when he was 35 and lived there for over 40 years but it was built between 1620 and 1642. The home remained in the Corwin family until the mid 19th century. Corwin was involved with sentencing 19 people to their deaths.
While you can take tours and the house is open to the public, it’s heavenly bound with paranormal activity. Many report hearing a disembodied voice of a child, being touched and feeling cold spots. But there’s plenty of other activity that likely takes place. Have you been here?
The Joshua Ward House
The Joshua Ward house was built in 1784 on land once owned by Sheriff George Corwin, who was known as “the Strangler” and was said to be twisted and sadistic due to the harsh ways he would interrogate suspected witches. One of them being Giles Corey, who was tortured and pressed to death for being an alleged warlock.
Both the Sheriff and Giles are said to still linger as the sheriff is blamed for choking visitors and Giles is often blamed for knocking trashcans over and knocking things off of shelves. A third female entity, suspected to be another of the Sheriff’s victims, is said to hang around as well.
I don’t know about you, but I intend on making a spooky trip to America’s most spooky city! What are your thoughts about these haunted locations? Let me know! Also, if you liked this article, subscribe to keep up with weekly paranormal posts!
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