READ: "Salem's spookiest tourist traps," by Greg CookSalem
isn't the only place in Massachusetts that has an uneasy past. The
Concord Colonial Inn in Concord was built on a Native American burial
ground - never a good thing. Strange occurrences include books flying
off shelves and sightings of people vanishing in thin air. In 1966, one
woman said she saw a figure hovering over her bed. Another time, a
guest ran downstairs and slept in the foyer after seeing a ghost in her
haunted room. In the morning, her suitcase was found re-packed without
any knowledge of who did it. Room 24 is what gets the most attention; a
paranormal investigation team once claimed to make contact with three
spirits just in that one room. No word as to whether they were members
those are the ‘burbs, where the lawns are huge and no one can hear you
scream. Surely civilized, metropolitan Boston is safer? Ha! Think again.
Back in the 17th century, they used to hang people on Boston Common,
and people have seen ghosts there. Two women seen walking together are
thought to be Quaker Mary Dyer, hung in 1660 for her religious beliefs,
and Elizabeth Emerson, hung in 1693 for murdering her two children.
It's nice that they're keeping each other company in the afterlife, at
least. Meanwhile, over at Fort Warren on George's Island, the ghosts are
color-coded. "The Lady in Black" was executed in 1862; legend says she
tried to help her Confederate POW husband get free, and then killed him
as the fort commander closed in on them. Soldiers stationed here later
claimed to fire at a dark cloaked image, only to have it disappear
afterwards. "The Woman in Scarlet" was killed by a cannonball on a British
ship blockading Boston Harbor during the Revolutionary War. Since then,
several people have claimed to see a woman walk around with blood
dripping from her head.Next
time you are trying to give yourself a good scare on Halloween by going
to a horror film or touring a haunted house, remember that some of what
you are seeing may be based on real life mysterious events.
MORE: Get more of Boston's haunted happenings at thephoenix.com/halloween.