Boston’s historic sites are more than just educational, they’re also hotbeds for ghost sightings and spooky happenings. Get into the spirit of Halloween and check out these haunted landmarks around town.
With its looming trees and countless faded gravestones, you’ll sense the eeriness of the cemetery as soon as you step through the stone entranceway. Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock are a few of the recognizable patriots buried here. Throughout the years, countless cemetery visitors have reported sightings of floating orbs and shadows as well as feelings of someone lurking over their shoulders.
This landmark has been around for more than 150 years, so it’s no surprise that it’s attracted quite a few ghosts during its time. Guests often report hearing sounds of rocking chairs even though there are none in the hotel, bellmen claim they see orbs of light in the 10th floor corridor and elevators regularly go to the third floor without anybody calling them.
Numerous theatre visitors have claimed to see the ghost of a former Boston mayor who died while watching a performance many years ago, but no mayor has ever died at the venue. Others say the ghosts of a woman and man appear on a balcony during productions.
This fort on George’s Island in the Boston Harbor was used during the Civil War to house Confederate prisoners inside of its stone walls. A woman named Melanie Lanier, the wife of an inmate, was hung when Yankees caught her trying to help prisoners escape. Ever since, reports of this ‘lady in black’ lurking around the grounds have been common. The fort is open today as a historic landmark and visitors can wander around the island or visit the museum—both of which are perfect for a fall day.