Five New England Haunted Houses to Visit

By Carla Charter

Mark Twain House

Hartford, Connecticut

The Twain house is a literary landmark. It may also be a haunted house. Para-normal activities have been reported at the house including reports of a rocking chair rocking on its own in the nursery. There have been sightings of a female figure in white and in dark clothing with yellow and purple flashes. The eldest daughter of Mark Twain, Suzie Clemens, died in the house. Although he did no die there the Twain’s had an African American butler, George Griffin. An African American Gentleman has been seen standing in the door way of the Butlers bedroom. There has also been the prevalent smell of cigars throughout the house. Twain was known to have smoked as many as 40 cigars in a day. One late night the Hartford fire department was called as a smoke detector had gone off at the house in the Billiard room. When the fire department responded there was no smoke but it was reported one firefighter stated do you smell cigars?  More information can be found at


Museum of Old York

York, Maine

The Museums of Old York is said to have a lady in white which may be linked to a hanging from Colonial Days. During the days of Colonial witch hunting, the museum was the town hall and a lady was hung in front of the town hall.  Since her death there have been many reports of doors opening and closing by themselves and cold spots. Even daycare children across the street have talked of a nice lady in white who has come over to play with them.  More information on the Museum of Old York can be found at


Wayside Inn

Sudbury, Massachusetts

The wayside Inn was built by the Howe family in 1716. Lyman Howe, the last Howe owner, had a sister Jerusha Howe. As a young woman, Jerusha was known as the ‘Belle of Sudbury’ and had renowned musical and artistic skills.  She owned the first piano in town and put it to frequent use for visitors. Some say she still puts it to use today playing tunes in the middle of the night.

Legend says Jerusha became engaged to an Englishman and her fiancé soon sailed home to England to make the arrangements for the wedding. He never returned, whether lost at sea or whether he abandoned her or as some said he never existed at all.

Whatever the truth she lived out her days at the Inn dying at 45 in 1842, some saying she may have died of a broken heart. It is also believed though by many that she is spending her afterlife in Room 9, her bedroom.  Visitors to both room 9 and 10 reporting smelling her citrus perfume feeling her sweep past them on the stairs and even reports of being awakened by her touch or seeing her prescience at the foot of their bed. As a result, a unique custom has developed where visitors to these rooms who have an encounter with the spirit record them on a small note and place the folded notes in cracks and crevices in the room.

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Isle of Shoals

Portsmouth, N.H.

The Isle of Shoals, made up of 9 islands off the coast of Portsmouth, has a history of haunted sightings. In 1852, Nathaniel Hawthorne visited Appledore Island and recorded in his journal “Mr. Thaxter had once a man living with him who had seen “Old Bab” the ghost. He met him between the hotel and the sea, and describes him as dressed in a sort of frock, and with a very dreadful countenance.”  Also seen in the waters near the Isle of Shoals is a phantom ship, the Isidore, wrecked in 1842. The ghost ship appears for only a few moments at a time and has been spotted as far away Rye and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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Newport, Rhode Island

One of the famed Newport mansions, Belcourt is said to be haunted by a phantom monk.  Even more interesting is that this beautiful mansion is also said to have two haunted chairs which forcibly eject anyone who sits in them. It is also said that the mansion has a haunted suit of armor as well.  More information on Belcourt can be found at



Brass Lantern Inn

Stowe, Vermont

At Brass Lantern Inn are ghosts of a more jovial type, apparently enjoying themselves while discussing a party they had recently attended. Both customers and staff have reported hearing these enthusiastic voices, however when the room where the voices are coming from is investigated, no one is there.   More information on the Brass Lantern Inn can be found at