Originally the domain of native tribes like the Abenaki and Mohawk, Vermont was settled by the French as part of their Canadian colonies until it was ceded to England. Militia members of the Green Mountain Boys eventually won the state independence as its own sovereign state and Vermont joined the U.S. not as one of the thirteen colonies but rather as the fourteenth state. The first state to abolish slavery, Vermonters used their proximity to Canada to facilitate the Underground Railroad.
A New England state known for its skiing, maple syrup, unique dialect, and picturesque scenery, Vermont is one of the least populated states in the country, but its residents don’t seem to mind the solitude. Of course, they may not be truly alone. A haunted rowboat makes no ripples as it sails across the surface of a popular lake. Strange disappearances and a wild creature are said to haunt the cursed land around a peak in the Green Mountains. A nurse who became a patient in her own hospital still tends to the ill at the state’s police academy. One of America’s oldest military colleges is still visited by cadets from the long forgotten past. The beauty of the Green Mountain State might just belie the darker chapters in Vermont’s history.
Of course, being the smallest state doesn’t mean Rhode Island lacks for history - or for hauntings. The employees of one of America’s first textile mills are still heard around their old equipment. A woman in period garb still likes to ride the old carousel at the site of a former Victorian-era amusement park. Two homes belonging to a famous Rhode Island governor have haunted legacies. A blockbuster film helped further blur the distinction between the fact and fiction of a haunting at a farmhouse dating back to the colonial period. Rhode Island certainly has no shortage of spirits.
New Hampshire’s history comes alive in the ghostly tales that continue to haunt this New England state. A Revolutionary War fort is haunted by soldiers killed in an accidental explosion while a forlorn woman searches the tunnels underneath a state college in hopes of finding her unrequited love. Christmas-themed inn is known for spirits that spook guests, and the wife of a jealous sea captain still haunts their colonial residence.
A historic fort protecting the Boston area is haunted by spirits from its past while those staying overnight at a historic inn find they aren’t alone after crawling into bed. Star-crossed lovers continue their affair at a bed and breakfast long after their death and a British general stalks the halls of a building on a women’s college. Visitors stay overnight at the home of an infamous murderess in hopes of seeing spirits while the victims of America’s most famous witch hunt still haven’t found their eternal rest. Massachusetts is just as steeped in history as it is in hauntings.
While Maine is considered the safest state in the country, many residents swear strange things lurk in the thick pine forests here. A young woman haunts the lakeshore where she was violently murdered while the phantom music of a lighthouse keeper’s crazed wife still echoes across a lonely island. A Native American chieftain haunts the colonial fort where he was killed, and unseen forces stalk a building on a university campus . One never knows what they might find in the wilds of Maine.
Connecticut’s history and culture make it one of America’s most unique states, and visitors here might experience something else unique: the supernatural. The ghost of a young woman appears around the cemetery where she is buried at midnight, allegedly frightening visitors to death. A possessed doll strikes fear into the heart of visitors to an occult museum. A terrifying history has earned a ghost town in a park the nickname “Village of the Damned,” while hikers in another park may find themselves assaulted by the spirits who dwell in a crumbling castle.
Spooky stories and terrifying tales found along the road less traveled.