We're not talking 'The Haunted Mansion' here. We're talking the real thing. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Each and every state in the union has its “most haunted house.” So let’s take a look inside the most haunted houses in New England.


Of all places, House Beautiful was the place that this conversation started. They put together The Most Haunted Houses in Every State (and Their Horrifying Back Stories), which of course got me thinking about and looking into their New England selections. As they put it: “Fabricated haunted houses have nothing on the real ones. If you love a spine-chilling tale and are considering exploring an actual haunted house near you, you’re in the right place.”


I was excited to dig into their piece, as I recently put together this list of The 12 Most Haunted Places in Massachusetts. I wondered to myself if the House Beautiful pick for Massachusetts would be something that landed on my list. Or, maybe it would be a house from the one of the ghostliest cities in Massachusetts. And then I got thinking about Maine. Would their Maine selection have a Stephen King overlap? Or would any of the haunted houses on the list have any sort of horror movie tie-ins? These are the questions that keep me up at night. These, and things that go bump in the night, of course.


The Most Haunted Houses in New England

So let’s open those creaky front doors with the stained-glass window panels. Or should we enter the house through the rotting wooden bulkhead that leads to the cobwebbed cellar? Pick your poison. We’ll start here in Massachusetts, then move up through Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Then we’ll circle back down to Rhode Island and Connecticut. And after the tour is over, check out my list of rock stars reimagined as horror movie villains, created with AI. It is October, after all.

  • Massachusetts

    Lizzie Borden House, Fall River: Was there any question this house of horrors would represent the Commonwealth?

  • Maine

    Captain Lord Mansion, Kennebunkport: It’s a Bed and Breakfast now, so you get to pay to get yourself spooked.

  • New Hampshire

    The Ocean-Born Mary House, Henniker: You know if it gets a segment on Chronicle it’s legit.

  • Vermont

    Bowman House-Laurel Hall, Shrewsbury: If I died of typhoid, I’d come back and haunt your asses, too.

  • Rhode Island

    Sprague Mansion, Cranston: The place is rotten with orbs, so you know it’s haunted as hell.

  • Connecticut

    New London Ledge Lighthouse, Groton: Boasts a ghost named “Ernie.” C’mon, how scary can a ghost be if its name is Ernie?

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