Haverhill is haunted. In fact, it may be one of New England’s most overlooked — and reliable — haunted communities.
That makes it a great location for ghost hunting. But, many of the best locations are off-limits at night, or require a fee to explore.
Don’t let that deter you. Haverhill’s ghosts can be worth the extra effort.
In 2017, I was interviewed for an article that describes many of Haverhill’s best haunts: Haunted in Haverhill, by Alison Colby-Campbell, in the October 2017 issue of Haverhill Life.
Here are some of my notes from my research for that interview.
My early Haverhill ley line research produced two maps.
The first included points related to known haunts and suspected ghosts.
In that map (courtesy of Google Maps), you’ll see two triangles.
In the first triangle, dashed lines connect the Northpoint Bible College site (former location of Bradford College) and Buttonwoods/Pentucket Burial Ground area to Hilldale Cemetery.
In the second triangle, the solid lines connect the same initial points to St. James’ Cemetery instead of Hilldale.
Anything within the two, overlapping triangles might be worth extra research. Those areas have a greater likelihood of ghosts.
The problem was: when I was working with that map, it just didn’t feel right.
That’s difficult to articulate, and it’s one reason I’m rewriting my ley lines book.
At this point, it’s simplest to say that some of my ley lines work is intuitive. Further, if I keep working on the troublesome map that “guesswork” almost always rings true.
That was the case with the Haverhill map.
On a whim, I took a fresh look at the map. I studied everything in the area, and thought about weird news reports and nearby paranormal sites.
That’s when I remember the Westford Knight. (That site is in Westford, MA. I’m not sure it’s still worth visiting, but — many years ago, when I first saw it — it definitely looked like a primitive, medieval knight’s burial.)
When I connected the dots between the Westford Knight site, Northpoint Bible College, and Buttonwoods, it went through Walnut Cemetery and over the Isles of Shoals.
That line made more sense to me. It hit more major weird/paranormal sites.
- Westford Knight? Weird.
- Northpoint/Bradford college? Weird and haunted.
- Buttonwoods? Very haunted. I’d go back there just for another look at the haunted mirror in the parlor.
- Walnut Cemetery? Strange. Something was odd (not just haunted) when I investigated it. It seemed as if the cemetery amplified unhealthy impulses among the living. (Yes, I know how bizarre that sounds. It’s more likely my imagination was working overtime.)
- Isles of Shoals? Over two centuries of weird legends and, of course, ghosts.
If I were scouting haunted locations for a TV series (something I’ve done in the past), I’d focus on that line. I’d follow it exactly, and ask questions at any shops, restaurants, or other public sites along the way.
Frankly, that line is so strong, I’d stake my reputation on it leading through some other very weird (and probably haunted) locations.
It’s just a matter of looking, and asking questions of enough people. That takes persistence, patience, and a little audacity at times. But, it’s usually worthwhile, if you’re looking for unreported haunted places. You might find some so dark and weird, people avoid talking about them.
So, yes, if you’re a ghost hunter, Haverhill can be a goldmine of investigation sites, with very vivid ghosts.