Tilton and Northfield, NH – Ghost Hunting in the Rain

In Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries, I mentioned one eerie cemetery in Northfield-Tilton, New Hampshire.  (It’s actually in Northfield, but the boundary between the two towns isn’t always clear.  Technically, the river divides the towns, but the post office considers both towns as “Tilton.”)

Several graves in that cemetery indicate good activity.

rain-northfield-cem-nightLast night, we took photos of rain orbs for my book, Ghost Photography 101.

Though most of the orbs in this photo are certainly rain, at least one might be something paranormal.  I think you can see how different it is from the others, in the photo at right.

Of course, it’s nearly impossible to tell “real” orbs from rain orbs in photos, so I’m making no claims.  However, we’ve seen consistent orbs around this group of graves.

When we arrived, the cemetery was too quiet.  Even the rain seemed entirely silent, though we parked in a paved area.  Also, though the area is lit by streetlights and light from neighbors’ homes, the back half of the cemetery always seems darker than it should be… even in the daytime.

I like cemeteries that feel as if you’re stepping back in time.  This is one of them, and it always feels entirely separated from the buildings — and era — around it.  Some might describe it as “creepy,” but I find it very relaxing and peaceful, despite the activity at some of its graves.

Here’s a “sneak peak” into another area of this cemetery, to check for elevated EMF, orbs, EVP, and so on.

You may be able to use this tip when you investigate cemeteries in your area.

nfield-3fingersOther researchers and I describe one grave as the “three pointing fingers grave.”  You’ll know which one it is, as soon as you see it.  Jacob Webber and his two wives are in that plot, and the headstone is unusual, showing three pointing fingers.

A finger pointing up usually indicates that the person ascended to Heaven.  A finger pointing down usually suggests the hand of God, ending a life early… but it can mean something less attractive. (It doesn’t take much imagination to figure that out: Heaven: up. Hell: down.)

When we see an adult’s headstone with a downward pointing finger, we immediately add that plot to our list of graves to investigate.  Those graves have a higher likelihood of activity compared with other, unremarkable graves.

I’m still investigating the spirits at the “three fingers” grave.  I know the second wife feels that she had the “last word” with that gravestone, and her energy definitely lingers.  With enough attention, she’s the kind of woman who might appear as an apparition.

There are several other active locations in this rural cemetery, and some may be even more active than the “three pointing fingers” plot.  However, this cemetery – Arch Hill Cemetery in Northfield, NH – is near several homes, so it’s difficult to investigate without attracting attention.

The good news is, this cemetery seems to be active during the daytime as well as after dark.  I recommend EMF meters and either a psychic, a Frank’s Box, or an Ovilus for research in this graveyard.  You could also use a K-II (or K-III) meter for real-time dialogue with the spirits.

Ghost Hunting in Tilton, NHVisually, it’s a lovely location, but — so far — it’s been difficult to photograph reliable anomalies due to nearby lights.

If you’re interested in Arch Hill Cemetery, or you’re ghost hunting in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, some of my stories were included in Rue Cote’s book, Ghost Hunting in Tilton, New Hampshire.

Rue’s research and ghost stories include Tilton, Northfield, and Franklin, New Hampshire. She also lists several haunts that are within an hour or so of Tilton.

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4 thoughts on “Tilton and Northfield, NH – Ghost Hunting in the Rain”

  1. Great article! If you ever find yourself in Arizona stop by and we’ll go ghostin’ .

  2. Arch Hill Cemetery, Northfiled, New Hampshire.

    I have taken several pictures during the day with nothing to note. I recognize the marker with the hands pointing up and down. In fact, I live on the other side of Arch Hill! I have visited and taken photos of the cemetery in Tilton on Route 3 with some interesting/questionable results!

    1. Thanks for commenting, Kirt.

      Arch Hill is a great cemetery. I talk about it more in my new book, Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries. There are several graves with indications of activity; the one with the hands is just one of about four plots I’d like to research when I have more time.

      Generally, that cemetery is fairly quiet, and that makes it ideal for someone who’s new to ghost hunting and wants a gentle, non-scary place to explore.

      However, last week I saw what I think was a full, shadow-y apparition. It was near the front of the cemetery, in the area that’s well-lit at night, on the south side of the center path. It may have been a trick of the light… but I don’t think so.

      I haven’t explored the Rte 3/Tilton cemetery yet, but it’s intriguing. Were your results after dark or during the day?

  3. Fiona,

    The photo results I have are at dusk. The cemetery is open from dawn to dusk and the local police drive through at closing.

    There are two sections I noted as I did a walk-through: One with older crypts and the second is in a far corner that looks special for soldiers (Located a bit behind the crypts.) It is an interesting walk, at the very least.

    I could send the pics if you would like. Just let me know 🙂

    I will also be visiting the Arch Hill cemetery by months end.

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