Real Ghosts of Haunted New Hampshire

Haunted New Hampshire — like most of New England — features hundreds (and perhaps thousands) of ghosts.

ghostly mist in haunted NH cemetery
Ghostly mist at Gilson Road Cemetery, Nashua, NH – photo by Fiona Broome

Here are some of my own favorite NH ghost stories (from 1995 to the present) and fascinating folklore from others.

My articles about ghosts along coastal NH:

Haunted Portsmouth, NH
Ghosts of the Isles of Shoals, NH
Ghosts of NH’s Seacoast

Andover cemetery, NH
Tilted stones and graves where no grass grows.

Andover – Old Center Cemetery, Main Street

I haven’t tested this cemetery for EMF, but even in daylight, this is one of the eeriest New England cemeteries I’ve ever visited. The cemetery’s “ghost stories” may have been created by students. Locals swear that it’s all nonsense. However, this site is well worth a daytime visit.

Read my report at Ghosts of Old Center Cemetery, Andover, NH.

Andover is on Route 11 between Routes 89 and 93. [Google map]. Route 11 becomes Route 4, also called Main Street, in Andover.

Hollis – Pine Hill Cemetery, Nartoff Road

Blood cemetery, Hollis, NH

Take Exit 6 (Rte. 130) from Rte. 3, go west to Nartoff Rd., and then travel north on Nartoff (which jogs right and then left) to reach this very haunted cemetery. Locals call it “Blood Cemetery” for its most famous ghost, Abel Blood, whose headstone reportedly changes at night so the finger on the stone points downward instead of heavenward. Pine Hill cemetery is closed dusk to dawn; the police patrol steadily, especially around Halloween.

For many more pages about this eerie graveyard, read about the Ghosts of Blood Cemetery, Hollis, NH.

Nashua – Gilson Road Cemetery

Gilson Rd Cemetery, Nashua, NH
Unearthly light at Gilson Road Cemetery.

This is one “haunted” site that produces reliable needle-swings on the compass, day or night. I recommend visiting this lovely old cemetery during the daytime.

If you’re sensitive to psychic energy, you’ll feel something approaching in the woods, starting shortly before noon each day. The Gilson Road area was reportedly the site of several vicious battles among Native American tribes from as far away as Maine and Connecticut.

Gilson Road is off Main Dunstable Road, Nashua, near Hollis. We travel west on Spit Brook Road (Exit 1 off Rte. 3/Everett Turnpike) and follow it west as it changes name, finally becoming Ridge Road which meets Main Dunstable Rd. Turn right on Main Dunstable, and Gilson Road is the second left.

If you get lost, look for signs to Tanglewood Estates, the subdivision directly across the street from the cemetery. (It’s about 3.7 miles from the Rte. 3 intersection, to Gilson Road.) After you leave Main Dunstable Road, the cemetery is about 1/3 mile ahead on your right, behind a stone wall.

You can also reach the cemetery from Exit 5, off Rte. 3, if you approach it from the other end of Gilson Road. Or from Rte. 111 if you’re coming from downtown Nashua. Check this with an up-to-date map.

The cemetery is posted against vandalism, and patrolled by the police due to drinking parties in the woods behind the cemetery. The neighbors are also protective of this lovely old graveyard.

See Ghosts of Gilson Road Cemetery for photos and more info.

Stairs at ruins of Tyng Mansion.
These stairs once led to haunted Tyng Mansion.

Nashua, NH and Tyngsboro, MA – The Tyng family attracted ghosts. First, at their mansion — now just a ruin.

Then, a ghost followed one of the Tyng men, from house to house, until she killed him.

Even today, the Tyng family cemetery is supposed to be haunted.

My reports include:

New London – Colby-Sawyer College, Colgate Hall

A gentleman ghost with a hat appears at the main building of this college. He has been seen by many people — including me, in broad daylight — and by others — day & night — for many years.

Read my two-part first-person story at Ghosts of Colby-Sawyer College.

Learn about additional ghosts at More ghosts of Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH, and Ghosts of New London, NH.

Also see my report about a haunted cemetery in nearby Andover, NH, above.

Milford – on Rte. 101A, Unitarian Universalist Church

The basement of the old section of this wonderful church has a few areas which seem haunted. Most notably, there is an old wooden staircase that is haunted by the ghost of a male.

There is a slight cold spot in front of the doors marked “not storage.” Pendulum activity suggests that it is haunted by a ghost that is guarding something there.

Finally, there seem to be two portal-type energy-openings: One is in an unfinished area with many stones on the floor; compasses in this area swing erratically, and digital photos produced orbs. The corresponding (exit?) portal seems to be in a small, closed room that is set up for sitting on the floor, with signs indicating a reading area, a writing/journal area, and so on.This seems to be an active haunting and affects some people more than others.

Nashua – 452 Amherst St., The Country Tavern

Now a restaurant, this house–actually two Early American buildings combined–may be haunted by the ghost of Elizabeth Ford, who was murdered with her baby by her jealous sea captain husband. This ghost moves things, mostly in poltergeist style, such as making patrons’ dishes move and causing cups and saucers to fly across the room.

The ghost has also made appearances, most often at a window of the barn section, where she is seen gazing back at the tree where at least one victim may have been buried.

She is usually described as being about 5’7″ with a white gown and long white hair, and she is usually opaque, not transparent.

Other phenomena have occurred in what is reportedly one of the most haunted rooms in the restaurant: the ladies’ rest room downstairs.

We have investigated this restaurant and it is profoundly haunted by a sweet, slender woman in Colonial garb. She has long blonde hair (not white, as earlier reported) and a sense of humor. She is somewhat shy, but she’ll still play pranks if there is an opportunity to startle you.

I filmed an episode of “Chronicle” (New England TV series) at the Country Tavern and the ghosts were very obliging.  They kept blinking the lights on and off while the cameras were on, and we couldn’t replicate the effect, no matter what we tried.

More information is in the 24 Jul 1988 article by Joann Goslin in The Nashua Telegraph and in Norm Gauthier’s guide to more New Hampshire “haunted” places you can visit!

(Source: Myers, The Ghostly Gazeteer…,” p. 170.)

Whitefield – The Spalding Inn

Among my favorite New Hampshire haunts, the Spalding Inn has unusual phenomena. Ghost Hunters stars Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, and their families, once owned the hotel.

See my articles about the hotel’s ghosts, at this website.

Wilton – Vale End Cemetery

Vale End signThe Blue Lady grave is towards the back of the cemetery, on the right (NNW) side. I’ve had more first-person stories about this ghost, than any other in this part of New England.

8/01: Vale End is now closed from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. We’ve advised against visiting the cemetery, and this new curfew makes it even more foolish to visit Vale End at night.

3/06: After many years of keeping silent about what happened at Vale End, I’ve restored them to this website. My silence hasn’t kept people away; perhaps my true stories will prevent foolhardy ghost hunters from risking their lives at Vale End.

Vale End’s Blue Lady | Vale End – More ghosts
Vale End – Possible demons | Vale End frights

Henniker – Ocean-Born Mary house

Ocean Born Mary's gravestoneSeveral sources have reported ghosts at the “Ocean-Born Mary house.” The house — a private residence — may be haunted, but Ocean-Born Mary never lived there.

You can choose to believe the charming legend, or read our personally researched disappointing facts behind the tale.

On the other hand, her grave is in a wonderfully eerie, haunted cemetery in the middle of town. It’s well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Franklin – Webster Place

Franklin Historical Society at Webster Place, Franklin, NHFor a surprising encounter with very obvious activity, check the Franklin Historical Society on Webster Place in Franklin.

While you’re there, wander down the dirt road to the Webster family cemetery, too.  (Yes, that’s Daniel Webster’s family.)

The site was where both Natives and settlers met in a couple of bloody attacks. But that’s not all. There’s the awkward history of the orphanage, plus the ghostly nuns that still haunt at least one building.

Read my story about the Franklin Historical Society’s ghosts.

Others’ stories of NH ghosts:

Historian Eva Speare reported that the early Scotch-Irish settlers in Derryfield believed in a faerie named Neto. Neto was responsible for the safe passage of Hannah Dustin and the boy captured by Indians, when the pair escaped and returned to their homes. Neto prevented another settler, John Stark, from being harmed by bullets.

(Source: Speare, Stories…,” p. 244.)

East Kingston – 47 Depot Rd. (Rte. 107)
Someone has been closing the doors, turning the lights on & off when no one is at home, and rattling pans in this house. It may be the ghost of Eva Philbrick (d.1920) whose will specified that the house should never be sold at auction (it was, 1987), or the ghost of previous residents Arnold O’Brien or his mother, Edith.

(Source: Myers, The Ghostly Gazeteer…”)

Manchester – 915 Elm St., Bob Shaw’s Italian Sandwich Shop (formerly Psaris Bistro)
A popular restaurant with outstanding food, and a ghost that the previous owners called “Avery.” Mild poltergeist phenomena, plus classic ghostly events: Names called by no one, shadows flitting across the mirror, etc. Avery is a gregarious, cheerful ghost who wants attention now and then. Quietly say hello to him if you feel that he’s nearby.

Merrimack – The Common Man Restaurant (formerly Hannah Jacks’ Tavern)
A man in “old” clothes haunts the restaurant, and there’s an Indian spirit in the basement.


This town seems to have more ghosts per capita than most towns, dating back to Colonial times. Check the history of the town in The Meetinghouse Tragedy by Charles E. Clark, illustrations by John W. Hatch, UNH. (Thanks to reader, MH, for this info.)

Wilton – Laurel Hill area
A local investigator reported that a cemetery described as “across the street from Laurel Hill cemetery” is providing photographic anomalies at night. This visitor reports a purple streak in a videotape, similar to the image at our first purple streak photo. (Shown above, from Gilson Road Cemetery.)

Also, possible figure of a man by the side of the road, near the cemetery. (Thanks to ghost hunter, jb, for this info.)

Wolfeboro – Tuc’ Me Inn 118 Main St.
Haunted by a man, probably someone who lived there before it was the attractive B&B that it is now. A child has also been heard there. Sounds like a delightful place to stay, and listen to the ghosts. (As of late 2016, their website is gone. However, whatever is at that address… it may still have ghosts.)

12 thoughts on “Real Ghosts of Haunted New Hampshire”

  1. Good morning,Fiona – I just wanted to thank you for writing and publishing all these great articles that you post at Hollow Hill. I read each and everyone of them and enjoy them all. I hope all is well with you. I’m hoping to meet up with you again some time. Blessings – Sue

    1. Thank you, Susan! I look forward to seeing you again soon, as well. We always have fun, talking about ghosts and haunted places, especially around brisk, breezy New Hampshire! I was around Tilton and Laconia about a week ago, and thought of you. I took some great photos of a black cat in a cemetery, and at least a couple of those photos will be on the covers of some upcoming books.

  2. Hi, interesting reading! Wonder if you have ever heard this NH ghost story. Believe it was in the 1800s – a stranger came into town, wooed a young girl who fell in love with him. her father and others ran the man out of the town. The girl, despondent, dressed all in white one night, and went down the hill behind their home to the train tracks where she was killed by a train. Not sure of the town (could be Lakes region or Warner area). tale was told by a woman who owned the house and we had a séance (decades ago, I was visiting on a high school trip), and both I and another person saw out of the corner of our eyes the figure in a mirror. Can’t find any online info. Feel free to email me, if you want more details of the séance!

    1. Mike, that sounds fascinating! I’ll mention it to a few NH friends who might know the story. It sounds very much like an urban legend… except that it’s the first time I’ve heard a story like it. (And really, I’ve heard so many ghostly, urban legend-ish stories over the past few decades, it’s unusual to find a new one.)


      1. It was back in 1972, and the only person I could ask to recall more details had a severe head injury quite a long time ago, so I wouldn’t feel right about asking him.
        We were part of a school concert exchange program, and I’m pretty sure this was in the Lakes region, as the Warner area exchange was the following year – but I may have it wrong.
        The students were all housed in various volunteers’ houses over the weekend, and individual band and chorus songs as well as one combining both schools were given in a concert on Saturday night.

  3. So after the Saturday night concert, we returned to the house where we were staying (3 of us from my school). It was an older house from the early or mid-1800s. The mother (of a student in the band) asked us when we returned if we wanted to have a séance, and told us the story of the girl who committed suicide and would often appear in the house. We said ‘sure!’ So we gathered around the round dining table. The woman lot a candelabra on a sideboard, with 5 or 6 candles in a line, the only light in the room. She sat down and then asked if there were any ‘non-believers’, and one of the guys from my school, Gerry, said he didn’t believe in ghosts, so the woman had him leave the circle, and sit down on a chair against the wall, and told him to keep quiet no matter what he saw.

  4. We all joined hands and the woman started calling softly to the ghost (wish I could remember her name!) Nothing happened for a few minutes, but then we all felt a cool breeze (no big deal in an old drafty house). Then someone said softly ‘look at the candles’. We looked and each candle’s flame was sideways (as if windblown) -but each in a different direction! Gerry let go a loud nervous laugh at this – and suddenly the air lightened and the candle flames all went back to straight up.
    ‘That’s it, she won’t appear now,’ the woman said. We all stood up, the lights were put back on and Gerry and I left he room to go down the hallway to the stairs leading to the 2nd floor where our bedroom was. In the hallway was a full-length mirror mounted on the wall. that’s where the image of the ‘girl in white’ appeared. Gerry was in front of me, so had seen it first, and as I passed the mirror, he said ‘Did you just see what I saw?’ We looked back at the mirror, but saw nothing, hurried back to the dining room where the woman told us that the girl in white often appeared in their mirrors.
    I don’t think Gerry slept at all that night!

    1. Jenn, the best thing to do is to experiment with whatever you’re using as a camera. See if you can duplicate the orb with normal things like pollen, dust, moisture, your breath, and so on. If you can’t create something that looks nearly identical to the orb in your photo… it could be paranormal. A lot depends on what you (and others with you) felt at the time, too. I take orbs more seriously when people feel uneasy at the time the orb showed up.

      I hope that helps.

      Cheerfully, Fiona

  5. Hey guys! I have a question for thread followers.. I’m trying to get more information I heard from locals about a church that burnt down in Manchester nh on or around what now is eastern ave. What I heard about it was supposedly a known place for satanic worship years ago and is thought to be haunted. However I am unable to find out information about the story or location. Thanks

    1. Hi, Rob! I’ve heard about the church that burned down. The version of the story that I heard placed it near the two big Catholic cemeteries… I’d need to check their addresses. (I’m easily lost in Manchester. lol )

      The satanic story is new to me, but – to be honest – as soon as anyone brings up that kind of topic, I tend to tune-out. Years ago, I didn’t mind, but after spending time around John Zaffis and hearing his credible, first-person stories of dealing with demonic entities… that’s far too scary for me. So, I’ll research ghosts, but I draw a firm line and stay away from anything satanic, demonic, or even weird-dark. And if someone is talking about it, I’m the woman with her fingers in her ears, singing, “La-la-la-don’t-want-to-hear-it.” LOL

      One reason I had to halt comments on my Ghosts101 website was because there were so many people who’d thought demons weren’t really dangerous. Or they hauled out a Ouija board and asked really stupid things… and it came back and bit them, later. I mean, there is no advice I can give them except to talk with John Zaffis, Pete Haviland, and others more courageous than I am.

      I respect people who are willing to tackle that kind of work… but walk away when anyone starts talking about sites with dark spiritual histories. Maybe another reader at this site will have more info?

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