Gilson Cemetery – 2008 Update

Late yesterday (12 June 2008), I returned to Gilson Road Cemetery in Nashua, NH. Our group’s ghost hunting results were surprising. I’ll publish photos and more details, later, but here’s a summary of what we found:

We tried several kinds of dowsing rods to see what they indicated. The “hot spots” were somewhat predictable.

The Fisk graves – the oldest headstones in the cemetery – produced strong pulls on the dowsing rods. They’re the tall stones immediately after the gate, and directly in front of you. I’ve seen EMF spikes there in the past, though I can’t say that they “feel” especially haunted, most of the time.

(Note that the small Fisk gravestone is the only one in the cemetery with a death’s head on it.)

Joseph Gilson’s headstone – a low, white stone near the front center of the cemetery – is where research groups and I have noted many anomalies including paranormal cold spots. It was active last night.

Slightly northwest of the Searles’ graves (near the pink orb note on the map linked above), we found some of the most intense and unexplained activity. That’s the same area where we first confirmed that hiking compasses can work as EMF detectors.

By contrast, we noted little energy at Walter Gilson’s stone and the back left corner of the cemetery, where so many have had spectral encounters.

With two researchers using dowsing rods independently, we were able to confirm activity in several other spots around the cemetery. Most of those locations were not marked graves.

If you’re ghost hunting at Gilson, check in front of the largest tree at the back of the cemetery. (That tree is inside the walls.) Also do readings at the boulder at the back right (SE) corner of the cemetery.

The woods behind the cemetery appear to be as active as ever. If you’re looking for a full, ghostly apparition, Gilson cemetery may be one of your best chances of seeing one. The figures generally look solid and real… until they vanish into thin air.

In fact, Gilson cemetery raises so many questions about hauntings, and it is such a reliable site, I recommend it for beginners who need research experience… if you have nerves of steel, that is.

Many psychics describe Gilson as one of the most haunted places they’ve ever visited. In addition to very obvious manifestations, the more chilling aspects of Gilson are what you sense and can’t easily explain.

But, even if you aren’t especially psychic, you may be in for a scare at Gilson.

In the past month, people have reported hearing voices so loud at Gilson cemetery, they sounded as if the person was right next to them… except that no one appeared to be there.

Several people have seen the ghostly, hooded figure that chases people out of the cemetery.

And, as usual, electrical circuitry can fail… but usually just inside the walls of the cemetery. This includes cameras that seem to jam, digital voice recorders that stop working or record unearthly sounds, and cell phones that lose signal.

Over the past few years, I’ve also received hundreds of reports about new and freshly charged batteries losing their power completely. (In groups I’ve accompanied to the site, I’ve seen that several times, ourselves.)

Even talking about Gilson can be… interesting. My software usually works smoothly, but it took six tries to publishing this article. The server simply stopped. And, even when the article finally appeared, it was missing an earlier note about the uploading difficulty. It took two more tries to add this note to our post.

Gilson Road Cemetery is still one of my favorite haunted locations.

In the summer, if you visit Gilson cemetery shortly before dusk, wear bug spray. In the warm weather, the mosquitoes are aggressive as night approaches.

Gilson Road Cemetery – Streak of Energy?

Our first investigation at Gilson Road Cemetery, Nashua, NH was in 1999.  I promptly started telling people about this great research location for ghost hunters… not that there were a lot of ghost hunters back in 1999.

In fact, I think there were about five of us with large-ish ghost hunting websites in the mid-1990s. My site was (Others included: The Shadowlands site, which listed lots of haunted locations. I think TAPS was online, plus one or two other ghost hunting sites.)

The following photo was among the most dramatic I’d seen in those early years.

In the dozen years or so that followed, Gilson Road Cemetery became enormously popular as a haunted site for paranormal research.  Today, ghost hunters visit the cemetery — day and night — almost every day of the year, when the weather isn’t too rainy or cold.

Gilson Road photo - streak of lightAbove: Original, unretouched photo.

Gilson Road ghostly streak of lightAbove: Same photo, with contrast increased.

This photo is one of seven taken after dark at Gilson Road Cemetery on Oct 13th, 2001, at about 7:30 p.m. It is one of four with this color streak across them.

Examining the film makes this a credible anomaly. The sweep of color does not extend beyond the frame on the negative. There is no evidence of tampering with the film, and nothing splashed across it.

Olympus AF-Twin camera, taken with flash
Shaw’s 35 mm film, ISO 200
Developed at Target’s one-hour service

Gilson Road Cemetery – Wildflowers

Dusk is a perfect time to visit Gilson Road Cemetery in Nashua, New Hampshire when the wildflowers are in bloom. These photos were taken 21 May 2002:

Blue flowers at Walter Gilson's headsoneWildflowers in front of Walter Gilson’s headstone

We recommend arriving shortly after sunset, and using a fairly slow film (200 ISO) without a flash. Linger awhile and you may photograph some orbs as well!

To capture the best orbs in photographs, point your camera towards the back left corner of the cemetery (if you’re standing at the gate, looking in), or in the vicinity of Helen & Rufus Lawrence’s headstones.