Salem is a city in the State of Massachusetts. Known as the “Witch City”,
there are many different stories circulating regarding haunted legends, haunted folklore,
and more in this historically noted “spooky” city. Several individuals have captured ghost
pictures, ghost videos, and even ghostly sounds with digital audio recorders and more! When
visiting this haunted town, you will come across a number of bizarre shops, strange and
atypical museums, and famous “Salem Witches” who will lead you on a fantastic journey
through time, and right to the scariest places on Earth! In this informative guide, you will
be introduced to some of the most haunted places in the town of Salem, Massachusetts!
Danvers State Hospital
Danvers State Hospital, a substantial sized building reflecting a gothic design that sits on
the top of the ever-popular “Hawthorne Hill” has been called several things throughout
history, but one title remains consistent with the structure, and that title is “haunted”.
Individuals who are interested in the paranormal are often attracted to this immense
structure, its history, as well as the haunting tales that are circulating regarding the
spirits that reside in and around the immense structure.
One of the first haunting tales that is told about the hospital has to do with a structure
that stood on the grounds before the actual hospital was ever built. It is believed that the
judge who oversaw the executions of nearly twenty individuals who were claimed to have been
witches in the early history of the town by the name of Jonathan Hawthorne lived in a home
on the grounds. Many individuals believe that they have seen shadows and apparitions that
strike a resemblance to the judge.
A number of cruel and unusual treatments for psychiatric patients took place at the haunted
Danvers State Hospital. In many cases, these experiments were performed in an honest effort
to control the symptoms that the patients experienced, and in an effort to “cure” them.
However, as time progressed, many patients were issued treatments so that the hospital could
control the population that was building in masses at the hospital. It is believed that
several of the individuals who died on the grounds still walk the corridors, and are trapped
in spirit inside the structure. Many spirits are said to have now found the outside of the
building, and walk around here, seeming to search for something, but no one knows what…
House of the Seven Gables
The House of the Seven Gables is another structure in Salem that has the reputation of being
haunted. Many of the local residents refer to this location as the “Turner-Ingersoll
Mansion”. This is because these two names reflected the two families that once resided at
the structure. The first family, the Turner family, built the home in the year of 1668.
Eventually, the Ingersoll family purchased it due to financial losses suffered by the Turner
family. One lady, whose name was Susan Ingersoll, was a cousin to the famous author,
Nathaniel Hawthorne who wrote the book on the structure. She remained a resident of the
structure until the age of 72.
Many hauntings have been recorded at the House of the Seven Gables. It is believed that
Susan’s spirit remains at the home. In many instances, a female has been seen peering out of
the windows, and then disappearing. It is also believed that the spirit of a young male can
be heard playing in the area of the attic. Employees and other individuals who have visited
this particular home have been rumored to hear strange sounds in the structure, and have
even witnessed strange occurrences in the home, such as faucets and lights turning on and
off with no explanation….
In Salem, there is a hotel that is believed to be haunted by the residents, as well as those
that have stayed in the structure. This is the Hawthorne Hotel. In the early 1900s, the
individuals in Salem saw a need to have a hotel built for those traveling through the city,
and those visiting the city. In the year of 1925, the project was completed, and named the
“Hawthorne Hotel”. They named the hotel after the famous author named Nathaniel Hawthorne,
who had grew up in the area of Salem as a child.
There are many ghostly tales surrounding the Hawthorne Hotel. The first directly relates to
a lady by the name of Bridget Bishop. This lady had an apple orchard on the same property
where the hotel is located. She was the first to be executed in the ever-famous “Salem Witch
Trials”. Today, when one visits the hotel, the smell of fresh apples can often be
experienced – despite the fact that there are no apple trees or orchards located anywhere
near the structure. In addition to this, paranormal researchers have picked up on energy in
the structure with EMF detectors and the KII Meter. Strange sounds, mists, and smells have
been experienced by numerous people….
Gallows Hill is an area in haunted Salem where the ever-popular “Bridget Bishop” met her
fate by hanging in the year of 1692. She was the first individual to be executed as part of
the Salem Witch Trials. In addition to this, eighteen other people were also murdered here
as part of the Salem Witch Trials. It was later discovered that these individuals were
actually innocent of the crimes that they were charged with. While this area now plays host
to a large playing field for schools engaging in certain sports, it is also considered to be
an area that is highly haunted.
Many ghost pictures, ghost videos, digital audio recordings, and EMF readings have been
taken in the area of Gallows Hills and have revealed apparent apparitions, mists, orbs, and
other types of unexplained phenomenon. If you want to experience a true paranormal hot spot
as far as spiritual activity is concerned in the haunted ghost town of Salem, Gallows Hill
is definitely a location that you are sure to gain an appreciation for!
Joshua Ward House
The Joshua Ward House is another area that is located in the city that is believed
to house several different types of spirits. This structure emerged right around the year of
1750. It is believed that the spirit of the Sheriff of the time of the Witch Trials haunts this building.
It is also believed that the spirit of the man named Giles Corey also haunts this
structure. This is the man that was murdered by stoning. The story of an angry woman in her
older years is said to haunt the stairs, and many have felt an extreme uneasiness when
entering in the home….
From the year of about 1885 to the year of 1991, the Salem Jail in the ghost town housed a number of criminals. To this day, the prison remained abandoned, and for a very good reason!
It is believed to be extremely haunted. It is believed that many of the criminals who were once imprisoned at the Salem Jail remain imprisoned even at the onset of death and their
entrance in the spiritual world. You can often hear chains, screams, and crying as you walk in the building….