Guest writing by Frank Parrott of Nothing But New England
Just a few short minutes down the road from Hanscom (BED) sits the historic location of Concord, MA. The site of the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Home to such influential poets and novelists like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and many more. Concord isn’t just full of history, it also has a long history of ghostly activity.
Haunted Tour of Concord
Coming from Hanscom, your first stop on a haunted tour of Concord is the Old North Bridge. Step out into the parking lot by the Old North Bridge and you will see the Robbins House. By day it is a wonderful memorial depicting the history of Concord’s African American community. By night there are stories of misty figures roaming the property, but that is only the start. Cross the street and you will come to a walkway leading to the Old North Bridge. Ghosts of America’s early struggles for independence have been seen crossing the bridge, while other stories tell of seeing shadowy figures, perhaps those of the British Soldiers and provincials who died at the start of the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
Minute Man National Park
Further venturing into history we come to Minute Man National Park. The park not only houses relics from the Revolutionary War but it is the site for the Wayside Home of Authors and more recently it is frequented by paranormal investigation groups. Ghost hunting is not limited to adults. The park even offers a Halloween Lantern Walk through the roads to meet the spirits of 1775.
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
The next stop on the haunted tour of Concord is to a cemetery. It isn’t hard to imagine a
cemetery being creepy but with a name like Sleepy Hollow, how could it not be haunted?
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is the final resting place for many famous and notable people.
Author’s Ridge alone is where you can find the graves of Emerson, Thoreau, Nathaniel
Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, William Ellery Channing, and some of the most frequent haunted happenings. Misty figures, moving shadows, and faint voices have all been reported on the grounds of this early American cemetery.
Colonial Inn: One of the Most Haunted Inns
The last stop is certainly the best bet for those ghost hunters. Welcome to the Colonial Inn.
Built in 1716, this iconic inn has a history of frequent ghost sightings dating back to a young honeymooning couple who reported seeing a ghost in their room back in 1966. Since then, the Ghost in Room 24 has been a major draw for those looking for a spooky adventure. The popularity of potential ghost sightings has grown so much that Concord is a regular stop for ghost tours from as far away as Boston. Concord: Special and Spook
Concord has so much to offer visitors. For many Concord has everything you picture as being part of New England. The historical significance, quaint town setting, and now haunted happenings all go into making Concord special and spooky.
Cloud Nine would like to thank Cathy and Frank from Nothing But New England for creating this article featuring their regional expertise, New England.