Underground tunnels, unmarked graves, public executions, grave robberies, a day of darkness and a full red moon – all a part of Boston’s shadowy past and according to many accounts, its present. A city steeped in history, it is not surprising that Boston has more than its share of haunted tales. But are they tales? Take a Ghost Tour to the city’s most haunted sights to find out for yourself.
As the oldest cemetery in Boston, King’s Chapel has a fascinating past and is the final resting place of many of the city’s earliest and prominent residents, as well as heroes of the Revolutionary War. Founded in 1630, King’s Chapel was Boston’s only burial ground for 30 years and was established by Sir Isaac Johnson, who was also the first person laid to rest here.
As one of the oldest cities in America, Boston holds many centuries of rich history. From its earliest days as a homesteading community where cattle grazed in Boston Common to the American Revolution and beyond, the city has evolved into what it is today – a bustling hub of cultural, social, artistic, educational and industrial activity. But it is the other side of Boston that draws attention from those who study the paranormal – the side that includes murder, disease, and tragedy. And like many other cities, Boston is known for its supernatural experiences.
Founded by Harvey Parker in 1855, he was the hotel overseer and resident until his death in 1884. Harvey was well known for his interaction with guests and providing pleasant accommodations. The Omni Parker House is situated in the heart of downtown Boston right along the Freedom Trail and other historic sites making this a perfect stay for those visiting Boston.
Copp’s Hill Burying Ground is the second oldest burial ground in Boston and was founded in 1659. Named after shoemaker William Copp, this historic cemetery in the North End is the final resting place of many merchants, artisans and freed slaves. Well-known colonists, Cotton and Increase Mather, are buried here along with Robert Newman, who hung the lanterns for the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.
Boston’s ancient burial grounds are the final resting place of many of America’s most famous and infamous colonists. They are also well known for their paranormal activity and lingering spirits. If you’re curious and interested in a ghostly encounter, stop in for a visit at some of the most haunted cemeteries in Boston.
When you look beyond the famed historic landmarks, architectural wonders and popular attractions, there is darkness and tragedy, spirits of the dead and lost souls who wander about the buildings, streets, parks, graveyards and open spaces, never wishing to transition to their next life. If you’re ever traveling to Boston, be sure to experience the Ghosts and Gravestones Haunted Tour. As the most haunted city in the Northeast, you’re going to want to explore the treacherous grounds with a guide and group.
The “frightseeing” begins the moment you climb onto our ghoulish trolley where our gravediggers are waiting to take you on the 90-minute ride of your life. Be prepared to be scared as the Ghost and Gravestones trolley winds its way through Boston’s most sordid past—through 400-year-old burial grounds where you’ll hear tales of grave-robbing, tortures, punishments, executions and even some of folks being buried alive!
These include the shocking crimes of infamous serial killers like Albert DeSalvo, nicknamed the “Boston Strangler,” and nurse “Jolly Jane” Toppan, who used morphine and atropine to snuff out the lives of patients, friends and co-workers. There are also tales of unrequited love and tragic accidents. Many believe that these historic and modern day accounts of lust, heartache, murder and revenge have created tormented and lost souls unable to find rest in the next world.