ByKaitlyn Beckner, writer at
Kaitlyn Beckner

I've always been a huge horror and paranormal fan, so naturally I started wanting to check out these supposed haunted places in my home state of Massachusetts. Here's my list of the most haunted places in this area:

The Bridgewater Triangle

The Bridgewater Triangle is an area of about 250 square miles in South Eastern, Massachusetts, and no doubt the largest haunted site on this list. The triangle is made up of many different areas including:

Hockomock Swamp - Which means "the place where spirits dwell," and is located in the center of the area.

Freetown-Fall River State Forest- A large area of forest located in Freetown, Fall River, and Lakeville, Massachusetts, taking up a great portion of The Bridgewater Triangle. This forest has reportedly been the site of multiple cult activities such as animal sacrifice, and ritualistic murders committed by Satanists as well as multiple suicides.

Profile Rock- The site where Wampanoag historical figure Anawan received the lost wampum belt from Philip. There has been reports of a ghost of a man sitting on the rock with his legs crossed.

I myself have wandered into the Bridgewater Triangle on multiple occasions, usually starting behind the Raynham Dog Tracks. Although I have never experienced anything super unusual, it's still a frightening place and tends to rank on the top of the most haunted lists.

Taunton State Hospital

A psychiatric hospital established in 1854, The Taunton State Hospital was originally known as State Lunatic Hospital. The hospital has a truly chilling history with one of its most famous patients being Jane Toppan, a serial killer who confessed to having murdered at least 31 people while working as a nurse. Rumors also have it that some of the doctors and nurses would take the patients into the basement and use them to conduct satanic rituals. There are also rumors of a shadow man that would crawl on the walls and haunt the patients. The main part of the hospital was closed in 1975 and a lot of it was destroyed, but most of the newer buildings remain completely abandoned.

I have unfortunately never been inside the hospital to explore, although I really want to. It's heavily guarded with security and almost impossible to get into these days, though one day I will get in to take photographs and experience what all the commotion is about!

Lizzie Bordon House

Lizzie Borden took an axe

And gave her mother forty whacks.

When she saw what she had done,

She gave her father forty-one.

If you don't know the story of Lizzie Borden, she was a woman who was tried and acquitted for the 1892 axe murders of her father and her stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts. The house currently still stands in Fall River today, acting as a bed and breakfast. I have never spent the night there or even visited but it's on my list.

Belchertown State School

Established in 1922 in Belchertown, Massachusetts, Belchertown State School became known for it's inhumane conditions and poor treatment of its patients. Conditions were often described as horrific, medieval and barbaric. As an example of this awful treatment, healthy teeth were often removed from handicapped patients to make feeding them easier. That image alone makes me cringe.

The school is currently left in ruins, and extremely difficult to get into as it is guarded. However, there are underground tunnels that you can access the school from.

There are tons of haunted places all around the world and I'm surprisingly proud to say my state has some of the most famous ones. They all tell a lot of history and for horror and paranormal lovers like myself, exploring them is a really fun adventure!

Are there any haunted areas in your hometown? Tell me about them in the comments!


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