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Haunted Literary Places to Visit in New England

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October is the perfect time to embark on a Halloween-themed road trip. And if you’re an avid bookworm and/or classic literature fan, there are quite a few haunted places in the U.S. worth visiting. Here are just a few worth journeying to in the New England area.

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Burying Point Cemetery (Massachusetts)

Another haunted location in Massachusetts, Burying Point Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Salem. Literary geeks can witness the grave of Salem witch judge John Hathorne, who was author Nathaniel Hawthorne’s great-great-grandfather. 

Dogtown (Massachusetts)

Located between Gloucester and Rockport in Cape Ann, Dogtown is a 3,000-acre colonial ghost town to explore. According to Entropy magazine, this site was the inspiration for poet Charles Olson’s “Maximum Poems. “

100 settler families originally established Dogtown back in 1642. After the War of 1812 ended, the town’s residents dwindled since many people relocated to more coastal areas.

The few that remained in the town were a ragtag mix of vagabonds and war widows who kept feral dogs for protection. Some of them were suspected of witchcraft. Though the homes of the first inhabitants are no longer there, you can still witness the cellar holes of the houses etched with the names of their original occupants. 

Sleepy Hollow (New York)

Stop by Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to pay your respects to author Washington Irving, who was buried there. Peruse the grounds and take in views of the Hudson River, as you walk over the same landscapes that Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman frequented in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

House of Death (New York)

If you’re a fan of the author Mark Twain, you should journey to the House of Death, a residence located at 14 West 10th Street. Twain lived there back in 1900, and his ghost is just one of the 22 ghosts that purportedly call this place home.

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News Sources: Entropy Magazine, History of Massachusetts