2 of the NE’s Best Historic Haunted Houses Are in Massachusetts

It really is officially that time of year for Halloween as we enter the fall season on Thursday (September 22). As the calendar and weather changes, so does the atmosphere as we wait for the October holidays to create the spooky atmosphere that comes with it. And while there are certainly plenty of spooky stories throughout Massachusetts and its long history, it happens to be home to two of the most haunted historic homes in all of New England.

The popular travel publication, ‘The trip‘, recently listed the ‘New England’s Best Haunted Historic Houses‘, and Massachusetts has two that are equally terrifying, given their history.

In fact, one of them is said to be the oldest and most haunted house. As for its history, you know there are many since it has existed since 1637. It is the Fairbanks House in Dedham, MA. Here’s what ‘The Travel’ had to say about the house:

Built circa 1637, Fairbanks House is the historic homestead of the Fairbanks family. Eight generations of the prolific family – whose extensive descendants included national politicians, merchants and gentlemen farmers – have lived in the house for over 260 years. But they also had dark, not-so-secret family affairs. A high-profile Georgian lover’s murder, as well as alleged demonic activity in the home, plagued the family who allegedly still haunt the house today. For the past hundred years, the house has been open to the public so visitors can learn about the Fairbanks family and their historic property…and also about their sordid past.

In a way, this house actually looks like something you might see in a horror movie. Not a campy either, a good one.

From May to October, Fairbanks House is open for weekend tours, but there are no appointments! You must register to visit 24 hours in advance. The interior contains hex mark carvings on the walls, as well as chamber doors that only lock from the outside. Ouch!

As for the other aforementioned haunted historic house in Massachusetts, we’re heading to Fall River. This is Lizzie Borden’s historic home. ‘The Travel’ gave a brief historical summary of what happened there:

“Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother 40 blows…” well, she stepmother at least. Lizzie Borden could very well be America’s most infamous accused murderer. She was indicted in 1892 for the brutal ax murder of her father and stepmother, Andrew and Abby Borden, inside their family home. Although she was found not guilty, detectives throughout history to the present day are still trying to uncover the famous American culprit. Today, the site of the grizzly double murder is now a guesthouse and a ghostly true-crime museum where doors would move on their own, shadowy figures move through the basement, and artifacts move and would change location without anyone touching them.

If you want to visit, it is open every day and every evening for that. You can also book rooms at Hostel via their website. Of course, if you book a room, the price range is around $250 to $300 per night. Tours range from $25 to $35 per person, according to ‘The Travel’.

But there you have it. You might have to drive a bit, but these are two of the most haunted historic homes in all of New England to visit this Halloween season! They happen to be here in Massachusetts!

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