clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Boo! Mapping Haunted Houses On The Cape & Islands

View as Map

Things that go "thump" in the night? Check. Ghostly apparitions? Check. Supernatural spirits? Check. Secret rooms? Double check since they're the perfect spot for hiding out from Hurricane Sandy. Cape Cod is said to be one of the most haunted areas of the country (take that, Salem!), but the Vineyard and Nantucket have their fair share of ghostly hang outs as well. With so many houses dating to the 1600s, where just the repair bills can be frightening, it's no wonder that over the years some visitors have decided to make themselves permanently at home. Just in time for the Frankenstorm and Halloween, we've put together a map of some of the spookiest spots on the Cape & Islands, perfect for ghost hunters, trick-or-treaters and anyone else still with power.

__

· Cape Cod Haunted Houses [capecodonline.com/blogs]
· The Scariest and Most Haunted Places in the State of Massachusetts [socyberty]
· Feel the Spirits of the Vineyard [Aquinnah/Gay Head Community Association]
· Massachusetts Ghosts [hauntedtravels.com]
· How to Experience Haunted Cape Cod [eHow]
· Cape Cod Inns On The Underground Railroad [Curbed Cape Cod]

Read More
Eater maps are curated by editors and aim to reflect a diversity of neighborhoods, cuisines, and prices. Learn more about our editorial process.

Highfield Hall

Copy Link

Built in 1878, the hauntings are said to have started in the 1950s. Ghostly sounds? Check. Ghostly apparitions lunging toward unsuspecting visitors? Check.

Village Green Inn

Copy Link

Some homeowners just refuse to leave. This property, now an inn, was once owned by Dr. Edwin Tripp. Apparently, Tripp, who died in 1953, still likes to shuffle down the hallway.

The Barnstable House

Copy Link

The Old King's Highway is home to many historic and ghostly locations, but none more so than The Barnstable House. Built in 1716, the spirited building is home to 11 ghosts. Some slam doors, others light candles and a few chill in rocking chairs.

The Simmons Homestead Inn

Copy Link

Hyannis Port's only bed and breakfast inn is said to be inhabited by "Susan," a child ghost who makes occasional appearances in the Owl Room. She mostly appears for people who are intuitive or psychic, but if you've got the Ghost Camera app on your smartphone, that might work.

The Old Yarmouth Inn

Copy Link

Ghostly apparitions, lights going off and on by themselves, objects moving magically, whispers, and more are all thanks to the resident spirits at the Old Yarmouth Inn. It's unknown who haunts the inn, but it was built in 1696 so there are plenty of possibilities. Plus, there's a hidden door in the attic thought to have been used as part of the Underground Railroad.

Burgess House

Copy Link

Further down the historically haunted Old King's Highway/Route 6A, is a home once owned by Captain William Burgess. He died in 1855, but his widow, Hanna Rebecca, lived another 63 years, leaving her plenty of time to turn down more than 50 marriage proposals. Footsteps and rearranged artwork now happen regularly. Rejected suitors, perhaps?

The Orleans Inn

Copy Link

Built in 1875, the building has been a mercantile center, boarding house, summer hotel and finally, a year round inn. Visitors have witnessed lights turn off and on, doors open and close, felt "cold spots," and seen fleeting visual appearances.

The Fairbanks Inn

Copy Link

Dating back to 1775, the property was built by sea captain Eben Snow and later belonged to the town's wealthiest resident, David Fairbanks. These days, a Revolutionary War soldier is thought to haunt one of the inn's 15 rooms.

59 N. Water Street

Copy Link

The 1750 Daggett House Inn expanded on a tavern built in 1660. The inn was supposedly haunted by two brothers and a ghost dog, but it's now a private residence, so no telling if the owners have since called in the Ghost Busters.

The Vincent House

Copy Link

Built in 1672, the Vincent House is thought to be haunted by a female ghost in a full-length dress. The island's oldest house, it's now owned by the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust.

Joshua Coffin House

Copy Link

The obligatory old man ghost sitting in a rocking chair resides at the Joshua Coffin House. Built in 1754, the house includes a secret room, accessible only via trap door, and and there's been some poltergeist activity.

The George C. Gardner House

Copy Link

Rattling silverware at dinner parties and strange footsteps at night once haunted the George C. Gardner House, but now that it's listed for $8,875,000, we're thinking the Ghost Busters have been called.

Highfield Hall

Built in 1878, the hauntings are said to have started in the 1950s. Ghostly sounds? Check. Ghostly apparitions lunging toward unsuspecting visitors? Check.

Village Green Inn

Some homeowners just refuse to leave. This property, now an inn, was once owned by Dr. Edwin Tripp. Apparently, Tripp, who died in 1953, still likes to shuffle down the hallway.

The Barnstable House

The Old King's Highway is home to many historic and ghostly locations, but none more so than The Barnstable House. Built in 1716, the spirited building is home to 11 ghosts. Some slam doors, others light candles and a few chill in rocking chairs.

The Simmons Homestead Inn

Hyannis Port's only bed and breakfast inn is said to be inhabited by "Susan," a child ghost who makes occasional appearances in the Owl Room. She mostly appears for people who are intuitive or psychic, but if you've got the Ghost Camera app on your smartphone, that might work.

The Old Yarmouth Inn

Ghostly apparitions, lights going off and on by themselves, objects moving magically, whispers, and more are all thanks to the resident spirits at the Old Yarmouth Inn. It's unknown who haunts the inn, but it was built in 1696 so there are plenty of possibilities. Plus, there's a hidden door in the attic thought to have been used as part of the Underground Railroad.

Burgess House

Further down the historically haunted Old King's Highway/Route 6A, is a home once owned by Captain William Burgess. He died in 1855, but his widow, Hanna Rebecca, lived another 63 years, leaving her plenty of time to turn down more than 50 marriage proposals. Footsteps and rearranged artwork now happen regularly. Rejected suitors, perhaps?

The Orleans Inn

Built in 1875, the building has been a mercantile center, boarding house, summer hotel and finally, a year round inn. Visitors have witnessed lights turn off and on, doors open and close, felt "cold spots," and seen fleeting visual appearances.

The Fairbanks Inn

Dating back to 1775, the property was built by sea captain Eben Snow and later belonged to the town's wealthiest resident, David Fairbanks. These days, a Revolutionary War soldier is thought to haunt one of the inn's 15 rooms.

59 N. Water Street

The 1750 Daggett House Inn expanded on a tavern built in 1660. The inn was supposedly haunted by two brothers and a ghost dog, but it's now a private residence, so no telling if the owners have since called in the Ghost Busters.

The Vincent House

Built in 1672, the Vincent House is thought to be haunted by a female ghost in a full-length dress. The island's oldest house, it's now owned by the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust.

Joshua Coffin House

The obligatory old man ghost sitting in a rocking chair resides at the Joshua Coffin House. Built in 1754, the house includes a secret room, accessible only via trap door, and and there's been some poltergeist activity.

The George C. Gardner House

Rattling silverware at dinner parties and strange footsteps at night once haunted the George C. Gardner House, but now that it's listed for $8,875,000, we're thinking the Ghost Busters have been called.