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Boo! Mapping Haunted Houses On The Cape & Islands

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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.

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· 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]

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1. Highfield Hall

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56 Highfield Dr
Falmouth, MA 02540

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

2. Village Green Inn

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40 Main St
Falmouth, MA 02540

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.

3. The Barnstable House

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3010 Main St
Barnstable, MA 02630

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.

4. The Simmons Homestead Inn

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288 Scudder Ave
Hyannis, MA 02601

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.

5. The Old Yarmouth Inn

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223 State Highway 6A
Yarmouth Port, MA 02675

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.

6. Burgess House

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1603 Main St
Brewster, MA 02631

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?

7. The Orleans Inn

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3 Old County Rd
Orleans, MA 02657

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.

8. The Fairbanks Inn

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90 Bradford St
Provincetown, MA 02657

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.

9. 59 N. Water Street

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59 N Water St
Edgartown, MA 02539

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.

10. The Vincent House

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99 Main St
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

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.

11. Joshua Coffin House

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52 Centre St
Nantucket, MA 02554

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.

12. The George C. Gardner House

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141 Main St
Nantucket, MA 02554

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.

1. Highfield Hall

56 Highfield Dr, Falmouth, MA 02540

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

56 Highfield Dr
Falmouth, MA 02540

2. Village Green Inn

40 Main St, Falmouth, MA 02540

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.

40 Main St
Falmouth, MA 02540

3. The Barnstable House

3010 Main St, Barnstable, MA 02630

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.

3010 Main St
Barnstable, MA 02630

4. The Simmons Homestead Inn

288 Scudder Ave, Hyannis, MA 02601

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.

288 Scudder Ave
Hyannis, MA 02601

5. The Old Yarmouth Inn

223 State Highway 6A, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675

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.

223 State Highway 6A
Yarmouth Port, MA 02675

6. Burgess House

1603 Main St, Brewster, MA 02631

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?

1603 Main St
Brewster, MA 02631

7. The Orleans Inn

3 Old County Rd, Orleans, MA 02657

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.

3 Old County Rd
Orleans, MA 02657

8. The Fairbanks Inn

90 Bradford St, Provincetown, MA 02657

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.

90 Bradford St
Provincetown, MA 02657

9. 59 N. Water Street

59 N Water St, Edgartown, MA 02539

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.

59 N Water St
Edgartown, MA 02539

10. The Vincent House

99 Main St, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

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.

99 Main St
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

11. Joshua Coffin House

52 Centre St, Nantucket, MA 02554

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.

52 Centre St
Nantucket, MA 02554

12. The George C. Gardner House

141 Main St, Nantucket, MA 02554

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.

141 Main St
Nantucket, MA 02554