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Mapping Haunted Houses on the Cape & Islands, 2014

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'Tis the season for things that go bump in the night. Just in time for Halloween, we've once again updated our (sort of) frightening map of haunted houses on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. From ghostly apparitions to ghost dogs (really), supernatural spirits to secret rooms, spurned suitors to suspicious fires, here are 16 of the spookiest spreads on the Cape and Islands.

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1. Dillingham House

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71 Main Street
Sandwich, MA 02563

Apparently, this innocent looking abode is one of the most haunted houses on the Cape. The circa 1659 Dillingham House is known for door latches lifting, empty rocking chairs rocking and, the most frightening of them all, sounds of children running through the house. Supernatural spirits, plus eight bedrooms, can be yours for $649,500.

2. 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.

3. 40 Main Street

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40 Main St
Falmouth, MA 02540

Some homeowners just refuse to leave. This property in the Falmouth Village Green historic district was once owned by Dr. Edwin Tripp, then became the Village Green Inn for a spell and is now luxury condos. Apparently, the good doctor, who died in 1953, still likes to shuffle down the hallway.
[Photo: John Phelan via Wikipedia]

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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 - wait for it - turn down more than 50 marriage proposals (!!). Footsteps and rearranged artwork now happen regularly. Spurned suitors, perhaps?

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Martin House

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157 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

The Martin House, at least according to Thomas D'Agostino's Haunted Massachusetts, is haunted by multiple ghosts from different centuries. Ghostly residents include both former residents - the obligatory 1700s sea captain and the missus - and "the spirits of runaway slaves who sought shelter in the Martin House when it was part of the Underground Railroad."

11. The Vanderhoop Homestead

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35 Aquinnah Circle
Aquinnah, MA 02535

It's now the Aquinnah Cultural Center, but back when it was the Vanderhoop Homestead, there were ghostly rumors that folks could hear a little girl screaming in the night. Shudder.
[Photo: Jack Torcello]

12. Corbin–Norton House

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87 Ocean Avenue
Edgartown, MA 02539

When tech gazillionaire Peter Norton's gorgeous Queen Anne burned down in 2001, there were those who didn't believe that faulty wiring was to blame. According to local ghost hunter Holly Nadler, sisters Julie and Loulou Danzell, the Oak Bluffs arsonists of 1894, seemed like more likely spirited suspects. Norton rebuilt and, ghosts or no ghosts, the replica is as gorgeous as the original.
[Photo: Jaxon White]

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. George C. Gardner House

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141 Main St
Nantucket, MA 02554

Rattling silverware at dinner parties and strange footsteps at night supposedly haunt(ed) the circa 1835 George C. Gardner House. Could that explain why the place has been on the market so long?

1. Dillingham House

71 Main Street, Sandwich, MA 02563

Apparently, this innocent looking abode is one of the most haunted houses on the Cape. The circa 1659 Dillingham House is known for door latches lifting, empty rocking chairs rocking and, the most frightening of them all, sounds of children running through the house. Supernatural spirits, plus eight bedrooms, can be yours for $649,500.

71 Main Street
Sandwich, MA 02563

2. 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

3. 40 Main Street

40 Main St, Falmouth, MA 02540

Some homeowners just refuse to leave. This property in the Falmouth Village Green historic district was once owned by Dr. Edwin Tripp, then became the Village Green Inn for a spell and is now luxury condos. Apparently, the good doctor, who died in 1953, still likes to shuffle down the hallway.
[Photo: John Phelan via Wikipedia]

40 Main St
Falmouth, MA 02540

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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 - wait for it - turn down more than 50 marriage proposals (!!). Footsteps and rearranged artwork now happen regularly. Spurned suitors, perhaps?

1603 Main St
Brewster, MA 02631

8. 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

9. 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

10. Martin House

157 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657

The Martin House, at least according to Thomas D'Agostino's Haunted Massachusetts, is haunted by multiple ghosts from different centuries. Ghostly residents include both former residents - the obligatory 1700s sea captain and the missus - and "the spirits of runaway slaves who sought shelter in the Martin House when it was part of the Underground Railroad."

157 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

11. The Vanderhoop Homestead

35 Aquinnah Circle, Aquinnah, MA 02535

It's now the Aquinnah Cultural Center, but back when it was the Vanderhoop Homestead, there were ghostly rumors that folks could hear a little girl screaming in the night. Shudder.
[Photo: Jack Torcello]

35 Aquinnah Circle
Aquinnah, MA 02535

12. Corbin–Norton House

87 Ocean Avenue, Edgartown, MA 02539

When tech gazillionaire Peter Norton's gorgeous Queen Anne burned down in 2001, there were those who didn't believe that faulty wiring was to blame. According to local ghost hunter Holly Nadler, sisters Julie and Loulou Danzell, the Oak Bluffs arsonists of 1894, seemed like more likely spirited suspects. Norton rebuilt and, ghosts or no ghosts, the replica is as gorgeous as the original.
[Photo: Jaxon White]

87 Ocean Avenue
Edgartown, MA 02539

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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

16. George C. Gardner House

141 Main St, Nantucket, MA 02554

Rattling silverware at dinner parties and strange footsteps at night supposedly haunt(ed) the circa 1835 George C. Gardner House. Could that explain why the place has been on the market so long?

141 Main St
Nantucket, MA 02554