Brew Master’s Tavern, Williamsburg, Massachusetts

Visit to Brew Master’s Tavern – April 20, 2015 On a rainy Saturday morning in 1874, the Williamsburg reservoir burst through its dam, launching 600 million gallons of water down the Mill River valley towards Northampton and ultimately into the Connecticut River. En route, factories, farms and homes of five villages were scoured from their…

Haymarket Cafe, Northampton, Massachusetts

Visit to Haymarket Cafe – February 19, 2015 A tragic accident binds the spirit of a young man to the cafe he frequented in life, pranking the kitchen staff and loitering in a downstairs restroom… so goes the story of Jason, the Haymarket ghost. Despite his circumstance, Jason is an amiable specter with a penchant…

Valley Ghost Tours, Northampton, Massachusetts

Visit with Valley Ghost Tours – October 7, 2014 On a brisk October evening, complete with full moon and ominous mood clouds, my friends and I joined Valley Ghost Tours on a leisurely 90-minute stroll into the haunted and oft tragic history of Northampton. This outing was a little different from my usual escapades in…

Backyard Bar & Grille, West Springfield, Massachusetts

Visit to Backyard Bar & Grille – August 28, 2014 Misty apparitions, foul odors and invisible dinner parties are all part of the fun at Backyard Bar & Grille. Located in the former Vincent’s Steakhouse/Piccadilly Pub building on Route 5, this place has a long and haunted history. The original Ashley House, a private residence…

Champney’s Restaurant & Tavern, Deerfield, Massachusetts

Visit to Champney’s Restaurant & Tavern at the Deerfield Inn – May 20, 2014 Champney’s Restaurant & Tavern, located in the beautiful and historic Deerfield Inn, is an inviting place reminiscent of more elegant times. Built in 1884, there are said to be at least three spirits roaming the premises. First is Cora Carlisle, a…

The Gallows, Boston, Massachusetts

Visit to The Gallows – February 2, 2014 The Gallows restaurant is located in South Boston where criminals, religious rebels and other Colonial-era offenders were publicly hanged in the 17th and 18th centuries. The bodies of the dead were then dumped or buried nearby, reportedly leaving unhappy ghosts to haunt the surrounding neighborhood. Fast-forward 300 years and…

Stone’s Public House, Ashland, Massachusetts

Visit to Stone’s Public House – January 21, 2014 The first stop on my journey was to Stone’s Public House where numerous ghosts are said to prowl this former inn turned pub. John Stone built the three-story restaurant and former hotel in 1834 in anticipation of attracting travelers from a soon-to-be-constructed railroad line to cross his property. The restaurant and bar…