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A Haunting Perspective on Boston

Walk with urban ghosts this summer


Old Granary Burial Ground, located near Downtown Crossing, is a stop on the tour.

There’s the infamous Boston Strangler and an apparition that supposedly haunts our very own Kilachand Hall (formerly Shelton Hall), but those aren’t the only ghosts around Boston. That’s not surprising, given the city’s long history of unfortunate endings—as far back as the 17th century, Boston Common had a hanging tree, where witches and Quakers would meet their end (the tree no longer stands, but the spirits may linger).

For many more ghastly tales, join Haunted Boston for a 90-minute walking tour through the city’s historic and haunted streets. Guides lead tours by lantern light, telling tales of murder and revenge. Spots with spooks include the Boston Common, the Boston Athenaeum, the Old Granary Burying Ground, and the Central Burying Ground.

Walks leave nightly at 8 p.m., rain or shine, from the Central Burying Ground, near the Boston Common. Reservations are required; tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $13 for youths; a coupon available on the Web site saves $3 a head—and we don’t mean one that’s disembodied.

This story was originally published on June 3, 2009; it has been updated to include current information.

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