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Discover the Haunted History of Martha’s Vineyard

Posted by Chris Hohmann on Fri, Oct 26, 2018 @ 06:28 AM

Have a Scary Good Time This October!

Dollarphotoclub_90454889October is here, and now that there’s a chill in the air, it’s time for some chilling tales of things that go bump in the night. . . If you’ll be visiting Martha’s Vineyard this October, you’ll want to experience some of their Halloween-inspired events! Learn all about the island’s haunted history in building and walking ghost tours like Vineyard Ghost Walking Tour. To get into the spirit of the season, we’ll take a look at some of the haunted history of the island.

Ready for a Really Good Ghost Story?

Martha’s Vineyard is known for its rich history, with many buildings and houses dating back to the early 1600s. Because of this, tales have been told, and visitors have shared “sightings” of mysterious things. If you’re a fan of ghost stories, it’s lots of fun to hear them and decide for yourself if it’s true!

The Kelley House

One of Edgartown’s most popular hotels, The Kelley House is known for lots of mysterious sightings and strange things happening. Originally built in 1732 as a small brick watering hole for sailors, The Kelley House evolved into a hotel when the hotel building was erected alongside it. Some guests of the hotel claim that there may be other guests staying there who aren’t exactly still alive. From a dead sailor taking a shower every day in a maid’s quarters to guests hearing what sounds like furniture being rearranged, the hotel seemed to be a hot spot for paranormal activity. So a special paranormal team came and explored it. The verdict? Some ghosts were still lingering on the premises, not all of them bad, some friendly who were just hanging out. Whether you believe or not, there are hotel staff members who will tell you all kinds of stories about the haunted adjoining rooms, 305 and 307!

The Vineyard Gazette Building

The home of the island’s newspaper since the 1800s, The Vineyard Gazette building was something very different in the 1700s. It used to be a house for families to live, otherwise known as a “poor house.” The story goes like this: two men were fighting over one of the men’s wives. They fought, and one fell from the roof and was killed. Those in The Gazette building say his ghost isn’t angry, but he does like to spook them from time to time, leaving messages on their desks, moving coffee mugs and messing up the technology. Might be an interesting place to work!

If you love a good ghost story for fun, take one of the tours.  In the dark, by light of a lantern, you’ll learn some haunting tales that will send chills down your spine!

For a family-friendly Halloween experience, this year, Happy Haunting will be held on Sunday, October 28 in Edgartown from noon until 4 p.m. Kids can dress up and trick-or-treat at downtown businesses.

For all types of attractions, plan your Martha’s Vineyard vacation today. And let A-A Island Auto Rental take care of all your transportation needs. Talk to us today!