Do you believe in ghosts? New England is said to have an abundance of haunted places, with many being located in New Hampshire.
Alton Town Hall, Alton
While no one claims to have actually seen a ghost here, many folks have heard footsteps and heavy thudding noises. One security guard allegedly heard noises from upstairs, like furniture was being dragged across the floor. When he went to investigate, he found that the chairs from the courtroom had been moved into the hallway and were lined up, single-file.
2. University of New Hampshire, Durham
Several ghosts reportedly haunt the campus of the University of New Hampshire. The most commonly seen is that of a woman who walks the halls late at night. She’s been seen in Smith Hall, checking up on the students.
3. Mt. Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods
This iconic hotel was completed in 1902 and it is supposedly haunted by the wife of the original owner. The ghost is seen throughout the property, and has supposedly even been captured in at least one photograph. When the summer staff returned to the hotel one year, they all posed for a photo in front of the hotel. It’s said that you can see the ghost peering through a window behind them.
4. Chase Home, Portsmouth
The Chase Home has a long history of caring for orphaned children. One little girl is said to have committed suicide here, and both staff and residence report that she is still a constant presence in the house. Some claim to have seen her ghost wandering the halls; others report pranks such as turning lights on and off.
5. Pine Hill Cemetery, Hollis
Pine Hill Cemetery is full of very old graves, but one in particular is especially creepy. Abel Blood and his family are said to have been murdered. His ghost still roams the cemetery, and visitors report actually being attacked by Abel!
6. Isles of Shoals, Portsmouth
The history of these islands off the coast includes pirates, murderers and outlaws. Many ghosts are said to roam the islands, including one at the lighthouse on Boon Island, who runs up and down the stairs, and another of a woman who smothered her baby while hiding from pirates.
7. The Mills, Dover
The mills burned in a horrific fire many years ago. The reconstructed mills are thought to be haunted. Some people report machinery turning on and off on its own, hearing voices and footsteps and feeling cold spots.
8. New Hampshire State Hospital, Concord
Parts of this hospital are abandoned, and are said to be haunted. Patients were once tortured and abused here, and their spirits supposedly linger on. People report hearing screams, seeing objects move and hearing footsteps. This may be one of the most haunted places in New Hampshire.
9. Country Tavern, Nashua
Captain Ford built this home in 1741 and moved in with his wife Elizabeth. It’s rumored that he returned from sea to find that his wife had given birth to another man’s child. He locked her in the closet and killed the baby. Later, he stabbed Elizabeth and threw her body down the well. The home now serves as a restaurant, but it’s said to be haunted by Elizabeth’s ghost.
CONCORD A state representative cited house rules when she told a New Hampshire man to stop recording a committee meeting rules that apparently do not exist. Dave Ridley had been recording the Finance – Division I Committee during a budget work session on March 13 at 1 p.m., when Chairman and state Rep. Lynne Ober told him to stop under house rules. Jim Rivers, Director of House Communications, said that there are no such things as house rules.
“It’s a public building; it’s a public meeting. As long as they’re being respectful, they’re allowed to film,” Rivers said.
Rivers believes that Ober probably now realizes that using so-called house rules to tell someone to stop recording was not okay.
“I requested he stop filming. Before I could point out a more suitable place to film from in the meeting room, he began yelling,” Ober told NH1 News. When a security guard came into the meeting and told him “you can not do that by a request of the chairman,” Ridley questioned the guard.
“Can the chairman request censorship?”
The guard responded that he didn’t know. Ridley eventually left the room and spoke with Joe Burke, security chief for general courts, before reentering the session with his camera.
State Rep. Peter Leishman, who is the clerk for the committee, stopped the meeting to say Ridley was “very disruptive to our group.”
Ridley asked the state representatives at the hearing if they were against freedom of the press.
“You were politely asked to leave, and I just don’t understand your refusal to do so. And if you’re not apt enough to take notes and articulate what you’ve heard, I don’t know what kind of press you are, but not very accurate I would say under those terms,” said state Rep. Robert Walsh. Ober asked the other representatives to not become argumentative with Ridley and to continue the hearing.
“It was unfortunate that we were unable to have a dialogue so that he knew a better place to set up for filming, but we were in the middle of a public hearing in a tiny meeting room,” Ober told NH1 News. Burke entered the room and told Ridley to leave, which he ultimately agreed to do. In the hallway outside the room, Burke told Ridley he could stay, but could not record.
“It’s not a public hearing,” Burke said. “It’s not an illegal request if it’s house rules.”
Ridley believes this restriction violates Article 8 of the NH Constitution, which reads: “All power residing originally in, and being derived from, the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them. Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive. To that end, the public s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted.”
Rivers said this incident is not likely to happen again.
This incident occurred during Sunshine Week, a national initiative to educate the public about the importance of open government through access to public information.
Dec 22, 2016; Wichita, KS, USA; Wichita State Shockers head coach Gregg Marshall reacts to a call during the first half against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits at Charles Koch Arena. Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
The NCAA reportedly made a writer delete a video he posted of Gregg Marshall s wife going crazy during the Kentucky-Wichita State NCAA Tournament game on Sunday, though Marshall s wife later ended up kicked out of her seat. Kentucky Sports Radio s Drew Franklin, who, yes, as you probably guessed, writes for a Kentucky fan site, shared on Twitter a video of Marshall s wife Lynn going crazy during the game. The video went viral and reached Lynn, who then tried to get the credentialed Franklin kicked out of the game. Franklin then said that an NCAA rep told him he couldn t tweet about Marshall s wife anymore. Here s what he wrote in his story on the matter:
Someone from the NCAA came and got my name and told me I could no longer tweet about her because it made her upset. I guess it didn t make anyone else upset when she told Malik Monk to get in the weight room or told Isaiah Briscoe to buy some bigger shorts or told Calipari to shut the f up or told Roger Ayers he is garbage or any of the other classy things she yelled between F-bombs.
Franklin says he got into trouble after the game when the NCAA approached him and told him to delete the video, which he did. He later decided to re-post it. You can see the video here and will notice that a security guard was trying to get her to calm down.
It turns out that Marshall s wife, not Franklin, really was wrong, and that the NCAA should not have tried to influence Franklin s behavior. The AP later reported that security asked Marshall to leave her seat in the lower bowl because she was cursing and loud. A police officer was called to help escort her out of the lower bowl. Her husband’s team ended up losing 65-62 to the Wildcats.