Fitch Bits: Haunted Lake, New Hampshire

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DID YOU KNOW that New Hampshire has a lake so haunted it's actually named Haunted Lake, in Francestown?

Okay, first the legends! Two travelers met at the lake and decided to work together. Then, you know how it goes. You start fighting with a coworker, one thing leads to another, and you end up killing each other. Also, the year is 1741.

Then there's a story about a feller name o' David Scoby from Ireland. He moved to the lake and supposedly found the remains of one of the guys in 1780, and now their sprirts can't rest.

Scoby, at least, is real. He built and ran a gristmill on the lake for many years until the water claimed his life. He died at the age of 86 in 1829. He was moving logs across the frozen river, the ice broke, and Scoby drowned.

Then there are more actual, recorded deaths here. According to NHMagazine, "A 15-year-old boy by the name of Jacob Langdell drowned there in 1810. Another youth, Samuel Allen, followed him in 1816, and Ichabod Gray, a 55-year-old man who was perhaps 'deranged,' died in the waters in 1824. He was followed by Nathaniel Aiken, who drowned in 1830."

So what about all them scary hauntings? Well, "People claim the *first* victim’s spirit hasn't found rest since his murder, resulting in reports of disembodied yelling and shrieking that visitors still hear today."

As for Scoby, "people have reported hearing screams of agony and groans of pain coming from the lake."

So what are you waiting for? Head for New Hampshire where you can live free or die and scream from the middle of Haunted Lake for all eternity!

If you like these stories, you should totally buy the book! It's a compilation of stories from Central Massachusetts and it's nice and cheap!


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