People are inexplicably drawn to abandoned places. Believe it or not, New England is home to numerous ghost towns long abandoned, but filled with mystery, unexpected beauty, and a sense that these locations are simply biding their time, waiting for people to return.
Taryn Plumb explores a dozen such locations in the region, revealing the surprising histories of the towns and the reasons they were abandoned. In Maine, sites include Flagstaff, whose citizens were forced out to make way for a dam and which now sits at the bottom of Flagstaff Lake; Riceville, wiped out by cholera; and Perkins Township, which was abandoned so suddenly the remaining houses are still filled with furnishings. Locations in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut are also covered in this unique and fascinating tour.
Taryn Plumb is a freelance writer and former Boston Globe correspondent whose topics have ranged from ghosts and goblins to the intricacies of finance (which subject frightens you more?). Based outside of Portland, she has always had a fascination with the paranormal. She is also the author of Haunted Maine Lighthouses, New England UFOs, and Shipwrecks and Other Maritime Disasters of the Maine Coast. She lives in Hiram, Maine.