Essex Heritage Offers Paranormal Tour of Haverhill’s Hilldale Cemetery During Free Trails & Sails Weekends

Haverhill's Hilldale Cemetery. Photo courtesy of Essex Heritage.

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Haverhill’s Hilldale Cemetery (Photo courtesy of Essex Heritage)

More than 150 free events, including hikes and history tours, are available to the public for two weekends in September courtesy of the Essex National Heritage Commission’s Trails & Sails festivities.

Now in its 16th year, the program allows Massachusetts residents the opportunity to get involved in their community’s history, cultural heritage and natural resources. The family-friendly activities, walks, guided tours and other excursions will take place from Sept. 15-17 and Sept. 22-24.

Locally, Essex Heritage invites city residents on paranormal tours of both Hilldale Cemetery and the Duston Garrison House. Hilldale Cemetery Board of Trustees member and local historian Joe Bella will also lead a Civil War-themed tour at Hilldale Cemetery.

Here is a sampling of other events. For an up-to-date schedule and more information, visit

Sept. 15-17

Haverhill: A Spiritual Quest Weekend at Hilldale Cemetery (various dates and times)

Newburyport: An Introduction to Newburyport Maritime History (various dates and times)

Amesbury: Explore the Night Sky, Sept. 15 and 16, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Groveland: Family Nature Exploration, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Methuen: Walking Tours of the Lithuanian National Catholic Cemetery, Sept. 16 (various times)

Georgetown: Union Cemetery Scavenger Hunt, Sept. 17, 10 to 4 p.m.

Sept. 22-24

Haverhill: Civil War Walk at Hilldale Cemetery, Sept. 22, 2 to 3 p.m.

Haverhill: Paranormal Tour of the Duston Garrison House, Sept. 22, 6 to 7 p.m.

Andover: Andover’s Historic Mill District – An Exploration, Sept. 23, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Methuen: “Pipes & Pipes” Car Show, Sept. 23, 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Andover: Watercolor Class, Sept. 23, 1 to 4 p.m.