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Submitted by Cheryl

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I grew up in Ware and moved away while still in high school, many years later I moved back to town temporarily after our house in Shutesbury was foreclosed. We rented an apartment on Aspen Street (unaware at what a dump it had become). I was writing a book at the time about ghost activity in the Quabbin Reservoir and had a number of paranormal groups that I worked with from time to time so we decided to check out the reports of haunting in Aspen Street and Aspen Grove Cemetery.

First a few research notes; The Aspen Grove has three unique grave sites first is Aurthur '' Candy'' Cummings a baseball hall of fame pitcher whom it is said invented the curve-ball (Ironically another famous baseball pitcher Joe Giard, closer for the 1927 New York Yankees, whom many consider the greatest baseball team of all time is buried in Mt. Carmel cemetery across the street from Aspen Grove) Mr. George Gilbert, a huge 30 foot obelisk marks his grave on the western most section, Gilbert owned the textile mill in town and later built the ones in present day Gilbertville which bears his name.
The third is an unknown confederate soldier whom is said to either attempted to blow up Springfield Armory and was killed in the attempt or have simply been a deserter. Another interesting fact that we found out was that the ''Devils Pitt'' as it is often referred to was actually an old crypt that was broken into in the late 1960's early 1970's by teenagers who had thought that the bodies had jewelry on them, when the groundskeeper came in the following morning and saw what had been done the decision was made to rebury the body's in a different location and destroy the crypt.

At both investigations conducted at Aspen Grove we did not find any evidence of paranormal activity. Some claim to see a ghost of a man sitting on a large rock on the back side of Snow's Pond, an interesting fact about the rock is that a dead baby was found in a hat box by this rock in the early 1940's, the ''rumor'' at the time was that the daughter of then Chief of police was the mother and that since her fiancÚ had been away fighting in WWll for two years she had been obviously having a affair and to avoid scandal she dumped the baby's body.

Some think the old man seen is the former police chief who helped his daughter cover up this hideous crime, unable to forgive himself. Aspen Street itself however is haunted, all three known haunted houses are now abandoned . Some of Aspen Streets famous residents were Samuel Colt maker of Colt firearms, Shamus Culhane, director of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Ruth Baker Pratt, one of the first female U. S. Congresswomen who's father Edwin ran a store which is 9 Aspen Street.

Other known haunts in Ware is the Quabbin Tower, Quabbin Park Cemetery, The old convent off of North Street, now a apartment complex and Goodnough Dam is said to be haunted by a ''Woman in White'' who's husband was killed during construction when a truck backed over him.

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