Country Tavern

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The historic Country Tavern restaurant is housed in a place that was built in 1741 and was once owned by English sea captain Ford and his young wife Elizabeth. Legend has it that when he was off to sea for an extended time, he came home to find Elizabeth had given birth, and it was not his. In a rage, Ford killed the baby and locked up his wife. When he released Elizabeth, she attacked him for killing her baby, and he stabbed her and threw her body in the well. Today, the place is said to be haunted by Elizabeth, who appears as a woman in white. Witnesses also have reported footsteps, objects that are moved or thrown across the room, cold spots and strange sounds.

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452 Amherst St
Nashua, NH 03063
United States

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42.7898086, -71.51781679999999
Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Nearest Towns:
Nashua, NH (3.1 mi.)
Litchfield, NH (4.2 mi.)
Hudson, NH (4.3 mi.)
Hollis, NH (4.9 mi.)
Merrimack, NH (5.3 mi.)
East Merrimack, NH (5.7 mi.)
Milford, NH (7.4 mi.)
Amherst, NH (7.4 mi.)
Brookline, NH (8.1 mi.)
Dunstable, MA (8.1 mi.)

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  1. I used to eat at this place when it first opened. There was one time my friends and I were sitting in the bar area and we saw a woman walking on the upper level balcony. We asked the waitstaff what was up there, and she said that it was Elizabeth. There was another time months later when I went to use the Men’s restroom near the bar, and I felt like there was a woman in the room with me. I turned to say “Hey this is the Men’s room!” but no one was there but a brief reflection of a woman in the mirror, and the door to the men’s room was closed so it wasn’t a reflection from the hallway. I hadn’t been drinking that night either.

  2. Patricia Sawyer  |  

    My grand parents lived in a house up on the hill as you face the Country Inn in the 1950’s.I was about 6.There were sheep in the pasture behind it.My grandmother said not to go down there as my sister and I wanted to see them .So as kids we went anyway.We got down there and saw a lady looking through the window who seemed faded.We ran back to grandma.Years later as an adult I went to eat there. Went to the ladies room and saw a white mist in the corner of the room in the mirror.As I turned it was gone.Could that of been Lizzie?Who knows.Heard many stories through the years.My grandparents house is gone now.I am 67 .

  3. I had an encounter in the upstairs ladies room in the early 90’s. My family frequented the restaurant and it was being managed by the mother of my daughter’s best friend. We had gone to pick up the kids at the Tavern, who were helping out, on a day that they were closed. The handful of people who were there were downstairs in the main dining area. I had gone upstairs to use the ladies room. The door to my stall opened and I closed it. It opened again. This happened a few times and I then decided to use the next stall instead, with no further incident. Being a practical woman and a sceptic at that, I tried to recreate the door swing, rationalizing that it’s door was simply unbalanced. I could not get it to do the same thing again. Not once, after about 5 minutes of trying. I’m not saying that the restaurant is haunted but this happened to me.

  4. Unfortunately, the tavern has been demolished. One of New Hampshire’s oldest buildings, gone. all to make a Cumberland Farms…

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