The Common Man Restaurant

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The Common Man Tavern was built by Matthew Thornton in 1797 as a wedding present for his son James. But a few years later, James committed suicide. Today, witnesses report ghostly footsteps and several apparitions, but not ones belonging to James. Folks have seen a Native American, a little girl, and a woman in a long black dress. Spirits in the building are known to hum, knock things over, and play other tricks on the living.

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304 Daniel Webster Hwy
Merrimack, NH 03054
United States

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42.83961406432553, -71.49145656832843
Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Nearest Towns:
Litchfield, NH (0.7 mi.)
Merrimack, NH (1.8 mi.)
East Merrimack, NH (2.0 mi.)
Nashua, NH (5.3 mi.)
Hudson, NH (5.8 mi.)
Londonderry, NH (6.2 mi.)
Amherst, NH (6.9 mi.)
Bedford, NH (7.5 mi.)
Milford, NH (8.0 mi.)
Hollis, NH (8.4 mi.)

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  1. I worked here when it was Hannah Jack Tavern. Yes, this place is very haunted. We always thought it was Hannah Jack. She’d shut the lights off at the switch at night to make us leave when the place was closed to the public. In what was one of the dining rooms, we’d find table settings rearranged in the mornings when we came in. The upstairs was office space and we’d find pennies stacked on the desk, and lined up on the picture frames. The door to the kitchen would swing open and closed on its own. The arms of the chandeliers would bend down on their own and we’d have to bend them back up. Champagne buckets would get thrown over in room 3 and it was impossible to use a stand in that room. A speaker came flying off the wall across the room one night during dinner rush. In empty dining rooms you could hear the sound of chairs being pulled out from the tables like someone was sitting down. The owners once tried to live upstairs at one time, but couldn’t do it.

  2. There cheese and crackers are good, lets say that. I had originally saw this place online as “Haunted” and I had no idea! I went there to check it out, Upstairs I felt some energy near an Indian painting. what was strange is when I walked up the stairs nothing was on them. when I walked down, I saw a long dark brown straight piece of hair. I had brought a family member later there who can communicate with spirits, near the staircase to the bar, even I felt a female energy.

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