A Personal Tour of History and Mystery in New England - Atlas Obscura Lists

A Personal Tour of History and Mystery in New England

How one of our most dedicated contributors finds wonder right around the corner.

Atlas Obscura would not be possible without the work of our dedicated community, who help us add more wondrous places to the site every day. We want to give some of our most active contributors a chance to share collections of some of their favorite entries, and tell us all a little more about themselves.

Despite living in New England for over 25 years, Josh Woolstenhulme, or @TheDiscoveryService, was born on the other side of the world in Tokyo, Japan. “Ever since an early age I’ve had a fascination with history, the peculiar, and the unknown,” he says “It didn’t take long after moving here for me to realize Massachusetts had plenty of each kind.” 

Woolstenhulme is an avid traveler, always on the hunt for his next adventure, from perusing castles across Europe, to going on safari in Kenya, to venturing to the edges of the Arctic. “The thrill of seeing and learning about new places in addition to sharing my experiences and knowledge with others is something that gives me tremendous enjoyment,” he says. 

Woolstenhulme first got involved with Atlas Obscura in 2021. “I had heard of the site before, but only had a passing familiarity. However, due to the pandemic and international travel to many countries either being extremely restricted or impossible, I decided to start exploring my local community and see what interesting and unique things I might discover,” he says. “Almost immediately, I was overwhelmed by the amount of obscure and fascinating locations in Massachusetts.”

After seeing the various weird and obscure locations we already had listed nearby, Woolstenhulme decided to dig deeper to see what other hidden wonders he could unearth across central Massachusetts. “I searched for areas that had connections to the U.S. and world history, alongside unusual or strange places such as allegedly paranormal locations.” Check out this collection of curious wonders added by @TheDiscoveryService