The sparsely populated Northeastern region of Connecticut has long been called the Quiet Corner. But whoever named it may not have ever been to the abandoned settlement of Bara-Hack, which may be gone, but clearly, doesn't want to be forgotten.
Boothe Park proves the old adage, "If you have time, money, space, some significant eccentricities and the inclination to build stuff, then you too can create a bizarre memorial to yourself that will last for generations!"
A few of our readers pointed us in the direction of Willimantic's Capitol Theater, which is now home to a regional arts magnet school and possibly a few spirits of actors past.
Captain Grant's Inn is a stately bed-and-breakfast that for over two centuries has succeeded both as a temporary refuge for travelers and a permanent home ... to ghosts!
How about a poltergeist with your chicken parmigiana? Didn't think so.
There's no official statistic proving it, but Connecticut might just lead the nation in supposedly haunted and abandoned mental health facilities. Here's another one, this time in the heart of the state, just off the Berlin Turnpike.
The headstones in this cemetery have no names--only numbers.
According to local history, notorious pirate Captain William Kidd visited Milford during his final voyage in 1699, a stop along the way to Boston (where he would be subsequently arrested and imprisoned before being returned to England for trial and execution). Although he actually buried treasure at Gardiners Island just off of Long Island, it's always been believed that he also hid a portion of his fortune on Charles Island, possibly beneath a giant boulder known as Hog Rock. And of course, being a good pirate, he cursed anyone who would go looking for his treasure.
In the century since it was built, this small church in Bristol has accrued a big history when it comes to allegedly being haunted.
For nearly 300 years, this red cape was inhabited by six generations of Bentons -- a few of which apparently still like to call the place home!
The Deep River Library is your typical small-town New England public library, housed in a charming older building and home to books, research materials and ... otherworldly spirits?
In East Haddam resides the 860 acres of a state park known as Devil's Hopyard, a parcel of land with a possibly damned history, including being one of the many hangouts of . . . perhaps . . . maybe . . . [*insert Church Lady voice*] SATAN!
Like many suburban towns across this great state, Hamden claims a lonely ol' street that seemingly exists as a home to everything from ghosts and phantom creatures to inbred hicks and supernatural feelings of dread.
One of the most renowned damned places in Connecticut is the abandoned -- and allegedly cursed -- village of Dudleytown. Over the years, there has allegedly been everything from suicides to demonic possessions, ghostly spirits to dreadful feelings, and all the hysterical drama in between. In short, it has become the Connecticut damnation destination.
For over 60 years, Fairfield Hills State Hospital in Newtown was home to the mentally ill. Now it sits empty and abandoned, holding only the dark secrets of its troubled residents who are long gone. Or so everyone wants to believe.
Bolton is home to Gay City State Park, which features the remains of a once-thriving—and possibly, troubled—mill town. Not that there's anything wrong with it. Update: We visit in Summer 2014.
Gunntown Cemetery in Naugatuck is allegedly one of the most haunted graveyards in the state, with spirit orbs and mists recorded here, as well as EVPs and other strange phenomena.
The Hartford Elks Lodge has long been known for its strong sense of community spirit, although there are some who believe the structure on Prospect Street is home to other kinds of spirits.
If you grew up in the Valley, you’ve probably been to Hookman’s Cemetery (Great Hill Cemetery) in Seymour late at night looking for paranormal activity.
The Makens Bemont House in East Hartford, commonly known as The Huguenot House, is known for a pair of spirits alleged to roam its 300-year-old rooms -- Benny and The Blue Lady.
You would think that after two and a half centuries, ghosts would be ready to move onto other places, but that doesn't seem to be the case with the John York House.
As summer finally is upon us, it seems a good time to look at some of the real hauntings associated with Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Bristol.
In its heyday, the Mansfield Training Center was one of the busiest mental health facilities in the state. Now some believe the buildings that remain are still busy -- with the spirits of patients long gone.
It's got one name, but it seems as though there are two separate sites and even more stories. Then again, would you expect anything different from a legend in a place called Hell Hollow?
From what scant historical accounts there are, Mary Hart led an unremarkable life. It was, however, her alleged unusual death -- and what happened afterward -- that has made her story memorable.
The three properties of the Milford Historical Society -- the Bryan-Downs House, Eells-Stow House and Clark-Stockade House -- have almost a thousand years of history between them. They also have a significant combined amount of alleged paranormal activity.
Mountain Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport is one of the most scenic graveyards in the state but is particularly known for being the final resting place of the legendary showman P.T. Barnum, who also had a hand in founding the cemetery. In addition to being where more than 40,000 former Connecticut residents have been laid to rest, the 125-acre burying ground also is home to the grave of Charles Stratton, native son of Bridgeport and little person who rose to international fame as Gen. Tom Thumb.
Nathan Hale is known as a Revolutionary War hero whose patriotic spirit inspired a young nation. His homestead in Coventry, however, is known for other kinds of spirits.
One of the most picturesque lighthouses along the Connecticut coast is the distinctive New London Ledge Lighthouse. It also is allegedly home to one of the most distinctive ghosts in the area, a spirit of former keeper, now known as "Ernie."
Although abandoned for almost 15 years, Norwich State Hospital in Preston allegedly continues to be plagued by the ghosts of its former troubles and tragedies.
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