Brace yourselves – things are about to get spooky. Here’s Part 2 of the “Haunted Connecticut” tour. Missed part 1? Click HERE to catch up.
Poli-Palace / Majestic Theaters & Savoy Hotel: Bridgeport
Heading North on Main Street in Bridgeport, as the modern business district gives way to a graveyard of boarded-up buildings, you will notice a giant structure on your left taking up a full city block. Here lie the remains of the Poli-Palace Theater, the Majestic Theater and the Savoy Hotel. On one end sits the Poli-Palace Theater, once visited by Mae West back when it was the largest theater in Connecticut. The Majestic theater is on the other side of the property, while the Savoy Hotel and its 109 rooms make up the middle. Closed since the 1970’s, the property has long been considered haunted for a variety of reasons ranging from an Indian Burial ground (did they move the bodies or just the stones?) to bootleggers and murder. Perhaps the spirits are just angry that the Palace served a small stint as an adult theater before finally closing.
Visitors can expect to be arrested, as the property is closely guarded by Sgt James Myers, Bridgeport PD’s very own ghostbuster. Witnesses have reported ghost orbs, shadowy figures, strange noises and voices, many of which have been recorded as EVP.
Evergreen Cemetery / Midnight Mary’s Grave: New Haven
“The people shall be troubled at midnight and pass away.” This comforting little statement adorns the headstone of Mary Hart, otherwise known as Midnight Mary. While some claim Mary to have been a witch, the most common story is that she was accidentally buried alive. When they dug the coffin back up, Mary was indeed dead, however it appeared she had been trying to claw her way out. If true, it could make for one angry ghost. According to local legend, terrible things happen to those who would dare visit Mary at midnight. Many have come to Evergreen Cemetery to tempt fate, some of which have never been seen again. Visitors have reported ghost orbs, shadowy figures, feelings of terror and horrible screams in the middle of the night. Of course, the screams could always be attributed to the nasty surrounding neighborhood.
Green Lady Cemetery: Burlington
Like Union Cemetery in Easton, the Seventh-Day Baptist Cemetery in Burlington is notorious for a specific resident ghost. The Green Lady, named for the green mist she often appears in, is rumored to be the spirit of Elisabeth Palmiter, a woman who supposedly drowned in the nearby swamp. Elisabeth’s legend varies with the telling – one version has her freezing to death in a snowstorm looking for her husband while another says her husband murdered her. Whatever the cause may be, the Green Lady seems to be here to stay.
Visitors have reported strange noises coming from the woods, cold spots, ghost orbs, voices, singing and of course the famous green mist.
Phelps Mansion: Stratford
While this local nightmare on Elm Street was demolished 40 years ago, the landmark still lives on through the fantastic stories that remain. Allow us to introduce the Stratford Poltergeist, who supposedly could give Beetlejuice a run for his money. Imagine walking downstairs to find your dining room turned into a paranormal art exhibit, filled with your family’s clothes set up in various poses. All manner of poltergeist activity followed. Household items were thrown about, family members were assaulted and a variety of strange sounds were a constant. Mysteriously, it all came to a halt in 1850, only to return with a vengeance in the 1970’s after the mansion became a nursing home. Our story ends in fiery climax, as part of the house burned down and the entire structure was finally demolished.
Visitors would be trespassing, as the site on Elm Street is now a quiet, suburban neighborhood.
Old Trinity Church: Brooklyn
This Anglican church, the oldest in Connecticut, is reported to have dark secrets buried on the grounds. While the strange, cross-shaped clearing near the church cemetery is creepy enough, the things reportedly seen there are even worse. Witnesses claim to have seen the spirits of young girls roaming here, supposedly because this was a haunting ground of serial killer Michael Ross. While the story of him writing in blood on the side of the church may be exaggerated, the fact that he was a resident of the town leaves us to draw our own frightening conclusions.
Some visitors report seeing apparitions, while others insist the only ghost here is the Holy Ghost.
Undercliff Sanatorium: Meriden
Undercliff’s dark hallways contain many painful memories. Like Seaside Sanatorium, this was once a hospital for sick children. It has long been reported to be a beacon of paranormal activity, a claim which seems to be grounded in some spooky fun facts about the location. The serial killer Hadden Clark was once a patient here, along with his brother and father. In fact, not too long ago, police were looking for bodies he supposedly buried around there. While the cause of death for most patients here was disease, one patient is said to have been murdered by fellow residents armed with plastic utensils. Let’s hope they weren’t sporks.
Visitors report children crying, loud screams, apparitions, ghost orbs, cold spots and the feeling or sounds of being followed by soft footsteps.
Seaside Sanatorium: Waterford
This facility has only been closed for 15 years, which makes it a baby in terms of abandoned institutions. Still, Seaside has its share of dark secrets. It has served many functions over the years, from housing children with tuberculosis to mentally handicapped patients. Excessive violence and patient-abuse became common, and the facility was finally shut down after a number of suspicious deaths.
Visitors have reported orbs, unexplained feelings of dread or depression, strange sounds and disembodied voices.