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Haunted Connecticut (Part 3)


Happy Halloween! We’ve come to the final installment of our “Haunted Connecticut” tour. Catch up on part 1 and part 2 if you missed them …


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Connecticut Valley Hospital: Middletown

This historic insane asylum is still used as a psychiatric hospital. In fact, this October authorities were searching for a missing patient that disappeared. Was he running from the ghosts? Much of the expansive campus has been destroyed by fire or sorely-needed demolition, but the stories remain. Standard insane asylum lore applies – patient abuse and weird experiments cause restless ghosts. There is a large cemetery on the property filled with nameless, numbered headstones that is just downright depressing in its own right.

Visitors have reported ghost orbs, feelings of dread and discomfort, voices ranging from hushed moans to piercing screams, dark shadows, apparitions and live officers with trespassing tickets handy.

Penfield Reef Lighthouse: Fairfield

Standing just over a mile off of Fairfield Beach, this nearly 150-year old lighthouse has an interesting story to tell. While it has been automated for over 40 years, by all reports there is still someone wandering the keeper’s quarters. Roughly 100 years ago, the lighthouse keeper drowned a few days before Christmas in the rough, frigid waters surrounding the structure. Apparently, death hasn’t kept Frederick Jordan from continuing to do his job. The next lighthouse keeper had many run-ins with his predecessor, as did subsequent ones. One time, when a keeper went to record his experience in the log book, he found it turned to the page that described Jordan’s death. In 1942, two boys were saved from drowning after their boat capsized near the lighthouse. When they were taken to Penfield to thank their hero, they did not find him there, but were able to point him out in a picture. Their savior turned out to be Frederick Jordan, a man who had drowned 26 years earlier.

Visitors are uncommon, as you need a boat to get out there.

Little People Village: Middlebury

While the stories surrounding the origin of this place vary, the main legend states that a local man built this “village” of miniature houses at his wife’s urgent request. She supposedly either befriended or was driven mad by small creatures living in the forest, be they fairies or demons. A throne sits in the center of the village – legend states uninvited guests who sit here will die in seven years. While a fantastic story, it seems the village was actually once a Quassy Amusement Park attraction built alongside an old trolley line. The line was abandoned and “The Fairy Village” was reclaimed by the forest.

Visitors report being embarrassed when they learn the true history. Ask them again in seven years.

Gunntown Cemetery: Naugatuck

This cemetery dates back to the 1700’s and is home to many of Naugatuck’s Revolutionary War supporters. The Warrens (famous paranormal experts) have officially labeled the cemetery as haunted, although no one has been able to determine a single main cause of the paranormal activity. However, the woods surrounded the graveyard seem to be a repeated theme. Many stories report hearing music coming from the woods or the sound of people laughing. It is possible both stem from teenage partiers, but that wouldn’t explain the young boy people have reported seeing vanish into the trees. Also, there are witnesses who have seen a black dog wandering the cemetery. Apparently, no one has checked its tags as of yet.

Visitors have reported ghost orbs, mist, cold spots, music, children laughing, negative emotions and of course, the black dog.

Hannah Cranna’s Grave: Trumbull/Monroe border

This ordinary-looking gravestone sits in Gregory’s Four Corners Burial Ground. However, the stories surrounding the plot’s resident are anything but ordinary. Known as the “Witch of Monroe”, Hannah Cranna was either surrounded by gullible townsfolk and coincidence or was truly in league with the Devil. After her husband died under mysterious circumstances and she was implicated, she made a habit of putting curses on neighbors or using the promise of one to get what she wanted. One such curse involved a man fishing on her land, who she hexed so he was supposedly unable to catch anything from that point on. To cement her legend, she predicted her death, forced people to carry her by hand to the cemetery and then somehow set her house on fire later that day after she was buried. Visitors report whispering voices, laughter, photos of orbs and a spirit that walks alongside the road, appearing suddenly in front of passing cars.

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Chris Garafola

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