By Kim McNeill
I stopped counting the number of paranormal investigators in Connecticut after I couldn’t remember their names in my head anymore. So let’s just say we have a lot of investigators. With good reason. There are a lot of things for them to investigate. Places in Connecticut have been featured on MTV’s Fear, A&E’s Psychic Kids, Ghost Hunters, and more. It is also home to the investigators who were associated with the Amityville House.
Connecticut’s Old State House
800 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06103
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 17, children under 6 are free
Hauntings usually have some association with a death by violence. The Old State House is supposedly the site of the first witchcraft execution in Connecticut. Add to that tidbit a Museum of Natural and Other Curiosities, Stewart’s Museum, which includes a Unicorn horn and a two-headed calf on the second floor, and we have the makings of spookiness. Staff members have reported strange sounds like footsteps and voices and sightings. It was featured on the TV series Ghost Hunters.
Intersection of RT 59 and RT 136
Cemeteries are natural places for spooky stories and Easton, Connecticut doesn’t disappoint. Union Cemetery dates from the 1600s. Ed and Lorraine Warren, of Amityville Horror fame, declared it to possibly be the most haunted place in the United States and wrote a book about it called, “Graveyard”. The “White Lady” of Union Cemetery is said to walk along Route 59 and occasionally Route 111 wearing a long, white dress. Drivers see the Lady and sometimes even think they’ve hit her only to find she’s disappeared. So strap on your seatbelts!
Old Newgate Prison and Copper Mine
115 Newgate Road
East Granby, CT 06026
General admission $10 adults, $6 youth 6-17 years old, and under 6 are free
This location first started as a copper mine in 1705. When that venture wasn’t successful, it was used as a prison. There were a number of prisoners, including women, who were kept in Old Newgate Prison. The prisoners were housed in the mining shafts before the numbers became unsupportable and above ground accommodation was built. Between the mining and the prison, there were a few violent ends. Connecticut Paranormal Encounters and Research (CPEAR) investigated and found strange results.
The Black Dog of Hanging Hills
199 Notch Road
Open during daylight hours
Remember the scene from Harry Potter when he discovers the Grim, a black dog symbolizing impending doom, in his tealeaves. One need not have ‘the gift’ in order to find a black dog who can mean death here in Connecticut. The Connecticut Quarterly of 1898 included an interesting story by geologist W.H.C. Pynchon. As Pynchon was hiking with fellow geologist Herbert Marshall in the Hanging Hills a mysterious black dog joined them. According to the account in the magazine, that was Marshall’s third encounter with the dog and soon after he fell to his death. The way it was told by Pynchon, if you see the dog once, you will have good luck, twice means bad luck, and the third time portends your death.
Captain Grant’s, 1754
109-111 Route 2A
Historic Poquetanuck Village
Preston, CT 06365
You arrive at your destination, a cozy bed and breakfast in Historic Poquetanuck Village and you are wrapped up in the history of the house with the atmosphere and colonial-style furnishings. But, you may also get wrapped up in a mystery. The inn was built by a captain who went out to sea and never made it home to his family and legend has it guests have reported sightings of a woman ghost holding the hands of two children. There are also reports of hearing footsteps when no one was there. This location was featured in the A&E TV show, Psychic Kids Haunted Attic.
Kim McNeill writes at Nutmeg Families, is a publisher mom with Macaroni Kid of Southbury, Middlebury, Roxbury, Bridgewater, and Oxford, Connecticut, a hyper-local community website for families, and also blogs about more Connecticut family fun at Hearst Connecticut Media Group.