You may have noticed that there has been a recent trend for horror movies set in or inspired by Connecticut in recent years. There is a very good reason for this. In short, the state of Connecticut is pretty much crawling with paranormal activity.
Let’s take a closer look at 6 of the most haunted places in Connecticut:
Union Cemetery, like most burial grounds has it’s fair share of ghost stories. The most prominent one is probably the White Lady. She has been reported by a large number of witnesses including members of the local police force and fire service. There have also been a number of photographs which claim to show her. Even famous paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren claim to have not only seen the White Lady of Union Cemetery, but to have captured her on film.
The apparition is described as being a lady with long dark hair dressed in a nightgown and matching bonnet. She is most often reported on Route 59, but has also been known to appear on Route 111 as well. In 1993, one motorist reports to have actually collided with the white lady, leaving a dent in his car. It has been suggested that the white lady is actually a lady who was murdered in the 1940s, although some say that rather than being the murder victim she is actually the murdered girl’s mother.
Another entity which is said to haunt the Union Cemetery is known simply as ‘red eyes’. He is said to appear as just a pair of glowing red eyes peering out of the bushes. Witnesses who have seen this and turned to run away say that they heard footsteps in pursuit but were too afraid to look back! It has been suggested that Red Eyes could be the spirit of Earlie Kellog, a man set on fire in the street back in 1935!
One of the most haunted places in Connecticut has to be Fairfield Hills State Hospital a place with a dark and ugly history. Like most mental hospitals of the time, the way that the patients were treated would today be considered barbaric and inhumane. Standard treatments included things like psychosurgery, hydrotherapy, electric shock therapy and of course completely unauthorized full frontal lobotomies! There were countless suicides and suspicious deaths in the hospital and tales of unnecessary cruelty and abuse were rife. All of this is the perfect recipe for some restless spirits!
It is common for visitors to the old hospital to hear disembodied voices, or more accurately screams and crying. This is presumably the spirits of long dead patients reliving the agony of their so called treatments. There are also multiple reports of apparitions in white roaming the grounds which are believed to be a mix of former staff and patients who are still bound to the hospital even in death.
4 – Homespun Farm Bed & Breakfast, Griswold
Homespun Farm Bed & Breakfast in Griswold, Connecticut may look quaint and charming, but it is hiding a secret. A secret in the form of a Connecticut ghost known as ‘Old Simon’. Homespun Farm Bed & Breakfast was built as a colonial farm house in 1740 and it has been owned by the same family for over 250 years! It still features the original board floors, stained glass windows and hand hewn beams! This is like stepping back in time – without having to give up all of those modern comforts!
Old Simon is probably the most famous of the ghosts that call Homespun Farm Bed & Breakfast home. He is believed to be Simon Brewster, a previous owner of the property. He is a friendly sort and is often seen in the gardens watching over anyone tending the plants. The current owners Ron and Kate Bauer have both seen Old Simon supervising them and on seeing a photo of Simon Brewster both confirmed that this was indeed the man they saw I the gardens!
Old Simon is not alone. If you happen to stay at the Homespun Farm Bed & Breakfast you may get the sensation of being watched inside the house. If you do, then it is most likely Mrs Brewster – Old Simon’s wife! The owners are keen to point out that the resident ghosts here are very friendly!
3 – Dudleytown, Cornwall
One of the main reasons why Dudleytown is said to be one of the most haunted places in Connecticut is that it is allegedly subject to a powerful curse! All people by the name Dudley are said to be able to trace their family line all the way back to a Saxon by the name of Dudd who was the Duke of Mecia and died in the early half of 700AD. It is upon his land that Dudley Castle was eventually built. The origin of the alleged curse go all the way back to England circa 1510 when Edmund Dudley was beheaded after making plans to overthrown King Henry VIII. At that time it is said that a curse was placed on all Dudley’s both present and future and that all from his lineage would be surrounded by untold horrors!
Fast forward a few hundred years and members of the Dudley family came to settle in Cornwall, Connecticut having emigrated from England. The area was dubbed Dudleytown. Ever since, the area has been plagued by tales of the paranormal! It has been claimed that several residents of Dudleytown saw demons and ended up going insane and committing suicide although this has largely been debunked. However, there are plenty of other strange things afoot! Hikers and other visitors to the area, including demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren have captured unexplained events including strange orbs of light. It is also unusually quiet and there is no wildlife at all living in the area!
Learn more about Dudleytown, but bear in mind it is now private land and trespassers are prosecuted.
Remington Arms in Bridgeport Connecticut first opened in 1867 as the Union Metallic Cartridge Company, but was bought over by Remington arms in 1915 and was expanded into a 73 acre manufacturing plant. During the early 20th century, Remington Arms was one of America’s biggest munitions companies employing over 15000 people and producing tons of munitions every year. Like many factories, Remington Arms has seen its fair share of accidents – many of them fatal. A few of the deaths on these premises include two employees who fell into a giant bat of molten metal and several more in an explosion in 1942. The explosion occurred at the height of war time efforts, right on the production floor. Seven employees died and around 80 others suffered injuries. It is believed that the shadowy figures that are frequently seen on the factory floor could be the spirits of those who perished in the explosion!
We have already seen one hospital on the list, but let’s take a look at one more. This time it is the Norwich State Hospital in Preston. The hospital first opened its doors back in 1904 taking in 95 patients. Over time it was expanded and ended up with 20 buildings and some 2000 patients. The majority of patients were mentally ill, but those with tuberculosis or a chemical dependency were also admitted. The first recorded death occurred the same year that the hospital opened when one of the patients committed suicide by hanging himself. Two employees also lost their lives in a hot water explosion in 1919. There have been multiple deaths in the building since then, many of them suicides. The hospital closed for the final time in 1996 and attempts to sell the property have been a failure ever since!
As you might expect, Norwich State Hospital is actually one of the most haunted places in Connecticut. The most active spot is in the Salmon Building which housed criminally insane patients. Effectively this was a prison. It has steel doors and bars with rooms that were to all intents and purposes cells! It is not at all unusual to hear disembodied screaming coming from the Salmon Building. Many of the patients were tortured and abused in the hospital. Just some of the barbaric practices that patients would have been subjected to includes starving them, packing them in ice, beating them and even sexually abusing them.
This place is truly terrifying and paranormal investigators have documented hundreds of unexplained events including hearing a woman sobbing, residual sounds of operating rooms such as beeping equipment and rattling of tools. There are also sudden cold spots and many people have heard doors slam and seen children running around!
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