Posts Tagged ‘Connecticut’

An 18 acre site of land in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA that had a theme park based around passages from the bible. In 1984 the theme park closed down and there is now a project, ongoing, to restore it. It was a concept of John Baptist Greco, of Waterbury, who wanted an attraction that would replicate the Bethlehem and Jerusalem of the biblical era. It was to be a place of peace for any colour, race or creed. During its peak in the 1960’s to 70’s it had upwards of 40,000 visitors on an annual basis, it was sadly left unfinished when Greco died in 1986. It has since fell into a state of disrepair.

It is featured on the website Roadside America along with warnings about exploring it, especially if you are not up to date with your tetanus shots.

July 201 saw another dark spot in the area’s history when the rape and murder of a 16 year old female brought a renewed media interest to it. In 2013 the land was brought with a plan to be renovated, and 22nd December 2013 the new cross was lit up on the site.

 

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HolyLand“. Via Wikipedia.

Gorton, Connecticut, has a 1909 built lighthouse. It was automated in 1987, it was taken over by the US Coast Guard in 1939 and comes complete with it’s own ghost story. The coat guard crew, before it was automated, reported doors opening, strange sounds and such things as TV’s turning on and bedsheets being removed from the beds without explanation.

In the crew’s log on the last night before it was automated, an unknown author wrote “Rock of slow torture. Ernie’s domain. Hell on earth – may New London’s Ledge light shine on forever because I’m through. I will watch it from afar while drinking a brew.”

Investigations have been conducted by various groups. Ghost Hunters (TAPS) went in and found cold spots and other things linked to paranormal thought they felt there was nothing conclusive.

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It was a psychiatric hospital located in Newtown, Connecticut, that was open from 1931 50 1995, and at it’s peak had 4000 patients. It was built to ease overcrowding, another common factor of the time, for two other hospitals in the area. It’s original plans had 16 buildings which also had a network of roads through large farm meadows and a forest.  It was closed due to de-institutionalization, the hospital patients were moved and in 1995 the doors to the hospital were finally closed.

It used typical treatments for its day, including the use of hydrotherapy, the now controversial shock therapies and frontal lobotomy. Much like other institutes of the scale and time it employed an architectural use of tunnels for staff to move around under the complex and also for the disposal of corpses.

The town acquired the land and building from the State and there are calls to preserve the main buildings at the very least.

It was used for an episode of MTV’s Fear and whilst I could see numerous mentions of hauntings etc… I could find nothing for a basis even anecdotally. other than rumours due to what it was I drew a blank, so perhaps someone else can give me some more concrete stories for the blog?

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Bara-Hack are the remnants of a hamlet in Connecticut, USA, that was said to have been founded by two Welsh men and their family. The settlers were Obadiah Higginbottom and John Randall, they came to the area with their families and the name Bara-Hack is a Welsh term meaning ‘breaking of bread’. By 1890 the community had been abandoned, it may well have occurred sometime before the Civil War.

The remnants include foundations, walls of the derelict buildings and a cemetery. 19th Century records for both the village and cemetery mention obscure sounds, singing, laughter and the rumble of wagon wheels despite no inhabitants. There are also reports of animal sounds but alone this doesn’t spell anything strange, from what I could find to consider animal sounds in a wood strange I would need further context as to why.

If you do decided to visit then please note this is on privately owned property and you should seek permission first.

A pretty cool picture of the central stones.

 

Near Cornwall in Connecticut is a town that was said to have gone mad and died off. Thanks to the drum of curious travellers however it’s guarded and police watch the area, they will ticket people driving up to the front entrance so be warned! It’s not just spooks that can scare you off.

 It has been referred to, a little over the top I fear, as The Village of the Damned and was not the most suitable place for farming, as industry in the area wound down it’s pretty much likely that the town just dwindled out. However there are rumours abound that the area if haunted. So is there any truth to it?

Well firstly Dudley Town was never a town, it’s the name of a part of Cornwall but due to a large presence of the Dudley family the name seems to have stuck. The name seems to be part of a story from a 1926 publication in which an inaccurate portrayal of the townsfolk and history appears, other than the book there was never a supernatural mention beforehand, let alone tales of a curse.

It’s also said that Abiel Dudley went insane whilst he lived there, along with the town apparently, and yet really was described as “distracted” and unable to care for himself. This rather archaic term could have meant anything but the upshot is nothing particularly strange was ever recorded about him past his inability to care for himself.

Another little titbit is that just like any other forest there are plenty of birds singing in the one in Connecticut, Dark Entry Forest seems plenty alive to those that have gone there. So it seems an author’s inaccurate report has left an unproven account about the “town” that is a private residence but enough that it is being developed into a movie!