Posts Tagged ‘woods’

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.

 

The area is located in a forest near the Harper’s Crossroads, Bennett, North Carolina. It has been subject to various legends and lore, perhaps really more lots of old urban legends passed down but it now said that the Devil haunts/possesses a barren circle of land within which nothing is said to grow. It is a circle in these woods, around 40ft diameter and the only grass that grows there is a wild wire type.

The local stories include objects left inside the ring overnight that have disappeared, dogs yipping and howling whilst refusing to go near it. Some that have tried to stay  overnight have reported that it has strange vibes and it’s said that this is the area where the devil can raise himself from the fiery pits of hell and bring evil into the world. Local legend has it that in the dark of the night he sometimes walks around, tramping the circle bare as he plots and plans. Come the morning he then turns into a crow or other animal and sets off on a mission to carry out the plans he came up with the night before.

In an attempt to disprove various theories the North Caroline Department of Agriculture took a sample of soil, they determined that the area is sterile. This has however really not done anything to assist the legends.

Locals (old and young) are quite happy to tell people that they have left objects inside the circle and came back the next evening to find them laying around just outside. As of 1949 in a report there had been nothing about anyone managing to stay in the area for a whole night, however I am sure someone will be able to correct me by now. If so and if it’s you let me know!

It was with sadness I read about this place, Aokigahara Forest in Japan and the above title is a quote from Wataru Tsurumui’s ‘The Complete Manual of Suicide’. The Dense Forest seems to be the choice for those who wish to end their lives.

78 bodies were found in 2002 and the signs around the forest do not appear to be a deterent. Signs such as “please reconsider” or “please consult the police before you decide to die” are nailed around the fences.

The forest attracts people looking at it’s natural beauty, the macabre who seek to search for the bodies and the suicide victims themselves. Local’s are apparently rather adept at telling which aim the person entering has.

It is considered to be a very haunted place, a purgatory for the Yurei, unsettled ghosts who have been torn unnaturally from their lives and howl their suffering on the winds. Some spiritualists say the trees themselves are malevolent and they try to keep people in with them.

Even in such a place the regular work must continue, the regular forestry work must be done. Unfortunately they will come across the bodies of victims in various states of decay, there is a special room set aside for these things.  In the room is a bed for the body and one for a spare person… it is thought that if the body is left along the Yurei will scream the whole night through.  So still think you have a crappy job?

As with some other videos I have posted I do this with a warning, this is an incredibly sad video and if you are not feeling up to it, I would advise you don’t watch it.