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Tales from Beyond

Diana’s Pool

By Thomas D’Agostino

The Natchaug River boasts beautiful scenery and natural wonders as it flows along its 17.9-mile stretch through Windham and Tolland Counties in eastern Connecticut. There are many areas to hike, swim, or picnic along the river but one particular area is steeped in legend and haunts. This area is known as Diana’s Pool in the town of Chaplin.

New England’s Last “Vampire”

By Thomas D’Agostino

I am surprised at number of New Englanders who do not know that our region was once the vampire capital of the world. From 1784 to 1892 as known, countless families exhumed their loved ones in search of a spectral ghoul praying upon the living. Once found, the most common remedy to rid the vampire was to cut out the heart, liver, lungs, and burn them. In most cases it was recorded that their living family members consumed the ashes with some sort of medicine.

The Jacob Whittemore House

By Thomas D’Agostino from Haunted Massachusetts

I am surprised the spectral encounters at Minute Man National Historical Park are not reported as much as one may have expected. From the day of April 19, 1775, to now, a stretch of thoroughfare from Concord to Lexington known as Battle Road has become an indelible mark in the forging of America’s independence. So powerful is the events that took place that fateful spring day, the energy has seemed to remain suspended eternally in time.

The Eternal Patrons of Brown and Hopkins

By Thomas D’Agostino

Chepachet, Rhode Island, is known for its preserved beauty and rustic charm.  Historic taverns, homes and businesses lace both sides of Route 44, beckoning the curious to inspect what time and progress has failed to spoil. Along with these old structures are many remnants of the past; many of them ghosts still lingering among the antiquated walls of these edifices.

The Old Wedderburn Mansion

By Thomas D’Agostino from “Haunted Rhode Island”

Some legends come from a time or place that cannot be traced. In Narragansett, Rhode Island, sits the remains of an old estate that at one time revealed wealth. Some have attributed this next story to that relic but the actual location of this story, if at all true, remains a mystery.

Japheth Wedderburn was a successful merchant who lived in a four-story mansion by the shores of the Narragansett Bay. His only companion, servant Huldy Craddock, cared for the immense home when the captain was away at sea.

East Meets West Fair promotes healthy living

By Janet Stoica

More than 60 vendors and several hundred visitors attended the 8th Annual East Meets West Health Fair and Business Bonanza held at the Bartlett High School gymnasium on Sunday, April 12. The Red Cross collected 25 quarts of blood and Dr. Dmitry Levenson of the Reliant Medical Group in Webster was the featured speaker.

Life Skills, Inc. and Page Chiropractic planned and presented the event, a fundraiser to benefit adults with developmental disabilities.  Commerce Bank and Cam’s Oil Service, Inc. were the sponsors.

Makens Bemont House

By Thomas D’Agostino

The Makens Bemont House, also known as the Huguenot House, is nestled among two other historic buildings owned by the Historical Society of East Hartford in Martin Park. It is bounded on one side by the Burnham Blacksmith Shop (c. 1850) and flanked on the other side by the one room Goodwin Schoolhouse (c. 1820). Of the three structures, the Bemont dwelling is the one of particular interest.

The Haunted Carousel at Crescent Park

By Thomas D'Agostino from the book Haunted Rhode Island.

The music of an old fashioned carousel conjures up visions of laughing children, the smell of cotton candy, and all the other revelry that gives amusement parks that certain timeless wonder. In the case of the Looff Carousel on the old Crescent Park fairgrounds, when the carousel stops the phantom laughter and music of yesteryear continue to fill the air.