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Tales from Beyond

Strange New England Superstitions Part 2

By Thomas D'Agostino

In the first part of this series I spoke of certain superstitions pertaining to cats, witches, and apples. This part may delve a bit deeper into the macabre or arcane. New England folk were, and in some cases, still are a very superstitious lot. Whole books could be written on the number of different superstitions and how they vary from state to state and town to town.

WDO Scholarship winners 2019

Five local students were awarded $1,000 scholarships each from the Webster-Dudley-Oxford Chamber of Commerce, with official presentations given aboard the Indian Princess on Webster Lake on June 25,

The Chamber awards a scholarship to a student from the each of towns’ high schools, Bay Path and one to the son or daughter of a Chamber member.  

More Ghostly Pianos

By Thomas D'Agostino  
www.tomdagostino.com

After writing about the haunted piano of Gardner Lake, it came to me that there are many other cases in New England where phantom fingers tickle the ivory keys of the most venerable musical instrument.

Here are a few other famous places where concerts from the other side are quite frequent.

Gardner Lake's Ghostly Piano

By Thomas D'Agostino
www.tomdagostino.com

New England is full of strange stories and people. There is always an interesting legend or tale of someone or something of the more eccentric type around every turn. This next account is no exception. It is a true story that resonates to this day, not only in the telling of the tale, but in the supernatural reverberations of music as well.

The Curtis House

By Thomas D'Agostino

Woodbury, Connecticut, in Litchfield County is your average small New England town. Church spires rise up over the trees, old homes grace the landscape and even a cemetery or burial yard sitting next to the church completes the criteria that most small New England towns possess. It also has one thing that most towns have, and that is a haunted inn. In fact, The Curtis House is said to be the oldest inn in the state and haunted by several ghosts, including some of the former owners.

The Former Black Duck Inn

By Tom D’Agostino

The Black Duck was originally a rum-running vessel that smuggled liquor into Newport Harbor in 1929 during Prohibition. The Coast Guard was furious over the incident, yet Rhode Islanders found it to be a comfort in the “dry time” of the twentieth century. In fact, many places in the Ocean State refused to recognize the era of prohibition to the extent that in some cases, alcohol flowed freely in various hotels and pubs.

The Borley Rectory

By Thomas D'Agostino

One of the most captivating accounts of a haunted house I have ever read was not from New England but Old England. Unfortunately, the house is also long gone, having burned down in 1938. The story of the Borley Rectory and its investigations by famed psychic researcher Harry Price is known world-wide. The events that transpired in the rectory house made it the most haunted house in England. Even to this day that moniker is used whenever someone mentions England's most famous haunted house, the Borley Rectory.