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Tales from Beyond

Midnight Mary

By Thomas D’Agostino                      

One of New Haven’s favorite legends lies in the Evergreen Cemetery near the back, close to Winthrop Avenue. There is a pink granite stone with the inscription:

AT HIGH NOON
JUST FROM, AND ABOUT TO RENEW
HER DAILY WORK, IN HER FULL STRENGTH OF
BODY AND MIND
MARY E. HART
HAVING FALLEN PROSTRATE:
REMAINED UNCONSCIOUS, UNTIL SHE DIED AT MIDNIGHT,
OCTOBER 15, 1872
BORN DECEMBER 16, 1824

The Haunted Washburn Barn

By Thomas D’Agostino

Not too long ago sat in a lonely field, a decrepit barn: roof timbers sagging with age and neglect, the grass growing tall around its rotting frame, and on many occasions, the ethereal visage of four men hanging from its center beam.

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 Ghost of the Biddeford Theatre

By Thomas D’Agostino

The City Theater in Biddeford, Maine, is very easy to find as it sits in the middle of the downtown area. The opera house was built around 1860 and hosted many famous names of the times. In 1894 the building burned to the ground but was rebuilt, and by January 1896 shows were once again held in the house. Many people have come and gone over the decades but one person still graces the stage of her last performance.

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.