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Tales from Beyond

Some Strange Ouija Board Stories

By Thomas D'Agostino
www.tomdagostino.com

I have spoken of Ouija boards in the past. Having a small collection of them, I find them quite fascinating, especially the history of the board and its encompassing role on our culture. From the moment they hit the market in the early 1890s to the present, the Ouija board has been labeled many things but whether you feel it calls demons to harvest your soul or just gathers friends for an evening of fun and mystique, remember, it was originally patented as a “toy or game.”

Ghost returns on 100th anniversary

By Thomas D’Agostino
www.tomdagostino.com

This account came to me in a rather strange way. My wife Arlene and I lived in Burrillville, Rhode Island in 2004. We were very active in the history of the town and knew a lot of prominent citizens. It was in May of that year I received a phone call from someone on the fire department asking for the phone number of Historical Society president Betty Mencucci.

Darrah Pond

Thomas D'Agostino
www.tomdagostino.com

Roy Memorial Park in Litchfield, New Hampshire, features ample playgrounds, two baseball/softball diamonds, soccer field and a talent hall. In the summer months Litchfield residents can enjoy fishing, swimming and boating in Darrah Pond within the confines of the park.

The mystery stones of Burnt Hill

By Thomas D’Agostino

As we try to trace the ancestry of our European forefathers, we always find more data that other races may have been here first. It appears that Burnt Hill in Heath is a living archeological testament to this theory set in stone. Or, shall I say, set up in stone.

Twenty-one stones sit carefully notched into the bedrock on top of the 1,855-foot rise. The stones weigh three to five hundred pounds each. There are five fallen monoliths as well as four quartz Cairns within the center of the circle.

The Haunted Slater Mill

By Thomas D'Agostino

In 1793, Samuel Slater became the catalyst for the Industrial Revolution in America. Before long, The Blackstone River and its tributaries were laced with mills of all forms of manufacture.
Villages sprouted out of nowhere and people flocked to work at the mills in hopes of a better life.

Children were often employed at these mills due to the fact that many adults felt that such work was beneath their stature or because child labor was cheap and children could fit between machines more easily to fix any problems that arose.

A Famous Provincetown Haunt: The Former Martin House Restaurant

By Thomas D’Agostino
www.tomdagostino.com

This segment takes us to Provincetown, one of the most noted tourist stops in New England. Arlene and I spent a weekend recently visiting some of the more arcane attractions the area has to offer and decided to check in on one of our favorite haunts, The Martin House Restaurant. We once visited and investigated the Martin House in 2006 while working on the book, Haunted Massachusetts.

The Other Ramtail Ghosts

By Thomas D’Agostino

Rhode Island is one of the very few states in America that has an official haunted site. The state recognized it as such in 1885 when Amos Perry entered the Ramtail Factory in Foster as being haunted. The area where the small factory and village once stood is but remnants of what it once was, but the haunting continues.

Wareham's Haunted Violin

Thomas D'Agostino
www.tomdagostino.com

I remember reading this account many years ago as a child and it has always intrigued me. The mere fact that it made world news alone made this next story a legendary tale for Halloween, especially since the ghost is not a misty figure roaming the dark chambers of an old mansion but rather a beautiful ornate violin.