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Tales from Beyond

The Humor on Gravestones: Part II

By Thomas D’Agostino
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The Puritans certainly loved to write epitaphs. What they did not say in their daily life became the poetry upon the stones of their loved ones. Many took on an amusing tone, versed nicely while telling a short story or limerick of the person buried beneath the stone. These small witty verses often served as a diversion to the darkness... Read More

The Seer of Rutland

By Thomas D’Agostino

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The Eddy family of Chittenden found fame in their well-publicized acts of mediumship and séances in their family home. Only five miles south of the Eddys, another man, Solomon W. Jewett, was making waves of his own. By the end of the nineteenth century, both parties had put the otherwise sleepy state of Vermont on the spiritualist m... Read More

Hawthorne Hotel

By Thomas D’Agostino
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The town of Salem, Massachusetts, is famous for the witch hysteria that took place there in 1692. Salem was also known as a major shipping port. It was the largest in the colonies for many years. Today people flock to Salem to see the attractions, and even more, to attend the annual “Haunted Happenings” that takes place during the mon... Read More

The Hessian Hole

By Thomas D'Agostino
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During the American Revolution, the British employed German mercenaries to assist them in battle. These fearless Hessian soldiers were well-trained crack shots and sided with the English in large numbers. The Americans were well aware of the expert training the Hessians received and were ready for their worst.

On August 29, 1778... Read More

Star Island Ghosts

By Thomas D’Agostino

Star Island, off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has been a destination for many tourists for over two centuries. Originally known by the local "Shoalers" as the town of Gosport, in 1876 the island was annexed to the town of Rye. The Oceanic Hotel was built on the island in 1873 but burned in 1875. The owners went to work on a new hotel and before long, Star Island was once again open to visito... Read More

William Miller and the Great Reckoning

By Thomas D’Agostino

On October 22, 1844, over a million people gathered on hills, mountaintops, and inside cemeteries singing hymns and praying out loud, waiting the midnight tolling. It was that moment they were told that the Great Reckoning would commence. The sky was to burst open and all the true followers were to be whisked up to heaven while the rest would die by fire.

These ardent followers sold all their be... Read More

The Curse of Old Trickey

By Thomas D’Agostino
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New England and curses seem to go hand in hand. Legends abound of cursed towns, objects and people. Such tales are what makes the region so fascinating. This next story takes place in York, Maine, where many regarded a man named William Trickey as a minion of the dark one.

Trickey, a retired sea captain arrived in York around 17... Read More

The Hitchhiker of Black’s Woods Road

By Thomas D’Agostino
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 As you travel along Route 182 between Cherryfield and Franklin, Maine, you cannot help but enjoy the natural vistas nature has provided. Mountains, fields, ponds, and foliage, when in season, all join together to make for one beautiful ride, but if you are in search for something a bit more supernatural, this is also the stretch of ro... Read More

So You Bought A Haunted House-Part 3

By Thomas D’Agostino www.tomdagostino.com

The ghosts slowly began to show themselves. One morning Arlene, while walking by the doorway of the parlor, started talking—to whom she thought was me sitting in my favorite chair. I was in the study and heard her speaking. I shouted from the study, and she screamed, realizing she had just addressed a ghost. Another morning I came into the... Read More

The Haunted Cahoon Farm

By Thomas D'Agostino

Many New Englanders do not know Lyndon, Vermont, but the spirit world seems to favor it, especially one of its oldest homes. The home known as the Cahoon Farm was built in 1798 and stayed in the family for almost two centuries.

A former resident, Madeline Hoffman-Holt, grew up in the house and in her later years, opened the home to guests and tours from local schools. It was not only the history... Read More

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