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Tales from Beyond

Glastenbury/Long Trail

By Tom D’Agostino

Some people believe that there are portals or gates that lead back and forth to places far removed from our plane of existence or understanding. Perhaps they are the thin veils between dimensions.  There are many who have come to believe that the area of Glastenbury, Vermont, might house such a portal in the woods, waiting for the unsuspecting hiker to unwittingly enter its opening. There happens to also... Read More

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 h... Read More

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 thi... Read More

The Seaview Terrace

By Thomas D'Agostino
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Those who grew up in the 1960s watching soap operas might recognize the outside of Seaview Terrace, as it was used for exterior shots in the Gothic horror television soap opera “Dark Shadows.” The 40,000-square-foot mansion is also known as the Carey Mansion in honor of its present owners and has an interesting and mysterious... Read More

Rehoboth's Village Cemetery

By Thomas D'Agostino
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The Village Cemetery in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, is host to a most unfriendly ghost, or at least those who have witnessed him seem to think so. Reported sightings of the apparition go back but a few decades but the haunt seems to be of Victorian origin. Those who have witnessed him say he is dressed in period clothing, but he certainly... Read More

Interesting epitaphs

By Thomas D’Agostino
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Since my last two installments, I received several requests for more interesting epitaphs.  It appears the New England sense of humor spans the ages when it comes to these quirky and cute limericks and verses. No one was impervious to the chisel and hammer’s compensated prose. Family, friends and even disgruntled neighbors often came... Read More

Curious Epitaphs: Final Part

By Thomas D’Agostino

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This is the final installment of curious and amusing epitaphs that are found about New England. It can be assured there are countless that are not so well known. Perhaps you may wander a local burial ground and find a stone that catches your eye and a bit of prose chiseled upon it that will make you think.

This turf has d... Read More

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

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