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Tales from Beyond

So You Bought A Haunted House-Part 3

By Thomas D’Agostino

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

The Ghost of Mattie Cornwall

By Thomas D'Agostino

Many people are aware of the mansion in Gardner called the Victorian. The building has been the subject of several television shows, books and historical accounts. Arlene and I have had the fortunate pleasure to become acquainted with the two previous owners and even more, a few of the ghosts that reside within the mansion.

One in particular is the ghost of Mattie Cornwall, a former nanny to the... Read More

So You Bought A Haunted House, Part 2

By Thomas D’Agostino

Part 2 of this segment is dedicated to someone who purchased a really, really haunted house. As everyone who knows us can attest, Arlene and I ended up with a home that has several ghosts and haunts. Let’s start at the beginning. You can read Part I here: ... Read More

So you bought a haunted house - Part 1

By Thomas D'Agostino

The title may sound a bit amusing, but to those who have actually bought or rented a house that is still tenanted by its former inhabitants, it can be a most frightening experience. Houses that are haunted can pass from one party to another many times without the thought or notion of there being a ghost or two. Sometimes the spirits la... Read More

Jacob Hurd’s Horse

By Thomas D’Agostino

Jacob Hurd lived in Ipswich around the time New England was in the throes of battle with witchcraft and demons. He was a staunch Puritan, holding no course for anything out of his ordinary mundane puritan lifestyle, so when his only son took to fancying the finer arts of poetry, picking flowers, talking to the birds and daydreaming, Jacob became quite concerned.

Such acts in the 1600s were scand... Read More

The graves beneath The Worcester Common

By Thomas D’Agostino

Imagine having a splendid picnic on the grass of the town common. Daily life is rolling by and the usual wildlife is busy with their own affairs. Suddenly, a hand juts up from the earth, followed by another. Within moments, rotting corpses are emerging from the ground all around. Sounds like a scene from a zombie apocalypse movie but if it were to be, the best candidate for that scene would be the Worc... Read More

Granville’s Pub: Second Ghost Hunt

By Thomas D’Agostino

The town of Spencer lies on the outer boundary of the Blackstone Valley. Although not technically part of the region, it is still rich in history in regard to being a once thriving mill village. The mills are long gone but the old timers will tell you tales of how their parents and grandparents toiled in the long-gone edifices.

Many would leave the mill after a long day at work and pay a visit t... Read More

New England’s first UFO sightings

By Thomas D’Agostino

I have not covered the subject of UFOs much in my writings, but this particular piece of New England history became of great interest to me. When I was a young lad I was into the UFO sightings and stories. I always carried a copy of Project Blue Book with me and had memorized every case within its pages. This account predates the cases scribed within the aforementioned book by over three hundr... Read More

Phantom Drummers

By Thomas D'Agostino

Percussion is the foundation of a musical piece. The drummer or percussionist sets the tempo and rhythm of the score and the band follows in time to the beat. It creates quite a pleasure for the ears but when that drumming is the omen of ill or death, it is a horrible concert to behold.

Phantom drummers have been around since the Middle Ages and always foretell of some calamity or fulfill a curs... Read More