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Tales from Beyond

Wood Island Light

By Thomas D'Agostino

Lighthouses have a certain mystique that makes them alluring. Throw in a ghost or two and you have a perennial tale to forever be told by the flickering light of a campfire. There are many lighthouses in New England that are haunted by their former keepers or their families. The Wood Island light is no exception. In fact, there are a few ghosts roaming the island and the best part, you can actually vis... Read More

The famous Stratford knocking

By Thomas D'Agostino

1738 Elm Street in Stratford, Connecticut, became the site of one of the most famous poltergeist infestations in American history. The mansion fit in with the rest of the homes when it was completed in 1826. The exquisite domicile was a gift from General Mattas Nicoll to his daughter and new son-in-law, Captain George Dowdell. The Georgian style mansion boasted Doric columns on both the outside and int... Read More

Plymouth's Haunted Pram

By Thomas D'Agostino

The Trask Museum at 35 North Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts, became one of the most haunted buildings in the area, but not for its long-tenanted ghosts. The 1829 structure acquired a most curious artifact that soon proved to be haunted: an ancient perambulator, more affectionately known as a pram.

Former curator and director... Read More

The Other Side of Bermuda

By Thomas D'Agostino

Bermuda is one of the most popular vacation destinations on the eastern seaboard. The 21-mile-long island owned by Great Britain is famous for its pink sands, historic sites and of course, Goslings rum and ginger beer. The island is also a corner of the famous Bermuda Triangle where many ships and planes have mysteriously vanished. The... Read More

Strange New England Superstitions Part 2

By Thomas D'Agostino

In the first part of this series I spoke of certain superstitions pertaining to cats, witches, and apples. This part may delve a bit deeper into the macabre or arcane. New England folk were, and in some cases, still are a very superstitious lot. Whole books could be written on the number of different superstitions and how they vary from state to state and town to town.

One of the more familiar o... Read More

WDO Scholarship winners 2019

Five local students were awarded $1,000 scholarships each from the Webster-Dudley-Oxford Chamber of Commerce, with official presentations given aboard the Indian Princess on Webster Lake on June 25,

The Chamber awards a scholarship to a student from the each of towns’ high schools, Bay Path and one to the son or daughter of a Chamber member.  

This year’s winners were Allison Grzembski from Bartlett High School, Jil... Read More

Strange New England Superstitions Part 1

By Thomas D'Agostino

This month I would like to share a few parts of our upcoming book, Litchfield County Ghosts, with you. One section I am particularly interested in is the strange and lesser known superstitions of our region. Many of these came from the old countries where the settlers migrated from while others were born here. The lan... Read More

More Ghostly Pianos

By Thomas D'Agostino

After writing about the haunted piano of Gardner Lake, it came to me that there are many other cases in New England where phantom fingers tickle the ivory keys of the most venerable musical instrument.

Here are a few other famous places where concerts from the other side are quite frequent.

Jerusha Howe's ghost... Read More

Gardner Lake's Ghostly Piano

By Thomas D'Agostino

New England is full of strange stories and people. There is always an interesting legend or tale of someone or something of the more eccentric type around every turn. This next account is no exception. It is a true story that resonates to this day, not only in the telling of the tale, but in the supernatural reverberations of music as... Read More

The Haunt of Indian Corner Road

By Thomas D'Agostino

Colonial Rhode Island was once scattered with sparse little settlements within the vast woodland. Even today, Rhode Island consists of more woodland than cleared areas where little hamlets lay nestled along the main arteries leading to and from each other. South County, Rhode Island, was a major trading region for the local Indians and colonists. The area is also strewn with memorials where major battl... Read More