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Tales from Beyond

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
www.tomdagostino.com

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  
www.tomdagostino.com

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
www.tomdagostino.com

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

The Curtis House

By Thomas D'Agostino

Woodbury, Connecticut, in Litchfield County is your average small New England town. Church spires rise up over the trees, old homes grace the landscape and even a cemetery or burial yard sitting next to the church completes the criteria that most small New England towns possess. It also has one thing that most towns have, and that is a haunted inn. In fact, The Curtis House is said to be the oldest inn... Read More

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

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