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Tales from Beyond

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

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

 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

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