Connecticut August 26, 2016
We Dare You To Take This Road Trip To Connecticut’s Most Abandoned Places
If you love exploring abandoned buildings, then you will love this road trip. It highlights some of the most forgotten locations in Connecticut, and offers the opportunity to look into the past like never before. But beware, because some of these places are rumored to be haunted! If you venture out to these locations, remember to respect any trespassing signs, bring a flashlight and wear protective footwear. You can find the map
Get ready for a wild ride!
At 127 miles, this trip is just under 3 hours, which means there will be plenty of time to explore each location!
1. Hearthstone Castle (Danbury)
Located inside of Danbury's scenic Tarrywile Park, this slowly disappearing castle is still a stone wonder. Nearly 120 years old, it hasn't been inhabited for four decades now. However, the three story, 17 room structure is still quite impressive. There was a secret passage from the kitchen to the study, and despite all of the stone being from local sources, the wood details on the inside were all imported from Italy. So prepare to gaze upon this masterpiece, because it will leave you mystified.
2. Holy Land USA (Waterbury)
Forget about churches and chapels! This ode to bible stories is truly unique. If you've ever noticed the giant cross atop the hill in Waterbury, it's actually a remnant of the once bustling amusement park. In the mid '60s, forty thousand annual visitors attended this religion themed park to explore the city of Jerusalem. You'll find hundreds of unique structures here, along with bible quotes, stone archways, and a myriad of crosses. This place is definitely strange, but it's also pretty cool.
3. Shade Swamp Sanctuary (Farmington)
You can find plenty of stuff hiding in the depth of Connecticut's forests, but did you know one of them is an abandoned zoo? Originally created to be a roadside wildlife attraction, it was once used by a wildlife management group as a place to heal injured birds. It expanded to include the breeding of raccoons and a small collection of rare or endangered animals. Some breeding experiments took place here, but were ended in 1930, with the closing of the sanctuary following soon after in 1960. Among the old structures are cages and stone dens.
4. Mansfield Training School (Mansfield)
Now considered part of the University of Connecticut's Depot Campus, the remnants of several of the training school buildings still remain untouched. Probably because of the haunting stories about hearing children running and the general creepy vibes. Once a mental hospital, its isolated location made it perfect for treating the afflicted. But unfortunately, rumors started about abuse, and the hospital eventually closed. Many groups have investigated the building for paranormal activity, but the building is mostly covered in ivy now.
5. Gungywamp (Groton)
This may be one of the weirdest places in America! Dating back to nearly 2,000 B.C., this ancient site has unknown origins. Likely utilized by many groups over time, there is a ton of stuff to discover here! Arrowheads and pottery fragments are just the beginning. There are a number of stone chambers, walls, and circles. There's also a rock ledge, known as the Cliff of Tears, where visitors report feeling overwhelming sensations of sadness. Yikes!
Don’t forget to share your abandoned places photos with @onlyinconnecticut on Instagram when you go! You can also turn your urban exploration up a notch and drive down this
Haunted Street in Connecticut for even more fun!