Connecticut May 28, 2016
These 11 Urban Legends In Connecticut Will Keep You Awake At Night
Urban legends are different from scary stories because there’s always a little truth mixed in. But you’ll have to decide for yourself just how much of these stories are based in fact and how much of it is just plain rubbish. But be warned! Some of these just might be hauntings that haven’t garnered a lot of attention yet. In a state like Connecticut, you can never really tell.
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1. Downs Road, which used to connect Bethany to Hamden, is now just an unpaved gated road in the woods.
Legend has it that this is a breeding ground for spirits, monsters, and even a couple of UFO sightings. But it's never been made clear as to why the road has remained intact but still never paved. I think the original inhabitants must know something we don't!
2. As this old postcard shows, Gardner Lake in Salem has some weird stuff happening.
This image depicts the legend that a fully intact house sits at the bottom of the lake, the product of a family's unsuccessful attempt to move it across the frozen lake. Left inside was a piano, which fisherman claim to hear playing below the surface.
3. Much like Bigfoot, Connecticut has its own hairy forest dweller, known as the Winsted Wildman.
This wild man has been spotted for over a hundred years, though usually in clustered accounts with years of silence in between. When he's spotted again. it's always a different area as well, as if he's traveling.
4. Hannah Cranna is more than just a ghost. She's also called “The Wicked Witch of Monroe.”
According to folklore, she was cruel when she was alive, scaring neighbors frequently and being accused of casting a spell on her husband that made him walk off a cliff. She is said to have predicted her own death, casting a spell upon her home so that shortly after her corpse was carried out, it burst in to flames. Careful not to anger her!
5. The Little People's Village in Middlebury is said to be cursed grounds.
Story has it that a man began to hear voices, who commanded him to build these miniature homes. They thought he was crazy until evidence suggested there actually might be little demons living in them. After the mini village was completed, the man committed suicide.
6. Some folks think Remington Arms in Bridgeport has taken so long to destroy because people are afraid to be around it.
With a history of tragic deaths, this place just may be home to a lot of disgruntled ghosts. Visitors claim strange sounds and lights while here.
7. Lake Compounce may be known for its fun rides, but some folks think it's also haunted.
Due to a number of tragedies, including a few in park deaths, rumors of ghosts persist. There have even been claims of shadowy figures and objects moving on their own.
8. Is the Circle of Life, a stonehenge replica, an innocent art piece or something more?
While most people believe it's just a cool installation in response to rejected plans for an astronomical observatory, some think it's just too weird, and may be a place for other worldly worship.
9. Gunntown Cemetery in Naugatuck is the weirdest cemetery ever.
Rumor has it there are no rumors! This place freaks people out because it seems to be haunted for no reason at all. Something draws ghosts here, but what?
10. The New Haven Green could be a poltergeist just waiting to happen.
Isn't that what you get when you build stuff on top of dead bodies? Legend has it that the bodies from the former cemetery area were never actually relocated, and that folks may be having a picnic right over a skeleton.
11. Dudleytown is the ultimate cursed location.
Formerly Owlsbury, the town is named for the Dudley family, who all met a gruesome end. But they left behind a curse which has made it impossible to inhabit the town since, or even visit without feeling sick.
Weird stuff! If you know of any other urban legends in Connecticut, tell us about them!