Haunted Places in Essex Village, Connecticut



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    Deep River Public Library

    Deep River, Connecticut

    3.2 miles from Essex Village, CT

    The library is housed in an 1881 building, originally built as a home to banker Richard Pratt Spencer and his family. It became a library in 1933. Although additions were made over the years, folks say the building's haunts stay in the original part. Witnesses describe disembodied voices, strange sounds, ...


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    Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

    Old Saybrook, Connecticut

    5.4 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Saybrook Point Inn and Spa is also used as a special events venue, and it is during weddings that the ghost is said to appear. A phantom bride has been known to appear in photos taken at weddings held here. Her identity is unknown.


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    Talcott House

    Westbrook, Connecticut

    6.3 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Unusual goings-on have been reported here, including beds that become unmade although no one has touched them, ragtime music that comes from the vents, and a piano that plays tunes by itself. The original owner was said to be a wealthy man who perished in a fire, and reports say ...


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    Boardman House Inn

    East Haddam, Connecticut

    7.7 miles from Essex Village, CT

    At this 1860 Inn, the apparition of a man in period clothing smoking cigar in the library have been reported. (Submitted by Andre H.)


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    Devil’s Hopyard State Park

    East Haddam, Connecticut

    8.7 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Legend has it that Satan himself has been seen sitting on a boulder near the top of the falls and playing his fiddle, and dark shadows have been spotted in the woods. Witnesses also describe orbs, mists, demonic voices, laughter, and strong, uneasy feelings. The 860-acre state park was named ...


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    Seaside Sanatorium

    Waterford, Connecticut

    14.1 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Built in the 1930s for children with tuberculosis, Seaside Sanatorium has also been a home for the elderly, a hospital, and a facility for the mentally impaired. Reports say that in the 1970s it became knwon that patients were being ill-treated by staff; the place closed in 1996 and remains ...


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    Monte Cristo Cottage

    New London, Connecticut

    15.4 miles from Essex Village, CT

    The cottage is said to be haunted by Ella Quinlan O'Neill, mother of author Eugene O'Neill. Her ghost is said to pace in one of the upstairs bedrooms. Eugene O'Neill, who spent his childhood summers here, wrote about the place in "Long Day's Journey Into Night."


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    Lighthouse Inn - Meadow Court

    New London, Connecticut

    15.7 miles from Essex Village, CT

    The inn has many rooms rumored to be haunted and two Victorian ghostly ladies who walk the halls in the night. Reports say the inn is now closed and soon will be refurbished and sold.


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    New London Ledge Light

    New London, Connecticut

    16.6 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Built in 1909, the lighthouse is home to the legend of Ernie, an early lightkeeper whose spirit reportedly makes knocking sounds at night, opens and closes doors repeatedly, takes sheets off beds, and turns TVs on and off. According to ths story, Ernie, despondent over his wife having had an ...


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    Townsend Manor Inn

    Greenport, New York

    17.1 miles from Essex Village, CT

    The scariest thing about this Inn might be the online reviews, with people reporting paying over $200 a night for motel-quality amenities. The ghost reports are vague and not particularly interesting tapping at windows (gee, no one has heard of birds?) and scratching at doors.


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    Norwich State Hospital

    Preston, Connecticut

    19 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Built in 1904 on the site of an old Native American village, the hospital was called the Norwich State Hospital for the Insane. The many deaths related to the place include a patient who hanged himself in 1914, a 1919 hot water heater explosion that killed two employees, an employee ...


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    Race Rock Lighthouse

    New London, Connecticut

    19.5 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Race Rock Lighthouse was built in 1871 on land that was already rumored to be haunted by seamen and passengers of the many ships have gone down there and drowning victims of the nearby twin currents. The first keeper Neil Martin died here as well. Witnesses have reported ghostly whispers, laughter, ...


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    Captain Grant's Inn

    Preston, Connecticut

    20.3 miles from Essex Village, CT

    At this 1754 inn, Revolutionary War soldiers were once garrisoned, and slaves were housed here during the Civil War. Folks say its active history has led to an active spirit "life." The Adelaide Room is especially haunted with the apparition of a woman in Colonial-era clothing holding hands with two ...


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    Red Brook Inn

    Groton, Connecticut

    21.7 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Built in 1770 by the Crary family, this inn is said to have some ghosts in residence. The apparition of Nancy Cracy has been spotted, a gray-haired woman in a shawl. She is seen in the North Room on the second floor, and is rumored to have saved lives there ...


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    Captain Daniel Packer Inne

    Groton, Connecticut

    21.7 miles from Essex Village, CT

    This New England-style restaurant and historic landmark, built in 1756, is said to be haunted by original builder Captain Daniel Packard's niece. She died of scarlet fever in 1873 when she was 7 years old. She most often plays in the stairwell and has been known to befriend children who ...


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    Ryder's On Main

    Meriden, Connecticut

    25.6 miles from Essex Village, CT

    This bar is to be featured on an upcoming episode of the Discovery Channel series, "American Haunting." The basement appears to be where a lot of the activity occurs. The "Ghosts of New England Research Society" claims to have captured EVPs and possibly even a spectral image of ...


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    Gay City State Park

    Hebron, Connecticut

    25.6 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Gay City State Park offers over 1,500 acres of recreational opportunities. Once an 18th-century village named after founding father John Gay, the area is believed to be haunted by spirits from its past. Stories tell of murders, one of a jewelry peddler and another of a blacksmith apprentice who was ...


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    Undercliff Sanatorium

    Meriden, Connecticut

    26.2 miles from Essex Village, CT

    This 1910 facility was originally built for children with tuberculosis, and like many sanatoriums, is rumored to be haunted. Witnesses say footsteps, screams, and apparitions of deceased patients can be seen and heard here, as well as the voices, crying and laughter of unseen children. EVPs have been captured by ...


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    Capitol Theater

    Windham, Connecticut

    26.3 miles from Essex Village, CT

    The ornate 1926 theater, in operation until 1973, sat empty for nearly 30 years until a 2002 renovation brought it back to life. An old theater legend involves a 1930s actress who was accidentally shot in the balcony. The shooter, her lover, was aiming for his rival, another lover of ...


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    Windham Textile Museum

    Windham, Connecticut

    26.4 miles from Essex Village, CT

    There is a old locked bank vault in this building with no way to open it and impossibly it has been found standing open. The visitors report extreme cold spots, strange noises coming from the third floor, which no one occupies - people report feelings of being watched and unease ...


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    Homespun Farm

    Griswold, Connecticut

    26.4 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Reports say this bed-and-breakfast may no longer be in operation, but doubtless it is still home to its resident haunts. A friendly ghost they call Old Man Simon is the spirit Simon Brewster, one of the farm's original owners. He's been noticed watching over the tending of the garden area ...


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    Old Windham Inn

    Windham, Connecticut

    26.7 miles from Essex Village, CT

    The old inn, now an apartment building, is said to be haunted by Elizabeth (Betsy) Shaw. When unmarried Betsy turned up pregnant in 1744, the townspeople scorned and taunted her, even speculating that her own father could be the father of her baby. The child vanished after it was born, ...


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    Fort Nathan Hale

    New Haven, Connecticut

    27.2 miles from Essex Village, CT

    The fort, built in 1807, appears to be popular with the spirit set. Among the oddities witnessed here have been green glowing orbs, apparitions of soldiers, unexplained voices, and more. These paranormal occurrences have been reported for more than 100 years.


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    Shubert Theater

    New Haven, Connecticut

    28.1 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Shubert Theater hosts touring musicals and popular music concerts and is said to have a ghost. Details about the haunting are unknown, but reports allude to strange activity occurring within the theater's walls. In fact, paranormal investigators were contacted to check out the theater; results are unknown.


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    Nathan Hale Homestead

    Coventry, Connecticut

    28.3 miles from Essex Village, CT

    This homestead, where Nathan Hale's father Deacon lived until his death in 1802, is said to be haunted by Deacon himself, whose apparition has been seen wearing Colonial attire. Also, a ghostly lady in white thought to be a servant has been seen sweeping the floors and cleaning, and Nathan's ...


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    Sage American Grill - Chart House

    New Haven, Connecticut

    28.4 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Formerly the Chart House, this restaurant is said to be haunted by a spirit who has been known to move chairs. Witnesses also have heard unexplained voices and footsteps.


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    Mill House Inn

    East Hampton, New York

    29 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Some people believe that the ghost of the former owner still haunts the Inn but sightings are few and far between.


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    Evergreen Cemetery - Midnight Mary

    New Haven, Connecticut

    29 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Mary Hart died in 1872 and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery. The mystery that surrounds her involves the message, which some believe to contain a curse, on her pink granite tombstone: AT HIGH NOON JUST FROM, AND ABOUT TO RENEW HER DAILY WORK, IN HER FULL STRENGTH OF BODY AND MIND MARY E. HART HAVING FALLEN ...


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    Cedarcrest Hospital

    Newington, Connecticut

    29.4 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Cedarcrest Hospital was demolished in 2013; the map shows where it was located. Folks say the early 1900s mental hospital was haunted; witnesses have heard screams and doors slamming and seen orbs.


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    John York Home

    North Stonington, Connecticut

    29.6 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Originally built in 1741 as a home for businessman and farmer John York and family, the place eventually was turned into an inn and tavern, and remained as such for over 250 years. And of course, it is rumored to be haunted. So the story goes, two soldiers got into ...


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    Downs Road

    Hamden, Connecticut

    29.6 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Closed at both ends and dotted with ruins of former homes, Downs Road is the setting for several local ghost stories. Among them are the Downs Road Monster, which some say was actually an albino horse, along with various ghostly apparitions and strange creatures such as Melon Heads, rumored to ...


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    Huguenot House - Makens Bemont House

    East Hartford, Connecticut

    31.4 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Built in 1761, the historic home is said to have been haunted since 1971, when renovations seem to have awakened its supernatural residents. After the house was moved to another location, a ghost the locals call Benny and another they call the Blue Lady began to make appearances. Benny makes ...


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    Hartford Elks Lodge

    Hartford, Connecticut

    31.7 miles from Essex Village, CT

    The Hartford Elks lodge moved into this ornate building in 1903, and is believed to be haunted. Some say the ghost is a deceased member, perhaps Samuel Chamberlain, watching over his former--er, haunt. Others say the spirit may be a man who was found dead on the sidewalk outside in ...


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    Old State House

    Hartford, Connecticut

    31.9 miles from Essex Village, CT

    This historic building, completed in 1796, is now a museum complex with exhibits that focus on Connecticut history. Joseph Steward's 1798 collection of natural history items is showcased on the third floor in the Museum of Natural and Other Curiosities. The building is said to be haunted and was featured ...


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    Connecticut State Capitol

    Hartford, Connecticut

    32 miles from Essex Village, CT

    A former governor's spirit is said to haunt the State Capitol building. The 1878 Victorian Gothic structure boasts a bronze statue of former governor William Buckingham near its west entrance, and it is Buckingham, who died in 1875, who is believed to haunt the building. The spirit is said to ...


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    Mark Twain House

    Hartford, Connecticut

    32.6 miles from Essex Village, CT

    The Mark Twain House & Museum was the home of the Clemens family, including author Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain). It is believed to be haunted by the family's butler, George Griffin. According to witnesses, apparitions, voices, knocking and banging sounds and phantom cigar smells have been detected on the ...


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    Hartford Conservatory

    Hartford, Connecticut

    32.6 miles from Essex Village, CT

    The Hartford Conservatory is rumored to be haunted. Witnesses have described a door being slammed, a light that won't stay turned off, classical music being played on a piano, and an apparition of a woman in a Victorian dress. The site was featured on an episode of TV's Ghost Hunters.


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    Harriet Beecher Stowe House

    Hartford, Connecticut

    32.6 miles from Essex Village, CT

    The home of renowned abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," is rumored to be haunted. Folks say in the parlor, window shades open on their own and all over the building footsteps have been heard. Flashes of light have been seen in the bedrooms, and an apparition ...


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    Noah Webster House

    West Hartford, Connecticut

    32.7 miles from Essex Village, CT

    The birthplace and childhood home of dictionary creator Noah Webster is open for tours, and many say is still home to the man's ghost.


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    Lake Compounce

    Bristol, Connecticut

    33.9 miles from Essex Village, CT

    The oldest continuously operating theme park in the U.S. is rumored to be haunted. Its Starlight Ballroom was once the site of performances by the likes of Tommy Dorsey’s band with a young Frank Sinatra. As one could imagine, there is a lot of history in this park that dates ...


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    Daniel Benton Homestead

    Tolland, Connecticut

    34.3 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Built in 1720 by Daniel Benton, the location was home to six generations of Bentons. Daniel's grandson Elisha is known as a possible source of the hauntings here. Elisha was captured while fighting the British in the Revolutionary War, and caught smallpox on the prison ship. When he came home ...


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    Carousel Gardens

    Seymour, Connecticut

    34.9 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Although it closed in 2009, the Carousel Gardens Restaurant was said to be haunted by original owner and founder of Seymour, William H. Wooster and his daughter, Ruth. Witnesses have heard the unexplained sound of breaking glass and seen a ghost cat with glowing eyes.


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    Holy Land USA

    Waterbury, Connecticut

    35.6 miles from Essex Village, CT

    People have been known to become trapped, and unable to find their way out. Voices can be heard after sun set, and there have even been a few deaths within Holy Land. (Submitted by Kaylee-Jo)


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    Milford Historical Society

    Milford, Connecticut

    35.8 miles from Essex Village, CT

    All three of the Colonial buildings that make up the Milford Historical Society are rumored to be haunted. The oldest of the three, the Eells-Stow House is believed to be haunted by former occupant and heroic town doctor Captain Stephen Stow, who died in 1777 after caring for 200 soldiers ...


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    Pine Grove Cemetery

    Ansonia, Connecticut

    36.1 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Established in 1858, the cemetery is said to be haunted by three dark figures who guard its gates. In addition, witnesses say they have heard rattling chains and the sound of ghostly children playing here. Warm spots, a strong scent of roses, and names whispered into their ears have also ...


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    Charles Island

    Milford, Connecticut

    36.3 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Well-known pirate Captain William Kidd visited here in 1699, and legend has it that he hid a portion of his treasure on the island, some say beneath a giant boulder called Hog Rock. He is said to have laid a curse on anyone who went looking for it. The island ...


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    Sterling Opera House

    Derby, Connecticut

    36.3 miles from Essex Village, CT

    The 1889 opera house has seen performances by the likes of actor Lionel Barrymore and escape artist Harry Houdini, comedian Red Skelton and march king John Philip Sousa. It operated until 1945 when it became a city hall, and in the 1960s the building was abandoned. Lately it has been ...


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    Great Hill Cemetery

    Seymour, Connecticut

    37.8 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Also known as Hookman’s Cemetery, Great Hill Cemetery's ghostly legend involves an alleged former cemetery caretaker who had a hook for a hand. He is said to have hanged himself from a tree nearby. Those who parked under the tree would hear his hook scraping along the car's roof.


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    Gunntown Cemetery

    Naugatuck, Connecticut

    38.1 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Dating back to 1790, Gunntown Cemetery is said to be haunted by spirits of a man with a lantern leading a horse, a little boy who plays near the back wall, and a black ghost dog. Orbs, mists, cold spots and unexplained music and laughter also have been described by ...


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    Boothe Park

    Stratford, Connecticut

    38.2 miles from Essex Village, CT

    Boothe Park is a collection of the unusual, and includes a mini windmill and clock tower, mini lighthouse, carriage house, trolley station, blacksmith shop, chapel, model train museum, Americana museum, observatory, playground, rose garden, a cemetery, and even a building with no windows or doors. The area was once the ...


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