Abigail’s Grille and Bar - Pettibone Tavern

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This 1780 building, which now houses Abigail’s, was formerly the Pettibone Tavern for almost 200 years. Mrs. Abigail Pettibone is said to haunt the establishment. According to legend, her whaling husband was absent a lot, so Abigail took a lover. But when Capt. Pettibone came home early and found the two together, he killed them both with an axe. Her apparition has been seen by both patrons and staff, and a cold spot often appears near the second-floor ladies’ room. Some folks disagree and say the ghost is not Abigail, but that of a young child.

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Geographic Information

Address:
4 Hartford Rd
Simsbury, CT 06070
United States

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GPS:
41.846992, -72.81060200000002
County:
Hartford County, Connecticut
Nearest Towns:
Weatogue, CT (0.9 mi.)
Simsbury Center, CT (2.3 mi.)
West Simsbury, CT (3.0 mi.)
Canton Valley, CT (4.3 mi.)
Tariffville, CT (5.0 mi.)
Collinsville, CT (6.1 mi.)
Blue Hills, CT (6.3 mi.)
West Hartford, CT (6.8 mi.)
Salmon Brook, CT (7.6 mi.)
Windsor, CT (8.6 mi.)

Contact Information

Web:
http://www.abigailsgrill.com

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  1. Just went there Friday night and then again on Saturday during the day. Took a ton of pictures upstairs and in lady’s bathroom but haven’t gotten a chance to review them yet. But anyway, while walking up the stairs to the upper floor, 3 women patrons were coming down the stairs. One said, “She’s up there right now.” When we finally got upstairs we spent time time probing and looking around. Suddenly I felt a horrible pressure on my chest and then so did my daughter. My 4 year old grandson was with us and he kept saying “calmly” I wanna go back downstairs. So I think there are electromagnetic fields in the place. Something wasn’t right, that’s all I have to say.

  2. I went there about 32 years ago and had dinner, it was a chart house then. The manager took upstairs to the room where she was murdered and the door swung hard on the back of my foot and I had to go to the hospital and get stitches. They blamed it on Abigail!

  3. Years ago, my cousin and I went to the restaurant to celebrate her birthday. I looked up and saw a small statue very pretty woman in a lovely green (18th century) long gown standing there smiling at me. I smiled back. My cousin asked me who I was smiling at and I saw the lady behind you. She turned around and she was gone.

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