Haunted Places in Hamden, Connecticut



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    Downs Road

    Hamden, Connecticut

    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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    Shubert Theater

    New Haven, Connecticut

    6.4 miles from Hamden, 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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    Evergreen Cemetery - Midnight Mary

    New Haven, Connecticut

    6.9 miles from Hamden, 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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    Sage American Grill - Chart House

    New Haven, Connecticut

    8.1 miles from Hamden, 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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    Carousel Gardens

    Seymour, Connecticut

    8.5 miles from Hamden, 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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    Fort Nathan Hale

    New Haven, Connecticut

    8.7 miles from Hamden, 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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    Pine Grove Cemetery

    Ansonia, Connecticut

    10.5 miles from Hamden, 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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    Ryder's On Main

    Meriden, Connecticut

    10.8 miles from Hamden, 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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    Sterling Opera House

    Derby, Connecticut

    11.2 miles from Hamden, 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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    Undercliff Sanatorium

    Meriden, Connecticut

    11.4 miles from Hamden, 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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    Great Hill Cemetery

    Seymour, Connecticut

    11.6 miles from Hamden, 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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    Holy Land USA

    Waterbury, Connecticut

    12.6 miles from Hamden, 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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    Gunntown Cemetery

    Naugatuck, Connecticut

    12.6 miles from Hamden, 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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    Milford Historical Society

    Milford, Connecticut

    14.8 miles from Hamden, 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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    Boothe Park

    Stratford, Connecticut

    15.7 miles from Hamden, 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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    Charles Island

    Milford, Connecticut

    16.3 miles from Hamden, 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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    Lake Compounce

    Bristol, Connecticut

    17 miles from Hamden, 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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    Curtis House Restaurant and Inn

    Woodbury, Connecticut

    18.6 miles from Hamden, CT

    A male entity dressed in 17th-18th century attire has been in many rooms of the 1734 inn, along with the ghost of a confederate gentleman in the liquor room, a female entity that disturbs guests, the apparition of former owner Lucius Foot in Room 1 and the ghost of former ...


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    Glebe House

    Woodbury, Connecticut

    19 miles from Hamden, CT

    Two ghosts have been reported in the historic Glebe House. The first is that of an aggressive spirit that haunts the attic, and may be one of the conspirators who attacked Reverend Marshall (a previous owner of the house) for his beliefs and sermons. The second ghost is that of ...


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    Stepney Cemetery

    Monroe, Connecticut

    19.7 miles from Hamden, CT

    The 1700s Stepney Cemetery (a.k.a. Birdsey’s Plain Cemetery or Beardsley Plain Cemetery) is haunted, according to witnesses who have seen apparitions and blobs of ectoplasm here. Some say it is the second home of the White Lady who lived in nearby Union Cemetery, or that it has its own similar ...


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    Fairfield State Hospital

    Newtown, Connecticut

    20.2 miles from Hamden, CT

    The hospital, opened in 1931 to house criminally insane patients contains 16 buildings connected by underground tunnels. It is said to be haunted as a result of its tragic history of patient abuse and questionable deaths, and eventually was closed in 1995. It was used as a setting for the ...


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    Remington Arms Factory

    Bridgeport, Connecticut

    20.4 miles from Hamden, CT

    Seen on the TV show Ghost Adventures, this former weapons factory was closed in the 1980s because of its myriad accidents, many of which were fatal. Witnesses say the abandoned building is a hotspot for haunts who appear as shadowy figures. Also experienced here have been the sounds of weapon-factory ...


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    Majestic Theater

    Bridgeport, Connecticut

    21.2 miles from Hamden, CT

    The abandoned Majestic Theater, which stood in a complex with the Poli Palce and the Savoy Hotel, was an ornate 1920s building with gilded moldings and crystal chandeliers. It closed in 1971. Shadowy figures and electronic voice phemonema have been witnessed here. Some say the complex was build on an ...


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    Church of Eternal Light

    Bristol, Connecticut

    22.4 miles from Hamden, CT

    Built in 1884 as a schoolhouse, the pagan Church of the Eternal Light is rumored to be haunted by a ghostly face that appears in the bell tower windows. Witnesses also have reported spirit orbs here. Who is the ghost? It's not certain. One legend says a parishioner was once ...


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    Union Cemetery

    Easton, Connecticut

    22.5 miles from Hamden, CT

    Those who photograph the cemetery have found later that orbs, mists, light rods, and even apparitions have appeared in the photos. One ghost here is known as the White Lady, who is reported to have begun appearing in the late 1940s. Several people have videotaped and photographed her. Some passersby ...


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    Boardman House Inn

    East Haddam, Connecticut

    23 miles from Hamden, 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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    Cedarcrest Hospital

    Newington, Connecticut

    23.7 miles from Hamden, 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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    Deep River Public Library

    Deep River, Connecticut

    23.9 miles from Hamden, 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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    Talcott House

    Westbrook, Connecticut

    24.3 miles from Hamden, 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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    Noah Webster House

    West Hartford, Connecticut

    25.5 miles from Hamden, 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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    Penfield Reef Lighthouse

    Fairfield, Connecticut

    25.6 miles from Hamden, CT

    Completed in 1874, the Penfield Reef lighthouse is believed to be haunted by light keeper Fred A. Jordan, who died in 1916 while attempting to get to shore to see his family for Christmas. His rowboat capsized, and his body was found three months later. Jordan wasn't ready to leave ...


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    Green Lady Cemetery - Seventh Day Baptist Cemetery

    Burlington, Connecticut

    27.1 miles from Hamden, CT

    The 18th-century Seventh Day Baptist Cemetery is also known as the Green Lady Cemetery because of the many sightings of a ghost called the Green Lady. Some believe she is the spirit of Seventh Day Baptist Elisabeth Palmiter, who drowned in a swamp in 1800 while searching for her "missing" ...


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    Mark Twain House

    Hartford, Connecticut

    27.5 miles from Hamden, 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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    Harriet Beecher Stowe House

    Hartford, Connecticut

    27.6 miles from Hamden, 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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    Connecticut State Capitol

    Hartford, Connecticut

    27.7 miles from Hamden, 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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    Hartford Conservatory

    Hartford, Connecticut

    27.9 miles from Hamden, 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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    Hartford Elks Lodge

    Hartford, Connecticut

    27.9 miles from Hamden, 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

    28.1 miles from Hamden, 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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    Devil’s Hopyard State Park

    East Haddam, Connecticut

    29.4 miles from Hamden, 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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    Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

    Old Saybrook, Connecticut

    29.4 miles from Hamden, 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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    Heritage Inn

    New Milford, Connecticut

    29.4 miles from Hamden, CT

    This historic inn was previously a tobacco house back in 1870, but was converted to a guest house in the late 20th century. Two friendly ghosts haunt the upstairs guest rooms. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Huguenot House - Makens Bemont House

    East Hartford, Connecticut

    29.7 miles from Hamden, 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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    Yankee Pedlar Inn

    Torrington, Connecticut

    30.4 miles from Hamden, CT

    The historic 1891 hotel is known for ghostly activity. Alice Conley, one of the original owners, is believed to haunt Room 353, the room in which she died. Ti West's 2011 horror film "The Innkeepers" is based on the story of this inn.


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    Abigail’s Grille and Bar

    Simsbury, Connecticut

    31.5 miles from Hamden, CT

    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 ...


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    Gay City State Park

    Hebron, Connecticut

    32.7 miles from Hamden, 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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    Townsend Manor Inn

    Greenport, New York

    34.1 miles from Hamden, 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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    Stony Brook Grist Mill

    Stony Brook, New York

    35.7 miles from Hamden, CT

    The historic Stony Brook Grist Mill was originally built around 1700, but was destroyed in a storm around 1750 and a new one was built on the same site. It is rumored to be haunted by a ghost of a pretty blonde woman wearing a white dress who is believed ...


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    Country House Restaurant

    Stony Brook, New York

    35.7 miles from Hamden, CT

    Country House Restaurant originally opened way back in 1710 as a farmhouse. It's believed to be haunted by a beautiful ghost, Annette Williamson, accused of being a spy and hanged by the British during the Revolutionary War. Her apparition has been seen in the kitchen and on the stairs and ...


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    Nathan Hale Homestead

    Coventry, Connecticut

    38.2 miles from Hamden, 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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    Jonathan Pasco's

    East Windsor, Connecticut

    38.3 miles from Hamden, CT

    This restaurant was once a residence, built in 1776, of Revolutionary War soldier Captain Jonathan Pasco. It has been furnished with memorabilia and antiques, and some say the ghost of Jonathan Pasco himself still calls the place home. The apparition of a tall, thin older man has been reported, and ...


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