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 is also said to have been cursed by the Paugussett tribe, who were peeved when European settlers took up residence here, as the Native Americans believed the island was a sacred home of the spirits. Treasure seekers come here anyway, although the only thing that has been found has been of the paranormal ilk: glowing ghosts, disembodied voices and strange noises. The island is now part of Silver Sands State Park, which also includes a nature preserve.
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- Charles Island, CT
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- 41.19118812584083, -73.0546510219574
- New Haven County, Connecticut
- Nearest Towns:
- Milford, CT (2.2 mi.)
City of Milford (balance), CT (2.3 mi.)
Stratford, CT (4.1 mi.)
Woodmont, CT (4.2 mi.)
Orange, CT (6.2 mi.)
West Haven, CT (7.8 mi.)
Bridgeport, CT (8.0 mi.)
Trumbull, CT (8.4 mi.)
Shelton, CT (8.9 mi.)
Derby, CT (9.1 mi.)
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