Gay City State Park

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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 killed for being tardy. Apparitions of the victims are rumored to walk in the surrounding forests, and visitors have heard strange footsteps and seen misty shapes.

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Gay City State Park
Hebron, CT
United States

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41.7238889, -72.44194440000001
Tolland County, Connecticut
Nearest Towns:
Manchester, CT (5.5 mi.)
Hebron, CT (6.0 mi.)
Terramuggus, CT (6.3 mi.)
Coventry Lake, CT (6.6 mi.)
South Coventry, CT (7.7 mi.)
Glastonbury Center, CT (8.3 mi.)
Glastonbury, CT (8.6 mi.)
Lake Pocotopaug, CT (9.4 mi.)
East Hartford, CT (9.7 mi.)
Rockville, CT (9.9 mi.)


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  1. I went there once when I was in my early 20’s with some friends. We were just walking around, and all of a sudden I started getting this feeling like I was being watched. I looked in the direction of the feeling and saw a very thin black figure (which sort of resembled a mans shape) dart behind a tree. Shortly after we all heard low growls coming from the woods on either side of us. We kept looking for animals, but never saw any. Plus, the feeling of being watched got real strong. We backed away from the woods laughing to calm ourselves, but hurried to the car jumped in and got out of there very fast. I still won’t go back there, the whole place just gives off a creepy vibe.

  2. Went here with family and friends when my mom’s friend said something has me we look to see an unknown force pulling her shirt! She yelled you let me the #%&$ Go and we all heard a loud smack and she hit the floor with a red hand print on her face! We all Ran

  3. My wife and I went there on a cool summer morning and decided to take a walk. As we went past the cemetery at the entrance we heard many children laughing. But there was no one else in the park. It was 6:00AM and we were the only two there.

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