Monte Cristo Cottage

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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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    325 Pequot Ave
    New London, CT 06320
    United States

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    41.331933, -72.09623039999997
    New London County, Connecticut
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    1. Francesca Sidoti  |  

      We visited in the summer of 2005, not knowing of any haunting legends associated with the home. We saw a woman pacing upstairs. As we left, the door on the veranda opened on its own. I sensed this may have been O’Neill’s mother, but instead of fear, I expressed thanks to her for letting us visit her home.

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