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11 Ghost Stories And Urban Legends From Connecticut

Updated March 20, 2020 244k views11 items

As one of the oldest established states, Connecticut certainly comes with no shortage in history or ghost stories. Given the state's lengthy history, some tales span as far back as the 16th century, longer than many other states' lifetimes. Despite its smaller size, Connecticut hosts a variety of supernatural phenomena that contrasts its reputation as a wealthy, distinguished place. Connecticut urban legends include ghosts, UFOs, fairy folk, curses, mutated freaks, and demon dolls. A state famous for many deaths as well, Connecticut possesses no shortage of grim content to curdle your blood and raise the hairs on your skin.

The Constitution State hosts an entire collection of cursed and haunted objects at the famous Occult Museum, established by demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. Some ghost stories from Connecticut have inspired books and horror films, like The Haunting in Connecticut, based on the real-life haunting of the Snedeker family. This list explores some common legends and ghost stories passed around in creepy Connecticut. So, before you make your way to this East Coast state, know that this was your warning.

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  • Little People Village Of Middlebury

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    A crumbling village of tiny houses resides in the woods in Middlebury, though some sites say it is in Waterbury, the neighboring town. Naturally, speculation about its curious origins turned into urban legends of the creepy variety. What appears to be a throne also exists, which, according to local lore, will curse anyone who sits in it to pass in seven years. One explanation tells of a man who was married to a witch who began fraternizing with fairy folk in the woods. The woman demanded her husband construct stone homes for her spirits of the woods, so he did. 

    Another story leaves out the witch wife and claims a man living alone went mad. Hearing the voices of little people commanding him to build the village supposedly drove him insane, and he eventually took his own life. Many believe the spirits of the tiny, mischievous beings still lurk in the ruins of their little village. If you’re there long enough you’ll hear their whispers and be driven insane yourself.

    The not-so-scary truth may be that the fairy houses were built for a small amusement park that was later abandoned. 

  • A Tribe Of Melon Heads Roams Wild

    While the legend spans way more land than just Milford, CT, the melon head tale certainly feels the most prominent there. This is especially true on Zion Hill Road, also known as Melon Head Road.

    According to locals, a tribe of humanoids with giant heads lives on the outskirts of town. Like something out of The Hills Have Eyes, melon heads are uncivilized and dangerous, living in the wild like animals. The origins of the melon heads legend is unclear, but some possible explanations include a group of people with the same deformity, escaped mental patients, or something more supernatural.

  • Downs Road In Bethany Is All Kinds Of Haunted

    Closed off on both ends and abandoned by cars, the infamous Downs Road in Bethany is allegedly plagued with every kind of creepy thing you ever imagined outside your window or under your bed. A popular spot for high schoolers and teenage shenanigans, the land supposedly gives off a negative vibe that fills visitors with feelings of dread and despair

    Reports of shadowy figures darting down the stretch of road come alongside sightings of Melon Heads and UFOs in the area. The road even hosts its own creature, the Downs Road Monster, described as a four-foot-tall, yeti-like beast that lurks within the forest.

  • Eerie Piano Music Plays Underneath Gardner Lake

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    Back in 1899, a homeowner near Gardner Lake in Salem, CT, bought a plot of land across the lake and planned to wait until it froze over to scoot his house over to its new lot by putting it on sleds. Everything was going smoothly until the team left the house on the ice overnight - too cold and tired to keep working - and returned to find it partially leaning in the water, the ice having cracked under its weight. All they could do was get some of the furnishings and valuables out. The piano in the parlor was too heavy, so it got left behind and the entire house sank once the ice melted.

    To this day, people claim to hear music that seems to be floating up out of the lake. The only source anyone can come up with for the haunting melodies is the piano, still sitting in the perfectly preserved house at the bottom of Gardner Lake. There are no ghost stories attached to the house, so some chalk it up to a kind of witchcraft -  a natural fit for the town with the same name as Salem, MA.