Oct 182015

Top 5 Eastern Connecticut Haunts

Connecticut is one of the most oldest states in our nation.  Being that it’s one of the first states, Connecticut is not only steeped in history, it’s full of things that go bump in the night. Connecticut’s sordid past, centuries-old graveyards, and gorgeous old mansions create the perfect recipe for spirit activity.

If you’re looking for a spine-chilling ghostly experience, eastern Connecticut is the perfect place to learn about the people and places that still haunt us to this day. If you want to experience some paranormal activity, check out these five haunted eastern Connecticut locations for your best chance. Guys, these are not staged haunted venues for Halloween- These are the real deal!

1.  Captain Daniel Packer Inne, Mystic
In 1873, Captain Packer’s 7-year-old niece, Ada Clift, was struck by scarlet fever and died at the Inne.  To this day, it is said that she still haunts the restaurant.  Apparently, according to staff & customers, her favorite place to play is in the stairwell.  She has also been known to befriend young children who are dining at the Inne.   Some employees say that the Captain still roams there as well.


I haven’t had a chance to dine there personally, but snapped this picture of some spooky orbs outside the restaurant while I was on the Seaside Shadows Haunted Tour.

2. The Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry
Employees, volunteers and visitors have reported many sightings over the years. In addition to unidentified lights , voices have been heard and apparitions have been spotted over the years. Nathan Hale is Connecticut’s state hero.  His parents built this house back in 1776, which is the year that he was captured by the British and hung as a spy.


I had a chance to visit the homestead earlier this month and while I was there, I spoke with an employee named Matt, who told us about the history of the home as well as some of the ghostly encounters that have been reported there.

He himself has experienced footsteps and doors opening/closing on their own when no one else was in the building.  In this room pictured below, the sound of a dress tussling on the ground can often be heard.


Several years back, a visitor who was outside of the home went up to one of these windows to look inside.  As he looked in, he saw a man looking back at him from the inside.

Only the house was empty at the time.


Matt also told us a story about a young child who was touring the house a number of years back.  The child was bored and like kids do when they are bored, he was acting up.  From what Matt told us, the child ended up running off into the next room and when he got back, his behavior was so noticably different that everyone asked him what was wrong.  The child said that “the man yelled at him”. When the tour got to the dining room, the boy looked at the portrait (pictured below) of John Hale and exclaimed that it was the man who yelled at him.


Matt also told us about Lydia Carpenter, who was a family servant of the Hale family. When she was still alive, she had be seen listening/eavesdropping in the back stairwell that leads to the kitchen area as she went about her chores. She loved gossip and her apparition has been seen around the house, so apparently she’s still listening.

The back staircase is off of this room & her bedroom is though to be the small room located behind this one. I wanted to show you this photo because that is Nathan Hale’s actual army trunk.  I love history and thought it was interesting that they had this artifact.


3. Windham Textile and History Museum, Willimantic
This museum is known locally as The Mill Museum and was once part of Willimantic’s thriving textile industry.  It was here in this building where workers once labored for 12-14 hours every day under some really hash conditions.  Visitors to the museum have experienced cold spots, strange noises and feelings of being watched.

I met with one of the museum employees, Bev, who was kind enough to tell us about the history of Willimantic’s textile industry.


In addition to learning about the history of the industry, she took us next door into the Mill, which has a permanent resident named Madaline.


She’s not only been see in the mill, she’s been photographed in the window by several different paranormal investigative teams over the past few years.


If you love history, you will love this museum. Their collection of antique textile equipment is quite impressive.


I asked Bev if she had any personal ghostly experiences and she said a few things have happened that she can’t explain.  She told us that when they first made the building into a museum, there is a vault in there that they had no way to open. They had a locksmith come in and assess it and were told he could open it, for a huge chunk of change.  The folks at the museum decided to leave the vault shut, but when they showed up the following morning, the vault was mysteriously wide open. Bev told us of other missing objects suddenly showing up the next day.  She felt like whatever is in the main building of the museum is friendly and was watching over them to help.

4. Charles W. Morgan, Mystic
The world’s last wooden whale ship is indeed a National Historic Landmark and it’s docked at the Mystic Seaport. Over the 60 years it served as a whaling vessel, approximately  1,000 men worked aboard the wooden ship.  Are some of them still on board?  Various Seaport shipyard workers have claimed to have felt the presence of someone, or something, on board.

Charles W. Morgan

Visitors on the ship have reported seeing a man wearing 19th-century garb and smoking a pipe. It has also been reported that people have heard moans and other strange sounds while they were on board the ship.

5. The Old Mystic Inn, Mystic
Built in 1784 as a private home, the Old Mystic Inn has since been turned into an traditional New England bed and breakfast. The place is reportedly alive with spirit activity. One medium who visited the Inn encountered an eight-year-old girl named Hannah while she was there as well as another young boy who may have perished in the nearby Mystic River.


I had the pleasure of staying at the Inn recently and while I can’t say that I experienced, anything, I was able to capture a photo of an orb in my room (the Thoreau room) the first night I was there.


Want to learn more about the haunts in Mystic?  I recommend taking the Seaside Shadows Haunted Tour.  I took the tour and loved hearing the stories that tour guide, Courtney, had to tell about some of the haunts in downtown Mystic.

So tell me, have you ever had an encounter with the other side?

  122 Responses to “Top 5 Eastern Connecticut Haunts”

  1. If I do visit Mystic again, I am totally keeping these places you mentioned above in mind. Thanks again, Robin 😉

  2. I am so skeptical about places like this however at times after watching ghost documentaries I sometimes wonder what the truth is.

  3. Can I get John Hale to come yell at my kids when they act up? 😉 These sound like very interesting and spooky placed to visit in Connecticut!

  4. This is too cool!!! I love the Madaline girl that can be seen in the windows….CREEPY!!! Thanks for giving me the shivers, and some entertainment!

  5. All these sound like spooky places. I saw your Mystic Inn post and I think that place is really nice. How cool that you were able to capture an orb.

  6. I love seeing places like this on television but I’m too chicken to go in person. I think I have seen several of these places on the show TAPS on SciFy channel. Love seeing the vintage things from back in the day that includes the awesome stories that everyone has experienced.

  7. All of these posts are fun, fun, fun! I’ve got to take a trip up there next fall with the family. We don’t have much of this sort of thing where I live. =(

    • We have some spooky haunted things from the Civil War around here, but I love to travel and see places like this. Especially in areas like Connecticut that have so much more history.

  8. I would definitely love to do that tour. I am so interested in ghosts! I had an encounter at the Lemp Mansion here in St. Louis.

  9. All of these look equally creepy- have you ever been to the Lizzie Borden house? I’m too chicken to go to haunts this time of year, but we visit a lot while on vacation.

  10. I love the sound of the museum and I have an interest in the supernatural

  11. Whoh.. these are some pretty creepy places to visit. I would love to visit them all one day, I love history and ghosts!

  12. I love visiting spooky and haunted places! These look like they would be right up my alley for a tour.

  13. Yikes! This is such a great list of spooky spots in CT! This kind of “vacation” would be ideal for me and my husband. We both love history and while he’s a little skeptical of ghosts and things that go bump in the night, I definitely think there’s something to it. Truth be told, I think he does too…he’s just too Chicken to admit it. 🙂

  14. These all look like neat places to visit. I always try to do a ghost tour any time I travel.

  15. The history in this haunt is cool. I love the photos.

  16. I think the historical elements would interest me more than being terrified! I’m not really one for overly frightening things or being frightened on purpose!

  17. I have never run into some thing from the other side and to to tell you the truth I don’t think I would want to! I would freak out! LOL These places looks fun if you are not a chicken like me.

  18. Spooky! I love stuff like this horror stories are so me!

  19. Boo. I love spooky places and the history behind them. The home I moved out of was haunted according to everyone. I don’t know if that was true but some strange happenings were always going on. I’d love to take the kids to these haunts if we’re ever in the Connecticut area.

  20. So many neat places to visit on the east coast to get your fright on this Halloween season. I would love to visit all of them. It would be so much fun.

  21. I want to go to haunted places, but I don’t think I will be able to handle it. Just the thought freaks me out.

  22. My husband and I would get a kick out these spots. Not all couples love haunted date nights, but it’d be perfect for us.

  23. Robin I love how you find all of these great haunted places all over! Have not been to any of these either, but now I want to visit.

  24. I have never done a haunted house in my life, I am terrified of them. A lot of work and planning goes into one tho

  25. I would love to take a haunted house tour up the east coast. That would be so awesome.

  26. I’m getting a little spooked just reading about these places, haha. Spine chilling, but sounds like a fun time to visit them.

  27. These all sound so spooky & fun. Makes me with I could move back to the East Coast so I can get a good scare.

  28. My brother and sister would love this post! They are always trying to drag me to haunted houses, I am to much of a sissy lol.
    Alvin and the Chipmunks meet wolfman is about the level of scariness I am willing to experience.

  29. What a fun list of places to visit, wish we were local so we could enjoy them too!

  30. Ummmm… CREEPED OUT!!! But I may have to bring Addie and get John Hale to yell at her 😉 I’d love to check out the Inn and the textile factory, too! What great spots for a little history and haunting!

  31. These places all look so cool and spooky! I have always wanted to do one of those hunted tours, but I am a whimp!

  32. What a quaint little inn.
    The area looks like it’s super rich in history and charm.
    What a wonderful way to spend a weekend.

  33. I love learning the history and stories behind haunted places, but I don’t think I would ever want to visit one!! Too creepy for me! You are brave!

  34. All of these haunts sound absolutely awesome! I am sure they totally trump the ones in my city simply because your part of the country has so much more history than the west coast.

  35. Excellent pictures. Love all the ghost stories you share. I’d really enjoy visiting these places on day. Ghosts don’t scare me at all. I think it would be a lot of fun.

  36. This looks like a wonderful set of places to go visit. I like the stories behind these different places. Thank you for making these suggestions.

  37. I am loving all your spooky posts! I really need to make a list and check out some of these places!

  38. These all look super creepy. I don’t know if I could handle these!

  39. I would love to visit any of these haunted places. I cannot believe Matt is still working there after hearing noises.

  40. How cool. Looks like so much fun. I like a nice spooky tour.

  41. Ooo These are my kind of places. Full of historic and thrilling stories.

  42. I was just having this conversation about my local area with a friend a few days ago. You do the best reviews about mysterious locales, especially around this time of year!

  43. I love Mystic! And wow, Willimantic. I remember going there and seeing the frog bridge. What cool haunts.

  44. I don’t know what I would do if my kid came back saying a man yelled at him in the next room… so spooky. HA! Thanks for sharing

  45. Oh my goodness….I’m already scared. I’m such a wuss. Those pictures even freaked me out!

  46. I haven’t ever had an encounter. I wish, but no. My mom swore she saw my great aunt after she passed, and it freaked me right out!

  47. That’s a really scary place! You weren’t kidding when you said that it’s the real deal!

  48. I don’t know if it would be considered an encounter but there was a presence. I would love to visit all of these places. Just the history alone is worth it.

  49. I love all these spooky places you visit! I want to take a few tours soon before Halloween.

  50. Love all these spooky places. I would love to take a tour without kids. Very interesting places

  51. I am tooo scared of haunted houses to attempt lol!

  52. Wow, those all look like awesome places to visit for those fans of being spooked! Not sure I could handle it!

  53. Perfect place for this coming holloween together with my friends, it would be fun and educational because of the history itself.

  54. Creepy and perfect for Halloween. Could be a good visit, having to learn history with the extra excitement of creepiness.

  55. Sounds like a great place to visit with a lot of history. My only “encounter” with the other side has been when I work at estate sales… sometimes the music gets changed or doors open and close.

  56. These are going in my virtual box of TRAVEL stuff. Looks fun!

  57. I love historical sites–these all sound so fun!

  58. Each of these looks really fun! What a fun way to celebrate halloween.

  59. I got the chills reading this. Those old Connecticut homes and locations are all so creepy. I hope you didn’t spend the night alone in that B&B. I’m such a wimp when it comes to these things although I love to be scared (as long as I’m with a group of people).

  60. I would love to go to a couple of those for Halloween. It just seems like it would be the perfect way to celebrate – a real haunted house!!

  61. I always like a good scare so maybe ill go there sometime.

  62. I can’t do a normal haunted house and these sound terrifying! 🙂

  63. I’d love to walk through these tours. Minus the ghost stories of course 🙂

  64. Oooo sounds spooky! Haunted houses (and buildings) are so much fun especially this time of year!

  65. Well, the lovers of Halloween and all things spooky will most definitely love this! 🙂

  66. I’ve been to the Morgan ship. I can’t say I saw anything spooky but the ship was really cool.

  67. I can’t imagine that I could enter into this. But sometimes I thought I want to try it too, for experience.

  68. You are so ‘in the know’ about these haunted outings I feel like there is a bigger calling for you. Haunted website? Haunted tour coordinator? Ghost buster?!

  69. lol, I don’t do well with haunted things. I’m not much of a horror person. I’d be the first to go running!

  70. I would be to chicken to stay at any of these places. The orbs you got in the photo at the Captain Daniel Packer Inne are so cool. The history is fascinating.

  71. It would be amazing to go to these places. I love to hear all the history and ghost stories. The orbs on the photos are amazing.

  72. What a great location to go for haunts! I must make a trip to Connecticut soon for some of these and too see a friend!

  73. Okay Robin, though I am too chicken to go in these houses or near them lol, I know this is timely and folks adore this sort of thing

  74. I can not do haunted houses. I am sure these are very popular this time of year.

  75. I don’t belive I have. I have had orbs in my pictures but I’m hoping they were all good spirits.

  76. I’m always intrigued by how well they keep these old houses. I like the first House .. Scarlet Fever was pretty popular back then. That Inne must have a lot of character

  77. Those all sounds like great spooky places! I would love to visit some, but I am not sure if my kids would agree!

  78. Oh my goodness, those places do look quite eerie.

  79. Sounds like a great spooky places. and i want to go there with my friends try to experience this places for Halloween

  80. It seems like the East Coast has the best haunted houses!

  81. As a fan of the show Ghost Adventures, I love this list. Connecticut does have so much history compared to the west where I live!

  82. Museums are fascinating isn’t it>? You learned so much history when you visit one.

  83. I have a friend who swears she had a house that had a ghost. Creepy… not sure I’d want to stay. Actually, pretty positive I wouldn’t. 😉

  84. EEK! I can already imagine how scary it would be to walk through those buildings thinking that they are haunted. I’m such a whimp when it comes to haunted houses!

  85. I have never encountered anything. These places would be interesting to go to though. I’ve always wanted to go to some places like these. I think it would be a great experience yet a bit spooky at the same time.

  86. This is what I love to go this coming halloween. Im sure my hubby would love it.

  87. I’ve had quite a few ghostly encounters through my life. Love tours like this. Those old sewing machines are amazing.

  88. i have enough scaring me in this life. dont need even more.

  89. We waited for 2 hours in a line for a local haunted house. It didn’t look near as creepy as your photos!

  90. You have some of the best haunts and spooky places to visit on your blog!

  91. Every spot looks so cool. When I’m older I want to travel to a bunch of haunted spots. I love that stuff.

  92. Love your list! All the spots looks awesome! You know I’m a big ghost tour fan!!Thank you for sharing it!

  93. I love creepy travel destinations. I hope to visit all of these one day!

  94. I wish I have the guts to visit haunted places like that 🙁 I freak out if I come too close to those haunted places

  95. These all sound like they would be great to visit. I wish we had some good haunts where I live!

  96. I would love to visit a real haunted location. I haven’t had any encounters with the other side.

  97. Wow, you sure have been on a happy haunt hunt lately! These definitely sound like interesting places in CT

  98. I wish i could be brave to do a haunted tour. I can only watch horror movies, but I would never want to explore a haunted house.

  99. I worked at this telecommunications company back in the late 90’s and our office was haunted. And my office mates can attest to that because we all heard something. We didn’t see anything though, thankfully!

  100. I’ve been to almost all those places and Ct does have lots of historic places to visit that are beautiful

  101. Interesting haunts. I’ll stay away – I get too scared going into haunted homes.

  102. What amazing and spooky fun! I wouldn’t mind visiting a place like this!

  103. My kids would love to go to these haunted houses, maybe we will make a trip some time to see them.

  104. wow these pictures itself are scary! I have a daredevil side to me as well, and love to visit haunted places 🙂

  105. Creepy! Reminds me of a tour I took on a visit to Savannah, GA.

  106. I’m such a scary cat. Not sure if I would visit these places. They look spooky.

  107. I would love to go through one such spine-chilling ghost experience for sure, but not alone honestly. The room of Nathan Hale Homestead looks absolutely scary, where as the Mystic almost makes you think you are in hell, lol.

  108. These tours look so fun and spooky! Right up my alley!

  109. It’s amazing how they made clothes and textiles in the past. I would love to check out the Windham Textile and History Museum – those old sewing machines are incredible!

  110. Oh, my goodness! My husband would love to go to any of these places. Scarrry!

  111. Mystic is such a pretty town. It sounds like there are a few haunted places to visit there!

  112. Woa. those are some crazy stories. Especially the one about the little boy that said the man in the picture yelled at him! So scary!!!!

  113. Connecticut has a wealth of history…and creepy stories. I’d love to visit some of these places someday!

  114. I’m really not into Halloween or spooky things, but I enjoy learning about the historical aspects behind things like you shared. As a seamstress and quilter, I especially enjoyed the textile mill and the photos of those old sewing machines!

  115. From those 5 I think Captain Daniel Packer Inne, Mystic is the scariest because it has the little girl! Something creepy about children ghost lol

  116. Wow! Not staged? I guess I’d have to agree because the pictures themselves prove it. Looks scary already and if you focus on each, you’ll get chills. Seriously. And it’s seldom I get that. Been to CT but never heard of them, I guess I’ll visit them some other time. 🙂

  117. I just love mystic! Unfortunately the last time I was there I was pretty young so I didn’t even know they had anything haunted back then lol

  118. I enjoyed looking at the architecture and furnishings in your photos. Those things have held up well over time.