Looking for some eerie places to visit while traveling in CT? Try one of these....
Abigail's Grille and Wine Bar, Simsbury CT
Built in 1780 to be a stagecoach stop and tavern, this colonial house has been both a private home and a restaurant business at various times over the years. The story goes that Jonathan Pettibone, the original owner, came home from sea to find another man with his wife. He remedied the situation with an axe, and supposedly his wife haunts the house wandering throughout. Other spirits are a man (her lover?), a boy and a tavern wench. Furniture has been moved at night, lights that were turned off are turned back on, and the second floor Ladies' Room is a hot spot. Located at 4 Hartford Rd., Simsbury Abigail's serves lunch, dinner and brunch. phone: 860.264.1580
The Benton Homestead, Tolland CT
The Benton Homestead, a pre-civil war home, is now a museum. During the Civil War, Elijah, who lived in the house, left to fight in the war. He left behind his fiance Jemima, who he would marry upon his return. Unfortunately when he returned he had a fatal disease, smallpox (?) and died. Jemima took care of him until his death, risking her own life to do so. She did indeed contract the disease herself and die. A female apparition has been seen. Men's voices have been heard from the basement. People have described a cold, suffocating feeling upstairs, and general feelings of sadness and oppression are associated with the house. On Metcalf Rd., Tolland, the phone number is (860) 974-1875.
Mystic Seaport, Old Mystic CT
At Mystic Seaport you can go onboard the whaling ship, the Charles W Morgan, which some say is haunted. According to the Boston Globe (6/26/06) three people have independently written to a local paranormal research group telling them that they had been very surprised to hear after their visit that there were no period dressed staff on the ship. Each email recounted a similar description of seeing "a man dressed in period clothing sitting on a pile of rope and smoking a pipe." All of the sightings were below deck in the room where the whale blubber would have been stripped from the whales. So enjoy some history, keep an open mind and bring your camera!