Posted by: whimsicallibrarians | October 25, 2007

Ref Desk Speaks…

Did you know that Connecticut is home to what is considered to be “the Most Haunted Town in the United States?”  Don’t worry – it’s not Fairfield!  It’s Dudleytown, located somewhere in Litchfield County (local folks don’t like to divulge it’s exact location to all of the would-be ghost hunters and tourists).  It really did exist, though, founded by Thomas Grifis in 1739.   Unfortunately, over the years the people of Dudleytown were visited by tragedies of all kinds – insanity, murder, lightning strikes, fire, mysterious illnesses – you name it.  Theories as to why this town was so cursed range from residents’ involvement in a plot to kill King Henry VIII back in England (anybody who knows anything about Henry VIII knows that it’s not a good idea to mess with him!), to revenge from angry spirits because the town may have been built over a Native American burial ground.  Regardless of the reason, things were so scary in Dudleytown that by 1899, it had become a ghost town.  People who do visit, even today, report strange phenomena, negative energy and really bad vibes.

There are many other haunted spots in CT, and if you’re in the mood this Halloween to check some of them out, come and check out a new book called “Connecticut Ghosts: Spirits in the State of Steady Habits” by Elaine Kuzmeskus, M.S., a certified Spiritualist Medium and Director of the New England School of Metaphysics.  We do a have a copy of this book in the Reference collection, too, at R 133.1 K.   It’s an interesting and timely read, with Halloween right around the corner.  Just the right amount of scary!

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