Haunted Sites Near You
Start writing a post

Haunted Sites Near You

Less than 20 miles from WNE there are 7 well known haunts, did I hear road trip?

Haunted Sites Near You

What better way to celebrate Halloween than ghost stories about places not quite far enough away for comfort? Less than 20 miles of Western New England University there are at least 7 haunted locations, some were even featured on SciFi's TV series "Ghost Hunters."

Theodore's and Smith's Billiards

Springfield, MA (2.4 miles from WNE)

In 2009, thirteen paranormal investigators from "Ghost Hunters" spent two nights at Theodore's and Smith's Billiards in Springfield. One of the members, Stephen Gonsalves, is a city resident and has been going to Theordore's for years before eventually bringing it up to his team. There are reports of shadows, footsteps, cold spots, and hearing pool or bowling balls well after closing. There was also an employee who claims to have seen a little boy sitting on a pool table but when he looked back, the boy was gone.

This is where the team started their investigation. One of the investigators saw what appeared to be the shadow of a man walk across the room; another saw a small shadow running around near the pool tables. They heard footsteps and pool balls and other unexplained sounds. These kinds of occurrences continued in different parts of the building throughout the whole night. They also caught a recording in the basement of a voice saying "Welcome to Theodore's." Creepy, but at least the ghost is polite.

Are there more spirits—aside from the bottled kind—at Theodore’s? If you want to see this for yourself it was on "Ghost Hunters" Season 4, episode 21.

Van Horn Park

Springfield, MA (3.6 miles from WNE)

Legend says that two boys died in the pond in Van Horn Park sometime in the 1920s. Visitors claim to hear the boys laughing, playing, and splashing in the water. They even say they've seen the water move when nothing is visible.

Interestingly, there are no reports of the two drowned boys. At least 9 people have died in Van Horn Park, the only double drowning occurred March 19, 1932. Six-year-old Louise Musante and four-year-old Shirley Hannon were playing when they fell through the ice. Maybe this is how the story of the two boys started and the story has become a little distorted since then.

Jonathan Pasco's House

East Windsor, CT (12.3 miles from WNE)

This restaurant in Connecticut used to be the residence of the Revolutionary War soldier Captain Jonathan Pasco. The house, built in 1776, is still filled with memorabilia and antiques and some would even say ghosts. There is said to be an apparition of a tall, thin older man that some believe is Pasco himself. Staff say they get uneasy feelings, doors open and close on their own, cold spots can be felt, and there's a paper towel dispenser in the ladies' room that runs wild, causing general mayhem for the cleaning crew.

Olde Newgate Prison

East Granby, CT (12.6 miles from WNE)

The tunnels of a copper mine were made in Connecticut's first prison. It operated from 1773 to 1827 and is now known for a mass amount of paranormal occurrences. There are reports of apparitions, screams being heard, and guests have felt like something has touched them. All the usual creepy ghost stories bundled up in an old abandoned prison.

Belchertown State School

Belchertown, MA (15.3 miles from WNE)

School is scary enough without ghosts being added to the mix. When it was established in 1922 it was known as the Belchertown State School for the Feeble-Minded and gained a reputation for the poor treatment of its charges. There is a story about two residents who fell in love but were kept apart. Their ghosts still run between the dorms trying to find each other.Witnesses say it is haunted by its tragic past. There are reports of apparitions, footsteps, breaking windows, cold spots, screaming, crying, doors slamming and locking, and much more.

Before you even think about going to investigate trespassing is not allowed on the property.

Smith College Sessions House

Northampton, MA (17.1 miles from WNE)

Another haunted school, because finals aren't scary enough. The story goes that this historical dorm was originally built in 1710 by Captain Jonathan Hunt. He included in it secret passageways so the family could hide from attacking Native Americans. These passageways were a secret meeting place of Hunt's granddaughter Lucy and her lover, Johnny Burgoyne, a British general who was held captive in the house during the Revolutionary War. When he was sent back to England, he promised Lucy he's come back to her, but he never did; it is said that their spirits haunt the house together.

A lot less romantic is the story of a woman who killed her own children with an ax, mistaking them for burglars. There were also two students who fell to their deaths while searching for the passageways, which just enforces that no one should investigate haunted places that don't have a tour guide to show you where to go.

Benton Homestead

Tolland, CT (18.4 miles from WNE)

Our last stop on this haunted road trip was built in 1720 and was home to six generations of Bentons. Elisha Benton was captured while fighting the British in the Revolutionary War, and caught smallpox on the prison ship. When he came home, Jemima Barrows took care of him and caught smallpox herself. Because they weren't married, they were buried on opposite sides of a carriage path. Witnessess say shostly figures move in the home's windows at night, a girl is heard crying, a soldier' apparition roams the grounds as well as a woman in a wedding dress.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Golden retriever sat on the sand with ocean in the background
Photo by Justin Aikin on Unsplash

Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore my dog. I am constantly talking about my love for her. I attribute many of my dog's amazing qualities to her breed. She is a purebred Golden Retriever, and because of this I am a self-proclaimed expert on why these are the best pets a family could have. Here are 11 reasons why Goldens are the undisputed best dog breed in the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

Boyfriend's Christmas Wishlist: 23 Best Gift Ideas for Her

Here are the gifts I would like to ask my boyfriend for to make this season unforgettable.

Young woman opening a Christmas gift

Recently, an article on Total Sorority Move called 23 Things My Boyfriend Better Not Get Me For Christmas, was going around on social media. I hope the author of this was kidding or using digital sarcasm, but I am still repulsed and shocked by the lack of appreciation throughout this article. I would like to represent the girlfriends out there who disagree with her standpoint -- the girlfriends who would be more than happy to receive any of these gifts from their boyfriends.

Keep Reading...Show less
Two teenage girls smiling

The 2000s were a time that many young adults today can look back on, joyfully reminisce and somewhat cringe at the trends and the fads that we all used to love and adore. Here's a list of things from the golden 2000s that will have one feeling nostalgic about all of those times.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

7 Types Of Students You Will Meet In College

You wish you could be #5, but you know you're probably a #6.

cool group of lazy college students in class

There are thousands of universities around the world, and each school boasts its own traditions and slogans. Some schools pride themselves on sports, while others emphasize their research facilities. While there is a myriad of differences among each and every school, there will always these seven types of students in class.

Keep Reading...Show less
woman in white tank top and orange jacket holding a bible
Photo by Joel Muniz on Unsplash

Life is hard. There is no surprise there. It’s confusing and scary and hectic, but there are some amazing qualities, too. Sometimes you feel alone and don’t know what to do. School gets in the way of what you want to do or you’re dropping friends you thought you trusted. Everyone has their moments. Everyone has felt in the lowest place and couldn’t find the strength to get back up. But I want to help with that. Here are 10 Bible verses I hope will brighten your day, or at least make you feel stronger and happier.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments