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#1 tangiemoff



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Posted 17 May 2006 - 04:04 PM

I know there has been some interest lately about Maude's grave on Hell Hollow Rd. in Voluntown (a part of the Pachaug State Forest) and I knew I had heard some other stories about the forest being haunted, so I did a little digging and here is what I came up with.

Hell Hollow was named such because people would hear the cries of an Indian woman whose family was killed by British soldiers in the late 1600's. The place was deemed haunted by area residents and no one ever built houses there. Now this is the same area where you will find Maude's grave. Maude was a little girl who was buried in Hell Hollow. Some say she was a witch, but it is more likely she died of some disease and was buried in a desolate area in case she was contageous. According to some people, her ghost has been appearing for more than 100 years on that road. I have never seen or heard anything while in that area, but you do get sort of a sad feeling when you are there. I plan on visiting again soon and maybe this time around, I'll "see" something.

There is a story about the Breakneck Hill Guard. The first sighting was reported in 1792 and he is still seen today. There is a sharp turn in Breakneck Hill Rd. and many people have seen a colonial soldier in a tattered uniform with a musket over his shoulder walking back and forth across the road. That is something I would like to see myself. I have driven down that road before and never saw anything, but I will definitely try it again.

There is a story from the 1800's about a lady who was very fond of her lilac bushes. She loved them so much, she used to threaten anybody who would try to pick them. One day a boy picked some and a few months later he disappeared without a trace. People say she killed him and buried him under her lilacs. Supposedly you can see her tending her lilac bushes to this day. All that's left is her house foundation and of course her lilac buses. The house is located on Bailey Pond Rd. off of Shetucket Turnpike in Voluntown. I've never visited this spot before, but I definitely will now. I don't think I'll pick any lilacs, though.

The forest used to be inhabited by hundreds of people from the late 1600's to the 1930's. When the people started to leave, the state bought the land and it is now state forest. All the houses were abandoned and now you can see the foundations and stone walls when you walk through the forest. Just imagine all the history there! No wonder people call the forest haunted. I plan on visiting all these places in the near future and will report if I see anything.

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 04:12 PM

It sounds like an excellent place to start an investigation, tangiemoff. Where exactly is the Pachaug Forest located?
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Posted 17 May 2006 - 04:33 PM

The Pachaug Forest is in Voluntown, CT.

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 06:48 PM

wut is the actual story behind breakneck hill rd. ive drivin down it but i dont understand it looks a little erie but i have no clue where the bend in it is cause theres a couple anybody who knows message me

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 08:00 AM

More information about the legends of the Pachaug State Forest can be found in this thread:


wut is the actual story behind breakneck hill rd. ...

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