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#1 Pfled

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 12:52 PM

Hi all,

A good friend and I are really into the supernatural. We have read and gathered the many claims of haunted places in Connecticut and now are just getting into performing our own investigations. We wanted to start with some public places to get some experience. Since we both like hiking we thought we’d start by investigating all the claims of haunted locations in Connecticut’s parks and state forests. I have researched quite a few on the web, but was wondering if anyone had some other suggestions.

Here are the one’s I know about, if anyone has had any experiences at these locations I would be eager to hear about them.

Gay City State Park – (went once)
Mile of Ledges/Torries Den – (went once, nothing paranormal but a great hike!)
Devil’s Hopyard
Bolton Notch
Guffrida Park/Lamentation Mountain
Hubbard Park

If you know of anywhere else I would appreciate any leads.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 02:05 PM

Hi all,

A good friend and I are really into the supernatural. We have read and gathered the many claims of haunted places in Connecticut and now are just getting into performing our own investigations. We wanted to start with some public places to get some experience. Since we both like hiking we thought we’d start by investigating all the claims of haunted locations in Connecticut’s parks and state forests. I have researched quite a few on the web, but was wondering if anyone had some other suggestions.

Here are the one’s I know about, if anyone has had any experiences at these locations I would be eager to hear about them.

Gay City State Park – (went once)
Mile of Ledges/Torries Den – (went once, nothing paranormal but a great hike!)
Devil’s Hopyard
Bolton Notch
Guffrida Park/Lamentation Mountain
Hubbard Park

If you know of anywhere else I would appreciate any leads.

-Pfled



Devils Hopyard. There is stories that the devils lives there. I live right next to...on the road of the park and lived here all my life and I saw a few things. I walked threw a path by myself a few times...more attempted then anything... but the first time my camera died on me when I got close to the park. My batteries that where fully charged before I left *brand new batteries* just died on me. Later when i got went back home my camera was working fine. It told me I had full power for my batteries. Another time I was walking towards the park and my leg just gave in. I fell to the ground and there was so much pain going through my leg. It was like a sign not to go alone.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 03:01 PM

you may or may not get results at maudes grave in voluntown (pachaug state forest).

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Posted 09 September 2008 - 07:13 AM

Thanks for reviving my old post.

ShatteredRazor, I have not yet been to Devil's Hopyard, but some collegues of mine have and they have had some weird experiences as you did. Which makes methink I would like to go, however I heard from the Staties that the local Ranger does not like people in the park at night and will arrest.

I have been to Maude's grave and with the help of other members here and some digging on my own I have come to a conclusion that the whole is is purely a legend. The current site of the grave is nothing but a smoke screen to keep people away from the true site which I conclude is not haunted or cursed.

However, I am intrigued by Pachaug State forest only because it was a a focal point of depression in the late 20's, and since farming was so poor there the state bought up all the land and made it public. The sadness and desperation must have made an imprint on the land which may in fact show signs of phenomena.

Thanks again,

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 03:42 PM

You are correct, Devil's hopyard is a state park which is closed at night. We went here once not realizing it and saw the signs so we kept to the picnic area. A East Haddam officer came by and let us know if the ranger found us there he would be asking us to leave in a not nice way.

We were there maybe an hour and caught a very odd EVP of a human sounding grunt almost as soon as we walked in. Was really only the 2nd or 3rd place ive been to investigating that i got a feeling of being watched the whole time.

http://ghosthuntersg...om/hopyard.html

link to our investigation you can download and save the 2 files...it was outside and trying to post them on youtube was mkaing them 2 dark, in one you see a misty figure moving up and in the second on the left hand side of the screen you will see what looks to be a misty figure running...no one was smoking, no fog/mist that night..definitely a weird place
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Posted 06 October 2008 - 10:12 AM

Does anybody know exactly how to get to Devils Hopyard? I went there once with my boyfriend but we really didn't know exactly where to go and that was almost 2 yrs ago. We would really like to go back to an exact place, and how to get there. If anybody wants to email me, they can do that to if they would not like to put up exact directions for everybody to see. My email is jlreding@snet.net

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 12:57 PM

Does anybody know exactly how to get to Devils Hopyard? I went there once with my boyfriend but we really didn't know exactly where to go and that was almost 2 yrs ago. We would really like to go back to an exact place, and how to get there. If anybody wants to email me, they can do that to if they would not like to put up exact directions for everybody to see. My email is jlreding@snet.net

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devils hopyard is a state forest, google it youll find directions its no mystery..go there at night and get at least escorted out by the rangers...and according to local police your lucky if he doesnt ticket you for trespassing...there are some unmarked paths that are dangerously close to the falls and fast flowing rivers...and there are coyotes...and its hunting season....not a place you want to go at night
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Posted 01 March 2009 - 11:43 PM

If I remember correctly, aren't there campgrounds at Devil's Hopyard? I've been a few times, never had any odd experiences-but by a few, I mean 3 or 4. I plan to go down this summer next time I go to Mystic Aquarium (I have to drive past it to get there).
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Posted 11 March 2009 - 11:10 AM

Yes, there are campgrounds but I am not exactly sure where they are in conjunction with the activity that has been reported.
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Posted 18 June 2009 - 01:21 AM

Yes, there are campgrounds but I am not exactly sure where they are in conjunction with the activity that has been reported.



There are definitely campgrounds, I went there two years ago. Nothing strange there. The whole thing with Devil's Hopyard, it may or may not be haunted, but it's intersected/laying on an old, dormant fault, and supposedly it's eerily quiet around the fault. No birds, no nothing. It's just completely quiet.

Getting there is no mystery, from 395, take exit 80. Most internet directions say 80 West, but 80 West was closed last week and they made 80 East access both sides of the road, now just calling it 80. So take exit 80, take a left onto route 82, and basically, just follow the signs. There are signs that will lead you the whole way, you can't really miss it.

If you get lost I don't even know what to say because it's really easy, not hidden, very public, great for picnicking, open for weddings. Haven't heard too many stories about it besides the eerie stillness by the fault line.

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 07:25 AM

If you get lost I don't even know what to say because it's really easy, not hidden, very public, great for picnicking, open for weddings. Haven't heard too many stories about it besides the eerie stillness by the fault line.


Back in the late 90's I remember hearing about a bunch of ninja kids going there and being scared off by a demon. They reported it to police and all. I couldn't find the article online...oops, nevermind, here is a link to the article on a different website:

Devils Hopyard Incident
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Posted 06 April 2014 - 08:42 PM

A few of my friends and I visited the Devils Hopyard in the late 60s while stationed in New London, Conn. How would I have known that 20 years later, the place would come back to haunt me.  As a singer/songwriter, I was performing at a place in Huntington, Pa. After the show, I went up to my room to rest. I remember listening to the Winter wind blowing against the windows while reading a book around 2:00 in the morning. Now keep in mind, that this was 20 years later after visiting the Hopyard. I had the sudden feeling to put down my book and start writing down these words. The words flowed like water, as the wind howled outside. This song was completed in 10 minutes and no words have ever been changed. The song ended up being published by Al Jolson Black and White Music in Nashville. . This is a true story.

 

"The Devils Hopeyard" 

Let me tell you a story that you've never heard

You'll probably never hear again

Of a place where the frogs and the birds don't go

Where evil drifts in the wind.

When the moon is high and the leaves are gone

You can work your way through the trees

You come upon a place called the Devils Hopyard

A Place where the Devil sleeps. 

One day a man with a lust for gold

Heard the rumor of a mile long vain

That ran the length  of this unholy ground

Into the Devils domain.

Well he made the purchase of picks and shovels 

And twenty of the towns best men

Walked away on a snow covered day

Heading for the mountain of sin.

The sun went down and the men gathered round

To pitch their tents for the night

Their minds on only the gold they'd find

Come dawn in the morning light.

The fog drifted in and the wind began

To howl like a wounded dog

With fright in the air they began to stare 

At a figure the emerged from the fog.

With the face of fear and the eyes of fire

And the strength of a thousand men

He tortured the crew like the Devil could do

And burnt them with the fire of sin.

In the village below there was no escape

From the screams on the mountain side

No one wept, and no one slept

No one tried to hide.

When the morning came it was the Devils rain

That washed the blood from the trees

And to this day, the village people say

They can still hear the screams on the eve

Of the night that fell into the pits of hell

A place where the Devil sleeps.

 

songwriter - Ron Puskarich aka Ron Rich

 

 

You can hear this song on  ronrichmusic.com    Let know what you think.  Ron



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 06:03 PM

Wow... Even just reading it makes for a good read.


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