Connecticut is known for its wealth, and its undead.
That is, a list of haunted places in CT is quite long.
In fact, Connecticut has some of the highest amounts of paranormal activity in the entire country.
It makes sense, after all, considering that Connecticut is one of the oldest states, and one of the first colonies settled by Westerners. English colonists settled Greenwich in 1640, for example, only twenty years after the Mayflower arrived.
And the American colonies’ first witch trials and hangings happened here in Connecticut, a full three decades before the much more famous ones in Salem, Massachusetts.
Haunted Places in CT
So, it doesn’t require much of a trip to find your first stop on your road trip to find the most haunted places in Connecticut.
The ghostly sightings are spread throughout the state. And Connecticut’s small to begin with, anyway.
Haunted Places in Greenwich, Connecticut
When I started researching this post, I Googled the term, “haunted places in Greenwich, Connecticut”.
Stanton House Inn popped up as one of the top results!
Which is ridiculous. I’ve lived here two hundred years, and have never seen a ghost.
But seriously, Stanton House Inn doesn’t appear to have any hauntings of its own.
If the Inn is haunted, the ghosts keep to themselves.
But a few points in Greenwich have definitely had their own spooky sightings and premonitions.
Most of the Greenwich ghost stories below were curated by Carl White, Local History Librarian at Greenwich Library.
1) Dunnellen Hall
The first location on the list is not necessarily one of the most haunted places in CT so much as one of the most cursed.
Regardless, it’s got a great story. Which is what all good ghost stories are, after all.
Built in 1918 on 26 acres on Round Hill Road, Dunnellen Hall has not had a happy history.
In fact, after the first occupying family moved-out, every owner has experienced financial ruin and met their ultimate demise after moving-in.
The most recent victim of the curse is Leona Helmsley, an American businesswoman nicknamed, “the Queen of Mean” for her tyrannical behavior. While this may have just been her comeuppance, after buying the home in 1983 she was sent to prison for tax-evasion and later died in the house after her release.
The house is set too far back from the road and protected by a high fence to permit much of a view.
Instead, you can watch a video that explores the inside of the home (but doesn’t mention the haunted aspects) below:
2) The Bruce Museum
Now, this place is one of the most haunted places in Connecticut, according to local legend.
The (Bad) Luck of the Irish
Two Irish servants working at Belle Haven mansions in the late 1800s fell in love. The boy would play his flute to entertain her, especially near what is now the Bruce Museum.
While the two planned to marry, the boy mysteriously disappeared, leaving the girl heartbroken. She moved back to Ireland, where she died of consumption, the old name for tuberculosis.
Starting in the early 1900s, locals began to report two ghostly apparitions outside the Bruce Museum. Most often, a man would play a small flute for a young girl, listening attentively. On occasion, an observer would hear an evil voice beckoning the two into the mansion to play the flute and sing.
The couple would always refuse to enter what is now the Bruce Museum, claiming that they knew they would never be able to leave. Afterwards, they would then suddenly disappear into thin air.
Today, the Bruce Museum takes a minimum of an hour to visit, but visitors are welcome to leave whenever they like!
3) Bruce Park
In 1996, a group of teenagers were drinking beer and getting rowdy in one of Bruce Park’s picnic grounds.
When the teens got too loud, a ghost made its appearance.
According to local legend, the body of the ghost was that of a woman. The most frightening aspect, though, was the head, which was a collection of snakes.
As these snakes hissed and twisted at the teenagers, the entire group jumped in their cars and fled.
4) Bush-Holley House
According to local author Anya Seton, a ghost of a slave girl lives in the old wash house of the Bush-Holley House property.
Before Connecticut abolished slavery, owners of the Bush-Holley House owned slaves as servants and kitchen help. These slaves lived in the attic of the house, a setup you can now see in the re-created space of the modern museum.
According to Ms Seton, the young girl likely died of a contagious disease and would scream from time to time.
5) Homestead Inn
One of the top hotels in Greenwich, CT, is the historic Homestead Inn in Belle Haven.
Legend has it that a ship’s figurehead was installed on the porch. It had rosy cheeks, black eyes, and a flowing white robe over a hoop skirt.
Sailors removed the figurehead from the bow of the Lady Lancashire for repair before setting sail on a voyage that resulted in the ship sinking. The man who carved the figurehead gave it to the Mead family, owners of the Homestead Inn.
Over the years, guests complained of strange noises throughout the Inn:
- One guest claimed to hear unexplained footsteps pacing all night long in a second floor guest room
- Another woman claimed she saw the figure of a ghostly woman in an old fashioned dress looking out the window of another guest room, located directly above the figurehead
6) Audubon Greenwich
Alright, the Audubon Greenwich Center may not actually be the site of one of the most haunted places in Greenwich, CT.
But it’s close enough to the location of an entertaining local ghost story to provide some sense of place.
At the intersection of Riversville Road and John Street, a girl decided to take a shortcut in the 1990s around dusk.
As she walked up a hill on a curving trail, she heard the sound of rustling leaves. While this wouldn’t have been abnormal considering it was fall in Connecticut, it sounded like someone was following her.
When she walked, the sound followed her.
When she stopped, the sound stopped.
After several bouts of starting and stopping to gage the distance from her (about fifty feet), she finally shouted,
Immediately, the rustling leaves started again, and rushed to within only ten feet of her.
She screamed and bolted up the hill and continued running and screaming all the way home.
Be careful about walking through the Greenwich Audubon at dusk.
Tired of ghost stories yet? Read on for some of the most haunted places in the rest of Connecticut.
Haunted Places in Fairfield County, CT
Head up to the quaint little town of Newtown, Connecticut, for the first haunted place on this list.
7) Fairfield Hills State Hospital
The site of this former mental institution is now quite a pleasant place, with walking trails and the site of several non-profit organizations.
The abandoned buildings, still standing and closed to the public, speak to the previous use, though. Fairfield Hills State Hospital was a home for the criminally insane.
From when it opened its doors in 1931 until the mental hospital shut down in 1995, the type of treatments now considered barbaric were standard fare here.
Standard treatments included:
- Electric shock therapy
- Unauthorized full frontal lobotomies
The town of Newtown acquired the entire parcel of land in 2004 from the state.
8) Union Cemetery in Easton, Connecticut
This cemetery is on every list of the most haunted places in Connecticut.
The most famous apparition here is the “White Lady”, described as a woman with long, dark hair wearing a nightgown and matching bonnet.
While no one is sure who she is (obviously), there are a few theories:
- She’s traveling between cemeteries, looking for her infant son who died in childbirth
- The ghost is a woman murdered in the 1940s
- She’s the mother of the woman murdered in the 1940s
One motorist even claims to have accidentally hit the White Lady, leaving a dent in his car.
Another entity believed to haunt the Union Cemetery is known as “Red Eyes”.
Witnesses claim to see a pair of glowing red eyes glaring out of bushes in the cemetery. When these witnesses turn to run, they claim to hear footsteps in hot pursuit, though they’re always too scared to confirm anything is actually chasing them.
Locals claim this spirit is that of Earlie Kellog, a man set on fire in the street in 1935.
9) Remington Arms
This abandoned factory in Bridgeport, CT, was one of America’s largest munitions factories in the early 20th Century.
Shadowy figures frequently seen on the floor of the factory are believed to be the spirits of those killed in a factory explosion in 1942.
10) Saw Mill City Road
This road in Shelton, Connecticut, is quite pretty during the day.
Night is a different story, however.
This road is also home of the Mellon Heads, a local legend of inbred, possibly cannibalistic, monsters. Local kids claim to hear them breathing on summer nights, or coming face to face with them.
Haunted Places in New Haven County, CT
Cross the Housatonic River into New Haven County to find even more of the most haunted places in CT.
11) Gunntown Cemetery
A small cemetery established in 1790 in Naugatuck doesn’t have any local legends to explain the high amounts of paranormal activity emanating from it.
But there are plenty of claims of random music playing and disembodied children’s laughter.
Still others claim to see sightings of:
- A man carrying a lantern and leading a horse through the grounds
- A little boy playing by the back wall, or a large black dog, who both quickly vanish
12) Sterling Opera House
Derby’s opera house was recently refinished on the outside. But the inside is still abandoned, and has been so for decades.
The spirit of a young boy named Andy haunts the halls of the Sterling Opera House. Locals leave toys strewn about the opera house for him to play.
The hidden jail cells under the stage once held a serial killer, just feet below where Harry Houdini performed.
13) Crypt at Center Church on the Green
There aren’t any reports of haunted sightings here, it’s just an appropriate place to go for Halloween.
Center Church was built over a portion of New Haven’s burial ground in 1813. The church’s crypt was built to hold the graves directly beneath the church, rather than displacing them.
The site holds the area’s founders and earliest citizens, with dates ranging from 1687 to 1812.
14) Grave of Midnight Mary
The local legend of Midnight Mary derives from the grave of Mary E Hart in the Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven.
According to legend, Mary fell in a swoon in 1872 and was buried. A relative suffered nightmares that led them to believe Mary was buried alive, a fairly common occurrence at the time.
Mary’s grave was exhumed, and the family found ghastly signs that Mary was buried alive and tried to escape once she became conscious.
On her epitaph is written a phrase from the book of Job, “The people shall be troubled at midnight and pass away.” In the context of the biblical story, it’s a statement about being resigned to fate.
To locals, however, it’s a curse Mary set as punishment for burying her alive.
Supposedly, anyone caught in the cemetery after midnight or who desecrates her resting ground will quickly die.
Haunted Places in Litchfield County, Connecticut
There aren’t many haunted places in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Apparently, its inhabitants have lived happy, peaceful lives for centuries.
But the most haunted place in the area is a major one.
This abandoned corner of Cornwall, Connecticut, is probably the most famous haunted place in the state.
While never an actual town, the area was settled in the 1700s and abandoned by the turn of the 20th Century.
Supposedly, anyone with the name of Dudley is cursed after a member of the family attempted a coup against Henry VIII. The curse followed the family to America and Dudleytown, which was the sight of everything from demonic possessions to grisly suicides.
Local legend states that anyone who tried to live in the former confines of Dudleytown comes to terrible misfortune, including untimely and harrowing deaths. Visitors report an utter and very eerie silence in the area of the old town.
The storyline of this town is also a source for much of that of the film, The Blair Witch Project.
Dudleytown went a bit crazy after some paranormal experts highlighted it in the 1970s.
Today, Connecticut State Police arrest trespassers with fines starting at $75.
Haunted Places in the Connecticut River Valley and Eastern Connecticut
No list of the most haunted places in CT would be complete without including the house that inspired The Haunting in Connecticut book and film.
16) Snedeker House
Head to Southington, near Hartford, to be disappointed.
In 1986, the Snedeker family moved into a white rental duplex home that had been a former mortuary.
According to them, they found all sorts of mortuary tools in the basement, then started to experience evil and unexplained happenings in the house.
Or so they claimed.
Much of the story has been debunked, but that didn’t stop it from becoming popular.
Today, it’s just a house. There’s not even anywhere convenient to park nearby so that you can do the only thing you can do: stand on the curb and gawk at the house.
So keep driving east to the Quiet Corner of Connecticut.
In Pomfret you’ll find another abandoned village.
This one was founded by Rhode Islanders of Welsh descent. The name means, “breaking of bread” in Welsh, in fact.
Legends grew within Bara-Hack until it was abandoned by the Civil War. Slaves owned by the families there claimed to see a ghost baby reclining in a nearby tree.
After the town was abandoned, the curious and foolish report seeing that same ghost baby, a bearded face in the cemetery, and lights and orbs streaking in front of their faces. Still others hear the sounds of disembodied voices, farm animals, and horse-drawn carriages.
Still more to explore after the most haunted places in Connecticut
Now that you’ve finished the list (or looking for more stops along the way), be sure to check-out other fun fall activities in Connecticut:
- Hiking trails in Connecticut for fall foliage hikes
- Fall festivals in CT
- Connecticut fall foliage driving routes
- Apple picking in Connecticut orchards
Or you can download your free copy of the complete guide to Fall in CT.
Updated and republished: September 10, 2020