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Captain Kidd in Connecticut

Ghosts of New Haven Blog 12 Captain Kidd in Connecticut © 2018 by Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg, Ghost with a Blog # Ghost We know many people from Connecticut commute for work in New York City.  Captain William Kidd the pirate or privateer depending upon your point of view did a reverse commute. He visited…

Pequot Phantoms

“Take an old battle ground or an old hospital or war museum, we all know the feeling of lingering energy, it makes sense as well that the energy helps fuel past and present events whether a ghostly aspiration or paranormal sounds and feelings.” (Quote from Occult Blogger) In 1633, an epidemic devastated much of the…

Ghosts of New Haven Green

New Haven was incorporated as a Town in 1638.  One year after its founding in 1638, eight streets were laid out in a grid of four streets by four streets creating what is now commonly known as the “Nine Square Plan” which is recognized by the American Institute of Certified Planners as a National Historic…

The Ghostly Trolley of New Haven

Ghosts of New Haven Blog 8 The Ghostly Trolley of New Haven © 2017 by Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg, Ghost with a Blog # Ghost Late on some moon-lit nights, the trolley still makes a stop on Chapel Street in front of what is now the Yale Center for British Art and dormitories of the…

Does John Trumbull Haunt the Yale Art Gallery?

The Yale University Art Gallery, at the corner of chapel and High Street, is the oldest university art museum in the western hemisphere.  The gallery was founded in 1832, and designed by John Trumbull (1756-1843). He donated more than one hundred of paintings of the American Revolution to the gallery.  The original building was razed…

William Howard Taft the Judicial Spirit

Yale University Law School, at 127 Wall Street, was founded in 1824.  It is the most selective of any United States law school because of its excellence and its small enrollment. Yale Law School has been ranked number one in the country by U.S. News and World Report in every year in which the magazine…

The Spectral Seat at the Old Yale Law School Library

Before the Sterling Building was constructed in 1931 to house the Yale Law School and its library, law students in the library recounted a rumor, a legend, that a particular seat was “lucky.”  Whoever sat there would simply have the good luck to find the book he was searching for. Even more, a student would…

The Specters of the Amistad

Ghosts of New Haven Blog 5 The Specters of the Amistad © 2017 by Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg, Ghost with a Blog # Ghost   A group of Africans were stolen from their homeland to be sold as slaves.  They survived the middle passage.  The slave ship evaded the international anti-slavery patrols because by that…

The Specters of the Skull and Bones Secret Society

Yale senior William Russell founded Yale’s most famous secret society in 1832 , Skulls & Bones, at 64 High Street, dedicated to Eulogia, the goddess of eloquence.  The “bonesmen” as they are known took the skull and the crossbones as their symbol from which they received their nickname.  Construction of the windowless Greco-Egyptian style “tomb,”…

The Most Haunted Sky Scraper in the World

The Old Union Trust Building (now the home of the Wells Fargo Bank)  is the haunted skyscraper in the world with over one hundred documented stories of various hauntings and unusual events taking place  at the corner of 205 Church and Elm Streets across from New Haven County Courthouse   On November 19, 2004 the…

Sergeant Stubby Standing Tall at the New Haven Green

A 1928 flagpole in the center of the New Haven Green’s eastern section honors residents lost in the First World War. The dedication on the east face of the monument’s eight-sided base reads, “In grateful memory of her heroic sons who fell in the service of their country, 1917-1918, the city of New Haven erects…

The Ghost Ship of New Haven

New Haven is one of the most haunted cities in America.  There are many stories of ghosts, antique sites, scandalous tales, haunted places, mysterious sightings of apparitions, strange and unusual accounts of centuries past, legendary stories, folklore and ghostly experiences stranger than reality, haunted tales, ghostly encounters, phantom tales, and the supernatural.  Connecticut has its…

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