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Hauntings and Ghosts in Redding and Georgetown, Connecticut  

West Redding: Reports of orbs in a small field on the right of the train tracks before the overpass on Simpaug Turnpike usually at night. Orbs of light and a lit tent vanishing.

Why? Train worker killed in this location in early 1900's. This is also an area that has Native American Indian connections and a re-burial of Indian remains recently. Other clues...this area had a colonial tavern.

Gallows Hill: Reports of orbs and voices, especially in winter months.

Why? They call it Gallows Hill for a reason.

General Putnam's Orders, Feb. 4, 1779

Edward Jones was tried at a General Court Martial for going to and serving the enemy, and coming out as a spy. He was found guilty of each and every charge exhibited against him, and according to Law and the Usage's of Nations was sentenced to suffer Death:

"The General approves the sentence and orders it to be put in execution between the hours of ten and eleven A.M. by hanging him by the neck till he be dead."

General Putnam's Orders, Feb. 6, 1779

John Smith of the 1st Connecticut Regiment, was tried at a General Court Martial for desertion and attempting to go to the enemy, found guilty, and further persisting in saying that he will go to the enemy if ever he has an opportunity.

"The General approves the sentence and orders that it be put in execution between the hours of ten and twelve A.M. for him to be shot to death"

Route 53- Just past John Read Middle School. Lot's of strange activity...not easy to explain. Don't even know why to be honest, could be native american indian related or an industrial accident, horse or car accident. Haven't uncovered any clues yet.

Umpawaug Cemetery: Cold spots around the pines even in the heat of summer.

Why? not sure yet. Many untimely death victims buried there so that's likely the cause.

Diamond Hill: Just below the Mark Twain Library there is a super hot area where three people drowned in two separate floods...a couple died in 1955 after their car was caught in the swollen river, and a man died in 1982 attempting to clear the falls in a raft.

At the Diamond Hill Road bridge, Edward Arthur Phoenix, 53, and his wife, Veronica, 47, of Fox Run Road lost their lives when their car was swept into the river below the bridge. Mr. and Mrs. Phoenix were coming home from dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Blair of Great Pasture Road.

A three and one-half hour frantic and near successful attempt to rescue Mrs. Phoenix from a tree, after her husband had been swept to his death, made the tradegy even more horrifying. While volunteer firemen and neighbors tried vainly to reach her in the darkness she clung doggedly to the tree, aware of the efforts to save her. But at length her strength failed and she fell into the river and drowned. At one time the rescuers were within 20 feet of the tree but were turned aside by the tremendous force of the torrent.

An Army helicopter spotted the women's body Monday Morning, 1,500 feet from the Diamond Hill Bridge. Mr. Phoenix's body was recovered early Tuesday about 50 feet further downstream.

Mark Twain Lane: Black Cat appears on Halloween.

Why? not sure yet.

Many older homes is this area, my favorite ghost story is...

Couple and their 2 year old move into old homestead, prior to move 2 year old sleeps through the night no-matter-what. For the whole first week, 2 year old is wired- plays and laughs all night long. Figuring the child needs the home to somewhat resemble their former home to return to a normal routine, the mother takes the child to her mother's so the husband has time to decorate and fix up the child's room. While at the mother's house the 2 year old points to a painting on the wall and asks: "what's she doing here?!" Mother responses: "what's WHO doing here?!" 2 year old says: "Nadajiah". Mother, doing her best not to freak as she looks at a portrait of a child circa 1800's on the wall, asks the child to explain...2 year old says "the girl from new house in Redding....we play together, she comes out at night, we have fun."

Putnam Park: Many believe to have experienced something back by Philip's Cave. Little to no research to-date by experts.

Redding Ridge: Lots of activity up on the Ridge. The Spinning Wheel Inn has had sightings and investigations for decades.

Why? I suspect the former owner is involved. I know she never wanted alcohol to be served and it has been since she left the business.

Meeker Hill: There is also some activity on the corner of Meeker Hill and Route 58. The spirits appear to be slaves or indians. Could be either given the history of that location.

Redding Ridge Cemetery: Back in middle school a schoolmate connected with something via a "walkman" when she touched a stone. I know she was in need of attention but I've experienced "cold spots" there too...in August.

Thoughts? Redding historian Charles Burr Todd is buried in Redding Ridge Cemetery and he does not have a stone, in fact, he is not even noted above ground!! This man in the only man or woman to publish the complete history of Redding in book format and he is buried...period, no stone, no marker, nada. Tell me you would not haunt if that were you.

Sunset Hill: Senator Peck's estate. A woman who used to live there told me of ball room music playing and the sounds of "guests" partying late at night.

Georgetown: In the Rock Lot, an open space/trail area off Peaceable Street is the cave of the "Leatherman". It has some activity, especially in October and November. The Leatherman has been recently been made famous again by Pearl Jam.

This is the only photo I have of a ghost. This is a Mining Operation in Branchville, near Mountain Road in Redding.


Blue arrow points to the back of her head.

Close-up on left, outlined in grey on right. See it?

Easily written off as double exposure, common with glass negatives...but she seems to be watching the work going on in front of her. Behind the 3 men employing the double jack method are 15 men working with a team of horses to remove stone from the area via a boom crane.


I'm open for others who have information to share. This info is just to get the ball rolling.

Lorraine Warren is the BEST working in the area if you have a haunting.


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