Spooky Trails and Tall Tales Connecticut: Hiking the State's Legends, Hauntings, and History

Spooky Trails and Tall Tales Connecticut: Hiking the State's Legends, Hauntings, and History

by Stephen Gencarella

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Connecticut—a New England state with a proud history and vibrant culture. But there is more to this place than white church steeples and town greens. In the forests and meadows surrounding these quaint, colonial towns lurk spine-chilling ghosts protecting Captain Kidd’s treasure, the abode of the Devil himself, and shadowy creatures such as the Glawackus, all awaiting the next hiker to stumble down the trail.

For years, the stories of these mysterious beings and places existed only in whispers and campfire tales, but now for the first time these legends have been collected and retold in one volume: Spooky Trails and Tall Tales Connecticut. Alongside each of these captivating tales is the necessary route and trailhead information brave readers will need to go beyond their town lines and test their nerve.

Proud to support Friends of Connecticut State Parks with a portion of the royalties.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493039159
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 09/01/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 814 KB

About the Author

Stephen Gencarella is a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where his work focuses on the folklore of New England.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction xi

1 The Moodus Noises 1

2 Diabolical Dens 11

3 The Barkhamsted Lighthouse 21

4 Satan's Kingdom 29

5 The Devil's Hopyard 39

6 Hunting the Connecticut River Oddities 48

7 Mysterious Selden Island 56

8 On the Trail of the Glawackus 64

9 Legendary Canines 73

10 Forbidden Love 83

11 Dangerous Romance 92

12 Lillinonah's Lament 102

13 Legendary Leaps 112

14 Tragic Falls 120

15 The Raggies 128

16 Following the Vagabonds 136

17 Chasing the Regicides and Other Wanted Men 145

18 Treacherous Tories 155

19 The Witches' Hollow 164

20 An Accursed Spot 172

21 Ghostly Remains 181

22 Dudleytown 190

23 The Restless Dead 199

24 The Search of Spectral Treasure 209

Works Cited 218

Index of Places 224

About the Author 226

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