The city of New Haven features many buildings and other places that go back centuries. If you’re a fan of paranormal activity and ghosts, you’re in luck as New Haven features plenty of spots for you to check out. We’ve compiled some of the legends you must know about below.
New Haven Green
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Location: Intersection of Temple & Chapel Street
You might remember in 2012 when Superstorm Sandy left an uprooted tree with skeletal remains exposed. The upper Green used to serve as a graveyard between 1639 and the late 1790s, according to USA Today. When gravestones were moved to nearby Grove Street Cemetery, bodies were left behind. The Center Church on the Green, which is located in the heart of the park, also contains a crypt underneath it.
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Location: 149 Elm Street, New Haven, CT
Paranormal Activity has occurred inside of the starting point for all tours at Yale University. According to WTNH-TV, the house was made into a makeshift British hospital during the Revolutionary War. The same article sites that they have seen the ghost of a bride around the house, along with a six-year-old girl that hangs out the window in a white dress.
The Skull & Bones Tomb
Location: 64 High Street, New Haven, CT
The tomb is home to one of Yale’s most mysterious and prestigious student societies: The Order of Skull and Bones. One legend of this secret society includes the Apache warrior Geronimo, who passed away in 1909 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. According to NPR, some Skull and Bones members were stationed at the army outpost where Geronimo passed away, and dug up his skull and brought it back to “the tomb.” Inside the tomb, it’s believed that other skulls and skeletons can be found.
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Location: 769 Ella T Grasso Blvd., New Haven, CT
The hauntings at this cemetery surround Mary Hunt, also known as “Midnight Mary.” This is told because the top of her tombstone (pictured above) says, “The people shall be troubled at midnight and pass away.” According to New England Folklore, legends say that Mary was unconscious, but alive when she was buried. One night, three sailors were out around midnight and heard a rattling come from the cemetery. They tried to climb the fence to enter, but the sailors allegedly slipped and were found the next morning pierced by the top of the fence.
Looking to tour some of the sites mentioned? You can take the Ghosts of New Haven ghost tour every Saturday or Sunday and tour some of the sites featured above.