Strange and mysterious sites dot Connecticut's Naugatuck valley and beyond
Connecticut is known for its many strange and mysterious sites, some of which are located only a short drive away.
Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford, Connecticut is considered the oldest homestead potentially in the entire United States, according Michael Bielawa, author of both Wicked in Bridgeport and Wicked in New Haven.
The foundation under the house was built in 1663.
According to local legend, a shadowy figure carrying a lantern has been spotted underneath a belltower on site, supposedly one of the brothers who settled the property, Bielawa says.
The area dubbed 'Village of the Little People' is located in the woods of Middlebury, Connecticut and features tiny detailed houses made from stone.
Bielawa says when you walk through the woods and you stumble upon what looks like a doll house, it's something that's unnatural to find in the forest of New England.
"We believe it is a former amusement park stop along the trolley line that was cut off by highway," naturalist and adventure Mark Fowler says.
"It's going to spark all kinds of stories, like 'where did these come from these houses?' 'Who built them,' 'why were they built?'," Bielawa says.
Another mysterious site in the Naguatuck Valley is the Gunntown Cemetery.
"Legends build up around cemeteries that way, and there are cemeteries in the Naugatuck Valley that do carry stories of hauntings and strange mysterious happenings," Bielawa says.
Local legend has it that a soldier riding horseback can be seen roaming the cemetery grounds holding a lantern.
Other legends claim you can hear children running and playing at night or hear and see a barking dog running among the cemetery.