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Charles De Wolf Brownell, Charter Oak

The Legend of the Charter Oak

This Charles D. Brownell painting from the mid-1850s epitomizes the…

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Leatherman in Wallingford, 1880s

The Old Leatherman Alive in Our Memories

This enigmatic, solitary figure has captured the public imagination since the mid-1800s when he began walking a 365-mile interstate loop over and over again.

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Leatherman Dies – Today in History: March 20

On March 20, 1889, the Old Leatherman, so called for…

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Charles De Wolf Brownell, Charter Oak

Hiding the Charter: Images of Joseph Wadsworth’s Legendary Action

Overshadowed by the famed oak, Joseph Wadsworth, “the hero of the Charter,” has become the Rodney Dangerfield of Connecticut history—he doesn’t get any respect—or much recognition.

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The Charter Oak before its fall

The Charter Oak Fell – Today in History: August 21

August 21, 2018 • Environment, Folklore, Hartford

On August 21, 1856, the Charter Oak, a noted landmark…

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Willimantic Bridge

Bridge Ornaments Help Tell the Legend of the Windham Frog Fight

June 8, 2018 • Folklore, Popular Culture, Windham

One June night in 1754, Windham residents awoke to a dreadful sound, the source of which has inspired tall tales ever since.

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Abraham Davenport

Dark Day – Today in History: May 19

On May 19, 1780, a strange darkness fell over much…

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Drawing from Remarkable Apparitions, and Ghost-Stories, 1849

The Ghost Ship of New Haven Sets Sail Shrouded in Mystery

Tales of a spectral ship seen sailing in the skies above New Haven have haunted Connecticut’s imagination since the late 1640s.

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Witchcraft in Connecticut

Well before the Salem trials, Connecticut residents were executing “witches.” Connecticut is home to what was most likely the first execution of its kind in colonial America.

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Connecticut’s Chickamauga Tree: An Investigation

The Connecticut State Capitol displays part of a tree with a cannonball lodged in it. While it is believed to be a remnant of the battle at Chickamauga Creek during the Civil War, evidence exists suggesting the artifact may have been fabricated for the purpose of commercial sale.

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Video – Vampires and Witches in Connecticut a Lecture and Panel Discussion

Explore Connecticut’s aggressive prosecution and execution of accused witches between 1647 and 1663, decades before the famous Salem witch trials.

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The Surprising Prevalence of Earthquake Activity in Connecticut

Connecticut has experienced thousands of earthquakes since European settled the area. The most active site for seismic activity is the village of Moodus in East Haddam.

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Putnam’s Cave or Wolf Den

The Last Wolf in Connecticut

February 1, 2014 • Folklore, Israel Putnam, Pomfret

There are many versions of the story of Israel Putnam and the wolf, but the original is found in a book first published in Hartford in 1788 while Putnam was still alive.

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Advertisement for harness racing at Charter Oak Park, West Hartford

Connecticut’s “The Legend of the Charter Oak”

Charter Oak Bridge. Charter Oak State College. Charter Oak Park. Why are so many places and things in Connecticut named after a tree?

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Bara-Hack, Pomfret

Eerie Remains of an 18th-Century Settlement in Pomfret

May 4, 2013 • Belief, Folklore, Pomfret

Located in the Ragged Hills section of Pomfret are the…

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A family outing in the Woodmont section of Milford, September, 1887

Connecticut’s Sleepy Hollow

April 18, 2013 • Folklore, Milford, Popular Culture

Was Washington Irving’s famous schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, modeled after a man who once called Milford home?

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