Curious Cemeteries of Connecticut

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Curious Cemeteries of Connecticut

Curious Cemeteries of Connecticut
Curious Cemeteries of Connecticut

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Union Cemetery in Easton and Stepney Cemetery in Monroe are quite the double trouble for paranormal activity.  These cemeteries are known as not only the most haunted cemeteries in Connecticut, but two of the most haunted places in Connecticut of any kind and one of the most well known haunted sites in the state.  Many who are obsessed with the paranormal make a pilgrimage to the area in the hopes of catching something creepy- and few are disappointed.

Union Cemetery was established in the 1700s.  It is considered the most haunted cemetery in the entire United States.  Demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren frequently investigate the cemetery and have had many dealings with a woman they refer to as “the White Lady.”  She is a woman who appears in a white diaphanous nightgown or wedding dress and weaves in and out of the grave sites.

Lorraine, who lives just down the road from Union Cemetery, commonly reports the apparition wandering amongst the stones and repeats stories of drivers hitting the woman near the cemetery.  Shortly after she appears out of nowhere and impact happens, drivers rush to her aid, only to find empty space.

Lorraine believes the woman is Harriet B. Seeley, a woman buried in Union Cemetery.  On her grave stone, an inscription reads that her son predeceased her in 1853.  Lorraine believes the White Woman is the ghost of Harriet, cursed to wander the earth for eternity, searching for her son.  She furthers the feelings of death, decay, grief, sadness, mourning, loss, depression and abandonment that seems to encircle the cemetery.

Curious Cemeteries of Connecticut

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Due to the many strange occurrences, the public is prohibited from remaining in the cemetery after dusk.  There is an unusual energy that radiates from the area and many things like the temperature anomalies, whispering or voices, apparitions, and unexplainable photo phenomenon are commonly reported by those brave enough to explore the site.

Just a few miles east lies Stepney Cemetery.  It is also known as Birdsey’s Plain Cemetery or Beardsley Plain Cemetery.  This cemetery was also established in the 1700s and has also been known to have sightings of the White Lady.  It is also known for being the place of spirit incarnations and ectoplasmic blobs.  Lorraine’s husband Ed is buried in the southern edge.  There are also reports of voices and pounding.  Stepney is the home of the area’s oldest settlers who are buried there.  The oldest is Nathanial Knapp, who was buried in 1787.

While some fail to believe the stories, Ed and Lorraine dedicated their lives to them.  Ed was a World War II veteran and a former police officer.  Lorraine is a clairvoyant and medium.  In 1952, they established the North Eastern Society for Psychic Research.  They have investigated over 10,000 cases and run an occult museum.

The couple’s resume is no laughing matter.  They are best known for being the researchers involved with the Amityville Horror case.  They were also involved in the Annabelle Higgins case where a family found their Raggedy Ann doll to be possessed in the 1970s.  Other cases include the Perron family, whose story was retold in the popular movie “The Conjuring.”  The Enfield poltergeist was the story behind “The Conjuring 2.”  Making waves in the legal world, their research involved a case in which Arne Johnson was one of the first to plead “Not Guilty by Reason of Demonic Possession.”  Finally, the Snedeker House was a large discovery and later featured in the movie “A Haunting in Connecticut.”

Megan Borchert
Megan Borchert
Lover of all things unusual, Megan is a staff attorney for the state of South Dakota. When she's not stuffed in an office writing case synopses, you can find her at home with her army of Schnauzers, snuggled up with some strong wine and a good book.

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