The Lost Village

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The Lost Village

The Lost Village
The Lost Village

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Bara-Hack, Connecticut is a dormant former village deep in the woods of Pomfret, in northeast Connecticut.  Founded in the 1780s by Welsh settlers Obadiah Higginbottom and John Randall and their families.  Higginbottom was a British army deserter and Randall was heavily into politics.  Bara-Hack was named after the Welsh word for the breaking of bread.  Ironically, Bara-Hack suggests a partnership or making peace.  It is a way that ancient Christians celebrated the Eucharist.

Bara-Hack was anything but peaceful, quickly gaining nicknames like The Lost Village, the Haunted Village of Lost Voices and the Village of Ghostly Voices.  While the town was bumbling in its time as a successful mill and for flax wheel production, it quickly met its end.  The deaths of the founders, the decline of business, and the exodus of the residents caused the rapid death of the tiny village.

The Lost Village was lost and abandoned in the 1890s, before the Civil War.  Remnants of the town can still be found scattered about.  Cellar holes, foundations and walls of the derelict buildings exist, requiring visitors to use their imagination to picture what life in those days must have been like.

One of the most commonly visited places in the Lost Village is the cemetery, which housed the residents, including town founders Obadiah Higginbottom and John Randall.  Known to be one of the most haunted places in all of Connecticut, since the 19th century there have been reports of unexplained sounds in the village and throughout the cemetery.

Visitors commonly report seeing a man’s bearded face peering out from various places throughout the cemetery.  Similarly, an infant has been seen, lounging in a tall tree that towers over the cemetery.  People wandering amongst the graves often hear the unexplainable sounds of dogs barking, cattle lowing, other animals, laughter, talking, and even the sounds of ancient wagon wheels pounding on the stone ground.  One thing they also note is the absolute absence of birds or other usual wildlife in the general area.

The Lost Village

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Many paranormal researchers are drawn to the area due to the interesting history and wide array of frequent reports stemming from visits to the Lost Village.    They describe transcending into a deep depression as soon as they enter the area of the abandoned town.  One terrified researcher even found himself appearing to be frozen in a specific spot, unable to move without intervention from numerous other team members.  After the event, he had no recollection of the events.

Other visitors have reported becoming lost, even those experienced with exploring the area or those only traveling a short distance in.  They seem to get disoriented with no explanation.  People describe ominous feelings that seem to cause everyone to be short with each other.  Visitors see orbs, streaks of light and unexplainable phenomenon in their photos.  Nearby, the Nightingale Brook babbles by.  Many have reported seeing strange apparitions or hearing strange sounds coming from the water.  Odd or unexplainable stories are of no short supply when it comes to the Lost Village of Pomfret, 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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