Have there ever been reports of ghosts in Fairfield County?
You might be surprised that some spots around here have a pretty spooky past. Take the Penfield Reef Lighthouse. Constructed in 1874, its keeper, Frederick A. Jordan, drowned off its shore just before Christmas in 1916. Since his death, his ghostly presence has been sighted several times, including a 1942 incident of aiding two boys to safety after capsizing. Then he vanished.
Walter Matis, program coordinator at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, says that is the only documented ghost story in Fairfield. “We don’t have a headless horseman,” he quips, “but we do have that.”
Union Cemetery in Easton is considered one of the most haunted areas in Connecticut. “The White Lady,” reported by famed demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, often appears unexpectedly in a wispy white dress. Dozens of witnesses have seen her stalk the grounds. The Warrens claimed to have video of her appearance. She has also been sighted in the Stepney Cemetery in nearby Monroe. Apparently, this chick gets around.
Monroe, however, boasts more than one ghost. Hanna Cranna, labeled the “Wicked Witch of Monroe,” supposedly cast spells on people. Local legend claims drivers swerve to avoid hitting a ghostly woman near Cranna’s tombstone at the edge of Gregory’s Four Corners Burial Ground.
“Ghost stories may be one of the oldest stories told,” says Matis. “They may vary from place to place, but every culture has one.” So the next time you feel like sauntering through a graveyard at night, consider the fact that you may not be alone.
Interested in a spooky stroll? The Norwalk Historical Society hosts A Haunting at Mill Hill tour on October 21 and 22, 2016 at 6 p.m. The Fairfield Museum holds Legends and Hauntings walking tour on October 28 and 29, 2016 at 6 p.m.