Are there ghosts here?
This time of the year always conjures ghosts and goblins. And since it is purported that Connecticut is one of the most haunted states in nation, there are certain stories that have become legendary. Former soap-opera star Linda Dano has lived for years with a ghost named Madeline in her 18th-century Washington home. While many who have encountered her are frightened and terrified, Dano finds her comforting. Madeline died when she was 14 and her name is written on the wall of the room in which she died. Dano has never seen her but has heard her many times. Dano has become accustomed to sharing her house with a supernatural being.
Restaurateur James O’Shea lives comfortably in his 18th century house in Litchfield with lady in a gray cloak. “She’s been there for ages and I’m not the only one who has seen her,” says the West Street Grill owner. After a while many of these spirits simply become part of the family and add to the fabric and celebrity of a place.
Then there is Torrington’s Yankee Pedlar Inn. Original owner Alice Conley may have died in Room 353 a long time ago and been forgotten by many. But she still is known to haunt the premises. Her rocking chair in the lobby rocks on its own reminding people that her spirit survives. So while the images of ghosts swirling around rooms and walking through cemeteries may be clichéd, the concept of the supernatural and paranormal activities is still entertaining to some. And who knows how many other ghostly activities take place in seemingly quiet New England towns?