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Each week, folklorist, author, and historian Jeff Belanger and radio host Ray Auger explore the ghosts, monsters, folklore, history, and legends of New England. If you give us about ten minutes, we’ll give you something strange to talk about today. The bizarre is closer than you think!

Each week, folklorist, author, and historian Jeff Belanger and radio host Ray Auger explore the ghosts, monsters, folklore, history, and legends of New England. If you give us about ten minutes, we’ll give you something strange to talk about today. The bizarre is closer than you think!

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Each week, folklorist, author, and historian Jeff Belanger and radio host Ray Auger explore the ghosts, monsters, folklore, history, and legends of New England. If you give us about ten minutes, we’ll give you something strange to talk about today. The bizarre is closer than you think!

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English

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Episodes

A Haunted Tower in the Woods

7/2/2020
In Episode 150, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger head to woods overlooking Brattleboro, Vermont, in search of the haunted Brattleboro Retreat Tower. Built in 1887, and towering 65 feet over the hills above town, the tower is said to be home to suicides from the nearby asylum, and now it’s haunted.

Duration:00:09:59

The Stone Throwing Devil

6/25/2020
In Episode 149, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger head to New Castle, New Hampshire, in search of a stone-throwing devil that plagued the home of George Walton for three months back in 1682 according to multiple eye-witnesses. Rocks were tossed, as were pots, pans, and hammers. Windows were broken, and passers-by were pelted with stones. It nearly drove Walton mad.

Duration:00:10:26

The Cobble Mountain Critter

6/18/2020
In Episode 148, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger hike the woods surrounding the Cobble Mountain Reservoir in Blandford, Massachusetts, in search of a Bigfoot-type creature locally known as the Cobble Mountain Critter. Could this be the same Sasquatch that’s been seen in the nearby Berkshires, or is it something weirder?

Duration:00:10:10

The Gravelly Point Pirates

6/11/2020
In Episode 147, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger stroll the grounds around Newport Harbor Lighthouse in Rhode Island, because it’s here that 26 men are buried somewhere below the picturesque lighthouse. This was the site of New England’s largest state sanctioned mass execution. This is the tale of pirates on the high seas!

Duration:00:12:07

The Lordship Mermaid

6/4/2020
In Episode 146, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger head to the Stratford, Connecticut, coast by the Stratford Point Lighthouse in search of a mermaid sighting that was reported in great detail by lighthouse keeper Theodore Judson in July of 1915. Mermaid fever had gripped the region decades earlier thanks to another local Connecticut guy name P.T. Barnum who introduced the world to the Feejee Mermaid in the 1840s.

Duration:00:11:00

The Wreck of the Royal Tar

5/28/2020
In Episode 145, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger stroll the beaches of Maine’s Vinalhaven Island in Penobscot Bay reminiscing about the circus, and exploring the history and wreck of the Royal Tar—one of New England’s worst maritime disasters. In October of 1836, 32 people perished along with a menagerie of animals from the Burgess and Dexter’s Zoological Institute in an event that still haunts the coast of Maine.

Duration:00:14:15

Hell’s Half Acre

5/21/2020
In Episode 144, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger are back with an all-new episode! The guys hike to the waterfalls of Bristol, Vermont, in search of Hell’s Half Acre, a place said to contain buried treasure guarded by the ghost of a little boy, and a ferocious Hell Hound.

Duration:00:10:44

From the Vault: English Jack

5/14/2020
In Episode 143, while still under quarantine, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger revisit the White Mountains of New Hampshire on a quest for beer sold by the most famous hermit to ever grace Crawford Notch.

Duration:00:15:30

From the Vault: Black Agnes

5/7/2020
In Episode 142, while still under quarantine, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger touch on a creepy epitaph in Milford, Connecticut, before introducing you to an episode from our vault: The cursed grave of Black Agnes in Montpelier, Vermont! Do you dare sit on her lap?

Duration:00:17:33

From the Vault: Haunted Lake

4/30/2020
In Episode 141, while still under quarantine, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger introduce you to an episode from our vault: Haunted Lake in Francestown, New Hampshire! This legend has been around so long, the state made it official.

Duration:00:12:47

From the Vault: Capt. Jedidy Cole and the Devil

4/23/2020
In Episode 140, while still under quarantine, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger introduce you to an episode from our vault: Captain Jedidy Cole and the Devil. It’s an old Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Halloween story about our own origins of the jack-o-lantern. Maybe listen to this one by candlelight.

Duration:00:15:44

From the Vault: Razor Shins

4/16/2020
In Episode 139, while still under quarantine, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger introduce you to an episode from our vault: Razor Shins of Aroostook County, Maine. Logging camps used to tell of a Native American spirit with razors for shins who demanded an offering of alcohol from the greenhorns in the camp. Not making the offering can prove deadly. This was the first episode where we break into song!

Duration:00:10:55

Pausing the Adventure

4/9/2020
In Episode 138, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger are going nowhere! We’re bummed that COVID-19 and quarantine has forced us to pause the production of our regular weekly podcast. But, we are planning to put out some kind of new content each week until we can get back out there exploring legends. We’d love your input and stories to help get us through these strange times. So please reach out to us through our Web site (OurNewEnglandLegends.com), our social media, or call or text our Legend Line...

Duration:00:10:09

The Bugbee Family Murder Mystery

4/2/2020
In Episode 137, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger head to High Street in Lancaster, New Hampshire, to the site of an 1880 unsolved serial murder that took the lives of six people in two adjacent houses. Was it a contagious illness, or poison? Authorities were torn, but one young woman had the motive.

Duration:00:14:20

Goody Hallett: the Witch of Wellfleet

3/26/2020
In Episode 136, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger walk the beaches of Wellfleet on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in search of the ghost of Goody Hallett. In 1717, the pirate ship Whydah sank in a rough storm off the coast of Wellfleet. Some say the ship was sunk as a result of a curse aimed toward the captain, Black Sam Bellamy, by the Witch Goody Hallett.

Duration:00:11:30

Lincoln’s Heartbreak House

3/19/2020
In Episode 135, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger stroll up to Hearthside House in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Though many call this 1814 mansion the “house that love built,” it also has another nickname: Heartbreak House. After winning the lottery in 1810, Quaker Stephen Smith built this mansion for a girl he loved. The only problem? She didn’t want to live here.

Duration:00:11:19

Committed at Fairfield Hills Hospital

3/12/2020
In Episode 134, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger drive up to the remains of Fairfield Hills Mental Hospital in Newtown, Connecticut. Opened in 1933, Fairfield Hills was touted as the latest and greatest in the treatment of people whose “minds have become deranged with strange fancies, and who have lost control over their thoughts and emotions.” But overcrowding and underfunding lead to conditions that were truly horrific, conditions that haunt us decades later.

Duration:00:14:35

Three Strange Beasts from the Woods of Maine

3/5/2020
In Episode 133, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger hit an old logging camp in the woods of western Maine in search of the Agropelter, the Billdad, and the Tote Road Shagamaw. These legendary creatures have haunted and hunted loggers for decades. Are they just tall tales told around the campfire at the end of the day, or could there be something more to it?

Duration:00:13:37

When Winter Kills in Peacham

2/27/2020
In Episode 132, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger face a brutal winter snow storm in Peacham, Vermont, in search of a story from March of 1869 when a blizzard took the lives of three wayward travelers: Esther Emmons, her daughter Mary David, and her grandson Willie. Three travelers whose lives could have been spared if a stranger would have offered some shelter. The lack of human decency in an emergency has haunted the small town of Peacham ever since.

Duration:00:12:58

Becky’s Mysterious Garden

2/20/2020
In Episode 131, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger row out to a tiny island called Becky’s Garden on Lake Winnipesaukee to explore the fairy tale legend behind this rock and little house. It’s the smallest island on the lake, it’s been on the map since 1885, and the story behind it sounds all too familiar.

Duration:00:10:12