Bara-Hack, Pomfret

November, 2016 by Ray Bendici
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The Damned Story: The sparsely populated Northeastern region of Connecticut has long been called the Quiet Corner. But whoever named it may not have ever been to the abandoned settlement of Bara-Hack. According to local history, a pair of Welsh families first settled Bara-Hack in 1780; and although the name is odd, considering what some towns are called in Wales, it could've been called Barrffynng-Hheaggnnogg or something equally appealing.

By 1890 the settlement was history as the last residents left, and as is wont to happen, the surrounding forest slowly took the land back . . . allegedly though, it forgot some of the noise.

Modern visitors to Bara-Hack can see the interesting remnants of old foundations and walls as well as a cemetery—the damned part starts when they supposedly start hearing the sounds of the long-gone settlement! Everything from the noises of children playing and people singing to the sounds of livestock and the rumble of wagon wheels have been said to have been heard.

Over the years, various investigators have recorded the sounds, while others have also claimed to have seen the ghost of a bearded man and the spirit of a young child.

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Bara-Hack may be gone, but clearly, it doesn't want to be forgotten.

Our Damned Experience: We have never been to Bara-Hack and back.

If You Go: Bara-Hack is on clearly marked private property ("No Trespassing" signs abound), and is very closely watched.

As it is on private property, you need permission from the land's owner to visit—which appears to be very unlikely as reports seem to indicate the owners are not interested in anyone visiting. Sorry!

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Submitted by owners of bara-hack (not verified) on
Tom, No permission is be granted at this time. You might want to try again in the futhur. This is done only by written permission. Please repect this.

Submitted by Tom (not verified) on
Yes, thanks for your reply. I'll wait for the owners to send me an email.

Submitted by owners of bara-hack (not verified) on
Btw, once you come up my rd. there is a few different trails on your left. It's like let's make a deal. All over grown cattle paths. A couple have gates. You decide which one it is. Gate number one before the brook near the newer bridge they just built. Or take that first left and go up what looks like a state forest rd. I have a little bit of a god complex so if I come out in boxers and a shot gun, don't mind me. And your permission slip better be valid. Or else! Also I could give you permission one day, and the next take away your privlages. Because I can. Ha ha ha. How do you like me now?

Submitted by Jaybird (not verified) on
Darius higginbothem or something

Submitted by owners of bara-hack (not verified) on
If people come up to my land, just call me early in the morning when a rise out of bed. I'll grant special permission slips. Kind of like when you were in school. Some will have priority over others too, just to confuse things. Because I can. I'll also have the"caretaker" write some out, to be even more confusing. Then constantly call the cops and be a nuisance to them. Finally the outcome will be that I'll be chasing people away all hours of the night. Maybe scare the wrong person, get injured or even injure someone else. Go to jail, then anyone will be able to go. Oh don't forget about Erik, he'll be out there policing the trees and run into Sasquatch and get eaten. The picture guy will document it, then all the ghost hunters from all over the place will be out there looking for the ghost of Erik known to be flying up the trail on his segue way in his goofy mall cop helmet! So how about don't get hurt, and just peacefully come up to pomfret. Don't mind the gate, the posted signs are there to scare people. Cops don't care. They're paid to watch the Laborers academy that's nearby. The caretaker is useless, but should be bothered with stupid questions and empty promises of dancing monkeys in return to lurk in the shadows of my land. That's why they get paid lots of bales of hay and wheat. It's like the wild west up here, hence the reference to gun country in this neck of the woods. So be careful, don't sue if u get shot, fall, or if my Sasquatch eats you. God speed, and I'll post directions for those of you who don't know how to get here. It's pretty easy. Actually, ask the damn caretaker or things. Bother them. I hve to take my Add meds now so happy walking through my woods. Time for a shot and a beer.

Submitted by Freelance photo... (not verified) on
To owners of Bara-Hack. Ive been there a few times. I'm respectful and a resident of Plainfield. What you own is listed on every haunted web site on the internet. Why not just make some money off of this and conduct tours? I would donate a few bucks if I could go there at night and snap a few rolls of film. You would never know I was there. You didn't the times I was. I am a blue colar guy that has a hobby like spirit photography. Beleive or not. I've been doing this since 1994. I'm sure some asshole is gonna post something stupid about my post, so bring it! All I'm trying to say is what you own is really awesome, and is heavily saught after. Also being a resident of the area for 37 years, Bara-Hack isn't a secret, neither is it's location. I know of people that have been going there since I was 12. Also we all know out here the response time for police response isn't the quickest. with that said, I mean no disrespect. I have no interest in seeing your house, or your possessions. I own a home and pay my taxes. You don't own the cemetary, unless it's a family plot. If the stories are true, what you own is very historic and should be shared. Even if it's by your terms, unless they are outlandish. I guess what I'm trying to say is, the more you try to keep people out, and forums like this exist, the more people are going to be curious. Look at Dudleytown. I would like to walk around and not worry about police, and having to explain myself. I just want to take some pics a couple of times a year, get in my car and leave. then go to the next place. That would make an awesome haunted attraction. You should think hard about making a fortune a few months a year. Look at Salem Mass. Tons of haunted tours of the graveyards witches were buried in. I paid 20 bucks to prowl around an abandoned jail houdini escaped from. People would pay to have a couple hours of a ghost walk and a bbq before. We should talk. I also cater. We could make some money off of these paranormal groups and people like me. Also let teachers and students have their time. seriously... Your sitting on an awesome peice of history that needs to be visited. Old trinity Church is a gem. That place is cool, and you can get permission to go there. THese places should be visited and people should know about the history of the area before it's forgotton. Or just a handful of morons can brag on these sites about how they can police activities of Bara-Hack. and to the mall cops on this site... Look for the flashes in the woods late at night. FYI, You don't wanna come creeping up on me!

Submitted by owners of bara-hack (not verified) on
Please stay off our land. Owners of bara-hack

Submitted by Freelance photo... (not verified) on
This is stupid. Ha. No I didn't call u! I've only been there twice. If u don't want anyone there then I understand. It's not worth the hassle. I'm not gonna ruin anything for anyone. I thought this thread is funny. Like I said, the location is no secret and has never been. U should ask for donations for upkeep and let people there. That's what I would do. Boy scouts, schools etc... There's some cool history there and I'm sure your hassled all the time. It comes with the teritory. There's plenty of other places to take pics at. I'm realy not any of the "jerks" who harass u. Your land is on every weird website for thousands to read. I would be on My guard too.

Submitted by Freelance photo... (not verified) on
I don't believe the owners of Bara-Hack are on here. If you are the true owners then you are fools to think nobody will go there without your permission. Just google the name. It's everywhere. And to the people on here with"permission", Mind your own buisness! Like I said in my previous thread, The response time up here for police is slooww. when a real crime has been committed. A tresspaser with a camera on foot has an advantage. I know where to park. Nobody wants to break in your house, or steal shit. We just wanna peak at american history at its finest! So jump off your high horse and stop trying to hog history. I'm going to make some calls and see about having the town step into this. Or maybe the state it is election time. hmm. I bet if enough people called the state would see dolar signs and want it for themselves. Then what? People shouldn't have exclusive rights to something so historic.

Submitted by Erik kubik (not verified) on
History? You said you were a spirir phtographer. I doubt you know or care about the history of thiz place. There is a fundamental rightto property in this country and eminent domain does not apply to ghost groupies like yourself. So get off your soapbox and respect the property owners wishes. Not only have they posted here, but so has the caretaker who lives nearby as wel as locals like me who support her rights over idiots like u. And we will be looking out for u.

Submitted by Owners of bara-hack (not verified) on
You know something, your right. It's open to people as long as they respect the property, and don't litter. Oh yea... One more thing. Starting October 1st, there will be tours starting at 25.00 a person. See the caretaker for details. Thanks

Submitted by Freelance photo... (not verified) on
Erik, what do u care if I take a few pics of the woods where I grew up too? Seriously! Why should these people take history and keep it. Btw. I'm a huge local history fan. Not a Quack into ghosts. I take pics of lots of things. I just dig cemateries at night. So don't judge! I'm local too.

Submitted by owners of bara-hack (not verified) on
Stay off my land........................Are you the jerk who called me at 7:15 on a Sunday morning? The state could care less. STAY OUT!!!!!!! It's people like you that, make us NOT give permissson to cerditable people. And by the way..................we are here, understand that!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by owners of bara-hack (not verified) on
Erik, don't kiss my ass, because everyone but you can come here! You will never have permission. Where did you come from anyway? If I get more people asking permission to come on my damn land I'll burn the woods down! Why do people feel entitled to trespass? I don't go onto anyone's land. I have spies up here just watching. Deer stands and hunting hits, so I wouldn't come up here at all. ANY HOUR!!!! See, my meds are wearing off now. I've gotta go smoke pot!

Submitted by Watcher in the woods (not verified) on
I'll go anywhere I want! I have been there a lot! If you are watching your Land then the nights I was there, something must have been on tv because I haven't seen anyone. Come try to find me. How many acres are the woods? I dare you to come out late at night and look for me. Or find me! Then what? I would say screw these guys who own this place and just come up. Park down the street and walk through the woods. No cops in their right mind is gonna arrest anyone unless they hunt like someone mentioned. Ive been reading these posts and I think people are stupid. I will never go up to your house and ask permission. Also I would never walk through the woods in pomfret empty handed. I mean no harm, just dont act tough with me if I am found. I'll leave, but don't strong arm me! Cops can't get there for a while. If you don't own the land, don't patrol the woods like you own them. It's not worth it!

Submitted by owners of bara-hack (not verified) on
Stay off of our land..................owners

Submitted by Watcher in the woods (not verified) on
Your pathetic! You better camp out in your woods everyday! Now I might go there every night! You cant stop anyone from going there. Call the cops now, because I'll be there tonight. And I'll be ready for anything that jumps out, so pick your battle. I Might even have some friends come out too.

Submitted by owners of bara-hack (not verified) on
Go away and grow up

Submitted by brian mac (not verified) on
Despite a few of the last posts, the owners of bara hack have posted on this board, in this thread, with their warning not to trespass. Given the lack of any moderation or registration here, someone is posting under their guise.

Submitted by owners of bara-hack (not verified) on
Mr. Mac, you are very wrong. We are the owners, so I suggest that you also go away. Leave our land and us alone. There are laws made and whether you or anyone one this website likes it or not, they will be up held. You are all the most childest, self centered people I have ever heard. All of you, just grow up. Take your games somewhere else. Owners of Bara-Hack

Submitted by owners of bara-hack (not verified) on
By the way Mr. Mac, how would you or anyone else know who the real owners are?

Submitted by Watcher in the woods (not verified) on
Who cares who the owners are! Your pathetic. If anyone wants to walk around the woods then come up here and do it. Now you might have to worry about weirdos in the woods, just come prepared and don't worry about cops. Sounds like the owners of this place are up to no good. Maybe growing something they don't want anyone to find. I'll look around more when I come up. I looked around last night but wasn't looking for plants.

Submitted by Watcher in the woods (not verified) on
Just be careful. If the true owners call the cops, they might lie and say your doing something else to try to get police there quicker. It'll still take 1/2 hour for them to get there.

Submitted by owners of bara-hack (not verified) on
We aren't bad people. We will let certain people enter. There's dumb asses on here posting as us. We will give written permission to certain people because we can!!! If people don't like that then tough. I'm tired of going back and forth. Come up and just ask. If u sneak here then watch out for Sasquatch. Because he will eat you. Plus we do creepy things out in the woods at night. We just might sacrifice you if Sasquatch doesn't get you first. So is it worth finding out what we do? If you see a Bon fire, it just might be too late. We won't call the police. We'll deal with you. So y'all com back now, ya hear! Hail!

Submitted by Freelance photo... (not verified) on
Welcome to pomfret. Ha. For people that don't know this area, it gets really weird from taftville up 395 north until Webster mass. Strange folk up here. I would bet things might get real interesting. The people are touched if you know what I mean. I'm good. You can keep Bara-hack. I'll go back someday.

Submitted by Amie (not verified) on
I have met the owners, although they might not remember me but i remember them...They are really nice people who like to use the trails for riding....they dont have to let anyone on the property if they dont want to....ive been there several times never without permission it is the polite thing to do in any case and any where....i go there for the hike because it is such a beautiful place and despite what i have found there i will always enjoy a nice hike in the woods even at my age with my kids...all the history in the place is beind disrupted with all these so called paranormal societies that cant hold a stick with any evidence i have...seeking out the spirits old or new, be careful what you wish for...and again all you have to do is go in your backyard and you will find the spirits you are looking for, sry your not tuned in with the finer senses and have to hunt ghosts in order to find anything...and people orbs and i cant stress this enough dont mean shit...stay off their property and go somewhere else....

Submitted by Freelance photo... (not verified) on
There's actually more in tuned places to take pics at than others. I don't disrupt shit. I enjoy the hike, and enjoy history also. I only carry a camera. I could see a spider on a web and sit there focused on it. When there's places people say could have energy around them. I grab my camera and go take pics, then leave. I'm good with this place. Like I said, there's other places in the area. I don't need to get shot! Sounds like a bunch of damn cowboys in the woods in pomfret. The owners, looker in the woods guy... Satanists, Sasquatch... I'd rather run from state cops when I go To Norwich state hospital. At least I'm safe if a cop busts me! Have fun In the woods in pomfret.

Submitted by Border patrol (not verified) on
I just go to find me some damn illegals. Never found any so that place is clean. I did see a Sasquatch eating a Mexican so I just let it be. Needless to say, that damn Sasquatch better be legal or I'm gonna bust him, and the owners for aiding a fugitive of the USA! So heed my warning and clean up that land. I'll be watching! As for any other foreigners that border jump, I've got a van and will be looking for ya in this Bara hack place.

Were wonder how to contact owners to do an investigation

Submitted by Jaybird (not verified) on
I was there tonight this place is cool funny I didn't see any Bigfoot but the cemetery is cool

Hi my name is Missy and ive started my own paranormal investigation team we are completly still amateurs at this ,but i am very sorry to the owners of this property that people are so disrespcectful to you and your land...... We go to private cemetaries which i have always gotten permission to be there and im hoping that my friend and i would be aloud to get permission to go our be invited by a team or even go on the tour you offer if you still do.. Im trying to find more info on this as we would love to have the opportunity to explore your amazing land if anyway possible Thankyou for your time , and if anyone has any info on how i could go about this respectfully and properly that would be appreciated Looking forward to any response from anyone willing to send me in the right direction Thank you, Missy Rocco

Submitted by Willie (not verified) on
Another paranormal group? You do realize how many of these groups are out there.....

Submitted by Jaybird (not verified) on
Haha so true

Yes I can only assume , that's why I'm respectfully trying to ask if there is a group that we could go with or the owners with the guides they provide if it was possible Take it you had no luck by the reply you sent me. I wasn't looking for anyone's sarcasm or being made a joke of so if you don't mind respectfully this is something I take seriously and was hoping people would be kind at least. Thank you Rocco missy

Submitted by owners of bara-hack (not verified) on
We are not giving permission to anyone at this time. Owner

Submitted by Jaybird (not verified) on
That's cool Darius is giving ppl permission cuz it's his land

Submitted by Jaybird (not verified) on
Not here physically but still here spiritually

Thank you for letting me know , I appteciate you getting back to me so soon. Sorry that people haven't been kind to your land or to your privacy. Take care Rocco

Submitted by Linda (not verified) on
Rocco, there is a group on Facebook that I believe does have permission to go to Bara Hack. If my memory serves me correctly the name of the group is New England Spiritual. The name of the founder of this group is Michael Caroll (I am not sure if the spelling of his name is correct but it would be his group that does have permission) So maybe you can try a look up on Facebook and see if you can join the group to see if they might be going to this location again. I believe they went a few times last Autumn. I actually hoped to go and was told I was welcome to join but for me hooking up with this group that is on the other side of the state from me when it was convenient for ppl living closer didn't work out at that time. With this said, Michael did tell me that I could let him know what a good date/time for me would be and if he could get enough people he would try to schedule this date. Thus, he is very generous with his time if distance (and/or maybe life obligations) might be an issue. Personally for me though, I also hesitate to go with a group b/c as it goes if you get one person behaving foolishly the drive time, and the subsequent time hiking out to the location would all be lost since I feel distractions like this would make the experience nothing more then a pretty hike in the woods & maybe a stressful one which of course would defeat the purpose. Thus, as much as I would love to one day go and observe what I feel must be a truly incredible place since they only give permission to groups it is likely I won't get an opportunity to visit. Last, I honestly find the people that post to this forum that blatantly express a lack of respect for the owners of this property abhorrent. It is people like this that do in fact ruin it for all of us who will always respect other people's property and wishes- and to these people you only have yourself to blame that the owners of Bara Hack don't allow individuals to visit. & Finally, to the person above that is antagonizing the owner(s) by stating he/she trespasses on this property without any regard for the owners, I so HOPE you get caught and arrested AND receive at min a stiff fine to teach you a lesson to respect these people and their property.

Submitted by Linda (not verified) on
On a separate note, I provided a link to a photo I have that was taken at Bara Hack over 20 years ago by a person that I became acquainted with at the time. To me, the photo is one of the most incredible photos I have ever seen where I personally feel it very likely could be evidence that there is something quite unique and special about this place. Though unfortunately not long after this acquaintance gave me the photograph we lost track of each other. However, to my surprise a family member of the photographer of the photo saw my post on this forum and subsequently I became reunited with this gentleman when he contacted me. When I finally had an opportunity to speak with this gentleman after all of these years, I was grateful to learn that he did in fact have permission to be on the property when he took this most incredible photo that includes a figure of what some believe to be a little girl behind the stone wall in the cemetery. If I did learn that he did not have permission, I guess I would have quite the dilemma concerning sharing of the photo since again, I am adamantly opposed to people trespassing and violating the rights of the property owners at Bara Hack.

Submitted by owners of bara-hack (not verified) on
Micheal Caroll does not have permission. If he remembers correctly, I wrote him a letter last fall stating that he DID NOT HAVE permission. At this point in time no one has permission. OWNER

Submitted by Linda (not verified) on
Owners of Bara-Hack, I apologize for the incorrect information and I stand to be corrected. Thank you very kindly for the update to inform me that Michael Caroll no longer has permission to visit the property. Well, this answers a question I had wondered about this past fall as to why he didn't schedule visits to this area- of course it makes sense now with the information you have shared with me. I would like to extend my thanks for the kindness you have extended in the past to allow some groups and/or people to visit your property. I for one find have thought it is extremely grateful of you to do this, even though personally I have never had the opportunity to visit your property. Last of course, I too am sorry you have experienced the aggravation you have from disrespectful folks that have no regard for your property and the law. I will promise you this, I will NEVER even so much as attempt access to your property without your express permission and will always respect your right to do with your property what you wish. Sincerely & respectfully, Linda P.S. One more final note, though I believe the photo I have of your property may no longer be available by search to the public at least at this time, I will in fact add a note on this photo to folks that might come across it to share the information that your property is private and trespassers are strictly prohibited.

Submitted by Linda (not verified) on
Update: FYI, to the Owner(s) of Bara-Hack as I stated in my prior post as promised, I have added a notice on my photo that your property is private and violators will be prosecuted with hopes that I do not have any part in encouraging anyone to violate your property rights. The link to the photo I refer to is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/skyelyte/4133727483/ which now includes this notice in bold at the top of the description to warn anyone interested in visiting your property that it is of course prohibited. Again, thank you kindly for all of your efforts in the occasions in the past which you have chosen to share your property with others. Again, Sincerely & Respectfully, Linda

Submitted by Border patrol (not verified) on
Don't appologise to these fools! Just go up there and take pics. This stupid website has these people all pissed off. The amount of ass kissing to the pathetic souls who own this place is amusing. Just walk up and take pics, then leave. I live in the area and I go there all the time. They give permission to who they want. just park on the road and walk in. I know where it is. Sounds like they're doing something illegal on their land. Maybe growing something they're not supposed to. The police don't care.

Submitted by Linda (not verified) on
Pfft!! I am not a pathetic looser like you that doesn't respect other people's property. Maybe they like to dance around THEIR PROPERTY nude!! It is THEIR PROPERTY TO DO WHAT THEY WISH WITH IT!! I expect you have never had anything in your life, and likely never will so it seems you feel entitled to take what doesn't belong to you and what others have spent a LOT of money on. Sorry pal! I am not a looser like you, and I definitely will NOT trespass on anyone's property most esp when they make it very clear they don't want people on their land. I have been a property owner, and boy I wish you would have come on my land uninvited b/c I personally would have said I felt you threatened my safety and I would have beat the living tar out of you, and yup defending myself IS LEGAL. Trash like you definitely should be locked up!!!

Submitted by Jaybird (not verified) on
Calm down its a well known piece of history that intrigues everyone like it or not ppl will continue to go there for years to come permission or not

Submitted by Linda (not verified) on
Too bad we don't have the same laws in CT that they do in Texas so the owners of Bara Hack can 'very calmly' shoot you Jaybird when you trespass on their property

Submitted by Linda (not verified) on
Btw, Jaybird, Border Patrol and the other derelict loosers out here that feel you have some God given right to trespass on someone's private property, how much of your lifetime might I ask have you worked your tail off and saved to buy something to have someone come in and disrespect, destroy and devalue it because they have no consideration for what you own??? (Likely NEVER!!) How do you know that the these woods at Bara-Hack don't have extremely valuable trees that some looser who doesn't care a rats ass for will throw down a match and burn up all that one worked for in a life time?? Was it Border Patrol that stated above, the owners allow the people they want on the property? Really??!! and so what!! I have a Jaguar maybe and I let everyone in the neighborhood drive it but I choose one looser like you maybe that respects nothing to go no where near it. We can choose to share it or NOT if we paid for it!! Indeed, the fact is it is the choice of the people that bought and paid for Bara Hack, and NOT YOURS to decide what they should do with what they own. Until you have earned enough to purchase something that has value to others, how about you shut up and spend your 'free' time working so to attain anything of value .. and stop acting like you are entitled, aka you should receive some welfare benefit to appreciate something you NEVER earned!!

Submitted by Jaybird (not verified) on
Losers who said anything about disrespect or destroy you are confusing me with some teenagers when I leave its the way I found it so your gripe is not with me

Submitted by Border patrol (not verified) on
Linda, I am a property owner! I own a house, bike, and two cars! If I owned a piece of history that people wanted to visit, I'd let them. And btw, you wouldn't beat the tar out of anyone! Ha ha! If it was Texas I would win! No matter how worked up you get, they still won't let you there! Loser! Ha ha! Maybe offer them something else. You act like you own the land. I don't vandalize, I take pics. And I don't go there empty handed, because of people like you! I also work very hard every day so be righteous somewhere else. I also don't throw matches down to start fires either. Your pathetic! People like you suck and make our world a difficult place to live in with your self righteous bullshit! Save it for a tree hugging rally! one more thing Linda, who has pics of Nara hack? Not you! Oh yea, I do. Ha ha. So while you have nothing to do but tear me down and try to suck the owners ass, I'm in there taking pics. You truly are a loser.

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