Weird Places

From the front, it looks like any grand home in Hartford, but from the side, well, The Austin House is not quite what it seems.
The Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry is a unique place, home to one of the leading puppetry schools in the world as well as dozens of antique puppets and marionettes, making it just a little bit creepy, too.
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, which may be gone, but clearly, doesn't want to be forgotten.
Home to such curiosities as the Feejee mermaid and the 4,000-year-old mummy Pa-Ib, the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport is dedicated to the colorful history of the King of the Humbugs.
Boothe Park proves the old adage, "If you have time, money, space, some significant eccentricities and the inclination to build stuff, then you too can create a bizarre memorial to yourself that will last for generations!"
Capt. Sluman Gray's final whaling voyage was a long, strange trip.
Center Church in New Haven is a little different from your normal centuries-old place of worship as it was built over a cemetery -- not on, but over, as the original tombstones and graves sit as they have for 300 years in a crypt beneath the raised-up building.
Sure, you can get your car washed in any number of fine establishments, but how many of them have a dinosaur ripping through the roof?
Atop Mohawk Mountain sits a curious stone tower that has looked out over the Litchfield Hills for nearly a century. Update: We recently visited.
We may take it for granted, but a state park solely dedicated to the fossilized footprints from creatures that lived over 180 million years ago is sort of an unusual attraction. Plus, everyone loves dinosaurs!
Like many suburban towns across this great state, Hamden claims a lonely ol' street that seemingly exists as a home to everything from ghosts and phantom creatures to inbred hicks and supernatural feelings of dread.
One of the most renowned damned places in Connecticut is the abandoned -- and allegedly cursed -- village of Dudleytown. Over the years, there has allegedly been everything from suicides to demonic possessions, ghostly spirits to dreadful feelings, and all the hysterical drama in between. In short, it has become the Connecticut damnation destination.
Rarely does a location steeped in wealth, affluence and luxury seem capable of bringing doom and woe to those who live there, but such is the case of Dunnellen Hall.
The Damned Story: Sitting proudly along the eastbound lane of Route 66 in the area of the Hebron-Marlborough border is Eagle Rock, a painted and patriotic landmark that has been watching over cars cruising up and down the road since 1989.
Gardner Lake in Salem is known for many things -- its natural beauty . . . its excellent fishing . . . an entire house sitting on its murky bottom . . . and of course, its mysterious piano music that seemingly rises from the depths.
It hardly occurs to most Connecticut residents that having a medieval-style castle looming high over a placid New England river valley is anything out of the ordinary. But trust us, Gillette Castle is far from your ordinary Connecticut domicile.
In Groton, there exists an unusual complex that has been dated back to nearly 2,000 B.C., with stone chambers and mysterious formations. Behold: Gungywamp! We finally visit Gungywamp for ourselves to get the story. With lots of pictures, too!
East Haddam is home to an abandoned village that once was home to a thriving mill and almost became a Victorian Era tourist attraction.
One of the first museums in North America, Joseph Steward's Museum of Natural and Other Curiosities is testament to the fact that even over 200 years ago, people loved the damned!
Tucked away in the Litchfield Hills is a Buddhist temple that looks unlike anything on the traditional New England landscape.
Little People's Village in Middlebury is a complex of crumbling doll-sized houses that's rumored to be the legacy of a crazy woman who thought she was "Queen of the Little People." As with any good legend, "the story" and "the truth" are two quite different things.
Since the United States seems to be lacking in destinations for religious pilgrimages, in 1958 the Montford Missionaries decided to construct a replica of one of the most-visited sites on the planet, right in the Litchfield Hills. Why? Well, as someone famously sang -- you gotta have faith.
The first prison (as well as the first copper mine) in U.S. history has seen its fair share of heartache and tragedy -- and also stories of ghost sightings and other paranormal activity.
A river runs under it -- and by it, we mean Hartford. But for centuries, the Park River (aka Hog River), was above ground and accessible to all.
The rusting, dilapidated remains of a former wildlife sanctuary in Farmington make for a creepy spot to visit.
Yale University boasts one of the most exclusive and enigmatic groups in the world, one that dates back approximately 175 years and features numerous U.S. presidents, senators and governors as well as some of the world’s powerful elite among its members.
Dr. Harvey Cushing is known as "The Father of Modern Neurosurgery," and his amazing legacy -- along with hundreds of human brains -- is on display at The Cushing Center at Yale.
In the beautiful countryside of New Canaan sits an unusual structure, a unique residence designed (and inhabited) by famed architect and designer Philip Johnson.
The Damned Story: For centuries in the town of Moodus, odd noises have been heard -- spooky rumblings that have been described as sounding like everything from thunder to trees falling to the Earth itself belching.
Connecticut is supposedly one of the most haunted states in the U.S., which means there are a number of places where you can enjoy a meal or stay the night that might offer something a little beyond the normal experience.