Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tolland, Connecticut


The Benton Homestead from the backyard looking out onto Metcalf Road. At the time I took this shot an entire busload of school children on a field trip were exploring the inside of the old house. The grounds were quiet, however, and the woods surrounding the property had gone completely gray since all the leaves had recently been swept from the trees, due to rain storms, and were now covering the lawn. The property is reputed to be haunted by a young, heartbroken woman who died from smallpox, and while I've heard a few locals claim to have seen some "strange stuff", I haven't had any paranormal experiences while visiting the homestead.

2 comments:

Georgie B said...

Nice photos.

The tree in this one looks like it wants to wrap the house in a protective hug.

J-Marie said...

Thanks Georgie B. I'm glad you saw it too.

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