Weatogue, CT is home to one of the most haunted eateries in the nation, Pettibone Tavern (Formerly known as Abigail's Grille and Wine Bar). Come explore its offerings with Haunted Journeys.
This tavern was built by Jonathon Pettibone, Jr. to serve as a stagecoach stop in 1780, serving the Boston to Albany Turnpike. This was during the havoc of the American Revolution. After the war, the Pettibone Tavern remained a gathering spot for the growing community and a meeting spot for discussing strategy and plans for the Revolution. George Washington, Ethan Allena, and John Adams are just a few of the notables who stayed at the tavern.
On the fringe of the frontier, it was burned to the ground by Indians in 1800. You can still view the charred remains of the hand-hewn oak timbers that supported the original tavern in the basement. The tavern re-opened in 1803.
A good tavern always has a good story, and this one is no exception. Mrs. Abigail Pettibone was the wife of a whaling captain who was gone for long stretches. Needless to say, Abigail supposedly sought comfort in the arms of another man. One time, Captain Pettibone unexpectedly came home early, caught his wife and her lover. In his rage, he immediately killed both with an ax. They say if you look closely at what is supposed to be a portrait of young Abigail with her mother that hangs in the tavern, you can see her likeness was once cut from the canvas. This all sounds like the perfect tale that is followed by haunts, and it does!
Through the years, the tavern has served as a private residence as well. In 2008, the restaurant was purchased by the current owners and after renovations re-opened as Abigail’s Grille and Wine Bar. Following another (yes) fire in 2008, it was sold to the new owner. Today it bears the name it had for almost two centuries, recognizing the original inhabitant, Pettibone Tavern!
Tragedy and wars are the fundamentals of a good haunted story. This tavern is an absolute hotbed for paranormal activity. Abigail's phantom is said to still roam the tavern. Her ghostly apparition has been repeatedly seen by patrons and employees over the years. Others have reported feeling a chill when the pass the ladies' room on the second floor.
There are other claims of a child ghost. According to various sources, having been seen by many of the guests and staff. The staff has reported hearing voices, seeing candles re-light themselves and furniture that moves on its own. Many have heard disembodied voices calling out the names of the staff.
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