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Benton Homestead

Benton Homestead

Tolland, Connecticut
06084 USA

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Tolland, CT is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Benton Homestead Museum. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.

The History

Six generations of the Benton Family have lived in this modest red cape cod that was built in 1720 by Daniel Benton. For a span of 210 years, from 1720 to 1932, the house was exclusively occupied by a living member of the Benton Family, including Elisha Bento, Danel's grandson, who was a patriot and is suspected to still lurk these walls.

When the Brits were fighting us during the Revolutionary War, Elisha was captured, imprisoned on a ship, where he contracted smallpox. He was then traded for a British prisoner and sent home. Here he reunited with his true love, Jemima Barrows, who happened to be 12 years younger than him. Despite family objections, Jemima took care of the declining Elisha. Sadly, she had to watch him die in January 1777. Unfortunately, she also became infected with smallpox and die five weeks after her beloved did. Because they never wedded, the devoted couple were buried closely together, but not within the same plot. They were buried at a respectful distance on opposite sides of the carriage path, divided by others in death as they had been in life.

Today, the Daniel Benton Homestead is owned and operated by the Tolland Historical Society and offers tours between Spring and Summer months.

The Hauntings

Sadness can be felt at the Benton Homestead. As a result of the tragic deaths of Elijah and Jemima's death, one can feel deep oppression as this energy of grief has never left. Over the decades, many have reported supernatural activities in this (now) museum. Many museum staff and visitors experience unusual lights and ghostly figures moving in front of windows at night. Unexplained vibrations and random knockings have been reported as well.

Listen closely, for you may hear the sad disembodied cries of a girl weeping or see the specter of a young woman wandering the house in a wedding dress. Also the shade of a young soldier has been sighted roaming the grounds as if he was looking for his lost beloved one.


More Reads...

Spooky Trails and Tall Tales Connecticut: Hiking the State's Legends, Hauntings, and History Paperback – September 1, 2019 by Stephen Gencarella (Author)     Connecticut Ghost Stories and Legends (Haunted America) by [Thomas D'Agostino, Arlene Nicholson]     Haunted Connecticut: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Constitution State (Haunted Series) by [Cheri Farnsworth]

 

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Date added: Jan/24/2017 | Last time updated: May/22/2020
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