In August of this year my exploratory team and I took a trip south to Pomfret, CT to see the much fabled ghost town of Bara Hack. It was a early Welsh settlement that was abandoned in the early 1900’s. Here is an excerpt from barahack.com –
“The name “Bara-Hack” is associated with Harry Chase, a local Pomfret historian/recluse who claimed the village was so named. There is no evidence that the Higginbothams named their little two home village “Bara-Hack”. It sounds more scary than the “Higginbotham’s abandoned settlement” though. Using a Welsh to English language converter: bara= bread, drylliad= breaking, torri= to break, tor= break, and hac=cut, notch, or hack. Thus Bara Hac=cut bread. The Higginbothams were of Welsh descent so they must have “cut bread” there, but most likely would not have named their settlement Bara Hac.
On August 30th, 1971 three Rhode Island parapsychology students visited “Bara-Hack” looking for evidence to verify whether or not the rumors of its’ haunting were true. They met with Harry Chase and went to the Lost Village. They encountered the following: a sense of depression when entering the area, constant barking of dogs, lowing of cows, strange human voices, and a complete absence of birds. They explored for a couple of hours and came back at night. They heard spooky voices coming from the Nightingale Brook. They came back October 30th and 31st with more investigators. They lost their way walking towards the burying ground even though they had been there before. One of their new team members became frozen in place on the trail and could not be physically moved by anyone there towards the direction of the cemetery. One of the investigators wrote about the experience in a book called Faces at the Window, Paul F. Eno, 1998. The premise for the Blair Witch Project is thought to come from the accounts of this “investigation”.
The Lost Village or Bara Hac is located in a hilly area surrounded by many brooks and streams, voices and other sounds carry for miles in these areas. There are still even today working dairy farms and hobby farms in Pomfret which is part of the Last Green Valley. Pomfret is a rural area and as such almost everyone has dogs and other animals. Since much of Pomfret and Windham County is a National Heritage Corridor and the Last Green Valley much of the land is protected from development. There are coyotes, fisher cats, bobcats, black bear, and recent sightings and tracks from mountain lions. A common sign of a predator being in the area is an absence of normal forest noises, a strange stillness devoid of sound.
The Lost Village is located on private property and may soon be open to the public because there is such an interest. The area is currently being logged and the forest thinned out. You still need permission to go there, and I suggest not going as the area is closely watched. There are no town police in this part of Connecticut, but there are plenty of shotguns. The owner has written a book based on her own research into the Higginbothams life and death in Pomfret. The Lost Village of the Higginbothams, Doris B. Townshend, Vantage Press, NY, 1991. The book is a historical fictional novel based on facts the author was able to uncover and is a good fast read that provides an intimate look into 18th and 19th century rural colonial life.
I am a Pomfret resident and have been to Bara Hac many times including after sunset and have never encountered anything unexplainable. My family came over on the Mayflower in 1620, and has lived in the Eastern part of Connecticut since 1637. I have spent a good portion of my life exploring the New England forests and countryside. Even scarier than Bara Hac… I live on Pomfret’s very own Witches Hill. Suspected witches were put to death in Connecticut before the Salem Witch Trials ever happened. Unfortunately, nothing even remotely paranormal has happened here either. ”
I managed to get some great pictures and was intrigued by the place and its tranquility. Quite a remarkable place. Especially the face carving on the rock. Again from Barahack.com –
“Such stone carvings are called petroglyphs by archeologists. Many of these stone carvings have been found out west in Indian territory, and are thought to have been carved thousands of years ago. Others were found to be of more recent Indian history of 200 to 300 years ago. The age of a carved stone is it’s biggest mystery. Some carvings are signify sacred sights, and tributes to great spirits of long ago. Other carvings have been found near burial sights, and as tributes to ancient leaders. Others may simply be directional markers. ”
Here are the pics……
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