The Hartford Courant ran a story recently on a restaurant not far from where I live. The building dates back to Revolutionary times (1780, I believe). For years I’ve heard stories about it being haunted. But now the Courant proudly declares — get this! — that the building is known to be haunted (cached version):
The ghost of Abigail Pettibone is known to haunt the upstairs of the locally famous Pettibone’s Tavern, which dates from the 18th century.
As I said, I’ve heard stories all my life, about that place. Rumors that the building was haunted. Tales about the ghost that lurks there. Assumptions about why she lingers there. And so on.
But until I read this, I had not realized that it was known to have been haunted. As in, certain that it’s haunted, or proven to be haunted.
This is interesting. I must have missed something, because a demonstrable haunting would have made the news — and much further away than just my part of Connecticut.
Sorry, but the reporter is incorrect. The haunting of Pettibone’s Taven is not “known.” It may be “assumed” to be haunted, or “claimed” to be haunted … but it is most certainly not “known” to be haunted.
If it were, I’d say someone ought to apply to the James Randi Paranormal Challenge and make a cool million bucks before the prize runs out next year!Tags: abigail pettibone, ghost, haunting, haunting as news, hauntings as news, make-news, paranormal, pettibone's tavern, simsbury CT