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April 09, 2005

Haunted Pomfret

Pomfret is a beautiful little town in northeastern Connecticut about 45 minutes drive from where I grew up. When I was 14, my friend Diane (who was 16 and could drive!) found an old newspaper article dated back to the late 1950’s. The article was about a man who had been taking photographs of an old footbridge by some abandoned homesteads in the woods surrounding Pomfret. Later, when he developed the film he found images of children on the prints – children who had not been there when he took the pictures! So Diane, Vanessa and I decided to try to find these woods and do some ghost hunting. The newspaper article only gave vague directions to the area – follow this country lane, cross three creeks, look for a small path leading into the woods. It took us an entire summer, scouring the woods outside of Pomfret to find the right area.

One evening, a day before we were planning a Pomfret excursion, I got a vision. I saw the four of us (Diane’s boyfriend often came with us) going to Pomfret, but we were in a different, larger car with another couple that I didn’t know. When we got to Pomfret and chose a search area, the new guy said that we should split up to cover more ground. He wanted to put Vanessa in one group and me in the other group, as we were the psychics. It was nearly dark and we didn’t have any flashlights, but we went ahead and split up anyway. At this point in my vision I saw Vanessa walking by some brush when a large root shot out, grabbed her leg and broke her ankle.

Then my mother called me for dinner and the vision stopped.

The next morning I told Vanessa about the vision and then promptly forgot about it.

That evening Diane and her boyfriend showed up to take us out for our Pomfret search. They arrived in a different, larger car and they brought two other friends with them. No sooner were we in the car and on our way to Pomfret than Vanessa poked me in the side and reminded me of my vision. Vanessa and I were always able to communicate without talking, so we made a silent agreement not to say anything to anyone until we saw what would happen. We found an area to search that we hadn’t been to before, but looked like the area from my vision. It was getting dark by then and we didn’t have any flashlights with us. Then the new guy said, ”Let’s split up and put Vanessa in one group and Linda in the other.” At that point both Vanessa and I spoke up and told them about my vision. Whether the foliage was going to attack Vanessa or she was just going to fall and hurt her leg, we all decided that we had been warned not to attempt the search that night – and certainly not to split up the group.

What was even stranger about that night was that the new guy turned out to be a wood lore fanatic. He knew that you didn’t explore unknown woods at night without proper light and you would certainly never split up a group under those circumstances. He didn’t know why he, of all people, made the suggestion to separate Vanessa and I. He said it was as if something else entered his head and spoke those words.

This was just the beginning of our Pomfret experiences!

Posted by Linda Dalton at April 9, 2005 11:29 AM


Hi, the Higgenbotham/Randall area is also known as "Bara-Hack" and I've been there, living a short five minute walk from the entrance. You might like to know that there's more than one entrance and that Pomfret is in NorthEAST Connecticut. Want more info? Just ask me.

Posted by: Andrew at May 24, 2005 06:27 PM

Thanks Andrew! Yes, Pomfret is in NorthEastern Connecticut. Sorry, I'm bad with directions! Back when I was exploring the area in the late 60's - early 70's we only knew it as Pomfret. I have only seen it referred to as Bara Hack within the last few years. It's good to see some historical research has been going on at the site. You live in a beautiful part of the country!

Posted by: Linda Dalton at June 3, 2005 07:54 PM

we went to barahack today. did't find the grave yard but i think we found the area how can we be sure?

Posted by: rick at September 11, 2005 03:57 PM

Hi Rick! It's been nearly 30 years since I visited that area. But you might want to email Andrew from the previous posting. I'm sure he would be able to give you some more current information. Good luck!

Posted by: Linda Dalton at September 15, 2005 07:51 PM

I think we are in the same boat. I visited Bara-Hack yesterday, was definitely in the correct vacinity but did not find the cemetery. I went Rt. 44 to 97 North, took the the 1st left where the 4H sign is, parked directly after the brook and walked down that trail on the right. Hopefully someone here can direct us to the exact spot. Anybody?
Also, I recommend taking a trash bag with you and cleaning up any litter the young punks leave behind. Disrespect like that is why people like us can get in trouble for our investigations.

Posted by: Sasha White at September 16, 2005 11:30 AM

im going to barahack tomorow oct31 2005 i have direcs anyone wanna give me some pointers?

Posted by: scotty at October 30, 2005 09:31 PM

hi, i live near bara hack and was planning on going there sometime next month. i know the directions on how to get there, but where should i go on the trail? one of my friends went there on halloween and said she couldnt find her way to the graveyard because of a fork in the trail. if any of you guys have info, or have been there before email me please! :)

Posted by: reilly at November 1, 2005 03:58 PM

I would like to go have a look at the Bara-Hack area. Has anyone posted GPS coordinates?

Posted by: Lance J at December 14, 2005 06:29 PM

I have lived in Pomfret my whole life. I have been there many times. I have seen and heard nothing. I need to see some pics to believe. My best friend lied in the house on 244 and it was basically in his deep back yard. Still nothing.I need to see it to belive it.Somehow those in Pomfret are the ones that haven't seen or heard a thing.There are hundreds of other foundations, mills, and cemetaries in pomfret as well because it is such an old wooded town.There all freaky, trust me.

Posted by: J at November 12, 2006 05:57 PM

once @ the trail. walk down, when ya see the foundations take that left walk up the grave yard will be on your left.maybee 20 minutes walk. lets just say. it's haunted.
if your @ the foundations and keep going stright you'll find old wooden bridges crossing streams. and that's about it maybee a few more foundations.

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I have an investigation group and would very much like to go to Bara-Hack. Alas, if it is private property now, we do things by the book, and I would be most grateful if anyone knows the landowners contact information and would be willing to share (and of course would be more than welcome to accompany the group if we get in).

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Posted by: Mp3_Music_foonvarrymync at February 5, 2009 05:25 AM

I have always wanted to visit this place. I love old New England history. I do believe in the spirit world but I don't think this place is haunted. Everyone claims on websites that they have pictures with ghosts but no one ever posts them. Most people who have gone there report they have not experienced anything supernatural.

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