Each week, legend hunter, author, and historian Jeff Belanger and radio host Ray Auger explore the ghosts, monsters, folklore, history, and legends of New England in this award-winning podcast. If you give us about ten minutes, we’ll give you something strange to talk about today. The bizarre is closer than you think!
Hannah Handy the Hero of Royalton
In Episode 254, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore the town green of South Royalton, Vermont, searching for the memorial to Hannah Handy--the only memorial to a woman from the Revolutionary War in the state of Vermont. On October 16, 1780, Handy rescued nine children who were taken prisoner in a British raid. Her story was almost lost if not for a local historian who lobbied her town to raise funds for a monument.
In Episode 253, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger head to Newton, New Hampshire, to explore the tragic story of Hannah Chase, who took her own life the day before her wedding in June of 1819. Her story and the pond where she perished may have been forgotten if not for the pen of Haverhill, Massachusetts, poet John Greenleaf Whittier, who immortalized the story and place. Chase’s story haunted Whittier as a boy.
The Darn Man of Windham County
In Episode 252, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger walk the roads of Hampton, Connecticut, searching for the story of the Darn Man, a colorful vagabond who wandered Windham County in the 1850s and 1860s wearing the coat he was to be married in, but his bride never showed. He gave different names to different families, he’d never talk about his past or origins, yet he became a local celebrity and the focus of many stories. But who was he really?
Nellie Vaughn: Vampire? Witch? Ghost?
In Episode 251, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore Plain Meeting House Cemetery in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, searching for the lost grave of Nellie Vaughn. Some say she was a vampire. Others claim she was a witch. More believe her restless spirit still haunts this boneyard trying to right a wrong from decades ago. Could this be a case of mistaken identity?
The Smuttynose Island Murders
In Episode 250, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger sail out to the Isles of Shoals, Maine, to investigate the infamous Smuttynose Island murders. On March 5, 1873, two women were brutally murdered on the island, while a third narrowly escaped with her life. Louis Wagner was hanged for the crime, but did they execute the right man? This crime still haunts the tiny islands.
Holyoke’s Eyrie House Ruins
In Episode 249, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger hike up Mt. Nonotuck in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in search of the Eyrie House Ruins. The site was a once-popular hotel and resort in the latter half of the 1800s featuring live music, a menagerie of exotic animals, and incredible views. But a horrible tragedy took away owner William Street’s castle in a single night back on April 13th, 1901. There was a funeral pyre that went horribly wrong.
The bizarre is.... just a tap away
I LOVE this weekly podcast. Enough that I even signed up for a Patreon account as soon as I heard of it. The topics they cover, though it’s a small geographic area, run from haunting and ghosts to animals, monsters, monuments, mountains, to you name it. If it took place in New England and more than one person has ever heard of it, I’m willing to bet there’s already an episode about it or it’s on the list for these two fabulous gentlemen. They’re incredibly responsive and involved with their fan base, as evidenced by the Legend Line, website, and Super Secret Facebook Group. They actually talk to us. Lol. The series is informative regarding history and local color in a way you don’t typically get with other podcasts. The episodes are short enough that they don’t waste time with pointless banter that runs all over the place like other podcasts I try to listen to. But they’re on point and long enough to really get into things. I can’t really imagine a way to make them any better. And the puns. The awful, awful puns. I love them and look forward to them every single week.
Jeff and Ray are fantastic storytellers, and touch on very interesting subjects in the New England area.
The show is both entertaining and informative, and worth adding to your podcast rotation. I’m excited to dive into more episodes!
I love everything about this podcast!
Great music, interesting stories and you can tell how much Ray & Jeff truly love what they are doing? Plus it showcases the best part of the county… NEW ENGLAND!!
We have chowdah, the Pats and New England Legends Podcast!! 🙌🏻🍺🎉
Keep up the great work guys!!