9 08, 2015

The Omni Parker Hotel

By | Sunday, August 9, 2015|Hidden History Blog|

 

Boston’s Omni Parker Hotel is a historic and beautiful building in the city. Celebrities ranging from Judy Garland to Hugh Hefner to Whitey Bulger have stayed at the Omni, and some unwanted guests have appeared as well.

Between the walls where […]

31 07, 2015

Ram Tail Mill

By | Friday, July 31, 2015|Hidden History Blog|

 

Rhode Island, 1813. William Potter and Peleg Walker establish Ram Tail Mill. Powered by the Ponangansett River, the Mill spun wool and wove cloth, which is the origin of the name Ram Tail Mill.

Peleg Walker found his favorite job to […]

24 07, 2015

The Grove Street Cemetery

By | Friday, July 24, 2015|Hidden History Blog|

 

In New Haven Connecticut, Yale University shares a side with Grove Street Cemetery, dating back to colonial times. And like any old cemetery, it comes with many urban legends.

GroveStreet-610x438It’s rumored that secret […]

17 07, 2015

The Great Elm

By | Friday, July 17, 2015|Hidden History Blog|

 

Years ago, a huge elm tree proudly stood on Boston Common. At a near sky scraping height of sixty-five feet, it was affectionately referred to as the “Great Elm”, and its large hollow provided a play space for many children. […]

10 07, 2015

The Beverly Boogie Man

By | Friday, July 10, 2015|Hidden History Blog|

 

imagesBeverly, MA, 1970, a local family buys a mansion right at the edge of Beverly Harbor. They’re thrilled with their new purchase, fixing up the decrepit house into a home. But these […]

3 07, 2015

Happy Fourth of July from the Folklorist!

By | Friday, July 3, 2015|Hidden History Blog|

 

July Fourth, a nationwide celebration of independence, filled with barbecues, sunshine, and fireworks. All over the country, pranksters have been celebrating Independence Day in rambunctious ways since the nineteenth century.11667391_986406514723334_1132219277674767410_n

In the town […]

26 06, 2015

The Moodus Noises

By | Friday, June 26, 2015|Hidden History Blog|

 

In a small town in Connecticut, people have been hearing rumbling sounds coming from a small hill for centuries.

Moodus, a small town in East Haddam (originally named Machimoodus, which means “Places of Evil Noises” in the […]

23 06, 2015

Witch Rock

By | Tuesday, June 23, 2015|Hidden History Blog|

 

In the small town of Rochester, MA, a rock that sits on private property, at an imposing height of twelve feet. It is branded with a painted silhouette of a witch, along with the words: “Witch Rock”. But the question […]

12 06, 2015

Underwater Dwarf Man

By | Friday, June 12, 2015|Hidden History Blog|

 

Alambegwinosis, the Penobscot word for dwarfed, literally translates to “underwater dwarf man” in the Algonquin language. These creatures live in deep pools of rivers or on the bottom of deep lakes. Typically, three feet tall, the water dwarfs have long […]

5 06, 2015

The Palatine Ship

By | Friday, June 5, 2015|Hidden History Blog|

 

August 1738, the Princess Augusta, a two hundred ton British ship, set off from Rotterdam, of the Palatinate region in Germany (from which it derived its contemporary name “the Palatine Ship”) to Pennsylvania. The Palatine was transporting a fourteen man […]