I’ve always wanted to visit a cemetery at night but the fear of the unknown held me back. The truth is that I probably would have never visited a cemetery at night if I hadn’t joined the Norwalk Historical Society’s lantern lit tour, A Haunting at Mill Hill. On this interactive ghost tour, walk through the historic Mill Hill graveyard in Norwalk and hear the true stories of how a few Connecticut residents died. Though some of these gruesome deaths are bizarre, they are all true.
A Haunting at Mill Hill
True Ghost Stories In Norwalk
Before arriving at the Mill Hill graveyard, from down the street, I could see fog rising above the cemetery’s crooked tombstones. To add to the already spooky atmosphere, a few ghosts with rotting corpses and mutilated faces wandered aimlessly. The Mill Hill graveyard looked exactly like how ghost stories depict cemeteries.
After a brief introduction inside the Norwalk Historical Society building, we were split into two small groups. During the hour-long tour, we met six ghosts who shared true stories about their lives and how they died in Connecticut. Most of these deaths were tragic but some were downright mind-boggling. For example, how a bartender eventually died from plucking a nose hair!
Some of the ghost stories reminded me of the show 1,000 Ways To Die.
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Gather Around and Listen
Through the cast’s vivid storytelling, we heard gruesome stories of murder, suicide and freak accidents. The Norwalk Historical Society did such a fantastic job bringing these forgotten stories to life; so much so that I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster!
Encouraged to gather around close to the spirits, at times I felt disgusted (great makeup and acting by the way) and other times I felt worried and afraid of what would happen next. Oddly enough, I even laughed-out-loud a few times, especially during the encounter with the ghost of Pleasant Inn in Rowayton.
However, I wasn’t the only person who felt this way, during the tour, I noticed that two young girls were so scared that they held each other. I also saw a few people cringe during the most gruesome parts of the tour.
Ghost of Gregory Point
Eunice Boole was the first ghost we met on the lantern-lit tour. She was so dramatic and theatrical. She sadly shared that she died from fatal injuries during the Adelphi steamship explosion in Norwalk Harbor. You can see the extreme burn marks on her face.
Watch Your Back
On the tour, it’s also important to be aware of your surroundings because in a blink of an eye things can change – a new spirit may appear or a prop moves. For example, while meeting the ghost of Bera Kaoly, I happened to turn back and see her murderer, Endre Rohali, lurking behind the schoolhouse. He later made an appearance and startled the group.
Overall, Haunting at Mill Hill was scary but also a lot of fun. Besides listening to scary ghost stories, I also learned about how Connecticut residents lived in the 19th and 20th century.
Refreshments at Downtown District Schoolhouse
After the cemetery tour, Norwalk Historical Society served warm refreshments inside the burgundy Downtown District Schoolhouse. The sweet smell of cider greeted us at the door. Built in 1826, the historic Downtown District Schoolhouse was used as a one-room schoolhouse until 1871.
Historic Haunted Maze
After refreshments, we walked through the all-new historic haunted maze (optional). Although the maze was short, it was as scary as a horror movie.
As you walk into the dark maze, expect to see bright flashing strobe lights and hear piercing screams. Some of the spirits on the tour even make one last chilling appearance.
The haunted maze was undoubtedly the icing on the cake for the already perfect fright night in Norwalk.
I was a guest of Norwalk Historical Society, of course, all opinions are my own.
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