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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Nathan Hale Homestead

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Nathan Hale Homestead in Conventry, Connecticut. During the American Revolution, Nathan Hale graduated from Yale and was a teacher for two years. He volunteered to be a spy for the Continental Army on September 8, 1776. He was captured by the British and hanged on September 22. His famous last words were supposedly “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.“ Although, some believe they weren't his exact last words but part of a longer speech. His body was not returned or ever found. He was 21 yrs old.

The house named after him is not the original house Hale grew up in. His father, Reverend Deacon Richard Hale, a prosperous livestock farmer, razed their home to build a bigger structure the same year he received word Nathan had died. Six of his eight sons served in the patriot army. Three died from wounds obtained in the war, leaving Richard to care for their widows and children. The family needed a larger living space to accommodate the expansion of their family. After fell out of the Hale family's hands in the 1820s, the house exchanged owners on many occasions, remaining a private residence. Nathan Hale's sacrifice was long forgotten until a lawyer named George Dudley Seymour became fascinated with his story. He helped get a statue of Hale erected at Yale University. Purchased the Hale family residence in 1914 and restored it to it's original beauty. He also purchased the property across the street which belonged to Hale's grandmother and converted it in to a museum. Seymour furthered his effort to recognize Hale by convincing the federal government to print a Nathan Hale postage stamp designed by artist Bela Lyon Pratt in 1925. The house was deeded to Connecticut Landmarks in 1940.


Several ghosts are believed to haunt the Nathan Hale Homestead. Many have seen the spirit of Nathan's father, Richard since the early 1900s (around the time when the house was restored). The family's servant girl Lydia Carpenter is also sometime seen, spying from the hallways. Another spirit seen and heard is Nathan's brother Joseph. He was imprisoned in the basement on a British prison ship. Witnesses have heard the clinking of chains associated with him.

Other reports include footsteps, voices, strange banging noises and unknown lights in the attic.


Sources:

Connecticut Landmarks

Examiner - Nathan Hale Homestead

Northeast Paranormal - Nathan Hale Homestead

5 comments:

Lesley Gunter said...

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Andrea Allison said...

Thank you for alerting me to the situation. I've actually known about it for a while. It seems Facebook allows anyone to report a link as spam. They don't investigate to confirm it is spam. Everytime I contacted FB, I was sent a form letter. Never allowed to talk to an actual customer service personnel. This has been going on for months and still hasn't been resolved. A lot of people on FB are having the same problem.

I'm going to keep pushing for my blog to be cleared but I don't see it happening. There's nothing else I can do. It is what it is unfortunately.

Lesley Gunter said...

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Andrea Allison said...

I was using Networkedblogs. I still use it for my personal blog. When I set up a page for Ghost Stories, I thought I would try a different way to promote new posts but looks like I'll have to switch back to Networkedblogs. I think it's ridiculous how FB handles the whole links and spam thing. It's just ridiculous.

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