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Twice each week, legend hunter, author, and historian Jeff Belanger and radio host Ray Auger explore the ghosts, monsters, aliens, folklore, history, roadside oddities, true crime, and legends of New England in this award-winning podcast. If you give us about twenty minutes, we’ll give you something strange to talk about today. The bizarre is closer than you think!

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Twice each week, legend hunter, author, and historian Jeff Belanger and radio host Ray Auger explore the ghosts, monsters, aliens, folklore, history, roadside oddities, true crime, and legends of New England in this award-winning podcast. If you give us about twenty minutes, we’ll give you something strange to talk about today. The bizarre is closer than you think!

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Episodes

See Maine and See the World

2/22/2024
In Episode 337 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger take a drive to the intersection of Routes 35 and 5 in Lynchville, Maine, to see a unique road sign giving directions to places like: Norway, Paris, Denmark, Naples, Sweden, Poland, Mexico, Peru, and China – all of them just a few miles away – in Maine. How did that happen? See more here: https://ournewenglandlegends.com/podcast-337-see-maine-and-see-the-world/ Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

Duration:00:16:45

FtV - Boston’s Molasses Disaster

2/19/2024
Welcome to New England Legends From the Vault – FtV Episode 48 – Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore the Boston Molasses Disaster of January 15, 1919, that left 21 people dead and 150 injured. What happened and why? Could it have been avoided? This episode first aired January 11, 2018. Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

Duration:00:21:13

The Haunted Chase House

2/15/2024
In Episode 336 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger search for ghosts at the historic Chase House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Built in 1762 by Stephen Chase, it’s been a private residence, then an orphanage, a private home again, and now a museum. With so much history, it’s no surprise the building is haunted. But who is haunting it and why? See more here: https://ournewenglandlegends.com/podcast-336-the-haunted-chase-house/ Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

Duration:00:15:47

FtV - The Beaver Trout of Vermont

2/12/2024
Welcome to New England Legends From the Vault – FtV Episode 47 – Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger go ice fishing for the legendary beaver trout on Lake Memphremagog in northern Vermont. Since the time of the Civil War anglers have spread the tale of a trout that grows a fur coat to keep warm during the cold winter months. The story and even photos of the fish have been in the newspapers for over a century. Is it just a story, or could there be something more to it? The guys enlist the help of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department on their hunt for the truth. This episode first aired January 16, 2020. Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends Join us for Zombie Prom - Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 7PM in Milford, Massachusetts: https://www.facebook.com/events/1593789218121732/

Duration:00:23:52

Nathan Selee’s Satanic Sawmill

2/8/2024
In Episode 335 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore a section of Easton, Massachusetts, that was home to a sawmill back in the 18th century. The mill was owned by Nathan Selee, a local wizard who (according to the town sign) employed satanic imps to run his mill in the dead of night. See more here: https://ournewenglandlegends.com/podcast-335-nathan-selees-satanic-sawmill/ Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends Join us for Zombie Prom - Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 7PM in Milford, Massachusetts: https://www.facebook.com/events/1593789218121732/

Duration:00:16:39

FtV - The Rhode Island Stigmata

2/5/2024
Welcome to New England Legends From the Vault – FtV Episode 46 – Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore the mysteries and legends of stigmata through America’s only reported case: Marie Rose Ferron of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Stigmata occurs when a devoutly religious person mysteriously exhibits the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ — this can include bleeding from the hands, feet, side, and forehead. Marie Ferron was said to exhibit all of the wounds. But was she a bona fide miracle? Or was she used as a pawn by a Rhode Island Bishop? This episode first aired November 2, 2017. Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

Duration:00:20:34

Vermont’s Haunted Police Academy

2/1/2024
In Episode 334 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger hunt for ghosts at the haunted Police Academy in Pittsford, Vermont. Built as a tuberculosis hospital in 1907, the facility transformed into the state’s police academy in the mid-1970s. They say the police academy is haunted by a former nurse who caught TB and died at the hospital. She’s been said to wander the halls and grounds. See more here: https://ournewenglandlegends.com/podcast-334-vermonts-haunted-police-academy/ Find out more about Zombie Prom 2024 - February 17th in Milford, Massachusetts, here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1593789218121732/ Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

Duration:00:20:24

FtV - Three Strange Beasts from the Woods of Maine

1/29/2024
Welcome to New England Legends From the Vault – FtV Episode 45 – Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger hit an old logging camp in the woods of western Maine in search of the Agropelter, the Billdad, and the Tote Road Shagamaw. These legendary creatures have haunted and hunted loggers for decades. Are they just tall tales told around the campfire at the end of the day, or could there be something more to it?This episode first aired March 5, 2020. Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

Duration:00:23:59

Connecticut’s Stonehenge

1/25/2024
In Episode 333 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore the shores of Sachem’s Head, Connecticut, to search for a not-so-ancient structure called “Circle of Life,” a monument that looks exactly like one of the Seven Wonders of the World: Stonehenge. But this monument was never supposed to be here. Who placed it… and why? See more here: https://ournewenglandlegends.com/podcast-333-connecticuts-stonehenge/ Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

Duration:00:22:09

FtV - The Strongest Man in New England

1/22/2024
Welcome to New England Legends From the Vault – FtV Episode 44 – Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger don their gym shorts and pump some iron in Voluntown, Connecticut, while they search for Elmer Bitgood: the strongest man in New England. Bitgood kept himself in the newspapers between 1909 and 1916 by performing various feats of strength, including lifting 2600 pounds in front of reporters! But when you make bold claims, others will come gunning for you. Enter Bartello the Great for a potential showdown. This episode first aired February 25, 2021. Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

Duration:00:24:12

Hell’s Half Acre

1/18/2024
In Episode 332 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger hike into the woods of West Greenwich, Rhode Island, to explore what’s left of Hell’s Half Acre. This small section of forest was once home to taverns and gin mills full of fights, gambling, murder, and more. This was once the Red Light District of the old New London Turnpike. Today a cellar hole and the story are all that’s left. See more here: https://ournewenglandlegends.com/podcast-332-hells-half-acre/ Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

Duration:00:18:25

FtV - Concord's Diabolical Torture Device

1/15/2024
Welcome to New England Legends From the Vault – FtV Episode 43 – Jeff Belanger and Ray stroll Main Street in Concord, New Hampshire, searching for the birthplace of a torture device that has plagued billions of people since it was invented by Levi Hutchins back in 1787. Hutchins built a machine intended to defy both God and nature. It was on this humble street, that he unleashed his creation on New England and then the world. This episode first aired October 7, 2021. Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

Duration:00:25:45

The Dead Ship of Harpswell

1/11/2024
In Episode 331 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger stroll the beach of Harpswell, Maine, scanning the horizon for a ghost ship called Sarah that dates back to a torrid and tragic story from 1813. They say if you spot the ship, it’s a harbinger of doom. That someone in Harpswell will die. Poet John Greenleaf Whittier immortalized the story in one of his haunting poems. See more here: https://ournewenglandlegends.com/podcast-331-the-dead-ship-of-harpswell/ Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

Duration:00:21:56

FtV - The Immortal Mad Scientist of Malden

1/8/2024
Welcome to New England Legends From the Vault – FtV Episode 42 – Jeff Belanger and Ray walk the streets of Malden, Massachusetts, in search of Ephraim Gray, a mad scientist who may be close to 200 years old. They say in 1850, Ephraim Gray was laid in his grave. Half a century later, his casket was found empty. Some believe his immortality elixir worked, and Ephraim Gray simply walked away. This episode first aired August 15, 2019. Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

Duration:00:19:08

A Tombstone Tirade in New Hampshire

1/4/2024
In Episode 330 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger take a cemetery safari in Milford, New Hampshire, to visit the final resting place of Caroline Cutter. Cutter died in 1842. Her headstone features a 150-word tirade against specific members of the Baptist church in town. When small-town church gossip makes it to a headstone, it becomes immortal. See more here: https://ournewenglandlegends.com/podcast-330-a-tombstone-tirade-in-new-hampshire/ Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

Duration:00:20:04

FtV - The Weather Prophet of Beartown Mountain

1/1/2024
Welcome to New England Legends From the Vault – FtV Episode 41 – Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore the folk legend of Levi Beebe, the Weather Prophet of Beartown Mountain in Lee, Massachusetts, who predicted the devastating Blizzard of 1888 that claimed 400 lives in March of that year. How did he make this and his many other weather predictions? Listen to find out! This episode first aired January 25, 2018. Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

Duration:00:21:03

FtV - The Ghost Who Saved Christmas

12/28/2023
Welcome to New England Legends From the Vault – FtV Episode 40 – In Episode 70, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger head to Boston to the haunted Parker House Hotel in search of the ghost of the man who brought Christmas to America. We learned in last year’s holiday podcast that the Puritans of Boston banned Christmas back in 1659 because they claimed making merry and dressing festive was “satanic.” They’d fine you five shillings if you were caught! Though the ban was lifted in 1681, that doesn’t mean Christmas was celebrated. You still had to go to work and school that day for almost the next two centuries. But something changed in 1867 when a man came to Boston with a story that transformed everything. Be careful, this episode may just squish your inner Grinch! This episode first aired December 20, 2018. Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

Duration:00:24:15

FtV - Boston’s Christmas Tree

12/25/2023
Welcome to New England Legends From the Vault – FtV Episode 39 – In Episode 175, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger stroll Boston Common to see this year’s Christmas tree. The tree is an annual gift from the people of Halifax, Nova Scotia – a gift that traces its roots back to a horrible tragedy that took place December 6, 1917, when a French ship carrying munitions exploded, instantly killing hundreds of people, and injuring thousands more. Out of this dark day came a bright light of hope when neighbors reached out to help neighbors. This episode first aired December 24, 2020. Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

Duration:00:20:15

When Longfellow Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

12/21/2023
In Episode 329 Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger spend Christmas strolling the grounds of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s former mansion in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to witness the birthplace of a poem written Christmas morning in 1863, when Longfellow felt his hope renewed after his son had been badly injured in a Civil War battle. The poem was later turned into a holiday song that’s been recorded by giants like: Burl Ives, Frank Sinatra, Harry Belafonte, Andy Williams, and Johnny Cash. See more here: https://ournewenglandlegends.com/podcast-329-when-longfellow-heard-the-bells-on-christmas-day/ Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

Duration:00:21:59

FtV - The Bootlegger Queen of Vermont

12/18/2023
Welcome to New England Legends From the Vault – FtV Episode 38 – In Episode 162, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger travel back to 1925 in West Halifax, Vermont – the height of prohibition – to ride shotgun with Hilda Stone, the Bootlegger Queen of Vermont, on one of her many runs to Canada. Stone was drawn into a life of crime after her husband came into financial difficulties, but she stayed for the love of the chase. Stone became an icon in the newspapers, and got arrested more times than you can count on one hand. But she kept coming back to deliver illegal booze to New Englanders. This episode first aired September 24, 2020. Listen ad-free plus get early access and bonus episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/NewEnglandLegends

Duration:00:28:22