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trying to research whether the Blair Witch story may have been inspired by
haunted woods in Pomfret, Connecticut, known locally as "the lost
village" or "the village of voices." It's in a very rural
northeast section of the state known as "The Quiet Corner."
to local lore, the woods were once the home of British Army
deserters, though the village they established disappeared by the mid-1800s.
If you go into the woods, you'll find colonial era cellar holes, a mill
race, and an old graveyard with ancient tombstones. Locals say you will
also likely hear strange voices, or see images nestled among tree branches.
the 1970s, a group of graduate students camped out there to research
paranormal activity, They were spooked by strange sounds, the
disappearance of some of their equipment, and what appeared to be spectral
images weaving though the trees. When they tried to enter the graveyard at
night, they were overcome by excruciating headaches, stomach cramps, and
diarrhea, though none of them died or disappeared.
of the students later went on to write articles about the woods. You
can read about it in the new book, Faces at the Window by Paul F. Eno, New
River Press, Woonsocket RI.