Back in the 17 and 1800s it was believed vampires caused the spread of tuberculosis. According to Connecticut’s state archeologist Nicholas Bellantoni vampire exhumations were particularly prevalent in Eastern Connecticut. The Ray family also referred to as the Jewett City Vampires are buried in Griswold and it is here that the remains of ‘vampire’ J.B. were also discovered. Read the full story on connecticutmag.com »
Want to know more? Talk a walking tour with Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni
Quinebaug Shetucket Heritage Corridor’s “Walktober” – Vampire Folk Belief in Historic New England
When: Saturday November 1, 10:00 a.m. to noon, rain or shine
Where: Jewett City, CT
What: Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni will lead a walk through an area of Connecticut’s Quiet Corner steeped in history and folklore. In 1990 a couple of very surprised young boys discovered two skulls at the site of a new gravel quarry in eastern Connecticut. Dr. Nick Bellantoni, Connecticut’s State Archaeologist at the time, and others were called in to investigate what turned out to be a forgotten colonial family cemetery. One grave in particular caught their eye. Someone had arranged the burial in an unusual way. This led to further investigation involving archaeology, forensics, genealogy, and folklore that produced the theory that the cause for the oddity in the burial was the belief that its occupant was a vampire. Vampire folklore was rampant in New England from 1780 to the 1890s, and a combination of disciplines helps archaeologists today discover more about peoples’ attitudes towards health and healing during this period. As was learned, a real public health issue was to blame. Presented by the Griswold Bicentennial Committee and the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center.
Cost: Advance registration required; this walk is limited to no more than 70 people. FREE for adults and children ages 12 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please register to reserve your space!
For additional information, please call 860-486-4460.