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Walktober: Vampire Folk Belief in Historic New England

Saturday, November 1, 2014
10:00am – 12:00pm

Jewett City, CT

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.

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 by mail or call the Museum to reserve your space!



Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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