Welcome to New England Legends

New England Legends is on a mission to chronicle every legend in New England one story and one week at a time. We're doing this through our weekly podcast which has garnered over 3 million downloads in 91 different countries, our Emmy-nominated television series on PBS and Amazon Prime, and through our super-secret Facebook group. Come in and join the movement!

The first annual Best of New England - BoNEy Awards will be taking your votes soon! We're looking for your favorite: Haunted Location, Cryptid, Pizza Place, New England Beer, Coffee Shop, Ghost Tour, Legendary Location, Dive Bar, Cemetery, Hiking Trail, Wine, Lighthouse, Beach, Bed and Breakfast, Ice Cream place, Soda, Corn Maze, Apple Orchard, Historic Building, and Weird Landmark!

Recent Podcasts

  • Podcast 218 – The Ghosts of Hull
    At the turn of the twentieth century, multiple ghost sightings haunted the coastal town of Hull, Massachusetts. In Episode 218, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore Hull, Massachusetts, in search of multiple ghosts spotted around the turn of the twentieth century. After a ghostly horse …
  • Podcast 217 – Vermont’s Witch Trial
    In 1765, the widow Mrs. Krieger of Pownal, Vermont, was accused of being a witch. She was forced to face a brutal test. In Episode 217, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger head to Pownal, Vermont, to explore the witch trial of the widow Mrs. Krieger. …
  • Podcast 216 – Concord’s Diabolical Torture Device
    In 1787, Levi Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire, developed a torture device that would go on to plague billions of people around the world. In Episode 216, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger stroll Main Street in Concord, New Hampshire, searching for the birthplace of a …
  • Podcast 215 – The Exploding Treasure Rock of Buckingham Village
    In 1921, Egidio Marinelli of Glastonbury, Connecticut, dreamed of buried treasure beneath a bolder on his land. He died trying to get to the loot. In Episode 215, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger drive to the Buckingham Village shopping plaza in Glastonbury, Connecticut, in search …
  • Podcast 214 – The Leaping Lumberjacks of Central Maine
    In 1880, Dr. George Miller Beard studied a small group of French Canadian loggers in central Maine, who would leap uncontrollably when startled, and do whatever they were told. In Episode 214, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore the woods around Moosehead Lake in central …

Recent Video Segments

  • Jeff Belanger chats with Laurie Cabot, the Official Witch of Salem, Massachusetts.
    New England Legends Extra: Laurie Cabot – The Official Witch of Salem
    In 2017, Jeff Belanger sat down with Laurie Cabot, the Official Witch of Salem, Massachusetts. Cabot discusses her life, her arrival in Salem in 1969, the history of witchcraft, Samhain and Halloween, and the role she played in turning the …
  • Hammond Castle in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Photo by Frank Grace.
    New England Legends Extra: Secrets of Hammond Castle
    In this extra from Episode 5: Eccentrics and Mad Scientists of the New England Legends television series, we take a deeper dive into the central courtyard of Hammond Castle in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Jeff Belanger takes a tour with curator John …
  • The grave of Martha Keyes, mother of Lucy.
    New England Legends Extra: What Happened To Lucy Keyes?
    In April of 1755, four-year-old Lucy Keyes wandered off from her home at Mount Wachusett in Princeton, Massachusetts – and people have been searching for her ever since. Lucy’s mother, Martha, called for her daughter every night for the rest …
  • Jack-o-lanterns photo by Frank Grace
    Haunted Halloween Haunts
    In “Episode 9 – Haunted Halloween Haunts: Exploring this haunted holiday, the Bowman Estate, Edith Wharton’s The Mount, Ventfort Hall, and More,” we explore the origins of our favorite spooky holiday. We delve into why we love to be scared, …
  • Rose Island Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island.
    New England Legends Extra: The Graham Disaster at the Rose Island Lighthouse
    On August 7, 1958, disaster struck the waters right off of Rose Island. In a heavy fog, two tankers collided near Fort Adams. The flaming wreck of the Graham floated right up to the Rose Island lighthouse in Newport, Rhode …