Welcome to New England Legends

New England Legends is on a mission to chronicle every legend in New England one story at a time. We're doing this through our award-winning weekly podcast which has garnered over 4 million downloads in 91 different countries, our award-winning, Emmy-nominated television series on PBS and Amazon Prime, and through our super-secret Facebook group. Come in and join the movement!

Recent Podcasts

  • Podcast 247 – Cling-Clang: New England’s Vaulting Peddler
    In the late 19th-centruy an eccentric peddler called Cling Clang earned his way into legend by traveling the coast of New Hampshire and Maine on stilts. In Episode 247, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger try out stilts in Rye, New Hampshire, in search of a …
  • Podcast 246 – The Ghost of Penfield Reef Lighthouse
    On December 22, 1916, Penfield Reef Lighthouse Keeper Frederick Jordan, drowned just off the coast trying to get home to his family. In Episode 246, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger row out to Penfield Reef Lighthouse in Fairfield, Connecticut, to search for the ghost of …
  • Podcast 245 – Rhode Island’s Nuclear Meltdown
    A July 24, 1964, nuclear accident in Wood River Junction, Rhode Island, exposed Robert Peabody to a lethal dose of radiation. In Episode 245, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore the July 24, 1964 nuclear incident in Wood River Junction, Rhode Island, that left 37-year-old …
  • Podcast 244 – The Allagash UFO Abduction Incident
    In August of 1976, four men embarked on a camping trip to the Allagash Wilderness of Maine, and experienced a UFO. In Episode 244, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger hike into the woods of the Allagash Wilderness in northern Maine searching for the location of …
  • Podcast 243 – Gloucester’s Gould Court Ghoul
    In the early 1880s, a poltergeist haunting made the news. The phenomena continued for three years. In Episode 243, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger investigate Gould Court in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where a poltergeist haunting made the news back in the early 1880s. Were the strange …

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 …