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 4 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 224 – Dr. John Wilson’s Dark Secrets
    In 1821, Dr. John Wilson designed the Round Schoolhouse because he wanted to be able to look out in all directions in case someone came looking for his secrets. In Episode 224, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger go back to school when they search for …
  • Podcast 223 – The First Thanksgiving Special
    A road trip from the site of New England’s first Thanksgiving in Phippsburg, Maine, to the birthplace of a beloved Thanksgiving song. In Episode 223, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger take a New England road trip to witness the first Thanksgiving in Phippsburg, Maine, then …
  • Podcast 222 – Gov. Wentworth’s Missing Treasure
    In June of 1775, New Hampshire governor Wentworth was forced to flee his mansion in Wolfeboro and hide his gold and silver. In Episode 222, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger search for Governor John Wentworth’s missing treasure in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. In 1775, with the …
  • Podcast 221 – Midnight Mary in Evergreen Cemetery
    On October 15, 1872, Mary E. Hart died at the stroke of midnight. Her headstone and epitaph have haunted us since. In Episode 221, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven, Connecticut, in search of the haunted headstone of Midnight Mary. …
  • Podcast 220 – A Hermit Named Coffin by the Desert of Maine
    We head to Freeport to explore the Desert of Maine to meet a hermit named Coffin. In Episode 220, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger head to Freeport to explore the Desert of Maine. While there, they search for a man named Coffin, the Hermit of …

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 …