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 254 – Hannah Handy the Hero of Royalton
    On October 16, 1780, Hannah Handy rescued nine Royalton, Vermont, children who were taken prisoner in a British raid. In Episode 254, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore the town green of South Royalton, Vermont, searching for the memorial to Hannah Handy–the only memorial to …
  • Podcast 253 – Suicide Pond
    In June of 1819, Hannah Chase took her own life in a pond in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the day before her wedding. In Episode 253, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger head to Newton, New Hampshire, to explore the tragic story of Hannah Chase, who took her …
  • Podcast 252 – The Darn Man of Windham County
    In the mid-1800s, a colorful vagabond called the Darn Man wandered Windham County, Connecticut, waiting for his lost bride to return. In Episode 252, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger walk the roads of Hampton, Connecticut, searching for the story of the Darn Man, a colorful …
  • Podcast 251 – Nellie Vaughn: Vampire? Witch? Ghost?
    Nellie Vaughn died March 31, 1889 at the age of 19. Decades later she was thought to be a vampire, witch, and ghost. In Episode 251, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore Plain Meeting House Cemetery in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, searching for the lost …
  • Podcast 250 – The Smuttynose Island Murders
    On March 5, 1873, two women were brutally murdered on Smuttynose Island in Maine. A third narrowly escaped with her life. In Episode 250, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger sail out to the Isles of Shoals, Maine, to investigate the infamous Smuttynose Island murders. On …

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 …