New England Legends
Eccentrics And Mad Scientists
Thank You Gifts
In this episode of New England Legends, author and adventurer Jeff Belanger explores the mysterious Hammond Castle in Gloucester, MA, former home of inventor and occult enthusiast John Hammond who conducted seances and scientific experiments there to try and talk to the dead. Jeff then follows a trail to Connecticut to learn about the legendary turn of the century vagabond known only as "the Old Leatherman" who spoke in grunts, wore a distinctive leather cloak, and traveled the same circuitous route over and over throughout southern New England for over 30 years. Finally, Jeff visits southern Vermont to find the ghost of Madame Sherri, a flamboyant character from Brattleboro's past whose ruined "castle" still lies in a forest bearing her name in Chesterfield, NH.
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