New England Legends Podcast

Each week, folklorist, author, and historian Jeff Belanger and radio host Ray Auger explore the ghosts, monsters, folklore, history, and legends of New England. If you give us about ten minutes, we’ll give you something strange to talk about today. The bizarre is closer than you think!

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The Headless Horseman of Canton

Updated 4 months ago.

In Episode 75, Jeff Belanger and Ray Auger explore the backstory of Canton, Connecticut's headless horseman. Dating back to 1778, this haunting specter is said to be that of a French paymaster who was once en route to Saratoga, New York, to deliver gold and silver to French officers fighting in the Revolutionary War. This rider made it as far as a tavern in Canton before he and the loot disappeared. The story of this headless horseman turns up in print about a century later, and is still around today though the tavern is long gone. Look out, Sleepy Hollow, you may have some competition in the Nutmeg State.