Bara-Hack, Connecticut

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Bara-Hack is a former village in the town of Pomfret, Connecticut.


Bara-Hack is said[by whom?] to have been founded in 1780 or 1790 by two Welsh settlers, Obadiah Higginbotham and John Randall, and their families. The village's name, bara-hack, is a Welsh term meaning "breaking of bread".[1][2] The community was abandoned by 1890,[3] possibly some time before the Civil War.[4]

The remnants of the hamlet include foundations and walls of derelict buildings, and a cemetery that is said to be haunted.[1][4] Since the early 19th century, visitors to Bara-Hack have reported hearing unexplainable sounds in the village and its cemetery, including singing, laughter, animal noises, and the rumble of wagon wheels.[1][4][5]

The village site is on privately owned land, and cannot be visited without permission.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Bendici, Ray. "Bara-Hack, Pomfret". Damned Connecticut. Retrieved March 27, 2013. [unreliable source?]
  2. ^ "Bara Hack". Connecticut Paranormal Research Society. Archived from the original on July 28, 2010. [unreliable source?]
  3. ^ Moran, Mark; Sceurman, Mark (2009). Weird U.S.: Your Travel Guide to America's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets. Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. p. 281. ISBN 978-1-4027-6688-6. 
  4. ^ a b c Rogak, Lisa (2004). Stones and Bones of New England: A Guide to Unusual, Historic, and Otherwise Notable Cemeteries. Globe Pequot. pp. 29–30. ISBN 9780762730001. 
  5. ^ Bendici, Ray. "The Top 10 Haunted Places in Connecticut". Damned Connecticut. Retrieved March 27, 2013. [unreliable source?]

Coordinates: 41°52′48″N 72°00′40″W / 41.880°N 72.011°W / 41.880; -72.011