Judge Nathan Wheeler was in the midst of his early-morning stroll when he saw the light.
Nils Nilson was a hero. Even afterward no one disputed that.
Besides founding the world's most famous secret base, Yale economics professor Richard Bissell became one of history’s most influential spy chiefs and was the architect of the the doomed Bay of Pigs operation.
More than 140 years ago, the murder of a young woman in Madison and the resulting trial of a Methodist minister for the crime gripped much of the nation. And then in 1978, the 100th anniversary of the murder, the case hooked Joel Helander, Guilford’s town historian.
The invitation down the rabbit hole came in the spring of 1957. “I’d like to talk to you about a job and your future,” said the man on the line.
Legend says that the firearms heiress built her labyrinth home to confuse angry spirits.
It is fortunate for vaccine science that John Franklin Enders settled on the field. He would develop the measles vaccine, and ultimately be remembered as the “Father of Modern Vaccines.”
Taking on a political bully isn’t easy, especially when much of America still embraces him. But in the 1950s, four U.S. senators from Connecticut — Democrats William Benton and Brien McMahon and Republicans Prescott Bush and Raymond Baldwin — did just that with this nation’s archetypal demag…
In late July 1970, tens of thousands of young people descended on the Powder Ridge ski area in Middlefield for a star-studded Woodstock-style event. Here’s how a concert for the ages turned into the greatest show that never was.
At first no one believed the mom from Lyme.
A global pandemic has begun to ease off leaving many thousands dead and the economy in tatters — and civil unrest with racist underpinnings breaks out across the country.
The newspaper ad offers “Ten Dollars Reward! Ran away from the Subscriber, on the night of the 15th instant, a Negro Boy, named Cesar, 18 years old, nearly 6 feet high, stout and well made, walks pretty erect, speaks fluently.”
It has attacked humans throughout recorded history and been called “the white plague” and “Captain of all these men of death.”
Health officials ordered schools and bars closed. People were urged to wear cotton face masks and avoid crowds.
A strange, half-cat, half-dog creature with a bit of bear thrown into the ungodly mix was said to be prowling the woods of Essex.
In the woods ahead I see the outline of what looks like the ruins of a castle. Myth and rumor had brought me here. Guided by directions found on the internet, I’d ventured on foot down an abandoned roadway in a tree-filled area adjacent to Interstate 84. The castle-like structure I see is la…
When John Ledyard died in 1789, Thomas Jefferson called him “a man of genius, of some science, and of fearless courage and enterprise.”
In the fall of 1868, a break was discovered in a dam on the Kohanza Reservoir, but was ignored. That was a terrible mistake.
Human skeletal remains — possibly belonging to Revolutionary War soldiers who fought in the Battle of Ridgefield in 1777 — were discovered under the foundation of an early 18th-century house last week.
In late 1919 a bad batch of booze killed 100—and a Brooklyn gangster got away with it
It was a brush with death paired with a dog’s surefootedness that inspired the now-classic piece of footwear: the boat shoe.
With the help of DNA analysis, researchers have determined the likely identity of a man whose grave in Griswold bore sights of a vampire exhumation.
Legend says that following a murder the tree produced fruit with "bloody" specks. The truth is even more disturbing than the myth.
In 1989, with the museum's reputation at stake, the Wadsworth Atheneum placed itself squarely in the debate over Robert Mapplethorpe's notorious photo exhibit.
In Igor Sikorsky’s childhood dream, he was walking along a narrow, luxuriously decorated passageway. He realized he was on a flying ship.
When it comes to slavery it's easy to condemn the South, but Connecticut has a harder time facing its own past.
Spending time on Candlewood Lake as a kid, I heard the rumors. Supposedly, beneath the lake’s pristine surface were the remains of an old town called Jerusalem. In addition to buildings and homes, the story goes, the town’s graveyard had been swallowed by the waters.
It was the efforts of hundreds of thousands of people back on Earth that made one giant leap for mankind possible. Two of those people are former Greenwich First Selectmen Jim Lash and Richard Bergstresser.
Robert Segee remembered the day in 1944 the children burned in Hartford. The day black smoke rose over Connecticut and the smell of burning canvas mixed with human flesh. It was a day that had haunted the capital city and the circus for decades and had become inextricably linked with his own…
The Pioneer Parachute Co. developed the first nylon parachute and supplied thousands of them to Allied soldiers throughout World War Two.
The involvement of Robert Ballard, the legendary oceanographer who discovered the Titanic, in the discovery of two fallen nuclear submarines was top secret for nearly three decades.
Southbury resident Alan Abel had an unparalleled gift for getting people to believe what he said, no matter how outlandish.
In 1936, Connecticut’s governor, Wilbur Cross, commissioned a Survey of the Human Resources of Connecticut that seemed better suited to Nazi Germany than the Constitution State.
The stories surrounding the headstone, marked only "XYZ," and the man buried beneath it have woven their way into local folklore in Deep River.
It seems like something from an alternate reality imagined in the book and TV show The Man in the High Castle. But in the 1930s, the Nazis were literally marching across America.
Thirty miles behind enemy lines, 133 U.S. soldiers from the Army’s 6th Ranger Battalion crawled as silently as they could toward Japan’s infamous Cabanatuan prison camp in the Philippines.
In September 1917, The New York Times reviewed a new book by Mark Twain, the legendary author and longtime Connecticut resident. The only problem was Twain had died seven years earlier in the small Fairfield County town of Redding.
On a fall day in 1936, just months before the airship’s fiery end, Connecticut residents stood slack-jawed as the pride of Nazi Germany soared overhead. Dubbed the ‘Millionaires’ Flight’ for the luminaries aboard, the spectacle appeared to confirm the ascendancy of airship travel.
Now under threat of demolition, Bridgeport's Freeman Houses were once at the heart of a thriving 19th-century community.
A quarter-century ago, local historian Gilbert “Gil” Johnson had an idea for a book. The retired New Haven Register press foreman invited people to share their memories of Savin Rock amusement park. As it is today, nostalgia then was strong for West Haven’s iconic but long-ago-shuttered park…
Modern anesthetic practice and Dr. Horace Wells’ personal descent into darkness began in Hartford on the same night: Dec. 10, 1844.
On April 25, 1777, British ships delivered upward of 1,500 troops to Compo Beach (today part of Westport). Their target was a military supply depot in Danbury, but as they marched inland that night and the next day, news of their arrival spread.
In 1965, the day before Columbus Day, Yale announced the existence of a spectacular rediscovered historic document: the Vinland Map. Dated to 1440 A.D., the purportedly Norse map depicted “Vinland,” the land discovered by Leif Ericson around 1000 and known today as Newfoundland. The document…
“There is probably no other inert substance,” Charles Goodyear once said of rubber, “which so excites the mind.”
Documentary filmmaker Karyl Evans, who says she “wanted to give voice to women,” found a fitting person to focus on for her latest film, The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand.
Bathsheba Smith’s body was stolen, taken unceremoniously from her not-so-final resting place in the West Haven burial ground in the predawn hours of Jan. 11, 1824.
John Curtis was willing to die for his country.
As America starved in the throes of the Great Depression, which is generally understood to have lasted from the stock market crash of 1929 until the economic boom of World War II, millions of Americans were out of work. The government of Franklin Delano Roosevelt undertook a massive jobs pro…
At the Riverside Cemetery in Waterbury there is a grave with curious markings.