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When we finally did leave, I had to tell myself not to look back. Bannerman Castle. Not only was it our eight year anniversary together, but we finally made it to a place that has haunted us for years. It was bloody shocking. Huge new … You have to stride through the thick underbrush to get to it. Abandoned Maunsell Sea Forts, England (Looking more than a little like rusted AT-ATs, the Maunsell sea forts were small fortified towers built by the UK in the Thames Mersey estuaries during World War II and decommissioned in the late 1950s.One became ‘Sealand’, the self-described ‘micronation’ with a controversial status as a data haven. Today’s subject is a little bit different from the others, though. The Maunsell Army and Navy forts were built and placed in the Thames Estuary in 1942 to help protect London from airstrikes and sea raids during World War II. Rather than staying in the city, which we found to be outrageously expensive, we ended up staying in one of Beantown’s nearby suburbs. There is kind of a trail to the radar station. Yet as awesome as Bannerman Castle is, I couldn’t help but imagine what it must’ve been like during its heyday. Just ask the abandoned Camp Nepaug. I usually don’t do pieces that are composed of multiple issues. Many proposals have come and gone with what would be next for the old castle even as nature slowly began to strike back. My head was crouched down. Old cell blocks. These disused armed towers out in the Thames estuary were decommissioned in the 1950s but are still standing to this day. While the front of the castle still looks amazing, the back is in much worse shape. If you are at all interested in visiting Eastern State Peniteniary, please check out their official website here – http://www.easternstate.org. From Salem’s witches to H.P. As within, so without.” These are the words that haunted my mind as I walked alone through the darkness. As such, we usually slow down a bit on our adventures during the winter. 207-469-6553. I don’t usually curse on this site, but I think it’s necessary this time. Anyway, I had heard of Eastern State Penitentiary many times before on the Discovery Channel series Mysteries of the Abandoned (which I highly recommend to anyone on here.) There was broken glass, garbage, and all sorts of horribly gross shit all over the ground. Walking by won’t disturb them. But there is just so damn much to see and do here. Old chain link fences still stand guard around parts of the perimeter. Jul 24, 2015 - Any abandoned forts on land or at sea. From old missile sites, to coastal fortresses, to housing facilities, we’ve seen pretty much everything the New England area has to offer. And this time, things were definitely a little bit different. Here are a few of our favorite abandoned places across New England to go hiking! New York is a place that we have visited a few times lately on movie business, mostly in the city. The old grey ramparts give this place an almost medieval feel. Given the fact that the facility is right smack in the middle of the city, we decided to plan a visit. So one day, while perusing Wikipedia for nearby parks, I just happened to click on Above All. Bannerman Castle is kind of a local legend in these parts. “As Above, so below. They weren’t taggers, these two were legit artists. But much like Alcatraz before it: as a tourist attraction. As a hiker and a hunter, finding Hearthstone was disappointing. But this time of prosperity was not to last. For what? Not only was it our eight year anniversary together, but we finally made it to a place that has haunted us for years. The fort was a training post during the Civil War and trained some of the troops that would later comprise the famed 20 th Maine infantry regiment. Check it out sometime. It has honestly become one of my absolute favorite abandoned places that we have ever explored. But nothing ever does. Reminiscent of the lumbering Imperial Walkers that spearheaded the attack on the Rebel base in "The Empire Strikes Back," the peculiar-looking forts were commissioned in 1942 to repel Luftwaffe attacks during World War II. Located in the absolutely beautiful Litchfield County of Western Connecticut, this piece of land has been apart of the state’s military history for years. To some, it is known as “Tory’s Prison.” There is an urban legend that abounds that this place was once a prison for British sympathizers during the Colonial Era. It’s once grand presence now haunts the Hudson River Valley. What would surprise people isn’t the quiet beneath the Earth, it is the noise. It can get really winding and difficult, and there were several massive fallen trees blocking our path on the way in. It just didn’t really fit in with what we usually cover. And what is left of the base is one of the best looking old buildings I’ve seen in all the years I’ve been doing this. It’s not maintained. It really is that awesome. Another peculiar instance on our walk back were the vultures. However, all of her old bunkers have either been filled in, demolished, or locked up after a series of alleged murders several years ago. But I guess that is just the brevity of existence. And so, in the final days of Fall 2020, we made our journey out to the abandoned remains of Camp Nepaug. Some, however, are actually very creepy. You literally have to climb into the tunnels through the tree, and it’s really cool. You hear it on the radio. The lights may be back on in this place. It’s such a beast of a name, most people just call it the Cohasset Annex after one of the town’s that it’s located in. This place is consistently one of our most popular articles on this site. So, overall, the abandoned Above All Radar Station is certainly a unique place to visit. I thought it was just an old billboard, but upon further exploration we uncovered that it was actually the ruins of the old Manchester Drive-In movie theater. But it does actually go back a ways. Here are ten haunted places in New England. And yet, the castle is simply breathtaking. Unfortunately, there is not much to see here. There it is. And so, friends, I ask one final time: why do we seek the dark? But if you just happen to shine your light on them, the entire colony will spring into action to defend itself. The abandoned jailhouse is really cool. The hill was named “Above All” due to it’s height, and use as an observation tower during the early days of the American Civil War. It’s such a beast of a name, most people just call it the Cohasset Annex after one of the town’s that it’s located in. The name Scott Tower was bestowed upon this place in honor of local hero Colonel Walter Scott. It’s a new year. Another peculiar instance on our walk back were the vultures. #1 – Fort Wetherill, Jamestown, Rhode Island. It’s past has been lost to many, yet the history remains. Transients and vagabonds could live/work here for a time before eventually continuing on with their quest to find solace. And the abandoned Camp Nepaug was no exception. Not with bats. As things are in Heaven, so they shall be on Earth. I just couldn’t shake the feeling of wanting more. You have to pay admission to get in. Fort Ord A photo taken during a “Secrets of Fort Ord” Tour, with soldiers training, 2007. To some, this place appears to be just another hustling and bustling state park. The windows of the guard towers have been smashed. It’s just you never know what you are going to find in the deepest/darkest places of the world. With the impending viciousness of the New England winter upon us, we took what might be our one last chance until Spring to have our first investigation of 2019. So hopefully, we can all someday begin to put this ugly year behind us. You’ve heard it on our site. Why is it the abandoned tunnels that people find most tempting and fascinating? Fort Mansfield is another abandoned coastal artillery built in 1901. And climbing the tower itself is a bit of a beast, especially if you’re 6’3″ like myself. When we plot an investigation, it is usually to go explore something like a big abandoned building. The old stone architecture is unmatched. The result of twenty years of exploration and documentation, this book features a rare look at structures that no longer serve their original purpose and have been otherwise forgotten. Lovecraft’s Providence, the far north of America’s East Coast is home to some of the world’s most terrifying myths and legends. I don’t like it when they’re literally just sitting right off the side of the road. Did we miss any out? Fences are put up. And the scary movies are starting to pop up on television. And yet, somehow, the castle has captured the hearts and minds of the local community. Derelict fences and telephone polls still decorate the sides of the path. Ask any fan of horror fiction or scary movies, and they’ll tell you that New England is the land of phantoms. They are all completely empty, save for the usual trash and graffiti. But we had never done any exploring there. Following this purchase, it began it’s transition into a military base during the early days of the Cold War. Here are 10 of the creepiest spots, from Connecticut to Vermont. You never know what you’re going to find. I know that these people do this for similar reasons that we do. 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