spooky place. don't forget all thos Rhode island and eastern CT vampires either.
Here is the Hopyard:
In 1919, the former State Park and Forest Commission obtained an 860 acre parcel located in the Millington section of Haddam off Mount Parnassus Road. The principle feature of the park, Chapman Falls drops more than sixty feet over a series of steps in a Scotland Schist stone formation. The falls also once powered “Beebe’s Mills” which were named after the original owner. The mills operated until the mid 1890’s.
Native Americans claimed that this 860-acre area, which features the Chapman Falls of the Eight Mile River, was home to God. Puritan settlers thought the the wild land was more likely a home for the devil and gave it its present name.
It is supposedly named for the large, smooth “potholes” that can be found in the bedrock beside the rushing water of Chapman Falls.
One legend: the Devil was on a leisurely stroll through Eightmile River when he reached Chapman Falls and accidentally got his tail all wet. Apparently, the Devil hated getting wet (just like house cats) and proceeded to furiously stomp and “hop” his way down the waterfalls, literally burning potholes in the rock beneath his feet as he threw a demonic temper tantrum.
Another: Another legend spins a tale of a guy named Dibble, who once raised hops for his Satan and Malt Brew. Many young men, whose wives would later be saying "he's got the devil in him," would come home at night tipsy from a night of drinking at Dibble's Hopyard.
Another: In 1999, 4 men camped out beneath the falls. One claimed to have seen a "red demon" sitting on the bridge. Another claimed that he was thrown into a tree by a demon and got slashes in his pants.
Apparently it is filled with Hemlock trees which would scare the daylights out of you in any event. Weird grasping, clawing roots.