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1840s Vampire Scare Subject of Talk on Tuesday

Michael Bell, New England’s pre-eminent expert on folk practices of 19th Cent.area residents,will discuss the CT and RI vampire scares of the 1840s Tuesday, 10/16 at Housatonic Community College.

BRIDGEPORT – Michael Bell, New England’s pre-eminent expert on the folk practices of area residents in the 19th century, will discuss the Connecticut and Rhode Island vampire scares of the 1840s Tuesday, 10/16 at Housatonic Community College.

During that scare, residents of Jewett City, CT and Exeter, RI, who had contracted tuberculosis, exhibited many symptoms believed to be associated with vampire bites.

Believing the bites were caused by vampires rising from the grave, other residents of the area exhumed the bones of ancestors and rearranged them in a way believed to prevent the vampires from rising.

Author Bram Stoker visited the area in 1896 and drew on accounts of these episodes in writing his book Dracula. The talk will begin at 5 p.m. in Room A101 in Lafayette Hall.

The event is open to the public at no charge.  Free parking is available in the Housatonic Community College garage.

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd, in downtown Bridgeport, 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Harbor Yard sports complex.

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Leslie Yager October 15, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Sounds interesting! At 5pm, should still be light out!

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