NATHAN HALE SCHOOLHOUSE


Brief History: The Nathan Hale Schoolhouse is located at 19 Atlantic Street New London, Connecticut. The schoolhouse was built in 1773 as the Union Grammar School. This schoolhouse would years later be renamed in honor of Nathan Hale. Nathan Hale was a scholar that came to teach at Union Grammar School between the years of 1774 and 1775. In his short stay it was said that his strong belief in education made a mark on the school. He was known to be willing to teach any student wanting to learn, including girls, which was not typical of the time. He dedicated time to students even before class each day, wanting America’s youth to have every opportunity to learn what he was able to offer. Nathan Hale loved his country and made the decision to fight in the American Revolution. In 1775 he enlisted and joined the 7thConnecticut regiment, he became a spy for America during this time. On September 22nd1776 he was hung by the British in New York. It is said his body was left hanging for three days as a warning to others. The famous last words spoken before his death were “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country”. The schoolhouse held dear to him was renamed in his honor. Over the years it was bought and became a private residence in 1830. It was again purchased later by the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution in 1901. The historic building has been moved around but has been kept intact as part of a restoration. It is available to visit as a museum and a visitor center.


Haunted History: There are many reports of cold spots and sudden breezes in the building. Candles are known to flicker and upstairs there are often times footsteps heard when there is no one there. People have noticed shadows following them along with an uncomfortable feeling of being watched. Most commonly are sightings of apparitions of soldiers seen in groups.