Hometown Tales Podcast

Monday, December 29, 2008

Meridan, CT - The Black Dog

In the old town of Meridian, for the last two centuries the ghost of a black dog has haunting the townfolk.

As the legend goes, “If a man meets the Black Dog once, it shall be for joy. If a man meets it twice, it shall be for sorrow. If a third time: death.” Sightings of this Black Dog began in the early 1800s and supposedly continue to this day. The hills around Meridian are full of hiking trails.

Sometime back in the early 1900s, a man named Pynchon was hiking a treacherous path when he first saw the Black Dog. It was very friendly and playful. The second time he saw it, one of his climbing partners fell to his death. Did Pynchon see the dog three times? No one knows … but he died falling from that same treacherous path that he was hiking where he had his first sighting. If you head up to Meridian, be careful, because you might just catch a glimpse of the Black Dog.

Photo © Gene Fitzpatirck