Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inside... Serious (and Spooky) Investigations in New York State
Bites & Boos:
Spooky Spots to sink your teeth into
Sweet Dreams or Ghostly Screams: Haunted Overnights for the Paranormal Fan
And more Ghostly Getaways!
Greater Niagara 1
HAUNTED BERGEN HOUSE
ROLLING HILLS ASYLUM
HARVESTER 56 THEATER
East Bethany Batavia
IRON ISLAND MUSEUM
STATLER CITY GHOST TOUR
THE RAPIDS THEATRE
RED COACH INN
MILES WINE CELLARS
THE WINERY AT MARJIM MANOR
STARR CLARK TIN SHOP AND UNDERGROUND RAILROAD MUSEUM
THOMPSON PARK VORTEX
HISTORIC PALMYRA WM. PHELPS GENERAL STORE & HISTORIC PALMYRA MUSEUM
THE PADDOCK MANSION
THOUSAND ISLANDS GHOST TOURS
FOX SISTERS PROPERTY/ HYDESVILLE MEMORIAL PARK
7 6 Niagara Falls
HEAVEN SENT B&B/ ANASTASSIA EVENTS
Mount Morris 18
24 Naples 23
25 Penn Yan
FINGER LAKES REGION Owego
PARK AFTER DARK GHOST TOURS
THE WILDWOOD SANITARIUM
OWEGO’S PARKVIEW RESTAURANT & PUB
ROME CAPITOL THEATRE
THE HINSDALE HOUSE
ROME LAMPLIGHT TOURS
Finger Lakes 18
ALLEGIANCE BED & BREAKFAST
BIG TREE INN
ROCHESTER CANDLELIGHT GHOST WALKS
DURAND EASTMAN PARK
LILY DALE ASSEMBLY
35 36 37 34 Syracuse Elbridge 38
CHAUTAUQUA ALLEGHENY REGION 16
29 Lyons 33
14 15 Lily Dale
Batavia 3 East Bethany 2
GREATER NIAGARA REGION
DUNKIRK HISTORICAL LIGHTHOUSE & VETERANS PARK MUSEUM
CHITTENANGO LANDING CANAL BOAT MUSEUM
Central New York
46 THE BRAE LOCH INN
THE PILLARS ESTATE
MUSEUM OF WAYNE COUNTY HISTORY
HART HOUSE HOTEL
FORT ONTARIO STATE HISTORIC SITE
40 CASEY’S COTTAGE AT MEXICO POINT STATE PARK
30 SENECA FALLS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
THE VAN HORN MANSION
THE NAPLES HOTEL
THE REUNION INN
WAYSIDE IRISH PUB
35 THE LANDMARK THEATRE
Sylvan Beach Rome Rome
50 UNION STATION
SHOPPES AT THE FINISH LINE
ERKIMER HOME STATE H HISTORIC SITE
SPLIT ROCK QUARRY
ERIE CANAL MUSEUM
NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
13 CURVES ON ONONDAGA HILL
Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse
Capital-Saratoga 60 THE ORIGINAL ALBANY GHOST TOUR
EW YORK STATE CAPITOL 61 N HAUNTING TOURS
67 Plattsburgh L. C
62 GLEN SANDERS MANSION
SEAWAY REGION 44
63 THE KNOX MANSION
64 BATCHELLER MANSION INN
65 SARATOGA SPRINGS HISTORY MUSEUM/ HISTORIC CANFIELD CASINO
66 GHOSTS IN THE YADDO GARDEN TOURS
Lake 68 George
67 GREATER ADIRONDACK GHOST & TOUR COMPANY
68 MYSTERY SPOT OF LAKE GEORGE
Sylvan Beach 48 Oneida L. 49 Rome 47
66 64 65
Little Falls 52
Saratoga Springs 63 Johnstown
CENTRAL NEW YORK REGION
53 54 Cooperstown 55 57 Cobleskill 56
69 FORT WILLIAM HENRY MUSEUM
60 Albany 61
70 BARKEATER CHOCOLATES
Hudson Valley 71
SPOOK ROCK ROAD
72 WING’S CASTLE
73 MISS FANNY’S VICTORIAN PARTY HOUSE
71 Hudson Binghamton
76 PINE BUSH HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST
New Paltz 81
COOPERSTOWN CANDLELIGHT GHOST TOURS
56 BULL’S HEAD INN
Pine Bush 76 77
77 HAMLET OF PINE BUSH: UFO CAPITAL OF EAST COAST
75 SILVIO’S VILLA
74 BANNERMAN ISLAND
HUDSON VALLEY REGION
78 LAUREL GROVE CEMETERY
Catskills 79 BURN BRAE MANSION
58 OLD STONE FORT MUSEUM
80 THE SHANLEY HOTEL
59 THE DOCTOR BEST HOUSE & MEDICAL EXHIBIT
81 PRIVATE HAUNTED HUGUENOT STREET TOURS
82 OLD DUTCH CHURCH CEMETERY
We’ re about to become one of your favorite haunts! New York State is not just a place to play – it’s a place that can play to your fears and make you believe in ghosts. Use our map to navigate the state, and our index to find specific contact information for each spooky stop. They are all numbered – on the map, in the index, and throughout our articles, to ensure you can always find what you are looking for.
Explore the Haunted History Trail of New York State, a collection of creepy, spooky, and downright haunted locations, seeped in 400 years of history. The year-round trail invites the paranormalcurious to participate in guided ghost tours and special events, and serious investigative teams to discover ghost hunting locations for themselves.
Some of our locations are open daily while others are available by appointment only. We suggest you contact a stop ahead of time to ensure the best experience.
As you browse our guide, learn more about each of our haunted stops. Read about the bone-chilling history and make plans to visit, and experience the supernatural firsthand.
Your otherworldly adventure awaits.
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6 » Six Serious (and Spooky) Paranormal
In theatres across New York State, world-class performances take place to audiences in the hundreds. But it is those unseen performances, to an audience of just one or two, that intrigue us most of all.
Theatre-Dwelling Ghosts Have a Flair for the Dramatic
View a state map of our locations and start making travel plans!
Investigations in New York State
Grab your flashlight and venture into the unknown with six spooky, haunted, and hairraising investigations found across New York State.
26 » “Spirited” Stops to Fill Up Your Glass
The Haunted History Trail has two kinds of spirits the ones you drink, and the ones you meet. Pull up a seat at these haunted locations and wet your whistle on ghostly tales and unusual activity.
10 » Bites & Boos: Spooky Spots to Sink Your Teeth Into
At four spooky stops in New York State, it’s best to make a reservation - but be sure to save an extra seat for an unexpected guest. The main course isn’t always found on the menu.
Let the Lanterns Lead the Way: Discover History and Mystery on a Haunted Tour
12 » Artifacts, Exhibits, and Apparitions: .
Lost souls lay scattered across New York State, sometimes ingrained in the history of the towns themselves. Seek out the spirits with a guide who knows them well.
Six Must-See Museums
Hidden among the historical artifacts in exhibits across New York are the spirits of lives long past. Explore the ghostly galleries located at these six eerie locations.
Walk, Hike, or Drive: Three Spooky Self-Guided Stops
Sweet Dreams or Ghostly Screams: Six Haunted Overnights for the Paranormal Fan
Sometimes the spookiest exploration is the one you do on your own. Pack your bravery, test your courage, and tour these creepy stops, if you dare.
Are you afraid of the dark? Spend an evening at these haunted inns and find out when you mingle with guests who once checked in, but never checked out...
Unusual Experiences Have a Home on the Haunted History Trail
Certain stops along the Haunted History Trail will leave you scratching your head and clutching your partner. Pay a visit to these locations for a little bit of everything - from strange and mysterious to downright scary.
18 » Architecturally Stunning and Absolutely Spooky Stops
From a Victorian house and grand mansion to a Tudor-style hotel and stone castle, the Haunted History Trail has locations both stunning and spooky.
Where History Meets Haunted
Complete list of trail locations and contact information.
Battlefields, mansions, and the birthplace of modern spiritualism. These stops invite you to take a step back in time and explore places that have plenty of history – and haunts.
Ghostly Events Calendar
For year-round paranormal events happening throughout the state, see our full online calendar at
Six Serious (and Spooky)
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in New York State
New York State offering ghost hunts, paranormal
VER 1,700 DEATHS HAVE BEEN
investigations, and up-close encounters with the
documented on the site where Rolling Hills
Asylum now stands in East Bethany, NY. A place where
widows and orphans once mingled with the mentally ill –
Do you dare pay them a visit? See what it’s like to
and the unclaimed dead were buried on the property –
be “Quarantined” for a nine-hour private hunt, held
linger lost souls doomed to forever roam the grounds,
“Captive” on an eight-hour public hunt, get “Detained”
unsettled even in death. It comes as no surprise that
for a four-hour tour and hunt, or experience the three-
Haunted North America rated Rolling Hills the “second
hour “Psych Hold.” Every month brings new events and
most haunted site in the United States.” And it’s just
ways to experience Rolling Hills Asylum.
one of many stops along the Haunted History Trail of ROLLING HILLS ASYLUM
SYLVAN BEACH AMUSEMENT PARK 47
Not ready to start with such a hair-raising haunt? Work up
experienced by guests and staff – footsteps wandering the
your courage by starting with five other investigations found
house and climbing up the tower stairs, disembodied voices,
across New York State.
and the soft touches felt on a shoulder or the back of a hand. Or maybe it’s not the artifacts, but the former lighthouse keepers
Sylvan Beach Amusement Park’s “Park After Dark” Tours
who still watch over Dunkirk today…
The lights whirl by in a blur as guests make their way
Wherever you place the blame, Dunkirk is a place shrouded
through the vintage amusement park at Sylvan Beach.
in mystery – one that visitors can experience through public
But it is not the classic rides and games that are the true
ghost hunts (on select dates, seasonally) or by booking a
source of intrigue – it’s the legends of those who roam the
private ghost hunt with advance reservation.
park at night, long after closing. Guided “Park After Dark” tours lead guests through the
Casey’s Cottage at Mexico Point State Park
empty buildings, past old arcade games and the shadow of
Dr. William Casey is said to have poured his heart and
the looming Galaxy Roller Coaster. Cameras and recorders
soul into transforming Casey’s Cottage into the 11th century
are encouraged as visitors seek out poltergeist activity,
manor house that stands there today. And it wasn’t until
figures, and the ghosts of playtimes’ past. The tours take
after his death in 1978 that the building began experiencing
place on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer
strange and unusual activity – like the sounds of faint organ
after the park has closed.
music, cries for help, furniture moving on its own, candles jumping off shelves, and missing keys turning up in bizarre
Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse & Veterans Park Museum
locations. Visitors often feel like they are being watched –
With history often comes tales of tragedy, as is the case at
either by the young girl sometimes seen standing under the
Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse. The building is home to a large
tree where she was buried – or possibly by Dr. Casey himself.
collection of military artifacts from WWI, WWII, and the Korean War, said to be the cause of the unexplained activity
CASEY’S COTTAGE 40
SHOPPES AT THE FINISH LINE 51
DUNKIRK HISTORICAL LIGHTHOUSE 14
Despite the activity, Caseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage is a gathering place for the living as well as the dead. The cottage can be booked for smaller events and gatherings, for those looking for a more unique venue. Or join a team of professional investigators for a ghost hunt or guided tour of the property, available by appointment and during special events throughout the year. Shoppes at the Finish Line In September of 1871, a fire ripped through The Utica
UNION STATION 50
Globe Mill, destroying the building and its contents. Though the structure was rebuilt and the mill reborn just
the tracks, phantom passengers riding in the rail cars, and
two years later, the dark tragedy still lingered within its walls,
transparent conductors pacing the platforms as their voices
in the form of shadowy apparitions and unseen phenomenon.
echo through the station. Visitors can schedule a time to
The building is known today as the Shoppes at the Finish Line,
explore the eerie with CNY Shadow Chasers, and participate
and is haunted by numerous ghosts, including a young boy,
in a ghost hunt or paranormal investigation to see what they
and an older gentleman who does not like visitors on the
third floor. Investigations and ghost hunts can be scheduled by appointment.
Union Station And finally, built in 1914, Union Station in Utica, NY has seen its fair share of tragedy in the form of numerous accidental deaths that occurred along the railways. Today, it is not uncommon to witness ghostly lights moving along
Before you grab your flashlight and venture into the unknown, swing by the Haunted History Trail website to review specific information on ghost hunts, private and public investigations, and guided tours, along with the hours that you can visit each of these haunted stops. Or call directly (each location is listed with their corresponding number in the index and map) for questions.
DUNKIRK HISTORICAL 14 LIGHTHOUSE
CASEYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COTTAGE 40
SYLVAN BEACH AMUSEMENT PARK 47
SHOPPES AT THE FINISH LINE 51 ROLLING HILLS ASYLUM 2
UNION STATION 50
BULL’S HEAD INN 56
CALABOOSE GRILLE 31
Biteß and Booß: The oldest building in Cobleskill, NY has quite the history –
T FOUR SPOOKY STOPS IN NEW YORK STATE, IT’S BEST TO MAKE A RESERVATION – BUT BE SURE
one that is well-known by the owners of the Bull’s Head Inn. It was burned twice in battles during the French and
to save an extra seat for an unexpected guest. At these
Indian War, then served as town hall, courthouse, and meet-
haunted restaurants, the main course isn’t always what’s
ing space, and eventually, a private residence. But it seems
on the menu. It’s the stories behind the buildings - tales of
that one person in particular – Mrs. John Stacy – is the
murder, fires, crimes, and more. You might find it hard to
cause of all the trouble at this Central New York restaurant.
enjoy a meal in peace at these places. The spirits are restless,
Mrs. Stacy was a fierce anti-alcohol advocate, and has been
and looking for a little attention…
known to knock over glasses, throw napkins about, and toss
At Silvio’s Villa in the Hudson Valley, table 24 hides a dark
silverware off the tables – making her discontent with the
secret. It is the very place where Roy Vail took his own life in
operations known. If you’d like to meet her, you need only
1972 – after being informally accused of the murder of his
swing by – grab a bite, schedule a ghost hunt, or call ahead to
sister. Since being converted to an Italian restaurant, strange
request a guided tour of the Bull’s Head Inn.
occurrences have taken place here – from ghostly shapes and
Owego’s Parkview Restaurant & Pub has seen both
unexplained footsteps, to disappearing items and a basement
fire and flood in its time – and the stories surrounding the
that brings on chills. It could be Roy, or perhaps his sister, or it
tragedies are not to be taken lightly. It is said that Amelia,
could be someone else entirely. Dine in and ask the staff what
a young girl of 2 or 3, was rocking in a chair close to the
they think – or select a night when Silvio’s is hosting a special
fireplace in her family’s home when the blanket she was
haunted event, and see what you can find.
wrapped in caught fire – killing her and destroying part of
SILVIO’S VILLA 75 OWEGO’S PARKVIEW RESTAURANT & PUB 32
SPOOKY SPOTS TO SINK YOUR TEETH INTO the building. Though now renovated and reopened as an Irish pub and restaurant, Amelia tends to stick around, playing tricks and even appearing to the restaurant chef ’s young daughter. Other strange occurrences have been noted on the second and third floor of the building – which are open for investigations, guided ghost hunts, and tours. Perhaps the most unique of our haunted restaurants – the Calaboose Grille – still has the markings of its former
life. The building was once the Owego Town Jail, built by the
These four stops are not all the Haunted History Trail has to serve. There are actually 13 haunted dining opportunities to fill your plate. Visit the Haunted History Trail website for information on hours, opportunities, and their spooky stories. Call these stops directly (each location is listed with their corresponding number in the index and map) to book your reservation. But beware, you don’t want to bite off more than you can chew...
prisoners at the time, an actual chain gang. The cells remain, and supposedly the former residents do too – they will push you from behind, push glasses off the tables, rip pictures off the walls and fling them across the room. Settle into your cell for a good meal and a cold beer, or take it a step further and investigate this haunted stop. Tours and ghost hunts are available by appointment.
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HISTORIC WM. PHELPS GENERAL STORE 27 AND HISTORIC PALMYRA MUSEUM
ARTIFACTS, EXHIBITS and APPARITIONS:
Six Must-See Museums
Lovingly dubbed “the most haunted place in the Finger
IDDEN AMONG THE HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS IN EXHIBITS ACROSS
Lakes,” over 190 years of activity have been recorded at the Historic WM. Phelps General Store and Historic Palmyra
New York are the spirits of lives long past. At the Saratoga
Museum. But it should come as no surprise – the stories
Springs History Museum, these spirits resemble the elite
that come out of this location are tragic, devastating, and
upper class that once resided in the town. At the Erie
downright shocking. One story tells of a fire that ravaged
Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY, these are the orphaned and
the building just before Christmas, claiming the lives of
immigrant children, many of whom died through tragic
seven family members, including a mother and her children
boating accidents or by drowning in the waters of the canal.
ages two to eight years old. Another involves a murder, a man
And at the Baseball Hall of Fame, you might just catch a
stabbed to death – though the details regarding who and why
glimpse of Shoeless Joe Jackson, said to reside in the Plaque
are still unknown.
Gallery on the first floor…
If you want to learn more, you need only ask. The museum
Six spooky locations along the Haunted History Trail
isn’t shy about letting visitors seek out its spirits and offers
contain these treasured memories. Curious to learn more?
ghost hunts seven days a week with a minimum of four people.
The spirits are happy to help you explore their living history.
STARR CLARK TIN SHOP & UNDERGROUND RAILROAD MUSEUM
ERIE CANAL MUSEUM 37
The old General Store is sure to intrigue and fascinate, but
There are four ways to meet the souls that roam the Erie
it’s only the beginning. Whispers fill the air, guests have been
Canal Museum. Serious investigators can pull out their
known to feel a touch or poke, and the young family who
equipment and conduct a paranormal investigation, available
passed still comes out to play from time to time…
by appointment. Ghost hunts can also be scheduled year-
Also found in the Finger Lakes is a museum whose reputation
round. The para-curious can book guided, haunted history tours on site, for 10-60 participants. Or simply visit the
proceeds it. William Fee was the only man ever hanged in
museum during normal operating hours, and see who
Wayne County, but to say he was laid to rest in 1860 is simply
might be around to say hi. Whichever way you choose to
not true. The jail operates today, not as a penitentiary, but as
experience this stop, you’ll be sure to have a tale to tell
the Museum of Wayne County History. All 24 cells remain, and so does William Fee – his ghost is known to walk the
about this monumental waterway.
cellblock to this day.
The Underground Railroad is ingrained in one of America’s
Ghost hunts and paranormal investigations are available
darker moments in history – and its significance comes to life at Starr Clark Tin Shop & Underground Railroad
by appointment, and guided historical tours are offered daily.
Museum. Abolitionist and tinsmith Starr Clark hosted
See the 13 rooms of exhibition space and immerse yourself
meetings and gave refuge to African-American slaves in
in the past, visit a seasonal Carriage House, see the original
the building where the museum now stands. Many artifacts
inmate artwork that still decorates the walls of the jail, and
remain from that era and may just be the cause of the
set foot in the very spot where Fee took his last, living breath.
unusual activity that mysteriously happens there. Paranormal
In Syracuse, NY, things get eerie on the Erie Canal. Listen
investigators have found the site to be “very interesting,”
closely and you might hear a pair of arguing men who never
and others have reported shadows, voices, and the feeling
seem to settle their ongoing debate, tromping through the
of being touched.
150-year-old hallways of the Erie Canal Museum. Or catch a
Ghost hunts are available for up to 15 participants and
glimpse of a woman, killed where the model canal boat now
guided tours can be booked during the museum’s normal
sits. Or see a group of see-through children playing in the
season, May through December. Paranormal investigators
courtyard – perhaps happier now in death than they ever
can explore the museum by appointment.
were in life.
NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME 53 SARATOGA SPRINGS HISTORY MUSEUM 65 AND HISTORIC CANFIELD CASINO NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME 53
At the Saratoga Springs History Museum and Historic Canfield Casino, unusual events were once sporadic and infrequent. But after the opening of an antique clothing exhibit featuring garments from Saratoga Springs’ most influential families (now all deceased), activity increased – exponentially. The Walworth family in particular had a tumultuous history and could be the cause of it all – from an abusive marriage, to a scandalous divorce, and eventually, a murder. Guests visiting the museum have seen full body apparitions of a woman in Victorian-era clothing, objects moving on their own, the smell of cigars, carpets pushed against doors in locked rooms, and a hostile presence on the third floor. Just come and see for yourself. The museum offers
Tour the ghostly galleries on a pre-arranged haunted tour,
pre-scheduled ghost tours from June through October and is
which lasts about an hour. Children ages 12 and over can
open year-round for self-guided tours and exploration.
take part in the tour if accompanied by an adult. Or explore
Baseball has a long relationship with ghosts and horror,
the museum on your own, but keep an eye out for any
one that is best told by Central New York’s National
ghostly players who may still be waiting for their turn at bat.
Baseball Hall of Fame. The museum is full of strange and wondrous things – from the hauntings of Wrigley Field and
Tiger Stadium, whose stories are told in the “Sacred Ground” exhibit, to the voices and shadow figures seen near the Ted
Visit the Haunted History Trail website for information on guided tours, ghost hunts, and public and private investigations. Or call these must-see museums directly (each location is listed with their corresponding number in the index and map) for tour times or questions about haunted happenings.
Williams display. And Shoeless Joe Jackson isn’t the only spirit doomed to wander the halls of the Plaque Gallery – it is said that Ty Cobb often makes an appearance as well.
SARATOGA SPRINGS HISTORY MUSEUM AND HISTORIC CANFIELD CASINO 65
ERIE CANAL MUSEUM 37
HISTORIC WM. PHELPS GENERAL STORE 27 AND HISTORIC PALMYRA MUSEUM STARR CLARK TIN SHOP & 41 UNDERGROUND RAILROAD MUSEUM
MUSEUM OF WAYNE COUNTY HISTORY 29
Sweet Dreams Ghostly Screams OR
SIX HAUNTED OVERNIGHTS FOR THE PARANORMAL FAN
and ghost. It’s not out of the ordinary to hear sounds of someone
RE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?
walking upstairs or loud laughter when no spirits are in sight.
Find out when you spend an evening at these haunted
Stay the night in this 1905 Victorian home located in Pine
inns and experience the things that go bump in the night.
Bush, NY, or opt to meet the mysterious residents during an
You may just mingle with guests who once checked in, but
investigation or psychic reading instead.
never checked back out...
The Naples Hotel has been home to countless travelers
The large, white pillars outside of Allegiance Bed & Breakfast
since 1895 – some of whom simply didn’t leave. Located in
may catch your attention, but it’s what happens inside this
Naples, NY, this 32-room hotel is home to six ghosts – a woman
Mount Morris mansion that will be unforgettable. The B&B is
with her four children and a gentleman named Topper. They
home to a duo of friendly ghosts, Karen and Ray. A little too
like to have fun with the guests by moving pictures, playing
friendly, perhaps. Ray is known for being quite chatty – and
with the lights, and locking doors! Prefer to explore during the
guests have shared stories of a paranormal partner getting in
daylight? Private ghost tours are available by appointment, or
bed with them. See for yourself when you book a night in the
you can listen to ghost stories from the staff while dining at the
mini-White House mansion, open all year round.
hotel’s restaurant or grabbing a drink in the hotel’s hidden bar.
Nearby in Geneseo, NY the Big Tree Inn is a cozy spot for an
You may choose to keep the lights on when you hit the hay
overnight stay, delicious meal, or exciting event. But save room
at Burn Brae Mansion. Following the renovations that took
for an unexpected guest. Since 1886, this historic landmark has
place for the mansion’s 100-year anniversary, overnight guests
seen plenty of visitors – some of which remain today. A young
staying where the original servants’ quarters once stood began
girl in a green, Victorian dress and a young man in a dark
reporting unusual sights and sounds. Numerous para-
suit and top hat continue to roam about. And the old grounds-
normal investigations have found ethereal evidence, including
keeper walks around with his lantern, keeping a close watch on
recorded voices and wails, and feelings of pressure and cold
the place. Spend the night and get some shut-eye in one of the
patches. It’s no wonder Linda Blair from The Exorcist calls
Big Tree’s luxurious suites – each one unique and full of historic,
Burn Brae one of her favorite places to stay when she’s in
the Catskills. See the spooky for yourself when you book
Heaven Sent B&B/ Anastassia Events does not come with
an overnight, conduct a group investigation (available by
the peace and quiet you would expect from a former church and
appointment), or attend one of the mansion’s special events.
rectory. Overnight guests at the charming bed and breakfast have heard ghostly children running through the halls, and even
apparitions appear. Prefer to keep the lights on? Host a special
Tuck yourself in to one of the Trail’s overnight options. Reservations are required so please call the inns directly (each location is listed with their corresponding number in the index and map) to book your stay.
occasion in their event center, with its 32 stained glass windows and 20-foot ceilings. Or book a group tour, available for anywhere from 6-12 participants. Each room in the Pine Bush House Bed & Breakfast
The Haunted History Trail website also contains information on ghost hunts, private and public investigations, and guided tours, along with the hours for each of these sleepy spots.
is named after a type of wine and comes with its own décor –
NAPLES HOTEL 23 BIG TREE INN 19
ALLEGIANCE BED & BREAKFAST 18
HEAVEN SENT BED & BREAKFAST 13 BURN BRAE MANSION 79
BATCHELLER MANSION INN 64
THE KNOX MANSION 63
Architecturally STUNNING and
ROM A VICTORIAN HOUSE AND GRAND
The Knox Mansion Forty-two rooms, a grand staircase, an elevator, and a solid ash
mansion to a Tudor-style hotel and stone castle, the
fireplace imported from a castle in Italy. These are some of the
Haunted History Trail has locations so stunning, the residents
fine features of the Knox Mansion in Johnstown, NY, built in
wouldn’t let death stop them from living there. If the paranormal activity at these stops doesn’t mesmerize you, the architectural
1889 by gelatin magnate, Charles Knox.
features certainly will.
Guests to the splendid mansion share many accounts of paranormal phenomena. Lights flickering, the sound of
Batcheller Mansion Inn
footsteps and voices, a piano playing by itself, and sheets
Known as the “Crown Jewel” of Saratoga Springs, the Batch-
being pulled off beds are just the beginning. Kids also tend
eller Mansion Inn is an architectural masterpiece. The High
to spy the deceased gardener who once loved the company
Victorian Gothic mansion showcases influences from French
Renaissance, Italian, and even Egyptian styles. During the
Learn about the lingering souls through guided historical
home’s prime, U.S. Presidents, European royalty, dignitar-
and haunted tours, available with a reservation, or stay
ies, and Hollywood celebrities walked through its doors and
overnight at the bed and breakfast to experience the
marveled at its spellbinding grandeur, intricately sculpted
hauntings for yourself.
woodwork, and hand-carved marble fireplaces. And you can do the same. Spend an evening just taking in the majesty of
Red Coach Inn
the haunted mansion, or reserve all nine rooms and investi-
Over the rushing water of Niagara Falls’ spectacular Upper
gate with your group. With so much history and character,
Rapids, you hear footsteps walking and dancing above you.
it is no surprise that owner and prominent political figure,
But how is that possible when you’re already on the top floor?
George Batcheller, continues to roam the grand halls. Staff and guests say he likes to make his presence known.
RED COACH INN
WING’S CASTLE 72
That is the question that comes to mind for guests at
Using mostly recycled materials, the brick and stone castle was
the Red Coach Inn, an old English Tudor-style hotel in
built from scratch in 1970 by its owner. The extravagant fortress
Niagara Falls, NY. When it was built in 1923, the owners
in Millbrook, NY is filled with military trinkets, medieval décor,
spared no expense or effort in recreating the style of the
collectables, and antique memorabilia - each with their own
Bell Inn in Finedon, England. Standing at three and a half
story to tell. With an interior as enchanting as the features found
stories high, the inn’s English Tudor exterior and warm English
outside, it makes sense that Wing’s Castle has gained national
country ambiance are sure to grab your attention - and pique
attention - having been featured on HGTV, The History
Channel, and The Travel Channel, to name a few.
Don’t be afraid to ask the staff for their favorite ghost story.
The castle’s eerie atmosphere gives visitors a feeling there is
Tales of a young couple taking their lives on their wedding day,
more than a storybook princess living inside. Take a ghost
jewelry being dragged across a dresser by an unseen hand, and
tour, available by reservation, and hear why trick-or-treaters
music playing in the middle of the night from a party that ended
refuse to venture past the entrance. Find out why the owner
years prior. What will occur when you dine in the restaurant or
took an axe to a goat-headed artifact embedded in the
choose to stay the night?
castle wall. Feeling brave? Stay overnight in one of the five different spaces available at the bed and breakfast – including
the secluded cottage across the street.
The stone tunnels, vine-covered towers, dungeon, and moat are details typically found in a fairy tale. But at Wing’s Castle,
they seem to further compliment the unusual stories and paranormal activity inside – making this location seem like a fantasy, and a nightmare.
The Haunted History Trail website provides hours for each of these awe-inspiring and downright impressive locations. Learn more about ghost hunts, private and public investigations, guided tours, and more. Or call these stops directly (each location is listed with their corresponding number in the index and map) for questions about the paranormal and tour availability.
Where HISTORY B
ATTLEFIELDS, MANSIONS, AND THE BIRTHPLACE OF MODERN SPIRITUALISM.
Old Stone Fort Museum in Schoharie, NY is made up of many historic buildings from the 1700-1800s. It includes a home, Dutch barn, law office, one-room schoolhouse, and
These stops along the Trail invite you to take a step back
the Old Stone Fort – which was originally built as a church
in time and explore places that have plenty of history –
in 1772. It was fortified during the American Revolution by
enclosing the stone church within a wooden stockade, before
Mysterious lights and music. A woman that appears in an
being attacked by the British in 1780. Self-guided walking
upstairs window and then vanishes. A child calling for his cat.
tours of the museum are available May through October.
These are some of the eerie experiences you may have when
The Old Stone Fort is also surrounded by a cemetery and
you take a guided ghost tour at Fort Ontario State Historic
contains thousands of antiques and artifacts from the war.
Site, where hundreds of soldiers and civilians once perished.
So, it comes as no surprise that the fort is the site of many
The star-shaped Fort Ontario, located in Oswego, NY, is
hauntings. Schedule a private ghost tour or group tour to
known as the “Guardian of the Northern Frontier.” It was
explore the grounds with the comfort of a guide. Feeling
built in 1755 on top of ruins from three earlier fortresses
brave? Grab your equipment and go on a ghost hunt –
dating back to the French and Indian War. Paranormal
available by reservation. Visitors have reported seeing
groups are welcome to explore the property, by reservation.
apparitions appear in the library doorway, hearing a
May we suggest visiting the cemetery? The final resting place
woman’s scream coming from the tower, even feeling an
for 77 officers, soldiers, women, and children, it’s a hotspot
invisible presence preventing them from going upstairs.
for ghostly apparitions. Maybe you will see lonely souls
Another creepy occurrence was when SyFy’s Ghost Hunters
trying to reconnect with loved ones in the afterlife, or
visited, and the organ began playing by itself…
warriors continuing a battle that has long since ended.
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Meets HAUNTED And that isn’t the only instrument that plays its own tune.
Hear about – and perhaps even meet – the home’s most
When SyFy’s Ghost Hunters visited Hyde Hall in Cooper-
famous ghost, Malinda Niles Van Horn. The 20-year-old
stown, NY, they heard a piano being played tirelessly by an
beauty died over 150 years ago – less than a year after
unseen hand. The neo-classical mansion is home to 200
marrying James Van Horn Jr. To this day, the cause of her
years of documented, bone chilling, paranormal activity.
death remains unknown. You may witness doors slamming
The main culprit? Original owner, George Clarke. He is the
shut on their own, or the smell of tobacco wafting out of the
cause of knocking sounds, footsteps, distant music, and
men’s second floor smoking room when no one is around.
sometimes even appears as a full-body apparition.
Others have seen shadow figures in the attic and figures peeking out of windows and around corners. The hauntings
The National Historic Landmark and New York State
are so frequent, they are part of the reason why Noury
Historic Site is filled with original furnishings from
Chemical eventually donated the building.
1817-1835. See them for yourself on an evening ghost tour, offered July-August, or during their exclusive candle-
The Seneca Falls Historical Society building is part of a
lit tours in the month of October.
ten-acre estate that once was the home of the Mynderse Family. In 1875, Mrs. Leroy Partridge purchased the house
Mysterious deaths and unusual sightings surround
and began remodeling. The extensive update changed the
The Van Horn Mansion in Burt, NY. Home to numerous
dwelling to the three story, 23-room, Queen Anne Style
permanent residents, The Van Horn Mansion is open year-
building that you can tour today.
round for private tours and group investigations, up to 15 participants, by reservation. They also host special and spooky candle-lit tours during October.
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Original owner, Edward Mynderse, does not welcome change. He is a regular guest to the renovated building, where he likes to play tricks on the Historical Society staff. Edward is one of three ghosts who call the historical building home. A former nanny can be heard walking around the third floor, and a young, Irish girl cries on a back stairway. Meet these wandering souls on a SENECA FALLS 30 HISTORICAL SOCIETY
guided ghost tour, available by appointment for a minimum of three people. Regular history tours are offered daily.
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VAN HORN MANSION 9
FOX SISTERS PROPERTY/ 28 HYDESVILLE MEMORIAL PARK
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When the Fox Family moved to a cottage in Newark, NY, the home already carried a reputation for strange noises and phenomenon. Mysterious sounds began right away for Kate and Maggie, but it wasn’t until March 31, 1848 that the paranormal activity escalated. Strange rapping noises kept the family awake until one of the girls yelled, “Do as I do” and clapped three times. In response, three raps. Eventually their mother asked, “Is this a spirit that makes this noise, rap two times.” An affirmative two raps were heard. Communicating by raps, the girls learned of a peddler, Charles B. Rosna, who had been murdered in the house and buried in the cellar. Kate and Maggie began modern spiritualism, and moved on to travel the world as famous mediums. It wasn’t until 1904, long after Kate and Maggie had passed away, that the peddler’s bones were discovered in the home’s crumbling walls.
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The Fox Sisters Property/Hydesville Memorial Park shares the history of the Fox family and offers guided tours of the property – where spirited raps can still be heard today. Tours can be booked by calling the caretaker.
FOX SISTERS PROPERTY/ 28 HYDESVILLE MEMORIAL PARK VAN HORN MANSION
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Trail Tips Not all stories and spirits are left in the past. Browse the Haunted History Trail website for the ghost stories, hours and spooky opportunities for each of these historic places. Or call them directly (each location is listed with their corresponding number in the index and map) to ask questions or book a tour.
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ROME CAPITOL THEATRE 48 HARVESTER 56 THEATER
Theatre-Dwelling Ghosts Have a
FLAIR for the DRAMATIC
RGAN MUSIC PLAYS SOFTLY IN THE
In Syracuse, NY, the Landmark Theatre has been
background of the Rome Capitol Theatre.
standing tall for over 90 years. But just two years after opening, in 1930, tragedy befell the theatre as a
But it’s not the performers, and no musician can be
young woman in a white dress fell from the balcony
found. In fact, the theatre didn’t even have a working
to her death. Clarissa’s presence has been felt in the
organ until 2003 - but that hasn’t stopped the ghostly
theatre ever since, and she often appears to workers and
sounds from carrying through the building, night after
guests – especially those not following the theatre’s rules.
night, for the past 30 years. Experience it for yourself in a
Each October, the Landmark welcomes guests in to
ghost hunting group and tour the historic 1927, art-deco
explore and see if they can catch a glimpse of Clarissa.
theatre. Whether you go in a group or brave a solo tour,
And if you really want to communicate with her haunted
you need only make an appointment…
soul, guided psychic tours can be arranged for groups of
In theatres across New York State, world-class perfor-
up to 20 people by reservation.
mances take place to audiences in the hundreds. But it is those unseen performances, to an audience of just one or two, that intrigue us most of all.
HARVESTER 56 THEATER
ROME CAPITOL THEATRE 48
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At Harvester 56 Theater, it is a young man, and a
The mysterious whistling you hear, the keys jingling in the
mother and child duo who are the frequent attendees to
hallway, voices, footsteps, and doors that open and close are
the show. As a result, investigations are often welcomed,
just a few ways these ghosts have made their presence known.
and public hunts are held 2-3 times a year for the para-
If you’re lucky, you may just get to see a full-blown apparition –
curious to explore this black box theatre in Batavia, NY.
a phantom floating just out of reach.
Evidence has come in the form of sightings, photographic
proof, and even intelligent conversations held with the spirits – a spooky sight to behold for anyone involved.
Are you ready to be a spectator in a show like no other? The Haunted History Trail website contains information on ghost hunts, private and public investigations, and guided tours, along with the hours that you can visit and seek out these spirited performers. Or call the theatres directly (each location is listed with their corresponding number in the index and map) for questions about the paranormal and tour times. As they say in the theatre, “the show must go on” – sometimes, even in the afterlife.
One of Western New York’s most haunted locations sits just blocks from the stunning Niagara Falls. Rapids Theatre has borne witness to so much paranormal activity over the years that they hired a team of investigators to take guests through the building’s two tunnels, main stage, balcony, and green room to seek out the spirits that dwell there.
WINERY AT 10 MARJIM MANOR
Spirited Stopß TO FILL UP YOUR GLASS
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N 1865, AFTER A LONG DAY OF HUNTING, SHUBAL SCUDDER MERRITT AND HIS SON LEWIS RETURNED TO THEIR HOME IN APPLETON, NY.
After reading some upsetting news in
Thursday afternoons. Or schedule a
his room, Lewis quickly ran down the
ghost hunt and explore the property
main stairs and through the home’s
French doors. Startled by Lewis’ sudden
See, the Haunted History Trail has two
appearance, Shubal fired his gun, shooting and killing his son. It was 3 o’clock on a Thursday afternoon. Shubal immediately ordered for the French doors to be locked and never opened again – which is how they remained, except at 3 o’clock on Thursdays when they would burst open – as if Lewis were running through them once again. It’s in that very doorway where staff of the Winery at Marjim Manor have seen the apparition of a Victorian boy standing, and visitors have been asked the ghostly question, “Who’s in my house?” Come for a wine tasting of the winery’s fruit and grape wines and hear about the other tragedies that occurred in this haunted home –
kinds of spirits - the ones you drink, and the ones you meet! Pull up a seat at these haunted locations and wet your whistle on ghostly tales and unusual activity.
Stop in for a pint at Wayside Irish Pub in Elbridge, NY, and you’ll never have to worry about drinking alone. A handful of ghosts spend their afterlife at the bar and like to say “hi” by poking patrons or pulling their hair. Grab a drink and a bite to eat, and the bartenders will gladly share spooky stories of glasses flying across the bar and pictures being knocked off the wall. Professional paranormal investigators are welcome
At Grapevine Farms in Cobleskill, NY,
to look for the regulars – the building’s
you may come for the wine but stay for
original owner, Squire Munro, a friendly
the weird. Sample some vino in the wine
poltergeist named Harry, and Sara, a
cellar or dine at the farmhouse bistro,
transparent woman in a long dress who
then make your way through three floors
reportedly hung herself on the third floor.
of themed rooms and boutique shops. But watch out for the ghostly children that have been seen running through the hallways of this once-abandoned farmhouse. Explore on your own during the day or schedule a night-time tour or private investigation to drink in the eerie experience.
all of which took place at 3 o’clock on
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Trail Tips Raise a glass to the spirits of the Trail and plan your next paranormal adventure. Thirsty for more? The Haunted History Trail website shares hours of each location, and provides information on ghost hunts, private and public investigations, and guided tours. Or call these stops directly (each location is listed with their corresponding number in the index and map) for questions about the paranormal and tour availability. Cheers!
Let the Lanternß Lead the Way
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ROME CAPITOL THEATRE 48 NATIONAL BASEBALL 53 HALL OF FAME
Discover History and Mystery on a Haunted Tour
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OMETIMES THE BEST WAY TO SEEK OUT THE SPIRITS IS
through an expert who knows them well. On the Haunted History Trail of New York State, the haunts aren’t always confined to a single building or location. Sometimes those lost souls are ingrained in the history of the town, attached to landmarks across the village and in notable stops found nearby.
and the Rome Capitol Theatre, a popular
Year-round, visitors to the Haunted
stop along the Haunted History Trail,
History Trail can book an event with
and number 48 on our map.
Hunt with Holzer*, and explore more
In Cooperstown, NY, the Cooper-
deeply into the history and haunts of the
stown Candlelight Ghost Tours
Hudson Valley Region. Alexandra Holzer,
combine the true, documented ghost
daughter of pioneer parapsychologist and
stories of the town with its rich and vibrant history. You’ll be amazed by how much you will learn on this one-hour walking tour, which is offered nightly
That’s the case, at least, in Rome and
from April to August and on select days
Cooperstown, NY. Both have tour groups
in the fall. Those brave enough to join
that specialize in telling the haunted past
the tour will visit locations like the Christ
found in these Central New York locations.
Church Graveyard – said to be haunted
Rome Lamplight Tours conducts a 90-minute historical walking tour of Old Rome to groups of up to 20 participants. Tours begin on Memorial Day weekend
researcher Dr. Hans Holzer, uses tools and tricks from the “Holzer Method” to capture paranormal evidence. She welcomes guests to accompany her team on private investigations, and offers onehour ghost walks that include a history lesson, explanation of the Holzer Method, and research utilizing equipment –
by the ghosts of the Cooper family slaves
and your own senses.
and servants – and River Street’s three
*Hunt with Holzer can be reached via their Facebook Page, at www.facebook.com/ huntwithholzer.
haunted houses, called Byberry Cottage, Greencrest, and Pomeroy Place.
and last throughout the fall,
Two stops along the Haunted History
telling stories of the life and times of
Trail are also featured in this ghostly
Rome’s historic past, and the ghosts
walk – the Baseball Hall of Fame, a place
that may still be lingering nearby. Stops
where honor and horror meet, and the
include places like Fort Stanwix – known
mysterious Hyde Hall – numbers 53 and
as “the fort that never surrendered” –
54 on our map, respectively.
Trail Tips Book a trip, take a tour, and come face-toface with history as it comes alive in New York State. Visit the Haunted History Trail website for more information on booking a haunted tour. Or find more information in the index located at the end of this guide. Each location is listed with its corresponding number, and provides details on addresses and phone numbers.
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Walk, Hike, or Driue
THREE SPOOKY SELF-GUIDED STOPS
OMETIMES THE SPOOKIEST EXPLORATION IS THE ONE
you do on your own - left to your own devices and playing off your own fear. Pack your bravery, test your courage, and tour these creepy stops, if you dare. As a final resting place for many, Laurel Grove Cemetery, has its fair share of mysterious sounds and spirits. The serene park was designed in 1855 by renowned landscape architect, Howard Daniels. Stroll through the grounds from dawn to dusk and you may see a woman in a flowing, white gown appear from behind a mausoleum, run from river to river, then disappear. While you’re there, head down the carriage road to Tri-State Rock, the landmark where New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania meet.
In 1918, a hazardous munitions plant
The long, winding stretch of Cedarvale
unexpectedly exploded, brutally killing
Road seems peaceful, but looks can be
more than 50 workers. The ruins of
deceptive. Known as the 13 Curves on
Split Rock Quarry, located ten minutes
Onondaga Hill, it was once the scene of
west of Downtown Syracuse, remain –
a horrific car crash that killed a young
along with a few spirits that never left
bride and groom on their wedding night.
the worksite. Explore what’s left of the
Witnesses say the bride can still be seen
factory site, mostly rock formations and
walking the street in hopes of finding
an old piece of machinery called the
her ghostly groom. She appears so often,
Crusher. Investigate the abandoned
in fact, she has turned even the largest
tunnels and experience the cold spots
skeptics into believers. Cruise around
and thick, eerie feeling firsthand.
the curves and witness the hotbed of
Visitors have heard sounds of footsteps,
paranormal activity for yourself. But
voices in the distance, and the revving of
don’t be alarmed if you pick up an
the Crusher’s engine - although it hasn’t
unexpected hitchhiker - the bride is
run since the horrific blast.
known for appearing in people’s cars,
Please use caution when visiting Split
still wearing her wedding dress, speckled
Rock Quarry. As it is an abandoned location
in the woods, we strongly encourage you
not to venture in alone. Visit at your own risk. You are advised to wear appropriate footwear for the hike to the location.
Visit our index or the Haunted History Trail website for more information about accessing these haunted hot spots.
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UNUSUAL EXPERIENCES Have a Home on the Haunted History Trail
faces appearing in the water and walls, shadows and a
NCOUNTER PURE ISOLATION FROM HUMANITY DURING ONE OF THE
strange mist emerging from the water, and moans and footsteps echoing through the tunnels. Grab a group
most unique tours found on the Erie Canal. Take a
(up to 25 people), your ghost hunting equipment, and
guided walking tour and underground boat ride through Lockport Caves – the water tunnel that was once
see what you will find…
blasted out of solid rock. View various geological
Certain stops along the Haunted History Trail will leave
formations and artifacts left behind by the men who
you scratching your head and clutching your partner. Pay
built the tunnel in the early days of the Erie Canal,
a visit to these locations for a little bit of everything – from
and experience for yourself why SyFy’s Ghost Hunters
strange and mysterious to downright spooky.
nicknamed it “Tunnels of Terror.” Visitors have reported
Four marble statues, brought from Italy in 1904 and set in
evidence from previous paranormal investigations – such as
the Yaddo Gardens, are meant to represent the four seasons.
recordings of distant voices and mysterious piano playing.
But many believe they embody the four young Trask children
The Haunted Bergen House has plenty of ghosts to greet.
who died before they turned teenagers. Rumor has it that the
Built in 1858 in Bergen, NY the house is home to: a lady seen
children drowned in the pond nearby, but record shows they
walking up the long driveway, a figure who stands at the top
passed away from respiratory illnesses. Either way, it’s not
of the barn, another figure who stands outside and looks into
uncommon for visitors to the garden to be drawn to the
the home, a grumpy man upstairs in the house, and children
statues and stopped in their tracks because of the energy they
who are not shy to make their presence known. Then there’s
feel. Gardeners even say they feel vibrations through their
the disembodied voices, growls, and shadows that appear out
tools. Ghosts in the Yaddo Garden Tours take guests on an
of nowhere. If that isn’t enough creepy, local legend says that
hour-long tour of the garden, or guided ghost tours can be
witches would host ritual ceremonies at the swamp next to
scheduled from mid-September to October 31.
the property. Book a guided tour or private investigation and
The Dr. Best House & Medical Exhibit sits as a time capsule
see who you’ll meet.
in Middleburgh, NY. As if awaiting the return of Dr. Best from a
Interested in partying with the paranormal? Miss Fanny’s
house call, the Victorian home and medical office displays some
Victorian Party House is a three-story farmhouse, circa 1860,
of the earliest forms of medicine. The unique collection includes
named after the last of the Van Wyck family who lived there.
medical bottles, clothing, quilts, and state-of-the-art medical
The current owners share the space with spirits who often
equipment - including some apparatuses that will send shivers
let their presence be known. They’ve had objects thrown at
down your spine. Visit the house that witnessed the death of the
them, heard ghostly voices call their names, seen doors open
doctor’s son, young wife, and Dr. Best himself. Take a historical
and close on their own, and even witnessed an apparition
haunted tour, available by reservation, to browse the site’s
of a large man vanish into a wall. Book your next special
photo gallery, hear stories of unexplained events, and hear
event here and add a personal or group medium reading.
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Or schedule a ghost tour, available to individuals or groups
street performers, and speakers. Looking to get in touch with
up to 20 people. However you do it, you’ll be sure to have the
interstellar beings? You need only ask the locals, who will
night of your life.
show you where you can find them year-round.
Majesty, military, and mystery are words used to describe
Enter into the world’s largest center for the religion of
Bannerman Island. The impressive castle was built by
Spiritualism. For 10 weeks during the summer season,
Frank Bannerman VI in the early 1900s to house his collec-
Lily Dale Assembly in Lily Dale, NY, hosts daily
tion of military artifacts. But in 2009, part of the building
services and seminars demonstrating clairvoyance and
collapsed, which is how it remains today – ruins along the
healing, special workshops, and lectures on mediumistic
banks of the Hudson River. Guided tours are available to
phenomena. Visit the village from June to August and
explore the site on weekends in May through October.
attend spiritual activities and workshops – pre-registration
Or call to schedule a special guided ghost tour and see why
suggested. Or meet with a registered medium – sessions
the island is claimed to be haunted by Native Americans and
are available by reservation year-round.
Dutch colonial settlers. Don’t let the name of the Haunted History Trail fool you…
it’s also home to the unique and unexplainable.
With so many unusual options to choose from, where do you begin? Start on the Haunted History Trail website for the spooky stories of each of these locations, as well as information on available investigations, ghost hunts, and guided tours. Or call these stops directly (each location is listed with their corresponding number in the index and map) for answers to your supernatural questions.
There’s nothing abnormal about aliens and UFOs in Pine Bush, NY. In fact, extra-terrestrial enthusiasts have been flocking there since the early 1960s. Over the years, the Hamlet of Pine Bush: UFO Capital of East Coast has witnessed some serious activities and strange sightings. Pay a visit in May during the Pine Bush UFO Fair & Parade to celebrate all things UFO and aliens, complete with novelties,
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Index Greater Niagara GENESEE COUNTY 1 Haunted Bergen House 6571 West Sweden Road Bergen, NY 14416 585-297-0191 hauntedhistorytrail.com/hauntedbergen-house 2 Rolling Hills Asylum 11001 Bethany Center Road East Bethany, NY 14054 585-502-4066 hauntedhistorytrail.com/rollinghills-asylum 3 Harvester 56 Theater 56 Harvester Avenue Batavia, NY 14020 585-343-9721 hauntedhistorytrail.com/harvester56-theater
NIAGARA COUNTY 6 The Rapids Theatre 1711 Main Street Niagara Falls, NY 14303 716-205-8925 x4 hauntedhistorytrail.com/rapids-theatre 7 Red Coach Inn 2 Buffalo Avenue Niagara Falls, NY 14303 716-282-1459 hauntedhistorytrail.com/red-coach-inn 8 Lockport Caves 5 Gooding Street Lockport, NY 14094 716-438-0174 hauntedhistorytrail.com/lockport-caves
9 The Van Horn Mansion 2165 Lockport-Olcott Road Burt, NY 14028 716-622-6709 hauntedhistorytrail.com/the-van-hornmansion
4 Iron Island Museum 998 Lovejoy Street Buffalo, NY 14206 716-892-3084 hauntedhistorytrail.com/iron-islandmuseum
10 The Winery at Marjim Manor 7171 East Lake Road (Route 18) Appleton, NY 14008 716-778-7001 hauntedhistorytrail.com/winery-atmarjim-manor
5 Statler City Ghost Tour 107 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY 14202 716-842-6800 x106 hauntedhistorytrail.com/statler-cityghost-tour
ORLEANS COUNTY 11 Hart House Hotel 113 W Center Street Medina, NY 14103 585-735-6031 hauntedhistorytrail.com/hart-house-hotel
12 The Pillars Estate 13800 West County House Road Albion, NY 14411 585-820-7199 hauntedhistorytrail.com/the-pillarsestate WYOMING COUNTY 13 Heaven Sent B&B/ Anastassia Events 6440 Pike Street Portageville, NY 14536 585-468-5968 hauntedhistorytrail.com/heaven-sentbandb-anastassia-events
ChautauquaAllegheny CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY 14 Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse & Veterans Park Museum One Lighthouse Point Drive Dunkirk, NY 14048 716-366-5050 hauntedhistorytrail.com/dunkirkhistorical-lighthouse-and-veteranspark-museum 15 Lily Dale Assembly 5 Melrose Park Lily Dale, NY 14752 716-595-8721 hauntedhistorytrail.com/lily-dale-assembly
16 The Wildwood Sanitarium 71 Prospect Avenue Salamanca, NY 14779 716-801-5270 hauntedhistorytrail.com/wildwoodsanitarium
24 Spook Hill Newell Road Middlesex, NY 14507 315-536-3111 hauntedhistorytrail.com/spook-hill
17 The Hinsdale House 3830 McMahon Road Hinsdale, NY 14743 716-578-4586 hauntedhistorytrail.com/the-hinsdale-house
Finger Lakes LIVINGSTON COUNTY 18 Allegiance Bed & Breakfast 145 Main Street Mount Morris, NY 14510 585-658-3524 hauntedhistorytrail.com/allegiance-bedand-breakfast 19 Big Tree Inn 46 Main Street Geneseo, NY 14454 585-243-5220 hauntedhistorytrail.com/big-tree-inn ROCHESTER/MONROE COUNTY 20 Rochester Candlelight Ghost Walks Rochester, NY 585-542-8687 hauntedhistorytrail.com/rochestercandlelight-ghost-walks 21 Durand Eastman Park Lake Shore Boulevard & Zoo Road Rochester, NY 14617 585-753-7275 hauntedhistorytrail.com/durandeastman-park 22 The Reunion Inn 4565 Culver Road Irondequoit, NY 14622 585-323-9899 hauntedhistorytrail.com/the-reunion-inn ONTARIO COUNTY 23 The Naples Hotel 111 South Main Street Naples, NY 14512 585-374-5630 hauntedhistorytrail.com/the-naples-hotel
32 Owegoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parkview Restaurant & Pub 145 Front Street Owego, NY 13827 607-687-9873 hauntedhistorytrail.com/owegosparkview-restaurant-and-pub
25 Bishop/Gillette Headstone Lakeview Cemetery, Elm Street Penn Yan, NY 14527 315-536-3111 hauntedhistorytrail.com/bishop-gilletteheadstone
26 Miles Wine Cellars 168 Randall Road Himrod, NY 14842 607-243-7742 hauntedhistorytrail.com/miles-wine-cellars
SYRACUSE/ ONONDAGA COUNTY 34 Wayside Irish Pub
WAYNE COUNTY 27 Historic Palmyra WM. Phelps General Store & Historic Palmyra Museum 140 Market Street Palmyra, NY 14522 315-597-6981 hauntedhistorytrail.com/historicpalmyra-wm-phelps-general-store-andhistoric-palmyra-historical-museum 28 Fox Sisters Property/ Hydesville Memorial Park 1510 Hydesville Road Newark, NY 14513 315-879-8804 hauntedhistorytrail.com/the-fox-sistersproperty-hydesville-memorial-park 29 Museum of Wayne County History 21 Butternut Street Lyons, NY 14489 315-946-4943 hauntedhistorytrail.com/museum-ofwayne-county-history SENECA COUNTY 30 Seneca Falls Historical Society 55 Cayuga Street Seneca Falls, NY 13148 315-568-8412 hauntedhistorytrail.com/seneca-fallshistorical-society TIOGA COUNTY 31 Calaboose Grille 176 Main Street Owego, NY 13827 607-223-4522 hauntedhistorytrail.com/calaboose-grille
33 Fingerlakes Mall 1579 Clark Street Auburn, NY 13021 315-255-1188 hauntedhistorytrail.com/fingerlakes-mall
101 West Main Street Elbridge, NY 13060 315-689-0040 hauntedhistorytrail.com/wayside-irish-pub 35 The Landmark Theatre 362 South Salina Street Syracuse, NY 13202 315-475-7979 hauntedhistorytrail.com/the-landmarktheatre 36 Split Rock Quarry Onondaga Boulevard (10 minutes west of Downtown Syracuse) Syracuse, NY 13031 hauntedhistorytrail.com/split-rock-quarry 37 Erie Canal Museum 318 Erie Boulevard East Syracuse, NY 13202 315-471-0593 hauntedhistorytrail.com/erie-canalmuseum 38 13 Curves on Onondaga Hill Cedarvale Road Syracuse, NY 13215 hauntedhistorytrail.com/13-curveson-onondaga-hill
1000 Islands OSWEGO COUNTY 39 Fort Ontario State Historic Site One East Fourth Street Oswego, NY 13126 315-343-4711 hauntedhistorytrail.com/fort-ontariostate-historic-site
40 Caseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage at Mexico Point State Park 120 Mexico Point Drive Mexico, NY 13114 315-963-7657 hauntedhistorytrail.com/caseys-cottageat-mexico-point-state-park 41 Starr Clark Tin Shop and Underground Railroad Museum 3250 Main Street Mexico, NY 13114 315-963-7853 hauntedhistorytrail.com/starr-clarktin-shop-and-underground-railroadmuseum JEFFERSON COUNTY 42 Thompson Park Vortex Gotham Street, Academy Street, and Franklin Street Watertown, NY 13601 315-785-7775 hauntedhistorytrail.com/thompsonpark-vortex 43 The Paddock Mansion 228 Washington Street Watertown, NY 13601 315-782-3491 hauntedhistorytrail.com/the-paddockmansion 44 Thousand Islands Ghost Tours 21 James Street Alexandria Bay, NY 13607 315-286-6597 hauntedhistorytrail.com/thousandislands-ghost-tours
Central New York MADISON COUNTY hittenango Landing 45 C Canal Boat Museum 717 Lakeport Road Chittenango, NY 13037 315-687-3801 hauntedhistorytrail.com/chittenangolanding-canal-boat-museum 46 The Brae Loch Inn 5 Albany Street Cazenovia, NY 13035 315-655-3431 hauntedhistorytrail.com/the-brae-loch-inn
ONEIDA COUNTY 47 Park After Dark Ghost Tours 112 Bridge Street Sylvan Beach, NY 13157 315-762-5212 hauntedhistorytrail.com/park-after-darkghost-tours
55 Cooperstown Candlelight Ghost Tours Pioneer Park Cooperstown, NY 13326 607-547-8070 hauntedhistorytrail.com/cooperstowncandlelight-ghost-tours
48 R ome Capitol Theatre 220 West Dominick Street Rome, NY 13440 315-337-6277 hauntedhistorytrail.com/rome-capitoltheatre
49 Rome Lamplight Tours 337 West Dominick Street Rome, NY 13440 315-572-0775 hauntedhistorytrail.com/rome-lamplight-tours
57 Grapevine Farms 2373 State Route 7 Cobleskill, NY 12043 518-234-9148 hauntedhistorytrail.com/grapevine-farms
50 Union Station 321 Main Street Utica, NY 13501 315-624-7144 hauntedhistorytrail.com/union-station 51 Shoppes at the Finish Line 809 Court Street Utica, NY 13502 315-733-0533 hauntedhistorytrail.com/shoppes-at-thefinish-line HERKIMER COUNTY 52 Herkimer Home State Historic Site 200 State Route 169 Little Falls, NY 13365 315-823-0398 hauntedhistorytrail.com/herkimerhome-state-historic-site COOPERSTOWN/OTSEGO COUNTY 53 National Baseball Hall of Fame 25 Main Street Cooperstown, NY 13326 607-547-7200 hauntedhistorytrail.com/baseballhall-of-fame 54 Hyde Hall 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road Cooperstown, NY 13326 607-547-5098 hauntedhistorytrail.com/hyde-hall
56 Bullâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head Inn 105 Park Place Cobleskill, NY 12043 518-234-1802 hauntedhistorytrail.com/bulls-head-inn
58 Old Stone Fort Museum 145 Fort Road Schoharie, NY 12157 518-295-7192 hauntedhistorytrail.com/old-stone-fortmuseum 59 The Doctor Best House & Medical Exhibit 1568 Clauverwie Road Middleburgh, NY 12122 518-827-7200 hauntedhistorytrail.com/dr-best-houseand-medical-exhibit
Capital-Saratoga ALBANY/ALBANY COUNTY 60 The Original Albany Ghost Tour 15th Street & Sage Avenue Troy, NY 12180 518-350-7365 hauntedhistorytrail.com/the-originalalbany-ghost-tour 61 New York State Capitol Haunting Tours State Capitol, State Street, and Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12224 518-474-2418 hauntedhistorytrail.com/new-york-statecapitol-haunting-tours
62 Glen Sanders Mansion One Glen Avenue Scotia, NY 12302 518-374-7262 hauntedhistorytrail.com/glen-sandersmansion-inn
69 Fort William Henry Museum 48 Canada Street Lake George, NY 12845 518-668-5471 hauntedhistorytrail.com/fort-williamhenry-museum
76 Pine Bush House Bed & Breakfast 215 Maple Avenue Pine Bush, NY 12566 845-744-3641 hauntedhistorytrail.com/pine-bushhouse-bed-and-breakfast
70 Barkeater Chocolates 3235 State Route 28 North Creek, NY 12853 518-251-4438 hauntedhistorytrail.com/barkeaterchocolates
77 Hamlet of Pine Bush: UFO Capital of East Coast 121 Route 302 Pine Bush, NY 12566 845-744-8230 hauntedhistorytrail.com/hamlet-of-pinebush-ufo-capital-of-east-coast
63 The Knox Mansion 104 West 2nd Avenue Johnstown, NY 12095 518-752-8231 hauntedhistorytrail.com/the-knoxmansion SARATOGA COUNTY
64 Batcheller Mansion Inn 20 Circular Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-584-7012 hauntedhistorytrail.com/batchellermansion-inn
65 Saratoga Springs History Museum/ Historic Canfield Casino East Congress Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-584-6920 hauntedhistorytrail.com/saratogasprings-history-museum-historiccanfield-casino
66 Ghosts in the Yaddo Garden Tours 312 Union Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12886 518-584-0746 hauntedhistorytrail.com/ghosts-in-theyaddo-garden-tours
Adirondacks ADIRONDACK COAST/CLINTON COUNTY 67 Greater Adirondack Ghost & Tour Company Plattsburgh, NY 518-645-1577 hauntedhistorytrail.com/greater-adirondack-ghost-and-tour-company LAKE GEORGE/WARREN COUNTY 68 Mystery Spot of Lake George Beach Road – Mayor Blais Park Lake George, NY 12845 hauntedhistorytrail.com/the-mysteryspot-of-lake-george
71 Spook Rock Road 401 State Street Hudson, NY 12534 518-828-3374 hauntedhistorytrail.com/spook-rock-road 72 Wing’s Castle 717 Bangall Road Millbrook, NY 12545 845-677-9085 hauntedhistorytrail.com/wings-castle 73 Miss Fanny’s Victorian Party House 4 Van Wyck Lane Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-518-0950 hauntedhistorytrail.com/miss-fannysvictorian-party-house 74 Bannerman Island Beacon Waterfront Beacon, NY 12527 845-831-6346 hauntedhistorytrail.com/bannermanisland ORANGE COUNTY 75 Silvio’s Villa 274 State Route 94 South Warwick, NY 10990 845-987-1500 hauntedhistorytrail.com/silvios-villa
78 Laurel Grove Cemetery 247 East Main Street Port Jervis, NY 12771 845-858-4000 x4029 hauntedhistorytrail.com/laurel-grovecemetery
Catskills SULLIVAN COUNTY 79 Burn Brae Mansion 573 High Road Glen Spey, NY 12737 845-856-3335 hauntedhistorytrail.com/burn-braemansion ULSTER COUNTY 80 The Shanley Hotel 56 Main Street Napanoch, NY 12458 845-210-4267 hauntedhistorytrail.com/the-shanley-hotel 81 Private Haunted Huguenot Street Tours 81 Huguenot Street New Paltz, NY 12561 845-255-1660 hauntedhistorytrail.com/private-hauntedhuguenot-street-tours 82 Old Dutch Church Cemetery 272 Wall Street Kingston, NY 12472 845-475-7973 hauntedhistorytrail.com/old-dutchchurch-cemetery
Trail Partners A
S YOU BEGIN TO EXPLORE OUR HAUNTINGS, don’t hesitate to reach out to our participating
counties to request a free visitor guide of each area. They’ll tell you exactly what to see, do, and taste as you make your way around the state. Any or all of these brochures can also be requested on the Haunted History Trail website at hauntedhistorytrail.com/request-brochures GREATER NIAGARA REGION Destination Niagara USA
Oneida County Tourism
Genesee County Chamber of Commerce
Otsego County Tourism
877-FALLS-US » www.NiagaraFallsUSA.com
800-622-2686 » www.VisitGeneseeNY.com
800-724-0314 » www.OrleansCountyTourism.com
Orleans County Tourism Visit Buffalo Niagara
888-228-3369 » www.VisitBuffaloNiagara.com
Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism
800-839-3919 » www.GoWyomingCountyNY.com
888-999-6560 » www.OneidaCountyTourism.com 607-322-4046 » www.ThisIsCooperstown.com
Schoharie County Tourism
800-41-VISIT » www.UpstateVacations.com
ISLANDS-SEAWAY REGION 1000 Islands International Tourism Council
800-8-ISLAND » www.Visit1000Islands.com
Oswego County Tourism
CHAUTAUQUA-ALLEGHENY Cattaraugus County Tourism
Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau
ADIRONDACKS REGION Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau
800-331-0543 » www.EnchantedMountains.com 866-908-4569 » www.TourChautauqua.com
FINGER LAKES REGION Cayuga County Office of Tourism
800-499-9615 » www.TourCayuga.com
Finger Lakes Visitors Connection
877-386-4669 » www.VisitFingerLakes.com
Livingston County Office of Tourism & Marketing
800-538-7365 » www.FingerLakesWest.com
Seneca County Chamber of Commerce
800-732-1848 » www.FingerLakesGateway.com
Tioga County Tourism
800-671-7772 » www.ExperienceTioga.com
800-248-4FUN » www.VisitOswegoCounty.com
877-242-6752 » www.GoAdirondack.com
Warren County Tourism Department 800-95-VISIT » www.VisitLakeGeorge.com
APITAL-SARATOGA C Discover Albany
800-258-3582 » www.Albany.org
Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce 800-676-3858 » www.44Lakes.com
Saratoga County Tourism
518-584-3255 » www.ILoveSaratoga.us
Sullivan County Catskills
Ulster County Tourism
Wayne County Tourism
800-677-7282 » www.VisitRochester.com
800-234-4797 » www.VisitSyracuse.com 800-527-6510 » www.WayneCountyTourism.com
Yates County Chamber of Commerce
800-868-YATES » www.YatesNY.com
CENTRAL NEW YORK REGION Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce
877-984-4636 » www.HerkimerCountyChamber.com
Madison County Tourism
800-684-7320 » www.MadisonTourism.com
800-882-2287 » www.SullivanCatskills.com 800-342-5826 » www.UlsterCountyAlive.com
Columbia County Tourism
800-724-1846 » www.ColumbiaCountyTourism.org
Dutchess Tourism, Inc.
800-445-3131 » www.DutchessTourism.com
Orange County Tourism
845-615-3860 » www.OrangeTourism.org
New York State Tourism
800-CALL-NYS » www.ILoveNY.com