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What’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!

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Greater Niagara 1

HAUNTED BERGEN HOUSE

Bergen

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ROLLING HILLS ASYLUM

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HARVESTER 56 THEATER

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East Bethany Batavia

IRON ISLAND MUSEUM

Buffalo

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STATLER CITY GHOST TOUR

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THE RAPIDS THEATRE

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SPOOK HILL

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BISHOP/GILLETTE HEADSTONE

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MILES WINE CELLARS

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Niagara Falls

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THE WINERY AT MARJIM MANOR

Lockport

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Burt

Naples

Middlesex

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STARR CLARK TIN SHOP AND UNDERGROUND RAILROAD MUSEUM

Himrod

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THOMPSON PARK VORTEX

HISTORIC PALMYRA WM. PHELPS GENERAL STORE & HISTORIC PALMYRA MUSEUM

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THE PADDOCK MANSION

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THOUSAND ISLANDS GHOST TOURS

Penn Yan

Mexico

FOX SISTERS PROPERTY/ HYDESVILLE MEMORIAL PARK

Lyons

Medina Albion

7 6 Niagara Falls

HEAVEN SENT B&B/ ANASTASSIA EVENTS

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Chautauqua-Allegheny

22 Rochester

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Palmyra

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Newark

Salamanca

Jamestown

Auburn

Seneca Falls

Canandaigua L.

Mount Morris 18

24 Naples 23

Middlesex

25 Penn Yan

Portageville 13

26 Himrod

Ithaca

FINGER LAKES REGION Owego

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31 32

Hinsdale

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CALABOOSE GRILLE

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PARK AFTER DARK GHOST TOURS

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THE WILDWOOD SANITARIUM

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OWEGO’S PARKVIEW RESTAURANT & PUB

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ROME CAPITOL THEATRE

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THE HINSDALE HOUSE

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ROME LAMPLIGHT TOURS

Hinsdale

Finger Lakes 18

ALLEGIANCE BED & BREAKFAST

Mount Morris

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BIG TREE INN

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ROCHESTER CANDLELIGHT GHOST WALKS

Geneseo

Rochester 21

DURAND EASTMAN PARK

Rochester

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Cortland

Seneca L.

LILY DALE ASSEMBLY

Salamanca

35 36 37 34 Syracuse Elbridge 38

Owasco L.

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Lily Dale

Mexico

Cayuga L.

Keuka L.

CHAUTAUQUA ALLEGHENY REGION 16

29 Lyons 33

14 15 Lily Dale

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Geneseo 19

Dunkirk

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39 Oswego

Irondequoit

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Batavia 3 East Bethany 2

GREATER NIAGARA REGION

DUNKIRK HISTORICAL LIGHTHOUSE & VETERANS PARK MUSEUM

CHITTENANGO LANDING CANAL BOAT MUSEUM

Bergen 1

Buffalo

Dunkirk

Central New York

Cazenovia

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Burt

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9 Appleton

Albion

Watertown

Chittenango

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THE PILLARS ESTATE

Watertown

Alexandria Bay

MUSEUM OF WAYNE COUNTY HISTORY

HART HOUSE HOTEL

Medina

Oswego Mexico

Seneca Falls

Appleton

FORT ONTARIO STATE HISTORIC SITE

40 CASEY’S COTTAGE AT MEXICO POINT STATE PARK

30 SENECA FALLS HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Portageville

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Newark

THE VAN HORN MANSION

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THE NAPLES HOTEL

Irondequoit

Palmyra

LOCKPORT CAVES

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Niagara Falls

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Buffalo

1000 Islands

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Owego Owego

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FINGERLAKES MALL

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WAYSIDE IRISH PUB

Auburn

Elbridge

35 THE LANDMARK THEATRE

Syracuse

Sylvan Beach Rome Rome

50 UNION STATION

Utica

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SHOPPES AT THE FINISH LINE

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 ERKIMER HOME STATE H HISTORIC SITE

Utica

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SPLIT ROCK QUARRY

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ERIE CANAL MUSEUM

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NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME

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13 CURVES ON ONONDAGA HILL

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HYDE HALL

Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse

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Cooperstown Cooperstown


Capital-Saratoga 60 THE ORIGINAL ALBANY GHOST TOUR

Troy

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67 Plattsburgh L. C

62 GLEN SANDERS MANSION

Scotia

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ADIRONDACK REGION

SEAWAY REGION 44

ham

1000 ISLANDS-

Albany

63 THE KNOX MANSION

Johnstown

Alexandria Bay

64 BATCHELLER MANSION INN

Saratoga Springs

65 SARATOGA SPRINGS HISTORY MUSEUM/ HISTORIC CANFIELD CASINO

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Saratoga Springs

Watertown

66 GHOSTS IN THE YADDO GARDEN TOURS

Saratoga Springs

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Adirondacks

North Creek

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Lake 68 George

67 GREATER ADIRONDACK GHOST & TOUR COMPANY

Plattsburgh

68 MYSTERY SPOT OF LAKE GEORGE

Lake George

Sylvan Beach 48 Oneida L. 49 Rome 47

50

45 Chittenango

Utica

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66 64 65

Little Falls 52

Saratoga Springs 63 Johnstown

46 Cazenovia

CENTRAL NEW YORK REGION

53 54 Cooperstown 55 57 Cobleskill 56

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69 FORT WILLIAM HENRY MUSEUM

Lake George

CAPITALSARATOGA REGION

Scotia

60 Albany 61

58 Schoharie

Troy

59 Middleburgh

70 BARKEATER CHOCOLATES

North Creek

Hudson Valley 71

SPOOK ROCK ROAD

Hudson

72 WING’S CASTLE

Millbrook

73 MISS FANNY’S VICTORIAN PARTY HOUSE

Wappingers Falls

71 Hudson Binghamton

CATSKILLS REGION

Warwick

76 PINE BUSH HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST

Pine Bush

New Paltz 81

COOPERSTOWN CANDLELIGHT GHOST TOURS

Cooperstown

56 BULL’S HEAD INN

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73 Wappingers

Pine Bush 76 77

Falls

74 Beacon

Port Jervis

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GRAPEVINE FARMS

Cobleskill

77 HAMLET OF PINE BUSH: UFO CAPITAL OF EAST COAST

Pine Bush

Napanoch

Cobleskill

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72 Millbrook

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Glen Spey

Beacon

75 SILVIO’S VILLA

Kingston 82

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74 BANNERMAN ISLAND

75 Warwick

HUDSON VALLEY REGION

78 LAUREL GROVE CEMETERY

Port Jervis

Catskills 79 BURN BRAE MANSION

Glen Spey

58 OLD STONE FORT MUSEUM

80 THE SHANLEY HOTEL

59 THE DOCTOR BEST HOUSE & MEDICAL EXHIBIT

81 PRIVATE HAUNTED HUGUENOT STREET TOURS

Schoharie

Napanoch

Middleburgh

New Paltz

82 OLD DUTCH CHURCH CEMETERY

New York

Kingston

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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.

HauntedHistoryTrail.com All photography is courtesy of the very talented Steven Shoemaker @AmityPhotos.com except Rolling Hills Asylum photo on page 9 ©Mark Gutman.

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Features & Contents 2 » Trail Map

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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.

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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.

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Walk, Hike, or Drive: Three Spooky Self-Guided Stops

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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...

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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.

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Where History Meets Haunted

Index

 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

www.HauntedHistoryTrail.com/events

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PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONS O

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

seriously spooky.

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

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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

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Despite the activity, Casey’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

can uncover.

third floor. Investigations and ghost hunts can be scheduled by appointment.

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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

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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

CASEY’S COTTAGE 40

SYLVAN BEACH AMUSEMENT PARK 47

SHOPPES AT THE FINISH LINE 51 ROLLING HILLS ASYLUM 2

UNION STATION 50

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BULL’S HEAD INN 56

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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.

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wrapped in caught fire – killing her and destroying part of

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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

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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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ARTIFACTS, EXHIBITS and APPARITIONS:

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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.

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ERIE CANAL MUSEUM 37

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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.

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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

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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.

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ERIE CANAL MUSEUM 37

HISTORIC WM. PHELPS GENERAL STORE 27 AND HISTORIC PALMYRA MUSEUM STARR CLARK TIN SHOP & 41 UNDERGROUND RAILROAD MUSEUM

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Sweet Dreams Ghostly Screams OR

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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

haunted charm.

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

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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 –

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Architecturally STUNNING and

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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

of children.

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

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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.

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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

your curiosity.

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

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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,

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they seem to further compliment the unusual stories and paranormal activity inside – making this location seem like a fantasy, and a nightmare.

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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.


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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

and haunts.

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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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.

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Theatre-Dwelling Ghosts Have a

FLAIR for the DRAMATIC

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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.

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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

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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.

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WINERY AT 10 MARJIM MANOR

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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

for yourself.

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!


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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.

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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 blood.

in the woods, we strongly encourage you

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not to venture in alone. Visit at your own risk. You are advised to wear appropriate footwear for the hike to the location.

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Visit our index or the Haunted History Trail website for more information about accessing these haunted hot spots.


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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

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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…

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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

BUFFALO/ERIE COUNTY

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

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ORLEANS COUNTY 11 Hart House Hotel 113 W Center Street Medina, NY 14103 585-735-6031 hauntedhistorytrail.com/hart-house-hotel

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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


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YATES COUNTY

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 Owego’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

CAYUGA COUNTY

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

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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

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40 Casey’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

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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

SCHOHARIE COUNTY

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

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56 Bull’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

FULTON COUNTY

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

Hudson Valley

64 Batcheller Mansion Inn 20 Circular Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-584-7012 hauntedhistorytrail.com/batchellermansion-inn

COLUMBIA COUNTY

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

DUTCHESS COUNTY

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

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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

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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

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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

CATSKILLS REGION

Visit Rochester

Sullivan County Catskills

Visit Syracuse

Ulster County Tourism

Wayne County Tourism

HUDSON VALLEY

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

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