Top 10 Spooky Places to Visit in New York State
New York State boasts a number of places with haunted legends and scary locations. From Indian grave site ghosts to early colonial spirits, some stories are of mere hauntings, while other specter sightings are much more elaborate. Here are just a few spooky places in New York State that you might consider visiting.
• Spook Hill Newell Road, Middlesex, NY – Starting this list off with a place called “spooky hill” seems fitting. Legend has it that if you put your car in neutral at a certain spot on Newell Road in Middlesex, Native American spirits will push your car back up the hill. Drive to the top of the big hill, sit and be spooked as your car rolls backward up the hill! Here are the exact coordinates.
Note: beware as oncoming traffic will not see you.
• The Iron Island Museum – 998 Lovejoy Street, Buffalo, New York – Ghost Hunters, Ghost Lab, My Ghost Story and more have all encountered the spirits that inhabit Iron Island Museum. This old church turned funeral home turned museum is one of the top New York State spots for ghost hunters.
• Lily Dale – The Lily Dale Spiritualist Assembly holds year round meetings and provides seminars on topics such as mediums, spiritualist studies and subjects of the paranormal. Check the website for fees, classes and guest lecturers.
• The Lady in Granite– Penn Yan, New York – The image of a lady has appeared on a gravestone for the Gillette family. No amount of scrubbing has removed the image from the stone. Legend in the area holds that eventually her entire form will be revealed and she will be free to haunt the town.
• Lake Ronkonkoma – Ronkonkoma, New York – The Lady of the Lake, a Native American woman who drown herself at the lake in colonial times is said to haunt the lake and take an attractive young man between 18 and 38 to his death. This is said to account for the significant number of drownings at the lake. Another legend states that the lake really doesn’t have a bottom, but rather is a gateway to Hell.
• Big Moose Lake – The Adirondack Mountains – A young lady named Grace Brown is said to have visited this lake with her fiancé. She was pregnant and pressing her lover into marriage; instead, he drowned her in the lake. Ghosts have been seen replaying the drowning and cold spots have been felt.
• East Otto Cemetery – N Otto Road, East Otto, NY The cemetery here is said to be haunted. If you visit at night, you will see two headless women running from a man with an axe, your car will shake and your horn will sound – all on its own.
• Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride – 1835 Middletown Rd, Glen Mills, New York – This attraction has been in operation for over 25 years. This location uses props and digital effects to help the actors bring the scary action to life. The hayride itself lasts for about 25 minutes and is one scary, heart pounding experience from beginning to end. This group prides itself on realism and while they don’t guarantee that you will be scared, they do their very best to make it so.
• 12 Gay Street – Manhattan, New York – This home on a quiet street was a speakeasy during prohibition and onward. It was the home to former Mayor Jimmy Walker’s mistress and many others lived here. For some, the party still continues. Revelers and other party goers are seen roaming the halls and making all kinds of racket at night. One is seen often wearing a cape, earning him the name of the Gay Street Phantom.
• 112 Ocean Avenue House (The Amityville Horror House) – Amityville, New York – The house was the scene of a mass murder of the DeFeo family in 1974. The family who lived there after the murders claimed all kinds of haunted things happened and they fled the house after 28 days. The home is a private residence now, but there are museums dedicated to the events that happened in the home that are interesting to buffs of criminal history.
• For more spooktacular spots to visit in New York State, check out the haunted history trail!
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