Category Archive: New York

Feb 28

Boldt Castle

Lillee Allee

Lillee Allee

Representative at National Paranormal Society
Lillee Allee has studied religion, spirituality and paranormal investigation for over 40 years. She is the widow of John D. Allee, an internationally known dark magician. She continues to consult in paranormal investigation. Her specialties include: Marian and cultural spiritual phenomena/apparitions, spiritual support to teams and clients who want spiritual counseling after investigation, evp work and old school audio, the accuracy and research of past life regression and seance, and spiritual protection. Lillee was also one of the first to incorporate trained canines into paranormal investigations. She hosts a radio program on the para-x.com network, Happy Mediums, with Debra Ann Freeman, who also consults with paranormal investigative teams in Southern New England. Lillee is a published author and journalist, and legal clergy with degrees in psychology and mass communication. Lillee walks on the middle path sees learning as a life-long endeavor and is looking to make a difference and contribution to this field before she too will be heard on someone’s EVP. Lillee is always available to educate and consult and continues to enjoy guesting on other’s radio and television programs.
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Boldt Castle

by Lillee Allee
Alexandria Bay, New York
1-800-847-5263
Open May through October with access by boat or shuttle from Canada and the United States. The gorgeous grounds are also available for private weddings.

Mr. Boldt ran the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. During vacations, the Boldts stayed at a family home on the St . Lawrence River. In 1900, Boldt commissioned 300 builders to erect the beautiful 120 room fairytale resort on Heart Island, with gardens, a yacht house and a children’s playhouse.
This beautiful castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of Mrs Boldt. Mr. Boldt had it built as a labor of love for his wife. After her sudden death in 1904, he ordered all work stopped. It was never completed, and left on its own for 74 years. Boldt himself never returned to the island. In 1977, the Thousand Island Bridge Authority would open the castle and use all monies for the enjoyment of future generations. Since then, several million dollars have been spent or restoration and rehabilitation. Lights are often reported in the windows of the castle, long after the last boat has left.

http://www.boldtcastle.com/visitorinfo/
theshadowlands.net/places/newyork.htm

Dec 24

Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary

qwww.professorjavas.com
217 Wolf Rd, Albany, NY 12205
(518) 435-0843
6:30 AM – 10:00 PM
This wonderful restaurant warns the patron right on the website that there are spirits in the building, not to be scared, and also states that one might just have an encounter. Many mention seeing grown men in mirrors but not in the actual room. Workers hear noises at night. Most report feelings of unease or feelings of an extra person at or around their table. A spirit of a dog has also been seen and heard. Workers often refuse to go to the basement alone, as they feel that this is where the activity emanates. Originally a residence, the building became a hair salon before it became the coffee house. Personal experiences include cold spots, breezes from no definable sources, and feelings of not being alone in the rest room.
Sources:
Personal visits from Lillee Allee
theshadowlands.net/places/newyork.htm

Dec 22

The Brightside

13The Brightside
Raquette Lake
In the heart of the Adirondacks, NY
(not accessible by car)
While it is currently being used for Fiber Optic training classes, you may contact
John Bruno for more information at 315-737-2157 or email jbruno@fiberinstrumentsales.com
The Brightside Hotel is a rustic inn on Raquette Lake \in the Adirondacks. Originally a residence in the 1880s, the Bryere family build a hotel and a complex in the style of the Adirondack great camps. Now owned by The Light Connection, it has been renovated and modernized.
The owners admit to non-living gusts and residents and share living guests’ stories. Many have reported being touched or seeing something watching them. In the 1970s, a husband’s death in a blizzard, has since caused witnesses to see the wife waiting for her husband in their room if the piano is being played below. During renovations workers found two coats from yesteryear on a coatrack; a situation that has never been explained. Because the original owner was the county’s coroner, bodies were stored in the basement if the ground was frozen. One room seems to have continual reports of blue orb-like lights seen by the naked eye, if that is not enough, the bed also sometimes shakes. There are other reports of activity in the kitchen, doors acting strangely without human intervention, and cameras taking pictures on their own.
According to the Brightside’s web site, in 2002, the Mohawk Valley Ghost Hunters investigated and found some evidence in the original building.
The building is only accessible by boat.
Sources:
brightsideonraquette.com
thefreegeorge.com/thefreegeorge/haunted-hotels-adirondacks/

Dec 22

The Big Moose Inn

12The Big Moose Inn
on historic Big Moose Lake
1510 Big Moose Road
Eagle Bay, New York 13331 (open throughout the year)
(315) 357-2042 | (888) 924-4666
innkeeper@bigmooseinn.com
On the shores of Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks, sits the historical Big Moose Inn. For decades this has been a beloved vacation spot, but is best known for the murder of pregnant Grace Brown in the early 1900s. Built in 1902 as Burdick’s Camp and then Waterman’s Camp, it became Big Moose Inn in 1946, and more new owners offered more building and renovations. The Inn now boasts 16 guest rooms, a dining room, and a tavern.
The story of Ms. Brown has been immortalized in a book called “An American Tragedy” by Theodore Dreiser. Native to South Otselic, New York, Brown started working at the Gillette Skirt Company in Cortland, New York in 1905. An illicit affair with the owner’s nephew, Chester Gillette, resultedin pregnancy. Gillette, an entitled young man took this working glass girl to Big Moose Lake, with promises of marriage and a new lifestyle. Witnesses saw the two on the lake onJuly 11th, but Gillette returned alone. Brown’s body was found in the lake the next day. It is believed that Gillette knocked Brown out with a tennis racket and threw her out of the craft to drown in the lake. Gillette was executed in 1908 in Auburn Prison.
This became a story of poverty, pregnancy and privilege. Jennifer Donnelly’s novel A Northern Light. and the non-fiction Adirondack Tragedy: The Gillette Murder Case of 1906, by Joseph W. Brownell & Patricia A. Wawrzaszek, and Murder in the Adirondacks: An American Tragedy Revisited by Craig Brandon. George Stevens’ 1951 film, A Place in the Sun, starring Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor, was also inspired by the murder.
Many hotel guests have allegedly seen Brown’s ghost by the lake, and the ambience of the area adds to romantic and other unsettling feelings deep in the heart of the forest.
Sources:
bigmooseinn.com
thefreegeorge.com/thefreegeorge/haunted-hotels-adirondacks/

Dec 22

The Sagamore Hotel

9110 Sagamore Road
Bolton Landing, NY 12814
Hotel Direct: 518.644.9400
Reservations (Toll-Free): 866.384.1944
Group Sales: 855.700.OPAL
The Sagamore Hotel, just north of Lake George in the Adirondacks) was originally opened in 1883 . Its land covers almost all of Green Island. The main building was destroyed by two fires in 1893 and 1914 and reconstructed in 1930 and closed in 1981. Empty for two years, it re-opened in 1983, 100 years after its original construction. The building is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
According to The Free George, many visitors since the 1950s have given corresponding accounts of strange occurrences. Some say they’ve seen the ghost of a middle-aged woman wearing a blue polka-dot dress moving through the hallways and the Trillium, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant. Sometimes the woman is accompanied by a man and walks down the stairs into the reception area. Others hear children giggling in the hallways or on the golf course. An undocumented legend says that a little boy was hit by a car while running after a golf ball and died, staying to haunt the golf course forever. There are even reports of one room being closed off to visitors because of strange noises during the night. One previous employee claimed that the hotel is built on a Native American cemetery, which is the source of the strange feelings and ghosts sightings reported by many of the guests and employees. A prep cook quit after a tall woman in white spoke to him and then walked through him and disappeared.
thesagamore.com
thefreegeorge.com/thefreegeorge/haunted-hotels-adirondacks/

Dec 22

Beardslee Castle

8123 Old State Road
Little Falls, NY 13365
315-823-3000
info@BeardsleeCastle.com
According to The Free George, Beardslee is truly a castle–a replica of an ancient Irish castle built in 1860 by masons from Ireland and Switzerland. Beardslee Castle may be one of the most haunted buildings in New York State with tales of death and unexplainable events on the Beardslee property dating back more than 300 years. In the mid-1700’s a group of Native Americans were killed when they tried to enter a homestead filled to the brim with munitions and powder. Route 5 travelers have reported seeing a blinding light rush from the trees, resulting in many fatalities as cars drove off the road. Some drivers have reported seeing a young child walking along the road in the middle of the night, with reports that the ghost of Mr. Beardslee was seen holding a lantern and searching for a lost child. The suicide of Pop Christensen, the first owner of the castle when it was a restaurant added to the stories. Recent guests speak of a young woman dressed in white who is walking outside. Two drivers witnessed the young woman being hit as she stepped into the road one night, but no one was on the road and there were no marks on the car. Employees of the castle are afraid to be there alone, hearing steps, music and voices. Tables have been found overturned and chairs moved around in the mornings.
Over one hundred psychics and paranormal experts have concluded that it is indeed haunted. A recording done by the New Hampshire Institute for Paranormal Research in 1983, picked up playful whispers throughout the night. In October 1999, the Castle was featured in a segment of “Haunted History” on the History Channel, and the producer said that a picture of a ghost in the dungeon was the best he’d ever seen.
The castle serves dinner four nights a week and also hosts wedding receptions, banquets and special events. Guests can head down to the Dungeon for drinks at the bar and perhaps an extra fright, as most of the sightings have taken place in this specific area.
www.beardsleecastle.com
thefreegeorge.com/thefreegeorge/haunted-hotels-adirondacks/

Dec 06

State University of Albany (2)

8Pierce Hall, Alumni Quad
1400 Washington Ave,
Albany, NY 12222
(518) 442-3300
Throughout the last decades, students have reported alleged sightings of a young woman who wanders the halls. There has been no investigation as to who she was or why she remains at Pierce.
http://www.theshadowlands.net/places/newyork.htm
http://www.albany.edu/

Dec 06

State University of Albany

8Mohican Hall, Indian Quad
1400 Washington Ave,
Albany, NY 12222
(518) 442-3300
Reports of an apparition that appears “young looking” started in 1994. It wanders the halls of the dorm.
http://www.theshadowlands.net/places/newyork.htm
http://www.albany.edu/

Dec 06

Oakwood Cemetery 2

750 101st St.
Troy, NY 12180
This cemetery is also allegedly one of the most haunted cemeteries in the United States. Witnesses have reported alleged spots of light, apparitions, the Virgin Mary statue weeping blood, and paranormal activity around Uncle Sam’s burial plot. It remains open with listed visiting hours. There are also reports of late night rituals and moving entities, but as you can see from the photos this may be only wildlife.
http://strangeusa.com/Viewlocation.aspx?id=7040
http://www.oakwoodcemetery.org
http://www.graveaddiction.com/owoodny.html

Dec 06

Oakwood Cemeteries

4940 Comstock Ave,
Syracuse, NY
(315) 565-2874
Visitors report apparitions, moving tombstones, sounds and voices. The cemetery is open for visitors but obey the posted hours. It is also known for its variety of trees and birds. Many are drawn to visit due to the beautiful variety of stone designs.
http://www.shadesofoakwood.com
http://www.oakwoodofsyracuse.com

Dec 06

Maple Hill Cemetery aka Dead Childrens Playground

3202 Maple Hill St SE
Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 539-5537
Maple Hill Cemetery is the oldest and largest cemetery in Huntsville, Alabama. Founded on two acres in about the year 1822,
it now encompasses nearly 100 acres and contains over 80,000 burials.
There is a playground set up near the cemetery. It is said the ghosts of children play and swing on the swingsets.
Apparitions have been seen, and captured on film by investigations.
The swings sometimes can be seen swinging by themselves, and sounds of laughter and children’s voices are heard.
Around 1960, a group of abducted children’s bodies were found on these grounds.
It was added to the Alabama Historical Commission’s Historic Cemetery Register in 2008,
and to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.

Dec 06

Forest Park Cemetery also known as Pinewoods Cemetery

2387 Pinewoods Ave.
Brunswick, New York (east of Troy)
This is allegedly one of the top ten haunted cemeteries in the country. However, there are clearly no trespassing signs placed around the property, so do not visit without permission. It is currently owned by the Town of Brunswick.One of the mysteries of the site is that when two beautiful statues on monuments were vandalized, one decapitated with both arms broken off, blood flowed. One theory to this is that there is a red moss that may cause this anomaly, however another theory is that the iron rods built into the monuments for stability may have started to rust. Either way, again while this is common knowledge in the area, there is no evidence to back up the existence of the “blood.”One aspect of the folklore that has also been debunked is that a mausoleum that collapsed was devoid of coffins, hence adding to the mystery. However, the mausoleum was in reality a receiving building with a copper roof and skylight with individual marble compartments to hold bodies for burial after the brutal winters in the Capitol region. The original building had beautiful marble shelves and the remains show the building was made of granite and brick.One last urban legend that is commonly attributed to the cemetery is that in the beginning of the twentieth century, two lovers went to the cemetery to be alone. The man stepped out of the car to get help when it would not start, and in the morning the police, on patrol, woke up the female, and found the male hung in the tree. It is interesting though that this legend has cropped up in many books, attributed to many other places
.**I*** Jen or Melissa – please link article in ghosts and hauntings to this.Forest Park Cemetery listing,
http://www.strangeusa.com/ViewLocation.aspx?IDForest Park Cemetery,https://en.wikipedia.org/…/Forest_Park_Cemetery_(Brunswick,…
Personal interviews and visits in 2014 and 2015.

Dec 06

New York State Capitol, Albany, NY

1Located between Washington Avenue, State Street, Eagle Street and South Swan Street in Albany, Albany County, New York. To get there, go to the east side of the Empire State Plaza area, on State Street, with Washington Street behind you. Take Broadway to State Street, which will bring you into Empire State Plaza from the south side.
Ghosts allegedly include: Night Watchman,Samuel Abbott who has been seen and there are reports of jangling Shadow figures the 4th & 5th floor corridors.Artist William Morris Hunt whose best work was destroyed by fire and renovation is said to haunt the the Assembly Chamber. There are cold spots in this area.Door knobs rattle, and doors open and close at will.Cold spots are felt and occasional flickering seen. A Fruit Vendor died and he has been felt on the staircase, seen to fall from the staircase, and cold spots are felt.
Haunted tours are hosted in October with additional stories of famous apparitions.
http://www.hauntedhouses.com/states/ny/albany_capitol.htm
https://online.ogs.ny.gov/…/CapitolhauntingsTo…/default.aspx

Dec 05

Seward House Museum

d1Seward House Museum
33 South Street
Auburn, NY 13021
(315) 252-1283
info@sewardhouse.org
According to the University of Rochester on the museums website, “William Henry Seward was one of the foremost politicians of nineteenth century America; a New York State Senator, Governor of NewYork, a U.S. Senator, and served as Secretary of State in the Lincoln and Johnson administrations. His task during the civil war was perhaps the most difficult ever faced by any Secretary of State; to maintain the neutrality of foreign countries in our darkest hour, at a period in history before international law and modern diplomacy.” There are reports of hauntings from the tragedies of the family toWilliam Seward Jr.’s ghost regiment

Dec 05

The Queensbury Hotel

c1The Queensbury Hotel
88 Ridge Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801
Hotel Direct: 518-792-1121
Hotel Fax: 518-792-9259
Sales Office Direct: 518-792-4453
Reservations Toll Free: 800-554-4526
The Queensbury Hotel may be one of the best kept secrets in terms of haunted hotels in the Adirondacks. This historic hotel is open for business and many guests have reported apparitions and strange sounds in empty rooms, in their own guest rooms, in the lobby and in the hallways and even in the pool area.
http://www.queensburyhotel.com/
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g47798-d99209-Revie…

Oct 13

The Fox Property

 The Fox Property Address  Hydesville Rd
Location  Newark, NY  14513
Contact Tracy Murphy
Patchworkhippi@gmail.com
Hours of Operation 7am-9pm and appointment
Charge  Donations
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This is where modern spiritualism started. 2 little girls in 1848 talked to the spirit of a man that was killed and buried in the cellar. They went on to become famous mediums, The Fox Sisters. The property is owned by The National Spiritualist Association of Church. The caretaker and key holder is Tracy Murphy.

Oct 16

Ten Broeck Mansion

1798711_731719526862448_209282677_n Address 9 Ten Broeck Pl
Albany, New York 12210
Phone (518) 436-9826
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Website www.tenbroeckmansion.org/
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Oct 16

Adelphi Hotel

31153_129637517053021_2521119_n Address 365 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, New York 12886
Phone (518) 587-4688
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NOTE:  October, 2014, Adelphi Hotel is undergoing a massive restoration and is currently closed to the public for overnight guests.  No word on the official reopening date.

Oct 16

The Country Club of Troy

36434_415841263016_3905832_n Address 100 Troy Country Club Rd
Troy, New York 12180
Phone (518) 274-1000
Email email
Website countrycluboftroy.com/
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Oct 16

Merchant’s House Museum

543649_10150710349283617_1865224357_n Address 29 East Fourth St
New York, New York 10003
Phone (212) 777-1089
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Website merchantshouse.org/
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Oct 16

Roberson Museum and Science Center

10172777_10152023746241650_4366772223420311906_n Address 30 Front St
Binghamton, New York 13905
Phone (607) 772-0660
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Website www.roberson.org/
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Oct 16

Belhurst

10526045_737644686277116_7474629289432328563_n Address P.O. Box 609
Geneva, New York 14456
Phone (315) 781-0201
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Website www.belhurst.com/winery-at-belhurst.html
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Oct 16

The 1890 House Museum

10003991_10152905710946996_8260861469616915889_n Address 37 Tompkins St
Cortland, New York 13045
Phone (607) 756-7551
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Website www.the1890house.org/
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Oct 16

The Sherwood Inn

2008_10151171250666695_1170165124_n Address 26 W Genessee St
Skaneateles, New York 13152
Phone (315) 685-3405
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Website www.thesherwoodinn.com/
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Oct 16

The Algonquin Hotel

403386_10150979224527902_1072708329_n Address 59 W 44th St
New York, New York 10036
Phone (212) 840-6800
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Website www.marriott.com
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Oct 16

Ear Inn

10351907_10152208039689527_1776471771229843645_n Address 326 Spring St
New York, New York 10013
Phone (212) 226-9060
Email
Website earinn.com/
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Oct 16

Manhattan Bistro Inc

bistro Address 129 Spring St
New York, New York 10012
Phone (212) 966-3459
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Oct 16

One if by Land, Two if by Sea

10408825_672897819444844_8846097754613591581_n Address 17 Barrow St
New York, New York 10014
Phone (718) 984-0415
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Website www.oneifbyland.com/
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Oct 16

The Conference House

311100_453961461321922_511506233_n Address 298 Satterlee St
Staten Island, New York 10307
Phone (718) 984-0415
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Website www.conferencehouse.org/
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Oct 16

St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery

st_marks Address 131 E 10Th St
New York, New York 10003
Phone (212) 674-6377
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Website stmarksbowery.org/welcome/
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Oct 16

Morris-Jumel Mansion

198166_10150134199077881_7260125_n Address 65 Jumel Ter
New York, New York 10032
Phone (212) 923-8008
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Website www.morrisjumel.org/
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