Long Island, NY has enough fascinating tales to send tingles down your spine. And there are several venues you can visit where you might find yourself wondering if the stories just might be true. If you want some good, chilling fun explore the most haunted places on Long Island where proprietors actually welcome visitors… and the ghosts might too.
Country House Restaurant, Stony Brook. Here the daughter of a former owner welcomed British soldiers into the family home during the Revolutionary War. It is said she was killed for being a traitor to her Patriot neighbors. Visitors say they hear her cries and see light bulbs flicker. The “Ghost Bar” here has pictures of the ghost.
Raynham Hall. Raynham Hall is said to be haunted by British major John Andre, hanged for conspiracy during the Revolutionary War. It is also believed that Sally Townsend, the owners’ daughter who died of a broken heart (after receiving the nation’s first Valentine), also haunts the house.
Old Bethpage Village Restoration. At Old Bethpage Village Restoration you might see a ghost boy, who was allegedly locked up in one of the houses on the property, while mysterious carvings in the woodwork have appeared.
Fire Island Lighthouse. It is believed that a caretaker who once lived here was distraught over the illness and death of his child. The child tragically passed while they waited days for a doctor to show up at the isolated lighthouse. It is said the caretaker sadly hung himself and allegedly his spirit still roams the lonely rooms.
Montauk, NY. In the 1650s the Montaukett Indians were ambushed by a warring tribe near the Montauk Plaza; the same spot where Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders were quarantined after the Spanish American War. Native American spirits supposedly still wander here, while soldiers snatched away by yellow fever still seek respite.
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY. One of the area’s most serene spots for canoeing is also home to the ‘Lady of the Lake,’ a young Indian maiden whose true love was slain by a settler. She drowned herself and it is said to this day haunts the lake.
Gateway Playhouse. In the late 1800s there was a murder here. Employees say they still hear sounds of moaning and see shadows and smoky forms, including a man with a top hat in the sound booth.
Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts Theatre. The projectionist in this former movie theater was tragically killed in an accident. A former employee said he has seen the projectionist in the balcony. Projection equipment would break and be fixed mysteriously. After enjoying a show you might stop in at Katie’s of Smithtown nearby on Main St., where a former patron is still said to still haunt this casual bar/restaurant.
Harbor Mist Restaurant, Cold Spring Harbor. In the 1800s when this inn had a brothel, a local whaler returned home to find his wife with a customer and apparently killed them both. It is said doors open and close, lights flicker and the stereo plays.
**NOTE: This list does not include private property or properties where visitors are prohibited to trespass.
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