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. Camp Hero, Montauk. Rumor has it that not only is the former airforce base which now serves as Camp Hero State Park (and the inspiration behind Stranger Things) haunted, but the entire town of Montauk is filled with hotspots of spooky happenings. It is said that Camp Hero is haunted by non-human spirits, creatures, and the unsettling history of all that took place here.
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 on 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.
Southampton History Museum, Southampton. The Southampton History Museum is made up of about a dozen historical buildings, most notably two of these buildings are said to be the most haunted places on Long Island: The Rogers Mansion and The Halsey House. Here, guests and employees have documented unexplained footsteps, items being thrown across the basement, beds suddenly turning up unmade, shadow figures have followed people through the house and some have even claimed that ghosts have tugged on their hair and skirts. The activity is so widespread and regular that Long Island Paranormal Investigators have set up a permanent residency here offering ghost tours once a month throughout the year.
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.
Katie’s of Smithtown. This small artist and musician-owned bar in Smithtown has been the scene of numerous hauntings since it opened its doors. The site of Katie’s has a lengthy history, dating back to the early 1900s when it served as the Trainor Hotel. The hotel burned down in December of 1909, and it is unknown how many fatalities there may have been. After the fire, a smaller version of Katie’s was erected and the building expanded yet again in the 1920s when a candy shop opened on the property. During this time, Prohibition was strictly enforced so Katie’s quickly became a sort of speakeasy, serving soda and candy in one room and illegal alcohol in another. It is believed the former bartender, Charlie Klein, is the one responsible for the hauntings. Right around the time of Prohibition, his life struck tragedy. His wife died and soon after, Charlie was caught serving alcohol and ended up in a lot of legal trouble. Shortly after he was caught, he took his own life. Fast forward to 2000, the current owner, Brian Karppinen, purchased and renovated the property to what we see today. Since then, both guests and employees at the bar have sighted an apparition of a man dressed in 1920s garb. Other reports state wine glasses have flown off shelves, employees have heard unexplained footsteps, and it’s not uncommon for people who frequent the bar to unexpectedly get chills.
Jayne’s Hill, Sweet Hollow Rd. and Mount Misery Rd., (West Hills County Park) Huntington. Jayne’s Hill is not only known as Long Island’s highest peak but as a site of hauntings that stand the test of time. Local folklore and legends around the area date back to pre-colonial times, with Native Americans believing this site was home to a Thunderbird, a mythological creature. But that’s just a rumor…or is it? Not much is known about this area, other than that the original peoples who resided near Mount Misery believed the land was cursed and unable to grow crops. Today, the area that encompasses Jayne’s Hill, Sweet Hollow Rd. and Mount Misery Rd., is home to West Hills County Park and it’s a common site for ghost hunts. Many people hike through the area hoping for an eerie encounter, while others simply drive up Sweet Hollow Rd. and park underneath the overpass before putting their car in neutral and pouring baby powder on the back bumper in hopes of catching the handprints of ghosts trying to push them to the other side of the bridge.
**NOTE: This list does not include private property or properties where visitors are prohibited to trespass.
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