hauntings

Mount Misery Road, Huntington, New York

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Long Island is way too far off for this legend to be listed as a Haunted Western New York entry.

[That may seem obvious, but I, and many other New Yorkers, know that a lot of people who aren’t from the state split New York into New York City and Not-New-York-City with very little understanding of the geography of a fairly large state. Long Island and Buffalo are pretty much at opposite ends.]

However I do still favor New York ghost stories, especially during a month filled with them.

According to legend the road is not called Mount Misery because of the stories associated with it-it was just not a nice area to live in and extremely hard to farm. However the name is probably not aiding the road in shaking any ghost stories that have been started through the years [have you noticed that a cemetery is much more likely to be haunted than the OB ward of a hospital, even though if we’re honest with ourselves, they both most likely see a fair amount of death?]

However the name came into being, there are suggestions that the area has had a haunted reputation for almost as long as the area has been settled-though it is worth noting that just because the stories claim connection to the 1700s doesn’t necessarily mean that the legend itself dates to the same era. Regardless, the legend claims that there was an asylum built along the road in the 1700s and a female patient was killed [the dates for the hospital are shaky, and increase the potential for the eras to have been added at a much more modern point-some reports place the hospital at a much later 1840]. She eventually became the first ‘woman in white’ ghost seen along the road, and her story may have slowly merged with more modern stories who claim a phantom hitch-hiker in the same region.

The Lady in White is not the only type of ghost claimed to be haunting the road. There are stories of lights, suicides, ghost vehicles, and ghosts that will interfere with vehicles to ‘stop’ accidents (even if the road is already clear). There are echoes and implications of wider regional legends such as the presence of the ghost of a woman murdered and dumped along the road; this is a legend that exists throughout the Long Island region as a whole, as well as potentially linked into wider Mid Atlantic and New England lore.

Regionally, there are some potentially troubling ghosts that are supposed to be haunting the region. Like several other areas settled by Western Europeans (especially the British and Dutch) both Mount Misery and Sweet Hollow Roads have their own black dogs/black shuck style ghosts. Reflecting the dullahan and its American cousin the Headless Horseman, there is a man supposedly wandering the area with a basket of severed heads. Finally, a cop will sometimes pull you over or appear a the scene of minor accidents and break downs. There have been reports that he is missing the back of his head.

Mount Misery and Sweet Hollow Road

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Haunted Western New York- Buffalo Central Terminal

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Buffalo Central Terminal

The Central Terminal ranks as one of Buffalo’s most popular (and infamous) public momunments. Building began in 1925 on the terminal with the intention of the site being used as a depot for the New York Central Railroad. The first train left the station in June 1929.

The station passed through several hands including Pen Central and Amtrak. The terminal last saw use in 1979, and was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in the early 1980s. Various efforts to rehabilitate the site have been launched since that time, with the building reentering the public awareness as a site for several different ceremonies and conventions.

The terminal is as notorious for its hauntings as it is for its rather chaotic history. Featured 3 times by The Atlantic Paranormal Society, the original special that aired on halloween 2008 garnered enough viewer enthusiam that the site was featured again on halloween 2010. TAPS found enough activity to be comfortable claiming that the site is most likely haunted.

Most of the claims made about the site relate to large amounts of residual style, repetitive hauntings- most of the sightings are of activities that would have been common while the terminal was experiencing its highest traffic such as during World War II when large numbers of troops were moving through the building. People claim to have witnessed people drinking from water fountains that are no longer in existance, crowds in otherwise abandoned sections of the concourse, and heard (or felt) trains leaving the station decades after the tracks fell into disuse.

However, the building’s status as a local urban legend in its own right may be its greatest legacy. The Central Terminal, along with the abandoned psychiatric center, ranks as Buffalo’s most haunted location- and one of its most discussed.

More Information

Central Terminal Restoration Corporation

Buffalo Central Terminal

Dark Destinations

Silent Stations– great photos

Haunted Western New York- The White Lady of Durand-Eastman Park (Rochester)

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The detailing of Rochester’s white lady intrigues me- it’s both a horribly vague story, and one with very specific detailing.

The ghost is rumoured to haunt Durand-Eastman Park, near the Rochester-Irondequoit border. The legend states that one night the white lady’s daughter went missing and she began to search the area along with her two german shepards. By the end of the night it became apparent that her daughter was lost and in her grief she threw herself into Lake Ontario. Since that time, the white lady haunts the park where she searched.

The cause of her daughter’s disappearance varies from variation to variation; the reasoning ranges from rape and murder to simply having vanished with a strange man. Whatever the reasoning, the legend states that a man was the primary motivation-which the ghost seems aware of because the legend states that this white lady and her dogs has been known to attack men.

There’s two things that I find intriguing about this story: the dogs and the attacks. First, while ghost dogs are a fairly common element, it’s not all that common to hear about ghost animals as part of a wider haunting. Ghost animals tend to be a stand-alone element (my house has a ghost cat, I saw a demon dog with red eyes on the road, that sort of thing). Second, it’s not common to find a violent white lady. They may be a fairly sentient haunting in that they do seem to react to the environment, but aren’t normally aggressive.

Edit 5/1/2016, to address the dogs questioned in the comments:

It has been a few years since I posted this entry [though I am surprised that I have it up without sources], but here is a fuller version of the story involving the dogs. I’m not claiming that it’s the ‘real’ version, but that it does pre-date this entry: http://weirdus.com/states/new_york/local_legends/white_lady_castle/index.php