The following is a list of allegedly haunted hospitals and asylums in New York, USA. Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know which location you think is the creepiest! To view my full list of ghost stories and haunted locations in New York, Click Here. And if you liked this list, be sure to check out my new book, The Folklore & Haunted Locations Guide: New York, available on Amazon!!
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#1 - Buffalo Psychiatric Center
Coordinates: 42.929354°, -78.882217°
Location Address: 444 Forest Avenue, Buffalo, New York, 14213
The Buffalo Psychiatric Center in Buffalo, New York was constructed in the late 1800's, and now stands as a luxury hotel called the Hotel Henry Urban Resort. The facility treated patients with mental illness until the early 1970's when it was closed due to claims of abuse and neglect by caretakers. It was also the site of a bloody battlefield during the War of 1812, and is said to be haunted by the spirits of former soldiers and mental patients who died violent and unnatural deaths. Guests at the Hotel Henry often report seeing shadow figures and apparitions, including the spirit of a mysterious lady in white who wanders the hallways. Employees working at the hotel at night also report hearing strange disembodied voices and sounds, as well as feeling the presence of an unseen entity. Workers remodeling empty areas of the hotel over the years have also reported hearing strange disembodied sounds, and experiencing other unexplained paranormal activity such as sudden cold spots, and tools or other equipment being moved or misplaced by an unseen entity.
#2 - Clifton Springs Sanitarium
Coordinates: 42.961232°, -77.136158°
Location Address: 11 E. Main Street, Clifton Springs, New York, 14432
Clifton Springs Sanitarium in Clifton Springs, New York was constructed in 1892, and was later remodeled for use as an apartment building called Spa Apartments, Inc. It is said to be haunted by the spirit of a former doctor named Henry Foster, as well as the spirits of former tuberculosis patients that died painful deaths while being treated with experimental medical technology and procedures. In addition to witnessing shadow figures and apparitions, residents at Spa Apartments report experiencing other paranormal phenomena, such as disembodied voices, cold spots, sudden drops in temperature, and doors opening and closing by themselves.
#3 - Harlem Valley Psychiatric Hospital
Coordinates: 41.635761°, -73.569818°
Location Address: Wheeler Road, Wingdale, New York, 12594
Constructed in 1924, Harlem Valley Psychiatric Hospital in Wingdale, New York consists of over eighty buildings and occupies over 800 acres of land. After its closure in 1994, rumors began to circulate that the abandoned institution was haunted by the spirits of former mental patients who were subjected to inhumane and experimental medical procedures, such as electroshock therapy and lobotomies. Urban explorers at the abandoned asylum report encountering spirits and apparitions, as well as experiencing a variety of other unexplained paranormal activity, such as cold spots, disembodied voices, footsteps, and screams. Paranormal investigators also report experiencing technical issues with equipment and electronic devices, such as flashlights turning on and off by themselves, and batteries draining unexpectedly. Others report experiencing feelings of being watched or followed by an unseen entity, as well as feelings of paranoia and dread that subside upon leaving the location. In 2013 the old hospital and 503 acres of the surrounding campus were purchased by Olivet University to be renovated for use as dormitories.
#4 - Hudson River State Hospital
Coordinates: 41.728778°, -73.931103°
Location Address: Winslow Gate Road, Fairview, New York, 10607
Constructed in 1873, Hudson River State Hospital is a former mental institution located in Fairview, New York. It was closed in 2003, but many of the old buildings on campus still remain and are said to be haunted by the spirits of former mental patients who were subjected to primitive forms of psychiatric treatment, such as lobotomies and electroshock therapy. Many investigators report encountering glowing orbs and shadowy figures, as well as hearing the sounds of disembodied voices and cries for help. Others report feeling sudden cold spots, as well as feeling a strange presence in certain areas.
#5 - J. N. Adam Hospital
Coordinates: 42.44904941, -79.0008140
Location Address: Fairview Drive, Perrysburg, New York, 14070
Located on Fairview Drive in Perrysburg, New York, the abandoned J.N. Adam Hospital was opened in 1909 as a tuberculosis ward. It remained open until 1960, at which point it was reopened as a medical facility for patients with developmental disabilities. Urban explorers and paranormal investigators at the old hospital report witnessing apparitions, as well as hearing disembodied footsteps, voices, and screams. Others report experiencing unexplained paranormal phenomena such as cold spots, and feeling a strange presence. J.N. Adam Hospital was permanently closed in 1995.
Brian Weaver is the founder and creator of GhostQuest.net, the internet’s largest database for haunted locations, urban legends, and folklore tales throughout the United States. He grew up in rural New Hampshire, where he attended college for Computer Science.