The following is a list of allegedly haunted hospitals and asylums in New York. 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
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
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
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
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
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.
#6 - Kings Park Psychiatric Center
Coordinates: 40.895149°, -73.236376°
Location Address: W. 4th Street, Kings Park, New York
Constructed in 1885 as Kings County Asylum, Kings Park Psychiatric Center in Kings Park, New York is said to be haunted by the spirits of former mental patients who died violent or otherwise unnatural deaths. Patients committed to the hospital were frequently subjected to horrific medical practices, such as electroshock therapy, lobotomies, and long periods of solitary confinement. Urban explorers visiting the abandoned facility report feeling a dark, sinister presence, and have reported witnessing apparitions and orbs, as well as hearing disembodied voices, whispers, and screams. Others report feeling sudden cold spots or drops in temperature, as well as experiencing unexplained issues with electronic devices such as flashlights and camera batteries being drained. Kings Park was closed in 1996 after claims of patients being neglected and abused by caretakers which had carried on for many years.
#7 - Letchworth Village
Coordinates: 41.213049°, -74.025891°
Location Address: Letchworth Village Road, Thiells, New York
Constructed in 1911 as the New York Institution for the Epileptic & Feeble Minded, Lechtworth Village in Thiells, New York treated the mentally ill until 1996, when it was closed due to claims of patient abuse and mistreatment. At its peak, Letchworth Village had over 130 dormitories on its campus, most of which are still standing. Urban explorers and paranormal investigators report hearing disembodied voices and feeling unexplained cold spots, as well as encountering the apparitions of former mental patients who were buried in the nearby Letchworth Village Cemetery. Letchworth Village was featured on an episode of the popular television series, Ghost Adventures in October of 2011.
#8 - Nettie Bowne Tuberculosis Hospital
Coordinates: 41.722218°, -73.906790°
Location Address: 53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie, New York
Bowne Hall at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York was constructed in 1913 as Nettie Bowne Tuberculosis Hospital. It is said to be haunted by the spirits of former patients who died painful deaths from tuberculosis and other diseases. Students at Bowne Hall report witnessing apparitions, as well as experiencing other paranormal activity, such as lights turning on and off by themselves, and feeling the presence of an unseen entity. Some paranormal investigators at this location have also reported capturing voices and other unexplained sounds on cameras and voice recorders.
#9 - Old Seaview Hospital
Coordinates: 40.590453°, -74.132344°
Location Address: 460 Brielle Avenue, Staten Island, New York
Constructed between 1905 and 1938 as a tuberculosis ward, Seaview Hospital in Staten Island, New York was renowned for being the largest and most expensive sanatorium in the United States at the time of its construction. It is said to be haunted by the spirits of former patients who were subjected to experimental medical procedures, and who eventually died of their illnesses. Urban explorers and paranormal investigators report witnessing apparitions, as well as hearing disembodied voices, whispers, and screams. Others report feeling a strange presence, or witnessing objects being thrown across the room or moving by themselves.
#10 - Rochester Psychiatric Center
Coordinates: 43.123327°, -77.610029°
Location Address: 1111 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, New York
The Rochester Psychiatric Center in Rochester, New York was constructed in 1857 as the Monroe County Insane Asylum. Although many of the old buildings on campus have been abandoned or demolished, the main hospital is still in use. The location is said to be haunted by the spirits of former mental patients who were abused and neglected by caretakers, as well as subjected to experimental medical procedures, such as electroshock therapy or lobotomies. Employees at the hospital report witnessing the apparitions of former patients, as well as experiencing sudden cold spots, and feeling the presence of an unseen entity. Urban explorers investigating the abandoned buildings also report experiencing issues with electrical items, as well as hearing the disembodied sounds of voices, footsteps, and moans.
#11 - Rolling Hills Asylum
Coordinates: 42.881121°, -78.132738°
Location Address: 11001 Bethany Center Road, East Bethany, New York
Rolling Hills Asylum in East Bethany, New York was established in 1827 as the Genesee County Poor Farm, where it's estimated over 1,700 former patients were buried in unmarked graves. Over the years the building was reused as an orphanage, mental institution, nursing home, and even a shopping mall at one point in time. Investigators who visit Rolling Hills Asylum report witnessing apparitions, as well as experiencing other paranormal activity, such as disembodied voices, footsteps, and screams, or doors opening and closing by themselves. The solitary confinement area in the basement of the facility is said to be an area of heightened activity, and investigators in the morgue report being pushed or attacked by an unseen entity. Rolling Hills Asylum is currently open to the public as a museum, and offers ghost tours and private paranormal investigations to guests.
#12 - Saratoga County Homestead Sanitarium
Coordinates: 43.103415°, -74.020873°
Location Address: Barkersville Road, Barkersville, New York
Also known as the Homestead Sanitarium or Bill's Road Infirmary, the Saratoga County Homestead Sanitarium in Barkersville, New York was constructed in 1914 as a tuberculosis hospital. It is said to be haunted by the spirit of a former doctor who allegedly performed barbaric and inhumane experiments on patients, using them as human guinea pigs and often blaming their deaths on illness, and fabricating medical records. Investigators who explore the abandoned hospital report feeling a dark, evil presence, as well as witnessing the apparitions of former patients and medical staff. Others report experiencing unexplained paranormal activity such as sudden cold spots or drops in temperature, as well as electronic devices malfunctioning, or flashlights and car batteries being drained unexpectedly.
#13 - Utica Psychiatric Center
Coordinates: 43.106744°, -75.252732°
Location Address: 1213 Court Street, Utica, New York
Also known as Utica State Hospital, the Utica Psychiatric Center in Utica, New York was opened in January of 1843 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. It is renowned as being the first state-run facility for mentally ill patients in New York, as well as one of the first of its kind in the United States. It was shut down in 1977, and is said to be haunted by the spirits of former mental patients who were abused and subjected to inhumane medical procedures such as lobotomies and electroshock therapy. Urban explorers and others visiting the abandoned hospital report witnessing apparitions, as well as hearing disembodied voices, whispers, and screams. Others report feeling sudden cold spots, or feeling the presence of an unseen entity, and paranormal investigators often claim to experience issues with electronic devices, such as batteries draining unexpectedly. One popular urban legend claims that a series of underground tunnels exists beneath the asylum, where patients were allegedly brought to be left for long periods in solitary confinement.
#14 - Willard Asylum For the Chronic Insane
Coordinates: 42.680844°, -76.866309°
Location Address: Willard Road, Willard, New York
Constructed in 1869, Willard Asylum For the Chronic Insane in Willard, New York was added to the National Register of Historic Places in March of 1975, and permanently closed in 1995. It now shares a campus with the Willard Drug Treatment Center, with some of the old buildings from the asylum still standing abandoned. The buildings are said to be haunted by the spirits of former patients and medical staff, whose apparitions are allegedly seen by employees at night. Many urban explorers also report witnessing the apparition of a red-haired woman dressed in an old nurse's outfit, while others report feeling cold spots, and hearing disembodied voices and screams. Paranormal investigators have also reported experiencing unexplained issues with electronic devices, such as flashlights turning on and off by themselves, and batteries being drained unexpectedly. Willard Asylum has been investigated by several popular paranormal television shows, including Paranormal State, and Fear Factor.
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Brian Weaver is the founder and creator of GhostQuest.net, one of the internet’s most comprehensive databases for haunted locations, urban legends, and folklore tales throughout the United States. He grew up in rural New England, where he attended college for Computer Science.