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#1 - Aurora Inn
Coordinates: 42.754572°, -76.702851°
Location Address: 391 Main Street, Aurora, New York, 13026
Built in 1833, the Aurora Inn in Aurora, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a woman in white, whose apparition is allegedly seen by guests and employees at night, as well as the spirit of an unknown man who is seen walking the shoreline of the nearby Cayuga Lake. Although many guests have reported encountering these spirits over the years, the reason for their presence is unknown.
#2 - Big Moose Inn & Restaurant
Coordinates: 43.817911°, -74.876708°
Location Address: 1510 Big Moose Road, Eagle Bay, New York, 13331
Constructed in 1902, the Big Moose Inn in Eagle Bay, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a pregnant woman named Grace Brown who was murdered by her boyfriend in 1906 after it was discovered that she had become pregnant out of wedlock. According to legend her boyfriend, Chester, promised a romantic getaway for the two. After luring Grace to the remote wilderness, he brought the woman to the middle of Big Moose Lake in a canoe where he beat her unconscious with a wooden racquet and left her to drown. Her apparition is often seen by guests at the inn, as well as wandering the shores of Big Moose Lake where her body was discovered. For additional information see: Big Moose Lake in Webb, New York.
#3 - Broadalbin Hotel
Coordinates: 43.057008°, -74.199460°
Location Address: 59 W. Main Street, Broadalbin, New York, 12025
Built in 1854 as a glove store, guests at the Broadalbin Hotel in Broadalbin, New York often report encountering the apparitions of fallen soldiers wearing old military uniforms. Employees report feeling the presence of an unseen entity, and others report experiencing unexplained paranormal activity, such as lights flickering or electronic devices turning on and off by themselves. Many suicides have allegedly occurred at the Broadalbin Hotel over the years, which many investigators claim is the reason for the location's haunted reputation. The Broadalbin Hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.
#4 - Bull's Head Inn
Coordinates: 42.677497°, -74.485464°
Location Address: 105 Park Place, Cobleskill, New York, 12043
Constructed in 1802, the Bull's Head Inn in Cobleskill, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a woman named Mrs. Stacy, whose apparition is seen late at night wearing a long white gown. According to legend, paranormal activity at the Bull's Head Inn only began once the inn obtained a liquor license and started serving alcohol. Since Mrs. Stacy was a devout member of the Christian Women's Temperance Union and a strong advocate for alcohol prohibition, many believe this to have angered her restless spirit, which allegedly causes mischief at the bar by knocking over glasses, and throwing plates or other objects.
#5 - Hotel Chelsea
Coordinates: 40.744334°, -73.996873°
Location Address: 222 W. 23rd Street, Manhattan, New York, 10011
Constructed in 1884, the Hotel Chelsea in Manhattan, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of British rock star Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols, who is said to have murdered his then-girlfriend Nancy Spungen before later dying of a heroin overdose. Another spirit commonly observed by guests is that of the American writer and poet Dylan Thomas, who passed away in November of 1953 while staying in Room 206. It is unknown how many other spirits reside at the Hotel Chelsea, but guests frequently report encountering shadow figures and apparitions, as well as feeling a mysterious presence, as if being watched by an unseen entity. Other guests have reported experiencing lights and other electronic devices turning on and off by themselves, as well as hearing the sounds of disembodied voices and screams late at night.
#6 - Hotel Des Artistes
Coordinates: 40.773502°, -73.978926°
Location Address: 1 W. 67th Street, New York City, New York, 10023
Constructed in the early 1900's, the Hotel Des Artistes in New York City is said to be haunted by the spirit of the famous American actor James Dean, who maintained ownership of a 2nd floor apartment until his death in September of 1955, even after moving to Hollywood. Another spirit said to haunt the old hotel is that of a man named Valentino, whose apparition is allegedly seen reflected in windows and mirrors, and accompanied by the strong smell of exotic cologne. In addition to witnessing these apparitions, guests at the Hotel Des Artistes report experiencing a variety of other paranormal activity, such as disembodied voices, cold spots, and feeling the presence of an unseen entity.
#7 - Hotel Henry Urban Resort
Coordinates: 42.929354°, -78.882217°
Location Address: 444 Forest Avenue, Buffalo, New York, 14213
The Hotel Henry Urban Resort in Buffalo, New York was constructed in the late 1800's as the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, which 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 late at night. Employees working 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 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.
#8 - Scott's Family Resort
Coordinates: 42.017629°, -75.459370°
Location Address: 591 Oquaga Lake Road, Deposit, New York, 13754
Visitors at Scott's Family Resort in Deposit, New York report experiencing unexplained paranormal activity, such as apparitions, disembodied voices, footsteps, and doors opening and closing by themselves. Scott's Family Resort was previously known as Hansen's Resort, which was also reported to be haunted. Although many guests over the years have reported encountering these spirits and apparitions, the reason for their presence is unknown.
#9 - Smalley's Inn & Restaurant
Coordinates: 41.427123°, -73.679258°
Location Address: 57 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York, 10512
Constructed in 1852 by James Smalley, Smalley's Inn & Restaurant in Carmel, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young girl named Elizabeth Smalley, whose body was found buried beneath the basement stairs in the early 2000's. Employees also report feeling a strange presence, as well as witnessing the spirits of a man and woman who are believed to be Elizabeth's parents. The inn burned down in 1924 and was later converted into an office building, and then reopened as an Italian restaurant during the 1950's.
#10 - The Adelphi Hotel
Coordinates: 43.080664°, -73.786248°
Location Address: 365 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York, 12866
Opened in 1877, The Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga Springs, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a woman, whose apparition is seen wearing a blue Victorian-era dress. Guests report encountering the woman's ghost throughout the hotel, as well as experiencing cold spots, and feeling the presence of an unseen entity. Although many report encountering the unidentified woman's spirit, the reason for her presence is unknown.
#11 - The Bird & Bottle Inn
Coordinates: 41.413248°, -73.910759°
Location Address: 1123 Old Albany Post Road, Garrison, New York, 10524
Built in the 1700's as Warren's Tavern, the Bird & Bottle Inn in Garrison, New York was used as a headquarters by Colonial troops during the American Revolutionary War. It is said to be haunted by the spirit of a woman named Emily Warren, who was the tavern's original owner. Guests at the inn have reported encountering Emily's spirit, as well as hearing the disembodied sounds of a woman's voice singing.
#12 - The Historic Old Bermuda Inn
Coordinates: 40.553631°, -74.217415°
Location Address: 2512 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island, New York, 10309
Constructed in 1832 by the Mesereau family, The Historic Old Bermuda Inn in Staten Island, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young woman named Martha Mesereau. According to legend, Mrs. Mesereau passed away in the house in 1860 shortly after discovering that her husband, Mr. William Mesereau had been killed in battle while fighting in the American Civil War. Her spirit is often seen by guests throughout the inn, especially on the second floor in the bedroom where she died. Workers performing renovations on the inn also report hearing strange sounds coming from vacant areas, as well as feeling the presence of an unseen entity.
#13 - The Maplewood Hotel
Coordinates: 42.352396°, -79.325271°
Location Address: 11 Cottage Row, Lily Dale, New York, 14752
The Maplewood Hotel was constructed in the late 1800's, and is said to be haunted by a number of unidentified spirits who remain for unknown reasons. Guests at The Maplewood Hotel in Lily Dale, New York report witnessing shadow figures and apparitions, as well as hearing the sounds of disembodied footsteps at night. Others report being woken in the middle of the night by a shadowy entity, or feeling a strange presence, as if someone else is in the otherwise empty room.
#14 - The Naples Hotel & Restaurant
Coordinates: 42.614775°, -77.403179°
Location Address: 111 S. Main Street, Naples, New York, 14512
The Naples Hotel & Restaurant in Naples, New York was constructed in 1895 as a hotel and resting place for stagecoach and railroad travelers. Visitors report witnessing apparitions and shadow figures at night, as well as experiencing other paranormal phenomena, such as lights turning on and off by themselves, and objects being moved by an unseen entity. It's estimated that at least six different ghosts haunt the Naples Hotel, including one woman and her three ghostly children, as well as a man nicknamed Topper. Although many guests over the years have reported encountering these spirits, the exact reason for their presence is unknown.
#15 - The Normandie Inn
Coordinates: 40.780675°, -73.110572°
Location Address: 1500 Smithtown Avenue, Bohemia, New York, 11716
Constructed during the 1920's as a private residence, The Normandie Inn in Bohemia, New York was used as a hotel and speakeasy during the prohibition era. It is said to be haunted by the spirit of a woman named Maria, who was strangled to death on the 2nd floor, as well as several other unidentified apparitions. One former owner reports having a strange experience where footprints began showing up on a newly shampooed carpet, as if an unseen entity was walking across the room. He also noted that call bells from vacant areas of the inn would often ring without explanation, and former guests staying at the inn reported hearing strange disembodied whispers late at night. The Normandie Inn was permanently closed in 2004 and remains abandoned.
#16 - The Sagamore Hotel & Resort
Coordinates: 43.555736°, -73.645534°
Location Address: 110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing, New York, 12814
Opened in 1883, The Sagamore Hotel in Bolton Landing, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young boy who was hit by a car while collecting lost golf balls near the hotel's golf course during the 1950's. Since his death, golfers at the resort report witnessing the apparition of a young boy, who allegedly likes to play pranks by laughing and throwing golf balls at people. An article published by Today Magazine lists The Sagamore Hotel & Resort as one of the top ten most haunted hotels in the United States, with apparitions being sighted at many different locations. The 2nd floor of The Sagamore Hotel is said to be haunted by the spirit of a former maid who was killed by another woman during the 1930's after it was discovered she was having an affair, and guests on the 2nd and 3rd floor often report encountering the spirit of a man wearing a long black cloak. Other guests have reported encountering the spirit of a former hotel guest who is described as having a long mustache and wearing a three-piece suit, as well as witnessing the spirits of young children running and playing in the hallways late at night. Many psychic mediums and sensitives who stay at The Sagamore Hotel claim the spirits of those who once came to the hotel on vacation still continue to do so after their death.
#17 - The Shanley Hotel
Coordinates: 41.740603°, -74.373638°
Location Address: 56 Main Street, Napanoch, New York, 12458
Constructed in 1845 as Ritch's Hotel, The Shanley Hotel in Napanoch, New York was used during the prohibition era as a brothel and speakeasy, and is considered one of the most haunted hotels in New York. Guests and employees report witnessing apparitions, as well as experiencing a wide variety of other paranormal activity, such as disembodied voices, whistling, and footsteps. Others report encountering a spectral cat, or feeling the presence of an unseen entity.
#18 - The Sherwood Hotel
Coordinates: 42.329252°, -75.770314°
Location Address: 25 Genesee Street, Greene, New York, 13778
Constructed in the early 1900's, The Sherwood Hotel in Greene, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young woman named Rebecca, who allegedly committed suicide by jumping from one of the second floor balconies. Her apparition is most often seen by guests staying in Rooms 207 and 209. Other guests have reported hearing the sounds of disembodied screams, as well as witnessing doors being opened and closed by an unseen entity. Two guests staying at The Sherwood Hotel in January when the hotel was empty reported hearing the sounds of a party being held in the hallways outside their room, but when they went to investigate the source of the noises, nobody was there. The couple even went on to complain to the hotel's manager, who confirmed that nobody else was staying in the building.
#19 - Townsend Manor Inn
Coordinates: 41.108778°, -72.361966°
Location Address: 714 Main Street, Greenport, New York, 11944
The Townsend Manor Inn in Greenport, New York was constructed in the early 1800's as a private residence. Guests at the inn report being woken in the middle of the night by the spirit of a young girl, as well as experiencing a variety of other unexplained paranormal activity, such as cold spots, disembodied voices, footsteps, lights flickering, and doors being opened and closed by an unseen entity. Other guests report hearing strange tapping and banging noises, as well as the disembodied sounds of a young girl's voice.
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