Below is a list of some of the most notorious haunted locations in the city of Albany, New York. 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 - Albany Rural Cemetery
Coordinates: 42.707115°, -73.731562°
Location Address: Cemetery Ave, Albany, New York
Established in 1884, Albany Rural Cemetery in Albany, New York spans over 460 acres, and is renowned as one of the most scenic cemeteries in the United States. Visitors report witnessing shadow figures and apparitions, as well as hearing disembodied voices and screams late at night. Albany Rural Cemetery has been the site of several violent suicides over the years; Mary Douglas Scott, who was found dead after drinking arsenic, and a woman named Anna T. Osterhoudt, who died of a self inflicted bullet wound next to the tomb of her late husband. Both women are now said to haunt the cemetery. Another spirit believed to haunt the old burial ground is a woman known as "The Gray Lady," whose body was found in a nearby lake, as well as another spirit of a young woman wearing a prom dress. Some people visiting the cemetery report hearing the disembodied sounds of a beautiful female voice humming, while also feeling the presence of an unseen entity. Others have reported encountering a spectral hound with glowing red eyes, as well as glowing orbs that appear to float through the cemetery late at night.
#2 - Historic Cherry Hill Manor
Coordinates: 42.634820°, -73.763468°
Location Address: 527 S. Pearl Street, Albany, New York
Cherry Hill Manor in Albany, New York was constructed in 1787 by Philip and Maria Van Rensselaer. It is said to be haunted by the spirit of a female resident who was murdered in 1827, as well as several other unidentified apparitions. Visitors touring the manor report experiencing heavy wooden doors opening by themselves, as well as other objects appearing to be moved by an unseen entity. On one occasion while a tour guide was being asked about the murder that had occurred at Cherry Hill, a large wooden door nearby slammed shut unexpectedly, frightening the guide and several tourists. Another young girl who was touring Cherry Hill Manor on a class field trip reported hearing an eerie, disembodied woman's voice singing, which employees and classmates also heard.
#3 - New York State Capitol
Coordinates: 42.652228°, -73.757661°
Location Address: State Street & Washington Ave, Albany, New York
The New York State Capitol building in Albany, New York was constructed in 1899. It is rumored to be haunted by the spirit of a former artist named William Morris Hunt, as well as the spirit of a security guard named Samuel Abbot, who perished in a fire in 1911. One psychic medium who visited the New York State Capitol reported encountering the ghost of Samuel Abbot, whose spirit continues performing his duties, refusing to acknowledge that he has died. The New York State Capitol is open for ghost tours during the months of September and October.
#4 - New York State Education Department
Coordinates: 42.653975°, -73.757657°
Location Address: 89 Washington Ave, Albany, New York
Built in 1912, the New York State Education Department building in Albany, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a former worker who was killed during its construction. According to legend, the man's corpse was sealed and buried in the concrete foundation of the building to avoid discovery. Employees working at the New York State Education Department report witnessing strange apparitions and shadow figures, as well as seeing objects moving by themselves.
#5 - Professor Java's Coffee Sanctuary
Coordinates: 42.725193°, -73.797531°
Location Address: 217 Wolf Road, Albany, New York
Professor Java's Coffee Sanctuary on Wolf Road in Albany, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a middle-aged man wearing a suit, whose apparition is most often seen at times when few customers and employees are present. The apparition of a woman is also seen reflected in mirrors and windows. Although many witnesses report encountering these mysterious apparitions, the reason for their presence is unknown.
#6 - Sage College Of Albany
Coordinates: 42.65155°, -73.783589°
Location Address: 140 New Scotland Ave, Albany, New York
Formerly used as an orphanage, Sage College of Albany, New York is said to be haunted by the spirits of former orphans who were allegedly abused and neglected by caretakers, and buried in unmarked graves on campus. According to legend, several young boys were killed in a fire, then buried in shallow graves and forgotten. It's said that their bodies were not discovered until after the Sage College of Albany began construction in 1949. Ever since, students at Sage College have reported witnessing the apparitions of several young children, as well as hearing the sounds of disembodied voices and whispers, and the sounds of children playing.
#7 - The College Of St. Rose
Coordinates: 42.663638°, -73.785442°
Location Address: 432 Western Ave, Albany, New York
The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York was founded in 1920 by the Sisters of St. Joseph. Several buildings on campus are said to be haunted by the spirits of former students and faculty members. Students who have attended the college have reported frequently encountering shadow figures and apparitions, as well as hearing disembodied footsteps at night. Other students report encountering the spirit of a former priest whose name and identity are unknown.
#8 - State University Of New York, Albany
Coordinates: 42.648300°, -73.750505°
Location Address: State University Plaza, Albany, New York
Founded in 1844 as the New York State Normal School, the State University of New York (also known as "SUNY Albany," or just "SUNY") is a public research university in Albany, New York. Students report witnessing apparitions and experiencing unexplained paranormal phenomena in Mohican Hall and Pierce Hall. Former students have reported feeling a strange presence in their dorm rooms in Mohican Hall, and experiencing objects such as books being thrown or dropped by an unseen entity, while other students report encountering other strange apparitions that pace around the hallways seemingly unaware that people are present.
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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.