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, 12204
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, 12202
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, 12224
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, 12234
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.
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.