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New York's Confirmed Haunted Cemeteries - Ghost Sightings, Apparitions & Paranormal Phenomena Confirmed

What's scarier at night than a graveyard? One that's haunted. Across New York, there are numerous cemeteries that are believed to be haunted, where spirits reportedly lurk at night, and refuse to accept their grave as a final resting place. If you're feeling brave, you might want to go on a ghost tour of a local cemetery, where an expert can tell you all about the spirits that have been known to haunt your local graveyards, as well as the haunted history of the location.
 
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  •   St. Andrew's Church Staten Island, NY
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    The Church of St. Andrew is an Episcopal church found in Staten Island’s Richmondtown. Its congregation was formed in 1708 and the first church as built between 1712 and 1713. The building had been badly damaged sometime around 1867, and a new one was constructed in Gothic style in 1872. A small cemetery can be found in the churchyard, and in the back there is also a pet cemetery.... Read More

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  •   Mary's Grave St. James, NY
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    The haunt on this property centers around a person named Mary. There are various stories to what actually happened but they all lead up to her dying from hanging from a tree. So should you come across the spot where Mary died, it is said that you may still see her body hanging from the tree. There are others who claim if you park your car in front of Mary's house, flash your headlights,... Read More

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  • Baron Hirsch Cemetery Staten Island, NY
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    Baron Hirsch is a Jewish cemetery in Staten Island which was established by Maurice de Hirsch in the 19th century. Residents of nearby homes say they have encountered spirits who have wandered into their homes, and that shadow figures can sometimes be found in the cemetery. The cemetery also made national headlines in 1960 when a vandal painted “Fuhrer” in yellow in 87 tombstones; the... Read More

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  •   Forest Park Cemetery Troy, NY
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    Forest Park Cemetery, known locally as Pinewoods Cemetery, was first incorporated in 1897, though there is evidence that it has been in use since at least the mid-1800s. The cemetery is said to be highly active with paranormal activity, and bears a mausoleum without any filled tombs. There is also a statue of an angel which has lost its head and is said to bleed from its neck. Read More

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  •   Union Cemetery, Middle Island Middle Island, NY
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    A visit to this cemetery will have you feeling cold spots or you may have a chance to catch the sight of white ghostly figures walking about at night. Apparitions are said to appear and then disappear in the cemetery as well. This cemetery dates back to the 1700s. Read More

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  •   St. Paul's Chapel New York, NY
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    St. Paul’s Chapel is an Episcopal church and, having been built in 1764, is the oldest standing church in Manhattan. It is also the burial site of British actor George Frederick Cooke, who died in 1812 and allegedly donated his head to science. Since his burial in the church cemetery, visitors have reported seeing his ghost appear, searching the grounds endlessly for his missing head.... Read More

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    Located on the grounds of the 1700s Van Schaick Mansion, more than 50 relatives of the Van Shaick family are now buried in this cemetery. After falling into disarray, the cemetery was restored in 2010 by Eagle Scouts. Passersby report seeing both male and female apparitions, as well as hearing ghostly voices through the cemetery gates. Tours of the grounds are available to the public at... Read More

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  •   Old Burying Ground Cutchogue, NY
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    This cemetery dates back to 1661. It is believed to be haunted as there are reports from witnesses. Scome claim to have heard ghostly voices, but when they walk toward the source, it would disappear. There's others who have reportedly seen shadowy figures wake up from the grave as well as the feeling of sudden chills while walking through the cemetery at night. Read More

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  •   West Main Street Cemetery Batavia, NY
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    Batavia’s original cemetery was plotted along the northern banks of the Tonawanda Creek in 1806. Residents soon realized that the creek would regularly flood, making the cemetery inaccessible; in 1823 it was decided that a new cemetery would be established further from the water and all the existing bodies would be exhumed and relocated. Some believe that the town left a few bodies... Read More

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  •   Hollenbeck Cemetery Ellicott , NY
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    With only about 25 plots, it has been many years since the Hollenbeck Cemetery had a new grave. Those who have already been buried, however, seem to keep the cemetery plenty active on their own. Visitors have reported seeing a ghostly woman in white, floating orbs, tombstones which were stolen in 1995, and a headless horseman. Some have also heard babies crying, knocking sounds, and... Read More

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  • Bayside Cemetery Ozone Park, NY
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    Queens’ Bayside Cemetery, which stood dilapidated and uncared for until community cleanup efforts cleaned the graveyard up in 2012, has been the site of strange nighttime happenings. Visitors have reported feeling as though they were being watched, smelling the scent of decaying corpses, and seeing apparitions. The cemetery has also been the center of several legal disputes. Read More

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  •   Elmlawn Cemetery Tonawanda, NY
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    Elmlawn Cemetery is said to have a lot of ghostly activity near the adjacent road. Drivers have seen floating orbs and mysterious lights while driving by, particularly between the hours of midnight and 3 AM. Legend has it that a newlywed bride lost her life after leaving the nearby church; as she was preparing to enter her own wedding carriage another carriage sped on top of her,... Read More

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  •   Vale Cemetery Schenectady , NY
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    The first burial plot in Vale Cemetery was dug on November 9th, 1857, for a four-year-old child named Noah Vibbard Van Vorst. Today there are over 33,000 occupied plots in the 100-acre cemetery. According to visitors, however, not all occupants are resting peacefully. Some people have seen black and white ghosts walking about the grounds, and others have seen ghostly figures sitting... Read More

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  • Whitehaven Cemetery Grand Island, NY
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    Whitehaven Cemetery in Grand Island dates back to 1865 and, according to locals has accrued a few ghosts in that time. Visitors have reported hearing disembodied footsteps by the cemetery gates, feeling cold spots, and seeing tombstones glow. Others have seen the apparitions of a Gulf War soldier, a little girl, and a mother. Read More

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    Founded on Houston Street in Manhattan as the Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, Manhattanville College did not relocate to its current campus in Purchase until 1952. The new campus came with more than a few unwelcome surprises, unfortunately, as Manhattanville proved to be one of the most haunted schools in the state. Underneath the campus’ Old Chapel is a catacomb system... Read More

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  •   Lakeview Cemetery Patchogue, NY
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    A few restless spirits are believed to linger at the cemetery. There are reports by visitors who claim to have seen ghostly figures and glowing lights throughout the cemetery. Investigators who have come also claimed witness to faces that would peer out from the tombstones and then vanish. Read More

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  •   Connecticut Hill Cemetery Newfield, NY
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    Also known as Snyder Hill Cemetery, people have reported seeing a number of ghosts on these grounds. Sightings include human apparitions, glowing orbs, shadow people, and strange mists. Urban legends also claim the cemetery has been the site of UFO activity and migratory Sasquatch. Read More

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  •   Riverside Cemetery Oswego, NY
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    Riverside Cemtery is a historic rural cemetery located in cemetery. It was built in 1855 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. Details are sparse, but locals say the graveyard is haunted by the ghost of a young boy. There is a pond in the back of the cemetery where the boy supposedly died years ago. Read More

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  •   The Lady in Granite Penn Yan, NY
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    Matilda Gillette, born in 1859 and died in 1936, married her husband Francis, who was nine years her junior. After her death, she was buried in Lakeview Cemetery, where her granite headstone inexplicably formed a white profile of her face in a reclined position. Accounts of her marriage vary, but many claim she had a strained relationship with her husband and vowed to haunt him after... Read More

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  • Prospect Hill Cemetery Gloversville, NY
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    A ghostly woman in white is reported to haunt the Prospect Hill Cemetery. In July of 1874 the woman was seen walking from the cemetery toward a nearby marble-cutting shop. Frightened by the apparition, the shop’s occupants ran out of the back of the building, but the lady in white appeared before them, asking where her children were. One man pulled out his gun and shot the ghost, to no... Read More

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  •   Old Burial Hill Cemetery Huntington, NY
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    The first grave on site was dug in 1712, but numerous tombstones have since been moved and torn down when the land was turned to a fort to serve the British soldiers of the Revolution. Unfortunately some say many bodies never made it back to the correct grave. This was also ground for the burial of many soldiers. Many say the ground is home to the ghost of Colonel Thompson and Rev.... Read More

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  •   Moravian Cemetery Staten Island, NY
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    Moravian Cemetery is rumored to be haunted by numerous ghosts, with visitors reporting a variety of paranormal activity. Some have heard a phantom baby’s cry while others have seen apparitions, including that of a glowing little girl with long hair and a man in a suit who appears then quickly vanishes. The private Vanderbilt Tomb appears to be particularly active, with those who have... Read More

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  •   Saint John Cemetery Middle Village, NY
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    Saint John Cemetery, a Catholic burial ground in Queens, is one of the largest cemeteries in the State of New York. Several mobsters and famous people are buried here, including John Gotti, Lucky Luciano, Geraldine Ferraro, Mario Cuomo, Charles Atlas, and Robert Mapplethorpe. Visitors say that the graveyard is haunted, often complaining of strange sounds coming from areas where there is... Read More

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  • Gurnsey Hollow Cemetery Frewsburg, NY
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    Gurnsey Hollow Cemetery has been around for a long time, bearing graves that date back to the 19th century. Visitors have reported seeing a ghostly lady in white, a young boy, spectral orbs, and the apparition of a young girl or the sound of her moans. The girl is alleged to have been mentally handicapped and murdered by townsfolk for unknown reasons; some believe that the lady in white... Read More

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  •   Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Rochester, NY
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    The Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester was established in 1871 and is the final resting place of Francis Tumblety, a man suspected of being Jack the Ripper. Visitors to the graveyard say that they have seen dark shadow women darting back and forth across the grounds. Others have seen mournful white figures in the children’s area. Read More

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  •   Union Cemetery, Sayville Sayville, NY
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    There have been various reports of ghost sightings at this cemetery located near St. Ann's Cemetery and St. Ann's Episcopal Church. Some have reportedly seen ghostly shadows run across the cemetery ground, including that of a gray, bearded man that would appear at the back of the cemetery. Read More

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  •   Plattsburgh Air Force Base Plattsburgh, NY
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    Opened in 1955, Plattsburg Air Force Base was an active military base for 40 years before being decommissioned in the mid ‘90s. Parts of it have since been redeveloped and used for residential housing as well as a historical museum. Though the base was not established until World War II, visitors have reported seeing the spirits of those who lived as far back as the Revolution or the... Read More

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  •   Goodleburg Cemetery South Wales, NY
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    Goodleburg Cemetery was an active cemetery from 1811 to 1927, and is still open to visitors between 8 AM and dusk. Local legend holds that its namesake, Dr. Goodleburg, performed illegal operations and buried the women and children who did not survive in this graveyard. The cemetery was also the site of a death in 2003 when a ghost hunter was struck by a car late at night. Visitors... Read More

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  •   Evergreen Cemetery Wynantskill, NY
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    A lady in black garb is said to haunt Evergreen Cemetery in Wynantskill. She is said to appear near the headstones at the top of the hill, and will look back at you if you see her. The moment you turn your head and look back, however, she will vanish into thin air! Read More

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    Jacksonville Cemetery in Phoenix is said to be haunted by several ghosts. Among them are the spirit of a teenage girl and a black cat with glowing green eyes; phantom gunshots have been heard as well. There is also a stream in the forest behind the cemetery which some say pulls visitors toward it by some strange force. Read More

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  •   Fort Hill Cemetery Montauk, NY
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    This place is now known as The Plaza in Montauk, and it is where the Fort Hill Cemetery sits. It is believed to be haunted by the spirits of the Montaukette Indians. Those who visit the Montauk Manor may even come to hear the sounds of faint beating drums. Other spirits are believed to exist here as well, including that of Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders who died of disease. Read More

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  •   East Otto Cemetery East Otto, NY
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    Plenty of cemeteries around the country are rumored to be haunted. East Otto is no exception, but it does have a rather grisly ghost story. Locals say that two headless women can be seen late at night, running frantically and screaming as an axe-wielding maniac chases after them. Read More

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  •   Oxford Depot Cemetery Chester, NY
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    Locals have reported a variety of paranormal happenings at the Oxford Depot Cemetery. Dark figures have been known to chase visitors away, floating orbs of light can sometimes be seen, footsteps can be heard from behind visitors at times, and the sound of phantom whistling is occasionally heard. Orbs have even appeared in a few photographs taken here. Read More

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  •   Albany Rural Cemetery Albany, NY
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    The Albany Rural Cemetery was founded in April of 1841 and occupies 467 acres of well manicured land. Apparently some of those buried here must like the graveyard, as they have decided to stick around instead of moving on to the next life! Among the many spirits who have been spotted here are a girl in a prom gown, a mad horse who died by hitting his head on a monument while fleeing... Read More

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  •   SUNY Purchase Purchase, NY
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    Several parts of the SUNY Purchase campus are rumored to be haunted. The Elephant tree is said to sway back and forth even when there is no wind, allegedly because someone was once hanged from its branches (accounts vary on whether that person was a slave or a girl who committed suicide). There is also a house located across from the campus Starbucks said to be haunted by the ghost of... Read More

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  •   Oakland Cemetery Yonkers, NY
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    The Oakland Cemetery was built in 1783 as a burial ground for Revolutionary War soldiers; at the time it was known as St. John’s Burial Grounds, a name which stuck for over one hundred years. The graveyard would later be rumored to be haunted, as vandalism ran rampant across the site. Three ghostly women are said to guard the cemetery, generally moving from the hill towards the grounds’... Read More

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