Several ghosts are believed to reside at Fort Ontario, built in 1755. One is British lieutenant Basil Dunbar, who lost a duel here in 1759. His dazed ghost has been seen, seeming not to realize he is dead. Corporal Fykes died of disease here, and his apparition is paired with a sudden cold temperature. A soldier in Civil War blue and a female spirit are said to linger as well, and the sound of a little boy crying and giggling are also heard.
And be careful when visiting the Post Cemetery at the fort. According to locals, anyone who walks over the grave of George Fikes (who died in 1782) will be haunted forever. (But if you jump over it, he’ll haunt anyone of your choosing instead.) This little ritual is apparently still practiced, as visitors often remark about the two bare spots of ground on either side of the grave.
There is also said to be the ghost of a headless Civil War veteran roaming the railroad tracks between the fort and the lake.
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