Vale Cemetery

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The largest cemetery in Schenectady, Vale Cemetery opened in 1857 and is said to be a spooky place, indeed. Witnesses say some of the statuary cries out at night or bleeds from the eyes or the tops of their heads. Black and white ghostly figures are alleged to wander through the gravesites and sit in trees, and strange lights have been seen and singing has been heard within the old church on the grounds.

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Address:
907 State St.
Schenectady, NY
United States

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GPS:
42.80810712129048, -73.92827296265756
County:
Schenectady County, New York
Nearest Towns:
Schenectady, NY (0.7 mi.)
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Colonie, NY (7.9 mi.)
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Altamont, NY (9.2 mi.)
McKownville, NY (9.5 mi.)
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  1. Yes, this place is definitely very creepy! I used to hang out here with friends as a teenager. One time we were walking through and we all saw individual headstones with our last names on them……To my knowledge, none of my relatives are buried here, none of my friends’ relatives are buried here and my last name is not very common. We walked through another time but couldn’t find those same headstones again. Weird!

  2. I use to go there all the time.. I went with my sister and her ex .bf once at night and he was messing around once at night”Hell’s gates”my sister and I were sitting in what they call “the witch’s circle” I ended up seeing a figure of Chris standing there and I was like 11 at the time but I asked my sister if she seen it and she said “no” So I was freaking out because I didn’t know what it was and I never will.. But, I Do know he was into satanism. Another story is my mother was being abused by my dad and she went to lay with Maggie in the dead of winter and not even a drop of snow landed on her and she was warm when she woke up.

  3. I lived on Elmer ave as a child me and all my friends used to hang out in vale I used to cut through vale to get to my house went to Central Park middle played sports in winter it got dark and I was tired against my judgement walked in by myself and it was now dark half way through didn’t want to leave and walk long way home sucked it up and continued was about 100 ft from hole in fence I knew this hole by heart it was calm then wind started howling I was scared to death . Something was preventing me from getting out through the fence shadow play all around me started praying got out finally I have so many stories at night I could see vale from my room used to see a women with flowing long white gown almost every night .i could see her only once she looked my way was so scared when she made eye contact. I didn’t sleep for a long time after she saw me .i stopped looking out my window at night. Another story my aunt lived on the back side of vale we used to watch from her yard a group of people in cloaks with hoods we were kids at the time .i was dared to hop fence I snuck up on them only to be chased barely made it over French grabed my leg I was terrified my cousins were yelling at them from safety on other side of French I was maybe 10-11 found out years later they were devil worshipers.old part of vale where there used to be gargoyle statues with red eyes and some graves with coffins up out of ground we would explore crazy orbs shadows and man in cloak this time he wasn’t human he turned around red eyes glowing we took off running.the boy that was with us wanted to follow this thing my girlfriend Charlene and I kept running we lost him then heard screaming he was covered with bees screaming help we had to run and get him he never went back and a few months later he moved and was killed riding his bike

  4. Well, here’s what happened to us. My ex and I used to eat at the Chinese restaurant next to Vale and decided to take a walk in one sunny afternoon. We were about twenty-five yards into the park when we looked up and saw a young couple holding hands – or rather, part of young couple as they weren’t “all there” so to speak. They were at the top of a small rise in the path and as we reached the top they literally vanished. Just gone. We heard this weird giggling and turned tail and ran lol – no small feat as we were no spring chickens ourselves. We sat on the picnic table just outside the gate, trying to figure out what had just happened. All of a sudden, a police car sped past us at top speed, through the entrance to the path, and disappeared. We spent about another five minutes trying to decide if the car was real and if so how did it fit down the narrow path? And where did it go? We were officially freaked out by then and left but I’ve always wondered if the police do drive through Vale. Seems impossible but then I’ve never gotten far enough in to investigate lol. There is definitely an interesting energy in there though. Very pretty too.

  5. I bike through Vale at all hours of the day and night and the scariest thing i have seen in Vale is some homeless woman taking a crap in the in weeds.

  6. I have lived here all of my life i use to cut through the cemetary to get from brandywine ave to nott st as a teenager i saw some crazy things here there are two cemetaries here on brandywine ave side once you actually get into vale cemetary the wind picks up on the calmest day i was playing hide in seek there with some of my friends it started to get dark we were looking at some of the statues and they seem to change a little so we ran it felt like someone was following us when we turned and looked behind us no one was there.there is a statue that has blood flowing down it’s eyes you can trip over nothing here just walking through then when you get by hells gates it is a wooded area and it feels like someone is constantly watching you and there is a pond there you hear things when your in the cemetary it’s most creepier at night.

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