Haunted Places in Rifton, New York



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    Hoyt Mansion - The Point

    Staatsburg, New York

    5.2 miles from Rifton, NY

    Hoyt Mansion, also known as Hoyt House or The Point, was built in 1855. It was almost demolished to build a public swimming pool, but its historic status saved it. Despite that fact, no plans have materialized to use the building, and it is now abandoned. Reports say the belonged ...


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    Old Ulster County Jail

    Kingston, New York

    5.3 miles from Rifton, NY

    At Old Ulster County Jail, constructed in 1971, the ghosts of murdered inmates are said to walk. Footsteps, voices and cell doors opening and closing are among the things that have been reported by witnesses. The site has been featured on an episode of TV’s Ghost Hunters.


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    Montrepose Cemetery

    Kingston, New York

    6 miles from Rifton, NY

    A witness visiting Montrepose Cemetery described the apparition of a long-haired woman in a flowing dress, flitting between gravesites.


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    Wiltwyck Cemetery

    Kingston, New York

    6.1 miles from Rifton, NY

    No real details on this available, except that a number of Internet sites list Wiltwyck Cemtery (often misspelled as Wiltwick) as being haunted.


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    Blaber House

    Kingston, New York

    6.9 miles from Rifton, NY

    According to ghostly legend, at Blaber House there is a spectral elderly woman who sits and reads in a chair, and walks around the yard at around midnight. When she is finished walking the perimeter of the yard, she heads for the roadway and vanishes.


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    Roosevelt Mansion

    Hyde Park, New York

    7.1 miles from Rifton, NY

    Roosevelt Mansion was the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. president. It is a National Historic Site, designated as such in 1945. Witnesses say the haunting here is manifested by coldness and a sad feeling in the dining room and in Mrs. Roosevelt's bedroom.


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    Mohonk Mountain House

    High Falls, New York

    7.8 miles from Rifton, NY

    Although rumors of this place being haunted are vague and unsubstantiated, some employees and locals claim that this hotel is actually the place that inspired the Overlook hotel in Stephen King's "The Shining". As Stephen King has himself stated that a certain "Colorado resort" (Stanley) was not the inspiration ...


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    Hudson River State Hospital

    Poughkeepsie, New York

    9.3 miles from Rifton, NY

    Hudson River State Hospital was a psychiatric hospital complex from 1873 through the early 2000s. The historic High Victorian Gothic building was abandoned in 2003 and set afire by a lightning strike in 2007. It was purchased by a private owner in 2013. Rumor has it that former patients wander ...


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    Marist College - Sheahan Hall

    Poughkeepsie, New York

    9.7 miles from Rifton, NY

    Marist College's Sheahan Hall is said to be haunted by a student named Shelly Sperling, who was killed in 1975 by Louis Acedevo, her rejected suitor.


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    Bowne Hall - Dutchess Community College

    Poughkeepsie, New York

    10.4 miles from Rifton, NY

    Bowne Hall at Dutchess Community College was built around 1913 as the Nettie Bowne TB Hospital. It is rumored to be haunted by what staff and students have called "strange presences."


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    Christ Episcopal Church

    Poughkeepsie, New York

    11.2 miles from Rifton, NY

    Built in 1888, the Christ Episcopal Church is said to be haunted by apparitions and shadows that appear around the altar and elsewhere. One of the ghosts is an older female parishioner who appears in her Sunday clothes, sitting in a pew halfway back. Another is a happy man who ...


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    Reformed Dutch Church of Poughkeepsie

    Poughkeepsie, New York

    11.5 miles from Rifton, NY

    The historic Reformed Dutch Church of Poughkeepsie, built in 1921, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a former caretaker. Witnesses have heard the jingle of his keys and the tap of his fingers on his old office desk; his whistling has been heard in the gym and ...


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    Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery

    Poughkeepsie, New York

    11.9 miles from Rifton, NY

    Another cemetery with vague reports of hauntings, but very little in the way of detail is available.


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    Clinton Community Library

    Rhinebeck, New York

    12.4 miles from Rifton, NY

    Those looking for a book to read at the Clinton Community Library may just find a ghost story. Ghosts are said to haunt the library day and night, whispering or knocking books down from the shelves. Their footsteps have been heard walking or climbing the stairs.


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    Blithewood Mansion

    Red Hook, New York

    14.1 miles from Rifton, NY

    Blithewood Mansion was built by National Guard captain and real estate mogul Andrew C. Zabriskie, who commissioned four statues for his garden. Each statue would depict one of his four daughters. When tragedy struck and one of his daughters was killed falling out of a window of a New York ...


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    Bennett College Ruins

    Millbrook, New York

    17.9 miles from Rifton, NY

    Bennett College, founded in 1890, was a women's college that closed in 1978. Now an abandoned ruin, the spot is said to be haunted by students who committed suicide and are forever roaming the dorms in spirit.


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    Wing's Castle

    Millbrook, New York

    18.4 miles from Rifton, NY

    Wing’s Castle was built by artists Peter and Toni Ann Wing and was featured on TV's Extreme Homes. The medieval-style castle is rumored to be haunted and is open for tours and overnight stays.


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    The Shanley Hotel

    Napanoch, New York

    18.6 miles from Rifton, NY

    I'll be honest, I am always a little leery of places that market themselves primarily as a haunted hotel. It's different to be a HAUNTED HOTEL than a hotel that happens to be haunted. I can never decide if they are taking advantage of the craze with smoke and ...


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    Miss Fanny's Victorian Party House

    Wappingers Falls, New York

    19.2 miles from Rifton, NY

    The Victorian Party House structure, filled with Gothic antiques and horror-film paraphernalia including a coffin, is nearing 150 years old, and is said to be haunted by a menacing presence. The place was featured on several paranormal TV programs including Haunted Collector and My Ghost Story.


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    Dutch's Spirits

    Pine Plains, New York

    21.7 miles from Rifton, NY

    Dutch’s Spirits was an underground complex that hid a distillery run by the mob during Prohibition. It was financed by gangster Dutch Schultz, and may be haunted by him, too. Visitors can book tours, and some have noticed an eerie feeling of being watched.


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    Downing Park

    Newburgh, New York

    22.9 miles from Rifton, NY

    A little boy's ghost has been seen sitting by Downing Park's lake, crying. Locals say he drowned here long ago. He also has been known to make bubbles in the water and scream when a child gets too close to the water's edge.


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    Newburgh Masonic Temple

    Newburgh, New York

    23.3 miles from Rifton, NY

    One night at Newburgh Masonic Temple, students experienced some strange and unexplained phenomena: A chair slid itself across the floor, a hinged door began to swing, and disembodied men's voices were heard throughout the building.


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    Bannerman Castle

    Beacon, New York

    26.5 miles from Rifton, NY

    Bannerman Castle was built by Francis Bannerman, who had a military surplus business. In 1901 he began to build an arsenal on Pollepel Island because his storerooms couldn't hold all of his stock. When Bannerman died in 1918, construction on his castle stopped. Then, in 1920, some of his stock ...


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    Spook Rock Road

    Hudson, New York

    29.8 miles from Rifton, NY

    Spook Rock Road has a local legend about a beautiful Native-American princess who ran off with her beloved without the blessing of her father. When they stopped to rest on a boulder in Claverack Creek, the angered gods saw them and caused a flood, killing them both. Locals say the ...


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    Bird and Bottle Inn

    Garrison, New York

    30 miles from Rifton, NY

    Reportedly haunted by the ghost of Emily Warren, the woman who lived there originally. People claim to see a hazy figure and reportedly hear her singing.


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    Goshen Historic Track

    Goshen, New York

    33.5 miles from Rifton, NY

    Goshen Historic Track is said to be haunted by the spirit of a jockey and his horse, who both drowned in the nearby lake early 1900s. They've been seen riding along the lake or chasing visitors through the dirt-road trails; other witnesses say the clip-clopping of ghostly horse hooves has ...


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    Smalley's Inn and Restaurant

    Carmel, New York

    33.9 miles from Rifton, NY

    Smalley’s, originally opened in 1852 by James Smalley, was rebuilt in 1924 after a fire burned much of the city. It's now an Italian-American restaurant and is rumored to have been haunted for many years. When the tombstone of a little girl was recently found under the basement steps, it ...


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    Oxford Depot Cemetery

    Chester, New York

    34.9 miles from Rifton, NY

    Among the many odd occurrences reported at Oxford Depot Cemetery are orbs of light, dark figures that may give chase, the sound of someone unseen whistling, and footsteps coming from behind visitors. Some orbs have shown up in photographs of the cemetery.


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    The McGarrah Stagecoach Tavern Inn

    Monroe, New York

    36.3 miles from Rifton, NY

    Featured on several ghost-related TV shows, this historic inn from the late 1700s is one of the oldest buildings in town. Here you may see a ghost in a top hat and dark suit. The inn may no longer be in operation but may be offering private tours by appointment ...


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    Dudleytown

    Cornwall, Connecticut

    36.3 miles from Rifton, NY

    This ghost town is referred to by some as the "Village of the Damned." It was a settlement that began in the 1740s, and is situated in the middle of a forest. No buildings remain, only foundations, but reports say many spirits linger here, some of whom have been captured ...


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    Heritage Inn

    New Milford, Connecticut

    37 miles from Rifton, NY

    This historic inn was previously a tobacco house back in 1870, but was converted to a guest house in the late 20th century. Two friendly ghosts haunt the upstairs guest rooms. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Burroughs Memorial Field - Woodchuck Lodge

    Roxbury, New York

    42.3 miles from Rifton, NY

    Woodchuck Lodge is the former home of naturalist John Burroughs; his gravesite is near a rock where he played as a child, and, as an adult, sat and thought about nature. It is said that those who sit in the center of the rock will feel a cold spot, believed ...


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    Blackberry River Inn - Moseley House-Farm

    Norfolk, Connecticut

    42.6 miles from Rifton, NY

    At this 1763 colonial mansion, now a bed-and-breakfast inn, a ghostly White Lady is known to walk through the second floor of the main building and out to the empty house in the back.


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    Litchfield Inn

    Litchfield, Connecticut

    42.8 miles from Rifton, NY

    The ghost of an elderly Native American woman is said to haunt the kitchen and dining room. Her apparition has been seen and photographed. Orbs have shown up in some photographs as well.


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    Letchworth Village

    Thiells, New York

    43 miles from Rifton, NY

    Letchworth Village is a former psychiatric hospital that is rumored to be haunted by the spirits of the patients who suffered here. Some reports say the full name of the place was Letchworth Village Institute for the Feeble Minded and Epileptic, and the establishment got into trouble with the law ...


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    Demarest Building

    Warwick, New York

    43.5 miles from Rifton, NY

    The Demarest Building, once called the National Hotel, was constructed in 1863 and was used as an inn and a meeting place for the townspeople. In the mid-1900s, the building was turned into apartments and the Demarest Bar, which closed in the early 1990s. It is now a complex of ...


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    Silvio's Italian Villa Restaurant

    Warwick, New York

    45.7 miles from Rifton, NY

    Silvio's Italian Villa Restaurant is housed in a building that originally dates back to the 1700s, was originally inhabited by a Revolutionary War veteran Levi Ellis. After several owners it was purchased by the Vail family, when tragedy struck. In 1972, Roy Vail’s sister was found murdered in 1972, and ...


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    Yankee Pedlar Inn

    Torrington, Connecticut

    47.2 miles from Rifton, NY

    The historic 1891 hotel is known for ghostly activity. Alice Conley, one of the original owners, is believed to haunt Room 353, the room in which she died. Ti West's 2011 horror film "The Innkeepers" is based on the story of this inn.


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    Glebe House

    Woodbury, Connecticut

    47.4 miles from Rifton, NY

    Two ghosts have been reported in the historic Glebe House. The first is that of an aggressive spirit that haunts the attic, and may be one of the conspirators who attacked Reverend Marshall (a previous owner of the house) for his beliefs and sermons. The second ghost is that of ...


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    Stone Arch Bridge

    Kenoza Lake, New York

    47.6 miles from Rifton, NY

    In 1892 George Markert was murdered upon this bridge by Adam & Joseph Heidt, for Adam believed the George was a warlock who had placed a hex upon him. This hex could be activated any time George did something 3 times, so it seems a little too ironic that this ...


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    Curtis House Restaurant and Inn

    Woodbury, Connecticut

    47.8 miles from Rifton, NY

    A male entity dressed in 17th-18th century attire has been in many rooms of the 1734 inn, along with the ghost of a confederate gentleman in the liquor room, a female entity that disturbs guests, the apparition of former owner Lucius Foot in Room 1 and the ghost of former ...


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    Fairfield State Hospital

    Newtown, Connecticut

    49.2 miles from Rifton, NY

    The hospital, opened in 1931 to house criminally insane patients contains 16 buildings connected by underground tunnels. It is said to be haunted as a result of its tragic history of patient abuse and questionable deaths, and eventually was closed in 1995. It was used as a setting for the ...


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    Sparta Cemetery

    Briarcliff Manor, New York

    49.3 miles from Rifton, NY

    At Sparta Cemetery, visitors have described eerie mists over the graves, ghostly voices, and unexplained lights.


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    Ringwood Manor

    Ringwood, New Jersey

    49.6 miles from Rifton, NY

    Ringwood Manor began in 1740, built by the Ogden family, although it was expanded over the years. Witnesses say it is haunted, and report footsteps, locked doors that open on their own, chills, cold spots, and apparitions of former residents.


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    Vernon Inn

    Vernon Township, New Jersey

    49.6 miles from Rifton, NY

    Vernon Inn was built around 1833 by John Vandegriff, and it is rumored to be haunted. Witnesses say lights come on and off, doors open and close, and apparitions and shadows have been seen. Ghost investigators turned up many orbs in photographs as well as EVPs of a child's voice.


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    Spook Rock Road

    Suffern, New York

    49.6 miles from Rifton, NY

    The name of Spook Rock Road comes from the large rock formation thought to have been created by Lenape Tribes and rumored to have been used as a sacrificial stone. One legend tells of a Dutch woman and her Indian lover who met here and were murdered by other Dutch ...


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    1 LaVeta Place

    Nyack, New York

    51.6 miles from Rifton, NY

    1 LaVeta Place is a private home that's said to have been haunted since at least the 1960s. It was owned by Helen and George Ackley, who at least once saw an apparition there and woke up every morning to a shaking bed. After getting used to and living peacefully ...


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    The Mount Estate

    Lenox, Massachusetts

    51.7 miles from Rifton, NY

    Featured on TV's Ghost Hunters, the estate and museum of artifacts relating to novelist Edith Wharton is said to be home to the ghost of Wharton herself. Husband Teddy Wharton and a servant girl also have been seen, as well as an old-fashioned gentleman believed to be Wharton’s lover, who ...


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    The Mount

    Lenox, Massachusetts

    51.8 miles from Rifton, NY

    The Mount, home of renowned writer Edith Wharton, was built in 1902 and is said to be haunted; in fact, ghost tours are offered here. The Whartons sold the house in 1911, after which it was used for the Foxhollow School for Girls and later as a theater. It was ...


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    SABIC Innovative Plastics

    Selkirk, New York

    51.9 miles from Rifton, NY

    SABIC Innovative Plastics, formerly GE Plastics, stands on what was once the Becker farm. The old farmhouse still stands, and was for a time used for offices. According to legend, Mr. Becker caught his wife having an affair with a slave there, so he pushed the slave down the stairs, ...


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