1 LaVeta Place

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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 with the ghost for 20 years, they sold the house, without mentioning its supernatural resident to new owners Jeffrey and Patrice Stambovsky. When the Stambovskys found out the house was haunted and backed out of the sale, the Ackleys didn’t want to give up their deposit, so the Stambovskys sued. This led to the “Ghostbusters” ruling, which states that sellers must disclose whether a house is haunted to potential buyers.

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1 LaVeta Place
Nyack, NY
United States

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41.096308, -73.9156299
Rockland County, New York
Nearest Towns:
Nyack, NY (0.4 mi.)
Upper Nyack, NY (0.8 mi.)
South Nyack, NY (0.9 mi.)
Grand View-on-Hudson, NY (2.2 mi.)
Valley Cottage, NY (2.6 mi.)
West Nyack, NY (3.0 mi.)
Sleepy Hollow, NY (3.1 mi.)
Blauvelt, NY (3.2 mi.)
Tarrytown, NY (3.3 mi.)
Piermont, NY (3.8 mi.)


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  1. My childhood friend lived in this house in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. I was over often during the day and never had any uncomfortable experiences. I slept over once when I was 9 years old in a second floor bedroom and had very disturbing dreams but never saw anything while awake. I was not really aware of the haunting at the time.

    However as a teenager, I spent the night at one of my friend’s homes who happened to live right next door along with another friend. The residents of the haunted house who we all knew well lived in the city at that point and the house was vacant. We are sure because we checked beforehand. Sure that no one was home we walked through the haunted property’s backyard to go down to the river to hang out. This was nighttime, and the haunted house, being vacant was dark. Coming back after 30 minutes we were walking through the backyard of the haunted property to get back to my friend’s house when suddenly the light on the 3rd floor, which is essentially a large attic but also was used by some residents as a bedroom, suddenly switched on. We all got a sinking feeling in our stomachs’ and felt a sudden chill. Terrified, we ran back to my friend’s house next door and went inside. When we summoned the courage to look at the third floor window again after a few minutes the light was off again. I am certain no one was home.

    From knowing longtime residents of that home and speaking with many friends who spent time in that house, it is my understanding that the supposed spirit is a benign one and not malevolent. If it didn’t like three teenagers cutting through its yard at night and wanted to indicate it’s presence so we would leave, then it’s really quite understandable. It terrified us at the time however.

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