Cazenovia Lake

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Cazenovia Lake is reportedly haunted by many ghosts. One is a ghost child who calls for help, a victim of an 1800s steamboat accident. A ghostly Onondaga Indian Princess and her groom also are said to reside here. The couple escaped from an attack in a canoe, which sank. Sounds of an Indian massacre and a crying woman are said to be remnants of these sad events. Reports say the pair’s canoe was brought up from the bottom of the lake, but the Native Americans believed it was sacred and should remain below, so it was reinforced with metal and sent back into the water’s depths. Yet another ghost sometimes seen walking around here is a sad woman whose beau ran off to marry her sister.

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Cazenovia Lake
Cazenovia, NY
United States

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42.94846159999999, -75.87372879999998
Madison County, New York
Nearest Towns:
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Minoa, NY (10.9 mi.)
Canastota, NY (11.0 mi.)
Wampsville, NY (12.2 mi.)
Morrisville, NY (12.3 mi.)


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  1. My brothers and I lived on West Lake Road in Cazenovia near North Lake Road where there was a prehistoric Onondaga village. One of my brothers woke up one night to see a young Native American woman standing outside his bedroom window staring in at him. I heard a woman’s scream coming from our cellar one windy summer afternoon. Most of the events were the feeling that we were being watched. There was a lot of tragedy in that area, both historic and prehistoric. I know this because of the archaeological excavations that were done out that way in the 60s and 70s. They found evidence of some really violent events that took place out that way in pre history.

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