Tug Hill Annie

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Tug Hill Annie was born as Anna Joan Machowski in 1917, and she is the subject of a popular ghost legend in these parts. By her twenties she found herself married to a man called Alfred with four children, but she wasn’t happy, and took to drink. One night in 1954, while on a wine run, she was killed and decapitated in a car accident. Since then, a female ghost has occasionally been seen walking along Sears Pond Road. Over the years, the ghost has acquired the nickname Tug Hill Annie.

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Geographic Information

Sears Pond Road
East of Liberty Road
Montague, NY
United States

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43.73717567592507, -75.70539700969681
Lewis County, New York
Nearest Towns:
Copenhagen, NY (10.7 mi.)
Lowville, NY (11.7 mi.)
Lorraine, NY (12.1 mi.)
Rodman, NY (13.4 mi.)
Castorland, NY (14.4 mi.)
Adams, NY (15.9 mi.)
Adams Center, NY (16.5 mi.)
West Carthage, NY (16.8 mi.)
Pierrepont Manor, NY (17.0 mi.)
Carthage, NY (17.2 mi.)


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  1. There isn’t a trace of doubt in my mind that the story of “Tug Hill Annie” is absolutely true. And until at least 2012, she continued to inhabit the area. I believe that she may have now crossed-over. But only time will be the true test. When I was a very young child, my father took me to view the wrecked truck ( note that the info above incorrectly mentions a car ) when it was towed into nearby Lowville. To this day, it isn’t known for certain who was actually driving I touched the fender and felt her presence. Research I have done over the years has only strengthened my belief. And Annie’s grave is only a few feet away from that of my parents. This tale is TRUE !

  2. Addendum: I note that the map accompanying this item is incorrect by about one half mile. You will notice a second curve to the East ( to the maps right ). THAT is the actual curve that the truck failed to negotiate and was the site of the fatal accident. Don’t want to nit-pick – just make sure the record is correct. Thank you.

  3. My husband and I bought our camp 1 year ago just a quarter mile from there. And my husband has seen her one night. He went out to stand in the road to get a cell signal and looked down the road and seen her.

    • My significant-other lives on Sears-Pond road, actually she lives almost across from a camp, possibly yours?
      My 12th grade English teacher told me and my class a story about an encounter with Tug Hill Annie on this road. She was on a bus taking a sports team to Lowville or something and the bus driver saw a pale woman in the middle of the road and slammed on the breaks. I think she said the lady moved slowly to the side of the road without moving her legs and just watched as the bus slowly passed by.

  4. My ex husband was was coyote hunting with his family, they had to go into the woods to get the dogs and I stayed in the vehicle because I was pregnant. As soon as I got out I heard crying and something was calling me over to the Boulder. I had a bad feeling so I never went.

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