Haunted Places in Pawling, New York



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    Heritage Inn

    New Milford, Connecticut

    9.9 miles from Pawling, 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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    Smalley's Inn and Restaurant

    Carmel, New York

    10.1 miles from Pawling, 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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    Miss Fanny's Victorian Party House

    Wappingers Falls, New York

    12.4 miles from Pawling, 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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    Bennett College Ruins

    Millbrook, New York

    15.6 miles from Pawling, 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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    Reformed Dutch Church of Poughkeepsie

    Poughkeepsie, New York

    18.9 miles from Pawling, 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

    19 miles from Pawling, NY

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


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    Bird and Bottle Inn

    Garrison, New York

    19 miles from Pawling, 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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    Bowne Hall - Dutchess Community College

    Poughkeepsie, New York

    19.2 miles from Pawling, 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

    19.2 miles from Pawling, 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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    Wing's Castle

    Millbrook, New York

    19.7 miles from Pawling, 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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    Fairfield State Hospital

    Newtown, Connecticut

    19.9 miles from Pawling, 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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    Marist College - Sheahan Hall

    Poughkeepsie, New York

    20.3 miles from Pawling, 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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    Glebe House

    Woodbury, Connecticut

    20.4 miles from Pawling, 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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    Hudson River State Hospital

    Poughkeepsie, New York

    20.5 miles from Pawling, 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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    Curtis House Restaurant and Inn

    Woodbury, Connecticut

    20.6 miles from Pawling, 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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    Bannerman Castle

    Beacon, New York

    21.3 miles from Pawling, 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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    Newburgh Masonic Temple

    Newburgh, New York

    21.5 miles from Pawling, 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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    Downing Park

    Newburgh, New York

    21.9 miles from Pawling, 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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    Roosevelt Mansion

    Hyde Park, New York

    22.3 miles from Pawling, 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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    Dudleytown

    Cornwall, Connecticut

    24.1 miles from Pawling, 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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    Stepney Cemetery

    Monroe, Connecticut

    24.2 miles from Pawling, NY

    The 1700s Stepney Cemetery (a.k.a. Birdsey’s Plain Cemetery or Beardsley Plain Cemetery) is haunted, according to witnesses who have seen apparitions and blobs of ectoplasm here. Some say it is the second home of the White Lady who lived in nearby Union Cemetery, or that it has its own similar ...


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    Clinton Community Library

    Rhinebeck, New York

    24.5 miles from Pawling, 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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    Union Cemetery

    Easton, Connecticut

    25.5 miles from Pawling, NY

    Those who photograph the cemetery have found later that orbs, mists, light rods, and even apparitions have appeared in the photos. One ghost here is known as the White Lady, who is reported to have begun appearing in the late 1940s. Several people have videotaped and photographed her. Some passersby ...


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    Gunntown Cemetery

    Naugatuck, Connecticut

    26.2 miles from Pawling, NY

    Dating back to 1790, Gunntown Cemetery is said to be haunted by spirits of a man with a lantern leading a horse, a little boy who plays near the back wall, and a black ghost dog. Orbs, mists, cold spots and unexplained music and laughter also have been described by ...


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    Hoyt Mansion - The Point

    Staatsburg, New York

    26.6 miles from Pawling, 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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    Great Hill Cemetery

    Seymour, Connecticut

    27.9 miles from Pawling, NY

    Also known as Hookman’s Cemetery, Great Hill Cemetery's ghostly legend involves an alleged former cemetery caretaker who had a hook for a hand. He is said to have hanged himself from a tree nearby. Those who parked under the tree would hear his hook scraping along the car's roof.


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    Holy Land USA

    Waterbury, Connecticut

    29.6 miles from Pawling, NY

    People have been known to become trapped, and unable to find their way out. Voices can be heard after sun set, and there have even been a few deaths within Holy Land. (Submitted by Kaylee-Jo)


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    Dutch's Spirits

    Pine Plains, New York

    29.8 miles from Pawling, 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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    Yankee Pedlar Inn

    Torrington, Connecticut

    29.9 miles from Pawling, 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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    Carousel Gardens

    Seymour, Connecticut

    30.2 miles from Pawling, NY

    Although it closed in 2009, the Carousel Gardens Restaurant was said to be haunted by original owner and founder of Seymour, William H. Wooster and his daughter, Ruth. Witnesses have heard the unexplained sound of breaking glass and seen a ghost cat with glowing eyes.


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    Pine Grove Cemetery

    Ansonia, Connecticut

    30.6 miles from Pawling, NY

    Established in 1858, the cemetery is said to be haunted by three dark figures who guard its gates. In addition, witnesses say they have heard rattling chains and the sound of ghostly children playing here. Warm spots, a strong scent of roses, and names whispered into their ears have also ...


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    Sterling Opera House

    Derby, Connecticut

    31.3 miles from Pawling, NY

    The 1889 opera house has seen performances by the likes of actor Lionel Barrymore and escape artist Harry Houdini, comedian Red Skelton and march king John Philip Sousa. It operated until 1945 when it became a city hall, and in the 1960s the building was abandoned. Lately it has been ...


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    Blaber House

    Kingston, New York

    31.9 miles from Pawling, 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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    Montrepose Cemetery

    Kingston, New York

    31.9 miles from Pawling, 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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    Mohonk Mountain House

    High Falls, New York

    32 miles from Pawling, 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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    Old Ulster County Jail

    Kingston, New York

    32.3 miles from Pawling, 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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    Sparta Cemetery

    Briarcliff Manor, New York

    32.3 miles from Pawling, NY

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


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    Wiltwyck Cemetery

    Kingston, New York

    32.4 miles from Pawling, 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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    Letchworth Village

    Thiells, New York

    32.4 miles from Pawling, 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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    Majestic Theater

    Bridgeport, Connecticut

    33.8 miles from Pawling, NY

    The abandoned Majestic Theater, which stood in a complex with the Poli Palce and the Savoy Hotel, was an ornate 1920s building with gilded moldings and crystal chandeliers. It closed in 1971. Shadowy figures and electronic voice phemonema have been witnessed here. Some say the complex was build on an ...


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    Church of Eternal Light

    Bristol, Connecticut

    33.9 miles from Pawling, NY

    Built in 1884 as a schoolhouse, the pagan Church of the Eternal Light is rumored to be haunted by a ghostly face that appears in the bell tower windows. Witnesses also have reported spirit orbs here. Who is the ghost? It's not certain. One legend says a parishioner was once ...


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    Boothe Park

    Stratford, Connecticut

    34.1 miles from Pawling, NY

    Boothe Park is a collection of the unusual, and includes a mini windmill and clock tower, mini lighthouse, carriage house, trolley station, blacksmith shop, chapel, model train museum, Americana museum, observatory, playground, rose garden, a cemetery, and even a building with no windows or doors. The area was once the ...


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    Remington Arms Factory

    Bridgeport, Connecticut

    34.1 miles from Pawling, NY

    Seen on the TV show Ghost Adventures, this former weapons factory was closed in the 1980s because of its myriad accidents, many of which were fatal. Witnesses say the abandoned building is a hotspot for haunts who appear as shadowy figures. Also experienced here have been the sounds of weapon-factory ...


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    The McGarrah Stagecoach Tavern Inn

    Monroe, New York

    34.4 miles from Pawling, 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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    Downs Road

    Hamden, Connecticut

    34.7 miles from Pawling, NY

    Closed at both ends and dotted with ruins of former homes, Downs Road is the setting for several local ghost stories. Among them are the Downs Road Monster, which some say was actually an albino horse, along with various ghostly apparitions and strange creatures such as Melon Heads, rumored to ...


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    Oxford Depot Cemetery

    Chester, New York

    34.9 miles from Pawling, 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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    Lake Compounce

    Bristol, Connecticut

    35.5 miles from Pawling, NY

    The oldest continuously operating theme park in the U.S. is rumored to be haunted. Its Starlight Ballroom was once the site of performances by the likes of Tommy Dorsey’s band with a young Frank Sinatra. As one could imagine, there is a lot of history in this park that dates ...


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    Blithewood Mansion

    Red Hook, New York

    35.6 miles from Pawling, 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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    Buckout Road

    Harrison, New York

    35.8 miles from Pawling, NY

    On Buckout Road, aka Head Road, rumors surround a house that has several Xs around it. Some say it is a place where witches were caught and put to death long ago. Others say a gang of cruel albinos lives here and attacks visitors. Legend has it that some school ...


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    Green Lady Cemetery - Seventh Day Baptist Cemetery

    Burlington, Connecticut

    35.9 miles from Pawling, NY

    The 18th-century Seventh Day Baptist Cemetery is also known as the Green Lady Cemetery because of the many sightings of a ghost called the Green Lady. Some believe she is the spirit of Seventh Day Baptist Elisabeth Palmiter, who drowned in a swamp in 1800 while searching for her "missing" ...


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