10 Ghostly Destinations to Visit in New York’s Finger Lakes Regions
The Finger Lakes are known for their series of slender finger-like lakes in New York State. A popular destination for a weekend getaway, the region is known for its spectacular vineyards and freshly outstanding ciders, which complement stunning views of the surrounding lakes. Moreover, the region is also famous for alternative reasons. Specifically, many places in the Finger Lakes regions, from restaurants to bed and breakfasts, pride themselves on their haunted heritage and unexplained spooky phenomenon.
Do you like ghosts and paranormal tales? So travelers who like to scare themselves will enjoy visiting these ghostly places around the Finger Lakes region!
ten Naples Hotel
The Naples Hotel is proud of its haunted past. Located inside a 19th-century brick hotel with 32 rooms (plus a bar and restaurant in the basement), the hotel is home to dozens of resident ghosts, seen by staff members and visitors. Spend an evening at the Hotel Naples and listen to the Topper, a ghost known to turn off televisions with flickering lights. Otherwise, be sure to spot a ghostly mother named Alice, haunting the hotel with her two children!
9 Seward House Museum
This beautiful historic home belonged to William Henry Seward, an American politician with an impressive political resume. The house sits on two acres of land which visitors can enjoy today while learning about the life and times of the Seward family. Besides the museum’s impressive display of ceramics, paintings, sculptures and vintage furniture, guests who have a haunted historical experience can visit around the property to learn about local urban legends and grizzly stories of crime.
8 Erie Mansion
This impressive mansion has 43 rooms, 91 doors (three of which lead nowhere!) and hidden gear abounds. If the on-site catacombs and sarcophagi aren’t spooky enough, the Erie Mansion is also a destination for ghost sightings. Stay a few nights at this bed and breakfast and embark on a private ghost tour, chasing ghosts around the 12,000 square foot property that’s been around since 1858.
seven Mount Hope Cemetery
A cemetery that happens to be haunted sounds cliché, but Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester has a storied past, home to more than 350,000 people. Not only is the cemetery home to notable icons like Susan B. Anthony and Fredrick Douglass, but this 19th century cemetery is also known for some chilling events. Some consider this cemetery to be the most haunted in New York State! Those who have visited the cemetery swear they have heard strange voices of small children at night or encountered shadow-like apparitions around them.
6 Thousand Wine Cellars
Located near Seneca Lake, Miles Wine Cellars is known for its divine wines, from its zesty dry Riesling to its oaky Chardonnay. They even have a variety of wine named ‘ghost’ which is described as a lighter wine with a crisp taste! The varietal was inspired by the property that clairvoyants say is haunted. The owners report hearing footsteps and doors slamming mysteriously, among other paranormal occurrences.
5 Genesee Country Museum
Why should travelers read about history when they can just witness it? The Genesse County Museum is a living history museum recreating a 19th century village in Western New York! Find out how food was prepared or what kind of clothes people wore during a time without smartphones and free Wi-Fi. Plus, for those who love ghoul and ghost stories, the museum also runs family-friendly “ghost walking tours” during the week leading up to Halloween!
4 The historic theater
Located in beautiful Syracuse and Onondaga County, the Landmark Theatre, also known as Loew’s State Theatre, is an icon of New York’s culture and heritage. Opening its curtains in 1928, this famous theater has hosted an array of world-class theater events and performances for nearly 100 years. Apparently, it is also haunted by a ghost named Clarissa, who fell from a balcony in the 1930s. Since her death, reports of her ghostly appearance appear unexpectedly in front of people on site, chilling guests and staff alike. .
3 The museums of historic Palmyra
History buffs can learn a thing or two about Palmyra New York City’s heritage by visiting the local museum, which houses collections detailing life in the city. Otherwise, paranormal enthusiasts and ghost hunters to like visit this attraction! The museum has been featured on TV shows such as A&E My Ghost Story, Ghost Findersand Haunted Explorations, hosting several ghost walks and paranormal-related events throughout the year. Hear footsteps, feel chills, or take random photos of mysterious orbs passing from room to room when visiting this museum.
2 Belhurst Castle and Vineyard
Wine and dine at Finger Lakes’ Belhurst Winery, enjoying one of the area’s top wineries with a storied past. Due to its historic ownership, the castle makes a great and relaxing stay for couples traveling to the Finger Lakes region. Belhurst Castle is a goldmine of ghostly activity for paranormal lovers. This is because the castle has a history filled with scandals of promiscuity and unfortunate circumstances. For example, during their stay, guests may encounter Isabella, the castle’s “lady in white” who hangs out around Seneca Lake.
1 Split rock quarry
Quarries like the UNESCO Messel Mine offer a glimpse of a past life, while some offer spookier attractions. Located in Onondaga, paranormal-loving tourists can head to Split Rock Quarry and walk through the same site of a freak accident. During World War I, Split Rock was used as a site for munitions factories. However, in 1918 an explosion occurred inside a factory that killed 50 people. Today, brave souls venturing to Split Rock Quarry, which is located in a wooded area, reported hearing faint footsteps and noises from the crusher (which sits quietly as a ruin in the quarry) running his engine.
|TRAVEL TIP: Due to its location in the woods (and being an abandoned site), avoid traveling at night and alone. Visit this spooky destination safely with company on a beautiful day!|