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Haunted Sites in the Capital District

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Albany Area Hauntings

The Capital District is an amazing place to discover haunted locations, and places of unknown paranormal activity. Albany itself was settled in the early 1600s, giving this area a rich history with extraordinary old buildings.

This area is home to the haunted NY State Capitol Building, as well as Troy's Pinewoods Cemetery known as the "Gateway to Hell".

This is an extremely incomplete list of Capital District locations rumored to be haunted. Perhaps you've even seen or been in one of these ghostly places.

NYS Capitol Building - Albany

NYS Capitol Building - Albany

The State Capitol Building

Albany, NY

The New York State Capitol building, in Albany, is said to be haunted by the ghost of Samuel Abbott, a night watchman at the Capital who died there during the fire of 1911.

Watch a video tour of hauntings at the NY State Capitol Building in Albany NY.

Throughout October, a free tour of the building entitled "Capitol Hauntings" is offered, which shows the exact location of Samuel Abbott's death, as well as dives into the legend of the Secret Demon near the Great Western Staircase, and discusses the hidden murals in the state Assembly's chamber.

Learn more about the legends of the haunted NY State Capitol Building

Pinewoods Cemetery / Forest Park Cemetery

(aka The Gateway to Hell)

Brunswick, NY is the location of an abandoned cemetery which is legend to have one of the seven Gateways to Hell inside.

This cemetery is reported to have a statue of an angel which appears to be bleeding, as well as a headless angel, and other headless statues. The area is quite overgrown since the cemetery has been almost entirely out of use since the seventies.

Pinewoods Cemetery is now completely closed, and visitors are considered trespassing.

Learn more about the haunting of Pinewoods Cemetery:

A Look Into Pinewoods Cemetery

Eva Tangua - The Ghost of The Chohoes Music Hall

Eva Tangua - The Ghost of The Chohoes Music Hall

The Cohoes Music Hall

The Haunted Cohoes Music Hall

The Haunted Cohoes Music Hall

The Cohoes Music Hall

There are a hundred stories of people experiencing something paranormal at The Cohoes Music Hall in Cohoes, NY.

This theater is allegedly haunted by the ghost of Eva Tangua, a popular vaudeville star. Eva Tangua made her debut at the Cohoes Music Hall, where she was actually booed off the stage. I guess now she boo-s back!

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Eva died in 1947 after a successful Hollywood career, but many people working at the theater have reported seeing someone watching them, feeling a cold wind, smelling perfume, and having props go missing and then reappear - especially the leading lady's hat. Also, many photos have unidentified spots on them, often near the leading lady.

Read more about the Ghost of Eva Tangua here.

Read about the life of Eva Tangua

Listen to Eva Tangua singing "I don't Care" in 1922

Follow The Ghost of Eva Tangua on twitter

Vale Cemetery - Schenectady, NY

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Ten Broeck Mansion by MarkStemp58

Ten Broeck Mansion by MarkStemp58

Ten Broeck Mansion

Albany, New York

The Ten Broeck Mansion is a brick federal-style home that was built in 1798, for General Abraham Ten Broeck and his wife, Elizabeth Van Rensselaer after their home burned in a fire. It was later renovated in the Greek-revival style

There are many reports of strange occurrences in this building. It has been suggested that the mansion is haunted by an unknown soldier who fought in the War of 1812.

The building has been owned by the Albany County Historical Association since 1948, and is operated as a historic house museum. In that it is maintained with period décor and furnishings, this building can be especially eerie.

9 Ten Broeck Pl
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: 518-436-9826

A Look Inside Saratoga County Homestead - Homestead Sanitorium

Saratoga County Homestead (aka Homestead Sanitorium)

Barkersville, NY

Saratoga County Homestead, often referred to as the Saratoga County Homestead Asylum, was a building used to treat people with tuberculosis between 1914 and 1960. It re-opened in 1961 as either an infirmary or a nursing home.

Take a look at these photos and videos that show how the building looked historically, and walkthroughs of how it looks today.

The Photos of Homestead Saniforium are just stunning.

It is not recommended that the public visit this site as it is in very poor physical condition, and has much exposed asbestos. Entering the building without permission is trespassing, and therefore illegal and ill advised.

Ghost Hunters Visit House in Albany NY

The SyFy television show Ghost Hunters came to the house of in season 1, episode 10, entitled Negative Entity.

They found nothing conclusive, and didn't really believe the homeowner's stories:

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4

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Kerri Bee (author) from Upstate, NY on March 08, 2013:

@anonymous: michael who?

anonymous on March 08, 2013:

@anonymous: michael

kopox on October 29, 2012:

looks like spooky place...

anonymous on September 29, 2012:

i hope that these hunted houses are grate because they look scary

anonymous on September 28, 2012:

St Georges cemetary in Schenectady is definitely haunted.Some friends and I veer ed off frm aStockade ghost tour and went to the cemetary out of curiosity .We smelled pipe smoke after we apologized for walking on a few graves. It was very late at one was near bysmoking anything. W had great fun!

smorse28 lm on September 24, 2012:

Ooo these look great! The Capitol is definitely haunted...I've got to make a trip to the Ten Broeck mansion. Thanks for this lense! It's really timely.

anonymous on September 06, 2012:

@GeorgeStadalski: i heard people say that the glenmont job corp for the monks is haunted is that true?

magictricksdotcom on April 22, 2012:

I'm originally from Watervliet, and I heard many ghost stories about the area as I was growing up. The riverfront area near the Arsenal is legendary for the ghostly sightings there. Great lens!

AJ from Australia on March 08, 2012:

Fascinating - I would love to visit.

GeorgeStadalski on February 25, 2012:

I have been studying paranormal for years and been investigating for a few months.

I have not had any experiences yet, but I know there is something more than what we think we know, but I have no answers yet.

If you hear of anything else in New York State, I'd love to hear about it.

Kerri Bee (author) from Upstate, NY on October 23, 2011:

@fefe42: Thanks for catching that. It's fixed now.

fefe42 on October 22, 2011:

Just an FYI The link to learn more about the Haunted NY State Capital is broken.

Tarra99 on August 20, 2011:


WhiteOak50 on August 10, 2011:

After finally catching up with the Angel School Bus, I am fluttering around Paranormal-ville to drop off some Blessings. Just wanted you to know I am here because your page caught my attention. Leaving you with a *Blessing* for doing such a great job on this page.

Also I wanted to let you know that I will be featuring this page on Scariest Places on Earth

HAUNTHELP on April 28, 2011:

Good stuff on here! Keep it up. Too bad the asylum in mostly gone now.

jolou on October 04, 2010:

Haven't heard of these before Very interesting.

girlfriendfactory on August 19, 2010:

These look scary, especially the Asylum, though it seems many old asylums are reported to be haunted. I think I'd keep my distance, just the same. ;) Good job!

Joan4 on August 19, 2010:

Very spooky places to visit!

anonymous on August 19, 2010:

Some spooky haunted places you've shown here.

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