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Most Haunted Places on Long Island, NY.
Long Island, NY has its fair share of haunted places, from centuries-old houses to abandoned buildings. I spoke with a representative of the Long Island Paranormal Investigators, and here's their list of the 10 most haunted places on Long Island:
1. Mt. Misery
2. Fort Totten (in Queens on geographic Long Island)
3. Shep Jones Lane
4. Revolutionary War Site on the South Shore (name withheld)
5. Kings Park Psychiatric Center
6. Hanging Tree
7. Ronkonkoma County Park
8. Reid's Ice Cream Factory
9. Fire Island Lighthouse
10.The Chandler Estate
Pictured above is Mt. Misery in West Hills in the Town of Huntington, Suffolk County. One of the most famous former residents of West Hills was Walt Whitman, who lived in the area as a young boy with his family.
Mt. Misery starts at the intersection of Broad Hollow Road/Route 110 and Sweet Hollow Road and ends near Jericho Turnpike. According to the Long Island Paranormal Investigators' website, there have been reports of screams in the night from that location, and there's a story from 1967 about an elderly woman who lived nearby that says she received visits from strange people who resembled Native Americans. They supposedly told the woman that the land her house rested on belonged to them.
Do you believe stories like these, or do you think they're just urban legends? Whether you get chills up and down your spine when you hear about ghostly visitations, or you scoff at these stories, you can read more on the next pages and see photos of some other supposedly haunted places on Long Island.Continue to 2 of 5 below.
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Most Haunted Places on Long Island - Kings Park Psychiatric Facility
According to the Long Island Paranormal Investigators, the Kings Park Psychiatric Facility is one of the 10 most haunted places on Long Island.
According to reports that you may or may not believe, passersby have heard screams and other ghostly noises from the long-abandoned building in Suffolk County. The Long Island Paranormal Investigators point out that it is illegal to enter the buildings and access to the grounds is limited.Continue to 3 of 5 below.
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Most Haunted Places on Long Island - Reid's Ice Cream Factory
Reid's Ice Cream Factory in Blue Point was abandoned in the 1920s and then demolished in 2003. From reports of the ghostly screams of a murdered woman to the otherworldly giggles of a departed boy, legends swirled around the long-abandoned Reid's Ice Cream Factory in Blue Point, NY in Suffolk County.
Houses were later built on the former factory property.... but are the ghosts still there?Continue to 4 of 5 below.
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Most Haunted Places on Long Island, NY - The Fire Island Lighthouse
The stately Fire Island Lighthouse dates back to the 1800s and is a familiar landmark on the barrier island where it stands 167 feet above sea level, and can be seen more than 20 miles away. On the National Register of Historic Places since 1974, the decommissioned lighthouse is open to visitors, and those in good physical shape can walk the 157 steep steps and two small ladders for a view from the top of New York's tallest lighthouse.
Tales of shadowy figures, ghostly laughs, otherworldly banging noises and legends of hefty doors opening and closing by themselves surround the Fire Island Lighthouse.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Haunted Places on Long Island - Raynham Hall
I'm going to include Raynham Hall, my favorite haunted place on Long Island. Dating back to the 1700s, this historic house in Oyster Bay, NY, was originally built by a well-to-do merchant, and is now a museum open to the public. While visiting Raynham Hall years ago, I spoke with the woman selling tickets and asked about the house's legends of hauntings. She told me a story from years back, when a man was hired to take care of the grounds and sleep in the house. After his first night there, he was asked how he slept. He answered that it was quiet, but that the "people upstairs" made quite a racket. Note to fans of ghost stories: no one lived upstairs.
Other stories talk about visitations by a young woman in a bridal gown -- supposedly the ghost of a former resident who was abandoned by her lover while waiting for him at the altar.
You can read more about haunted places on Long Island at the Long Island Paranormal Investigators website.