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A Brief History: Located at the corner of Dieskau Street and Mohican Street in Lake George New York sits Caldwell Cemetery. The cemetery was built in the early 1700s. Many soldiers from the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War are buried here. There are also people that died of the small pox epidemic buried here as well. In the early 1900s many new plots for this cemetery sit over ancient part of an old ancient Indian burial ground.
Haunted History: There have been many claims of hearing musket fire and the smell of gunpowder throughout parts of the cemetery. There have also been claims of being shot at and actually feel a bullet whiz by your head, and then able to see a Civil War Soldier standing there and then just disappear. There have also been claims of seeing Civil War Solders just roaming through the cemetery. Many people have also claimed to see a white dog just roaming around the cemetery and then just disappear. Next time you come and visit the Lake George area be sure to check out the Caldwell Cemetery and just maybe you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of something of our past history.
A Brief History: The Father Isaac Jogues Monument, found within Lake George Battlefield Park is located on Beach Road in Lake George Village, NY. Isaac Jogues was a French Jesuit priest from Orleans said to be the first white man to see Lake George NY. During the 1640’s while exploring The New World and spreading Christianity, Jogues was captured by native peoples and tortured for six years. During this time his thumbs and parts of his fore fingers were removed. Jogues with the help of local European settlers escapes imprisonment and returned to France. Four years later Jogues returns to The New World on a missionary where he is martyred by the Mohawk Indians. The statue was built after the canonization of Isaac Jogues in 1930. The statue serves as a memorial, honoring the life of Father Isaac Jogues and his attempts to bring Christianity to The New World. Today the statue sits quietly in Battlefield Park, where it can be viewed and enjoyed by picnickers and the public.
Haunted History: Seated in a heavily wooded part of the park, the area surrounding the memorial is said to be plagued by the sound of phantom gunfire and the appearance of deceased soldiers killed in battle. Visitors have also said that when standing near the statue you can feel a vibration coming from the statue.
A Brief History: Fort George was built on the same land where the battle of Lake George took place in 1755. During the battle, the British defeated the French and Indian troops. In 1759 General Jeffery Amherst told the British to construct a stone fort there to oppose Fort Carillon. During the American Revolution, on May 12, 1775, Americans took control of the fort and its supplies. The British then seized the Fort in 1718 and burned it to the ground. Today visitors can still see the foundations of the fort and some of the exterior walls.
Haunted History: Many people come and visit where the ruminants of Fort George use to stand and leave with much more than they bargained for. Many paranormal sightings have been reported around Fort George and On the Lake George Battlegrounds. Soldiers are seen in the forest wearing old uniforms then disappear at the blink of an eye. These sightings happen both at night and during the day. Burning smells and ghastly mists have also been reported, as well as echoes of canon fire can be heard throughout the forest. At night people have reported uneasy feelings and heaviness.
A Brief History: Located in upstate New York sits Fort Ticonderoga. The fortification was named after the peninsula which it is located on. It was constructed by the French with the name Fort Carillon between 1755 and 1757 during the French and Indian (Seven Years) War. The site controlled the river alongside the mouth of the La Chute River in the 3.5 miles between Lake Champlain and Lake George; and was strategically placed to oversee trade routes between the British-controlled Hudson River Valley and the French-controlled Saint Lawrence River Valley.
In 1758, at the Battle of Carillon 4000 French soldiers led by General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm and the Chevalier de Levis successfully held off an attacking force of 16,000 British regulars and militia who were under the command of Major General Abercrombie. In 1759 British forces returned and the French defenders abandoned the fort. After capturing Fort Carillon the British renamed it Fort Ticonderoga.
The fort regained importance with the outbreak of the Revolutionary War in 1775. One month after fighting began a small force led by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold captured the fort from the British. Colonel Henry Knox transported artillery from Fort Ticonderoga down to Boston and used to fortify Dorchester Heights. This helped to break up the British siege of Boston. In 1776 Fort Ticonderoga was the staging point for the attempted invasion of Quebec. Forces led by Generals Philip Schuyler and Richard Montgomery attempted to capture Quebec City across the New York-Canada border. British reinforcements pushed the colonial troops back to Fort Ticonderoga. During the Saratoga campaign of 1777 British forces commanded by General John Burgoyne captured the fort when American General Arthur St. Clair ordered his men to abandon it without putting up a fight. Once General Burgoyne’s forces at Saratoga were forced to surrender the fort was abandoned by the British. After the war was over people who lived in the area stripped usable items off the fortification. The Pell family purchased the property in 1820 as a summer home. However, once railroads were constructed in the area he switched the purpose of the property to building a tourist base. In 1909 the Pell family restored the fort and opened it to the public. The fort has been managed by the Fort Ticonderoga Association since 1931 after its refurbishment.
Haunted History: Fort Ticonderoga is reported to be patrolled by soldiers of the spiritual realm. Many people, including employees report seeing apparitions dressed in colonial era military uniforms. There are those who claim to have heard the sounds of horse hoof-beats, voices, and footsteps throughout the property. An investigation from The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) for the show Ghost Hunters turned up a number of possible EVPs (electronic voice phenomenon), and an unexplained illumination. If you’re in the upstate New York area and looking to explore some history, or maybe meet an 18th century soldier check out Fort Ticonderoga.
A Brief History: In 1755 Fort William Henry was constructed on the southern end of Lake George in upstate New York. The fort was constructed by the British and colonials to protect the area against French forces and their allies after war broke out between the two longtime rivals. Fort William Henry was constructed as part of a chain of forts along important waterways. The fort was constructed of timber in an irregular square shape. Located in the corners were bastions designed to help repel Native American attacks. The fort was constructed of timber in an irregular square shape. Located in the corners were bastions designed to help repel Native American attacks. Fort William Henry had walls thirty feet thick and a dry moat bed dug around three sides.
In 1757 Lieutenant Colonel George Monro took command of the fort and its 2,300 defenders. They would soon come under siege from French. The brave defenders held out as long as they could while under artillery barrage from the much larger force of 8,000 French soldiers and Indian allies. Eventually when it became clear that no reinforcements would be able to come to their assistance Monro surrendered to the French General, Louis-Joseph de Montcalm. Out of respect for their determined resistance, the defenders were allowed to retreat to Fort Edward. However, they were ambushed upon leaving the fortification by Native American warriors who didn’t wish to follow the terms of surrender and resulted in losses placed somewhere between 69 to 184 men, or 7.5% of the defenders. The French then burned down the fort. Later, in the 1950s it was reconstructed on the site following the architect’s blue prints.
Haunted History: With the events that occurred in the area it should not be surprising that Fort William Henry is host to tales of the paranormal. Many people claim to hear what sounds to be the footsteps of sentries patrolling the walls of the fort. Some people have claimed to hear what sounded like screams coming from the field hospital of the fort where wounded troops were massacred by invading Indian forces. Apparitions of soldiers have been said to be seen inside the barracks building. These events, and many others lead some people to speculate that when the British and colonial forces retreated from the fort in the fall of the 1757, perhaps some in the form of spirits stayed behind, still defending their fortification.
A Brief History: In the late 1600s, Huron Indians were executed and tortured on the grounds where the House of Frankenstein sits. In the late 1700s, English Colonists used these grounds for the town gallows. There is an estimated total of over 1000 people who lost their lives at this very spot. In the late 1800s a private residence was built on this location. Two brothers owned the house and became troubled and committed suicide in the house. The house sat abandoned for years and in 1973, the house was demolished. About a year later, in 1974 a group of Canadians built the structure located at 213 Canada Street Lake George, NY and the House of Frankenstein opened it’s doors, and still remained open. The House of Frankenstein was the first wax museum and haunted attraction in Lake George.
Haunted History: Employees have claimed to have seen a female apparition walking around, and then disappear. There have been numerous cold spots felt throughout the building. After closing up and all of the guests have left the building, employees have claimed that they can hear footsteps walking up and down the stairs. Some guests have claimed to have had feelings of dread and sadness as they walk through the wax museum. There have also been claims of seeing shadowing figures roaming the hallways. So next time your in Lake George stop in the House of Frankenstein Wax Museum and maybe you will experience a little more than you bargained for.
A Brief History: Sitting in the upstate New York town of Lake George is Lake George Junior-Senior High School. The school which is home to approximately 500 students ranging from seventh through twelfth grade is located on Canada Street. However, if you went back in time to the year 1757, the property was used for a much different purpose. In 1757 the French and Indian War was raging, and the property was used by French forces under the command of General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm. Montcalm’s forces had moved into the area in order to lay siege to the British and Colonial forces at Fort William Henry. From the area Montcalm planned his siege, which was eventually successful. They pounded Fort William Henry with artillery continually for 6 days. The outnumbered garrison of British regulars and colonial militia bravely held on as long as they could, but with no hope of reinforcements and assistance Lieutenant Colonel George Munro surrendered Fort William Henry and its defenders into the arms of the French, and her native allies. The following massacre of some of the surrendered soldiers later was recorded into infamy in James Fennimore Cooper's story, The Last of the Mohicans.
Haunted History: Fast forward 250 years and now sits a high school. Only an erected sign shows that the property was once home to thousands of French soldiers gearing up to storm the British fortification. However, there are some people who think something other than a metallic sign points to what happened in the past. People visiting the property have claimed to see and hear signs of the long concluded battle. Some claim to hear the sound of mortars and cannons firing in the night. Ghostly sightings of soldiers have also been reported. If you have a chance take a trip to Lake George. At night take a walk past the rebuilt historical fort, and head on down Canada Street to the school. In the quiet silence of night maybe a little bit of history will present itself to you.
A Brief History: Battlefield Park, located in Lake George, New York, memorializes the site of the Battle of Lake George. During the French and Indian War, specifically September 8th 1755, Sir William Johnson led a force of 1,500 troops, both British and Native American, against the French in order to drive them out of the provinces. It is in this park that you will find what is called a Field Hospital; a temporary medical unit built on battlegrounds in order to treat wounded soldiers; essentially, a hospital camp. Built in 1755 during the war, this particular hospital was used to care for survivors during the winter of 1775 and 1776 after a failed attempt to capture Quebec. It is also known that during the American Revolution the battlefield contained the largest smallpox hospital. Nowadays, the hospital serves as a marker in Battlefield Park and considered a major part of the battlefields history, along with commanders such as Sir William Johnson and the Chief of the Mohawk Indians, King Hendrick.
Haunted History: There are reports of occurrences, which include the sounds of gunshots or cannon fire, as well as sightings of ghost soldiers. Many believe the spirits of those who died within the field hospital still haunt the site.
A Brief History: The battle of Lake George, not to be confused with the battle of Fort William Henry. The Battle of Lake George took place on Sept 8, 1755 between French, Indian, Canadian and British forces. The battle is nothing more than 2 separate engagements throughout the day. The first engagement was called the “Bloody Morning Scout”. It was an ambush the French and Indian forces set up on a rough road. The French and Indian forces fired on the British and Indian forces. The Mohawk war chief and ally to the British, King Hendrick was killed along with the British commander Col. Williams. Nathan Whiting assumes command and orders the British to retreat. More British troops have heard of this engagement and have come to the rescue. They have set up cannons and barricades waiting for the French. The French arrive at noon and a large fight breaks out. It is the French this time who are beaten back. The second engagement called “Bloody Pond” took place. 300 New Hampshire and New York colonials ambushed French and Indian forces just south of the present day town at a small pond. The colonials through the bodies of the Indians and Canadians into the pond turning the water red from all the blood. By 5:00p.m. the Battle of Lake George was over. It is estimated that the British suffer 216 killed and 96 wounded. However the French losses are estimated close to 800. The battle was the first British victory against the French thus far in the war.
Haunted History: There are many paranormal claims associated with the battlefield. People have reported seeing phantom soldiers or Regiments on the field. People have reported hearing cannon fire or gunshots. Paranormal investigators have recorded lots of EVPs and there are also claims of seeing a smoky form by the King Hendrick monument.
A Brief History: Located at 75 Dieskau Street in Lake George New York holds a lot of history through the years. The old Victorian style house was built in the late 1800s, and was owned by African Americans Samuel and Dorothy McPhearsen. During the 1920s Lake George was still a segregated town, so there were many African Americans that could not stay in the white owned hotels in the area, so they stayed in the Woodbine Hotel. Many of there guests at the Woodbine Hotel consisted of African American tourists, African American wait staff and servants who worked in the white owned hotels, and also some famous people who have been known to have stayed there is Duke Ellington, Count Basie and even Sammy Davis Jr. Its is also said that a white captain passing through the town had stayed there for a short time period.
In February of 1928 there was a KKK rally on Route 9 to protest against the congressman to keep segregation and deny rights to African Americans, who lived in that area. By the end of 1928, the Supreme Court ruled against the KKK protest and granted the rights to all men, whichever race has the right to be free of harassment and should be able to live a safe lifestyle. After this Supreme Court ruling was held, the KKK started to decline in power for the rally of segregation.
In 2006 owners John and Terri Case moved the Lemon Peel Lounge that used to be on Canada Street since the late 1980s, to the old Woodbine Hotel. The Lemon Peel Lounge is used as a Bar and is opened from 3p.m. to 4a.m. Many guests who go there for a drink have a good time and enjoy the atmosphere.
Haunted History: It is said that Mrs. McPhearsen haunts this location. People have claimed that when you walk into the building if you do not acknowledge Mrs. McPhearsen, by saying hello, she will knock things off of the shelves until she is acknowledged. People have also claimed that Captain Langpheat haunts this location. While walking down the street looking at the house at the 2nd floor window, you can see an old captain open up the curtain to see if anyone is there. There have also been claims of seeing an Abenaki Indian Chief. Guests have also claimed to have felt cold spots in the building. Employees have claimed that the telephone would ring every morning at 3a.m. even after the phone was unplugged.
A Brief History: The Lobster Pot Restaurant was built in the 1970s and is located at 81 Canada Street in Lake George New York. The restaurant has some of the best seafood and steak dinners you can find in Lake George. There have been claims that the restaurant may sit on an ancient Indian burial ground.
Haunted History: There have been claims of pots being knocked down in the kitchen area. People have also felt a sudden chill go through there body.
A Brief History: The town of Lake George was not settled until after the American Revolution. James Caldwell realized that this area could serve as a major trade route into Canada for industrialization to occur in this area. Once Caldwell realized that this area had a lot of value to it, he went ahead and purchased many acres of land and originally called the town Caldwell. In 1817 Caldwell donated a piece of land for the courthouse to be built on. Construction began and the courthouse was completed by the end of 1817. On October 26, 1843 a fire broke out in the courthouse and destroyed the entire building. The courthouse was rebuilt and completed in the fall of 1845, costing $3,975.00. Over the next 45 years there was changes to the courthouse such as in 1845 a jail was established in the basement of the courthouse. In 1878 the front tower was built, which was partially used as the judges chambers In 1885 the expansion of the tower was built and was used for the County Clerk’s Office. In the 1890’s a new two-story jail was built. It is said that in 1858 during the Presidential debates, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debated in the courthouse.
In 1845 the original jail was located in the basement of the courthouse, and could hold about 16 inmates. The conditions were called a joke. The prisoners could communicate with the outside world be cause there were open vents that led right out side of the jail. The prisoners were able to work in town to pay off debts owed, and while they were in jail, there were no real duties to be performed, so the prisoners would play cards, and hang out and smoke all day long. In 1890 the new two story jail was built behind the courthouse were conditions became more stricter on the prisoners.
The most famous trial that occurred in this courthouse was the Willett Trial in 1883. On October 10, 1883 George H. Willett was found guilty of murder by using a pistol to kill John Pair in the local barbershop. He was sentenced to be hung on December 2, 1883. While in jail awaiting his sentence he was able to raise enough money to have a 2nd trial with better legal aid. The legal aid was a huge help and Willett was found not guilty from the 2nd trial. After the trial he was let free and was never seen again.
In 1963 a new Courthouse was built several miles out of the main town and left the Old Warren Courthouse abandoned. In 1973 the Courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and was turned into a museum of what you see it today.
Haunted History: Through the years there have been many unexplainable things that have occurred in the courthouse. There has been whistling heard from the courthouse when no one is there. Employees have claimed that radios will turn on and off on their own. There are chairs in the library that will suddenly have water on them. Visitors have also claimed to have seen an apparition of a prisoner in the jail cell.
A Brief History: The Shanley Hotel is located is at 56 Main
Street, Napanoch, NY 12458. This hotel has had many owners, famous guests,
and a shady history. Built by Thomas Ritch in 1845, the hotel was known for
being the local tavern, a summer vacation spot, and a resting stop off of
the railroad. In 1851, the location was named Hungerford's Hotel, which was
known as one of the most stunning and well-managed hotels in the country.
After going through many owners, the Shanley Hotel was purchased by Adolph
Wagner in January of 1887. On March 18th of 1895, there was a house fire
that spread to the hotel, burning it all the way to the foundation. The
hotel was then rebuilt and opened for business in November of the same year.
The most famous and influential owner of this hotel was James Louis Shanley.
Born October 31st of 1874, the Shanley family moved to New York City from
Ireland. On October 1st, of 1906, James Shanley moved from the big city to
Napanoch, New York where he purchased the Shanley Hotel. After the purchase,
Mr. Shanley added some amenities to the hotel including a barbershop,
bowling alley, and billiard room. On April 26th of 1910, James Shanley
married Beatice Rowley. The couple held many parties and events at the
hotel. They were also no strangers to the rich and famous. Two of the most
frequent visitors were Thomas Edison and Eleanor Roosevelt. The Shanley’s
had a great relationship with the Roosevelt’s; they even attended the
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inaugural ball. There was not always good times for
the Shanley family or the hotel. James and Beatrice tried multiple times to
have children. They had three children, none of which made it past nine
months old. The barber’s daughter died at the age of four after drowning in
There were many other unfortunate events surrounding the hotel such as
missing persons, accidental deaths and rumors of murder. On August 26th of
1937, James Shanley passed away due to a heart attack. After his passing,
Mrs. Beatrice Shanley sold the hotel to Allen Hazen. After she sold the
hotel, she moved back to New York City to live out the rest of her days.
Mrs. Shanley passed away on November 27th of 1961. Ironically, Allen Hazen
passed away also on August 26th but of 1971. After the passing of Mr. Hazen,
the hotel slowly vacated. In 2005, the hotel was purchased by Salvatore
Nicosia. Over the years, Mr. Nicosia has renovated the facility to bring
back the preserve the history and beauty of the location.
Haunted History: There are many haunted
tales surrounding the Shanley Hotel. Among the footsteps, voices, children
laughter, music, doors opening and closing, it is said that James Shanley
roams the property as a white mist. There are also reports of cries from a
woman said to be Beatrice Shanley, mourning the death of her three children
and sister. Apparitions of a woman in a Victorian dress have also been seen.
It is also said that a young boy and woman haunt the third floor.
The State University of New York at Brockport, NY began
its existence in 1841 while known as the Brockport Collegiate Institute. In
1942 it became known as SUNY Brockport. The University resides in upstate
New York, alongside the Erie Canal. Today the University is a bustling
community which supports the town that essentially grew up around it.
Like many colleges, SUNY Brockport is said to have a
lesser known paranormal population. One of the most well known of these
campus locations is Hartwell Hall. This building is one of the oldest on the
campus. Over the years the cleaning staff has claimed to hear people in the
halls, and doors opening and closing when no one else in the building. One
person has claimed to feel someone grab her shoulder while she was cleaning
a classroom. When she turned around there was no one else there. The same
person claims that one day she slipped off a ladder and some unseen force
caught her and gently placed her on the ground. Hartwell Hall used to have
an active pool in its basement. While it’s no longer there, splashing is
sometimes still heard by those who enter the basement.
One other account of paranormal activity is
from a suite at Mortimer Hall. Mortimer Hall is one of the older dorm
complexes on the campus. The suite is said to be the home of a spirit who
committed suicide there in the 1970s. A brief examination of this story
seems to support the suicide claim. The girls staying inside the suite
claimed to have personal items disappear and reappear shortly after in
different locations. The personal effects weren’t moved by the girls. One of
the students woke up one night to a bright light hovering above her bed. She
says it hovered there for a short period of time, then moved to a corner and
disappeared as she called her boyfriend in fear. Lights in the room were
said to turn themselves on in the middle of the night.
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A Brief History: The statue, which today lies nestled in the woods of Battlefield Park in Lake George, was created in the early 1900’s by Alexander Phimister Protor, and was given to the park in 1921 by the New York State Commissioner of Conservation, George Pratt. The sculpture is dedicated to the memory of the many tribes of Indians that once occupied the area. The inscription on the statue reads, “Under quiet pines a midst a peaceful pool, an Indian is poised, dipping his hand for a drink from the cool water.”
Haunted History: There have been claims of many tourists, as well as a park ranger witness an actual apparition of an Indian drinking water from a stream and then disappear in front of the actual statue. Paranormal investigators have reported feelings of being watched and uneasiness, when standing in front of the statue. Investigators also have reported feeling cold spots in the area as well. So next time your in the Lake George area be sure to check out the statue of the Indian Drinking water and maybe you will have your own experience.
A Brief History: It is debated exactly when Towers Hall was built, but it is believed to have been erected in the late 1850’s or 1860’s. The hotel was built in 1855 and was sold in 1868 upon which it underwent renovations and took shape as the beautiful structure that it was in its prime. Towers Hall in particular was built with the purpose of being a carriage house, and held all of the private and commercial coaches during the golden age of the stagecoach. As time passed, Towers Hall was used to store automobiles that could be rented by the wealthier guests. In 1909 the hotel burned to the ground and was rebuilt by then owners, D&H Railroad. In the 1960’s Towers Hall had gone from a garage to a theater, which housed many concerts, parties, and other forms of entertainment, as the primary business in Lake George became tourism. Today its function is similar as it is now a banquet hall and conference center for large gatherings of people in the Lake George area.
Haunted History: There have been claims of people feeling a cold chill run through their body while visiting Towers Hall. There have also been claims of seeing shadow people in the hall.
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