Boldt Castle’s Haunted Halls


[] The stone walls of a majestic castle rise above the waters of the Saint Lawrence River, creating a romantic visage on tiny Heart Island. Today a major tourist destination, for decades the structure sat abandoned to vandalism and decay. Despite never having been lived in, rumors of Boldt Castle’s haunted halls have spread throughout the Thousand Islands Region of […]

Split Rock Quarry’s Terrifying Crusher


[] On July 2, 1918, a terrible explosion at a munitions factory outside Syracuse, New York claimed the lives of more than 50 workers, injuring dozens more. 15 men were incinerated beyond recognition and over 20 reported missing and presumed dead. Today, Split Rock Quarry is largely abandoned, taken over by hikers, urban explorers, curiosity […]

Sylvan Beach Amusement Park’s Invisible Guests


[] Carnival rides, roller coasters, fun houses, arcades, sparkling lights on warm summer nights reflecting off the lake, these are the sights and sounds of Sylvan Beach on Oneida Lake in central New York. For over a century, vacationers flocked to Verona and Sylvan Beaches in the summer, leading the area to called the “Coney Island […]

Interview with Kelly Rapone, of Haunted History Trail


Kelly Rapone has been with the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism program since 1998 and is responsible for the overall tourism marketing program on behalf of Genesee County, NY. Kelly enjoys organizing state-wide tourism initiatives such as the newly launched Haunted History Trail of New York State which now includes 10 vacation regions and […]

New York Does it Right with Haunted History Trail


While popular haunted places in the Midwest struggle to gain recognition and help from local governments and mainstream business/tourism organizations, one state is getting it right. When I began researching legends in Upstate New York, I came across this website, and I was surprised to discover that the website was the result of cooperation across […]


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