Ghost Tours, UFO Sites, and Haunted Places in the Hudson Valley
If you love ghost hunting and spooky sightings, check out these ghost tours, UFO sites, and haunted places in the Hudson Valley.
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Wing’s Castle is a medieval home turned into a bed and breakfast. It is the creation of artists Peter and Toni Ann Wing, who have been featured on HGTV’s Extreme Homes and the History Channel. Visitors can tour the castle or choose to rent a room at the bed and breakfast. The antique collectibles and archaic trinkets invite unnerving activity into the house. Investigate mysteries such as why Toni took an axe to a goat-headed artifact embedded in the castle wall, and why trick-or-treaters never seem to venture past the jack-o’-lantern at the driveway entrance. Children are not recommended for overnight stay.
The Hurley Heritage Society Ghost Walk - Closed for 2020 season
52 Main St., Hurley
The Hurley Heritage Ghost Walk is a chilling guided tour that brings you past the 10 stone houses harboring secrets from the 1600s. The deceased of a nearby cemetery will join you as your guide tells you tales of hauntings in the late 1600s through 1818. Walking along the ¼-mile long Main Street, you can hear the ghosts whisper in your ear and make the hairs on your arms stand up. Not recommended for children younger than 12, and reservations are strongly recommended. The tour beings at the Hurley Reformed Church on 11 Main St.
The Shanley Hotel
56 Main St., Napanoch
The Shanley Hotel a gracious yet paranormal old-style inn, was originally built in 1845. In 1895, the hotel caught fire and burned down, only to be rebuilt a few months later. Having had many owners with deceased family members and tragic tales of murder, this hotel is spooked with spirits and energy. You can investigate the hotel or choose to book a room and stay overnight. There is paranormal activity at any hour of the day, including footsteps in the hall, the laugher of children, and strange whistling noises. Find out why they say, “The spirits are inn!” and examine the grounds that have been featured on TV shows such as Ghost Lab and Ghost Hunters. Refreshments are served, and a continental breakfast is included with an overnight stay. Children younger than 11 are not permitted
Legends by Candlelight Ghost Encounters at Clermont
87 Clermont Ave., Germantown
Admission: $12 adults, $5 children ages 5-12.
What you need to know: Tours are offered Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 16, 17, 23, and 24. Three encounters will be given each night at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. Advanced tickets are required and no walk-ins will be around. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and dress for cool weather. Tickets go on sale Sunday, Oct. 4. Masks and social distancing will be required.
Legends by Candlelight Ghost Encounters relives the seven generations of the Livingston family who all lived and died in their 18th-century Clermont estate. The tours explore the estate’s mysterious old rooms and murky grounds and tell the tales of pirates, separated lovers, and servants. Nerve-wracking tales of the past surround the mansion as well as its gardens and nature trails. The grounds have spectacular views that will leave you chilled by haunted beauty.
Shooting (or Capturing) Ghosts: The History of Spirit Photography
87 Clermont Ave., Germantown
Admission: Free, registration required.
What you need to know: Masks and social distancing will be required.
Listen to historic interpreter Zachary Veith discuss the invention of Spirit Photography.
Spook Rock Road - Programs rescheduled for 2020
401 State St., Hudson
Spook Rock Road rests on the eastern part of Greenport by the Claverack Creek. Legend has it that a beautiful Native American princess ran off with her lover without her father’s blessing, and they both paused to rest on a boulder in the creek. By breaking tradition and religious laws, they had greatly angered the tribe’s god who, upon seeing them at the rock, caused a great flood that carried the lovers to their death. The young maiden’s spirit remains in that spot today in a constant search for her lost lover. At certain times of the year, low moaning sounds can be heard in the wind as it sweeps across the river from the Catskills. Visitors can are allowed to fish and wade in the creek.
Generations of death and lifetimes of history have created ghosts, spirits, aliens, and flying saucers that refuse to go without notice. All this paranormal activity is surrounded by the splendor of the Hudson Valley, and it’s all waiting for your visit. For more haunted New York State sites beyond the Hudson Valley, visit hauntedhistorytrail.com.