The Haunted History Trail of New York State is a collection of over 90 locations that are considered haunted or have supernatural activity present. Here in our area, there are a number of spooky locations spread out between Otsego and Schohaire Counties.
While spooky season is great for exploring these sites, many are open year round for your scary pleasure. Whether you're a seasoned paranormal investigator or just a casual fan, you're bound to find some fun in haunted history.
Cooperstown Candlelight Ghost Tours
Ever wonder what ghosts lurk around the village of Cooperstown? These tours have the answer for you. One hour walking ghost tours are offered year round and includes stops at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Christ Church Graveyard, River Street and its haunted houses, and finally to the southern part of Lake Otsego where Hyde's Hall's ghosts are discussed. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12, and free for children five and under.
Take the paranormal out of the equation, and Cooperstown's Hyde Hall would be a super cool place to visit and explore. It's a National Historic Landmark as well as a New York State Historic Site. But it's also said to be haunted by original builder George Clarke and other apparitions. Visitors have claimed to have heard and seen ghostly activities within. Open late May through Halloween, their Hyde & Shriek Ghost Tours cost $25.
Dr. Best House & Medical Museum
Heading over to Middleburgh, Schoharie County, we find the Dr. Best House and Medical Museum. Fans of Victorian architecture and medical history will greatly enjoy their visits. Dr. Best, his wife, and son all passed away in the house, and ghost hunters have noted significant activity within. Tour the house, and hear first person accounts of the paranormal happenings. Check their Facebook page for activities and events.
Bull's Head Inn
The oldest building anywhere is bound to have ghost stories. Case in point: Cobleskill's Bull's Head Inn. Established in 1802, the building has been a masonic temple, town hall, and in its present form since the 1960s. A spirit was allegedly awoken when a bar was built in her former bedroom. In life, the last resident of the house Grace Steacy was a staunch anti alcohol activist. She's said to pick up and throw things around the room. Haunted tours, are by appointment or as scheduled event. Check their pages for details.
For more information about statewide haunted history, click this link.
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