Halloween only comes once a year, but according to local legends, these Western New York places – wineries, train terminals, and forts among them – are haunted throughout the year.
Buffalo Central Terminal – if the attention paid to the Central Terminal by Syfy’s Ghost Hunters is any indication, this could be the most haunted place in Buffalo. The popular show just spent Halloween at the Central Terminal, broadcasting live for six hours. It has also been the subject of two other Ghost Hunter shows, including the spin-off Ghost Hunter Academy.
Marjim Manor – this winery in Appleton has a history dating back to 1834, and the ghosts associated with the home all have one thing in common: their deaths are linked by a day and time – Thursday, 3 p.m. Deaths included the owner’s son (the first on record), the owner, the owner’s daughter, two other occupants, and a dog. The winery has also been the subject of a Ghost Hunters show and hosts a variety of ghost hunts throughout the year with local paranormal investigators.
Old Fort Niagara – the historic fort in Youngstown is said to be home to the headless ghost of a French officer who lost his head during a duel. The soldier has been seen roaming the grounds since the 1830s on full-moon nights. Visitors in the chapel have also heard benches being dragged around; the problem – there are none there. The fort was also the subject of a recent cable television special, as Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab recently filmed there. The fort hosts the “Haunted Fortress” each year around Halloween.
The Eagle House – this Williamsville dining establishment was founded in 1827 by Oziel Smith and may have been a stop on the Underground Railroad. Many have claimed to have seen ghosts of dead soldiers and slaves at the restaurant, which is often the host of ghost hunts and lectures by Beyond Ghosts and Mason Winfield.
The Roycroft Inn – founded in 1905 in East Aurora, visitors to the Inn have claimed to see ghosts in the halls and lobby and hear voices. It is also a frequent inclusion on ghost hunts for Mason Winfield.
Van Horn Mansion – located in Newfane, the mansion is said to be haunted by Malinda Van Horn, the wife of James Van Horn Jr. Cars have skidded to stops to avoid hitting a girl running from the mansion – who then disappears; restoration workers saw faces in the windows and saw lights flicker. Malinda’s grave is located on site in the rose garden.
Sources: “Haunted Places Index – New York,” theshadowlands.net
“Ghost Walks,” masonwinfield.com