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Haunted Sites on Long Island


Long Island has its fair share of haunted places, from centuries-old houses to abandoned buildings. According to the Long Island Paranormal Investigators (LIPI), the scariest ones include an old fort and a psychiatric center.


Whether you believe ghost stories or think they're just urban legends, visit these so called haunted spots on Long Island to see for yourself!


 

Amityville Horror House

This 5,000-square-foot home gained notoriety in 1974 when 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo killed his parents and four siblings inside. New residents dared to move in about a year later, but they only lasted a month. Their claims of paranormal activity inspired the “Amityille Horror” book and popular film series.


Kings Park Psychiatric Center

When Kings Park Psychiatric Center opened in 1885 to help with overcrowded asylums in New York City, it developed an early reputation for its humane treatment of patients. Therapy included feeding farm animals and growing plants. But the asylum became overcrowded in its own right by the 1950s and since it closed more than 20 years ago fans of the paranormal believe its past residents have returned in the afterlife. The alleged paranormal activity has attracted filmmakers to shoot scenes there for nearly a half-dozen films.

West 4th Street, Kings Park


Lake Ronkonkoma

Long Island’s largest freshwater lake is thought to have an even bigger ghost problem. As the story goes, a Native American Princess named Tuskawanta fell in love with a woodcutter, Hugh Birdsall, in the 1600s. But Tuskawanta’s father didn’t want her mingling with the white English man. She defied her father for seven years, writing Birdsall letters on pieces of bark, but he never responded. She threw herself in the middle of the lake, where she’s spent the last several centuries dragging men she fancies into a watery grave. She’s now known as The Lady of Lake Ronkonkoma, and like Jaws, she keeps swimmers out of the water.

Lake Shore Road, Lake Ronkonkoma


Katie’s of Smithtown

After a few-too-many brews, it’s common to see stars or the room spinning. Ghosts are an entirely different story — but at this Suffolk haunt, beer goggles may not be to blame for a spooky sighting. Once a speakeasy in the age of Gatsby, Charlie Klein served as a bartender and bootlegger there until his death. In the centuries since, guests have seen ghostly figures dressed in 19th-century garb, and it’s said footsteps can be heard when the building is unoccupied. A television crew is said to have captured paranormal activity at the site earlier this decade.

145 West Main Street, Smithtown


Country House Restaurant, Stony Brook

Here the daughter of a former owner welcomed British soldiers into the family home during the Revolutionary War. It is said she was killed for being a traitor to her Patriot neighbors. Visitors say they hear her cries and see light bulbs flicker. The “Ghost Bar” here has pictures of the ghost.


Raynham Hall

Raynham Hall is said to be haunted by British major John Andre, hanged for conspiracy during the Revolutionary War. It is also believed that Sally Townsend, the owners’ daughter who died of a broken heart (after receiving the nation’s first Valentine), also haunts the house.


Old Bethpage Village Restoration

At Old Bethpage Village Restoration you might see a ghost boy, who was allegedly locked up in one of the houses on the property, while mysterious carvings in the woodwork have appeared.


Fire Island Lighthouse

It is believed that a caretaker who once lived here was distraught over the illness and death of his child. The child tragically passed while they waited days for a doctor to show up at the isolated lighthouse. It is said the caretaker sadly hung himself and allegedly his spirit still roams the lonely rooms.


Camp Hero, Montauk

Rumor has it that not only is the former airforce base which now serves as Camp Hero State Park (and the inspiration behind Stranger Things) haunted, but the entire town of Montauk is filled with hotspots of spooky happenings. It is said that Camp Hero is haunted by non-human spirits, creatures, and the unsettling history of all that took place here.


Lake Ronkonkoma, NY