Most Haunted Places in the Hudson Valley

'Tis the season for ghost hunting, and what better place to do it than in the Hudson Valley, home of beautiful fall foliage as well as the legendary Headless Horseman (Irving's story was based near Tarrytown.) The Hudson Valley is full of historical landmarks, many of which have their own unique ghost story attached. Here are just a few.

Bannerman Castle

Pollepel Island in the Hudson River was considered to be a place of evil long before Francis Bannerman began building his iconic castle in 1900. Native Americans believed that malevolent spirits inhabited the island, and refused to set foot on it. Later, Dutch settlers living in the area came to the same conclusion, insisting that the island was inhabited by goblins whose king (the Heer of Dunderburgh) controlled the storms.

Years later, the legendary Flying Dutchman ship was lost in the waters near the island, a great loss of life, and the cries of the crew are still said to be heard during storms. Add to that the ghostly wanderings of an angry tugboat captain, and you've got quite a haunted island!

Bannerman Castle itself is of historical interest, and tours are available leaving from Beacon. Check the Bannerman Caste Trust website for more information about visiting, including special events. Just beware of evil spirits!

Huguenot Street

Huguenot Street, in New Paltz, is one of the oldest most continuously inhabited streets in the country, and with a lot of history come a lot of ghosts. Established by a group of Huguenot settlers fleeing French oppression in 1678, the street has seen its share of murders and other untimely deaths.

Visitors have reported seeing the ghost of a man wearing colonial style clothing and carrying an axe on the property of the Abraham Hasbrouck house. A headless woman haunts the DuBois house nearby, and there are a number of other ghost stories told about this historic street.

In fact, there are "Haunted Huguenot Street" tours offered every October, where visitors can hear the stories of the town's ghostly inhabitants. Check the Historic Huguenot Street website for more information about this and other programs.

Shanley Hotel

The Shanley Hotel, in Napanoch, NY in the Shawangunk Mountains, opened in 1845 and was purchased by James Shanley in 1906. A number of people connected with the hotel died over the years, and the hotel is supposedly haunted by their spirits. Visitors have experienced hearing piano music, phantom whistling, mysterious shadows, and more, and paranormal investigators have documented spirit activity.

The hotel is open for overnight guests and paranormal investigations. Check out their website for booking and more information about the hotel's history and paranormal sightings.

Miss Fanny's Victorian Party House

Also known as the Van Wyck-Boos House, Miss Fanny's Victorian Party House in Wappingers Falls, NY is listed in the national historical register. It is described as a "real haunted house," and there have been reports of ghostly men, moving objects, loud knocking, and the voices of children.

Miss Fanny's Victorian Party House plays host to a number of paranormal-themed events, such as ghost hunts, Halloween parties, and psychic readings. It can also be rented out for private gatherings. Check their website for more information.

Veronica Stork has lived in the Hudson Valley her whole life, and is always hoping to see a ghost (though she hasn't yet).