Haunted Onondaga County, New York

Haunted Onondaga County, New York

by Neil MacMillan


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From the halls of Syracuse University to the quiet neighborhoods of Fayetteville and Marcellus, the communities of Onondaga County have a haunted history. Some sites are hotbeds of paranormal activity, like Syracuse's Woodlawn Cemetery, the Jamesville Penitentiary and Split Rock Quarry, where a blast killed several workers. Visitors at the Clay Hotel debate whose ghost walks the halls of the former German beer house and restaurant. Patrons of the Ancestor's Inn in Liverpool have also encountered unregistered and unwelcome guests. After Albert Fyler murdered his wife in a jealous rage, their spirits refused to leave the home they shared. Even the iconic Syracuse City Hall cannot rid itself of the otherworldly. Local author Neil K. MacMillan delves into this eerie past to uncover Onondaga County's most haunted locations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626195905
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 08/03/2015
Series: Haunted America
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,163,049
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Neil K. MacMillan holds a BA in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in history and creative writing from SUNY Empire State College. He has been an American Civil War re-enactor for eighteen years. He is a veteran of the navy with combat service in the Gulf War. He lives in Syracuse with his wife Peggy and belongs to the Onondaga Historical Association.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 5

1 Do the Dead Walk Among Us? A Look at Wraiths, Ghosts and Specters 7

2 The Show Must Go On: Syracuse Area Landmark Theatre: Syracuse 12

3 Still on Call: Fire Station 18 and Tyler Green: The Valley, Syracuse 18

4 The Bride's Wild Ride: The Thirteen Curves: Marcellus 22

5 The Emancipator's Last Trip: Abraham Lincoln's Funeral Train: Jordan 26

6 The Blast Still Rocking the City: Split Rock Quarry: Onondaga 32

7 Wraiths Weigh In: The Erie Canal Museum: Syracuse 36

8 Does a Salt Baron Still Linger Here? The Park Avery House: Syracuse 40

9 Murder Most Foul: The Strange Tale of Albert Fyler: Onondaga 43

10 The Devil's Armchair: Oakwood Cemetery: Syracuse 47

11 Farmers and Fliers: The Commander's House, Hancock Field: Matiydale 51

12 Who Haunts Whiskey Hollow Road? Van Buren 55

13 A Table for Two: The Wayside Inn: Elbridge 59

14 Lights of Mystery: Oswego Bitter Cemetery: Camillus 62

15 All the Amenities: The Clay Hotel: Clay 66

16 Plying the Waterways: The Camillus Towpath: Camillus 71

17 Guns for a New Nation: The Onondaga Arsenal: The Valley, Syracuse 74

18 Restless Spirits: Jacksonville Cemetery: Baldwinsville 77

19 Rooms with a View: .Ancestor's Inn at the Basset House: Liverpool 81

20 Politics as (Un)usual: Syracuse City Hall: Syracuse 84

21 A Spectral Shooting Star: Skaneateles 88

22 A Haunting Hotel: Hotel Syracuse: Syracuse 92

23 Tough Room: Wise Guys Comedy Club: Syracuse 94

24 Woodlawn Cemetery's Spectral Stalker: Syracuse 97

25 Tavern Tragedy: Homicide and Haunting: Liverpool 100

26 Odd Fellows and Mohegan Manor: Baldwinsville 103

27 Are the Ethereal at Elmcrest? Syracuse 108

28 Gargoyles in the Brickyard: Warners 111

29 Swimming Specters? Jamesville Reservoir: Jamesville 114

30 School Days; Ghoul Days: Wellwood Middle School: Fayetteville 117

31 Doing Time with the Living Impaired: Jamesville Penitentiary: Jamesville 120

32 Hunting the Ethereal 124

33 What Do We Know? 128

Notes 135

About the Author 144

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