Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mount Misery & Sweet Hollow Road, Melville/Huntington


Various tales of horror and dread surround this winding incline through dense woods and up alongside a hilly precipice, some of which are detailed in Weird New York: Your Travel Guide to New York’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets by Chris Gethard and Long Island’s Most Haunted: A Ghost Hunter’s Guide by Joseph Flammer and Diane Hill, among other books. One legend has it there was a hospital here that burnt down sometime during the 1700s or 1800s—with some patients and staff still trapped inside—only to be rebuilt on the same site to tragically burn down again. Another speaks of a deranged nurse who set the blaze and roams the woods with or without a number of faceless children. Some claim to have seen burning spirits fleeing from the grounds, accompanied by screams. You can read more about the haunting here!

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