Legends of a Haunted Long Island 2214

Tired of the same old haunted houses, corn mazes and Halloween scares? How about a giving yourself a real scare this year?  Long Island is a place rich in history and accordingly has its share of folklore, myths and hair-raising urban legends. Whether you believe the stories or not, visiting any of these local haunts is sure to send chills down your spine.

 

Amityville Horror House

We start this list with a place that most everyone has heard of, including those who do not live on Long Island,  the Amityville Horror House. Featured in many books and movies throughout the years, the terror of the Amityville Horror House begins in 1974 when Ronald DeFeo, Jr. killed his family in their sleep in that very house. Was it madness or evil spirits that led Ronald DeFeo to murder his family in 1974? George and Kathy Lutz, who bought the place a year later, believed the house was pure evil. The Lutz family, moved into the residence and after just 28 days of living in the house, moved out because of supposed possessions and paranormal occurrences.  Many world-renowned ghost hunters and psychic mediums agree, this house is a gateway to another dimension or spirit world.

Country House Restaurant, Route 25A, Stony Brook

Originally built as a farmhouse in 1710, the Country House is haunted by the spirit of a woman named Annette Williamson, who is believed to have been brutally murdered there during the Revolutionary War.  Many say they have personally witnessed Annette’s full apparition, that her spirit regularly blows out light bulbs and causes electricity flashes, and that other spirits also dwell on the premises.  The location is currently a restaurant where ghost seekers can dine or even attend an annual psychic night!

Fire Island Lighthouse, Fire Island

The original Fire Island lighthouse, standing 74 feet high, was constructed of stone in 1826.   It was replaced by the current lighthouse which was built in 1858 by J.T. Morgan.  Legend has it that the lighthouse keeper, Nathaniel Smith was living close to the lighthouse while it was being constructed.  During that time, his daughter fell ill and medical attention was unable to reach them in time to save her life.   The lighthouse is rumored  to be haunted by Nathaniel, who committed suicide after the loss of his daughter. Some visitors claim they can hear a man moaning for the loss of his daughter as they ascend the steps to the top of the lighthouse, others claim to hear him walking beside them once they reach the top.

 

Katie’s of Smithtown

Stop into Katie’s on west Main Street in Smithtown. While you are wetting your whistle, be sure to keep a look out for bartender Charlie Klein who has been serving up scares since the Prohibition era.  Patrons and workers have experienced strange phenomena like glasses moving across tables on their own, doors swinging open and toilet lids banging. Some have even reported seeing apparitions floating through walls.  Katie’s has been featured in numerous books and websites about hauntings. Paranormal StateGhost Adventures, and other paranormal-themed TV shows have also filmed episodes on location.

 

Lake Ronkonkoma

There are many different legends that surround Lake Ronkonkoma, which is Long Island’s largest freshwater lake. One of the most famous legends is about a lovesick Native American princess who killed herself in the waters of Lake Ronkonkoma when her father, the Chief, would not allow her to marry the man that she loved (a white settler). Those who believe her legend claim the ghost of the princess, whose body was never found, is responsible for the high percentage of male drowning victims in the lake.  Rumor has it that she takes the life of a male every year either in retaliation for her lost love or to find herself a new soulmate in death. The ghostly princess is said to been seen lurking around the shore line seeking to lure her next victim into the lake.

The Normandie Inn

Originally built as a residence for a Czech baron in the 1920s, the location became a speakeasy during Prohibition and then the Hotel Chateau La Boheme before it became a restaurant. The Normandie Inn located  on the corner of Smithtown and Lakeland has been vacant and boarded up since 2004 and is currently on the market.  The location is rumored to be haunted by Maria, a woman who was allegedly strangled to death in the upstairs back bedroom.  While the Inn operated as a hotel, Maria could be heard walking the hallways and knocking on visitors’ doors.  Guests also often reported random cold spots, service bells ringing without explanation and sights of apparitions. One prior owner even a reported footprints once appearing on a just-shampooed rug in a locked bedroom.

Reid Ice Cream Factory

There are actually two paranormal tales associated with Reid’s Ice Cream Factory. The first is about on a young woman who died on the property. There are two versions of this story, and it is unknown if either are true. Both speak of a woman who worked in a nightclub in  Bayport during the 1950s. The woman, known as Linda, is said to have met a man and agreed to meet with him after her shift was over. They drove to the abandoned Reid’s Ice Cream Factory and this is where the stories split. In one version the woman ultimately tells the man to stop his advances on her they struggle and he ultimately kills her.  In the second version, the couple is unaware they are being watched a stranger approaches and kills the man, and then proceeds to rape and murder Linda.  People passing the area claim to see the figure of a woman appear on the property, some also claim of a female sounding crying and screaming.

The other most common paranormal tale is of a young boy who often played on the property. in the 1970’s. The tale states that as he was playing in the building he climbed the old equipment and accidentally fell to his death.  Rumor has it that the demolition team had incidents involving doors that would open, close, and lock themselves.  Now that the factory is gone, houses sit on property concealing its former identity.  People who have been at the site claim to hear the boy playing on the property.

Sagtikos Manor

Sagtikos Manor is said to have hosted President George Washington and is also believed to be haunted. According to tales told about the manor, there is an Indian ghost that visits the structure’s loft.  According to  legend dating back to the 1700’s, an Indian princess who once lived on the main grounds attempted to rescue settlers coming from Fire Island, where a storm had been brewing. She successfully crossed the water in her canoe several times, but never returned from her final trip. Supposedly, on stormy nights the princess and these men can be seen roaming certain parts of Montauk Highway. Today, the Suffolk County-owned property is used for festivals, tours and other community events.

Sweet Hollow Road

Sweet Hollow Road is a winding road  through dense woods and hills, a place surrounded by horror and dread and one which is the subject of many spooky legends.

One legend is about a hospital that burnt down while patients were trapped inside sometime during the late 1700’s.  Years later another hospital was built on the same location only to tragically burn down again. Legend 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.

Another legend tells of the mass suicide—in which several teenagers hung themselves beneath the Northern State Parkway overpass.  A shadow figure and glowing ghost-woman known by many as the Lady in White can also reportedly be seen.  She is believed by some to be a depressed patient who set the hospital afire, and in doing so, killed herself.  Some profess her to be Mary, killed by a car or murdered on the road, who haunts a nearby graveyard.

Many visit Sweet Hollow Road and its overpass to test out the local legend. It is said that visitors who honk their cars’ horns or flash their headlights three times can see the lifeless bodies of the teenagers who committed suicide. Visitors also claim that if you put your car in neutral under the overpass that spirits from children who lost their lives on this road will push your car forward in an attempt to put you out of harm’s reach.

 

 

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National Night Out Draws Over 1000 People 159

 On August 6th, Supervisor Ed Romaine, Councilwoman Jane Bonner and Councilman Michael Loguercio co-hosted the annual National Night Out at Fireman’s Park in Ridge. This free, annual event promotes police-community relationships and neighborhood camaraderie. It encourages adults and children to interact with members of law enforcement to help create a true sense of community. Over 1000 people joined in to play games, win prizes and interact with vendors, organizations and members of the Suffolk County Sheriff and Police Departments, firefighters and first responders. Pictured at left are (left to right) Supervisor Ed Romaine, Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, former New York Rangers hockey star Ron Duguay and Councilwoman Jane Bonner. Pictured at right are Supervisor Ed Romaine (left) and Councilman Michael Loguercio (center) with Deputies from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I look forward to National Night Out every year. Most people don’t get to have personal contact with law enforcement, and this is a unique opportunity for them to do so in a relaxed and fun environment. I thank everyone who had a hand is organizing this event and all the residents who came out to enjoy it.”

Sheriff Toulon said, “National Night Out is one of my favorite events of the year because it highlights the ways that communities and law enforcement work together to keep our neighborhoods safe.  This year, we were so fortunate to partner with Councilwoman Jane Bonner to bring National Night Out to Fireman’s Park in Ridge, and along with Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilman Mike Loguercio, we welcomed nearly 1000 residents of all ages.  I believe everyone had a great time and I look forward to organizing this event in Brookhaven for years to come.”

Councilwoman Bonner said, “National Night Out in the Town of Brookhaven is a great tradition and I was happy to join with Sheriff Toulon to help make this event such a big success in Ridge. It’s important that residents and law enforcement become familiar with each other so we can all work together to make Brookhaven a better place to live.”

Councilman Loguercio said, “As a member of the Ridge Fire Department myself, I understand how important it is for adults and children to get to know and trust those who are out there working every day to save lives. National Night Out is an ideal opportunity for residents to have fun and learn how they can keep themselves and their families out of harm’s way, and I look forward to coming back next year.”

 

 

Dress for Success 2nd Annual Pop-Up Sale- August 9th, 10th & 11th 108

Dress for Success Brookhaven will hold its second annual Pop-Up sale on August 9th, 10th and 11th at 70 North Main Street in Sayville during the village’s Summerfest 2019. The first Pop-Up Sale, which was held in August 2018 in Patchogue, was very successful and created more awareness for the Dress for Success programs. On sale at the Dress for Success Brookhaven Pop Up Sale will be excess inventory, including many new items of clothing, jewelry, handbags accessories and more. The sale will start with a preview sale on Friday, August 9 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. It will continue Saturday, August 10 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday, August 11 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. All proceeds from the sale go directly to Dress for Success Brookhaven programs. The mission of these programs is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools necessary to help women thrive in work and in life. The Dress for Success Brookhaven Pop-Up Sale is sponsored by California Closets.

About Dress for Success

Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help clients find jobs and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return when she finds work to receive a week’s worth of clothing. Brookhaven was the first affiliate to be established as part of the worldwide non-profit organization. The women we serve come from across Long Island. They are job ready women who have been referred by over 250 local non-profit organizations, including domestic violence agencies, veterans’ organizations, homeless shelters and job training programs.

Our mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success Brookhaven is sponsored by the Town of Brookhaven Department of Housing and Human Services, Division of Women’s Services.

The Dress for Success Boutique is located at Brookhaven Town Hall, One Independence Hill in Farmingville. It is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on selected Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  All client visits are by appointment only. Donations of clothing and other items can be made on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on the third Saturday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information about Dress for Success, please call 631- 451-9127 or visit dressforsuccess.org/brookhaven.

About California Closets

California Closets of Suffolk County, NY is honored to be hosting the 2019 Dress for Success Pop Up Sale inside of our new, flagship showroom in Sayville, NY. California Closets and Dress for Success have created a successful partnership over the last 20 years to empower woman back into the workplace. Through the generous donations of California Closets clients, over 2000 pairs of professional shoes have been donated to DFS Brookhaven. California Closets designers and installers have renovated the DFS Boutique inside of the Brookhaven Town hall. The team at California Closets provided logistics support and casework to the 2018 DFS Pop Up in a space provided by Toast Coffee House in Patchogue.

Our goal at California Closets is to create a boutique shopping experience inside of our client’s homes. By teaming up with Dress for Success, shoppers will have the opportunity to browse selections of designer clothes, jewelry, handbags and accessories inside of beautiful displays of reach-in and walk-in California Closets, providing this experience to the Long Island public for the first time!   We at California Closets are excited to have you visit us, learn about our brand and products and join us in our support of Dress for Success, Brookhaven.

California Closets of Suffolk County, NY is an independently owned and operated business that has been serving Suffolk County for 34 years. California Closets is the industry innovator and leader in creating custom storage solutions for every room of the home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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