Onondaga Historical Association Historical Hauntings

Spooky places in the local area

A ghostly bride, a mysterious mortuary man and a haunted hotel prove that stories of the dead are alive and well in Central New York.

Executive director of the Onondaga Historical Association Gregg Tripoli said he’s not actually sure how historically accurate any of these ghost stories are but he said they have been popular in the area for a long time.

Tripoli said that one ghost story takes place on a hill on Cedarvale Road in Onondaga, given the nickname “13 curves.” The road is supposedly haunted by a bride dressed in white. Tripoli said the way the road curves may be the reason behind people seeing what they think to be an apparition.

Another famous haunted location Tripoli mentioned was Syracuse Stage, formerly the Regent Theater. The theater is said to be haunted by “The Woman in Red” who was an actress who has reportedly been seen in a red dress in the theater. Tripoli also said the Landmark Theater is supposedly haunted by a ghost named “Clarissa” who has been seen in a white dress. 

Other haunted locations in the area include the following,

The Split Rock in Onondaga which was the location of the most deadly accident in the history of Onondaga County when a fire occurred during World War I.

The Wayside Inn in Elbridge which was built during the Civil War and was rumored to be a speakeasy during prohibition. The Inn was then sold to a mortuary collector and following his purchase, the Inn is said to have become haunted. 

To learn more local history, the Onondaga Historical Association has a museum at 321 Montgomery Street in Downtown Syracuse.

The OHA also runs "THE SKÄ•NOÑH - “Great law of peace center” - a haudenosaunee heritage center located on Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool. 

You can learn more by visiting the OHA website at cnyhistory.org 

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