Adventurous souls are invited to take a lantern-lit stroll through the history, mystery and horror of Plattsburgh’s eerie past. Choose from 1 of 4 walking tours that share stories from raging infernos and the sinking of the Titanic, to tales of murder, Jack the Ripper, and even a hanging or two. Hear the spine-chilling tales of 19th century physician, Dr. William Beaumont, and his gruesome experiments on less-than-willing patients, or the long-forgotten graveyard buried beneath a college dormitory at SUNY Plattsburgh.
Follow in the footsteps of British and American soldiers from the pivotal 1814 Battle of Plattsburgh (the largest naval battle of the War of 1812), visit their final resting place, and learn about the mournful Lady in Whiteghost in search of her lost child’s grave. Or stand in the same place as five U.S. Presidents at the Plattsburgh Barracks, once the oldest operational military post in the United States.
Ghost hunting enthusiasts are encouraged to bring along any equipment they’d like, including digital voice records, EMF detectors, night vision lenses and digital cameras. On numerous occasions, guests have recorded and experienced paranormal activity during the tour, such as unusual images, orbs, EVPs and even photos of apparitions. There have also been times where EMF detectors have registered activity.
“Dr. Beaumont’s Tour of Terror!” – Join the ghost of Dr. William Beaumont, Plattsburgh’s preeminent 19thCentury physician, on a lantern lit journey through the macabre. Hear tales of Beaumont’s gruesome experiments, some say on less than willing patients, creepy accounts of murder most foul, hangings, and ghost stories, all as you wind your way through the forgotten alleyways of downtown Plattsburgh and the darkened mansions of “The Point” historic district.
“Specters & Soldiers: A Tour of the Old Roman Catholic Burial Ground” – Join us for a lantern-lit tour of Plattsburgh’s most mysterious Victorian graveyard, the “Old Roman Catholic Cemetery.” Come explore the secrets of the earliest Roman Catholic burial ground in Clinton County and hear haunting tales of the dearly departed who reside here. We’ll also pay a visit to the ghostly ruins of Fort Brown, a rampart that witnessed some of the bloodiest fighting during the decisive 1814 Battle of Plattsburgh.
“The Spirits of SUNY Plattsburgh”– Join us as we delve into the fascinating mysteries and chilling lore surrounding Plattsburgh’s university campus and adjacent historic district, hearing about a long forgotten graveyard, buried beneath a college dormitory, and the mournful apparition that roams the corridors of
“Hawkins Hall.” We’ll also pay a visit to “gallows hill,” the site of a ghostly legend from the War of 1812.
“The Ghosts of the Old Post” -For those brave souls out there, join us for a stroll by lantern light through Plattsburgh’s historic Old Post Cemetery, the final resting place of over 100 unknown soldiers, many from the epic 1814 battle. Learn about the mournful ghost of the “Lady in White,” an apparition often seen in this vicinity. Our journey will also take us around Plattsburgh Barracks, once the oldest active military installation in the United States, and home to many haunting tales.
*Each tour runs roughly an hour and 15 minutes.
Opportunities for visitors:
Choose from 1 of 4 walking tours that share stories from raging infernos and the sinking of the Titanic, to tales of murder, Jack the Ripper, and even a hanging or two.
Days/times of operation:
Fridays and Saturdays, 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., April – November, private tours by appointment all year.
$15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 10 and under