Rochester Area NY hotels. Search for hotels in Rochester Area New York United States of America. Weird tales, monsters, ghosts, hauntings, scary stories, legends, folklore and myths of New York State. New York State national parks, state parks, state forests, national forests, wildlife, sightseeing and/or attractions. Camelopard suggests hints and tips for your journey.
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Monsters, Folklore, Ghosts, Legends, Myths and Scary Stories in New York State
The ghosts of the Dakota Apartments (used in exterior shots in Rosemary's Baby) in New York City, including an Edwardian little girl, a little boy dressed in clothes of the same period, a young man, a crying woman, Edward Clark (who had the Dakota built) and, it is said, former Beatle John Lennon; the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; the ghosts of Sleepy Hollow (a real village popularly known by that name before it officially became so in 1996), where Washington Irving is buried and which really is haunted, especially around Raven Rock, by a wailing lady in white, the witch Mother Hulda and by a spectral horseman (not headless and usually heard but not seen); the Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; and the metal-working Catskill gnomes (originally of Mohican (Mahican) legend but possibly embellished since), pygmies with piggy eyes, long beards and enormous heads (melonheads?), whose games of nine-pins every twenty years cause thunder and flashes of light (September 3rd 2029 should be the date of their next tournament and, for the brave, the mountain behind the now demolished New Grand Hotel was said to be a good place to look but beware, Hendrik Hudson's crew were temporarily turned into gnomes after drinking their liquor and Rip van Winkle met the gnomes with famous results), are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.
The Catskill Witch who, according to Native American folklore, commanded the weather from Top Mountain and Round Top before playing tricks on anyone who ventured into her domain, once called Ontiora or Mountains of the Sky; the ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; the incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); the ghost ship The Flying Dutchman, usually associated with the Cape of Good Hope but which is said by some to appear at Tappan Zee on the Hudson River (I suspect that it is really Captain Kidd's ship the Adventure Galley); the witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; and events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence), are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.
The dwerg (dwarf) of John Coleman, a seaman with Hendrik Hudson (did Coleman not recover from his encounter with the Catskill gnomes and so remained a dwarf?), who still haunts the area near Donderberg (Thunder Mountain) on the Hudson River; the Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; the Devil's Dance Chamber to the west of the Hudson River, where native Americans performed their divinatory dance rituals until the Manitou manifested himself as a wild animal; alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; the celebrity ghosts of New York City's Chelsea Hotel (itself immortalised in song by Leonard Cohen), which allegedly include Sid Vicious, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Wolfe and Eugene O'Neill; the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; and the giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.
National Forests, National Parks, Nature Reserves, State Parks, State Forests and Refuges in New York State
Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area; the wild Adirondack Park, inhabited by black bears and increasing numbers of moose and with its famous Great Camps, wilderness lodges of the wealthy; Watkins Glen State Park, on Seneca Lake, with its cliffs and eighteen waterfalls; Buttermilk Falls State Park near Ithaca; Great Swamp Conservancy; Labrador Hollow Unique Area; Nelson Swamp Unique Area; Letchworth State Park with its waterfalls and the Genesee River Gorge; Allegany State Park near Salamanca, with black bears, beavers and more, often revealed in the evening by spotlights around Red House Lake; Catskill Park with its forest inhabited by bears, bobcats and other animals as well as, perhaps, the Catskill gnomes; Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex; Niagara Falls State Park, the first state park in the USA; Sterling Forest State Park; Sam's Point Preserve, a National Natural Landmark and the habitat of bears and other wildlife; Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary; the Mohonk Preserve in the Shawangunk Mountains; Finger Lakes National Forest; and Robert Moses State Park in the Thousand Islands area, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of New York State.
The USA is one of the most developed and technologically advanced countries in the world, yet has preserved much of its wilderness and beautiful scenery. It is well-known that in Europe you should see London, Paris, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice and Athens but in the USA you should see Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, Savannah, Minneapolis, Miami, Chicago, Anchorage, Sitka, Santa Fe, Sacramento, San Diego, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Houston, Washington DC, Albuquerque, Corpus Christi, Skagway, Dallas, Boston, Juneau, Lake Tahoe, Phoenix, Detroit, Atlanta, St Louis, New York, Salt Lake City, Fairbanks and Honolulu. Then perhaps you can say that you are familiar with the United States of America. Bryce Canyon, the Appalachians, Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Rushmore, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Grand Canyon, the Florida Keys, the wild west town of Tombstone, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the California coastline, Glacier Bay National Park, Yosemite National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Adirondacks, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Disney resorts, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Everglades, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, rodeos, Niagara Falls, Route 66, Yellowstone National Park and the Ozarks are other places, sights or events that can justify your claim to know America. Travel safely and happily.
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