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Visit these spots to find Buffalo's haunted history

At the Dunkirk Lighthouse, a crew was shooting a scene upstairs for the feature film "Widow's Point." Hope Muehlbauer was in a small room at the bottom of the stairs, where it was her job to make sure it was quiet downstairs.

She didn't think anything of it when someone came up behind her, even though they were so close she could hear their breathing. As long as they were quiet, it was fine. But when it happened again a few minutes later, she turned around to find – no one. Just as chilling: The only door in the room was closed and had not opened.

"I was so scared, I ran out of the room as fast as I could," she said.

Unexplained experiences like that could be expected when you're in a building that has been the site of many spiritual visits for decades. That wasn't why director Greg Lamberson chose the location for his ghost film, but it was a happy coincidence for the filmmaker who calls himself a "nonbeliever" despite a few odd happenings during filming.

Actor Craig Sheffer and a creepy doll in a scene filmed for "Widow's Point" in the Dunkirk Lighthouse, where the crew reported strange activities.

"All of our batteries kept draining for the camera and sound equipment," Lamberson said. "They would put them in and they would be drained within half an hour. Some people would laugh at it. Some people were paranoid, others didn’t want to hear about it. It was constant, we couldn’t keep the batteries charged."

Built in 1875, the lighthouse is reportedly haunted by those who died on ships that sunk in the waters off Lake Erie. It remains operational today, with a museum, gift shop and tours – including ghost tours.

Interested in seeing and reading more about haunted Buffalo? Visit this gallery to see photos from at least 23 other haunted spots in the Buffalo area. Below, read more about some of the places you can visit.

Buffalo's Central Terminal

This iconic Buffalo building is considered one of the most haunted places in Western New York. The deserted train station is said to be haunted by those who have died in the terminal. Visitors have reported hearing disembodied voices and seeing shadowy figures. The Syfy channel's "Ghost Hunters" TV series broadcast a six-hour live Halloween broadcast from the train station. The nonprofit that runs the building continues to host ghost hunts.

Iron Island Museum in Lovejoy

Another popular spot for spirit sightings. Built in 1883 and serving as a church until the late 1940s, it sat abandoned until the 1950s, when it was purchased and repurposed as a funeral home. In August 2000, it was donated to the Iron Island Preservation Society of Lovejoy and converted into a museum that now hosts ghost walks, guided tours, private investigations and overnight events. It has been seen on multiple television shows including “Ghost Hunters.” Many children's spirits are said to be active in the museum, leading visitors to bring toys for the children.

People who visit the Iron Island Museum bring toys for the children who are believed to be haunting the former church/funeral parlor. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Holland Road in Angola

Also called Pigman Road, this haunted road and its legend of “Pigman” is expected to be featured on the Travel Channel series “Hometown Horrors.” Pigman was supposedly a real Angola resident who stuck pigs' heads on stakes in his yard to scare people away. One night, when a group of teenagers decided to play a prank on the man and his pig heads, the Pigman is said to have murdered the teens and put their heads on stakes.

The Angola Horror may also play a part in the haunting of Holland Road. On Dec. 18, 1867, a train full of passengers crashed on Holland Road, caught on fire and killed 50 people. Some say the passengers haunt the area.

The tunnel that runs under Delaware Avenue could be the setting for a horror film. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Tunnel under Delaware Avenue downtown

This underground tunnel is like something out of a movie. Built in 1891, it connects the Erie County Jail and Old County Hall. It was used to protect President William McKinley's assassin, Leon Czolgosz, from angry mobs in the streets above. The tunnel is still used to move prisoners from the jail to the courthouse.

The Lady in Glass, Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown

Tales of the woman depicted in this statue are part of local folklore, passed down through generations with tales of a tragic fate on her wedding day and ghostly sightings. The truth appears to be much different. The life-sized and beautifully detailed statue of Grace Galloway was ordered by her grief-stricken father after the talented singer died at age 27 from tuberculosis while on a train ride. Still, there are reports of a woman walking in a wedding dress near the cemetery and the glass case sometimes appears to be empty at night.

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Lancaster Opera House

The 1894 opera house has reportedly been haunted by ghosts that walk among theatergoers, including the Lady in Lavender, who has been seen in the theater's balcony during shows. Others have seen the ghost of a man who reportedly hanged himself in the clock tower. He is said to play pranks on people in the theater – sometimes during performances. Lights go on and off by themselves; the elevator is said to open and close on its own. Others have reported strange creaks and moans around the Lancaster Opera House.

Tipping headstones and large shadows cast an eerie look to the prisoner's cemetery at Attica Correctional Facility. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)


Cemeteries are a natural spot for otherworldly and spiritual occurrences.

Take Cold Springs Cemetery in Lockport. Dating to 1840, this cemetery is surrounded by thick woods. Worn headstones are scattered throughout, some leaning and many broken. As the legend goes, a young girl who was hitchhiking near the site was murdered and her body dumped in Cold Springs Cemetery. The ghost of the murdered hitchhiker supposedly haunts the Lockport cemetery. Many have seen orbs or ghost lights there, too.

At the cemetery near Attica Correctional Facility, imaginations can run wild. When prisoners die, if no one claims their remains, the bodies are buried at this cemetery. Some headstones don't even have names, just ID numbers. Old headstones that have fallen over near trees create a chilling visual.

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