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Rochester, New York, Is Haunted by Ghosts

Updated on May 10, 2018

For Halloween This Year, I'm Going To Be....

... Hip deep in Ghosts!

Rochester (formerly Rochesterville) has been known, if you believe in the local and national legends, to be populated with the spirits of Ghosts. Our most famous inhabitant from the other side is our very own "Lady in White". She and other haunts are shown below.

Enjoy your Tour of the haunted side of Rochester, New York.

Ghost Woman in front of a Graveyard Headstone
Ghost Woman in front of a Graveyard Headstone

The Lady in White

Although many other cities have a Lady in White haunting around, Rochester is the most famous as documented by the movie by the same title released in 1988 by Frank LaLoggia. This ghost reportedly haunts Durand Eastman Park. Also known to haunt the remains of a long gone eatery or hotel, depending on your resource, and now is referred to as her castle.

See the RocWiki links below for more about our famous ghost.

Here's the Trailer for "The Lady in White". A little campy but it is from 1988

More about Rochester's Lady in White

3 of these links are courtesy of RocWiki - Rochester's version of WikiPedia.

What's your opinion about the possible presence of Ghosts? Let us know if the spirits move you.

Ghostly Spirits are also said to hang around Graveyards like the Famous Rochester Mt. Hope Cemetery.  See under the Ghost Poll for more information.
Ghostly Spirits are also said to hang around Graveyards like the Famous Rochester Mt. Hope Cemetery. See under the Ghost Poll for more information.

Do you believe in Ghosts?

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Mount Hope Cemetery - In the southeast city limits of Rochester, NY.

Mount Hope Cemetery, completed in 1838, is the first municipal rural cemetery in the United States. It also has the distinction of being the oldest Victorian municipal cemetery in the U.S.

Final resting place of many famous Americans, including civil rights leaders Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, as well as many founders of Rochester-based world renowned businesses such as Xerox, Eastman Kodak, and Bausch & Lomb.

Check out the Mt. Hope Phantom Tour during your travels in Rochester

Fear at Frontier... - Field in Rochester, that is.

In 2005 Rochester Paranormal officially certified Frontier Field as haunted which was broadcasted that Halloween globally through ESPN Sport Center on cable...

or maybe not.

The TV Show "Contact" Visited the Rochester Main Street Armory in New York

Trying to catch Rochester's Ghosts... Maybe

Perhaps Ghosts Are Just Trying to Reach Those Who Can, or will, Listen

Are you listening?
Are you listening?

© 2010 BW Duerr

Won't you leave your Spirit's Trails here? Umm, I mean comments.

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      Candle Reviews 

      3 years ago

      Well this is interesting! We have some friends that live in Rochester and we see them only once a year. Its strange because they were talking about weird things like ghosts, and things from other realms there. They had a few stories and were very convinced that more is seriously going on than just a story. So this was too interesting to me! Thanks for sharing.

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      5 years ago

      I never saw a ghost before and I don't want too, great lens

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      5 years ago

      Hi Soy! My husband and I will be near Rochester on our upcoming mission to Save Our Parks. Maybe we'll go ghost hunting! btw - our mission is posted here on Squidoo ... :D

    • AishwaryaTiwari1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Would love to have a ghostly encounter, then perhaps I may believe...

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      6 years ago

      I loved your lens and yes, I am a believer :) I live in the UK, a town called Grantham in Lincolnshire and where I live is near an old manor house called BElton House which the National Trust has now but it has a few ghosts mooching about lol. Great lens :)

    • SpenceG profile image


      6 years ago

      I love learning about haunted places. I just wish I live close enough to take a few day trip to check these out.

    • KandDMarketing profile image


      6 years ago

      Rochester, being my hometown, has a whole lot more of this kind of activity than even this lens reveals. There is a whole swatch of area from Rochester south to the northern tip of Canandaigua Lake where paranormal stuff is pretty much normal.

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      surfer1969 lm 

      6 years ago

      I've been to many haunted places In Ky and Oh and I can say that ghost do exist.

    • MaryThereseBenn profile image


      6 years ago

      Interesting! AndI thought Rochester was a quiet place!

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      BW Duerr 

      6 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      @adambill: Thanks for the info! I've added to my page for Rochester, New York at A better fit, perhaps. :)

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      6 years ago

      I have not seen any ghost and never want to see them. But i believe that they are really exist.There are many rochester events you should look at them by visiting our website.

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      6 years ago

      I never thought of Rochester (where I have family) as haunted, so this was an eye-opener. thanks!

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      Michey LM 

      6 years ago

      I didn't know about Rochester... so now I do. It is an interesting lens and well bone.Thanks

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      6 years ago from New York

      Hmm. May have to plan driving up to Rochester for Halloween this year, although we've got our share of ghosts here too - there's even an annual ghost tour during winterfest in February. Enjoyed learning about some of Rochester's haunts.

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      7 years ago

      After finally catching up with the Angel School Bus, I am fluttering around Haunting-ville to drop off some Blessings. Just wanted you to know I am here because your page caught my attention. Leaving you with a *Blessing* for doing such a great job on this page.

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      7 years ago

      Wasn't there a series of murders here? I wonder if the victims haunt Rochester, too. A fluttering of ghostly angel wings have passed on by and sent blessings your way :)

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      7 years ago

      I had no idea Rochester, NY was such a ghost center -- blessed by a SquidAngel!

    • jackieb99 profile image


      7 years ago

      Oooohhhh...scary stuff!

    • Philippians468 profile image


      7 years ago

      a very interesting lens! thank you for making it! cheers

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      7 years ago

      I like this lens. I am lensrolling it to my haunted series.

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      7 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this lens, not that I had any encounter but I do believe in them.

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      June Parker 

      8 years ago from New York

      Wonderfully spookiy lens! I have been to Rochester, but wasn't aware of this infamous cemetery. If I ever make it back there, I will definitely pay it a visit. I lensrolled you back to my Haunted Hawaii lens.

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      8 years ago from Rhode Island

      Thank you for visiting Haunted Ri and I really enjoyed your tour of Rochester, New York I loved this lens and lens rolled

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Wow - I grew up in Rochester, NY and never heard that parts of it were 'haunted'. I've even been to Mount Hope Cemetery, but never heard the ghost stories. But, my brother lived on the edge of Durand Eastman Park for many years; I'll have to ask him if he ever had any 'strange' experiences! Fun story for this former Rochester native to learn something new about the area.

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      8 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

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      Robin S 

      8 years ago from USA

      Enjoyed my stay here! Oh and I ain't 'fraid of no ghosts!

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      8 years ago

      Very nice! Well researched. I love it!


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