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The Ghost House of Oyster Bay

by Rebecca
(New York)

As a child there was an abandoned house next to my middle school which still gives my nightmares. Oyster Bay, Long Island has a long history of hauntings and apparently this house had made its mark on the residents and its story was known to all of the locals.

First off, the house was originally an estate. The owner of the estate, in an enraged episode locked his wife and 3 children (including a baby) in the master suite on the second floor and they all burned to death.

The property was abandoned for a few years until an investor bought the property and turned it into a development. The original estate home on was turned into a recreational center for residents. Within 1 month of its opening 3 children drowned in the swimming pool and a worker died mysteriously.

The property was again abandoned and that is when the occurrences took place that I can vouch for. At the time I was completely unconvinced of the existence of ghosts. Upon entering the house I had no fear whatsoever. We played around and explored and nothing happened.

The second time I went, me and two of my friends were playing near the furnace area joking around. I was dared to go down into the boiler room. Of course I was completely unafraid and trotted down the stairs making my voice echo loudly with ghost sounds, when all of a sudden the lights went out and the door slammed shut.

Me and my friends (who were pleading with me from the top of the stairs not to go down) all got locked in and were frantic when we heard foot steps coming up from the boiler room. Just as quickly as it happened, the lights went back on and the door unlocked.

The third time I went with a herd of middle schoolers who all had their own tale of horror in this house. We wanted to get to the bottom of it and claim it as our after school hang out. Needless to say we got more than we bargained for that day. We waged a war and the house won.

What happened that day we will all remember. There was a girl that we still never figured out if she was there or not. How it started was one girl got scared and walked down a spiral staircase and said she was going home. We all told her that that was not the way out, but she went anyway.

We all went down a cement ramp right next to the staircase that should have lead us to the bottom where she was, but there was only a hole and a partial staircase when we got there and it was not like that prior. We all raced back up to see if the girl was okay and then there was no staircase at all.

We all decided to continue through the house holding hands. We convinced ourselves (at the time) that there was no staircase and the girl had left and was just trying to scare us. The next day the girl said that she had never come with us and that we were all crazy.

We continued down the ramp and into a hall full of stench and darkness. We started up the hall and were half way through it before one of the guys realized that he had a lighter. He turned it on and there was blood everywhere. Someone or something had drawn pictures of animals all over the walls with blood. At the end of the hall there were stacks of black plastic bags full of dead animals.

Just when we realized what everything was the cold came.

It raced through the hall from behind the bags of blood and chased us to the pool area. For 5 seconds the entire pool area looked brand new and there was a child floating face down in it. We all saw the same thing. At this point we tried to bust through the boarded up windows in the pool area but couldn't get the wood to budge.

We ran all around trying to get out but nothing was the same as it was when we entered. Exits turned into different rooms. Hallways became longer with different turns and twists. The entire time we were running around there was something chasing us.

We climbed a staircase leading us to the upstairs (we hoped). We knew the upstairs wasn't boarded up and we figured we could call for help on the roof. We had to walk across planks that were above a young girl’s bedroom. You could see it was dusty but it looked lived in. My friend climbed onto the roof and we all started screaming out the window to get the neighbors attention. We were successful and the woman called the cops.

The police showed up fairly quick. Once we saw the cops pulling up reality hit us. We were trespassing! The guys all took off and were caught on the way down the stairs. My best girlfriend and I were just making it back over the planks to arrive at the top of the stairs when the cop told us to follow them down.

Once we were outside we told the police what had happened. They didn't believe a word we said and insisted we show them the hall of blood. We must have gone through that house with the police three times and nothing was the same. There was no ramp leading to a lower level. There was still no spiral staircase. There weren’t as many hallways, but one cop did catch a glimpse of the changing house. He questioned the other cop saying, "wasn't there just a hallway here?"

We went by the pool area and explained how we tried to break the wood to get out. The cop just laughed showing us that we could have just pulled it up easily. However, that was not the case when we were in there. The wood felt like steel and there was no light shinning through the old battered, flimsy, easily breakable wood that was there as we were explaining the story to the cops. Also, there were no planks for us to even walk across upstairs. The floor was solid and there was no child’s room beneath it.

Needless to say we never returned to the house which was left untouched until I left for college. Today the house has been slightly re-done and people are actually living in it. I have been tempted to knock on the door just to get a glimpse, but can't even get close without having every hair on my body stand on end. I still feel like the house is alive and remembers me when I get too close.

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Apr 14, 2014
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oyster Bay is truely haunted.
by: Anonymous

Back in 2005, i experienced a haunting that I will never forget. Shawdows and loud footsteps would would follow me everywhere. Even to the point where to when I moved back to my home town of Queens, they followed me and my EX - girlfirnd;sometimes I get this feeling as if they have attached their spirit form to me. I love oyster bay, but their is so much messed up history and horror that lingers beneath the stars above the NORTH SHORE. BE Careful and do not F around with ghosts from Oyster Bay RD and Radclff DRIVE, They will haunt you till the End OF time.

Nov 04, 2013
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Funny thing?
by: Busted

If the house was falling apart and abandoned how were there any lights? Did the ghosts pay the LIPA bills?

Mar 17, 2013
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Ghost House In OB
by: DJH

Actually Paige, he home I am referring to sat on property located exactly at the east corner of Lexington Ave, where it intersects with West Main St. Where you would turn right from Lexington onto West Main going east toward town.
There was a large white home with a garage behind it that occupied that lot. A tall white fence ran around the property and the entrance to the drive way was gated and located on Lexington. You turned right into the driveway behind the house.

That house, it's location, and the events I experienced there are forever etched in my memory.

I would like to add that the two homes I lived in (Jordan Avenue and Locust Lane (off Ivy St) as a boy always seemed frigid, even in summer. I always felt that I was being observed by unseen eyes, and would see black shadows flash across rooms out of the corner of my eye. I would venture to guess there are many homes in OB where this exists.

Sep 05, 2012
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Ghost House in OBay
by: Paige Dawson

well, if Dan H is correct in where he thought this house was situated, it most likely was the Slade house. It is gone now. Mrs. Slade was an older lady, probably a widow who kept pretty much to herself. But she did hand out goodies on Halloween to whoever came to the door. Not sure if the woods behind the house belonged to Mrs Slade or not, but it was in these woods that Top of The Harbour was built. First they were apartments; later converted to a co-op. I think there were 2 houses constructed approximately where the Slade house stood--just South of the
Co-ops & set back from the road. After Mrs Slade left or passed away & the place was vacant it could have been used by vagrants or kids looking for trouble. Not uncommon sadly--I know of a lovely large house in Muttontown where vandals lit fires in the middle of the hardwood floors.
One of OBay's really old cemetaries sits in the middle of Top of the Harbour.

Sep 05, 2012
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Ghost House of Oyster Bay
by: DJH

I believe she is talking about a 3 story, white home that was previously located at the corner of West Main Street and Lexington Avenue, on the south east side, diagonally situated across from Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School. The house was torn down and there is now a some type of muti-housing community in that location.
I attended TRES in 1967 and 1968 and remember the original house that stood at that corner very, very well. It was abandoned (I believe) at that time and I also "trespassed" to investigate it one time after school by myself. All I will say is that I never returned to that house after my experiences on that day and was glad when it was razed; however, I do strongly believe that whatever energy was there in that house when I was there, probably is still in residence in whatever structure now stands in that location.

Aug 12, 2012
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WOW!
by: Anonymous

WOW i lived in that house! i didn't ever know it was haunted i am so terrified now this is crazy i cant believe i lived in that house!

Aug 26, 2011
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wtfffff
by: Anonymous

wow, i live in oyster bay and have never heard about this until now. as soon as i read the title i got the chills. this is really scary but im very tempted to check it out

Jul 12, 2011
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fake or true
by: Anonymous

Uh, is this story true and where is the house exactly located?

Nov 26, 2010
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WOW
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there is a big apartment house across the roosevelt school and its haunted

Nov 17, 2010
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curious
by: Anonymous

I have lived in Oyster Bay for 35 years and have heard alot of stories but this particular one isnt cutting it for me - where was the house?

Oct 08, 2010
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AWESOME!!!
by: a ghost huntress

WOW! THAT MUST HAVE BEEN AWESOME!!! I am actuly a ghost huntress and i know the feeling! Keep up the ghost hunting! :-)

Jul 27, 2010
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Location of this House
by: OB Dan

Was this house across from Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School? Where was this house located in OB?

Mar 26, 2009
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SCARY!!!!!!
by: Kylie

Oh my god that is so scary. i would have fainted or maybe worse. i believe in ghosts and am afraid of them so i would not have gone inside. oh my god that story freaks me out. i cant believe someone went through something like that. keep writing stories. sincerely Kylie

Feb 22, 2009
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Lights on and off?
by: Anonymous

Why would an abandoned house still have electrical power?

Jun 24, 2008
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I remember those days...
by: Bill Drago

Great Story!

I remember exploring haunted houses when I was a teenager. We'd scare ourselves to half to death, come home white as ghosts, and not sleep for a few days. Great fun.

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