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Haunted Pubs of New York City 31 Days of Halloween with The Kelly Society Day 8

5th Anniversary

31 Days of Halloween with

The Kelly Society

Day 8

Welcome Spook Fans!

I'm John and I'm sharing this post because I love haunted pubs and New York City. Besides measuring heat levels on my EMF reader for The Kelly Society paranormal investigations, I like to research haunted buildings.

So, here are a few examples of haunted pubs in historic New York City!

Fraunces Tavern



With such a rich history plus employee reports of mysterious footsteps, jangling keys, and slammed doors, in 2013 Sleepy Hollow Paranormal went to Fraunces Tavern to lead a paranormal investigation. According to the museum’s website, the investigators spent three hours searching for ghostly phenomena. The results were that the lights went out, a video camera shut off by itself, and a voice or voices were captured on a spirit box answering several questions, including what the current year was.

Washington bids farewell to troops

The tavern was a popular place in the 1700’s, frequented by George Washington, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton and others. It is most remembered for being the site where George Washington bid farewell to his troops on December 4, 1783. He reportedly spoke:

“With a heart full of love and gratitude, I now take leave of you. I most devoutly wish that your latter days may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable.”

Here is the full article which also has some EVP's! Ghostly voices from beyond in the Fraunces Tavern.

One If By Land, Two If By Sea


One If By Land, One if By Sea Haunted?

Two of the most famous ghosts in the restaurant are that of its former owner, Aaron Burr and his daughter Theodosia. One of the restaurant’s maître d’ quit after she was shoved up and down the stairs nightly by unseen hands. Numerous women have also claimed to have had their earrings pulled off by an entity, presumably Theodosia, while they were at the bar.

Theodosia was said to have been kidnapped by pirates while she was on her way to New York from South Carolina to visit her father. She was forced to walk the plank but her death did not stop her from going to her father’s residence as promised. It is said that she and her father remain in the house to this day.

The restaurant’s manager, Rosanne Martino has had several paranormal experiences. Picture frames would tilt by themselves; machines would activate by themselves; lights would flicker; and plates would fly. Staff members would be pushed by an unseen force. The staff have even tried to appease the spirits by attempting to serve them in the restaurant!

Although some staff have quit because of the various strange happenings in the restaurant, they believe that the spirits are not malicious. They seem to be more like practical jokers.

There are more stories of other spirits such as a woman who is dressed in black who’s been seen walking down the staircase. She is thought to have broken her neck when falling down the stairs. The staff also light a candle for a ghost believed to be a Ziegfeld follies girl.


The tastefully decorated One if by Land, Two if by Sea has rich woods; paintings of famous people; a grand piano; and white tablecloths. The classic New York establishment remains very popular until now. Set in Aaron Burr’s former carriage house which was built in 18th century, yes, the same Aaron Burr who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel.

The restaurant enjoys the reputation of being among the finest in New York City. It is also considered the prime destination for men to pop the question to their girlfriends.

To find out more haunted pub locations in Manhattan, here is a link to check out:

Next time you enter a pub or restaurant, be aware of your surroundings. You may see a ghost or flying tableware!

Happy Halloween to all.

John Patrick

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