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The Haunting of Montrepose Cemetery
Kingston, New York

Posted by Hauntings Admin on 02/06/2011

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About Montrepose Cemetery

Kingston, New York

Montrepose Cemetery

Montrepose Cemetery is a well-known Kingston, New York haunt located at 75 Montrepose Avenue. Only 91 miles north of New York City and 59 miles south of Albany, Kingston functioned as the first capital of New York state in 1777. Unfortunately, it was burned down by British troops on October 16, 1777 during the Battle of Saratoga.

People visiting the Montrepose Cemetery haunt have reported feelings of uneasiness throughout the graveyard. Ghosts at Montrepose have manifested in the form of EVP’s that have been taken by ghost hunters and paranormal investigators hoping to back up the claims about the location. Specifically, one person reported capturing the disembodied sound of a barking dog near a mausoleum.

One of the Montrepose Cemetery ghosts is said to be a man by the name of Calvert Vaux (pronounced “Vawks”). Vaux was born on December 20, 1824 and died on November 19, 1895 at the age of 71. He emigrated to the United States in 1857. He is best known as a co-designer (in tandem with Frederick Law Olmstead) of New York’s Central Park.

Though he was an older man at the time of his death, some say his passing was still untimely. Calvert Vaux died of drowning at Gravesend Bay in Brooklyn, New York. In 1998, the city of New York named a park looking into the bay after him on account of this fact. His body was buried in Montrepose Cemetery in Kingston, New York and his ghost is said to haunt the landscape due to his untimely death. To this day, no one knows if Vaux died of suicide, murder, or a tragic accident. His body was found floating in the water and no explanation was available to make sense of the tragedy.

Those who have seen the ghost of Calvert Vaux at Montrepose claim that his spirit appears very suddenly and then fades as the onlooker stares at him.

Resources

FindaGrave.com (n.d.). Browse by Cemetery: Montrepose Cemetery.Retrieved July 17, 2012 from http://www.findagrave.com/php/famous.php?page=cem&FScemeteryid=65295

Interment.net (1997-2011). Montrepose Cemetery, Kingston, Ulster County, New York. Retrieved July 17, 2012 from http://www.interment.net/data/us/ny/ulster/montrepose.htm

Shadowlord (1998). Haunted Places Index: New York. Retrieved July 17, 2012 from http://theshadowlands.net/places/newyork.htm

StrangeUSA.com (1901-2012). Haunt in Montrepose Cemetery. Retreived July 17, 2012 from http://www.strangeusa.com/Viewlocation.aspx?id=6847

Wikipedia (2012). Kingston, New York. Retrieved July 17, 2012 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston,_New_York

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