Haunted history behind the New York State Capitol
ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)-- On March 29, 1911, around 2:15 a.m. a fire broke out in the New York State Capitol library.
A few days after the fire was put out, officials discovered the body of nightwatchman Samuel Abbott who was on duty that night.
Some believe his ghost still lingers around the Capitol.
“I think he’s still overlooking things, yes I do,” said Susi Krumal, a Capitol Region resident.
Nancy Rexford, a Capitol Region resident said she believes there are many ghosts haunting the Capitol.
“I believe all of the stories, I believe there are ghosts here, sure, I do,” she said.
Stuart Lehman, a curator with curatorial visitor services, said many people have reported over the years seeing doors close unexpectedly, door nobs turning, and lights flickering.
Lehman said some have even reported seeing Abbott's ghost.
Lehman, also a haunted Capitol tour guide for more than 20 years, said he is agnostic when it comes to the ghost stories of the New York State Capitol.
“I’m not sure that they do exist which is what keeps it so fascinating because if it was decided altogether one way or another, I don’t think it would be as interesting. So, I’m open minded to it,” he said.
Oct. 31 is the last day for the haunted tours of the Capitol, but the ghost stories live on in the Capitol.