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History or Haunted? Visit and decide!

It’s spooky season and with it comes the ghost stories people tell about supposed sightings in their communities, including Gloversville.

Fulton County Museum, located at 237 Kingsboro Ave., is a stop on the Haunted History trail of New York State. From the website, it is noted that “paranormal teams from around the state have conducted investigations in the building. They’ve captured some spectacular EVP evidence and shared their findings in public presentations. The museum’s volunteers and staff have also had their fair share of first-hand experiences, from already closed doors slamming shut to the model train operation on its own accord. With so many artifacts, and in a building that was full of energetic students for nearly a century, it’s no wonder that there still may be some spirits lingering.”

Visitors will get a chance to chase the paranormal at the Psychic Fair that is being held on Oct. 21st at the museum. In addition to ghost hunting, the attendees of the event will have the opportunity to meet with mediums and more. Skeptics will also enjoy the museum as the rooms are filled with local history including displays dedicated to railroad history, the military, and the leather and tanning industries.

Activity has been seen at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, located at 66 Kingsboro Ave., as the Haunted in New York Paranormal and Metaphysical Expo was held earlier this year at the facility and a paranormal tour was conducted. Participants could download apps that would enable them to sense spirits as they walked around the building. Another opportunity is available on Oct. 28th as a Halloween Festival will be held and the day includes a live paranormal investigation, trick or treating, games, and more. Skeptics will also enjoy the museum as it displays replicas and documents from the past, including a section dedicated to baseball.

According to several websites, people have had encounters in the Prospect Hill Cemetery, located off Kingsboro Avenue. One tale posted at relates that the writer and her friend “were driving up a long spooky dark path that was wide open with only a few trees when I had seen a white figure cross the pathway and go behind a tree, mind you this was only about 15 feet away. I had gotten closer and looked behind the tree, it disappeared behind and there was nothing there. I looked for as far as I could see, but there was nothing, and that was the only tree around.” True or not, the cemetery is filled with history and worth visiting and reflecting on the people of the past that worked to help further Gloversville, Fulton County, and the nation, such as veterans who are typically acknowledged by the American flags that are flown near their headstones during the summer months. A side note, one of the munchkins from the movie “Wizard of Oz” is laid to rest at this cemetery, accessed by Pearl Street. Known as the “Mayfield Munchkin,” Cynthia Marquette Nickloy was born in Mayfield and a summary of her life can be found at

Whatever the reason that brings you to the cemetery, please be respectful and mindful of those who are there.

Enjoy spooky season and be sure to visit the Downtown Gloversville shops as they will have treats and specials that are “to die for” at this time of year! Several will be open during the city's trick or treating hours on Oct. 31st so bring your costumed children down to Main Street that day from 6 to 8 p.m.


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