|THE ALLEGED HAUNTED STREET OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY
|THE URBAN LEGENDS OF BUCKOUT ROAD
|There's always been some stranger bit of intrigue to the area of Buckout Road, going all the
way back to the 1600's in fact when the Siwanoy tribe created the area's first urban legend.
Some very popular urban legends and ghost stories have circulated for generations and
remain in the forefront of many Buckout Road traveler's minds.
|Frequently attributed to "Mary Buckhout", the Lady In White is allegedly the spirit of Mary Foster. She is said to haunt
a cemetery on Buckout Road where she was buried.
Some say she committed suicide via hanging inside the nearby Quaker church. Others say she was brutally
murdered by her husband after he discovered she had an affair with a slave. The cemetery where she allegedly was
buried is missing over 50 gravestones as the result of vandalism and grave robbing in the 1970's.
A similar "Lady In White" is said to roam the nearby Stony Hill Cemetery, said to be the spirit of a slave whom
escaped via the Underground Railroad. Allegedly David Foster (of Foster Farm, later Baldiwn Farm) had an affair with
this slave girl. The two ran away together leaving the area via horse carriage. Legend has it the carriage sunk in a
nearby swamp behind what is now George Washington Elementary School where it remains today.
|Several stories pertaining to this house and the one which sat next
door to it have been circulated since the 1970's.
A popular tale is that a young couple had car problems in front of the
house which lead to the boyfriend getting out of the car to get help.
Moments later his girlfriend heard three thumps on the roof of the
car; her boyfriend hanging from a tree.
The legend continued that if you honk your horn three times in front
of the house, cannibal albinos will attack you. They were said to
often leave their victims' heads in the mailbox.
|A popular story circulating the White Plains and Harrison NY area is that
notorious 1920's serial killer Albert Fish once resided on the property.
In 2014 the house was burned to the ground.
Local fire officials have said the fire looked suspicious.
|"The story I remember about the
Barrymore house was that someone in
that house had seen a ghost on one of
the rafters, days later the rafter broke in
the spot where the ghost was seen killing
a house resident" - Mario
|The tale of Mary's Lantern has survived for decades.
A statue on Buckout Road of Mary at one time held a
lantern. The story goes that if the lantern was lit then it
was safe to proceed traveling on the road however if
the lantern was not lit, then danger lurked.
At the height of this urban legend's popularity in the
1970s and 80s, there were minimal dimly lit street lights
on the road which was very narrow and hilly compared
to how Buckout Rd looks modern day.
Some say it was Mary Foster's spirit
that controlled the lantern.
THE 3 WITCHES
For decades there has been a story about three
women who were accused of being witches and
subsequently killed in the 1600s by locals in the area
that is now Buckout Road.
People have said to have felt their presence and seen
apparations in the Buckout woods. The story is that
three X's were marked on the road where these three
women were killed and if you drive over the X's
strange things will happen to you.
The place on Buckout Road where the three X's were
marked in spray paint was on the crest of the hill that
overlooked the Foster/Buckhout family cemetery
where Hall Ave becomes Buckout Road on the border
of White Plains and Harrison NY. A woman named
Katherine Harrison and a man named Ralph Hall and
his wife Mary were put on trial for witchcraft in New
York State during the 1600's.
"The three "X's" were supposedly where three
witches were hanged. For years, there was rope
hanging from the thickest part of the tree nearest the
road, and the tale was that it could not be pulled,
broken, cut, or burned." - Lauren
Locals say a woman that practiced witchcraft lived on
Buckout Road in the 1960s. She was allegedly often
spotted by a nearby lake with a cauldron.
|The above urban legends are detailed fully in my book along with many others including
the alleged haunted mansion, strange things at the slaughterhouse, the ghost of The Leatherman, and more.
Plus hear from a professional paranormal investigator that conducted several EVP investigations in the area!