THE URBAN LEGENDS OF BUCKOUT ROAD
FINALLY...a book all about
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.
no cannibal albinos here
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.
Another popular story circulating the
White Plains and Harrison NY area is that
notorious 1920's serial killer Albert Fish
resided in the house next door.
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.
Frequently falsely attributed to "Mary
Buckhout", the spirit of Mary Foster is said
to haunt a cemetery on Buckout Road where
she was buried after hanging herself at the
nearby Quaker church.

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, in search of her
loved ones.
"The Lady in White. Supposedly, this was the
ghost of Mary Buckhout, who had allegedly
hanged herself from a tree in the woods up
there someplace, and now haunted the area in
the form of an all white apparition. I had one
friend who actually lived on Buckout Road. She
swore that her father on several occasions
had seen the French doors leading to an
outside porch that faced the woods fly open on
their own, even though they had been locked.
He would then see a whitish looking apparition
of a woman float past him. She also claimed to
have seen several occurrences of apparent
grave robbery in the Buckhout family
cemetery, which was right on Buckout Road.
Her house was almost right across the street
from it. On several occasions, she claimed to
have seen dug up graves, and various things
left scattered around the dug up area"
- a 1977
White Plains High School graduate that didn't
want their name revealed.

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.
Many more details on the above urban legends are
in the book along with many others including
the alleged haunted mansion,  strange things at the
slaughterhouse, the ghost of The Leatherman that
guards his buried treasure, and more.
"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
“Somewhere back in the 80's, I took a hike on
Buckout Road, entering from the Silver Lake side,
then heading down that private road that branches
off where the old farm fence was. The one that was
always locked. But this time it wasn't and the gate
was wide open.So I walked along the dirt road, then
made a quick right onto another one which led to a
large area of old abandoned cars that were set on
fire once. All that stood were rusted dark brown
cars. There must have been at least 30 of them
scattered all over the place as I walked another trail
some ways”- Jay
"About 2 year's ago, my boyfriend at the time, my best
friend, my other friend, and myself all went to Buckout.
On our way there my friend received a voice mail, but his
phone didn't ring. We were about a mile away from the
entrance to Buckout, when we listened to the message it
was all static while someone or something in the back
round was saying "GO BACK! GO BACK! BEWARE!" No
one knew we were going to Buckout, except for us, it was
a spur of the moment type thing. When we got there, to
the beginning of the road, the light's on the street went
out, so it was pitch black. We stopped in front of the
graveyard, and we were all looking to the left at it.
Someone or something knocked on the passenger
window, where I was sitting. We all jumped and looked,
no one was there. We left there & I haven't gone back
since" - Ashley