|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 legit 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 Baldwin 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.
The chance of being born albino is about 1 in 17,000. When two
carriers of the albinism gene have a child together, that child has a 1
in 4 chance of receiving two albinism genes. Thus a family of albinos
is quite outlandish and a claim of an albino family that are also
cannibals is borderline absurd. Regardless, this tale has survived
for generations. There was a strong rumor that residents of the
road created the eerie tale of the cannibal albinos to keep local
teens attending keg parties in the woods away from their property.
|Anohter popular story circulating the White Plains and Harrison NY area
is that notorious 1920's serial killer Albert Fish once resided on the
property. Fish was not only a brutal murderer but also a cannibal.
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 owner of the home where the lantern resides has
contacted me and stated the family had no idea this
eerie tale existed prior to reading about it here.
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. The gruesome tale is
that three women were hanged by nooses and subsequently
burned to death.
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.
Some have claimed that the spot of the x's was a gravity hill.
Essentially if you were driving towards the spot and put your car
in neutral, your car would pull itself over the hill on its own. Later
in the 1990's three X's appeared spray painted on nearby trees
near other graffiti such as crosses and "Lars was here".
"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
A woman named Katherine Harrison and a man named Ralph Hall
along with his wife Mary were put on trial for witchcraft in New
York State during the 1600's. While the names might resemble
things like Hall Avenue (which connects to Buckout Road) and the
town of Harrison, this is just coincidence.
A similar tale is that three women in the 1800's whom aided in the
underground railroad were murdered by locals for their illegal
assistance of freeing slaves.
Unrelated to the alleged 1600's witch burnings, locals say a
woman that practiced witchcraft lived on Buckout Road in the
1970s. She was allegedly often spotted by a nearby lake with a
|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!
A new twist on Buckout Road urban legends popped up over the past few years. The story claims that John Buckhout was a slave
owner (he wasn't) whom chopped off his wife's head (he didn't) after learning she had an affair with a slave (she didn't). From there
allegedly Mr Buckhout burned down a barn full of slaves which resulted in witches placing a curse on Buckhout and his sons which
turned them into albinos whom would have to eat human flesh to restore their pigmentation. It's an interesting way to connect
various stories into one however it isn't true. Personally I'm not a fan of real life people being portrayed in fictitious negative lights.
Pretend for instance you reread that above story only substitute the names with your grandparents'.