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- Posted:Wednesday, September 23, 2009
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The Big Apple is hosting guided ghost hunts at the beginning of October so you can play at being Egon to your heart's content. It might be annoying for your fellow tourists, but you'll have a lot of fun! Between October 8th and 10th, Fort Ontario State Historic Site will be taking people around the area - the wearing of sensible shoes is recommended, no high-heels please - from 07:00 to 14:00 local time. I'd go for the earliest slot possible, for sure. Everything will feel much more ghostly if there's a fine mist drifting around the fort - I can't imagine getting that spooked out in the afternoon, when the sun is shining.
Apparently, Fort Ontario has more than its fair share of paranormal activity and is considered by experts in the field to be one of the ten most haunted locations in the US. All sorts of crazy things have happened there - keep your eyes peeled for Private George Fykes, who died in a fever epidemic in 1782 and who apparently pops up from time to time, traipsing the ramparts of the fort.
If you're not up for ghosts, the fort itself is interesting enough. Originally built in 1755 by the British, it was a wooden stockade made to house 300 men but was destroyed by the French in 1756.