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Mary's Grave - St. James NY Haunted Place

  • Shep Jones Road
  • St. James, NY
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Mary’s Grave is one of the most famous haunted locations on Long Island, despite the fact that there is little agreement on where exactly the grave is actually located, or who Mary was. In many versions of the Mary story, she lived around the time of the Revolutionary War. In one tale, Mary was caught cheating on her boyfriend, who in turn hanged her from a tree. In another, her boyfriend was the one who cheated on her while he was enlisted in the military; she murdered him in the woods after finding out, but her actions were discovered and the townspeople in turn killed her in the same spot. Yet another version states that the boyfriend was a sailor in the navy who never returned from sea; overcome with grief, Mary hanged herself from a tree outside her home.

According to these stories, if you come across the spot where she died you may see Mary’s body still hanging from a tree. It has also been said that if you park your car in front of Mary’s home, flash your headlights, honk your horn, and turn the vehicle off, it won’t start again when you try to turn it back on.

Mary has also been described as a witch who kidnapped and killed children until she was found out and burned at the stake by local townsfolk, who then buried her ashes in a potter’s field. She has alternatively been described as a young woman who was set upon by two boys and then killed right outside her own home. Supposedly her grave is located in the woods behind her house, but if you attempt to photograph her tombstone the image will come out blank. Near her house there is also said to be small store building; allegedly if you hold a cross and knock on the door three times you will wake the dead.

The grave has been conversely described as being in Head of the Harbor, Huntington, Stony Brook, and Mount Sinai. One of the most concrete locations given is Shep Jones Road in St. James; according to this version Mary’s house was located on the side of this road, and she was murdered there in her sleep by her own mother. Mary was buried in the field behind the house, and her spirit is said to still haunt the surrounding area. People have reported hearing voices and feeling cold spots or hot spots in the woods at night.
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  • when i went to mary's grave

    there was a light in the window and there was a door in the inside there was a little girls dress and said mary's name written in red

    Posted 12/5/18

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    2 out of 2 found this review helpful

  • Mary was a little girl

    Through the day I have been watching lots of videos of my favourite youtubers reviewing “Mary’s Grave” and I researched a bit. I was confused by all of the different tales of the story but the one I firmly believe was that Mary was a young girl who didn’t have any friends except the animals so her dad built her a clubhouse where she would hang out with her animal friends. One day she started to kill the animals and quite quickly, that escalated to killing her brother and her father. The townspeople found Mary asleep next to her dead father who was covered in blood and romour has it they hung her from a tree which if you go to, you can see the burn marks from the rope!! That’s all I know....

    Posted 11/15/18

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  • Mary?

    To be honest, I don’t believe in ghosts. but the story feels like something out of a horror story.. the type of story I heard was she was a little girl and she had a mental illness and killed animals in what she called her clubhouse. It became a real problem and she murderered her family. She either hung herself or the town’s people hung her.

    Posted 10/26/18

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    5 out of 5 found this review helpful

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