Mary's Grave - Real St. James Haunt

  • Shep Jones Road
  • St. James, NY
Listing Categories
Real Haunted Cemeteries
Open To Public
NOT Open to Public
Share Your Experiences
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.
Nearby Real Haunts

Recently Shared Experiences & Comments

Share Your Experience or Comments - Mary's Grave
  • Click to rate
  • Do not use all capital letters. No profanity.
  • Tell Us About Your Experience(s) at Mary's Grave. Be specific.
  • Administrative use only. Will NOT be displayed
  • Did You Have a Paranormal Experience?
  • Have You Been To This Haunt?

  • Would you recommended to a friend?
Real Haunt Listing Info

Visitors to this page: 2,986
Last edit to this listing: 12/21/2015 (797 days ago)

Disclaimer: Long Island Haunted Houses does not endorse or support trespassing to visit real haunts. Before you visit ANY local real haunt, make sure to acquire the appropriate permits and/or permissions, and be respectful of privately owned properties. Countless Haunt Hunters have been arrested, ticketed, and reprimanded by the authorities for trespassing. To avoid this, be sure to get in touch with the property owners before visiting a haunt, and respect their hours of operation, local regulations, and rules for visiting at all times. Happy haunting!
All information on this page was submitted to Long Island Haunted Houses and was believed to be accurate at the time it was posted. Please report any inaccuracies here.