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Ghost Stories: New York Haunted Capitol Tours Restart

 Does the secret demon carved in stone hold a Capitol curse?
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas
Does the secret demon carved in stone hold a Capitol curse?

The annual Capitol Hauntings tours are getting ready to begin in Albany, and this year they'll start two weeks earlier than in the past because of popular demand.

The state is taking reservations online starting Monday for seasonal tours of the New York Capitol highlighting ghost stories. The tours will begin on Monday, Sept. 17 and continue through Nov. 2.

The free afternoon tours feature spooky legends and folklore connected to the historic building. Stories include the night watchman who died in the Capitol fire of 1911 and supposedly still makes his rounds.

Pre-registration is required. Groups of 10 or fewer may register online at www.Empirestateplaza.org .
Larger parties should call (518) 474-2418.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.