Here in New York, no matter which region you live in, you’re almost always guaranteed to have a local haunted legend in your hometown. From gravity hills to haunted asylums, there’s an abundance of creepy sites to visit…but what about haunted roads? Located down in White Plains, you’ll find the longtime infamous Buckout Road. Ready to hear about the numerous chilling tales surrounding this two-mile stretch of road? Buckle up, this road isn’t for the faint of heart!
Found just outside New York's Big Apple, this Westchester County haunted road has been a longtime favorite place to investigate. With not one but
several substantially chilling tales surrounding this road, it's hard not feel creeped out even if you don't actually see any ghosts!
One of the earliest legends of this road dates back all the way to the 1600s. No longer visible on the more recently paved and widened road, 3 X's once marked the spot of where three women were burned at the stake, standing accused of witchcraft! Legend has it, if you drove over the X's you would have terrible things happen to you. Yikes!
Over the past 30 years modernization of the area has given the haunting road somewhat of a face-lift, doing away with landmarks like the 3 X's and sweeping the erie myths back under the rug. Many of New York's residents speculate that stories like these were created solely to scare off visitors of the haunted road, backfiring severely and drawing in more curious people.
While the paved pathway is named Buckout Road, it was the Buckhout family (spelled with an H) that once inhabited the area. One of the more popular legends of the road speaks of a lady in white, said to be Mary Buckhout, who died when she hung herself from a tree. Many people living in and visiting the area have reported seeing the ghost of a woman in white. While John Buckhout's grave still stands, many people growing up in the area report that the family cemetery experienced many grave robberies. Could this be the source of Mary's unsettled spirit?
The most talked about tale from Buckout Road involves a now burned down and demolished property, commonly referred to as The Red House or The Albino House. The particular property had several structures including homes, barns and slaughterhouses. The legend stated that if you parked your car in front of the red house and honked the horn three times, a family of cannibalistic Albinos would come out after you. Ridiculous, huh? In recent years the red house was destroyed in a fire and soon after the remaining structures on the property were demolished. Due to its over the top nature, this legend is what brought a majority of visitors to Buckout Road.
Another popular and somewhat less frightening tale told about Buckout Road is that of The Leatherman, whose ghost is supposedly said to haunt the area! Also spoken of in our neighboring state Connecticut, The Leatherman was a famous vagrant who walked a 365-mile route from Connecticut to New York, living his life out of caves. The actual identity of the man is something that has been argued for ages, but one thing we do know is that he was donned The Leatherman because of his entirely leather wardrobe. Ready to visit Buckout Road but can't convince your scared friends to join you? Remind them that legend
also has it that the cave The Leatherman lived in on Buckout Road is supposedly where he stashed away some of his money!
Have you ever taken a drive down this road or explored the surrounding woods? Tell us about the haunted roads in your hometowns!