Steeped in history and legends, New York is filled with stories of the forgotten, eerie and the weird that influence us everyday. On Route 8 in a cemetery between Unadilla and Utica lies a crypt and the legend of Eunice Welch, a story of the undead that haunts area residents.

Lite 98.7's Eric Meier has teamed up with Folklorist P.W. Creighton to explore the haunts and legends of New York. Through their travels into the dark and often overlooked spaces they will bring these historic sites back to life and make some unexpected discoveries along the way.

In this episode Phil guides the explorers to a remote cemetery north of New Berlin near West Edmeston and the Unadilla River to explore the legend of Eunice Welsh, an undead ghoul said to reside in the tomb often driving adventurous visitors away in terror.

Examining the legend, the Haunts & Legends team spoke with many area historians about the legend of Eunice Welsh and made some rather interesting discoveries. Mrs. Eunice C. Welch, born in 1847, ran a farm with her son’s and was known as a very “sickly old woman.” She passed away in 1922 from her illness and was buried in, what is now the West Edmeston Cemetery at the back of the cemetery. The “crypt” that many believe to be her mausoleum and tomb used to hold bodies during winter months until they could be properly buried and was constructed 4 years after her death. There are reports that her former house burned down after her death adding to the legend.

Many area historians were unaware of the legend and knew very little about Eunice C. Welch's story, still her legend persists but one must wonder if it is truly because of the paranormal activity from the empty crypt or challenge that entails for residents.

 

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