It's been incredibly enjoyable hosting season 1 of The Haunts and Legends of New York. Through this series, Phil and I had the chance to open doors long closed and uncover legends I never thought would we'd see the answers to. Here are my picks, in no particular order, for the top 10 episodes for some binge-watching.
Utica's Hidden Underground Waterways
There are creeks and streams that run underground in Utica. Once they powered the city's mills and factories but in the modern city, they are buried deep under the city. We trace their route and found a secret spot where one flows above ground.
The Secret Vault in Bagg's Square
This is the first 'off limits' building we were allowed into, the Proctor Memorial Building at Bagg Square Park. Inside we quickly discovered there was a vault that no one could access. Who knows what's inside?
The Lost Village of Delta
When I first moved to Central New York, I heard about the legend of Delta. There was a settlement once flooded by what is now Lake Delta north of Rome. During this episode we learned that buildings were moved from Delta before it was inundated nore than a century ago and they survive right up to this day.
Being a geography nerd, I really enjoyed learning about some oddities in Utica's borders.
Utica's Lost Eagle Statues
All Uticans know about the 'Parkway Eagle' the statue that sits high atop Conkling Park with a spectacular view of the city. Almost no one knows that there were several other eagles placed around the city by the Proctor family.
The Ghost Town at Happy Valley
This was our furthest away traveled this season to rural Oswego County and Happy Valley. There aren't many true 'ghost towns' in Central New York, but this one, deep in state forestland on a rutty dirt road certainly qualifies.
Utica's Underground Railroad Tunnels
While we were learning the secrets of the mansions at Rutger Park, I heard a legend of a tunnel used during the Underground Railroad days to transport escaped slaves between the houses and a nearby church. Of course I went looking for any remnants to that tunnel that might still exist.
Rome's Abandoned Kent Amphitheater
When the city of Rome opened their new Mohawk River Trail, one of the landmarks on the city's map was the Kent Amphitheater. I'd never heard of Kent before and after some research discovered it was an outdoor theater. Was there anything left of Kent that existed today? Phil and I did some urban exploration.
The Hidden History of the Oriskany Battlefield Monument
Who knew that Uticans were recycling more than a century ago? I was really surprised to learn from where the stone to build the Oriskany came.
The Freemason Secrets of Baron Von Steuben
This Baron Steuben was an interesting dude. And I learned a heck of a lot about Masonic symbolism that exists here in Central New York.