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The Country House Restaurant in Stony Brook has been called the most romantic restaurant on Long Island. Annette Williamson has resided upstairs for the whole of the restaurant’s existence and beyond. Annette has also been dead now for over 200 years. According to Karriann Flanagan Brosky in Ghosts of Long Island, the story has her being murdered either for being thought a British sympathizer, or hung in her bedroom by the British themselves. And if you’re interested in ghost stories, it’s well worth the time and cost to give Mt. Brosky’s book a read. About the book
There are mysterious lights, accounts of people hearing their name spoken behind them and turning to find no one there. The current owner was once telling the story to a friend who was expressing his disbelief, when a chair came hurtling through the air at them, just as they caught a glimpse of a white garment turning the corner from the room.
And of course there is Annette herself. Typically in hauntings, no one sees an apparition, or it was seen in the distant past. But Annette has been seen by numerous people, often numerous times. She can be playful, stealing the owner’s tietack and leaving it by the fireplace where she was supposedly hung. She can be helpful, opening stuck windows. Perhaps it helps the romance that by all accounts that she’s very pretty – blonde hair, blue eyes and white dress. And though there are reports of other ghosts, it is Annette that has stayed longest and seems to have made a home which she enjoyed for a very short life, a home for eternity.