Glen Cove, New York
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Winfield Hall is the quintessential haunted house. From rumors of the black arts being practiced there, to suicides, to the ghost of a young lady, this Glen Cove mansion seems designed to chill the blood.
F.W. Woolworth built Winfield in 1916, designed by architect Charles P.H. Gilbert, at an estimated cost of $9,000,000. The 56 room Italian Renaissance marble home contains a staircase which was $2,000,000 to build at the time, and boasted a chandelier made of blue and 15-karat gold leaf. The whole house is outfitted in a manor fit for royalty, mahogany, bronze, sterling silver. Woolworth’s bed was supposed to have originally belonged to Napoleon. Honeycombing the house is a network of secret passages, hidden chambers and deserted tunnels.
Yet two years after completion, Woolworth was dead, from not seeking proper dental care. Woolworth’s wife it was said was dotty and never left her room. One of his three daughters took her own life as his father gave a party downstairs. It’s said a bolt of lightning caused the mantle of the room the party was in to crack that very night.
Later the house was used as a school, and it was in the Marie Antoinette room, which is always kept locked, that there were at least thirty account of people who heard a woman crying in that room. It is rumored that this is the room which his daughter took her life after her father denied her request to be married. Others claimed to have seen a woman in a faded blue dress, walking in the garden.
Compiled from The Mansions of Long Island’s Gold Coast, by Monica Randall