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Trail on Mount Misery - Click to view large or order prints

Trail on Mount Misery - Click to view large or order prints

Mount Misery and Sweet Hollow’s Road big-time debut came in the book the Mothman Prophecies by John Keel, but the legends stretch back further. Lost and confused in the history of the native Americans of Huntington and Plainview, we try to untangle the mysteries of the mothman, M.I.B. and UFOs in this haunted area.

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ca. 1819 
Mount Misery Road
Melville, New York
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Built by Walt Whitman, Sr., the design of the structure is almost identical to that of the Walt Whitman’s birthplace, just of Route 110 nearby. The house was originally part of a farm of 80 acres acquired by Richard Coyler from Tredwell Whitman and has been the subject of numerous sketches and paintings, including those of George Avery, Rudolph Ruzicka, and Hobart Nichols. At the time of the poet’s visit to the house in 1850, it was occupied by Walt’s Aunt Sarah and her daughter Hannah, the widow of Richard Coyler, “These three days, we have been on a visit (father and myself) to West Hills, the old native place. We went up in the L.I.R.R., and so in the stage to Woodbury–then on foot along the turnpike and ‘across lots’ to Colyer’s, I plumped in the kitchen door. Aunt S. (Sarah), father’s sister, was standing there.”

I’ve spoke recently to a fellow who was a teenager in the 1970s, and who heard many stories that the house was haunted. In fact, according to him, at that time this house was considered the source of all the ghost stories on Mount Misery. According to his tale, the Army Corp of Engineers was brought in to investigate, the thought being that perhaps the incidents had a geological source. It was also about this time that this area of Mount Misery was reported to have been closed to the public, following a rash of UFO sightings, supposedly for national guard and law enforcement training purposes.

Whatever they learned has never been reported, but one must never underestimate the value of teenagers out to smoke dope, drink beer and get a bit frisky with their paramour to collect, preserve and often originate local legends and lore.

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