Tonawanda News


October 8, 2012

A walk on the spooky side


“On the tour, we will be discussing famous ghosts in North Tonawanda, including ‘Black’ Hannah, ‘The Woman in Red,’ and the Tuscarora shaman known as ‘Mad Bear,’ “ he said. “We will be talking about paranormal critters like ‘The 1920 Incident’ and ‘The Petite Creek Flume Monster.’ We’ll be talking about zones like ‘Ghost-Man’s Pass’ and Tonawanda Island. We’ll be looking at some famous haunted sites, like the DeGraff house and the Riviera Theatre.”

Although North Tonawanda ghost walks used to take place and some of the script from those will be carried over, Winfield said that a few sites and stories have been added. There’s no lack of them for the city, he said.

“It’s either got a surprising incidence of hauntings ... or people who think they’re haunted,” he added. “There is an enormous amount of urban folklore there. I was surprised at that. 

“Since we last did our walks there, we’ve had a couple of electrifying, beautiful stories come in. One is a very haunting, poetic tale and I just can’t wait to tell it. Let’s just say there’s an ancient mystery site in North Tonawanda ... it’s a site that defies the archaeologists. There are reports of a monster ... connected to Tonawanda Creek and the Erie Canal. 

“And there is one particular site in NT that has incredible eerie legends about little people. You might think of them as the Irish fairies .. but they’re not quite that friendly. Very eerie stories.”



IF YOU GO • WHAT: North Tonawanda haunted history ghost walk • WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday • WHERE: Departs from Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda. • COST: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 7 to 11 and free for children 6 and younger. • MORE INFO: Visit


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