New York Ghost Towns

New York ghost towns exist as empty holes in the ground. Nothing remains of the home our town except a stone cellar. Sometimes you can see old, broken bottles, or bits of pottery shards, the only reminders that once upon a time, there was a family, or a town that had lived there.


If you love American history, you and your family can search out these old home sites. It’s an exciting adventure that will give you the opportunity to understand how difficult it was for those first pioneers to live under harsh conditions.

Do you enjoy metal detecting? If so, then searching for these old towns will give you the opportunity to find some exciting relics from the past. This page explains where some of the old towns exist.

How to locate these eastern ghost towns is completely explained throughout my website. You can begin your search for New York ghost towns by visiting my homepage here.

And if you are interested in viewing a video trailer of my TV series “Ghost Towns of the East” please visit here.

Here is a list of some of the gone but not forgotten towns in New York. Have fun, and good luck in your trip back in time.

Allegany County

Bennet – approx. 11/2 miles south of Scoles.

Cattaraugas County

Bowen – approx. 1 mile north of Vollentine.

Columbia County

Rayville – approx. 2 miles northeast of Old Chatham.

Delaware County

Shaverton – approx. 2 miles south of Arena.

Dutchess County

Barrytown – approx. 6 miles north of Rhinebeck.

And remember, these are just a few of the hundreds of other ghost towns in this State.

You can discover many more in your drives, or hikes by paying attention to the signs of a nearby old town. Those signs, and how to look for them I have wrote about in detail in my report, "Gone But Not Forgotten, Ghost Towns of the Eastern States."



In this ebook, learn how to locate the eastern ghost towns by recognizing certain signs. And if you enjoy metal detecting, read about a real ghost town mini cache my partner John located.

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