The White Lady Of Durand Eastman Park

Durand-Eastman Park, where the White Lady is said to haunt.

Question: The White Lady Of Durand Eastman Park

"I'm sending this note to you to ask you if you would have any information on the The White Lady of Durand Eastman Park in Rochester, New York," writes Tony M. "I live not too far from there and it's always been an interest to me about the history of her. If there's any information that you could share it would be deeply appreciated."

Answer: Tony, here's what I've been able to find out. According to legend, the ghost of The White Lady can be seen on foggy evenings in Durand Eastman Park. Her story dates back to the early 1800s when this unnamed woman lived on that land with her daughter. When the daughter mysteriously disappeared, the woman was convinced that she was abducted, assaulted and murdered by a neighboring farmer. She was unable to prove the crime, but searched in vain for her daughter with the aid of her German shepherd dogs until her despondency drove her to suicide: she threw herself off a cliff into Lake Ontario.

Now her ghost, seen as The White Lady, still roams the area, still searching for her poor, lost daughter. Sometimes the dogs are seen accompanying her. Hers is no friendly ghost, however -- especially where men are concerned. Some accounts have her chasing men into the lake, violently shaking their cars, or just scaring them out of the park.

There also seems to be a connection to the ruins of a hotel, the foundation of which can still be seen in the park. It's known as "White Lady's Castle."

There does not seem to be any documentation for this story, so it might be just one of those local legends. However, people do claim to see her. "I lived in Farmingdale, New York and witnessed the lady in white after walking home at 12:30 a.m.," says Maggie. "This occurred on August 11, 1996. I was walking down Alexander Avenue when I noticed a dense white cloud lowering down from a tree. The dense cloud dispersed and formed into a white lady with long white hair and long white gown. She was floating and I could not see anything below her knees. She was also transparent. She looked at me, moved her left hand toward me, then turned, floated across a front lawn, and started to make a digging motion as if she had a shovel in her hand. Then she would briefly stop and look at me, then make the same motion again. The pattern continued until she eventually faded."

Sources: White Lady, from American Folklore; The Lady in White, from The