Also known as the White Lady she is seen only on foggy evenings in Durand Eastman Park in Rochester, New York., and her sightings date back to the early 1800s. She is said to be the specter of a woman looking for her daughter who was murdered nearby.
In the early 1900s Dr. Henry S. Durand and his friend George Eastman bought property in the area, and mysteriously donated it in 1907 to the City of Rochester to be used as a public park. Prior to this Dr. Durand would vacation on a summer camp situated there. Two smaller lakes that are situated next to Lake Ontario were named in their honor.
Extensive construction went into making the swampy, almost treeless, farmland into what is now a beautiful park.
The story goes that a woman possibly named Eelissa lived on the land which is now the park. There are different versions as to why she haunts the land. In one story, she murdered her abusive husband and his mistress, and in another her teenage daughter girl disappeared. The woman was convinced she had been murdered by a neighboring farmer. Without her daughter's body she was unable to prove that she had been abducted and murdered. She would search the grounds with her German Shepherd dogs, until one day in despondency she leapt to her death off a cliff into Lake Ontario.
In a third version her husband was a merchant shipper who died while serving on a boat on the Great Lakes.
Unable to find peace in life or death, she haunts the grounds as The White Lady. She is sometimes seen with her dogs and other times alone. At times she is described as a thin, ugly woman, other times as a young woman who materializes out of the mists that coalesce on the surface of Lake Durand
She is said to have a predilection for chasing men into the lake or out of the park altogether. Some say there is a connection between this ghost and the ruins of a hotel still found there called the "White Lady's Castle". This dates back to t911 when a refectory was built to offer refreshments to tourists visiting the park. If Eelissa ever did live here, any remnants or foundations for her home have disappeared or are buried beyond finding.
Sometimes she appears as a thin, ugly old woman, who moves along the shores of Lake Ontario with a pair of dogs. By other accounts she is “a youthful spirit who coalesces from the mists of Durand Lake.”
Like many local legends of white ladies, many believe there is no historical truth to this ghost, however there are those who claimed to have seen this specter.
In March of 2017 fierce winds blew through the park, splintering a tree trunk with what many say is the form of the ghostly lady.
In 1988, the horror film Lady in White, starring Lukas Haas and based on this ghost story was filmed in the area.
Source - RochesterSubway
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