Dan’s Hamptons

Haunted Inns of the North Fork

October 29, 2011 by Joseph Flammer and Diane Hill

Halloween season is a time when the misty veil between our world and the world of the supernatural is believed to be at its thinnest. It is not uncommon for earthbound spirits to be seen and heard during Halloween season. Some ghosts want to share secrets. Some cry out in the night for lost loves.

It’s precisely places of long forgotten mysteries and tragic love stories like Jamesport’s Jedediah Hawkins Inn and the Jamesport Manor Inn, where shadowy ghosts seem to emerge from the walls at midnight during Halloween season to share their cryptic stories, even if only for a second. Though there are no such modern-day ghost stories linked to either inn, some people believe ghostly activity might have occurred in these buildings in the past.

Will you see the ghost of Jedediah Hawkins while dining in the splendor of the Jedediah Hawkins Inn’s exquisite restaurant or lodging in one of its six luxurious rooms? Will you see the ghost of little Margaret Olivia when enjoying lunch or dinner at the stately and gorgeous Jamesport Manor Inn? Maybe. Maybe not.

Jedediah Hawkins Inn at 400 South Jamesport Avenue is a breathtaking “Italianate” Victorian mansion, completely restored to its original Civil War period splendor. The inn is located at the threshold to the North Fork’s picturesque wine country. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the colorful Jedediah Hawkins Inn is an ideal getaway for couples who share a taste for fine wines, four-star dining, elegant lodging, and a passion for Long Island’s rich history.

According to the inn’s website, “Legends abound about the house; some claim that Jedediah Hawkins was an abolitionist and the house was a station on the Underground Railroad; others claim that Jedediah was a gunrunner. Although there is no historical evidence for these speculations, there are unexplained secret passages and trapdoors throughout the house, which pique our imagination and lend some support to stories.”

Built in 1863 by the dashing Captain Jedediah Hawkins, a former ship’s master and later a Captain in the Union Army, the house was rumored to be haunted while it was unoccupied during the later part of the 20th century. The house was purchased and renovated by new owners in 2004. The result was a brilliant balance of preserving the old while introducing something new—Luce + Hawkins, the inn’s premier restaurant overlooking Tuscany-like farmlands.

“Ghosts?” asked chef Keith
Luce, an owner of the Jedediah
Hawkins Inn. “No, we don’t see
 any ghosts. Some people have
said they have seen doors open
and close by themselves, and staff 
experienced strange feelings in
the basement… I guess I’m being
a little wishy-washy here because I was one of the people who snuck 
into the building before it was 
resurrected, and I definitely got
 a creepy feeling. I wouldn’t doubt 
if Jedediah’s presence, or one o f
his family members, still lingers 
here; but they must approve of
 what we’ve done with their house because they’re at peace. We enjoy a peaceful feeling here.”

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