Annual ‘hauntings’ tours slated at New York’s capitol

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ALBANY, NY – MARCH 16: The New York State Capitol building is seen March 16, 2008 in Albany, New York. New York State Lt. Gov. David Paterson will be sworn in here on March 17, replacing Gov. Eliot Spitzer who resigned last week in a prostitution scandal.(Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Folklore, legends and things that go bump in the night will be explored in the annual “Capitol Hauntings” tours at New York’s state capitol.

The popular tours run from Sept. 25 through Nov. 1. They’re free, but pre-registration is required because space is limited. Registration can be done online .

Tour guides tell stories about the night watchman who died in the Capitol fire of 1911. Some believe he still makes his rounds today. There are also tales of two U.S. presidents who visited the Capitol after they died.

Visitors will explore the Capitol’s gargoyle-like carvings and stone faces and learn the location of the building’s “secret demon.” They’ll also learn about the Assembly chamber’s “lost murals,” and what happened to the tormented artist who created them.

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