A look at two of NYC’s oldest and most haunted churches: Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel, two famous houses of worship in Manhattan’s Financial District with cemeteries tucked into their churchyards.

Highlights include:
• Disinterring corpses to free up space in the cemetery
• A body (and ghost?) with a missing head
• Edgar Allen Poe’s possible cemetery cottage
• 2:30 am church services
• A child’s Egyptian-style sarcophagus found during a playground’s construction
• A look at some of the forgotten evils that happened in Manhattan

 

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Pictures of Haunted Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel

Haunted Trinity Church

Ruins of Trinity Church from Etchings of Old New York, Illustrations from “Old New York: from the Battery to Bloomingdale” by Eliza Greatorex and M. Despard (1875)

Haunted Trinity Church

Trinity Church from Walks in Our Churchyards: Old New York, Trinity Parish By John Flavel Mines · 1896

St. John’s burying ground, from the New York Public Library’s collections

St. John's cemetery

St. John’s burial ground from the New York Public Library’s collections

 

Haunted St. Paul's Chapel

View of the churchyard of St. Paul’s Chapel from Etchings of Old New York, Illustrations from “Old New York: from the Battery to Bloomingdale” by Eliza Greatorex and M. Despard (1875)

 
Haunted St Paul's Chapel

St. Paul’s Chapel from Etchings of Old New York, Illustrations from “Old New York: from the Battery to Bloomingdale” by Eliza Greatorex and M. Despard (1875)

Haunted St. Paul's Chapel

St. Paul’s seen from the south side; from Etchings of Old New York, Illustrations from “Old New York: from the Battery to Bloomingdale” by Eliza Greatorex and M. Despard (1875)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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