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The Billop House

Staten Island, New York

This house is the site of the only peace conference between the British and Americans during the Revolutionary War�even Benjamin Franklin attended. It is alleged that the house is not haunted by many spirits who occasionally allow themselves to be seen. One apparition is a young woman who was allegedly murdered in the house during the 1700�s. There is also said to be a child that plays in an upstairs bedroom. Also, it is rumored that several British soldiers appear in the garden near the trellis.

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leah says:

February 22, 2006, 12:12 pm

I TOTALLY BELIVE THIS!!! i live in staten island and about 10-15 minutes away from THE BILLOP HOUSE and THE CONFRENCE HOUSE which is also said to be haunted.I have read many stories about both places and also have a book on haunted places in the world and it features the confrence house.

eric says:

February 25, 2006, 11:06 pm

are there any haunted sites in west virginia i really need to know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

leah says:

March 12, 2006, 11:27 am

I TOTALLY BELIVE THIS!!! as a matter of fact i was there yesterday and i took some pictures with my camera phone… i didnt see much but there were a few things like in the two upstairs winfow there seems to be a small figure..

Mike says:

May 9, 2006, 12:00 pm

THE CONFRENCE HOUSE has much more activity. When I was a Teen we used to hang out there all hours of the night….one night we were on the front steps of the Confrence house ,like we did many times. But just in front of us about 70-100 feet we saw what looked like a Priest walk over from the Big tree thats in front of the house. He didnt say a word and kind of floated, well lets just say we didnt stick around very long. There also have been reports of people who walk the Cliffs to the left of the house have seen what appears to be Native Americans,and also claim to hear drums.

Jessica says:

July 17, 2006, 10:39 am

Actually, it was the conference house that was the site of the Peace Conference; the Billop house is located further up the same block. You are correct about the british sightings; my sister and her friends swear that they actually witnessed a british invasion one night during the summer of 2002.

sara says:

August 20, 2006, 12:09 pm

dude i love history and that sounds dumb to me i mean that house should be a historical site not a home to people

vinny aka strange jones says:

August 27, 2006, 1:49 am

…like fcuk u sara, your mad gaey and if people wana hang out there then they should. free country u jack hole. u say you love history but u fail to remember that FREEDOM is a part of this countrys cultre. so shut up!

anyway i defently wana check that out, i allso heard that sometimes wen u close u blink u see dead bodies and blood scatterd all over the outside in the feild. if im thinking about the right place, anyway i live on staen island and i totaly wana go check out all these joints. well remeber people, LIVE LIFE NOT RULES!

adrian says:

February 26, 2007, 12:31 am

Got no idea what dis is. Dont even know what youa all are talking about. Someone help me please

Margie says:

March 6, 2007, 12:38 am

Leah – Since when does one live IN StatNisland?? It’s always been *on* StatNisland.

The Billop House and the Conference House are one and the same. I grew up in Tottenville and never heard anything about its being haunted.

sullivan says:

March 25, 2007, 5:51 pm

I live in Tottenville myself, im curious to know if anybody knows if someone stays in the Billop House overnight, like a care taker. I drive up Saterlee (the block they are located on) when ever i’m driving home if im bored just to check them out. It was about two in the morning if I remember correctly and the lights were on only upstairs not downstairs in the Billop House , seemed pretty wierd to me that the lights would be on this late. Anyone have an explanation?

B1 says:

June 24, 2007, 1:18 am

i dont believe this 1 bit.
its all a bunch of lies & rumors silly people have made up.

ed says:

July 1, 2007, 10:19 pm

i have seen the British soldiers not only in the Billop house area but all over tottenville last time i saw one was on main street about 5 blocks away from the billop house

Cap says:

September 7, 2007, 7:53 pm

I can believe that strange things happen in the Conference House. Forty years ago ( or so ) I was a kid growing up on the Island and had made 2 visits to the house. Once with my school and once with my family. I remembered that I had gotten sick to my stomach on Both occasions and at the same locations in the house. At the “closed up” entrance to the “hidden” tunnel in the cellar and also on the stair landing above the first floor. I vaguely remembered these experiences through my early adulthood but never gave them much thought through the years. Having since moved away from the Island, I found a book on New York Hauntings by Hans Holzer about 10 years ago. When I got to the chapter on the Billop House and Conference house I had not really though too much about it until I read about two different places that Apparitions seemed to appear.
One on the stair landing where an apparent murder was reported as taking place a hundred years ago and the other site –the tunnel entrance where wounded soldiers died enroute into the house from their clandestine missions. That put a chill into my spine and has ever since.

kerry says:

October 3, 2007, 12:36 pm

we went to the Conference House but it was closed so we went down to the water and were making are way back up towards the house going back to our car when we both looked up at a second storey window and a little girl was looking at us,we were pretty happy as we had come along way and I yelled up at her to let us in and she disappeared!she did not walk away from the window she actually disintegrated like some kind of mist or vapour,vapourized is probably the word.She had curly hair and looked very sad.We ran like ****!Never been back,Never will!

Curtis Dunlap says:

October 27, 2007, 2:00 am

I have a couple pictures of actual ghosts around that properity there pretty damn good pictures to when you look at them close up and mess with the coloring ,skulls,3 diff spirits one with a black shirt one red and one like ablueish and you can also see what apears to be a full body and a faceless head only with eyes its truel incredible nyhcthreat18 im me at @ or mail me if you wanna see them there great

leeanne says:

March 4, 2008, 11:53 am

i am a total beiliever! i was there a couple of times.the last time i went inside the house i took pictures and theres faces in the mirror in two of the bedrooms! 0_o…and if your there a night,look in th middle window of the top floor,you could see someone,also iff your standing or siting on the pier of lawn of the house @ night,you will hear a womer cry.thats no joke!

Jacksonian says:

July 10, 2008, 8:48 am

One time..when I was in band camp…we went to the place for band practice and, like, OMG I totally saw, like, Ben Franklin and, like, that woman getting murdered so I, like, told the little kid who was playing on the floor, to like totally get out of my way so I could run to the window and yell down to the British soldiers by the trellis, “Hey dudes..this place is, like, totally haunted and then I realized, OMG, like they were the ghosts too. So, totally, weird.

Waltz says:

July 12, 2008, 12:54 am

Hey i just really want to know, Can i actually go in to conference house or billop? can i enter?

Leah says:

September 17, 2008, 8:31 am

i have never been to the billop house, but ive been to the conference house and have experienced some freaky things.. during Christmas last year, they had the annual christmas illumination and they had set up the basement of the house for people to buy all old fashioned holiday decorations, anyway… i went upstairs, as we were allowed to tour the house.. i took a couple of pictures, when i looked at them, there was like people in the mirrors in two of the three rooms that are upstairs, when i went downstairs to the basement, there was a tunnel, i was about to walk behind there, but an employee wouldnt let me.. legend has it that the owners of the house had a son who died of, i think it was small pox, im not 100 % sure.. when the child died, they buried him in the wall that is located within the tunnel.. when i left the house, i looked up at the middle window on the top floor, and i saw someone looking back at me, it was a child, a little girl about 7 years old, another legend has it that a little girl fell into the well located next to the garden of the house, the well is now covered by a wooden box.. i wasnt the only one who saw the girl in the window, a women standing next to me saw it and got so freaked out she cried.. anyway, if your into all the ghostly stuff, which im sure you are, you should go visit it.. heres the hours.

The Conference House is open for Guided Tours from April through Mid-December on:
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Children: $2.00
Adults: $3.00
Senior Citizens: $2.00

leetenant says:

October 15, 2008, 8:14 pm

i think you are all smoking crack.

ml says:

October 16, 2008, 3:47 pm

I have been in the Billop house many times…even spent the night. A friend I had…her parents were the caretakers for a long time there.. I never saw anything really, but I did always feel like someone was watching me…just driving up the driveway,scared the hell out of me.. I don’t know how the family lasted so long living there…

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November 25, 2008, 4:32 am

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Brittany says:

December 6, 2008, 4:41 pm

what i want to mention is by the conference house to the left is a path that leads to the beach.This path is defineitley haunted. Kids on the south shore throw kegs down there where everyone drinks. I have been to one of these gatherings and as i was walking through the woods i felt chills throughout my body, it was so bad i had to hold onto my friends hand. It is quite clear that there are many spirt’s sorrounding you belived to be the red coats. what is now the peir that overlooks new jersey built about 5 years ago creeps me out too!! on the left side of the confrence house is a cellar door that im guessing leads to the basement( i have never been inside), but Every time i look at that door i get a bad vibe. Also for the person who asked if there are house keepers watching the conference house, it is true.

Justin Malone says:

December 28, 2008, 5:44 pm

I lived in this house for 3 years..(1975-1977)…and what I became “friends” with was a soldier who had died on the grounds. My brother was the first baby to be born in the house in 200 years on January 9, 1977…after he arrived the unusual activity increased…we moved to the corner of Bently and Craig a few months later.

Patricia says:

February 3, 2009, 11:21 pm

lol i was just there today but we didnt manage to see anything =[ i was hoping too

tim says:

March 3, 2009, 6:59 pm

just to help clarify, the conference house and billop house are one in the same, the BIDDLE house is just north of the conference house property. thanks

John N. says:

April 29, 2009, 12:21 am

I have studied and been to many of the haunted places in staten island and acctually studied the para normal. In all my studies I can say this, the whole stretch from the beaches of the confrence house to the end of the block which stretches out for about 1000 feet is said to be haunted. The legend is when two lovers go by the conference house Indians ride on horse back can be seen. Also revolutionary soliders and their wives can be seen walking by the water (which thank to certian women cannot be done at night anymore). I tried to interview the woman who lives in the house and i was told by her there is no way she will tell me about the house.

Mike F. says:

September 26, 2009, 11:44 pm

I was at the conference house today but on the beach not too far off with 2 of my friends. It was around 7pm and the water was very rough and it was already pretty dark out.Out of nowhere we saw an old looking canoe in the water with 8 people in it rowing past us. It was hard to see faces but a few of them were wearing the hats they wore in the Revolutionary War period. All I know is that it definitely wasn’t safe to be out there in those conditions and who would want to be canoeing in the cold and wind. That place is definitely haunted!!!!

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October 20, 2009, 2:20 pm

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Terry says:

December 26, 2009, 12:33 am

I grew up in Tottenville, as did my whole family. Whether you are a believer or not, when you visit the Conference House, it will stay with you. There is a feeling there. You may not see anything, but you will feel it. I haven’t lived on the Island for many years, but I am still drawn to that house. I am presently looking for a quality print of it. Before you debunk what others are saying, go for a tour and quietly sit there for a while. History surrounds you there.

Angel says:

July 3, 2010, 2:11 am

Well I was raised by my grandfather who grew up in tttenville right by the Billop house,The conference and Billop is the same place.He used to skip school in there and spent many days and evenings in the house.He is on tape telling many stories about the house.The people who are in charge of it had him record answers to alot of questions about the house back in the 70s.I was there while he was telling all he knew about the house and nevr did he mention it ever being haunted in any way.The house I grew up in was haunted and I think he would have said something if that house had been,,

Sara says:

July 26, 2012, 6:12 pm

The conference house is definitely haunted I even remember there being an article in the advance with a picture of a young girl in a long white dress looking out of the window in the second floor bedroom next to the stairs. When I went with my mom when I was younger, I started to feel really sad out of nowhere and once we got near the bedroom I started hysterical crying but everywhere else on the property I was fine. This was also 13 years ago when I was about 8 or 9 and the experience definitely stayed.

Mike1960 says:

November 2, 2013, 4:47 am

The Internet Archive (an online library) has an interesting and very old book about the old houses of New York City. The Billop House, along with the history of the family that first lived there is one listing, which also includes a very old photo.

“There is, of course, a ‘ghost room’ with ‘that spot on the floor that cannot be washed out’ where a murder is said to have been done. Below there is a dungeon with a massive iron gate and the marks are still visible where prisoner, American and the British, tried to cut their way through the three-foot wall and arched ceiling.It was said there is an underground passage leading to the river.”

The article also states that the basement was the site of a scene from a novel, “The Water Witch” by Fenimore Cooper (Last of the Mohicans)

Allison Billips says:

April 22, 2014, 11:30 am

I might have to go back to the old family home and check it out…

melissa says:

August 16, 2014, 12:32 am

I took a picture of the second window of the conference house and I zoomed in on it later on and their was a spirit of a soldier holding a gun .I couldn’t believe my eyes and the window next to it seem to be a spirit of a young child .

joseph abduelal says:

July 25, 2015, 10:23 pm

Mmmm it’s nice my job is clean houses and body from ghosts I see its soo easy that’s all story here in that website just show me som body died in a place I can clear that in 5 days 3473990591

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