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The Ellenville Tunnels and Pine Bush Pits
SYNOPSIS: Through research, I have located underground tunnels in the TLP hotspot
region. In Dr. Ellen Crystall's book, she mentions underground tunnels and caves in the
area which could be related to the ET activity there. These tunnels located outside of the
town of Ellenville,NY are unusual because there is no natural or cultural explanation as of
yet for them.

BACKGROUND: These tunnels are a major mystery, local historians have no records of
their existence and they have not occurred naturally. Some speculate that they may
have been carved by Dutch miners searching for a mineral vein, but no evidence has
been found yet to prove that hypothesis. Three tunnels have been discovered, but when
I explored them, I only found the main two. This is one mystery in the area that can be
experienced by all.

Picture-Location of tunnels

Picture-Main Tunnel Entrance

Picture-Upper tunnel collage

DETAILS: Seemingly by coincidence I stumbled upon a book entitled Field Guide to
Mysterious Places of Eastern North America by Salvatore M. Trento, an Oxford grad. In his
book he gives information on 3 underground tunnels outside of Ellenville, NY. He also
mentions the presence of 20 circular pits outside of Pine Bush. These circular pits are 6ft in
diameter and 4ft deep and they reported to have been made by Native Americans.
Unlike the pits, there is no supported explanation as of yet for the tunnels. The author
speculates that they were carved by Dutch miners in search of a mineral vein. No
records exist of the tunnels and no local historians know how they came to be.

On August 23, 1997, I visited the Ellenville tunnels and took numerous photographs as I
explored them briefly. The main tunnel is at the foot of High Point Mountain, this tunnel 3/28/2007
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extends 515 feet into the mountain, at the end of the tunnel there is a spring. There was
no historical mention of the tunnel until 1905 when the tunnel was discovered. In 1907 a
water bottling company bought the land leading up to the tunnel, they built a brick
plant and began selling their "superior water." A small railway was built into the tunnel to
satisfy the curious who ventured up to the mountains. To add to the "charm" of the main
tunnel, a concrete Roman archway was built near the entranceway. Formal gardens
were also built there, but now only the archway remains, the rest is in ruins. The main
tunnel has about a foot of water in it. The upper tunnel is dry and seems to curve up into
the mountain. The end of this tunnel has not been found, it seems to branch off in several
directions. I would have to agree with the speculation that they were carved by man,
especially due to the chisel-marks I noticed on the inner-walls. Despite this, the tunnels
are very intriguing. I will explore that tunnel again when I get proper equipment to do so.
You must be very careful if you decide to explore these tunnels, it can be very

REFERENCES: Trento, Salvatore M. Field Guide to Mysterious Places of Eastern North
America Henry Holt and Company, Inc. New York, NY 1997.

Unusual Sites in Putnam County, NY

The Stone Chambers
An enormous number of stone chambers are scattered throughout southeastern New
York State. They variously have been deemed to be colonial root-cellars, Native
American tombs, or Celtic-Druid temples. There is quite a variety of slab chambers
throughout Putnam Valley and surrounding towns, not all are ancient however.

Many slab-roofed chambers are hidden beneath the trees of the hills in the Croton
Reservoir System, which includes Oscawana Lake, Lake Carmel, Mohegan Lake, and
Peach Lake. Stone chambers can be found near all of these lakes in the surrounding

Some of these structures are located near Peekskill Hollow Rd., Tompkins Corners, Meads
Corners, and Dicktown Rd., all of which are located around Oscawana Lake. Near
Carmel, NY, specifically off of Colesheare Rd. and Clear Pool Rd. exist more slab
chambers. Off of Barger St., near Mohegan Lake and along Old Turner Rd. near Peach
Lake, sit more unusual stone structures.

Near Brewster there is a desolate road known as "Reservoir Road" where a small stone
chamber was discovered. On this road, several encounters with unusual beings have
been reported. It has also been reported that one woman took a picture of ghostly, 3/28/2007
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hooded figures in front of a stone chamber.

Strange images on film at these sites are not at all uncommon. At most of the stone
chambers, people have taken photographs which when developed, show floating
globes of light or strange glows. All of the strange apparitions were never seen, but for
some reason appeared on film.

In 1992, late at night, a man encountered a white-robed figure in a slab chamber along
Route 301. He had seen a red-glow from the chamber, so he went in and was seemingly
warned off by the being.

Entities of that type have been reported in several other unusual sites in that area. These
robed beings are sometimes accompanied by hooded Viking-like entities and
sometimes with dwarves in hooded robes. The reports are too frequent and numerous to
dismiss as an overactive imagination.

Psychic and TV show producer/host, Janet Russell visited the area near Magnetic Mine
Rd. near Brewster during the spring of 1998, and agreed to share her experie nce:

"A group of us went up to Brewster on May 23,1998. I had never been up there before so
I was interested in what was happening there. Well anyway, we sat around for quite
awhile, when one of the fellas said hey I want to show you something so a few of us, went
with my friend to what was called the Stone Caves or Caverns. Since I am a psychic I do
feel certain energies, well anyway we all went over to this spot. We got out of the car as
soon as I approached what was the doorway to the cave. I all of a sudden felt a drastic
change in the temperature. It went from being comfortable to what felt to me like I was in
an ice cold freezer. The hair on my body stood up, it was very strange to say the least.
Well I immediately got the strange feeling that I was being watched by what I felt was a
bigfoot. So me being as brave as I could (LOL) I went directly back to the car. I did not
like the energy at that spot. My friends stayed outside the car, But they said they saw
what looked like a shadow of a bigfoot. Well while I was seated in the car, I just glanced
over into the woods and lo and behold, I saw what looked like yellow piercing eyes
staring back at me. But it was only instantaneous. I saw the eyes in two different spots at
the same time. Well my buddies were still outside surveying what they saw and felt, I still
was in the car (Brave One Me). I happened to look down the darkened road and all of a
sudden I saw what looked like globes bouncing up and down the road about 1000 feet
in front of me. With what looked like a green aura or being of some kind. We were there
about an hour and it was a very strange feeling, I did not feel that the energy was
positive at all, almost evil."

-Janet Russell 3/28/2007
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Abandoned Mines

It is certainly not unusual to hear tales of paranormal experiences surrounding the old
mines in southeastern New York state. Reservoir Road, in the town of Southeast, NY has
long been known as a location of unusual phenomenon. Even reports of UFO sightings
are very common, from the reservoir in Southeast to the Tilly Foster mine pit in Brewster. By
the early part of the 20th century, most of these mines were shut down and abandoned.
Other unusual sightings have been reported around the Tilly Foster Mine.

Since the late 1800s generations of residents have seen what is usually described as
floating orbs of light mostly yellow or white in color. These lights are said to be the ghosts
of the miners who died in the late 1800s when the mine caved in, since it was shortly after
the accident that the mysterious lights appeared. Many of the glowing lights seen on
Magnetic Mine Road (which is part of Reservoir Road for some reason) are
accompanied with an eerie fog. Witnesses have also reported seeing aliens, sasquatch
or bigfoot, and other strange creatures that some attribute to a dimensional vortex or

For the history of the mine, check out this web site:

The Tilly Foster Mine is an open pit iron-ore mine and is filled with mazes of underground
shafts. The shafts or tunnels, lead to large galleries in certain spots, where the ore was
removed. By 1885, the mine had reached a depth of more than 600 feet below ground.
The lower section consisted of tunnels that led to galleries where large pillars of ore were
left to support the other levels. As the lower levels flooded, it became increasingly
difficult to extract ore. The miners continued to dig and widen the mine until the latter
half of 1895 when the depth of the mine became 400 feet and the width was 500 feet.
The careless and hasty work being done in the 1890s caused several hundred tons of
rock to break loose on November 29, 1895. Thirty-four men were knocked into the pit,
thirteen were killed and the rest survived. Only ten bodies were recovered during that
day, and it was weeks before the other 3 were found. The mine was shut down for good
in August of 1897. The mine was reportedly inactive until 1925 when a company began
taking gravel from it for construction of roads. Since then, there have been several
unconfirmed reports that the government bought up the land and used it for various
purposes. There is, however, ample evidence that indicates secret government/military
activity near the mine in the late 1980s and early 1990s. For a more detailed look into
government activity at the mine, Phil Imbrogno's book, Contact of the 5th Kind, is a good
source. Imbrogno explored the mine with his co-author in hopes of finding an entrance
to a secret underground base. In my opinion, if an underground base exists the chances
of finding are close to zero. If there is a base, that means there are two underground
complexes in southeastern NY; one near Pine Bush and one on the opposite side of the 3/28/2007
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Hudson, near Brewster. Please keep in mind this is pretty much just speculation. But then
again, anything is possible. ; )

Circular Ground Discolorations near North Salem, NY

West of North Salem (which is south of Lake Carmel) in a field, are two circular ground disturbance rings which are
adjacent to one another. They are approximately 290-330 feet in diameter and the band of each ring is 50 feet in width.
The circular impressions run contrary to the plowed paths in the fields. This suggests that whatever left the stains was
there long before seventeenth-century English immigrants cleared the forest and "planted the seeds of modern
agriculture". These impressions may be the remains of circular earthworks and possibly indicate an ancient underground
structure related to those west, in the Wallkill Valley, and even support claims that there are bases in the Brewster area.


Imbrogno, Philip J. Contact of the 5th Kind Llewellyn Publications. St. Paul 1997.

Trento, Salvatore M. Field Guide to Mysterious Places of Eastern North America Henry Holt and Company, Inc. New York,
NY 1997. 3/28/2007

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