The haunting legends of the Conference House have made this spot one of the most ghostly places in all of Staten Island. English Royal Navy officer and former landowner, Christopher Billop, was granted the grounds in 1617 and built the manor by 1680. It is said that Billop murdered his maid at the top of a staircase and abandoned his fiancé, which stimulated her death from a broken heart. People claim the maid’s candlelight can still be seen in one of the windows and his fiancé’s cries are still heard throughout the house. There have also been ghost sightings of British soldiers and Native Americans wandering the house and property at night. Public tours are given every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. If you build up enough courage, take a trip on your own at night to make for an extra spooky experience.