Posts Tagged ‘1827’

This is another pretty famous case for avid ghost lovers, the Genesee County Poor Farm was there to taken in those eligible for assistance. The Farm is located between Bufallo and Rochester, NY and is a popular destination for ghost hunters, it is an enormous building and in it’s time it house paupers, drunkards, lunatics, blind, lame, handicapped, orphans, windows and a murderer or two.

The idea of these farms is not unusual, they were quite popular in the 19th and 20th Century around the United States, they were government run facilities and the original building was a tavern. A notice of declaration about the change went out to the Batavia Times Newspaper, it was December 9th 1826. Residents of any nature were referred to as inmates, and the physically able worked on the farm allowing the costs of living to be reduced. Sadly the cemetery attached to the grounds there has been neglected and has faded away, no plot plans or registry for their graves has been discovered as of yet.

It opened 1st January, 1827 and then in the 1950’s became a Country Home and Infirmary, then in the 1990’s was a set of shops and antiques mall. People mentioned the experiences of disembodied voices, screams in the night, shadows and further stories. With a rumour of over a 1000 deaths at the place over it’s years of operations it’s no surprise that ghosts have become part of it’s history.

I was rather skeptical about the Black Magic story but I shall add it here for reference, there are some rumours on the sites I checked that they believe there was a history of Satanic Rituals on the site. It is said that nurses working there may have practised these things and were not above using this on patients and inhabitants, there was also mention of them taking babies for sacrifices and further rumours of it still happening today.

Case Manager, Suzie Yencer relates one chilling experience: “It was September 2007. While working a public hunt, we had a gentleman with us that was filming a documentary about the building. He wanted to try an experiment in one of the rooms. The room he chose was in the basement, popularly known as The Christmas Room. The experiment he wanted to try was to sit in the room with no lights or equipment on. The only light we would use was a pink glow stick in the middle of a circle of people. We also placed a small ball and a toddler size rocking horse in the circle. The gentleman conducting the experiment requested that only I talk and try to make contact with the spirits. The more I talked, the more strange occurrences began to happen. The glow stick started to move back and forth, and the rocking horse began to slowly rock. A few of the guests in the room including myself saw a hand and arm come out of nowhere and reach for the ball in the circle and then just vanish….”

It’s proven popular enough to have been visited by Ghost Adventures and TAPS, whether or not you believe the shows it’s certainly drummed up interest in the place itself.

it is located in Mayfair, Central London. In the 1900’s t was known as the most haunted house in London. It was made famous by Peter Underwood’s mention of it in Haunted London. For those that are not aware Peter Underwood is famous for his investigations into Borley Rectory and was the literary executor of the Harry Price Estate, he is well respected for his approach into Paranormal Research.

From 1770 to 1827 it was the home of British Prime Minister George Canning, it has since changed hands a fair few times but is now an antiquarian book dealers, Maggs Bros.

Legend has it that the attic is haunted by a young woman who committed suicide in it, she threw herself from the top after being abused by an uncle. In contrast there was another story it was a man locked in the attic room, fed through a hole in the door until he went mad and died.

George Canning was the first to report odd noises and strange things whilst living there. In 1885 the house was brought by Mr Myers who had been jilted by his fiancee. It was here that he slowly went mad and the reputation grew from there on.  As a bet in 1872 a Lord stayed the night, shot at an apparition but then found only the cartridges in the morning.

In Mayfair Magazine. 1879. a maid that stayed in the attic was found to have gone mad. She later died in an asylum the following day and oh the day she was reported to have been found a nobleman took up the challenge to stay the night, he was then found dead and the coroner pronounced it was due to fright.

1887 Sailors from the HMS Penelope stayed the night, on was dead in the morning having tripped as he ran from the house.  Another reported that the ghost of Mr Myers rushed towards them.

Curiously the house has not had any reports since the Magg’s Brother’s got the place in the 1930’s and remark that the tale of the house seems all too familiar in comparison with Lord Lytton’s story The Haunted and The Haunters.