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New York, just off the shore of the Hudson River hosts a medieval style castle that can be seen on the island more often locally referred to as Bannerman’s. It was once emblazoned on the walls of the castle as ‘Bannerman’s Arsenal’ but now has decayed too much to be seen fully. It was built around 1901 to 1908, to be a warehouse for the weapons traded by Francis Bannerman VI, who was an arms dealer and curious man.

In 1967 the Island was sold for a small sum to the New York State, and the family abandoned the island. In 1969 a fire left the island in it’s present and ruined state.

It is accessible by boat, and far too dangerous to swim with tides, there is a security presence but all is not lost, there’s possibilities of tours in the future.

Meanwhile for a chance to safely see it, if you are in the area, go to Route 9D, go to Breakneck Point and park. Cross the bridge but watch out for trains!

 

‘The Trip’ is an Inn  in Nottingham, England located on the side of its castle. The In n lays in the sandstone below the castle, the sign outside indicates the presence of the inn as of 1189 at the very least. It was the year that Richard the Lionheart began the third crusade. Legend would have us believe that the knights would meet at the Inn before journeying to Jerusalem.

In ‘The Trip’ you can see the Haunted Galleon, a model of a ship that has been cursed. If anyone tries to clean the ship it brings death to that person. So it’s currently encased in glss and covered in dust to avoid anyone befalling the curse.

The most famous landlord of the Inn was George Henry Ward, nicknamed ‘Yorky’, he was the licensee from 1894 until his death in 1914. It’s now said his ghost haunted the cellar where he likes to play tricks on the staff and move things around.

This is one choice for the writer as a local pub, good food and creepy tales to go with it? If you are in Nottingham it’s a good place to go.

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I went through this station myself so that’s the reason for this small but quite entertaining little story. I was on Amtrak to get to friends for Thanksgiving and thanks to Shadowlands (google them they are great) found this little tale.

 The Subway at the train depot in Fayetteville, North Carolina is said to have its own spooky goings on. Randomly whilst there either day or night there is a chance you will see a man in an orange shirt on that vanishes without a trace. Apparently there have also been calls to an old time phone and whispering or whistling has been heard when dining but no one else has been around.

Now don’t just plan to stick to spook spotting salad side, there’s a ghost on the Railroad Tracks too who has been reported from the 1700’s. The Vander Light as he has been named is a ghost of a man who went out on the train for a smoke, the train slammed on the brakes and fell off. It was a grizzly end to the man who had his head cut off, apparently if you go down to the tracks there is sometimes a lantern seen but it’s actually the man looking for his head. If you get close he disappears.

 I didn’t find anything spooky about the area; then again I was probably super tired from travelling for the best part of two days. It was very late at night and the area was still manned by wonderful staff, I also found the local taxi driver there to be a great help at learning where all the various places were. No ghosts for me on my trip I’m afraid.

The buildings were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995, I was glad to say that on a random internet search for trips in the area I was staying that this one showed up. The Sanatorium sits in Waterford, Connecticut on the coast.

From some black and white pictures on the internet it looks like it was a very nice little place once, set as a hospital overlooking the sea. Closer to the beach it had the offer of plenty of fresh air, swings and slides that are now rusted over would have been an enticing place on a sunny day.

It was designed by Cass Gilbert and opened in the 1930’s. In 1958 it was used for three years treating the elderly and then became a home for the mentally challenged, but it met a tragic start to the end in the 1970’s when reports came to light that staff were abusing patients and then in  the mid 90’s was shown to have a higher than expected mortality rate.

1996 saw the building closed down, it has passed through various hands and there are talks of removing buildings so the land can be used for condo’s. I visited November 2012, and we were advised by a friendly local resident that even though the building is locked up it is possible to walk around. We were advised to keep a little way off due to security, and so armed with a nervous friend and camera off I went to snap.

Firstly, the area was fairly quiet apart from two idiot hoodies who were determined to break something. I don’t illegally break into places so I took my photo’s from a little way off and and made sure they were external. I came away with a clear conscience though and that was a good thing!

Outside we found signs of an old walkway, an old chess table to play outside on sunny days and also a bridge that had collapsed that would have lead to another larger building area. We also passed an old metal roundabout and the playground that was behind the perimeter fence. The previous (and likely continuing) vandalism is evident on the building which is saddening to see, and nature is slowly claiming her prize around it.

If you go I would suggest you take a short trip to a nearby park, an old restored mansion named Ophelia is also worth a look around. We couldn’t go in as we were off season but you can explore the grounds, enjoy the sights and look into the windows to see a very pretty project that was worth the drive alone.

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My previous post  – 11th January  I posted about a town in Pennsylvania, and the link to the ever popular Silent Hill films and games. I said I expected I would revisit this one and here I am. This time however it’s due to the fact I got to visit the town and have recently watched the new Silent Hill film in 3d, Revelations.

We drove out to the town late afternoon, it was quite a trek to get there from Connecticut, and it was pretty cold as it was mid-November. As of 2010 there were 10 residents listed in the area and it was definitely an area that felt abandoned as we walked through, I think we had driven in from the other side of the town remnants and I don’t know where they may have lived exactly given how sparse it all looked.

The zipcode for this has been removed but if you google it you can find it, and once you get nearby there are still road signs for the town.

Jonathan Faust opened the Bulls Head Tavern  there in 1841, it was named Roaring Creek Township back then and was known as Centreville until 1865, it was pretty much a mining town until 1960’s, and was according to sources mined until around 1982. The man that laid out the towns plans was Alexander Rea and he was murdered in 1868.

Somewhere along the lines the underground fire started and it was pretty much the end of the town. People were relocated and the steam was coming up from the ground, then in 2009 governor Ed Rendell began the formal eviction. From Wikipedia it also says that the nearby Byrnesville was evacuated but doesn’t appear to have any other mention about if there is something left there to visit like there is for Centralia.

Most of the buildings of Centralia have been demolished, on the backdrop however stands St Mary’s Church which appears to have been unaffected by the fire. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it is still used for its intended purpose as a church with services and tended gardens. It does make for a rather creepy backdrop against the woods out alone there on the hill.

We went to see Route 61 which is the abandoned highway, it’s cracked and messed up. There is graffiti on there where people come to visit, and although it is not possible to drive down it many people walk along it and investigate the area. The last of the fires might take up to 250 years to burn out but by then I believe nature could have claimed a lot of the area back.