New York May 06, 2018
This Ghost Hunt In A Former New York Asylum Isn’t For The Faint Of Heart
It doesn’t have to be the Halloween season for you to get the itch to go chasing after all things supernatural and spooky. Roughly an hour outside of both Buffalo and Rochester, there’s a historic building that’s earned quite the haunting reputation. Offering tours and private ghost hunts all throughout the year, keep reading to find out why the eerie halls of Rolling Hills Asylum will petrify you to your core!
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Right in the small town of East Bethany in Genesee County, Rolling Hills Asylum has been recognized for being one of the most haunted places in the country.
Formerly known as the Genesee County Poorhouse, the building originally opened its doors on January 1st, 1827. The poorhouse was made to create a place where people who couldn't take care of themselves could come and live, like orphans, widows, the mentally ill, elderly, criminals, and those who were disabled. A year after opening the poorhouse even made an addition to the property, building a place to house residents that were too dangerous to be around others - often referred to as lunatics.
After operating as a poorhouse and later a nursing home, Rolling Hills Asylum may have officially closed its doors in 1974 - but there are certainly many residents that have yet to leave the building!
There's no denying that something spooky is occurring at Rolling Hills Asylum. According to salvaged documents, at least 1,700 have been documented here at the asylum and many of these spirits continue to linger the halls of the building. Not only is it eerie that so many people have died here at Roling Hills, it's also spooky to learn that the majority of those who were buried on the property never received a gravestone. To this day, it is still unknown exactly where all the bodies are buried on the property, with no grave map having ever been discovered.
The good news is that while this place is most definitely haunted, the majority of the ghosts that remain at Rollings Hills are actually known to be helpful and friendly.
Taking a page out of Casper the Friendly Ghost, most of the spirits that you'll encounter at Rolling Hills Asylum are quite friendly and willing to lend a helping hand when needed. The current owner of the asylum, Sharon Coyle, has even claimed that after having an unexpected run-in with a large rat that frightened her in the building, one of the asylum's most well-known ghosts killed the rodent for her in an act of kindness. So, what friendly spirit was Sharon talking about? That would be Roy Crouse - a 7 and a half foot tall man that was dropped off to the poorhouse by his father when he was just 12-years old. Living in the asylum for the rest of his days, Roy is known for being friendly and the most frequent spirit that you'll run into at Rolling Hills.
Yet, you may still hear stories about someone called 'The Screaming Lady'.
While most of the ghosts that haunt the asylum are gentle spirits, you'll also hear quite a few not-so-friendly stories about some of the other people who are still lingering around here. Many people often tell stories about a nurse named Emma who supposedly may not have had the best bedside manner with the asylum's residents, while others tell tales of The Screaming Lady. While no one seems to quite know the exactly who the woman is, some believe she is the spirit of the first person to ever live at the asylum - a young girl who lived at the asylum for over 50 years. Some believe that the woman's spirit is screaming out of frustration, simply trying to communicate a message that's she's unable to get through to visitors.
Offering both public and private ghost tours, find out which paranormal adventure is right for you at Rolling Hills Asylum.
Offered all throughout the year, you can take either self-guided tours, guided historical tours, or guided flashlight tours at the asylum. Rolling Hills also features a variety of events during the year, with everything from hosting mediums and movie nights to other eerie adventures that you'll either love or hate. To find out more about all the different tours that you can take, visit their official website
To find out about upcoming events and to stay up to date with what's going on at Rolling Hills Asylum, you'll want to be sure to visit their official
How to get here:
11001 Bethany Center Rd, East Bethany, NY 14054
Would you ever be brave enough to explore a place like Rolling Hills Asylum? For more eerie adventures around our state, read about This Spooky New York Hike Will Lead You Somewhere Desserted!