Napanoch, NY is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Shanley Hotel. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
This historic hotel has had many names throughout its history. Before it was The Shanley, it was called The Napanoch Hotel was built by Thomas Ritch in 1845. In 1851 the property changed hands, and the Napanoch became Hungerford's Hotel.
In 1895, flames from a nearby house fire burned the hotel to the ground. A few months later, a new hotel graced the grounds of this beautiful mountain area.
In 1906, James Shanley, an Irish immigrant and prosperous businessman, bought the hotel. The Shanley family knew all the "best people" and hobnobbed with President Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor, who was a frequent guest. Thomas Edison also loved to stay on the property. A curious mix of the rich and famous, gangsters and madams checked in and out of the hotel for decades.
The hotel has a secret room with hidden passages to the outside that have now been sealed off, probably for the illegal sale of alcohol during prohibition. In 1932 the police raided the place and James Shanley and his business partner John Powers had to appear in court on "nuisance" charges, with liquor confiscated from the site.
The Shanley had its share of tragedy. None of their children lived to the age of one. Mrs. Shanley's sister died in childbirth, leaving her children for her sister and husband to raise. It is said that in 1911, a 4-year-old girl, the barber's daughter, fell in the well and died. Four years later, a 6-year-old child was hit by a car across from the hotel. A hanging also took place on the property, but the tree was cut down by the owners.
The Shanley tops many lists of "most haunted'" hotels.
It is said that a man that fits James Shanley's description wanders around the establishment in the form of a misty apparition. A woman can be heard mourning and it is likely Mrs. Shanley crying over the loss of her three children and sister. A woman in a beautiful Victorian style dress has been seen on occasion. Various scents can be experienced in and around the Shanley Hotel for which no explanation can be uncovered. These scents include perfume, the smell of burning pipe tobacco, and even food!
Visitors have reported seeing rocking chairs moving on their own, mysterious clock chimes, cold and hot spots, whistling, footsteps, piano music, voices, the laughing of children - even the aromas of cooking when no food is being prepared. Many have seen shadows and apparitions at the Shanley, and report the feeling of being watched.
The Shanley is known for being a premier and well sought after paranormal hotel, inspiring features on several TV shows, including "Ghost Lab" and "Ghost Hunters."
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