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Rolling Hills Asylum

Rolling Hills Asylum

11001 Bethany Center Road
Bethany, New York
14054 USA

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Bethany, NY is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Rolling Hills Asylum. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.

The History

When Rolling Hills Asylum first opened on January 1, 1827, it was called the Genesee County Poor Farm. Here, it was said, people were institutionalized when it was declared they were not able to fend for themselves. Plainly and sadly spoken, it was a dumping ground for the cast-offs of society, including the so-called lunatics, paupers, vagrants, drunkards, and disabled folks. These were commonly referred to as inmates.

Through the years the property evolved into many uses. Over the years, the asylum became home to an infirmary, a nursing home, an orphanage, a tuberculosis hospital, and even a shopping center. Here, the worst of the vulnerable mixed together in difficult situations. Orphans mingled with lunatics. The unclaimed dead were buried on the property. Through all it's faces this property has undergone, an estimated and unimaginable 1,700 have died here. 

Could this be the reason it is declared one of the second most haunted places in the USA?

The Hauntings

The Rolling Hills Asylum has earned the well-deserved distinction of being one of America's most haunted places. Shadow people, disembodied voices, and a multitude of other paranormal evidence have been uncovered there.

There are estimated to be a few hundred ghosts lingering in the halls of the asylum. Some of the most famous include Roy, Emma, and Jack. A chat with Sharon will teach you that she knows the names of 25-30 of the spirits. Her favorite? Roy. The most famous of the ghosts, Roy is said to be friendly and over 7-feet tall. Emma was a nurse who worked in the asylum and is often seen.

Legend says that Jack Banion was committed to the asylum on Halloween night, 1943. He escaped exactly 30 years later on October 31, 1973. He left behind a note on the wall, written in blood: “You’re all going to pay.” Jack was never seen again.

Two of TV's most popular and successful paranormal series, Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures, have filmed episodes here.

More recommended reads for you about haunted New York State!

Haunted New York: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Empire State (Haunted Series) by [Cheri Farnsworth]     Spooky New York: Tales Of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, And Other Local Lore Second Edition by S. E. Schlosser  (Author), Paul G. Hoffman (Illustrator)             Haunted Northern New York


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Date added: Jan/24/2017 | Last time updated: May/29/2020

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