About Rolling Hills Asylum
Rolling Hills Asylum situated between the cities of Buffalo and Rochester has been voted the 2nd most haunted site in all of north America. It began life as the Genesee County Poor Farm in January 1827. Farms of this type were common in the United States until the early 20th century. Able-bodied residents, known as inmates, would be required to work in return for their housing. Farms were intended to accommodate paupers, drunkards, and those with physical or mental disabilities.
The Genesee County Poor Farm spanned more than 200 acres and was run as an almost self-sufficient operation with inmates providing the labor and in some cases manufacturing items for sale.
Those without any known living family were buried on the farm in a designated graveyard which has long since been neglected and lost. Records of their deaths are incomplete and no formal register has yet been discovered, although it is believed that there were more than 1,700 deaths, at the farm with 100s more possibly unrecorded.
Over the years the purpose of the building adapted to the changing needs of society and it was put to use as an infirmary, an orphanage, a tuberculosis hospital and finally as a nursing home.
The asylum finally closed in 1974 when the remaining residents were relocated to alternative facilities.
Is Rolling Hills Asylum Haunted?
Over the years there has been a lot of supernatural activity has been reported at the asylum. Accounts include; door slamming, disembodied voices, footsteps and even full body apparitions. Visitors have also described seeing shadow people and being touched by unseen hands.
Anyone visiting Rolling Hills today will be struck by the appearance of the place. This four story brick building with smashed windows and dilapidated roof gives the impression of a classic haunted house.
Once inside the building the place has many stories to tell. Shadow men are a constant theme here, the biggest of these shadow men is said to be Roy Crouse, a former patient who lived here until he died in 1942 at the age of 52. He was confined to the hospital as a result of his giantism which caused him to grow to seven and a half feet in height. He is still regularly seen here, and has even left giant hand-prints on the walls.
Other shadow figures can be seen around the building, one particularly favorite spot is the former men’s dormitory on the second floor where both human figures and undefinable shapes appear and frequently move towards visitors.
Hattie is a former patient at the nursing home. Elderly, and blind Hattie used to attract the attention of the nurses by calling “Hello, Hello”. Her voice can still be heard, and has even been recorded and identified by former employees at the nursing home.
Down in the basement more surprises await those brave enough to enter. This area was once used for confining those who required shackles to prevent them injuring themselves or others. Anther spot where supernatural activity has been recorded is the morgue. Visitors here are often pushed, or even knocked off their feet by unseen forces. A visit to Rolling Hills is not for the faint hearted, but it will certainly be something you will remember forever.