You might never guess that a decrepit farm house tucked away in the idyllic woods of Hinsdale, New York has become known as one of the most notoriously violent haunted locations in the country, with a history of ghostly manifestations, levitating objects, and even exorcism, the Hinsdale House might just be the most haunted building in the state.
In the early 1970s, the Dandy family moved into the century-old farm house thinking they’d finally found their dream home in the country, but they would soon discover that the truth was far more terrifying. Within days they began to experience strange paranormal activity that only continued to grow worse as time went on. Most often the phenomena would manifest in the form of mysterious phone calls and a variety of poltergeist activity. Sometimes, the family would even hear chanting emanating from the nearby woods.
After chalking the strange activity up to overactive imaginations, the Dandy family then began seeing full-body apparitions of woman in white, bizarre animal-human hybrids, even what they believed could be demonic, non-human entities.
One of the more frighting stories the family would go on to tell was of a night when they noticed a group of strange faces staring in their windows. However, when Mr. Dandy ran outside to chase away the trespassers, the faces reversed and were then peering back at him from the inside of the house.
It was at this point that the hauntings began to turn violent. Objects began levitating around the house, and at one point a lamp from the living room threw itself at one of the Dandy daughters. The last straw came when Mr. Dandy experienced a state of amnesia, unable to remember some of the most frightening incidents.
It was at this point that an exorcist named Father Alphonsus, a priest from St. Bonaventure University, was called in to exorcise the home while the family and a team paranormal researchers were present. According to the eyewitnesses, the paranormal activity became the strongest it had ever been. Lights in the house were turning on and off, unexplainable banging filtered through the walls, and a terrible sense of an evil presence drifted through the home.
Unfortunately, the exorcism didn’t work, and after a few days of calm in the house, the activity ramped up again, finally forcing the Dandy family to move.
Documentation on the Hinsdale House continued in 2000, when Clara Miller-Dandy penned the book “Echoes of a Haunting”, which detailed her family’s terrifying experiences while they lived in the home from July 1973 to October 1974.
Today the house has been purchased and is maintained by a local paranormal investigator in order to preserve the haunted building for research purposes. For most of us, the Hinsdale House was first brought to our attention in the incredibly intense fifth episode of Paranormal Lockdown, which saw Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman spend 72 hours living in and investigating the notorious location.
During their investigation, both seasoned investigators experienced a range of familiar activity associated with the house, including chanting, banging, and an overwhelming sense of confusion. As a paranormal investigator, it’s easy to see the draw of the building, which has such a rich and terrifying history.
Over the years, many haunted homes have tried to take the coveted title of being the next generation’s Amityville, however, the Hinsdale House is the only one really living up to the expectations, and as it continues to draw the attention from ghost enthusiasts, it’s probably a good idea that only seasoned investigators need apply.
(Photo credit: The Hinsdale House Restoration Project, Facebook)