The Hinsdale House: Investigating The Most Terrifying Haunted House in New York

The Hinsdale House: Investigating The Most Terrifying Haunted House in New York

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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Richard Pryor on ghosts:

White people move into a house hear a ghostly HELLOOO…..& they stay till it damn near kills them.

Black people move into a house & hear the same HELLOOO …..goodbye!

Years ago my team and I ran the Hinsdale house after it was purchased through land contract by Bill Connelly. For a few years a trusted few managed to start the rehabilitation of this dilapidated money pit. During our tenure managing the Hinsdale house we offered overnights, meet ups, tours, and a few fundraising events. During this time there have been many reported experiences congruent with other reported experiences; voices, audible knocks, shadow figures, apparitions, evp’s, and more are just a sample of what has been reported. Some have even reported feeling pushed. The interesting thing about the house is… Read more »

Mark lets make it sooner. Miss you guys. Are you coming with Ton?

A place I’d like to vist!!!

Thanks For this Info Greg Newkirk and Dana Newkirk. I think our team would love to book an investigation here.

If you zoom in on the photo where the house is yellow and look into the black window at the bottom where it’s the porch, you can see two creepy looking eyes or something.

well, bloody ell,,,,,your right, now you’ve told me i see them every time i look now, didn’t notice before..!!!

There is also Echoes of a Haunting: Revisited from 2009. A re-issue with extra material.

People are there all the time some stupid crazy bitch came out screaming at me and my grandson running after us screaming get the fuck out if here. It’s fake nothing scary but there is a stupid crazy bitch with a nasty mouth with beer in her hand running around telling people to stay out.people are there every weekend and it’s all different people bonfires cookouts and hanging out.

If someone is swearing and running after you with a beer, it needs to be reported to the owner ASAP. Yes there are different teams there each weekend investigating. In respect to them though, please come enjoy the house during a tour, so as the traffic of onlookers does not bother investigations. Thank You.

this is so damn infuriating, I’m trying to listen out for any little noises, but all I’m getting is this blasted weird music and sounds from the shows music director, YOU DON’T NEED THAT SHIT, i thought this was about paranormal investigations NOT some cheap attempting to be spooky drama TV.

I wish famous people would pay attention to me.

I’m adding that book to the TBR pile!

I haven’t seen the interior, but at least from the exterior it looks like a condemned property. As in people should not be allowed inside due to hazardous conditions. Wood rot, mold, loose boards, animals etc. I am guessing/hoping that it was renovated just enough to allow tours in? Wish there was more funding, I’m guessing with a lot of work and investment, it could actually be a stunning property (much like the Amityville house is today). The grounds look gorgeous.

Then again, the boards on the windows and dilapidated state do make it seem pretty eerie.

May I just say the inside is very stable and safe. It is being constantly fixed as quick as possible. It will slowly be the gem in the hills as it was.

Cool. Wish I was closer so I could check it out. I am not a ghost hunting pro but I adore old buildings, especially those with unusual histories. This building has great bones & freaky-levels of charisma.

hey that is like my house

I was looking pictures over and if you zoom in on second picture I see a women with her hands cross in a white top like an older times even possibly holding a child in arm but also have some kind of bonnet like on her head and a shiny shape face

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