Bethany, New York
Rolling Hills Sanatorium | Rolling Hills Asylum | Old Genesee County Home and Infirmary
The Rolling Hills Sanatorium/Asylum was built in 1827. The building was used as an insane asylum, orphanage (contemporaneous with the insane asylum), poor house, and nursing home. A number of people lived there including the elderly, insane, orphans, transients, and anyone else who could not care for themselves. The building was converted into a nursing facility in the 1950’s. The nursing home was closed in 1974. The building was abandoned for 20 years.
People have estimated that 1700 people perished and were buried in unmarked graves at the Rolling Hills Sanitarium. A number of people were mistreated. Mentally ill patients were given electro-shock thereapy. Children were sold into labor at a young age.
Ghosts and the Paranormal at the Old Genesee County Home/Rolling Hills Sanitarium in Bethany, New York:
People report hearing loud disembodied screams and voices at the Rolling Hills Sanitarium. They also have captured images of apparitions in photographs. Toys purportedly will move on their own, moved by ghostly children.
People report strange smells, shadow figures, glittering lights, and loud sounds.
Nurse Emmy is said to have been mean to patients and people claim that she actually practiced the “black arts”. She belonged to a local witch’s coven and she and a group broke in and performed rituals at the Rolling Hills Asylum.
No Author (n.d.). East Bethany, New York: Rolling Hills. Retrieved February 18, 2011 from http://www.graveaddiction.com/rhills.html
The Shadowlord (1998). Haunted Places Index. Retrieved February 17, 2011 from http://theshadowlands.net/places/new_york