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Spirits Roam the Halls
October 31, 2013 Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 10:43 AM EST
Batavia, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Rolling Hills Asylum stands eerie and alone atop a hill in Genesee County.
“It is the original county poor house. It has a very tortured history, it's served as a tuberculosis ward, asylum, orphanage and there are more than 1500 recorded deaths on the property,” Director Tourism and Marketing Genesee County Kelly Rapone said.
Sharon Coyle is the current owner of the asylum. She took me inside to see what we could find or what would find us. She says warned me to expect anything.
“Everything, Disembodies voices. There is a lady that does a disembodied scream and you can actually hear her from outside,” Coyle said.
There was a classroom where the bell rings by itself and a little girl who roams the halls.
“There's a little girl name Elizabeth and she's got blond hair and pigtails. She has a really little girl voice. She follows men in their thirties and forties but we think her dad is gone,” Coyle said.
Many other men women and children have made their home at the asylum. Sharon said there is what they call a shackle room where they kept unruly residents.
“Shackles were thought to lock up the windows but they were to shackle patients if they thought you were crazy, “ Coyle said.
At one point, I though I saw something in the dark. When you are walking down those halls. your imagination can get the best of you. I even had the spirit of a man respond to my request.
Rolling Hills is just one of many haunted locations across New York State. Officials with Genesee and Livingston County showed off the spooky computer site that lets you know exactly where to find your thrill.
“You want to log onto www.hauntedhistorytrail.com. You can explore the state by region or experience,” Rapone said.
President of Marketing and Tourism for Livingston County Lisa Burns said the attractions help the local economy.
“We do it because we want people to come into our communities to shop in our stores stay in our hotels. When people hear there is haunted activities it makes people want to come back and stay,” Burns said.
As for Sharon, she says the Asylum never sleeps. Once you go into the ghosts can take a liking to you and follow you forever.