If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past few years while running a “blog” about cool things to do in Western New York, it’s that people absolutely love ghost hunts.
Period. End of story.
A long history of paranormal activity does bode well for visitors. Which is why we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about Rolling Hills Asylum, formerly known as The Genesee County Poor House, in East Bethany, NY.
Often resembling a reformatory, poorhouses usually housed orphaned children, families, destitute elderly, physically handicapped, mentally unstable, morally corrupt, even criminals. These institutions were situated on the grounds of a poor farm on which able-bodied residents were required to work; such farms were common in the United States in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Since taking over Rolling Hills Asylum in 2009, owner Sharon Coyle endeavors to engage the public by providing a venue and landscape to host historical tours, exhibitions, educational programs, events, and public outreach. RHA fosters collaboration with individuals and organizations with the similar goal of enhancing and preserving Genesee County’s rich history and architecture.
In order to do this, RHA hosts several events every year – which is where you come in, lovely reader / amateur ghost hunter. Upcoming events include public and private ghost hunts, a Haunted Hot Cakes (Pancake Breakfast & Mini Tour), an ADULT Easter Egg Ghost Hunt, Dinner with a Ghost, Shopping with the Spirits, Movie Nights, Art Classes, and even a Rolling Hills Asylum Summer Bash which involves tons of activities like a celebrity ghost hunt, a conference, vendors, music, mini tours, and more.
In addition, James Picard, creator of the The Dark & The Wounded will be coming for an exhibition in late May or early June for a Q & A and meet & greet. This will serve as a follow up to his last visit at Rolling Hills over two years ago, where he filmed part of his documentary. Make sure to follow Rolling Hills on Facebook for more info on the date of this visit which will include a documentary viewing.