The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 24, 2012

Surreal estate



2. Buxton Inn Bed & Breakfast, Granville, Ohio

Now celebrating its 200th anniversary the Buxton is considered one of Ohio’s best weekend getaways and also one of its most haunted spots! This beautiful and very old 29,934-square-foot estate attracts visitors and ghost hunters from all over the country. Recently while on one paranormal investigation at the historic Inn, a group of ghost hunters caught a rather detailed EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon, or the voice of the undead) on one of their overnight investigations. They said they believe it was the voice of the man that the inn was named after, Major Buxton. Here is a transcript of what they believe the ghostly voice said: “They’re selling this place for $3,900,000…Wow, that’s like $12.32 in 1812 money!”

A spooky little postscript to the story: As the property was being shown recently, the real estate agent had the potential buyers walk down the steps ahead of her. When they started down the hall, footsteps on creaking steps were coming behind them. Looking back in that direction, there was no warm body to be seen, though the stepping and creaking continued!



3. Amsterdam Castle, Amsterdam, New York

If a spirit was looking for a groovy new place to haunt and lots of ghost-friendly opportunities, this would be it.

First, you need to convince your own ghosts that this scary looking castle would be a wonderful upgrade from your own boring home. Write a glowing description of the castle in terms they will recognize, like “dungeons, clawfoot tub, turrets, vine covered, tons of room to haunt.” Note that just a hop across the nearby Erie Canal is the Green Hill Cemetery with its glowing orbs caught on film, fog and vapors, leaves rustling, and Widow Susan Road where a figure of a woman wearing a white nightgown is frequently seen walking in the cemetery late at night crying, looking for her husband’s grave.  

The castle also has a celebrity filled history. John F. Kennedy gave a speech there during his 1960 presidential run, in what became known as the Kennedy Room. Hollywood has shown interest — TV producers have used it for ABC’s “Wife Swap” and Talon Films shot scenes for the PBS movie “American General,” about Benedict Arnold. HGTV also hopped on board featuring the redo on “You live in a What?”

Price: $1,250,000


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