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Rolling Hills Asylum

11001 Bethany Center Rd, East Bethany, New York 14054 USA

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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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“one of the most haunted sites in all of America”

Rolling Hills Asylum was a poorhouse, an almshouse, and an asylum all in one. And as far as dark pasts go... it has one of the darkest. 

For years Rolling Hills was home to the poor, orphaned, destitute, habitually drunk, blind, elderly, mentally and physically handicapped, and even the criminal. They all lived within the same 53,000 square-foot facility of each other, day in and day out. 

Rolling Hills opened its doors on January 1, 1827, and regardless of what brought a person to the asylum, once admitted, they were referred to as an "inmate". If patients were capable, they were put to work on the “Poor Farm”, where inmates would rase animals, grow food, can, bake, and even make coffins for the near by mortuaries.

Regardless of what a person suffered from, most of the treatments at Rolling Hills were one and the same. More often than not, patients were chained to walls, given mind-altering drugs, lobotomized, shocked, and ifthey left, they would be in far worse condition than when they arrived. Over 1700 bodies are supposedly buried on the grounds in unmarked graves that have been lost to time. 

Having been part of so much history and sadness it’s no surprise that over the years many visitors have reported experiencing some serious ghostly activity at the asylum. Some of the most active places include the east wing on the second floor, where the apparition of an old man has been seen wandering silently. The room of a former patient named Roy, who died in 1942, appears to visitors as a seven foot tall shadow man, often crying in the darkness. 

Voices, footsteps, doors that open and close by themselves, EVP’s, and full-body apparitions are just a small portion of the bizarre activity recorded at Rolling Hills on a constant basis.

The asylum is so haunted that the volunteers offer six separate tours, ranging anywhere between an hour long guided tour, to their 8 hour long "lock-up", where guests get free run of the building for the evening. 

It’s a fantastic piece of preserved history, and the ghost stories are an added bonus! If you’re looking for a spooky adventure you could always grab a tour of one of the most haunted hospitals in history, and experience some real screams! -Roadtrippers

Before becoming infamously known as Rolling Hills Asylum™ and a widely documented hotbed of paranormal activity, the property was originally named The Genesee County Poor Farm, often affectionately referred to as "The Old County Home".

Established in 1827, the Genesee County Poor House (originally a working farm) soon became a dumping ground for the outcasts of society. Widows and orphans mingled with lunatics and the unclaimed dead were buried on the property.  With over 1,700 documented deaths and hundreds not recorded, it's no wonder Haunted North America rated it as the second most haunted site in the United States.

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner.

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September 15, 2014
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It's no longer abandoned. The owner does live on the property. They now have tours/ghost hunting events. I think prices start around $25 . It's still worth a trip , very creepy place.

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Rolling Hills Asylum

11001 Bethany Center Rd
East Bethany, New York
14054 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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