Ghosts Haunted House Everything Unexplained

The haunted house in Hinsdale, Western New York has all the elements of a good ghost story: a mysterious history, strange sightings, unexplainable events and even an exorcism. With legends of a hanging tree, a pond that has claimed at least one life, and hills that are said to hold the graves of countless, many believe that the Hinsdale House is the epitome of supernatural activity.

The house on McMahon Road first gained notoriety when a book, “Echoes of a Haunting,” which describes the happening in the residence from July 1973 to October 1974.

The Old Dandy Family Residence, Hinsdale House

Clara and Phil Dandy lived in the house along with their children in the early 1970s. Sometimes, soft chanting could be heard at the edge of the woods surrounding their home. One night, the family even reported that a crop of “strange faces” were watching them through their windows. Mr. Dandy ran outside to confront the trespassers. But, by the time they got their the faces had somehow reversed and now appeared as if they were inside the house looking at him.

Then, soon things began to escalate. They started to see things. The most prevalent seemed to a full-bodied woman in white. However, other apparitions plagued the family like half-animal human hybrids and even slightly indescribable demonic-like beings.

The hauntings soon became more and more violent. In one incident, a lamp was thrown directly at one of the Dandy daughters. Objects often flew around the room, aiming for a human target. The poltergeist activity continued.

This activity became so frequent and menacing that they called Father Alphonsus, a priest from St. Bonaventure University for help. Daniel Klaes, the current owner says that the priest performed a structural exorcism. “The house started shaking and it sounded like a crying noise, a screaming noise coming out of the windows.” It didn’t work.  The Dandy family eventually lost the battle, terrified they ended up leaving the property.

Paranormal Activity

Klaes, who is also the Co Founder of Greater WNY Paranormal Society, tells me he believes that the paranormal activity goes back to 1799, and an Indian massacre that is said to have occurred on the land. The spirits are still there and Klaes and has uncovered even more to the history of the house, including many events that have happened on the outside of the house on the property. Klaes even wrote a book, “Hinsdale House: An American Haunting” released in 2016. In 2019 a movie was made about the creepy property, Hinsdale House, starring Aly Mang, Steve Stanulis, and Eric Freedman. It is described as Paranormal Activity meets Blair Witch Project. 

The Hinsdale House, McMahon Road, Hinsdale

Mary Ball has come to the house and run tours for many years, she had an experience that seems to support that theory. “My son who is handicapped, was sitting on that bed one night. He didn’t know the stories about the house, he just knew it was haunted. He looked out that window, and saw his dad standing out by the fire and he looked at me and said who is the angry Indian staring at Daddy? But the horrific history doesn’t end there, during the 1800’s there were stories of a pair of brothers who lived here, who raided passing stage coaches, robbed and killed the occupants and buried them, either in the cellar, or the hills behind the house.

Paul Kenyon also reports strange happenings at the house. He visited during the time frame of the book and actually lived there for a year as well. Mr. Kenyon wrote about his experiences with the house in a book, titled “You Know They’re Here.” He said 1,100 Indians were murdered on the premises long ago, a woman was hung from a tree there, and an innkeeper murdered people there when it was a way station for stagecoaches.

The tortured past seems to echo today in many manifestations including shadow figures, electronic voice phenomenon (EVP’s), objects moving and even full-body apparitions. The Hinsdale House is also slightly notorious for another reason: it is responsible for one of the scariest and most watched episodes of Paranormal Lockdown. Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman spent a grueling 72 hours inside the house. The experience included chanting, banging, and an overwhelming sense of confusion. You can watch some clips here.

The Hinsdale House has its own website and a 24-hour live stream so you can check it out for yourself.