If you always wanted to buy the most haunted farmhouse in the United States, you may have missed the boos....er.....bus. An ancient farmhouse on eight acres near Olean, New York that was once a stagecoach stop is the creme de la creme of haunted homes. Locals call it “the spook house,” and it has a long history of frightening off its past owners since the 1850s. According to neighbors, friends, clergy and ghost experts who were brave or foolish enough to visit the home, there are 12 or more not-so-friendly ghosts who are frequently seen in or around the house. Documented incidents include ghost cars that disappear into the night, a possessed teenager, a young woman who once lived there and kept a diary who later committed suicide, house vibrations and a ghost who seems to take control of visitor's automobiles causing accidents and breakdowns. Some people say that the home is near a Native American massacre-site.
In her book about the home “Echoes of a Haunting” by one-time resident, Clara M. Miller, explained the feeling about the house as a buildup of pressure under an umbrella that finally releases in the form of activity from these clearly visible spirits. Clara wrote her book from her daily diary and goes into great detail about events that happened there including weird noises, frequent ghost sightings, and a chimney that was taken apart brick-by-brick by some unseen force. According to Clara, her mother was able to actually talk to the ghosts. Clara's family lived here from 1970 to 1974 before they fled the home in terror leaving many of their possessions behind.
The home has been through a lot including an exorcism by a local priest and spirit removal attempts by a famous psychic. Both the priest and psychic are now dead and a paranormal expert who has visited the home several times claims that the New York University team that filmed the 1974 exorcism was “never heard from again.” There was also a haunted homes feature about the house on the History Channel. No word on whether the History Channel people are still with us.
In the real estate world, haunted homes are referred to as stigmatized property - a nice way of saying, “I will leave a key for you, please let yourself in.” But apparently some people don't believe in ghosts. Despite the ghost removal problem and that the house needs a total renovation, someone actually bought the home this past spring. The asking price was $289,000. But if the stories are true, there is probably not a ghost of a chance that the new owner will stick around for long. Odds are good you will soon have another opportunity to buy this haunted house of horrors.