The Warwick State Training School for Boys, near Chester NY, opened in 1914 as the New York City Farm, a rehabilitation center for alcohol and drug dependent men.
The original buildings are all dark red brick, which glow as the sun sets and darkness begins to settle in amongst the buildings.
However, it re-opened just 2 years later to house drug-addicted inmates of the New York City Department of Correction. In 1929, the facility was transferred to the State of New York’s Department of Social Welfare, and the facility was rebranded as the New York State Training School for Boys.
|Laser grids help detect movement during a ghost hunt.|
|One of my favorite ghost hunting tools is a light up cat ball.|
|Laptops, phones, and tablets are also helpful tools during a ghost hunt.|
- Dormitory A3, reportedly haunted by a Charles McBride and a Richard (last name unknown). Supposedly, McBride, one of the boys that came to the facility during the more violent era, had committed suicide by hanging himself, although the autopsy indicated multiple bruises on his body, including a slap mark on his face. Mist figures have been witnessed. In addition, this is a rich spot for EVPs, door slams and unexplained knocks and bangs. We heard several loud, unexplained bangs and knocks.
- Third floor of the Administrative/School Building. The third floor was devoted to a series of chapels or worship spaces for different religions and is said to be haunted by shadow figures. While there, we experienced unexplained footsteps and rustlings. In fact, while we were investigating alone on the third floor, our cat ball lit up, then rolled a foot toward us. (Which was enough — we picked up our toys and fled.)
- The basement of the Mess Hall, where the kitchens and refrigerators and freezers are located, are said to be haunted by shadow figures and full-body apparitions. People have been scratched. EVPs are common, and during our group session there, we heard screaming EVPs.
There was a lot of sadness, too, during the ghost hunt. In Room 309, our group encountered the spirit of a little boy who had been hurt and who seemed to be scared.
This room was particularly active throughout evening with heavy footsteps, light up cat balls, flashlights going on and off seemingly in response to questions, a lot of movement by the dowsing rods.
When we were investigating up there along, we heard unexplained rustling noises, although thankfully, we didn’t witness the shadow figures others have seen and photographed. But the cat ball did light up and roll toward us. That was when we learned we were not very brave ghost hunters.
In the basement of the Mess Hall building we heard screaming EVPs; the group before us captured the EVP response “fun” to the question “do you like us here?” But when the question was asked again, there was a scream in response to same question.
Getting there: Hudson Sports Complex (which owns the abandoned building);
Hours: Check website below
Website: Hudson Sports
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