Chris Clemens

Creator + Owner + Author = Chief Exploring Officer. Chris has been traveling back and forth across New York for years studying and discovering the tucked away gems of the state and chronicling the journey

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  1. Kathy Davis
    January 26, 2015 @ 9:47 pm

    Great post Chris, almost makes me want to check it out, but I fear my “vivid” imagination would run wild in a place like this!

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    • Chris
      January 27, 2015 @ 10:06 am

      Thanks Kathy! 🙂

      Yeah, you may want to just do a day-time drive by then. Much less imagination-inducing from the road during the day!

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  2. Jennifer
    January 27, 2015 @ 8:22 am

    Great post Chris!
    To be honest, I would rather see the history of this institution preserved rather than turned into a sideshow. It’s kind of sad a old mental health institution is used to generate income from paranormal tourists.

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    • Chris
      January 27, 2015 @ 10:05 am

      Thanks Jennifer! Personally, I’d love to see things like the Poor Farm preserved as a museum and archives, but discussions about historic preservation always seem to come right down to money (and taxes). People don’t want their tax money going toward things like asbestos abatement for a museum that a few people a year will visit. I think our culture is one to tear things down and start over rather than put funds toward maintaining a property that doesn’t generate much income. So, with RHA owning and maintaining the property as a private business, in many ways they’ve done a service to the property by putting money back in to fix things and maintain the property without public funds. Their recent landmark status may earn them some grant funding though, which would be awesome!

      I’m personally not much in to the paranormal/ghost hunting thing either, but I’m glad that someone has purchased the property and is using it instead of just having it torn down for a Costco or something. But, your comment and my tour, only opens the door for tons more questions about the world that I have to marinate in my brain! 🙂

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  3. Jessica
    January 27, 2015 @ 9:39 pm

    Hi Chris,
    Love the post. I live in Batavia and remember going into the flea market they had in there. Lots of cool stuff, but if you went down the hallways to another part, you were sure to have the hair on your neck stand up. It was creepy but at the time I never knew the history.
    I also lived in Warsaw & worked in Batavia. Ill tell you there was always a window lite up at night as I drove home, but never anyone there. Always felt like you were being watched. Very freaky.
    We currently go to the county park for family outting, but as night falls I get my girls out. Lol I have heard there are approximently 2500 unmarked graves. Not something I am comfortable with at night, especially not knowing where the cemetery is or that there is even one. People have told many stories of there experiences and some are super excited to go on the lock downs. Not me…I am fine passing by it a few times a month lol.
    It is great to know more and more of the history. Thank you again for sharing.

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  4. xactlydeb
    January 30, 2015 @ 8:41 am

    Wow- I drove by that road once a month for years and never knew about that place- thanks for the article Chris. I’ll have to plan a day trip and check that out.

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  5. Sheila Doty
    February 1, 2015 @ 7:18 pm

    My Grandmother was a nurse there yrs.ago when it was the Genesee County Home .i was a cosmetology student at BOCES in Batavia N.Y.in 1969-1970. We used to go there to do people’s hair .i have been there overnight .it is scary and very interesting.as things did happen to us that night .

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  6. Shauna Klump
    February 2, 2015 @ 12:50 pm

    I live right down the road a lot of history in this place and not at scary as people like to think. I used to go there as a child and get ice cream from the deli they had in there while it was the carrage village 🙂 I just wish it was used for something other than a “scary place” to visit.

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  8. Rebecca
    August 12, 2015 @ 2:48 pm

    What a shame that the property owners asked you to take down your photos. It would have definitely been a great way to promote the tours they give(do they still give tours?) Usually that is the only way to generate income for the upkeep of these buildings,especially nowadays with the economy forcing financial decisions further and further and further away from anything resembling history. And how sad that fewer people realize the importance of preserving the past as a reminder for its darker parts to never be repeated. On a lighter note, what an inspiration for students and buffs of architecture it must be. You really can’t find that kind of detail and beauty in a house or building anymore. I hope that someday it will come back into style again,along with the love and time it takes to produce high quality work.

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