Loville – Is the Historic General Walter Martin Mansion in Martinsburg Haunted?
Central New York Ghost Hunters, Syracuse-based paranormal investigators, will reveal findings from two recent visits to the historic home known as Greystone Manor and explain their techniques during an October 8 event at the Lewis County Historical Society. Program Society’s Blue Room 7552 S. Scheduled for 2 p.m. in State Street.
The 10,264-square-foot limestone mansion, completed in 1805, was originally the home of General Martin, for whom Martinsburg is named. General Lewis was one of the county’s leading political leaders in the early 1800s and campaigned for Martinsburg to be designated as the county seat. He died at home on December 10, 1834. Since that time, the mansion has served many roles, from a private residence to an inn, a convalescent home for Canadian soldiers during World War I and, most recently, the historic society before taking ownership in 2003. , Irving and Ellen Post operated the Greystone Manor restaurant at Route 26 location in 1973.
The Society purchased the mansion in 2005 and in 2008 the structure was added to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Using grant opportunities, the historical society organized renovation projects to stabilize the building’s structure. Interior renovation is still needed before a long-term use can be decided for the building. Originally, members of the society hoped to use the mansion for permanent display from its extensive collection, much of which is now in storage at Loville.
Paranormal investigator Raquel L Smith said ghost hunters have found evidence of paranormal activity and will share the videos and recordings.
She said some might be interested in their findings.
“There is a rumor that the general and his brother cut the house in half because their wives were not among themselves,” Ms Smith said. “We have the answer.”
They will also talk about the life of General Martin and the history of his home.
To learn more about Central New York Ghost Hunters, visit its Facebook page or, for inquiries, email [email protected] Ms Smith said the volunteer group does not investigate individual residences.
Historical Society office manager Cole Mullin said the event was a way to welcome the public back. The Historical Society is open for research or inquiry Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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