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1890 House

Cortland, New York

Many people that have spent the night in the house hear strange noises and they say they sound like ghosts. The whole city of Cortland believe the house is haunted.

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Mandala says:

November 17, 2005, 1:44 pm

The third floor of the place does have creepy vibes, I’ll grant you that.

Kevin G says:

December 6, 2005, 4:39 am

Hate to rain on somebody’s parade but I live in Cortland and haven’t heard a thing about the 1890 House being Haunted. A Psychic has been in the house before and didn’t detect anything. Not that I don’t believe in Ghosts but it doesn’t seem to me that the place could be haunted. No tragedies or anything like that took place there for one thing..


February 12, 2006, 12:32 pm


Melissa S. says:

March 27, 2006, 4:17 pm

I’ve lived in Cortland for about a year and I,too, am not sure I think the 1890s house is Haunted haunted. It definitely does give off those “vibes” that most great museums do, but I don’t know about it having ghosts…Anyway, I hope more Cortland ghost stories will come up. What about Grace Brown (I think this was her name) who was murdered 100 years ago in the Adirondacks by that Gillette guy who got her pregnant? I’ve heard the site of the Cortland factory she worked at is haunted by her…Well,let’s find some more local ghosts!

B-Man says:

May 6, 2006, 5:23 pm

I live near Cortland and grew up around that area. I believe it’s the Phrat house a couple of houses down that is haunted from what I’ve heard. Apparently a college student fell out of a 3rd story window (or comitted suicide, forget which though) and some people have reported seeing someone in the 3rd story window when no one is in there.
At least that’s what I’ve heard. I ahven’t heard anything about the 1890 house however. Of course, now that the clock tower burned down that area will no doubt reveal some activity from those who lived there a long time ago.

Ben says:

May 9, 2006, 4:18 am

I used to work there in about 8th grade for a job shadow group. I never saw anything, but I got a lot of weird vibes. Maybe it’s just the overall feeling of being in such an old house.

Rhys - South Australia, Australia says:

September 18, 2006, 12:20 am

This is bullshit i belive in ghosts n if u dnt hear them r see them there not there! i hate it how ppl just make up stories thats y no1 belives them! i recently stayed at ma GF’s house n her house is haunted! her friend lives with her and the ghosts have tryed killing her and 1 ghost has tryed raping her! when i stayed there me n ma girlfriend tryed playn a prank on ma gf’s friend. we threw tha sheets off her bed and put 2 dolls on her bed facing the door. the ghosts didnt like this… we went down stairs and told her that the sheets were off her bed and we told her that it was the ghosts. we thought it was funny…the ghosts didnt! all ov a sudden we herd this sound from up stairs it was a faint noise saying MUM…MUMMY!!! it was wierd! 8i went up stairs and there was a guy standing at the door watching me. but i could onli see him on ma gf’s fone as i was video recording it. the house went cold and we went into the kitchen. there was a ghost standing behind ma gf’s friend we freaked out n went 2 the lounge room. a differnent ghost came n sat down infrount ov us and was listening to us. the next night we were watching TV and the space bar on the keyboard kept tapping. then moments later there was some1 breathing on my arm! this is all real! and none of it is fake! that is a ghost story!

Kimberly says:

September 18, 2006, 6:26 pm

hi i belive in ghosts because one day me and my friends were out side in my friends backyard laying on her tramp and we saw a shaddow in the window it looked like a man but we wernt sure.We thought it was her dad pulling a prank on us so we went inside to see but it was not him he was gone so we went in her room and sat on her bed and talked and all of the sudden we heard the vacume turn on we ran to the living room to see who it was and it was vaccuming by its self.It was going out of control and it wasnt even pluged in.We were freaked out.At that moment we new somthing was wrong we called her dad and told him what had happend he said he was on his way home .we went back to her room and locked the door as soon as her dad got there i left me friends house later that evening her dad saw a ghost in the basment he called the bishop and told him to come bless the house but he couldnt come till the next morning so she went to bed and durring the night she woke up and there was a lady standing over her she screamed her parents rushed in to see what happend her parents also saw the gosht the nexet morning the bishop came and blessed the house and after that everything was fine.I am not making this up!(resently her aunt and uncle had died)

Courtny says:

September 18, 2006, 6:51 pm

I DO believe in gohsts this is why Me and my friend were at my house my,my parents we gone for the night so we were there just talking in the kitchen and we heard the door open me and my friend got freaked out then we forgot about it for a while and then the T.V turned on we were scared so we ran up to my room and locked the door then we heard a voice coming from down stairs we were not sure who it was or what it said all we knew is that we were freaked so we got my cell but it was not working we tried to call our other friend and we couldn’t here her my phone was busted so we looked out side and the door was open and a shadow was standing in the doorway we were shocked we didnt know what to do we tried texting our but there was ABSOLUTE NO SERVISE! then the phone rang we know if we should get it or leave it we ran to get it it was our friend we were relieved that it was her we told her to come and get us she came and when we hung up someone was listening to out coversation we hung up imedeently our friend got there but we were too scared to walk down stairs and get out so friend went through the back door she saw a shadow coming from the living room so she ran up! she told us what she saw so we grab the safty latter and put it out the windo we climbed out to the car as we drove away we took a look at the house and there was a gohst stairing at us through the window the next morning when my parents got home i didn’t see it i really never did see it again but i think he is still there cause every time i walk in my house i get a wierd VIBE someone is watching me.(NOONE EVER BELIEVED ME AND MY FRIENDS BUT WE KNOW HE WAS THERE)

Alyssa says:

September 23, 2006, 6:48 pm


angeleye says:

October 27, 2006, 5:48 am

I grew up near Cortland. I believe there is “something” going on in the 1890’s house. I visted it while my grandfather was re-modeling the upstairs. I heard something…. and definitely felt a pressence of some sort. There is also a house in Homer, on main street that we all believed to be haunted. The rumor was a woman hung herself in the upstairs bedroom. They say on the anniversary you can see her hanging in the window.

John says:

October 28, 2006, 11:48 pm

I used to live in Cortland and most of my family still lives there. I remember as a little kid hearing numerous stories about the 1890 House. At the time I didn’t believe it until one summer night while I was 17. A few friends of mine and myself were walking down Tompkins Street about 1:30 in the morning.

We were walking towards Cortlandville across the road from the 1890 House. When we passed the house we all looked up at the 3rd story window and swore that we saw the silhoutte of a lady who was wearing a black dress peeking throught the window. In utter shock we walked across the street to the same side the house was on and still saw the lady standing in the window. Right before our eyes she just vanished. We are and will always be believers that the 1890 House has at least one spirit.

I have since that night seen one other instance of the lady in the window.

Brittnie says:

December 16, 2006, 4:11 pm

I totally believe in ghosts and ie paranormal but hello people wheres the proof?before you go posting some stuff on this website have some evidence ok?I’ve looked into several “haunted” cases where there was hard evidence!

sami says:

February 9, 2007, 2:52 am

The 1890’s house is a beautiful mansion with great historical significance in relation to the cortland county area based on deep industrial roots. What I will tell you is that the previous statement based on the Fraternity house located three houses down (which is the brother’s mansion aka. “The Castle” is in fact a place to investigate if you are curious about the unknown. I’ve lived there, and several sororities and fraternites, and mnay others have been witness to these disturbing and sometimes alarming rude awakenings…literally! The stories about the student who died are true, his death was explained as “accidentl” and we’ll leave it at that. For an example of rude awakenings, imagine waking up to shrieks, bats in the wall, taps at your door at 3 in the morning, objects flying across the room, objects lifting and dropping, dishes and silverwear clanging together, subzero temperatures, feeling like your trapped in your bed, water running from pipes that require significant pressure to power when they were clearly turned off to begin with, walking up and down the steps, window shutters banging shut, EXTREME POWER OUTAGES, odd smells like decay, mold, etc. The list goes on. ps. the banned markings of the fallen boys fraternity still mark the house, found in the basement…look if you dare! And to finish there are secret tunnels that aren’t listed on the registry which also alludes to the underground railroad. Any other experiences I’d love to know, so that I can rest my head soundly once again.

bored says:

October 3, 2007, 10:31 am

oooooooook? I don’t get why people actually believe in ghosts/apparations…I admit there ARE such things as what people call “hauntings” but these are mostly just demons and FYI: YOU CAN’T SEE THEM!!!!!!! they just like messing with your head…although it would be cool to go to some of these places, but THERE ARE NO SUCH THINGS AS GHOSTS! ONLY DEMONS!!!

well, also Angels, but they don’t like scaring you…

Mandy G. says:

October 17, 2007, 8:14 pm

I grew up in Cortland, and worked at the 1890 House for a while…never “saw” anything. I’m not saying that I didn’t get some very weird vibes while exploring the basement, and third floor, mostly in places that are not open to the public. As for “The Castle”…that place is definately haunted!!! (been to a few parties there, and have definately seen some weird stuff!!) Another place of interest in Cortland County is the Wickwire house in Homer… had a friend who was a personal aide for Mr. Wickwire before he passed, and said that he definately saw someone walking around in the house, when he knew that it was just himself and Mr. Wickwire there, and Mr. Wickwire was in bed, asleep. On a side note…It was Mr. Wickwire’s grandfather that built the 1890 house.

Alisandra says:

December 29, 2007, 6:34 pm

I have been there hundreds of times. I have also slept over, I IS SO HAUNTED!!

alice says:

March 10, 2008, 2:33 pm

I want to know what a ghost sounds like, one person stated that the noises they heard sounded like ghosts.

Ainsley says:

March 18, 2008, 3:58 pm

A while ago, our class went to the 1890 House, and had a little tour of the house.
Me and my friends felt uneasy there and stuff. It was really weird.
There was a breeze when we went down this one hall with a bunch of pictures on the wall, and by the Christmas Tree.

paul says:

May 13, 2008, 10:58 am

I just wanted to comment on a post from John about seeing a woman in a third story window at the 1890 house. The same thing happened to me years ago. Some friends of mine and I were walking down Tompkins street past the 1890 house when I glanced up at a window on the third floor. I looked again to make sure what I was seeing was real and there she was. A woman wearing a black dress just staring out the window. I told my friends and they all thought I was crazy, so I dropped it and never brought it up again. What I thought was strange was that it was after midnight and i knew the place was closed. After all these years I find it incredible that someone else had the same experience as me. To me it confirms that I’m not crazy.

Chrissy says:

July 23, 2008, 11:05 am

Ummm…i lived right next door the 1890 house ( in the SDT house) for a couple of years and never heard or saw anything weird…however, our old sorority house has some ghost stories…

Makayla says:

July 28, 2008, 2:35 pm

I have been in their about two times. I have never seen anything. I have heard from people that worked their that they have seen a dress that was laying on the bed blow up like their was a body in it, but their was nobody their. Creepy stuff thrills me, I wish I could of seen something.

Kendahl says:

August 11, 2008, 12:47 pm

I live in Cortland, but I’ve never been there. I’ve lived here my whole life, but I’ve never heard it was haunted… hmm.

genesiszagora says:

September 9, 2008, 3:53 pm

Hey Kevin G: where are you FROM? no tragedies?! have you ever been to the 1890 House? they had SEVERAL fires there back in the day. plenty of people that lived there actually died in that house. you should go there and bone up on the house’s history! just a suggestion…

marg says:

October 26, 2008, 9:38 pm

why do people get so angry when others are talking about the paranormal? How can these angry people say that it’s not true? And then to turn around and talk about their experiences? Just a question for the ignorant out there.

Pan says:

November 24, 2008, 9:09 pm

Hi Everyone. I just wondered if anyone knows how or where to look to see if there are any reports, whether in this era or a prior one, of a death or missing person, battle or anything that would explain why someone (son-in-law) was driving in the rain and saw a tall man walking along Rte. 221 near Harford, NY wearing what appeared to be a jacket similiar to a flack jacket. He had a hat, which also looked military, that was not as tall as a “tophat” would of been, but looked similiar. Well, my son-in-law slowed down as the man started to cross the road. He observed he could see through the man and he just disapeared! He was not a believer in ghost prior to this, but has since had a change of attitude. I did a google search and tried to find some account or death that may of occurred in the area of Harford, NY but got nothing. If anyone else has any resources to find something out, please post your commment or mail me at: I appreciate your input or theory, and no, he wasn’t stoned! This really happened. Pam

Marsha says:

May 2, 2009, 9:32 pm

I have a picture of the 1890 House…and the Ghost are in that photo.I have seen spirits since I was a did my Grand Parents. Spirits for me are easy to see. If you have not experienced this…fine…but don’t dis the ones who have. That is innapropriate. Wado/Thank you

Kaylea says:

May 14, 2009, 11:01 am

Ok i have lived in cortland sence i was twelve.. i have always heard about the 1890 house being haunted but never really had proof. I mean my friends family even had a wedding there an i didnt get any so called “vibes” or hear or see anything so untill thre is real proof i was say no i do not believe the 1890 house is hauntded

BreJ says:

May 14, 2009, 8:12 pm

Okay, so, I have visited the 1890 house quite a few times,and it is sort of creepy, but this is about the house that the Wickwire’s had built for relatives(the house is right in the back yard of the 1890 house, on Argyle Place). I forgot what exactly brought it up, but my mom was just telling me how a house historian had looked at the house, and told her that 16 people had died in the house. No one knows exactly how they died, but we do know that there was a fire in the carrage house. For the few years that we lived there, I never saw a ‘ghost’, but there was a ‘vibe’ in that house. I dont doubt that there was paranormal activity, but I am not saying that it is haunted.

bre says:

October 4, 2009, 2:16 pm

I’m not sure if it is actually haunted, but I am very interested in going to the seance later this month. In realation to this, I must say that the house behind the Wickwire House is haunted. My mom, sister, and myself lived there, and we never expierenced anything abnormal, per say, but the house deffinately had its creeks, and moans. We all brushed it off as it being just an old house. After we moved out of the house my mom talked with the landlord and he told us how him and his wife had hired a historian so they could learn about the place. Come to find out, the house was built for the Wickwire’s family(sort of like a mother-in-law house, I guess), but that wasnt all. A few years after the house was built, the carrige house caught on fire, and a few people died. In total, the house has had 16 deaths. And the rebuily carrige house is said to be haunted.

If ANYONE has anymore info on this house, please post it on this website. I am very interested in the history of the house. Thank you.

marg says:

October 4, 2009, 6:52 pm

do you have any of the details for the seance. I would be interested in going as well =]

Kylee says:

October 7, 2009, 3:14 am

I have lived in Cortland my whole life and have visited the 1890 house on many different occasions for both school trips and on my own time. And I feel that with the amount of times that I’ve been there that I can honestly say the place has some stories that would make you understand a little better about reasons why it’s considered haunted. Not to mention my brother was the caretaker there living on the top floor in a little apartment that was built specifically for the caretakers. While living there he had many different things occur that would scare most. So due to my own experiences with the place and those that my brother has experienced I believe that it is not haunted but occupied by others.

bre says:

October 8, 2009, 3:51 pm

The only thing I know is that it is being hosted on the 10th and 11th of this month, or sometime around there. My friends saw it in the Cortland Standard about a week or so ago.

marg says:

October 9, 2009, 4:18 am

ok thank you for your reply. I looked at the archives at the newspaper and didn’t find anything. does anyone else have any more info on this? or maybe a number I can call?

Rachel says:

October 13, 2009, 11:49 am

Um..if you want to find out about the seance–just CALL the 1890 House! They’re the ones having this event! haha wow, that was hard!

Rachel says:

October 13, 2009, 11:50 am

Um..if you want info on the seance, just call the 1890 House! They’re the ones having the event! Wow..that was difficult haha

marg says:

October 13, 2009, 4:44 pm

um…that was unecessary.

Marsha says:

October 15, 2009, 12:13 pm

This is a community chat your sarcasim is was quite uncalled for.You show your true immaturity by being insulting. We all have a rite to ask questions.

Rachel says:

October 15, 2009, 12:29 pm

It’s called a joke people. Calm down. Considering this conversation is about “haunted houses” and shocked that no one can appreciate humor or sarcasm. Interesting “community”…

Marsha says:

October 15, 2009, 6:33 pm

Rachel…it is ONLY a joke…if everybody is laughing. The person felt insulted. You were the only one laughing…smarten up.

Rachel says:

October 16, 2009, 8:37 am

“Smarten up” haha ooookaaay….and guess what? I’m STILL laughing! Have fun here KIDS:}~ (And lighten up before you give yourself a stroke! There are much more important things going on in the world than a little disagreement over an online comment. Wow.)

gabby says:

November 4, 2009, 9:17 am

i know how hard it is to not belive in haunted houses but i live in one. my dad died when i was 10 and my twin sister was killed in a car crash. my mum’s brother was killed when she was 7. we all belive that they fallowed us around and is tring to scare us so we can join them. we had T.A.P.S come to our house and declare it haunted. now how cool is that. so here are some of the thing that happen…. my light in my room turns on and off and my door will open with a sound of people talking to me and my friends… my bestfriend said that she watched 4 ghosts walk into my room and sit next to me on my bed and she also heard him talking to me and eachother. when she told me in the morning i was wondering how she was able to see into my dreams. because i was dreaming that i heard people talking to me. idk if its real but i taped it one night and you can see them talk to me and to eachother. i put the tape on if you want to see it

Rachel says:

November 4, 2009, 10:07 am

Gabby–oh I totally believe in people or places being haunted. I don’t know if anyone checked out the ghost walk or seance they did at the 1890 House last Friday, but my sister got some serious EVP recordings..the one thing she’s hear on the recording SO FAR was a voice that spoke DIRECTLY into the recorder when it was just her and another kid in the room at the time. They were also talking in the background, so you could tell it wasn’t her or the other kid. I wish I had been able to go! I’m sooo there next time:) Hopefully she can get Ghost Hunters to come hehe

gabby says:

November 5, 2009, 9:31 am

Rachel- Well i was there and i have recording on my cell phone of the gost talking and it was walking in the room. You can hear me talking to it and u hear it talking back. The ghosts name is grant and he is 19 he died my a bullet to the head and he how roams around looking for a girlfriend. I go there every year so we can talk. He is nice and dosent want to hurt anybody. He found a girlfriend and it was my sister she and i are both 15 now. Hope u reply cuz i think we can be friends….

gabby says:

November 5, 2009, 9:33 am

Rachel- Well i was there and i have recording on my cell phone of the gost talking and it was walking in the room. You can hear me talking to it and u hear it talking back. The ghosts name is grant and he is 19 he died my a bullet to the head and he how roams around looking for a girlfriend. I go there every year so we can talk. He is nice and dosent want to hurt anybody. He found a girlfriend and it was my sister she and i are both 15 now. Hope u reply cuz i think we can be friendsâ?¦.

Rachel says:

November 5, 2009, 11:36 am

Gabby, how old are you first off? Second, are you saying you were at the 1890 House ghost walk last Friday and that’s where you talked to this ghost guy? How did he “find a girlfriend” in your deceased sister? That’s where I’m confused. If he inhabits the 1890 House, how would he just happen to come across the ghost of your sister?

gabby says:

November 5, 2009, 3:17 pm

â?¥rachel- I am now 16 and yes i was there last friday…. its easy.. they are both dead and will never come back agean. so could we be friends????…. â?¥ Gabby

gabby says:

November 5, 2009, 3:22 pm

â?¥rachel- Well my sister died right in frount of the house so she now helps haunt it and she will pull other girls hair when she is mad at them……… â?¥Gabby

Rachel says:

November 5, 2009, 3:25 pm

Gabby–your sister was killed in front of the 1890 House? What is here name and when was this? I am 30 yrs old, so I’m not sure if you thought I was younger:P That is really too bad about your family. What a rash of tragedies…

gabby says:

November 5, 2009, 10:29 pm

â?¥Rachel yes she was and i cannot give her name out. i thought u where older idc abou-t age as long as ur nice. i hope u understand what its like to lose ur twin â?¥gabby


December 22, 2009, 5:12 pm

ok i have been a ghost hunter for about 2 years we arent big time ghost hunters like taps but we do have infred camera lots of night vision cameras emf and lots of voice recorders and we go around the world looking for supposedly haunted places there is only 6 of us and we ghost hunt and this place is totally haunted we went there and exactly at 12:50 am me and my team was in the mane part were you first walk in we decided to sit on the floor for about 20 minutes and i prevoct it wich is saying mean stuff to it i said why are you such chicken if you want us to stay here you have to give us a good sign so about 2 minutes later every one in the team seen the same thing a shadow standing right next to me and walk in a different room then we got really loud bangs in the room and then all through out the night we kep seeing that same shadow

tobeamiss says:

December 22, 2009, 10:33 pm

you travel around the world?

Scott says:

April 6, 2010, 2:31 pm

I am doing research on the 1890 House in Cortland, NY. I am Interested in hearing from those that had seen figures in the windows as they walked by and the story about the girl that died out front of the museum. If you have any other stories to share, please do so. Thank you.

Inky Dink says:

April 6, 2010, 2:43 pm

I too have lived most of my life in Cortland, NY, I have been to the 1890 House dozens of times and this is the first time I’ve ever heard anyone evey say it was haunted. This is a case of a museum that has been struggling to stay afloat for years-mostly due to mismanagement–trying to get some publicity and stir up some interest. It’s a beautiful house, but don’t expect anything else.

Inky Dink says:

April 6, 2010, 3:04 pm

I have lived in Cortland, NY my entire life, visited the 1890 House dozens of times and this is the first I’ve ever heard of it being haunted. There isn’t any reason for it to be haunted. No one has every died in the 1890 House for anything other than natural causes, or in front of it for that matter. So there is absolutly no reason for it to be haunted. Secondly, there is NO apartment built for caretakers on the top floor of the house. Whoever left that comment must have the wrong house. There isn’t a caretaker that lives at the house and no one has slept in that house since became a museum upteen years ago.

Now, if anyone actually does know about this house they know that it has a twin house in New York City that Wickwire took the plans from and he mirrored his house to that one. The house in NYC is a funeral home now so that one has much more chance of being haunted. I’m thinking that any ‘haunted’ stories are of the twin house in NYC and not the 1890 House in Cortland.

This museum has been struggling for years-mostly due to mismanagement-and this just sounds like another ploy to stir up some interest in the house. It’s a beautiful house and well worth the visit, but don’t expect anything paranormal.

Rachel says:

April 6, 2010, 3:12 pm

I’m also from Cortland. And have CERTAINLY been several deaths in the 1890 House due to UN-natural causes. Fires are NOT considered “natural causes.” We learned about several fires they had waaay back in the day at the 1890 House. We learned about all this back in elementary as well as high school–or even by just visiting the museum and going on tours. You should really brush up on your 1890 House and Cortland history.

chelsea says:

April 8, 2010, 11:27 am

my aunt used to clean this house and i would visit often. i have never had any experiences in the 1890 house!

Marsha says:

April 8, 2010, 12:22 pm

Whether anybody can see them or not ,they are there. Spirits are everywhere. They populate the world.Some people are able to see,feel,smell,sense them…[such as myself]…but others just can’t…until they believe…or have a run in with them.No two people are the same.I have experianced the spirit world since I was a child….I know the 1890 house is haunted…as do others. A snap shot /photo with squigglies or a haze of light or white cloud in the picture,or even the ghost appear in that photo..or orbs…you have to know what to look for.If you feel a chill…or slight breeze come across you ,in an air tight building/room….spirit, if for some sudden strange reason you feel sick to your stomach…spirit…the list goes on. I see them.,sometimes just an outline,or out of the corner of my eyes. You might not believe or have experianced these things…but please don’t doubt those that have.Creator Bless

Calista says:

April 22, 2010, 1:06 pm

I have lived in Cortland since I was about 4 years old. I am now 14. I have lived up near the college and next to the cemetary. NEVER SEEN A THING! I have no clue whether to believe things or not because I have never experienced anything in my entire life while living in Cortland. I have visited the 1890 house about 3 times. I have gotten wierd vibes and breezes in the hallways. But, I still do not think that it is “haunted.” The 1890 House is very very old. Just like any other museum. And at times, it does have it’s wierd breezes and unexpected noises. But, that does not nessicarily mean that it is preferably “haunted.” Truthfully, I have never heard of anything that went on in the past to create the Wickwire family to still be living there, whatsoever. In my opinion, ghosts are made up, fiction, not on earth! Once a person has died, they will be directly sent to heaven. I never thought that they could “walk the earth” as a spirit, and “haunt” people. Like I said, I have lived here for quite some time and have never heard any stories. OR seen any woman standing in the 3rd floor windows. Sorry to say!

Marsha says:

April 22, 2010, 2:03 pm

The fact that you are only 14 says a lot…but too if you are not as sensitive as another person might be to this sort of thing,chances are you will never be. On the other hand…if certain evidance is right there…the cool/cold breeze is an air tight place,unusual noises are taking place and one still ognores it, and makes referance to it as nothing…then something within that person feels…”if I ignore it…it isn’t anything” .I expect this from a “14”year old. I am 60….and have excercised my sensitivety{sp}…ever since I was your age.I have photos ..I have taken, voices on tape etc.So you go ahead and stick to your own opinions, that is fine…maybe you could get together with some Ghost Hunters locally,and help in a real investigation…doesn’t have to be just the 1890 House.Creator Bless

jessica says:

August 13, 2010, 4:20 pm

± think it isz hunted
± would like to hear α ghost
DOnT be PusSySz ppl lolsz jus kiddinq .

Marsha says:

August 13, 2010, 7:49 pm

Real Ghost Pictures and Videos <—-<< go to your search engine and look this up. Put it in your favorites.
I use my Digital Recorder…then I transfer what I collect to SOUND Forge…a set up I have on my computer. When I was 18 and while in my bedroom..a very loud voice came to me…in my right said,"Get out of the house"… later in the evening my Dad died on the livingroom couch. I was being warned. I was a Daddy's girl..and this spirit knew my sensitivity. Some people just cannot handle this sort of thing… I have had to since I was little. I am 61 now. The name calling is a huge sign that you are not ready…as these sort of things are for the more mature, who take spirits seriously. When you are mature about the spirit realm…you can experiance a lot more."jus kidding?"…has to go. Creator Bless

Scott says:

August 26, 2010, 10:30 pm

I am a Paranormal Investigator, my group has been at the 1890 House 3 times in the last 6 months. We have pictures of apparitions, orbs and have recorded several EVP’s. Marsha I would be interested in learning further what you have captured on tape or film. Our web site, you can contact us through that or at Most of the information in this section we have either debunked or found no claim to it. I am not sure if the place is truly haunted, but I will say at this time that there is paranormal activity that does exist there. I am still searching the claim of the girl dying out front of the building, we have found no record of such an event in any archive or the call manuals for the police or fire departments. Any more information would help us conclude our research. Thank you.

diane says:

September 16, 2010, 11:41 pm

n one to the knowledge of residents of the city has stayed overnight in the home since the wickwire family sold it to the city in the late 70’s…it is said to be hanted by mrs. wickwire herself….no one has ever witnessed her

Marianne says:

October 7, 2010, 11:30 am

To set the record straight, there have been people living in the caretaker’s apartment in the 1890 House in Cortland. The most recent having moved out circa August 2008. Currently, nobody lives in the apartment. However, there are activities throughout the museum at various times of the day or night. If you have questions, please feel free to visit the museum — or make a donation! We need your help to keep the lights on!

Joe says:

October 30, 2010, 8:20 pm

My son rents a house on Hill St. Since he has been there they have seen a fast moving apparition of a young kid in the attic. His housemate has been awakened several times from a sound sleep, in a frenzy, claiming a person was suspended over his bed. Whistling has come from the room leading to the attic in the late evening, or early morning. My son felt he saw a person sitting in his room at around 5:00 in the morning, he rose quickly yelling “what the hell” , the person raised his head to stare at my son, he quickly turned on the light and no one was there. His house mate
has been experiencing pressure on his chest and strange lights in his room.

Jason says:

November 1, 2010, 10:44 am

There actually is an apartment on the top floor. It is for the Caretaker. However, I have worked in that building with him in the late 90’s and never once has he mentioned any unusual noises or GHOSTLY sounds. I never witnessed anything myself. It is however a beautiful building that has great history and can expand creative minds. If there is unusual paranormal activity, I would hope that people would try debunking it first before making claims that are unheard of.

Scott Clark says:

November 2, 2010, 10:25 pm

Joe, who commented on 10/30/10, I would like to speak to your son about his claims. Interesting enough, Hill Street is were many of the Wickwire’s hired help lived. This could help us with our research and we can help him by trying to determine who spiritually is residing there. Have him contact us at or go to our web site at for further contact information. Thank you.

Lupita says:

December 6, 2010, 10:48 pm

I was at the Wickwire house in Cortland with my husband. When I was going up to the third floor, I felt a cold breeze and someone grabbing my legs and preventing me from going up the stairs. i could not lift my legs and I had to go back down the stairs and to the first floor. There I discovered that my shoes had been untied, actually the laces almost removed from them. That was it for me, I left the place. For some reason, my husband was not bothered by whatever bothered me.

Kat says:

April 11, 2011, 8:52 pm

Alright, For starters the 1890 house is used for weddings and such, decorated very pretty during the holidays, and yes it is haunted. I grew up in Cortland. I even have a picture of the house with that I took with a 35 mill camera back in 1998. When I blew the pic up large it does appear to have a few ghosts on the property. My grandparents had told me of sad stories about the original occupants. The phrat house down the street, I have not heard much on that except that many SUNY students like to experiment with drugs and one male student was dumped by his lover and her did commit suicide over that.

kyle says:

July 14, 2011, 8:15 am

No way is the 1890 house haunted. Nearly all the old frat houses are tho. Also, there are many other buildings that are truly haunted in cortland. For example county office building, and st Mary’s church. History on church, apparently when it was being built two priests “fell” to their deaths on the same day at the same spot. The church gives off a vine as well if you’re in there alone…

Pauly B says:

July 14, 2012, 10:15 am

I lived in Cortland from 1995 to 2000. I was part of an “organization” that resided at 50 Topkins St which was located across the street and west about 3 or 4 houses. I spent lots of time in the larger houses on Tompkins and being an amateur historian I did a lot of research. Especially 50 Tompkins. I haven’t spent much time in the 1890 house but I thought that this might be relevant. The history of 50 Tompkins and my experiences there are the reason why I am certain that spirits, ghosts ,whatever, actually exist. The original family that lived there were obviously wealthy. A walk in ice house, enormous kitchen and photographs of the decorations throughout the house (lion skin rugs, lavish parties) are proof. That donated the property to the US govt. They turned 50 Tompkins into a VA hospital for American servicemen injured by poison gas in WW1. Can you say pain and suffering. It continued in it’s role as a VA hospital through WW2. Most likely seeing the death of hundreds of servicemen through the years. My fraternity then bought the house and renovated it as a residence. Anyone familiar with SUNY Cortlands Greek life can attest the depravity that went on there. I know for a fact that starting in the eighties the “vibe” of the organization changed. It became a decadent place full of fun with lots of human darkness thrown in. Residents of the area know the reputation of Kappa and I can tell you that the stories you may have heard are no where near what really happened behind closed doors. In short the lives and souls of countless young men were tortured. Decades of bad vibes. I lived alonetjere for a summer and experienced unexplained sights, sound and smell to last a lifetime. If your interested I can try to remember all of the details. That house and especially the basement and the upper floor were extremely active. Decades ,almost a century of pain and suffering qualifies that location as haunted and in need of additional research. The house was burned to the ground in the early 2000’s (oops, sorry). Now a speech pathology building for the college occupies the property. I wonder what strange occurrences happen there….

Justin says:

September 12, 2012, 6:46 pm

I am Just here to Say TAPS (Ghost Hunters) are there now, I know these posts are from 4 years ago but posting anyway. Very Excited Love the show. From Reading these posts, and I am someone who has lived in Cortland all but 6 years I was in the military, Sounds Like the activity is based on Drunk College kids sightings,it is right next to the Frats and soroities. The Building Grace Brown worked in has been torn down, all her haunted stories are at the lake house up north, and her family is from South Otselic. Either Way excited to have TAPS in C-Town

Sheila says:

November 22, 2012, 1:02 pm

I have lived in Cortland all my life. I am 43 yrs old.So I am very familiar with the 1890 House. My late husband used to work there as a grounds keeper when we were teenagers. Although my husbnad was not one to beleive in anything paranormal, I do beleive. My late husband never mentioned anything strange happening to him while he worked there. I think it’s a matter of wether your mind is open to beleiving or it isnt. Either way if by having ppl beleive its haunted gets the funds the 1890 House needs to stay open then i’m all for it. It’s a wonderful landmark that needs to be preserved. I still live in Cortland and as far as I know it’s not haunted, and yes I have been there myself. Does it contain spirits that havent moved on possibly but I dont think they haunt the house they just roam the halls.

Marsha says:

January 31, 2013, 3:53 pm

I told you the 1890 House is Haunted

Marsha says:

January 31, 2013, 3:55 pm

Thank you GHOST HUNTERS for proving me right

kelsey says:

February 1, 2013, 10:36 am

well the 1890 house will be proved that it is house on feburary 6th….

Edward Beebe says:

February 6, 2013, 3:59 pm

I get a kick out of people that say they have lived here all of their life and have never heard of the 1890 house being haunted. I’m 66 years old haved lived in Cortland all but 8 years of my life. The 1890 house is not the only haunted house in Cortland but it has gotten more attention than the other haunted house’s. I’m a retired Captain from the City of Cortland Fire Department.My career lasted nearly 40 years in the fire department. I was a Shift Captain,Emergency,Medical Technician,New York Code Enforcement Officer. That is to let you know that I do have some credibility. I do not frighten vary easy. I have been the 1890 house many times and have experienced one or more paranormal encounters every time I have been that building. I have felt touching,heard voices, had doors open and close around me, felt sudden coldness to where I could see my breath during summer time. I have seen people that were not there and more. Not everyone will have an encounter, even some so called Physics may not experience anything if the what is there does not want to interact with them. Everyone will have their own opinion of what is there or not there. That is just the way it will always be. I can tell you what I believe but you don’t have to agree with me. Just go and see for yourself with an open mind and patients and see what happens. If you live here and never have been inside you to do so. The building is a part of local history. The Beebe’s and the Todd’s were the first to settle here also. That is part of my history too.

Marsha says:

February 7, 2013, 1:00 pm

Well said Ed….after watching the TAPS team investigate the 1890 house on Ghost Hunters last night..and if you saw it too everybody..ask yourself..just how did those pool sticks rattle themselves? I believe TAPS pacified the frightened Miss Grimes..with a gentle explanation. People I know have more proof in do I. It really does not matter how long a person has been in Cortland I am 63 now born and raised here, no biggy… if you are not open to the will not experiance anything..I am glad I am sensitive to these thigs..I love knowing who or what is sharing the same space as me. Spirits are everywhere.

Kat says:

March 5, 2013, 3:08 pm

It was good for me to view the Ghost Hunters show on the 1890’s house. My son rented a room in an old Victorian last year a “few” doors down from 1890’s house. Although as a family, we have never believed in ghosts, he privately shared with us some paranormal-type experiences in the home throughout the year. Yes the vibe in the house was odd too when I visited. I was so relieved when my son moved out. I am sure the activity was harmless as it was similar to the 1890’s activity, but disconcerting never the less. Possibly, the issues occur in several old homes in the surrounding area? We never informed the homeowner of the occurrences because of potential for embarrassment.

Victoria says:

December 22, 2013, 12:01 am

I have been in the 1890 House a couple of times when I come to visit Cortland. I was on a private tour with my parents a couple of years ago and my mother saw an apparition as we were standing near the servants quarters. She is not one to believe in ghosts so it was really surprising for her to say that she saw something. I have unfortunately never experience any paranormal happenings in that house. Another place to check out on home though is the old Keator Opera House. I was there a few days ago and captured a picture that is clearly a face, and I have had others look at the picture that have said the same thing.

Sean Pierce says:

April 3, 2015, 2:25 pm

the third floor is where I had an experience that was bone chilling. still think about it 30 something years later.

Diana Ussery-Moore says:

June 12, 2015, 7:20 pm

I grew up in Cortland and I can tell you that there are “haunted” areas throughout the town…it’s not that a ghost or spririt is always seem, it it usually often felt. Some people are more sensitive, and may actually see aspirations that others don’t. Ghost are nothing more than a lingering energy. They might make your hair stand on end, and you might feel the prickling down your spine, but unless you’re a sensitive, you won’t see anything, but the presence is real. Take a Cat or Dog with you in an alleged haunted house or area, they are natural sensitives, and they will confirm the presence if there truly is one.

Brian the librarian Story- SUNY Cortland says:

July 23, 2015, 2:57 pm

Greetings all,
I’ll be running a local tales of terror, night of ghost stories at teh 1890 house this coming October. I’d welcome any and all of you to join us that night 10/20 to share your tales. If any of you would like to volunteer as a story teller or have any great tales to share with me I would welcome your participation.Please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thanks in advance. till next we speak, be well.

Austin Lowe says:

September 11, 2015, 4:10 pm

Some of you niggers need autocorrect for your computers.

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