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Beardslee Manor & Castle

Little Falls, New York
By Shannon Reinbold-Gee

Outside of Utica, in the town of Little Falls, New York, is Beardslee Manor. Now a beautifully restored restaurant, Beardslee Manor hosts weddings and receptions. But some visitors have found more attending their wedding parties than just their invited guests. Beardslee Manor has a reputation for being haunted, and once you understand its history, you may know why.

Beginning with a small, fortified homestead in the middle of the 1700s, the property where Beardslee Manor now rests was occupied by European settlers. Located deep in the heart of the Mohawk Valley, the quaint homestead became an important storage depot for the local militiaâ??s munitions. Legend has it that one evening a band of Native Americans sneaked into the homestead to investigate and their torches touched off the gunpowderâ??blowing them straight into history. Perhaps their spirits continue to explore the region, watching for new interlopers…

Borrowing from traditional Irish castle designs, Augustus Beardslee created the building that became known as the â??Beardslee Castleâ? in 1860. When the original family left the area, the property passed from owner to owner several times. One owner, â??Popâ? Christensen hanged himself after a long battle with a terminal illness.

But perhaps the Indian influence is not limited to the ghosts of those lost souls. One of the early owners of what was initially called â??Beardslee Castle,â? Guy Beardslee returned home from military service out west with several Sioux war bonnets, weapons and ceremonial artifacts. Items of this nature were revered by many of the Sioux, so it is possible unrest followed them and has remained even after the original building (with the artifacts inside) burned in the first fire (1919).

Beginning in the 1950s, travelers nearing the property claimed to see strangely colored lights rush towards their cars. Several accidents occurred, being blamed on blinding lights. Some accidents proved fatal. People have speculated that the strange floating lights are long-lost reflections from Beardsleeâ??s lantern as he searched for a child whoâ??d gone missing many years ago. A few other drivers reported seeing a mysterious and ghostly child walking along the side of the road. Regardless of what sights have been reported in the area, the final quarter-mile stretch of straight and clear road leading to the manor boasts more car accidents than are easily explained away.

People claim that weeds will not grow in the path leading to the old family mausoleum, though it is seldom tended. And in those same pine woods people have reported seeing more strange lights and hearing voices. Strange rainbows have appeared in photos here, disregarding the regular patterns of light.

Staff members complained of voices and singing emanating from the second floor until the area was closed off in 1984. Now footsteps are heard in the dining room after dinner service has ended and phantom keys jingle as if someone is readying to lock up. Voices have successfully been recorded in the Manor, and ghost hunter Norm Gauthier felt the Manor was haunted by at least two different spirits. Visitors have also claimed seeing a young woman in white, now nicknamed â??Abigail,â? who supposedly died the night before her wedding was to take place.

In 1989 the manor caught fire again, some people feeling that it was sparked by the spirits who felt disrespected by the ghost tales being told so often and investigators entering so frequently. In 1994 the property was again named â??Beardslee Castleâ?, out of respect for the Beardslee familyâ??s original designs and intentions.

Open to the public, Beardslee Castle is still a place to experience the richness of the pastâ??even as it ghosts up to your car or dinner table.

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Antonia says:

June 10, 2006, 11:11 pm

I could tell you many stories about Beardslee’s Castle. It was once called that and not Beardsly’s Manor. It is also not in Salisbury, it is just outside of St. Johnsville. If you are interested I know many stories about the place because I lived in St. Johnsville and know people that knew the Beardslee Family.

jamie says:

June 18, 2006, 11:05 pm

i’m curious!

sunny says:

July 24, 2006, 1:45 am

There is nothing scary about that place.
I stayed there, heard some noises,but I believed in ALLAH (god) and nothin happend. Muslims rule u stupid non-believers

angel says:

August 10, 2006, 7:30 am

wat evr u r so boring

little lou says:

October 20, 2006, 8:25 am

Muslims rule my ***

FulCoPara81 says:

March 10, 2007, 1:01 pm

Has anyone heard of a haunt up past Dolgeville in the town of Salsbury(sp?)? I have some information from a source, but am unable to confirm with an actual location or historical account. If anyone has any information on this please mail me @

Thank You:)

Ashley says:

March 12, 2007, 12:51 pm

OMG!!!! I live right near there!!!

FulCoPara81 says:

March 29, 2007, 11:51 pm

The information that I have received is that once you get out past Dolgeville about 2 miles out of town, there is a Hopson Road…. and a place possibly called “Green Acres”. The site I am looking for is either a condemned rotting house or an empty lot where a house used to sit. There was also mention of a church. I have search numerous records, and have done everything(short of driving the 45mins to Dolgeville…. if anyone is able to pinpoint a possible hit on this location I would sincerely appreciate it.


loco says:

June 13, 2007, 4:49 pm

If you need to find aspecific location of a once exsisting building or one that is still in exsistience contact your county courthouse and ask them to look for it under public building records. An approximate time and general location should put anyone on the right path to finding where they need to go. They will also have old county maps which will help as well. Happy Hunting.

Angelina says:

July 13, 2007, 10:45 am

Cool i am just trying to scare my bff but i cant find nothing

dave says:

October 17, 2007, 11:14 am

I live here and this place is pretty messed up. My mom camefrom the dead and said “Happt B- Day,” so tell me ghost ain’t real.

nikki says:

October 27, 2007, 4:18 pm

ummmm your mom came from the dead? then where did u come from. I have been to beardsley not scarey. dinner was good. no creepy feelings. eastern state pen was creepy. musilums who judge suck. im sure somewhere in your book it says something like dont judge least ye be judged. and god is the final judge what would he think of you? if you have never sen him then why is believing in ghosts or paranormL ANY DIFFERANT. dork.

Roxanne Dargie says:

January 1, 2008, 3:15 pm

To the “Muslims Rule” person..or I guess you go by sunny..Id like to know what you meant by “you stayed there” … Beardslee Castle happens to be a restaurant not a hotel, motel or bed and breakfast. So obviously, unless you slept in the wine cellar or on the pool table,,you are lying.. Now that being said, how does Allah feel about liars? hmmmmmm

nate says:

March 25, 2008, 11:38 pm

there is a hopson farm on hopson road i am not sure if there was a church there the house is very old and many things have happened there. There is also a little build next to green acres. Green acres is a little ice cream / resurant place that is only open in the summer. i am from dolgeville i would be happy to give more info email if any questions.

Sunaina says:

August 31, 2008, 8:13 am

I just loved the ” real haunts ” of Beardslee Manor whether it may or may not be true. The fiction and writing is really nice and there is a line on the Indians too cause’ I am an Indian and this story was not published anywhere in India and I am really grateful to shannon to let me know this legend which many people do not know and this can be passed down to all for knowledge and history…

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September 24, 2008, 12:19 pm


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October 7, 2008, 2:32 pm

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prerana says:

March 22, 2009, 12:42 am

it`s veryy curious

katie says:

November 8, 2009, 11:11 pm

i like pie

Jennifer says:

November 3, 2010, 8:34 am

I remember when I was around 10 or 11 my bestfriends mother took us up to Beardslee Castle to meet a family friend who worked in the bar. While being there we were sitting at the bar (It was early in the morning I’d say 7 or 8) and my friend and I were having a kids’ mickey mouse. I just so happened to look over and there was another glass beside me. No one else was there other than me, my friend, her mother, and the family friend. All I know is that the glass would slide up and down the bar. Like a child of my age then was playing with us. I havent been there since and I am now 22.

Julie says:

January 21, 2011, 7:05 pm

Ok ive never been to the castle nor am i from around the area. I ended up transfering to the area and lived in little falls for a few months and worled over nights…Noises lights and smokeylike shaped people would go by me quickly. I would hear footsteps and see buttons being pressed papers would move. I swear there was a ghost which freaked me out…At this point I didnt beleive in them….I started to talk with the two (1 male 1 female) and i would hear muffed noises back, not understanding what was being said…Months later I read an article on the castle and I truly beleive in spirits….

ESMI says:

January 29, 2011, 11:23 pm

THEY ARE NOT SCARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amber says:

April 27, 2011, 5:37 pm

First of all Mr. Muslim, Muslims do believe in ghost and spirits. The only time we have to pray to Allah is when the ghost or spirit is going to harm us in any sort of way. Many stories like these are believed in by Muslims. We (Muslims) also believe in jinn (bad spirits) which take over our body. That is when you gotta start praying. Stop saying stuff, this is how we blow up the ignorance in the world, by being ignorant ourselfs

adam says:

November 17, 2011, 12:27 pm

yeah im doing a research paper on haunted house and im trying to findout some stuff on the most messed up haunted house out there. sooo i was wondering if someone could email me some stories or something idk

Joe says:

October 2, 2014, 3:37 pm

If you want to be spooked,go to the mausoleum late at night. It is in a swamp area, that is most always foggy at night.

Myriah smith says:

September 30, 2015, 12:39 am

I am interested in taking my older children to see the mausoleum of Beardslee,but I can’t pinpoint a exact way to get in there. I am asking for any help or pictures to help me with adventure day. I have been to the water and the rock formations. I have made it to the big sign that says bridge closed. Any help would be appreciated.i am very interested in this!!!

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