Hill View Manor - New Castle, Pa.
photo by Kim Kerr
During the mid 80's into the 90's I worked in a county run nursing home. My position was Director of Social Services and Activities Coordinator. As soon as I started working there I knew that there was more to the place then what you could see. I knew instantly that this place was haunted. Working there, I got to know the patients and of course, the staff. A big complaint of the staff was that no one liked working the third floor at night. They always complained of hearing noises, hearing voices or feeling cold spots in what was a very warm location in the building.
The patients always talked about seeing a little boy. It was said that if you saw this boy in your room, you were the next to pass.
The home was built in 1925 as the Lawrence Co. Poor Farm. It was a working farm for the indigent of the county. Behind it is the county pauper cemetery. The building went through many changes and a few name changes. It was turned into a nursing home in the 1960's.
I left in the early 90's and the home was finally closed down in 2004. I no longer live in the Lawrence County area so when I heard it closed, I started blogging about it on my My Space (http://www.myspace.com/micksghosts)page. Several people in that area took note of my blogs, visited the grounds and started sending me some exciting photos! They sent photos of children in the building! People looking out the windows etc. I decided then that it was time to get a team together and do an investigation! Unfortunately no one else shared my enthusiasm for the place. Finally another group did do an investigation there and found a ton of evidence. Unfortunately upon telling the owner their results, he decided to start charging people who wanted to investigate.
I have been there several times and have investigated twice. It has a rich and mysterious history. 3 people either jumped or fell to their deaths from the roof throughout the years. One person either hung - or was hung - inside the place.
The home has been investigated by several notables in the paranormal field like John Zaffis, Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Patty Wilson, Robb Demerest, Ghost Lab, Ce Ce Huntess, Zak Bagans and the GAC team and many others. All have excellent reports of evidence obtained there.
Shadow figures have been witnessed and photographed lurking in the halls and rooms. The graveyard is a hot bed of excitement if you are into the paranormal. The majority of the graves are unmarked since it is used mostly for indigents and no names.
If you are interested in checking this place out, email and I will tell you more. It is located right outside the New Castle, Pa county boarder on 65. The address is 2801 Ellwood Rd, New Castle, Pa. I can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The place does have a web. I think it is haunted hill view.com but not sure. Like I said unfortunately, they charge a few now to go into the place.
Please do not go there without permission. It is posted private property and the police have been instructed to arrest any trespassers. It is unfortunate that some people are just out for a buck these days and the paranormal seems to be an easy target.