Hill View Manor Ghost Hunt
New Castle, Pennsylvania
Friday November 19th 2021
The haunted Hill View Manor in New Castle, PA is a haven for the paranormal. Our overnight Ghost Hunt at this location will definitely test your nerve.
The basement storage area holds many objects that belonged to past (or current ghostly?) residents of Hill View Manor.
Luggage, furniture, personal items – all stored and waiting to be claimed by those who have passed on.
Opened on October 19, 1926 as The Lawrence County Home for the Aged, what is now known as Hill View Manor, located in New Castle, Pennsylvania, operated as a poor farm for those in the community who suffered from mental illness as well as the impoverished and the elderly who had no where else to go.
The residents were referred to as inmates, and when the facility opened its doors to twenty former residents of the old New Castle City Home, a young boy was among the first to move in.
The new building also housed the superintendents, Perry and Mary Snyder and their two children, along with twelve staff members.
The Snyders remained in charge of the poor farm until June of 1944 when the county suspected the then elderly couple of being incompetent. They were removed from their post after serving the community for more than thirty years.
The Lawrence County Home for the Aged remained in operation until the late 1960s when it began being renovated into a skilled nursing facility.
But by 1970, the nursing home was severely overcrowded. With little to no support from the county, the director resigned in early 1973.
It wasn’t until December of 1974 that additions were made to the old building, including a section which is now referred to as the North Wing.
Other renovations were made to the previously existing floors, and a three-story addition was built which included a basement, space for a new kitchen and dining area, and therapy rooms.
The facility was then able to house another thirty people when the North Wing finally opened in 1977.
It was then that the name Hill View Manor was adopted.
Hill View Manor continued to treat and accommodate skilled-nursing patients until it ran into financial difficulties and closed in 2004.
Many documented deaths occurred within these walls – and likely many more that were not recorded. The old cemetery which sits just beyond the tree line towards the back of the property has its own stories to tell.
It is now one of the most sought-after locations for paranormal enthusiasts of all levels, and rarely disappoints with its stories of disembodied footsteps, all sorts of EVPs captured on voice recorders, reports of shadows often seen in One North, the sounds of nurses’ lockers slamming, and the smell of blown-out altar candles in the chapel.
There are many people who believe that there are spirits of a number of former inmates, residents, patients – whatever you wish to call them – and perhaps nurses or other staff members, too – still roaming the halls of this 85,000 square-foot structure.
Perhaps you should join us to see who might be willing to communicate with you after you learn the stories of little Jeffrey, Mary Virginia, Eli, Angelo, and countless others who called Hill View Manor home. And if you’re feeling brave enough, maybe you’d like to spend some time alone in the boiler room…
New Castle, Pennsylvania is home to a location which is highly sought-after by those in the paranormal community. Zak and the Ghost Adventures team, as well as Destination Fear and the original Ghost Hunters have investigated Hill View Manor. And now it’s your turn when you join us – if you dare!
In 1926, Hill View Manor, then known as The Lawrence County Home for the Aged, opened its doors to serve the poor, the elderly and the mentally ill; people who had no one else to help care for them. It was a “poor farm” – the able-bodied residents, called inmates at the time, were expected to work the farmland and in other capacities within the facility.
In the late 1960s, the building was converted into a skilled nursing home and eventually additions were made to the property so that it could accommodate more patients. Updates were made over the years, and the name was changed to Hill View Manor in 1977.
But by 2004, the nursing home was in financial trouble and it was closed down.
For the nearly eight decades that the facility served the Lawrence County community, hundreds of people resided within the walls of Hill View Manor – and many – documented and undocumented deaths – occurred here. Naturally, some died from illness or old age, others by their own hand.
It’s believed that many who perished in the facility are buried in unmarked graves in the cemetery located behind the building. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know how many people met their fate while residing at Hill View. But the stories – and the spirits – are numerous.
Some of the best-known stories revolve around Mary Virginia, a woman who suffered from cerebral palsy and spent a good portion of her life here as a resident.
You can visit her room and see her collection of beads and dolls – maybe she will tell you which one is her favorite. When you visit little Jeffrey’s room, perhaps he will move a ball or a toy fire truck – enticing you to play.
Sit quietly in Angelo’s hallway and you just might hear shuffling and footsteps coming towards you – but no living person is in sight.
Visit the chapel and you might think someone has just concluded a religious service because there’s a strong smell of recently blown-out candles in the air.
The basement storage area holds many objects that belonged to past (or current ghostly?) residents of Hill View Manor. Luggage, furniture, personal items – all stored and waiting to be claimed by those who have passed on.
The boiler room is also in the basement, and many female visitors and staff have reported feeling touched or grabbed by an unseen entity in that area. Perhaps it’s good old Eli, who is rumored to have had a bit of an alcohol problem and didn’t wake up one morning after a particularly hard night of drinking.
The paranormal activity reported by visitors, investigation groups, staff and volunteers is endless. Disembodied voices and footsteps are common.
EVPs are frequently captured on voice recorders. Many people claim to see shadows of former patients peeping out of the rooms located along One North. The lockers in the nurses’ locker room have been known to bang shut on their own.
You never know who might be willing to communicate with you if you dare to explore the halls of Hill View Manor. Come with us and find out – if you think you have what it takes.