Is that a ghost or just your imagination? See for yourself.
With no city lights on for miles, The Pillars Estate stands alone in the darkest night.
Inside, guests are greeted by a dim candlelight, windy stairs and a gentleman from Scotland.
Tony McMurtrie was buying the Civil War estate in Albion, NY, when it was ready to be demolished. Restoring it to its former glory over the past decade, he has carefully taken care of every detail – from the grandfather watches to the silver.
“I don’t know where it comes from,” he explains. “I just like that time and that era.”
His love of antiquities and refined way of life did not go unnoticed. Cora Goyette moved to Albion from England and bonded with McMurtrie because of their shared appreciation of European culture.
Today she runs the 13,286-square-foot house as if it were her own, hosting tea parties and events in the large ballroom.
But unlike McMurtrie, Goyette will not stay at The Pillars alone. In fact, most of McMurtrie’s friends refuse to spend the night.
“Spirit really is inside the house,” Goyette says without blinking. “It’s pretty serious.”
From mysterious passages to childish voices and a piano playing itself, strange happenings have been reported since McMurtrie began restoring the house.
Some believe he has unlocked a haunted past, while others remain skeptical.
Originally published October 2015.
Video and photos by Awen Films.