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Haunted Burrell Mansion – CNY Paranormal

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The Overlook Mansion, also know as the Burrell Mansion was designed by noted archtect Archimedes Russel and built around 1889 for the industrialist and inventor David H. Burrell in Little Falls, NY.

Mr. Burrell spent his life traveling abroad and developing new technologies for the dairy industry until 1885 when Little Falls was incorporated. He then founded D.H. Burrell Co. in Little Falls to design, manufacture, and distribute dairy equipment and supplies including the most notable, the ‘Burrell Milking Machine.’Burrell was also responsible for creating the first successful oil burner that helped to develop the entire oil heating industry.

Burrell’s ghost has been reported to haunt Little Falls in a number of buildings with his name on them including the library but most notably the Overlook, Burrell Mansion.

The massive structure held some 26 rooms and included its own hydroelectric plant, elevator, indoor swimming pool and bowling alley. The Richardsonian Romanesque style of the mansion led many locals to regard the building as a ‘Hillside Castle.’ The mansion remained a grand example of architecture until Burrell’s death. The estate remained in the family for a number of years and operated as the Overlook Mansion Inn until 2002. Everything in the mansion, including the light fixtures were sold at auction and the remains were left to decay.

It is at this time that many residents began reporting a ghostly figure walking the porch and grounds. Those visiting the collapsing mansion would hear children’s laughter from outside with no one else on the property. Some have even reported seeing Mr. Burrell watching from the windows as the estate fell into decay.

In 2009 a local resident actually purchased the estate with the intent of restoring it to its former glory. If the stories of Mr. Burrell overseeing the estate are true then he would certainly be happy that Overlook is returning to its grand state.

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