Surfacing The Lost Village Of Delta ~ The Haunts And Legends Of New York
Steeped in history and legends, New York is filled with stories of the forgotten, eerie and the weird that influence us everyday. What secrets are hidden under the dark waters of Delta Lake?
Lite 98.7's Eric Meier has teamed up with Folklorist P.W. Creighton to explore the haunts and legends of New York. Through their travels into the dark and often overlooked spaces they will bring these historic sites back to life and make some unexpected discoveries along the way.
In this episode Eric guides the explorers to Delta Lake to explore the legend of the lost village of Delta that is rumored to still lie at the bottom of the Lake and uncovers a haunting discovery. Is the town still intact under the water? Does anything of the village still remain today?
In the late 18th Century the village of Delta was founded on the delta between the Mohawk River and the Potash Brook with a portion of the village situated in what would eventually be the Town of Western. The village of Delta developed throughout the 19th century with its first school in 1804, post office in 1834 and the Empire Hotel in 1854 along with a church, a corn factory and more. The Baron Steuben Lodge was even organized in Delta in 1887.
Once the construction of the Barge Canal was approved in 1903, the Mohawk River needed to be dammed to form a reservoir. Eventually, the site of Delta was selected due to a number of reasons and in 1908 construction began on the dam that would eventually flood the town.
By 1909 the Village of Delta had more than a hundred buildings including a church, a number of general stores, hotels, homes, barns and cemeteries with nearly two hundred residents. In the end, the village of Delta was submerged under the waters of the Mohawk River in 1912 to form Lake Delta along with 4,3 acres of land after almost three hundred buildings were disassembled and moved to adjacent towns.
However, the village of Delta is not entirely gone. The legend of the lost village of Delta at the bottom of the lake actually comes from a single brick house that was not torn down in time for the flooding. Later, after the initial flooding the brick house was torn down when the water levels of the lake dropped. Other buildings that were once the foundation for the village of Delta are now staples of other surrounding towns.
The former grand Empire Hotel from the village of Delta is now known as Liberty Hall in the town of Western. While the hotel may now bear little resemblance to the former hotel it's history is not lost as reports of ghostly echos of past events fill late nights in the empty hall.