Most creepy houses have a bone-chilling story or two from the mouths of their patrons. Maybe a young woman was spotted in Victorian-era clothing in a darkened window after midnight. Perhaps a Civil War general fades in and out of view in an untouched wing of the home. Any of these tales could be told around a fire and leave listeners with nightmares.
One New York mansion, however, doesn’t have any paranormal accounts surrounding it. Instead, all who experienced horror in this home were alive- at least for a little while.
The Thousand Islands
The Thousand Islands are pleasantly tucked between New York and Canada. This vast area of water and gorgeous landscapes is home to thousands of citizens craving a secluded but scenic lifestyle. In 1894, this is precisely where William Wyckoff envisioned his new home.
He chose a specific island, Carleton Island, to build his massive mansion. A man who owned the successful typewriter company Remington Arms would demand no less than an exclusive hideaway for him and his family. And what did he name his beloved property? Conveniently, The Carleton Villa.
Architect William Henry Miller immediately set out to accomplish this project. As soon as it was finished, the Wyckoff family began their plans to move in. All were in great spirits as they packed up their former humble abode.
Suddenly, a month before the scheduled move, Wyckoff’s wife became seriously ill. Within days, she had passed away. Although an extremely sad incident, no one in the rest of the family suspected that only more tragedy was to come.
Seven Acres Of Spooky
A month later, the family moved into the Carleton Villa. Seven acres sprawled out before them. The grandiose display of the striking stained glass windows helped to ease the stress from the move. The large tower built on the side of the house loomed over any passers-by. The phenomenal architecture was unmistakable, as was the underlying sinister vibration.
William Wyckoff laid his head down on his pillow on his first night in his new home. This was the last time he would ever set eyes on his investment again. Wyckoff suffered a heart attack. He did not make it through the night.
The home was then under new ownership. William’s son sold the stately home to General Electric, who planned to use it for scrap metal. Every beautiful stained glass window was removed, as well as an entire wing of the house.
Then, World War II began. The demolition was never completed.
Does Zillow Have A Listing?
The house still stands today, completely abandoned aside from the occasional four-legged squatter. A whopping $495,000 dollar can buy a once-livable, now-crumbled home with gorgeous river views and plenty of land. For some, the offer is appealing.
James Wiley of Bowes Realty in Clayton, New York is in charge of selling the property. He stated, “Over the past years, I’ve had many people interested. I have two or three inquiries on that property once every week.”
It’s clear that these potential buyers have an affinity for the macabre. Additionally, they must have a passion for home renovation. Calling the ghostly estate a fixer-upper is definitely an understatement.