By Will Homan
Get out," the voice hissed.
The woman rewound the recording, all but certain her ears were playing a trick on her, and listened again.
"Get out," it hissed for the second time.
That was Jennifer Maldonado’s first — and only — trip to the Iron Island Museum on Buffalo’s East Side. She’d made sure to avoid the rest of the group — and its noise — as she explored the basement of the former church-turned-funeral home. It was known to play host to paranormal spirits.
But after a few listens, the Buffalo native, who had been skeptical at first, was certain she
was hearing what she thought she was hearing.
"Someone did not want us down in that basement," Maldonado recalled.
It might sound like a scene out of a scary movie, but it’s just one of the many things you can expect to experience on the Haunted History Trail of New York State.
The trail spans over 400 miles and features more than 65 locations. Depending on the location, visitors can expect to take part in activities like guided tours, private "investigations" and overnight stays. If you’re brave enough to visit in the weeks leading up to Halloween, expect a number of special seasonal events to choose from.
Local stops on the Haunted History Trail include the Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls; the Lockport Caves, where faces have been seen in the water; and Rolling Hills Asylum, which has been featured on shows such as SyFy’s Ghost Hunters and the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures and Paranormal Challenge.
WNY locations include:
Red Coach Inn, Niagara Falls
Heaven Sent B&B, Portageville
Winery at Marjim Manor, Appleton
The Van Horn Mansion, Burt
Find news on upcoming events, the history of each location and more at Hauntedhistorytrail.com.