A ghostly visitor is
on film in the picture
of an abandoned house
on Residence Avenue.
ALBANY — At this time of year, ghastly visions seem to be lurking everywhere, whether they’re real, imagined, or re-invented in a frightful event. Today’s culture is fascinated with supernatural happenings more now than ever before. From television shows featuring otherworldly creatures, to more television shows chronicling the adventures of real-life ghosthunters, these themes are everywhere.
One recent visitor to The Albany Herald recanted a story about a ghostly inhabitance on Residence Avenue, and even brought along a photograph of the visitor. Of course, there are several legends surrounding places in Albany and the area — tales of seeing and hearing the strange and unexplained unknown.
No matter what your personal opinion may be on the matter, these stories remain interesting, and of course, full of mystery.
Residence Avenue: Brian Boyd of Albany tells the story of one man, Danny, who was driving home one night a couple of years ago when he was stopped by a funeral procession. While passing the time, Danny began snapping photographs of an old house nearby on Residence Avenue. After getting his pictures developed, he noticed something strange about one photograph. After speaking with the film developers and examining his original footage, he had no explanation for the man who now appeared in his photograph.
Curiosity led Danny to track down the property owner, who shed some light on the mystery. The house, which now sits abandoned and condemned, was originally a house of prostitution and illegal gambling in the 1930s. The owner of the house claimed the man in the photograph was none other than her father, who ran the illegal business and was murdered on the property in the 1950s. Perhaps he never left? Maybe this is one abandoned house that still harbors a resident.
The Bridge House: Designed by noted Bridge Builder Horace King and built by Albany Founder Nelson Tift, now houses the Albany Welcome Center, but apparently houses apparitions as well. Paranormal investigators claim to have recorded images of shadowy figures in the building, and employees speak of elevators moving and opening their doors unaided.
Thronateeska Heritage Center: This site at Albany’s old train depot on the 100 block of Roosevelt Avenue is said to have ghostly inhabitants, with nearby residents claiming to hear a dog barking, along with a lady’s scream. The Dougherty County Paranormal Investigators explored the site in 2009, and claimed that results found during their investigation gave evidence of spirits in the area. Evidently displeased with their visitors, one spirit allegedly said, “Go, leave,” and pointed their equipment toward the exit.
Turner Field Naval Hospital: Located off of Turner Road near the Cromardie Beach are, this abandoned medical clinic at the formal naval station is said to be haunted by souls of those tortured in the basement. Observers claim to have seen spirits roaming on the premises
Windsor Hotel, Americus: In the early 1900s, a housekeeper and little girl who lived at the historic hotel were pushed down an elevator shaft. It is said that you can still hear a woman’s voice and hear the little girl laughing at night, and employees have claimed to witness unexplained instances. Professional ghost hunters from Tallahassee recorded images of orbs and claimed to have authenticated proof that spirits haunt the area.