cache type The Van Horn Mansion cache size

by Gryffindor1
(Finds: 52   Score: 202.5)   (Hidden: 8   Score: 25)

Coordinates ( WGS-84 datum )
N 43° 18.731'   W 078° 42.860'
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Burt ,    New York    14028
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 03 Aug 2006
Waypoint (Landmark): N021AB
Cache type:    Virtual
Cache size:    Unknown

Difficulty:   gps (easy)
Terrain:   gps (easy)

Misc: Parking is available


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The Van Horn Mansion

An interesting place with an interesting history, the Van Horn Mansion was built by James Van Horn in 1823, making it one of the oldest mansions in the WNY area. The Van Horn family operated the first grist mill in the Newfane along 18-Mile Creek, very close to directly across Route 78 from this site where the Burt Dam Hydro facility is today. The estate once consisted of a fruit farm on 344 acres along with a store, woolen factory and distillery. The first Newfane Town Meetings were held at the mansion as well. The property was eventually sold by James’ sons in 1910.

Since the Van Horn family, the property had moved through many owners, even being used as a restaurant (Green Acres) in 1949. The home was damaged by fire and rebuilt in 1839, then remodeled and expanded as late as 1900. During the 60's and 70's, the mansion was used for apartments and then was vacant, making it a target of vandalism.

The building and grounds were donated to the Newfane Historical Society by the Akzo Chemical company in 1987 and has been under restoration ever since. Much of its former grandeur has been restored thanks to volunteer help from the Historical Society.

The birthplace of Newfane is open for tours on the second and fourth Sundays of every month from 2-4 p.m. and by appointment for special groups. It is also a host to parties, showers, weddings, anniversaries and meetings.

The *really* interesting story of the mansion is that it is believed that it is haunted by the ghost of Malinda Van Horn.

The Van Horn family was originally buried in the family orchard, but in the 1950s all the graves were moved to a nearby cemetery. That is when the haunting began. In 1837, a young 21-year old woman named Malinda (the wife of James Van Horn son) was struck by a tree branch and killed. Some think maybe she hung herself, but it is not clear exactly what happened. Her grave was unmarked, so when the rest of her family was moved to the cemetery, Malinda’s bones remained on the mansion grounds.

Her apparition has been sighted mostly in her upstairs bedroom and standing by a second floor hall window. She has also been reported standing in the middle of the street in front of the house. During some renovations in the 1970's, the workers met her smokey form in an archway on the second floor. The workers left and never came back, a new crew had to be hired to finish.

In 1987 a group of psychics and dowsers found Malinda's bones in the orchard and with the help of prison workers and the Sheriff’s department, a stone was put there for Malinda. They say after that time the hauntings completely stop.

But now, even with a marked grave, can her spirit rest? Her bones still aren’t reunited with the rest of the Van Horns’... Post a picture of yourself with your GPS, or if by yourself, you holding your GPS in front of the Van Horn Mansion. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to include one of Malinda!