Crandall House - Real Balston Spa Haunt
Located near the Wood Road School Complex, the Crandall House was built in the 1800s for Sylvester Crandall, a failed stockbroker, and his wife, Julia. The couple often fought over money and neighbors reported seeing Sylvester spending time alone in the house’s cupola. During the winter of 1887, Julia’s mother and sisters came to the house to bring her home, but Sylvester came down with a shotgun and killed her mother. He turned the gun on Julia’s step-sister and then Julia herself before walking up to the cupola where he shot himself. After the tragic murder-suicide, bewildered neighbors reported seeing Sylvester in his cupola at night, and that a light would stay on in the room from dusk to dawn. One neighbor was even allegedly rescued from a severe snow storm after he had gotten stuck by a man he said looked identical to Sylvester. Sightings became less frequent as those who knew the Crandalls passed away, but children in the nearby school still say the see a creepy man dwelling in the old house.
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