Clifton Springs Sanitarium

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The 5-story Clifton Springs Sanitarium was built in 1892 to promote Dr. Henry Foster’s Clifton Springs Water Cure. It houses a chapel with a glass mosaic of “The Last Supper” designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The ghost of Dr. Foster has been seen sitting in the downstairs lobby of the Woodbury Building. Witnesses also have reported many other oddities, such as lights that work by themselves, unexplained noises, extreme cold spots and blasts, shadow figures, slamming doors, and blood spots that appear on walls.

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11 and 9 E. Main St
Clifton Springs, New York
United States

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42.96122848530819, -77.13625019790925
Ontario County, New York
Nearest Towns:
Clifton Springs, NY (0.2 mi.)
Phelps, NY (4.0 mi.)
Shortsville, NY (4.3 mi.)
Manchester, NY (4.8 mi.)
Port Gibson, NY (5.2 mi.)
Newark, NY (6.3 mi.)
Palmyra, NY (8.6 mi.)
Canandaigua, NY (9.8 mi.)
Geneva, NY (10.2 mi.)
Lyons, NY (10.2 mi.)

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  1. Clifton Springs is my home town, and I have spent my fair share of time in places I wasn’t supposed to be. Several areas of the Woodbury building and a couple areas of the sanitarium (now called the spa apartments) are closed off. that is where most of the experiences I’ve had have happened. There is also a sunroom on the roof where they used to bring the patients which is interesting. A friend of mine who works at the spa apartments has gone up there and upon entering has seen a man in a top hat sitting in a chair smoking a cigar only to see him vanish moments later. There is also an access hatch that leads to the basement on the east side of the hospital in between a small shed and the boiler room. I have seen numerous shadows down there but it is ill advised as security does rounds down there twice a night randomly.

    • also, there was a time when I was on the roof of the hospital (I’m in the local FD and we were looking for a gas leak) and I looked up and saw a figure standing in the sun room. It could’ve been a staff member but I figured it is worth mentioning.

  2. My grampa said after they shut down he went to explore and found jars filled with brains and fetuses he left because it was unnerving. It is now an old folks home.

  3. I worked there for 5 years, as a Nurse on overnights. I can tell you I firmly believe this place to be haunted. Almost everyone I worked with on the overnights had some sort of story. I personally saw a dark shadow figure, and small child, never had a negative feeling, they were just there, then gone. I also saw many shadows moving on the cameras, but not in person. The forth floor of the Woodbury building is supposedly the most haunted. I think most of the town is haunted.

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