Roycroft Inn

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Footsteps, voices and apparitions are all heard and seen at the Roycroft Inn. Some people believe that it is haunted by Elbert Hubbard who founded the Roycroft campus and building in an effort to encourage and promote local artistry. Elbert died on the Lusitania when it was sunk by the Germans in 1915. Some believe he is still there keeping an eye on Roycroft.

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    Geographic Information

    Address:
    40 S Grove St
    East Aurora, NY 14052
    United States

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    GPS:
    42.766725, -78.61737099999999
    County:
    Erie County, New York
    Nearest Towns:
    East Aurora, NY (0.2 mi.)
    Billington Heights, NY (1.3 mi.)
    Elma Center, NY (4.5 mi.)
    Orchard Park, NY (6.4 mi.)
    Town Line, NY (8.8 mi.)
    Holland, NY (9.5 mi.)
    Strykersville, NY (9.6 mi.)
    Lancaster, NY (9.6 mi.)
    North Boston, NY (9.8 mi.)
    Depew, NY (10.2 mi.)

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    http://www.roycroftinn.com

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    1. I grew up in East Aurora and I have been there on many occasions, dinner, overnight and even a funeral. I have never experienced any paranormal activity myself, but if Mr. Hubbard really is at the Roycroft, he definitely isn’t negatively haunting. It’s a beautiful place and if anything, he is watching over it for the good.

    2. I was poked on the shoulder while dining at the Inn. It was mother’s Day 2016 and we were seated at a large round table to the left of thr fireplace. My back was towards the corner, so I know that no one was behind me.

    3. I was poked on the shoulder while dining at the Inn. It was mother’s Day 2016 and we were seated at a large round table to the left of the fireplace. My back was towards the corner, so I know that no one was behind me.

    4. Long story short I checked into the hotel on a last minute business trip. I had no idea at the time the hotel was considered to be haunted. Went to bed and was kept awake most of the night by footsteps and doors opening and closing. At the time I was slightly annoyed and just figured they had tons of guests checking in consistently all night long. I didn’t think much of it until the next evening I asked why they were so busy the night before and if it was going to be as noisy again because I wanted to finally get some rest. The front desk clerk said I was the only one checked in on that floor. I found out hours earlier from my business colleagues that the place was haunted and didn’t believe them until I heard this from the front desk lady. I was pretty creeped out heading up to my room and went to bed. It was dead silent and I never heard a peep that entire night. Kind of creepy looking back on the whole experience!

    5. When I was younger, around the age of 12 I was at a Christmas event at the Roycroft. I was sitting on the stairs in the lobby area and behind me was a dark room where all the lights were off and all that was in the room was a few tables. While talking to a friend I had turned around. In place of the darkness there was a shadowy figure of a man and all of the lights were turned on within that room. I stood up to look in later, and no one was there…

    6. I tried going on the Roycroft Inn ghost tour with my friends a few years ago, but the guide got distracted by a long phone call at the beginning, so we decided to leave.

      However, I stayed at the Roycroft a year later, for a week in September 2017, while I was visiting my family.

      The hotel is in a beautiful little New England style town, on a small campus that was formerly an Arts and Crafts colony. The campus is composed of several buildings, including a hotel, a restaurant, an antique shop, and a gift shop that were formerly the living and working quarters of the artists and furniture makers in the Arts and Crafts colony. The hotel’s architecture, murals, and furniture are original, and the wood-framed windows in my room even had old fashioned counterweights. I loved it.

      A few days into my visit, I was sitting on the front porch late at night, working on my laptop, when I heard a woman’s voice say, “Hello?” I looked up, but all I saw was the dark front lawn. It was very late at night and the few other guests were all in bed, so clearly there was no one else around. I felt a little spooked, but I thought it must be a trick of the sound, like there was this dip in the tall grass that had somehow caught sound, or maybe I had heard another sound that wasn’t actually a word or a woman’s voice and I’d just translated it to that in my mind.

      I kept working, but a little while later, a woman said, “Hello?” again, and this time it was right in my ear, like she was standing right next to me and leaning over. There was no mistaking it that time. It was too close and too clear. I turned my head, but all I saw was the empty porch with empty tables and chairs. I hadn’t heard anyone approaching, and I would have on the old wooden porch. At that point, I was really spooked. I jumped up and gathered my things and went into the lobby, where a young guy with a ponytail was working behind the front desk. It was very late and we were the only two people still up.

      “Someone just said hello in my ear,” I said.

      “Sounds carry strangely here,” he said.

      “Do you know anything about the history of hauntings here?”

      “Yes, supposedly there’s the ghost of a woman in the room you’re staying in, actually.”

      “You’re kidding me, right?”

      “No.”

      “Okay, well, I’m going to leave you with the ghost now,” I said, only half joking.

      I went up to my room and calmed myself by reminding myself that there are no ghosts. I checked the armoire and under the bed and laid in bed with the lights on. I thought about how sound might carry from the other rooms to the front porch somehow, but I’d heard the hello so directly in my ear that it was hard to believe.

      The next day, I told my friend and my dad about it, but no one thought anything of it, so I dismissed it myself.

      But tonight, a few years later in October 2020, as it nears Halloween, I’m thinking about it again, and it’s creeping me out!

    7. I stayed at the Roycroft Inn for a week in September 2017, while I was visiting my family.

      The hotel is in a beautiful little New England town called East Aurora, on a small campus that was formerly an Arts and Crafts colony. The campus is composed of several buildings, including a hotel, a restaurant, an antique shop, and a gift shop that were formerly the living and working quarters of the artists and furniture makers in the Arts and Crafts colony. The hotel’s architecture, murals, and furniture are original, and the wood-framed windows in my room even had old fashioned counterweights. I loved it.

      A few days into my visit, I was sitting on the front porch late at night, working on my laptop, when I heard a woman’s voice say, “Hello?” I looked up, but all I saw was the dark front lawn. It was very late at night and the few other guests were all in bed, so clearly there was no one else around. I felt a little spooked, but I thought it must be a trick of the sound, like there was this dip in the tall grass that had somehow caught sound, or maybe I had heard another sound that wasn’t actually a word or a woman’s voice and I’d just translated it to that in my mind.

      I kept working, but a little while later, a woman said, “Hello?” again, and this time it was right in my ear! It was like she was standing right next to me and leaning over. There was no mistaking it that time. It was too close and too clear. I turned my head, but all I saw was the empty porch with empty tables and chairs. At that point, I was really spooked. I jumped up and gathered my things and went into the lobby, where a young guy with a ponytail was working behind the front desk. It was very late and we were the only two people still up.

      “Someone just said hello in my ear.”

      “Sounds carry strangely here,” he said.

      “Do you know anything about the history of hauntings here?”

      “Yes, supposedly there’s the ghost of a woman in the room you’re staying in, actually.”

      “You’re kidding me, right?”

      “No.”

      “Okay, well, I’m going to leave you with the ghost now,” I said, only half joking.

      I went up to my room and checked the armoire and under the bed. I laid in bed with the lights on and calmed myself by reminding myself that there are no ghosts. I thought about how sound might carry from the other rooms to the front porch somehow, but I’d heard the hello so directly in my ear that it was hard to believe.

      The next day, I told my friend and my dad about it, but no one thought anything of it, so I dismissed it myself.

      But tonight, a few years later in October 2020, as it nears Halloween, I’m thinking about it again, and it’s creeping me out!

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