West Hall - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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West Hall at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute currently houses the Arts Department, but was once the historic Old Troy Hospital. As legend has it, ghostly Nurse Betsy of the psych ward sometimes plays the piano, as she used to do to calm her patients. Her footsteps and her patients’ screaming and whining also have been reported, as well as thumping sounds and slamming doors. According to Betsy’s story, a fire broke out in the psych ward, and she died a hero while trying to save the lives of her patients.

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Geographic Information

8th Street
Troy, New York
United States

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42.73172557007918, -73.68324427303378
Rensselaer County, New York
Nearest Towns:
Troy, NY (0.5 mi.)
Watervliet, NY (0.9 mi.)
Green Island, NY (1.0 mi.)
Cohoes, NY (3.1 mi.)
Wynantskill, NY (3.1 mi.)
Menands, NY (3.5 mi.)
Waterford, NY (4.2 mi.)
West Albany, NY (5.9 mi.)
Albany, NY (6.6 mi.)
Poestenkill, NY (6.7 mi.)


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