The History of Belhurst Castle
Belhurst Castle has quite a history that spans all the way back to Native Americans that inhabited the area as it was originally the site of a Seneca Indian village and home to the council of the Six Nations of Iroquois.
After the land was re-inhabited by settlers, the property became part of the state of Massachusetts in 1738 by two land developers. In 1810, the land was sold to a few businessmen and they built and operated the Ontario Glass Manufacturing Company, which was the first glass company west of Albany.
However, in 1824 the land was divided among stockholders of the glass company with William DeLong receiving the largest portion of the land, which became the grounds to the hotel.
After the grounds went through a few owners, it was eventually purchased by Carrie M. Young who purchased the property immediately after she laid eyes on it for the first time. After a messy divorce, Young and her new husband employed 50 men for four years to construct the Belhurst Castle we know today.
The path to its completion was not an easy one as one went insane while putting the roof on the hotel and another fell to his death from the highest tower. However, the townspeople were aflutter about the hotel after its completion as it had all the bells and whistles of a premiere hotel and although there were untimely deaths attributed to its inception, guests did not let them detour them from their vacationing.
Today, guests still travel from great lengths to stay at the hotel and additional properties have been added to the grounds. The current owners of Belhurst Castle are Duane and Deb Reeder who purchased the property in 1992, and they have converted a ranch built in the 1950s to become guest quarters, and constructed a 30,000 square foot facility adjoining to the castle as well. Amazing restaurants and a spa have also been added to the property giving guests the utmost luxury, but there are many reports of paranormal activity on the grounds as guests attest to strange behavior during their stay time and time again.
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