Hyde Hall

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Hyde Hall
HydeHall front december2007.jpg
Nearest city Springfield Center, NY
Built 1817-1834
Architect Philip Hooker
Architectural style Country Mansion
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 71000555
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 7, 1971[1]
Designated NHL June 24, 1986[2]

Hyde Hall was the unusually large home—a neoclassical country mansion—of George Clarke, 1768–1835, heir of George Clarke.[3] [4] One of the finest American houses, it combines the architectural traditions of England and America. It is one of the few surviving works of the architect Philip Hooker.

It is located on Otsego Lake, within Glimmerglass State Park. Hyde Hall Bridge is a covered bridge on its grounds, built with the house.

Oblique view showing mass of building to rear

It is a New York State Historic Site known as Hyde Hall State Historic Site, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986.[2][5]

Hyde Hall in Glimmerglass park, is said to hold a curse from the original builder's wife Ann Clarke and reported hauntings of who it is believed to be George Clarke himself. After working on the 17 year long construction, Mr. Clarke died a year after contraction was finalized.[6] Ann Was then asked to leave the house by their son George Clarke Jr. and his wife, who had a strained relationship with his parents; Ann is said to then curse the house as she left the property. It is said by ground keepers that a white cloud of mist is seen often on the second floor hallway and the sound of heavy booted footsteps walking the same hall. Employees have reported seeing a woman in white roaming the house. There have been reports of a bedroom with suspicious activity in which there are claims of an armoire being moved thought out the room when the building is closed. The TV show on the Sy-fy channel Ghost haunters featured a Halloween special on the location. The evidence recovered was strange, a bright light anomaly appeared on film during the taping of the show; this light appeared spontaneously in the nursery of the home.[7]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Hyde Hall". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-15. 
  3. ^ "Hyde Hall State Historic Site summary". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. 
  4. ^ "George Clarke, Builder of Hyde Hall, 1768-1835 (click on History and Architecture)". Hyde Hall, Inc. 
  5. ^ Carolyn Pitts (December 1985). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Hyde Hall" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying photos, exterior and interior, from 1963. PDF (1.85 MB)
  6. ^ Macken Lee Lynda: Ghosts Haunting: The Mohawk Valley. Black cat press. Forked River, NJ 2010 Print.
  7. ^ Ghost haunters sy-fy channel

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Coordinates: 42°47′32″N 74°52′08″W / 42.792314°N 74.868908°W / 42.792314; -74.868908