Knox Mansion

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Knox Mansion
Knox Mansion is located in New York
Knox Mansion
Knox Mansion is located in the US
Knox Mansion
Location 104 W. 2nd Ave., Johnstown, New York
Coordinates 43°0′2″N 74°22′28″W / 43.00056°N 74.37444°W / 43.00056; -74.37444Coordinates: 43°0′2″N 74°22′28″W / 43.00056°N 74.37444°W / 43.00056; -74.37444
Built 1889
Architect Peabody & Beauley; Linn Kinne
Architectural style Classical Revival
NRHP Reference # 08000101[1]
Added to NRHP February 28, 2008

The Knox Mansion is a historical mansion in the city of Johnstown, Fulton County, New York. The house was built in 1889 by the gelatine magnate and businessman, Charles Knox, who owned Knox Gelatine and the Knox Gelatine Factory which also resides in Johnstown. It has 42 rooms, an elevator, a grand staircase, a solid lava ash fireplace which was an import from a castle in Italy, the castle which it is came from is unknown. It is also reported that Rose Knox had paid $200,000 for it to have it shipped brick by brick. The house was $1.2 million dollars to build back in 1889. When Rose Knox died in 1950, the house was sold to her doctor, Dr. Larrabee. It was later sold to Antique Dealers. The house was sold to Marty Quinn, and it is operated as a Museum/Bed & Breakfast/Limousine Agency/Private Residence. It has several secret compartments such as windowless room just off the attic, and a hidden panel behind a built in shelf in the billiard.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.[1]

Haunted image[edit]

The mansion is believed by some to be haunted.[citation needed] Guests have said that the lights have flickered, lamps dropped, footsteps heard, voices heard, ghosts sighted, cold feelings felt, sheets having been pulled off, piano being played by itself (even though there is a player piano also in the billiard), and other phenomenon. Children have reportedly seen the long since deceased gardener who apparently loved the company of children. Another rumor is a still-born baby that was reportedly buried beneath the house in one of a few dirt holes in the basement. This however has yet to be confirmed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)" (Searchable database). New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2016-03-01.  Note: This includes Raymond W. Smith (December 2007). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Knox Mansion" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-03-01.  and Accompanying photographs