5 Totally Eerie Abandoned Mansions

These once-grand homes have seen better days.

Halcyon Hall
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Whether you're in the market for an abandoned mansion or just fascinated by the occasionally creepy stories they can tell, you've come to the right place.

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1 Wyckoff Villa, Thousand Islands, New York

The , which is located on an island in in upstate New York’s St. Lawrence River, was built in 1894 for William Wyckoff, who made his fortune selling Remington typewriters. Wyckoff sadly died of a heart attack his first night in the home, a month after his wife passed away from cancer. Although Wyckoff left the house to his son, it has sat abandoned for at least six decades.

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2 Halcyon Hall at Bennett College, Millbrook, New York
Halcyon Hall
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Built as a luxury hotel in 1893, this 200-room structure became the main building of Bennett College in 1907. The women's college closed in 1978 after going bankrupt. The property was , and the new owners planned to tear down Halcyon Hall and turn part of the 27.5-acre site into a park. As of August 2016, however, the .

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3 Chaonei No. 81, Beijing, China
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Known as Chaonei No. 81, this house was completed in 1910 and was reportedly . In 1949, after the Communists defeated the Nationalists in the civil war, a high-ranking Nationalist official who was living there is said to have deserted his wife (or perhaps his concubine), and fled to Taiwan. The woman was so devastated that she hanged herself from the rafters of the three-story mansion, and local residents believe that her spirit has haunted the abandoned home ever since.

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4 Château Miranda, Celles, Belgium
Château Miranda
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Also known as Château de Noisy, this mansion was built for the Liedekerke-Beaufort family in 1866, who relocated there following the French Revolution. It stayed in the family until World War II, when it was repossessed by Belgium’s National Railway Company. It housed sick and orphaned children until 1980, after which it was abandoned. Although there were a number of offers to buy it, the previously ornate castle was .

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5 Liu Family Mansion, Taiwan

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Also known as the Mínxióng Ghost House, this three-story baroque mansion was built in 1929. The Liu family, its occupants, reportedly abandoned it in the 1950s because it had become haunted by a heartbroken maid who drowned herself in the well. Another theory is that it’s haunted by Japanese imperial army soldiers who died in a battle on the site.

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