Snyder House: Old abandoned house comes with history and hauntings

The paranormal group, Soul Searchers, have been investigating the Snyder House for nearly a year.

“We have been going there for about a year and what started as more of a investigative ‘party’ has turned into a full blown passion with every piece of evidence we’ve gathered there,” Bamonte said.

The group uses the home for such seminars because they have proven paranormal experiences there.

“We’ve had doors slam shut, unexplained knocks on the floor beneath us, disembodied voices being heard and then later being caught on the recorders,” Bamonte said.

They have even had EVPs (electronic voice phenomena) saying things to the group, to each other and even talking about the group members. They have captured 10 different voices on recorders over the past year.

“We’ve had people get so overwhelmed with emotion in certain rooms that they’ve run from the building crying, video, photos, unexplained EMF (electro magnetic field) readings … you name it,” Bamonte said

When Bamonte said one looks at the volume of evidence, there is much of it to make anyone scratch their head and wonder what is going on.

“As far as the Snyder House, Dick Snyder has been very generous to our group, giving us full access to the house,” Bamonte said.

He added that the group realized from early on, by evidenced gathered, that the Snyder House is haunted.

“So it’s just a perfect location to show kids how to investigate and do it in a real haunted house,” he said.

The Snyder House’s unoccupied downstairs floors are covered in a fine dirt left by the flood. Its set-up can be a little maze-like and its paint peels from the walls damaged by the water.

“The house, along with most of the farm, was recently flooded in 2011 when the water rose on the Loyalsock Creek. It has been unoccupied for about 10 years or so,” he said.

Spiral staircases will lead one up and around for four floors, including into its dark and creepy basement.

Bamonte said the home was built in 1851, and has been occupied by as many as 11 different families over the last 160-plus years.

There have been several tragic deaths at the home and on the land, including an incident of a little boy who drowned in the mill race behind the house.

“The original land that was part of this farm dates back even further and was the site of an Indian Massacre in 1779,” Bamonte said.

Since the 1920s the Snyder family has owned the land and occupied the home into the 1990s.