Patchett House – Montgomery, NY

Patchett House, Montgomery, NY – Circa early 1800s

Patchett House, Montgomery, NY - now the Walkill River School of Art. -photo by Terri J. Garofalo

Patchett House, Montgomery, NY - now the Walkill River School of Art. -photo by Terri J. Garofalo

Patchett House view from the back.

Patchett House view from the back. photo by Terri J. Garofalo.

The Patchett House was built around 1824. Early it was used as a Tavern (see EVPs Oct. 2011, for possible name). The tavern was an important stop along the Newburgh-Cohecton Turnpike, now Rt 17K. Later it was purchased in the 1891 by Arthur Patchett, the co-owner of the Montgomery Worsted Mill Company on Factory Street (nearby) as a home for his family. His family lived there until the 1976, when the last remaining heir, Emma Patchett passed away at the age of 97. Later it served as a funeral parlor and morgue. The embalming sinks are still in the basement. In 1977, the funeral director mysteriously disappeared. The place was vacant for 20 years until restoration began in 2005. It now houses the Walkill River School for art.

July 2011 Investigation


Donna Parish-Bischoff

Terri J. Garofalo

Dani Martinez

Personal Experiences:

This was a unique investigation. For whatever reason, perhaps the universe had a say, the guys were unable to attend. So, we were three girls… Donna and Terri are sensitives, while Dani is truly psychic. This was a great test of their abilities for comparison and validation. The evidence later confirmed their feelings.

October 2011 Investigation with Poughkeepsie Paranormal Investigators

This investigation was filmed by Cablevision’s Neighborhood Journal. IndyPara joined Pou Para for an exciting ghost hunt of the Patchett. The Walkie Talky was the star coming out with a moan that could not be attributed to anyone or anything normal…

Investigators from IndyPara

Donna Parish-Bischoff

Terri J. Garofalo

Nathan Drake Schoonover

Andy Seidel

Investigators from Pou Para

James Mulcahy

Charlie Diottaviano

Edward Bates

Personal Experiences:

This investigation was filmed by Neighborhood Journal – Cablevision.

Psychic medium Sebastian Black joined us for the beginning of the evening. He picked up on spirits on the stairway. It seems they were unhappy with the kids who came to study for their SATs. The study group was an unexpected blow to our investigation. We were promised the entire place for our film event. However, the kids showed up in a van. At first we thought they were paranormal party crashers. We had announced our investigation on Facebook, something we do not do until after the fact these days because of this incident. It turned out to be a scheduling problem. It didn’t help these were high school kids who looked like they had come to make trouble. Even their teacher looked like a youngster. We came to an amicable agreement sequestering them to the sun porch where they would be least likely to contaminate our investigation.

Sebastian said the ghosts would be more active later after the kids left and he was right.

The Devitt wing was the major source of paranormal activity. Terri felt an energy near the door. It was unusual in that it was hot as opposed to cold. The EMF and K2 meters confirmed her discovery. The group commenced with an EVP session. At one point Charlie’s walkie talkie sounded off with what sounded like the sound of a woman saying “Auuuugghhhh.” None of the other walkies went off. Nathan and Jimmy in the basement did not hear it. Donna’s walkie was in the other room and did not go off. We picked up a few EVPs from this session.

Ed and the Pou Para group had activity in the Dining room. Ed was touched. Later we took a group portrait and picked up a shadow anomaly. We could not confirm this as paranormal, however it was taken in the dining room where, in the previous investigation, Terri picked up the dark shadow in the door way that looked into the same room, in the same direction.

The iOvilus and Ghost Radar was used with some interesting results in the basement. We seem to have answers to questions with the K2. The words off the Ovilus and Radar seemed to relate. While none of us feel these are definitive ghost hunting tools, they do provide interesting support to other equipment.

Jimmy and Terri went up to the attic. While they didn’t seem to find any activity, they did procure some EVPs. One of Terri’s referred to the building as the Goshen Tavern. Patchett House was a tavern owned by the Riley family before the Patchetts bought it. Whether or not it was called the Goshen Tavern is unclear. More research needs to be done.

Patchett has given us more of the clearest EVPs we have had in any place to date. These are definitely worth listening to.

Patchett House comics from Entities-R-Us, Ghost Hunter Comic

July Patchett House Investigations cartoons from Entities-R-Us, Ghost Hunter Comic. -courtesy of Terri J. Garofalo

Entities-R-Us Patchett House Comics by Terri J. Garofalo

September 2011 Patchett House Investigation cartoons from Entities-R-Us, Ghost Hunter Comic. -courtesy of Terri J. Garofalo

2 Responses to Patchett House – Montgomery, NY

    Trisha McKee says:

    Any information on the funeral director that disappeared? Like a name or something? I feel like this is glossed over when it is so mysterious and intriguing and should be investigated fully!

    • It took us quite a bit of digging to come up with the name of the funeral director. His name was William Tari. Apparently he’s still alive.


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