Vacant historic Frontier House in Lewiston put to good use for Halloween

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Frontier House in the village of Lewiston has been vacant for the past decade. But around Halloween time it’s history is put to good use.

“While working here I have to say we’ve heard bumps in the night and because it’s our second year here we just keep working and going about our business but it’s certainly not a quiet building it does have it’s own voice if you will,” said Barbara Gray, Rivershore Inc. Community Support Assistant Director.

Most of the props inside the historic landmark turned haunted house are handmade by artists with developmental disabilities.

“Every year we try to add to it so that it’s not the same haunted house that you went through last year there are new characters and new exhibits,” said Gray.

The building was built in the 1800’s. It was a hotel and restaurant for nearly a century. There was also a lodge there, where a man named William Morgan threatened to reveal it’s secrets. There’s an old village rumor that he disappeared and his body was never found.

“It’s his spirit that’s supposed to of haunted this building,” said Richard Hastings, building owner.

Richard Hastings bought the property in the late 90’s when it was a McDonalds. He had plans to develop it into a hotel, but faced push back from the village. He’s glad it’s being put to use in another way.

“I was amazed at how they put this together in 10 or 12 short days,” said Hastings.

The Frontier House is open every night leading up to Halloween from 6 to 9 pm. Tickets are 10 dollars each, and all proceeds benefit the Artisan’s Edge program for artists with developmental disabilities. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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