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The Olde Bryan Inn

Haunted Inn of Saratoga, NY

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The Ghosts are Mischievous and Friendly at The Olde Bryan Inn

  • Mar 16, 2010

Some basic background about the location

The Olde Bryan Inn was at one time an old stage coach stop. Some believe it is the oldest still-operating Inn in America. I have no way of verifying that, but I can verify that it is really, really old, made of stone and beautifully aged wood. The ambiance in the Inn is wonderful with fireplaces. You can get real food there if you ask questions and order carefully.

What was your experience there? I took my best friend there. She is highly sensitive. I told her what I had heard from people, books and workers about the ghosts that inhabit the Inn. She told me she could see the ghosts and clearly said one of them was wearing an old military uniform. She did not sense any danger from the ghosts she saw, which matches the stories that have been told for centuries about the ghosts.

What do the workers say? Things are moved. Things disappear and reappear. Mischief happens, but no one really gets too upset about it. The Inn's ghosts have been a topic of conversation for a really long time.

Did I see any ghosts myself? No. I am not as sensitive as my friend. And, frankly, that is okay by me.


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August 11, 2014
love the Olde Bryan Inn but have never seen the ghost. It has always been my grandson favorite, not for the food but he is always going upstairs looking for her. For me I have never had a bad meal there and love their dry rub wings very spicy and not so messy. Great place to visit, we go several times a year, just love the atmosphere of the place with it's very old original stone walls, it is like going back to the 1700's.
March 23, 2010
You are most welcome devora. And the food is to die for. The ambiance is to die for. And the servers and managers are really nice. And, one more thing. If you happen to wait at the bar before your table is ready because this place packs them in, you get to munch real, home made potato chips that make the trip worthwhile without even eating. Just imagine, real potatoes, just made, lightly salted, no preservatives or other ugly chemical stuff so they last until the year 2099!
March 23, 2010
Ooooh, sounds eerie. I really like spots with neat histories like this, so if I'm ever around there, I'll try to stay at The Olde Bryan. Thanks for sharing, Barbara! :)
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 The High Rock Spring is located across Maple Avenue from The Olde Bryan Inn. Tradition says that Native Americans of the Saratoga region visited the High Rock Spring as early as 1300 to gain strength from the "Medicine Spring of the Great Spirit." As to the identity of the first white man to visit the springs we cannot be certain. There is reason to believe that an ailing French officer from Fort Carillon, near Rensselaer, was carried to the spring by the Native Americans in the late 1750’s. However, the first visitor to attract special attention to the area was Sir William Johnson in 1771. Johnson was suffering from a wound received in the Battle of Lake George and was carried from Johnstown to High Rock Spring by a Mohawk tribe. After a stay of several days, his health improved noticeably so that he was able to walk during a portion of the return trip. Due to Sir William’s distinguished stature, the reputation of the spring grew quickly.

In 1773, Dirck Schoughten of Waterford built a crude log cabin on the bluff overlooking the spring. He fell into disfavor with the Native Americans in the region and left that same summer.

In 1774, John Arnold and his family took over the cabin, improved it and operated an inn for visitors to the spring. Sixteen Native American dwellings were also located near the spring at this time.


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