The Main Street Armory was constructed in 1905 by the United States Army to be used for the training and processing of soldiers, including live fire training exercises. While there are rumors of numerous training accidents the the main arena was used to house many non-military events over the years until the National Guard left the facility in 1990.
The building stood vacant and fell into disrepair for over a decade before it was purchased and renovated in the mid-2000′s with the intention of holding large-scale events once again.
It was after the revival of the Rochester main Street Armory that attendees and employees began to report ghostly phenomena. These reports of moving objects, full bodied apparitions and the sightings of what people have dubbed ‘Ghost Boy’ are what inevitably drew Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters to the site last year.
“Given all the live firing activities that have gone on there, the chances that soldiers perished here are quite high. People see apparitions dressed in military garb. In the office, something continually moves items around a table to the point where the owner, Scott Donaldson, changed the locks on the doors.
In the basement, people have been grabbed and poked. In an empty wing, a baby carriage moves around the room by itself. Coincidentally, while setting up the equipment, Britt and Hailey hear footsteps and locker doors moving in that room.
Later on when Jason and Grant begin their investigation in that same room they hear a dinner bell ringing. Odd. Steve and Tango visit Scott’s office to try explaining the moving objects. Perhaps ghost stories have heightened Scott’s paranoia?
Jason and Grant hear voices from the shooting gallery and see some sort of shadows moving. Then they hear this loud sound of grinding metal and they can’t recreate the sound. Again and again, the bangs and voices keep coming at them!
The guys report back to Scott with evidence of the voices and banging, and he’s truly impressed. This was a one of a kind case, and definitely a haunted armory.” – Ghost Hunters
After the investigation by SyFy’s Ghost Hunters TAPS, the Rochester Main Street Armory has opened its doors to other investigators to see what they can find through a variety of ghost tours and even private investigations.
One paranormal team got an experience they’ll never forget. Watch as one of the team is allegedly attacked by a ghost during their investigation.