did find a buyer for the house and moved to Florida in 1991. It was not
easy moving. She wished the ghosts would move with her, but they did
Around 1993 Helen was contacted by a
paranormal researcher from Portland, Oregon. He was interested in the
house and had a friend who had already communicated with her former
roommates in Nyack. Helen went out to visit our family here in Oregon
and arranged to meet with the researcher, Bill Merrill. She also met the
channeler, Glenn Johnson.
They were able to contact two ghosts
from the Nyack residence from a location in Southern Oregon. One ghost
called himself Sir George, the other called herself Margaret. The ghosts
stated that it wasn't as much fun in the house since the Ackley's moved
out. It is true that the eventual buyers played down the haunting, and
did not want the ghosts. Anyway, the ghosts went on to explain various
parts of history of the area along the Hudson between Nyack and Upper
Nyack and Hook Mountain. Later Historians in Rockland County checked out
the recounting and most of it held up, or could easily be true. The
facts presented were highly obscure, and not readily available. In one
meeting with the ghosts, they stated that they were to board and it was
time to move on. So just maybe the Ghost of Nyack is no more...
In 1995, Bill and Glenn published a book
about these events. It is entitled: Sir George, The Ghost of Nyack
by Bill Merrill & Glenn Johnson (Deer Publishing, Beaverton, OR). The
book is a little slow and cumbersome to read, but it is fascinating and
can bring some doubt to non-believers. If you just want quick stories
about the house, obtain a reprint of the May 1977 Reader's Digest. If
you want to be intrigued, and can read through some dull material, the
book is for you.
In 2003, Helen Ackley passed away. I am
laying odds that Helen is back at 1 LaVeta Place again!
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