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Annual Night Of Shadows 

Working with the Farnam Mansion the Shadow Chasers put together the first ever Night of Shadows to help educate the public about ghost hunting and the history of the site in 2011. The night was even more active than the investigation as participants were able to experience the footsteps, phantom voices and shadow apparitions first hand. This led to the annual Night of Shadows and this year's 4th annual Night of Shadows will be something special.


For the 4th annual Night of Shadows we are pleased to announce that the New York Shadow Chasers and the Historic Farnam Mansion will partner to host a Livestrong Foundation fundraiser at the fourth annual Night of Shadows Event to bring the Mohawk Valley awareness of the foundations free cancer services with spooky fun October 10th. Local authors will be signing copies of their books and Psychic Readings will also be available. The event is family friendly


“Cancer affects everyone and I just want people to know Livestrong is here to help no matter what level of services they need,” said Volunteer Livestrong Leader Marcus Zwierecki.

The event will start at 6pm Livestrong leader Marcus Zwierecki will be on hand with a booth of information for anyone who would like to know more about the foundation as well as contact information. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Livestrong Foundation in order for them to continue their exceptional services. For tickets please contact Brian and Gerri Gray at 315-280-0574 or New York Shadow Chasers.



Farnam Mansion

The brick Italianate Victorian mansion that is now the Collinwood Inn was built sometime between 1865 and 1870 for Stephen H. Farnam, a successful business owner, President of the National State Bank, and President of the Glenwood Cemetery Association. He was also one of the organizers and first directors of the Oneida Gas Light Company and served on its board of directors until his death. Stephen H. Farnam, who was for many years a well-known and highly esteemed citizen of Oneida, died in his home on November 17, 1897. According to his obituary, the cause of death was apoplexy. His funeral took place from the Farnam Mansion and his body was interred in Oneida's Glenwood Cemetery, which is known for having some of the grandest and most unusual tombstones in Upstate New York.*

Over the years the mansion has been home to a number of people from many different walks of life. In the early 1900s it was owned by a locally famous woman by the name of Mary Dyer Jackson. An early activist in the women's suffrage movement, she was the first woman to circulate a petition in Central New York for the women's suffrage cause. She also founded the Progress Club in 1889 and became a charter member of the Madison County Historical Society in 1898.*

Not surprisingly, some guests of the Collinwood Inn have reported strange unexplained phenomena while staying there, ranging from phantom cats in their rooms to lights turning on and off by themselves. Other people have witnessed apparitions, shadow figures, ghostly voices, and strange sounds and sensations. Many who have experienced these things are convinced that the spirits of those who have died in the Farnam Mansion have never left the house.*  

The Shadow Chasers investigated the Farnam Mansion on-behalf of the proprietors Gerri and Brian. While they were curious what the team would actually be able to document they were certain that we would be able to capture something.

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Utica Firefly Series

 The premier episode of the Utica FireFly was shot after the conclusion to the Night of Shadows thanks to local award-winning videographer Geoff Storm.

Chasing Shadows from Utica Firefly on Vimeo.

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