Jeannette Roseanne Greger (Greco)
The Shanley Hotel in Napanoch, NY boasts many ghosts that haunt its rooms. After recording remarkable EVPs, videos of orbs, and taking several ghostly photos there, we are firm believers of this hotel's claims.
One spirit in particular that has always peeked my interest is the ghost of little Rosie, who fell to her death when she tried to get a drink of water from a well at a farm that once existed across the road from the hotel. She was only 3 years old at the time.
Rosie's father, Peter, was the barber of the hotel in the early 1900s. He lived on the second floor of what later became the bordello, along with his wife, Mary, and their two very young daughters, Florence and Roseanne.
When Rosie fell into the well and died, it was a tragedy that shook the foundation of the family. They eventually packed their belongings and moved to Brooklyn.
During our team's first visit to the Shanley Hotel we were blessed with a very special EVP recording, where Rosie's voice could be heard quite clearly as she played on the first floor of the Bordello. There were no children at the hotel, while this was recorded. In the same recording a male voice could also be heard asking, "Who's that?"
Recently, through Ancestry.com I was able to locate Rosie's family tree. Apparently, it was posted and maintained by her sister's great-granddaughter. Thanks to this website and her hard work, I was able to verify the names and dates of birth and death for Rosie's family, while also acquiring a photograph, as seen above. I passed this information and the photo on to my good friend, Sal Nicosia, who owns and manages the Shanley Hotel.
My research did not end there. I continued digging, until I learned what cemetery Rosie's parents were interred at. It just happened to be one I had visited only weeks earlier. I knew that meant another visit soon. A month or two later I found myself standing at the grave of Rosie and her parents. I was not expecting to find Rosie's name on the gravestone, but there it was plain as day. Naturally, I passed this information to Sal, as well.
It feels great to make this kind of a connection to someone who died so many years before I was even born. I already felt a certain attachment to this young spirit, but now I feel that bond has strengthened. I know we will continue to visit the Greger family plot in the future. We can only hope to learn this much about any other spirits that haunt our favorite sites.