Van Horn Mansion

About the Mansion

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The Van Horn Mansion is located in Niagara County, New York on Route 78 and is noted for being haunted. It overlooks the east bank of Eighteen Mile Creek. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a cultural and historical centerpiece for the Town of Newfane.


The building acquired its name from the original family who built and shared the house for nearly a century. Many of the Van Horns contributed immensely to the growth of the area, and their names have been honored with use as streets, towns and more. To learn more about the Van Horn Family, please visit our history page.

It was the first brick building built in the area, and has seen continued upgrades and reconstruction throughout its nearly 200-year history. The Newfane Historical Society was gifted the building in 1985, and we began an extensive restoration project to restore the mansion to its former grandeur.

Now restored to its original splendor, the rooms in the Van Horn Mansion show life as it was in the early 1900s, complete with original and authentic clothing, furniture and toys. The Mansion includes 16 rooms and five bathrooms. The society holds annual fundraisers to help maintain the large costs of maintenance, upgrades and more. It is available for tours in the summer on Sundays, by appointment. The mansion is also available for private events, for details please visit our rentals page.

Mansion Tours

Stop in for a complete guided tour of our living museum, from cellar to attic, which includes history of the house and its occupants including Malinda, the resident ghost! The focal point of the house is the dazzling stained glass skylight, imported from Paris, France.

The Van Horn Mansion is open for tours on Sunday afternoons from April through November, and summer Wednesdays.  During October there are more extensive hours for our popular Candlelight Tours. Please check our calendar for all our events.

2019 Public Hours Visitors are welcome on Sundays April 7th through November 24th, and Wednesdays in July and August (excluding holidays). Hours are  1-4pm on tour days, or call for an appointment: 716.727-9816.

Tour Cost: $5pp or free for society members. Time is approximately 90 minutes.

Special Events

For specific dates this year, please visit our Event Calendar.