Salisbury Manor in Leeds
A historic 1730 farmhouse in Leeds, New York, the Salisbury Manor has rich history and is known for its colonial era architecture. However, the manor is known for an event much more significant: the murder of a young servant named Anna Dorothea Swarts, whose life ended on the grounds of the Salisbury Manor in 1755.
The records show that the young Anna worked for the owner of the manor, William Salisbury. Salisbury was known as a tyrant who treated his staff terribly. Tired of enduring the abuse, one night Anna tried to escape. Salisbury gave chase and caught her. He tied her to the back of horse, and dragged her back to the farm, ripping her body to shreds along the way. William Salisbury was found guilty of the murder of Anna, but he bribed the judge to suspend his sentence until he turned 99. Shortly after the trial, citizens of Leeds claimed to see her ghost sitting on the wall outside of the Salisbury Manor. Others saw a huge ghost-horse riding by the manor, now thought to be haunted, and could hear the galloping hooves of the horse and the screams of Anna.
Salisbury Manor is privately owned.