We learned later that we had found the Hyde Manor, a hotel constructed in 1862 that once housed 300 guests. We were able to find only one article on the manor; it closed in the 1970's and fell into the state a disrepair and imminent collapse.
Fortified with courage from being rugged outdoorsmen adventuring on our snowmobiles, we pulled up to the decaying structure. Two of our group of four decided to approach the porch and inspect the mysterious structure. (A Texan and an Irishman declined.) The two Hartford county natives without hesitation nor fear scaled the porch and entered through the partially open screen door.
We found the building in very bad shape. Parts of the second floor have already collapsed down onto the first floor. The first floor area near the staircase was full of holes and impossible to navigate. Snow had fallen down the chimney and was pouring into a living room through the fireplace. Furniture and curtains remained as they must have been when the hotel was operating. As we journeyed towards the back of the badly sagging structure my hearty companion remarked "better hope the wind doesn't blow."
As we made our way through Hyde Manor, one couldn't help but think of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre being grabbed from behind by Leatherface. At the back of the first floor we found an abandoned industrial kitchen. There isn't much creepier than a long abandoned industrial kitchen the with rusted equipment all still there.