08/30/12

17Hundred90 Inn: The Ghost in Room 204

Note: My husband and I are visiting Savannah, Charleston, and Beaufort next week, and our trip will include a night in 17Hundred90’s Room 204. Stay tuned for lots of photos and stories!

UPDATE: Read about our experience in Room 204.

The Place: 17Hundred90 Inn & Restaurant, Savannah, Georgia

The History: Located at 307 E. President Street, 17Hundred90 was originally three separate residences but is now one of the oldest inns in Savannah. Planter Steel White built the western part of the inn’s building between 1821 and 1823, while a family named Powers built the eastern part of the building in 1888. 17Hunrded90 was reportedly a boarding house before it became an inn and restaurant.

The Legend: According to local lore, a young woman named Anna died at the inn after suffering a broken heart. In one version of the tale, Anna fell in love with a handsome sailor who skipped town after promising to marry her. Devastated, Anna hurled herself from the window of Room 204 and died in a crumpled heap on the ground below.

In another version of the story, Anna’s older husband learned of her infatuation with the handsome young sailor. Furious, he beat Anna to death and threw her body out the window to make it look like a suicide. A third tale claims a jealous mistress pushed Anna to her death.

While multiple versions of the legend exist, they all agree on one thing – a young woman named Anna died after plummeting from Room 204.

The Haunting: Given its history and tragic reputation, it’s not surprising that ghosts reportedly roam the halls of 17Hundred90. Employees tell of pots and pans rattling in an empty kitchen and mysterious crashes in vacant guest suites. One staff member heard a man’s voice in the courtyard and felt hands pressing against her back. Another employee claims he never feels completely alone in the inn, and that he always has the feeling of being watched.

However, most of the paranormal activity takes place in Anna’s old dwelling, Room 204 (above). Guests have startled awake to the sound of shattering glass or the sight of a shadowy figure standing near the foot of the bed. Women leave their jewelry or toiletries one place only to find them somewhere completely different. In fact, legend has it that Anna despises female guests and will pull their hair or push them off the bed in the middle of the night. One female employee discovered a six-inch scratch on her arm which she attributes to a hostile Anna. Some say the unnerving events were so frequent a former inn keeper required guests of Room 204 to sign a waiver acknowledging they were ineligible for a refund should they leave early.

In 2009, actress/singer Miley Cyrus Tweeted about her encounter with Anna’s ghost. The celebrity and her mother stayed in Room 204 while Cyrus was shooting The Last Song in nearby Tybee Island. Anna reportedly left this hand print on Miley’s boot.

Does the ghost of a heartbroken young woman truly haunt the 17Hundred90 Inn? I guest I’ll soon find out.

UPDATE: Read about our experience in Room 204. This “ghost blob” appeared outside the doorway to our room.

Exterior view of 17Hundred90 Inn. The window to the left of mannequin is right outside the door of Room 204.

Closer view

Weird orange blob outside Room 204. I took two other photos around the same time I took this one and the orange blob wasn’t there.

Sources: My Ghost Story 2.10, Haunts of America

 

08/27/12

The Haunted Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, Texas (Videos)

The Place: The Hotel Adolphus in Dallas, TX

The History: Named after Adolphus Busch, founder of the Anheuser-Busch company, the Hotel Adolphus opened its doors in 1912. This Baroque-style luxury hotel has sheltered more than a few notable guests, including Warren G. Harding, George H. W. Bush, Elizabeth II, and Prince Philip. However, it seems not all of the hotel’s guests have checked out.

The Haunting: The most famous spirit at the Hotel Adolphus is the lady in white, a ghost thought to belong to a young woman left at the altar during the Depression era. Legend has it the jilted bride was so upset by her fiancé’s change of heart that she hanged herself in the hotel’s grand ballroom on the 19th floor. Now, the bride-that-never-was roams the halls of the Adolphus, sobbing piteously and trailing after hotel guests.

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07/21/12

The Legend of Emily’s Bridge

gold brook bridge vermont

Located in Stowe, Vermont, Gold Brook Bridge, aka Emily’s Bridge, is nearly 170 years old. The wooden structure has witnessed a lot of history throughout the years, including the tragic death of a jilted young woman said to haunt the bridge to this day.

The legend of Emily’s Bridge is similar to legends surrounding other haunted properties – a beautiful young woman is abandoned at the altar and her grief proves too much to bear. Devastated by the betrayal, the jilted bride either takes her own life or dies in a tragic accident. In the case of Emily’s Bridge, both endings have found their way into local lore.

According to one tale, a young woman named Emily donned a red dress on her wedding day and waited for her betrothed to arrive at the church. The groom never showed, and in a fit of grief, Emily fled with the family wagon. Furious and heartbroken, the distracted young woman missed a crucial turn and crashed into the brook, killing herself and the horses drawing her carriage. Another version of the tale says Emily planned to meet her fiancé at the bridge, but the young man never showed. Devastated, Emily fetched a length of rope and hanged herself from the rafters.

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06/21/12

NBA Players No Match for Oklahoma City’s Haunted Skirvin Hotel

oklahoma city's skirvin hotel

In January 2010, the Oklahoma City Thunder handily defeated the New York Knicks, scoring 106 points to the Knicks’ 88. Was it skill behind Oklahoma City’s win? Or did a ghost indirectly aid the team?

Located at the corner of 1st Street and Broadway, Oklahoma City’s Skirvin Hilton Hotel regularly hosts teams in town to play the Thunder. The one hundred-year-old building also has a reputation for being haunted. According to a report in the NY Daily News, a two-day stay at the Skirvin left at least two Knicks players convinced the hotel’s spooky stories were true.

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