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Published: October 2018
21 "Spirited" Stays Throughout The South  

Halloween comes around once a year but at some properties throughout the South, spirits roam year-round.

For a "hauntingly" good time and the possibility of a supernatural experience, check in at any one of the 21 properties.



Lemp Mansion
St. Louis, Missouri
What once served as the home for the Lemps, the country's first beer brewers is now considered to be one of the most haunted structures in the country. Take the ghost tour to learn about the tragedies that befell the beer barons.



1886 Crescent Hotel
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
If these walls could talk, you would get an earful about property's storied history. Not only has it served as a hotel, but also a college and a hospital ran by a quack. "America's Most Haunted" hotel has plenty of ghost stories and offers a ghost tour where guests can learn more about “The Ghost in the Morgue," among others.



Hotel Galvez
Galveston, Texas
Download the ghost tour app to your smartphone and learn among the spirits at "The Queen of the Gulf" is the "Ghost Bride." Engaged to a mariner who sailed in and out of the Port of Galveston, one day there was a massive storm and no report of his ship. The bride-to-be heard it sunk and in despair, ended her life. The tragic part is the mariner showed up alive at the hotel a few days later.



The Emily Morgan San Antonio - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
Known as "the official hotel of the Alamo,” at one time, the hotel housed a medical facility, which had a morgue and a psychiatric ward on site. Reports of unexplained noises, apparitions and the feeling of being touched have been reported by guests. Floors seven, nine, 11 and 12 are reported to have the most paranormal activity.



Myrtles Plantation
St. Francisville, Louisiana
It is believed that nine identified ghosts roam the grounds of The Myrtles Plantation, including a slave girl named "Chloe." The former antebellum-era plantation is said to be one of the country's most haunted homes.



Houmas House
Darrow, Louisiana
The 'crown jewel of Louisiana's River Road,' Houmas House Plantation offers two unexplained tales. One those happens to be one of Le Petite Fille (the Little Girl) who has been spotted in the morning or afternoon, either in the hallway or on the stairs.



Hotel Monteleone
New Orleans, Louisiana
A maid, known as “Mrs. Clean” reportedly haunts the hotel. Paranormal researchers once asked why she stayed, and the maid, whose mother, grandmother and great-grandmother also worked at the hotel, said she was picking up after housekeeping to ensure high standards.



Bourbon Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
Once the historic Orleans Ballroom and Theater, and a convent, many of the property's spirits come from the property's past. Some of the ghosts that still hold claim to Bourbon Orleans include a Confederate soldier, a nun and a dancer in the ballroom."



Monmouth Historic Inn
Natchez, Mississippi
According to Karla Brown, of Downtown Karla Brown Tours, Trips & Shuttle Services, there are several bed-and-breakfasts that state they’re haunted, like Monmouth Historic Inn. Here, some have heard General John Anthony Quitman, former owner, walking up the stairs.



Redmont Hotel
Birmingham, Alabama
The city's oldest operating hotel opened in 1925, touting private bathrooms and cold water. The property is said to be haunted by its previous owner, Clifford Stiles, who died in 1975. Interestingly enough, the other ghost that frequents The Redmont is said to be Hank Williams. He overnighted here, what would be his last night, en route to West Virginia.



Jekyll Island Club Resort
Jekyll Island, Georgia
There have been seven reported ghosts that have been known to haunt this resort. They range from a ghostly bellman who delivers bridegrooms their pressed suits to the ghost of a former president who walks the veranda at sunset.



Read House Hotel
Chattanooga, Tennessee
According to Ghost City Tours, spirits roam the third floor of the property. However, for a chance meeting of the resident ghost, Annalisa Netherly, the tour recommends requesting room 311.



Union Station Nashville
Nashville, Tennessee
The hotel is home to a resident ghost named Abigail. Legend has it that during World War II a young woman, Abigail, said goodbye to her soldier on the Union Station train platform before he shipped off to France. When she arrived at that same spot to greet him on his return, she learned he was killed in action. Distraught, Abigail threw herself in front of a passing locomotive far below.

The forlorn spirit of Abigail, still looking for her lost love, can reportedly be seen wandering the main terminal and her presence felt in Room 711. Now known as the Abigail Room, guests can request to stay in the haunted suite. Her story also lives on at the hotel’s bar and restaurant in the grand lobby, Carter’s with The Abigail Cocktail. The signature libation made with local spirit Picker’s Vodka, St. Germain, grapefruit juice, lemon and bubbles.



St. Francis Inn
St. Augustine, Florida
The oldest inn in America's oldest city is said to be haunted by a former servant known as "Lily." Apparitions have appeared and strange occurrences have gone on in the third-floor room known as "Lily's Room."



The Don CeSar
St. Pete Beach, Florida
Over the years there have been a number of reported “sightings” and strange occurrences at the property. The most common presence felt through the building is that of Mr. Thomas Rowe, the man who brought the Don CeSar to life and is the focal point of the love story surrounding the hotel.

People have reported seeing Mr. Rowe throughout the hotel, on the beach, and even interacting with guests and staff. In the evening it has been reported that from time to time you can look up to the windows on the 5th floor and see the figure of a man just watching from above.



Francis Marion
Charleston, South Carolina

In the early 1930s, New Yorker Ned Cohen was found face down, body smashed in the middle of King Street facing toward the old Citadel’s parade grounds.

Today, visitors hear eerie and unexplained sounds at night, all too familiar to the bell staff and room attendants walking the halls. Some see the image in shirt sleeves, others just feel his presence throughout the hotel.



The Omni Grove Park Inn
Asheville, North Carolina

For nearly half a century there has been the belief that there is a ghost who roams the hallways of the main inn. She is referred to as the Pink Lady because of the flowing pink gown she wears.

It is believed that this young woman was a guest in room 545 in the 1920s and that she either jumped or was pushed to her death in the Palm Court, five floors below. No records exist that support any of these claims, but it may have been hushed up to avoid negative publicity. Reports of her sightings still occur, some say they just see a pink mist, others a full apparition of a young long-haired beauty in a pink gown.



The Seelbach Hilton Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky
Legend says two lovers were to be married at the hotel in 1907, but the groom met an untimely death on his way to the wedding. His then- distraught bride threw herself down the elevator shaft, falling 10 stories to her death. The bride is said to continue to haunt the halls of this historic hotel.



Boone Tavern Hotel of Bera College
Berea, Kentucky
The historic property attracts ghost hunters with its three-day ghost hunts. Some guests report seeing the apparition of a young boy in their photographs. In the hotel basement, the voice of a boy named Timmy can sometimes be heard.



Blennerhassett Hotel
Parkersburg, West Virginia
Built in 1889, the property is known for a number of hauntings mostly from the gaslight era, says Susan Sheppard, story-teller and creator of Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tours.

The primary haunting at the hotel is "the smoking gentleman," the builder of the hotel Mr. William N. Chancellor. His apparition has been witnessed all over the hotel, but more commonly it his cigar smoke that lingers throughout the establishment and along the ghost tour route.



Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
During Shoreham's early years, three people died unexpectedly in suite 870. At that time the apartment was occupied by one of the hotel’s owners, Henry Doherty. Juliette Brown, the family’s housekeeper dropped dead mysteriously one night at 4 am. Doherty’s daughter and wife also perished mysteriously in the same suite.

During its vacancy, there were claims of mysterious noises, doors slamming shut and furniture moving—many of which happened around 4 a.m., the time of Juliette’s death.
special thanks to Historic Hotels of America for additional information

photo credits: Lemp Mansion, courtesy of Lemp Mansion; Houmas House, courtesy of Houmas House; Read House Hotel, courtesy of Chattanooga CVB; Blennerhassett Hotel, courtesy of Parkersburg CVB; 1886 Crescent Hotel, Hotel Monteleone, Redmont Hotel, Myrtles Plantation, St. Francis Inn and Union Station, personal collection; rest of the photos courtesy of Historic Hotels of America

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