Perhaps the most famously haunted location on our list is this iconic hotel and restaurant. Built in 1888 and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1977, “The Del”, as it’s called, is home to one particularly lonesome goes named Kate.
Kate Morgan, aged 24, checked into The Del under the false name of “Lottie A Bernard” on Thanksgiving Day, 1882. According to employees at the hotel, “Lottie” had mentioned she was waiting for a gentleman to join her. Five days later, she was found dead on an exterior hotel staircase with (debated) self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. With no identification on her, she could not be identified at the time she was found, and soon the local newspapers began referring to her as the “beautiful stranger”. It was not until later in December that her true identity was discovered when her trunk had been opened to revealed that “Lottie” was actually Kate, who had been missing from the Los Angeles area since November 23rd that same year. Passengers on the train she took to arrive at The Del later commented that she had been seen arguing with a male companion, assumed to be her husband Tom, who then deserted her en route. Speculation still surrounds the details of her death, but it is suspected she either took her own life out of despair that Tom never rejoined her, or that Tom did show up and took Kate’s life himself.
Since her death, sightings have been reported in her original third-floor hotel room and in the hotel’s bar where objects have moved on their own. Kate’s spirit is said to play tricks on guests, and Kate herself has been spotted peering out the window towards the sea, waiting for the gentleman to join her.
On March 21, 1788, the Great New Orleans Fire ripped through the city’s French Quarter, burning down over 800 of the nearly 1,100 structures in the city. In the decade following, Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan set about rebuilding and restoring his dream home at the site of what is now Muriel’s.
Jourdan dearly adored his beautiful home, but he was a man not without his vices. In 1814 he wagered his mansion in a poker game and lost. Overcome with shock and grief at the loss of his treasured residence, Jourdan committed suicide in the second floor slave quarters right before he would have had to vacate the premises and hand over his beloved treasure. Perhaps this is why some say Jourdan never left…
Employees and staff at the Muriel claim Jourdan is still with them today in spirit form. He can be seen as a sparkling glimmer of light that wanders the lounge and has been known to move objects without the aid of earthly hands. Paranormal investigators to Muriel’s have recorded distinct knocks on the wall when no one was near, disembodied voices, as well as strange shadows moving about.
McMenamins is a collection of historical properties in Portland, Oregon which include numerous restaurants, saloons, and a theater. Not one, but many of the properties owned by McMenamins are so haunted that they even started their own ghost log. In March of 2016, they began the monthly Paranormal Pub series at the Mission Theater.
The White Eagle, also owned by McMenamins, has long been included on lists of Portland’s most haunted spots, while Edgefield even made it onto a national list of “Top Ten Most Haunted Hotels.” Patron’s of the McMenamins’ Kennedy School Courtyard Restaurant have reported seeing the ghost of a young boy, soaking wet, in the women’s restroom.
Guests to the McMenamins’ other properties have reported gusts of a cool breeze, strange unexplained fragrances and, as one reasonably frightened hotel guest mentioned, having their behind touched while they were in the shower!
“Happily ever after” was not in the cards for the unlucky newlywed couple who is said to haunt this historic restaurant in downtown Hoboken.
In 1904, so the legend goes, a bride standing atop the grand staircase tripped on her wedding dress and fell down the steps, breaking her neck and dying instantly. Later that evening her husband–drunk distraught by the death of his wife–hung himself in a room near the top of the stairs.
Guests and staff at the restaurant have spotted full-bodied apparitions of both the bride and groom floating down hallways and wandering up and down the stairs. New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society took a recent picture which revealed a white and whispy mist of smoke floating above the stairs when no one had been smoking nearby. Others have noted footsteps and seen the image of a woman in white in an alley behind the restaurant.
It may be a famous wine cellar now, but 200 years ago this spot was a tavern frequented by none other than Edgar Allen Poe. It is said he lived in an apartment on the second floor of the building and drank at the pub below on the first floor.
Il Buco’s owner, Donna Lennard, attests that she herself witnessed a vision of a struggle between a man and a woman at the basement steps. The apparitions moved into the wine cellar and a crying baby was then heard. Lennard hired a team of ghost hunters who felt a very strange energy in the wine cellar. After they had left, Lennar reported that a weird presence lingered just a picture frame came crashing to the ground next to her. She ran out of the cellar frightened and did not return for several months.
The waitstaff has frequently reported that they will open a brand new bottle of wine to find it already half-empty despite being completely sealed. This is thought to be the ghost of Poe still having a drink, even in the afterlife!
Built in 1785, the Gadsby’s Tavern building is home to several different businesses now including the current incarnation of the tavern which sits in what was the original tavern’s dining room.
In 1816, a mysterious young couple arrived at Gadsby’s Tavern (known then as The City Hotel). They appeared to be well-off, but the woman looked very ill and they were quickly taken to Room 8 so that she could rest. Worried sick about his companion, the man called for medical staff to attend to her but strangely, would not give their names. The woman suffered for three long weeks before finally succumbing to her illness on October 14th, 1816. However, right before she died, the man gathered the staff of the tavern and made them swear an oath that they should never reveal the identity of the couple, should they ever find it out.
The man requested an elaborate headstone tablet be made for his (presumed) wife, beginning with the inscription, “To the memory of a Female Stranger…” followed by a beautifully melancholy love poem to her. Soon after he skipped town without paying a penny towards her funeral costs. With his identity safely guarded, the debts would go forever unpaid.
Guest claim to have seen the Female Stranger still lingering in Room 8. Servers claim to have come face to face with her in the dining room and disembodied moaning can be heard late at night. Others have sighted her walking the halls or standing near a window holding a candle.
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