He will give his angels charge of you,
To guard you in all your ways.
четвъртък, 29 ноември 2012 г.
Haunted hotel in Parkersburg,
West Virginia. The hotel is named after the area’s most
famous residents, Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett,
but was not owned by them.
The Blennerhassett Hotel was built in 1889 by William N.
Chancellor, two-time mayor of Parkersburg who made his
fortune in oil and by building ornate hotels and homes
after the Civil War. The hotel was the First National Bank
of Parkersburg. Reopened as a hotel in 1986 with 104
rooms. The grand hotel has been restored and is the centerpiece
of downtown Parkersburg today. It is a Registered
National Historic Landmark.
The most frequently encountered GHOST is that of Chancellor
himself, who appears in various locations in the
hotel dressed in a fi ne three-piece gray suit. He is identifi -
able by his distinct cigar smoke SMELL, and also by the
appearance of actual smoke. Chancellor’s portrait in the
lobby has been seen mysteriously and suddenly wreathed
in fragrant smoke, especially when ghost tour groups
gather there to hear stories about the hotel. Cigar smoke
is smelled wafting throughout the hotel.
Chancellor has been seen in the hotel’s corridors, elevators,
and guest rooms, startling visitors. He is especially
active on the second fl oor. Chancellor is believed to play
with the buttons in the elevator, causing the doors to
open and close repeatedly. In 2003, a guest turned out his
light at night and immediately felt a weight at the end of
the bed. Turning on the light, he was startled to see Chancellor’s
form sitting at the end of his bed. The ghost said,
“I was here fi rst!” and disappeared. At the time, the hotel
was undergoing extensive renovation, and Chancellor’s
portrait had been temporarily removed from the library.
When the portrait was restored—and the renovation completed—
sightings of Chancellor decreased. Apparently,
the ghost was stirred up by all the activity.
On the fi rst fl oor in the bar and lounge now called
Spats, APPARITIONS have been seen in the huge MIRRORS.
The mirrors were made from framed door casings of a
New York City Victorian apartment. Among the ghosts
appearing in the glass are a man dressed in a white tuxedo
and carrying a black cane and a sea captain dressed in a
dark coat and hat.
Guests have sometimes been startled by the shrieking
of an invisible woman. Her voice comes over microphones
set up in the ballroom and also emanates in guest
rooms. Sometimes she shrieks and sometimes she sounds
like she is laughing hysterically. One possible explanation
concerns the death of a woman during the days when
the hotel was a bank. She was crushed against an outside
doorway of the building by a tractor-trailer rig that
jumped the curb.
A ghostly maid continually mops the fl oor in the lobby.
Phantom big band music drifts about, and at Christmastime
the voices of children singing “Jingle Bells” can be
heard above the hotel’s piped-in music.
Other phenomena include POLTERGEIST disturbances
such as the unexplained breaking of glasses; electrical
malfunctions and oddities; apparitions of unknown per-
62 Blai, Adam Christian sons; and a mysterious “bad” feeling in the Red Room,
used for business meetings and social functions.