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Month: October 2004

Which house is the oldest house on Cape Island?

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Is it the house at 653½ Washington Street, also known as The Colonial House? Or is it the old “Whilldin-Miller House” at 416 South Broadway where Daniels on Broadway Restaurant currently resides?

Can CapeMay.com’s architectural detectives solve the mystery? (Probably not, because we can’t even figure that whole Beach Avenue/Beach Drive thing.)

Nevertheless, we’re on the scent. To aid us in our investigation, we’ve adopted some helpful hints from the good folks at PBS’s show History Detectives. Their website www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives provides a “Buildings Checklist” in helping with an architectural investigation.

The checklist, which by the way, coincides with recommendations formulated by the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Projects, offers the following advice:

checklistGet Familiar by learning the local history i.e., read newspapers from the construction year and do your homework by scrutinizing house details including additions, artifacts and construction.

Get It In Writing. Translation? Do a title search, check tax assessment records, and research building permits.

Get The Support. This includes: obtaining fire insurance maps; architectural plans and appraiser records; lot drawings and maps; photographs; county history and Atlases; newspapers; libraries and historical societies.

Get Personal. Learn who the previous residents and/or owners were; talk to the neighbors; get oral histories and check estate records, personal papers, birth, death, and marriage certificates as well as cemetery and church records, and census records provided by the state or federal governments.

Manned with our checklist, we’re ready to get to the bottom of this mystery and to assemble our team of experts.

Our experts include James Campbell, historian at the Greater Cape May Historical Society and Joan Berkey, historic preservation consultant. Berkey authored the Whilldin-Miller House (Daniel’s Restaurant, AKA, The Fow House) nomination report seeking to have the house placed on the National Register of Historic Houses. The house was placed on the National Register in 2003.

Determining the age of the building, particularly a single family dwelling like Colonial House and the Whilldin House is a dicey proposition.

Most of the inquiries Jim Campbell receives at the Greater Cape May Historical Society are from new home owners wanting to trace the lineage of their property. Because of the lack of documentation, it’s “very, very difficult” says Campbell, to precisely determine the age of many of Cape May’s historic homes, particularly those which predate the Victorians like the Colonial and Whilldin House.

Campbell recommends checking the deed to the property. However, the deed to a property, he says, only outlines the perimeters of the property and really doesn’t say whether or not a house was built on the land. For that information, he suggests trying to get hold of mortgage books or tax records. A spike in the property’s tax assessment, said Campbell, is a good indication that a building or house has been constructed on the land. Oral history is also helpful although even not conclusive evidence.

colonialhouseWhen all is said and done, determining the age of a house often comes down to the construction and the materials used.

Colonial House is the favorite project of Jim Campbell. It was built by Revolutionary War patriot Memuchan Hughes and is believed to be the oldest house still standing in Cape May (built around 1775). The Colonial House was run by Memuchan Hughes as a tavern and also served as his family home. Currently, it is City of Cape May leases the property to the Historical Society, which operates the house as a museum and is open to the public in the summer.

Memuchan Hughes was a member of one of the whaler yeoman families. When Israel Hughes, Memuchan’s first son married Mary Eldridge in 1806, the simple six room tavern became their home.

It was originally located on the current site of Alexander’s Restaurant but the Hughes family needed more room so they moved the house to back and built what is now the cite of Alexander’s Restaurant.

Although local lore dates the Memuchan Hughes house at 1775, a recent inspection of the house by an architectural historian dates the house to “around 1800.”

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Elizabeth's name scratched into a window. Click for larger image

According to a brief history written by Campbell, “Scratched on the outside of a second story window pane are the names of a couple and dated June 10, 1806. One is Elizabeth Eldredge. The other Eldredge’s first name is illegible. A couple named Enoch and Elizabeth Eldredge were married in the Old Brick Church on February 19, 1805, and are buried in the churchyard. Enoch’s sister married a son of Ellis Hughes. They were all one big, happy family back then.”

On the other hand (one thing to note: for history detective there is always an “on the other hand”), Rutgers professor and author Jeffrey M. Dorwart, writes in his Cape May County, New Jersey: The Making of an American Resort Community, that there were “at least three licensed public houses, and probably one unlicensed house of entertainment–the Cape May County grand jury indicted Memuchan Hughes in 1799 for causing a public nuisance” and running a disorderly house (brothel). This information, documented in court records, supports the thought that Colonial House was indeed built around the Revolutionary War or at least prior to 1800.

colonialhouseroom Furthermore, there is evidence, according Greater Cape May Historical Society president Harry Savage, that a tavern license was issued to one Memuchan Hughes in 1769.

Architecturally though, the historian found that the timbers and the nails used in constructing the building were more in keeping with “around 1800.”

So, the disagreement continues. As a compromise, the historical society’s new sign calls the house both The Colonial House and the Memuchan Hughes House.

danielfrontLet’s move on to our other property in question – The Whilldin-Miller House, AKA Daniels on Broadway Restaurant, at 416 South Broadway.

The property is actually located in West Cape May and was built by Joseph Whilldin somewhere around 1711-1718 with an expanded addition built by Jonas Miller in 1860. Whilldin was also a member of the whaler yeoman families.

As the story goes, Whilldin bought the property from Chief Nummy whose tribe owned the land.

According to historic preservation consultant Joan Berkey, the house consists of three parts: the main section “which is a vernacular Victorian building with Gothic and Italianate details built ca. 1860, a heavy timber frame section, 1 ½ stories tall, built in the early 18th century” and located in the rear of the house, and a modern one-story addition where the restaurant is located.

danielsdiningroomBerkey notes that the main section of the house “has a rectangular footprint and features original wood clapboards, original windows, and original exterior and interior Victorian details.”

The reason the rear section of the house is thought to date ca. 1711-1718 is again because of construction and construction materials. “The heavy timber frame section of the rear also has a rectangular footprint and features exposed framing members (some of them molded), random width pine floors, many original doors, and a large walk-in fireplace. Adjacent to the fireplace is a cooking/warming oven, a feature rarely seen in Cape May County.”

Berkey notes that the “framing members” as well as the “molded post” are characteristics “common to the first period construction in Cape May County.” That period is thought to have begun in 1695 and run through 1730 or 1740.

Berkey has really done her research and traces the family history of the house in great detail.

After Joseph Whilldin’s death in either 1747 or ’48, his son James inherited the property and 140 acres. It looks as though he expanded the house to include a center hall and center chimney and a double parlor. Joseph Whilldin, like Memuchan Hughes, was granted a tavern license in 1764,’65,’67, and ’68.

danielstimberHis son James inherited the property upon his death in 1780. James sold the house to Jeremiah Bennett a sea captain in 1798. The Bennett heirs sold it to Jonas Miller in 1841. Miller had already purchased Congress Hall in 1835 and is credited with adding the Italianate main block shortly before selling the property and four acres to his daughter Sarah Newkirk, wife of Philadelphia hotel owner Thompson Newkirk. The purchase price? $3,000.
This is the kind of spike Campbell says to watch for because it indicates, as Berkey notes, that a “substantial house has been erected.”

The Newkirks lost the house in a sheriff’s sale in 1879. The Fows took over ownership somewhere around 1900-1919.

And where did Berkey find this information? It looks as though she followed the history detectives checklist to the letter, as well as Campbell’s suggestions. Deeds, wills, and physical evidence are the key to unlocking your historic house’s secrets.

The Whilldin-Miller house’s rich history predates Joseph Whilldin. Whilldin senior bought the land from “King Nummy” chief of the tribe, which owned the land.

So, where does that leave us? When asked what he thought the oldest house in Cape Island is Jim Campbell said, “I couldn’t say which is older.”

But it looks as though they both win. Colonial House stands uncontested as the oldest house standing in Cape May. Daniels Restaurant plays host to the oldest house in West Cape May.

And that Beach Drive/Beach Avenue thing? Also a win win. Both sides of that fence swear they’re right and you know what? They probably are.


Who’s really staying at the Columbia House?

craigchannelingheaderWell, it’s October, so you know what that means. That’s right. Look for ghosts.

I’ve been looking for ghosts for three years running and have yet to see one, hear one, or feel one – let alone talk to one. Everyone else seems to see them and sometimes even photograph them. What’s wrong with me? I’m a nice person. Why don’t they show themselves to me?

So, here’s how I figure it. I’ll go to someone who has contact with the spirit world on a regular basis. What about a psychic? What about Exit Zero columnist Craig McManus who has helped me out before on my futile quests?

Like the gentleman he is, Craig opened up his psychic world and welcomed me to come aboard. We paid a visit to the Columbia House at 26 Ocean Street. The Columbia House, circa 1885, is a guesthouse and is currently owned by Laura and Jim Zeitler who took over ownership in June, 2003.

jimandlauraheaderBoth Laura and Jim are sensitive to the psychic vibes associated with old houses and passed up a couple of B&B deals because things didn’t feel quite right. Columbia House, however, has, as Craig confirmed a positive vibe even though there are a few ghosts watching over things or maybe it’s because they’re watching over things that the vibe is positive. But Laura is particularly skittish and holds her ears when Craig starts talking ghosts.

“I just don’t want to know about any bad experiences,” she says sitting on their wide, comfy porch. “But it’s ok if the channeling is about good things. Nothing negative.”

Craig, who is accompanied by his assistant Will, has invited Greater Cape May Historical Society historian Jim Campbell to join him and the Zeitlers (and yours truly along with our craigandthezeitlersonporch2photographer Stephanie Madsen) to take a walk inside Columbia House and explore the “other world” for a few minutes.

So what we really have assembled here according to Craig are people from the “paranormal, the hysterical, and the historical.”

All bases covered as far as I’m concerned.

Actually, Craig had already done most of the ghost hunting earlier in the summer when he took a mini-holiday to Cape May – destination Columbia House.

But before we talk about ghosts, let’s talk history because you can’t understand the ghost without understanding the times they lived in.

Columbia House was named after the old Columbia House on Ocean Street built in 1850, which ran from Beach Avenue to Hughes Street, with a dining room accommodating 800 people. Columbia House was destroyed in ten minutes in the great fire of 1878 that also leveled 35 acres of land (including 7 hotels) situated in the heart of Cape May. No. No one was in the hotel at the time.

Jim Campbell says that Columbia House is actually the Essen House built by the Essen family. Wilhelm (William) and William Essen, father and son, respectively, were bakers in town. Their bakery was located at 524 Washington Street, where La Patisserie (a bakery) and A Ca Mia Restaurant are currently located.

Next to the bakery, the Essens had a confectionery and next to that an ice cream parlor.

Craig says he’d like to ask Jim Campbell a few questions to confirm the sensations he had during his previous visit.

A couple of things happened while Craig and his entourage stayed on the second floor suite at Columbia House – one of which was that the chair arbitrarily pulled out from the table and went back in as though someone were sitting down.

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Another incident involved the basement and letters, or a name that came to Craig. “I see the letters t-r-i or tri something. Does that sound familiar?” he asked Laura at the time. She can still be heard screaming, running upstairs and holding her hands over her ears. Later, however, it was discovered that William, the younger had a wife by the name of Tryphene.

“When I stayed here,” said Craig, “I had the sense of a ghost, a man, and one with an attitude.” In fact, Craig told him that – “him” being the ghost. At that point the air conditioner malfunctioned never to work again. According to Craig, the temperature went up to 90 degrees, back down to 60, up to 70, down to 50 and then blip, nothing even though he told the ghostly man: “OK. You don’t have an attitude.” Too late. William must have said, “Hmm. Let ‘em sweat.”

“Also, I had the sense of someone in a wheelchair,” said Craig.

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“Yes,” said Campbell, “the younger Essen did end up in a wheelchair. He had one leg cut off” apparently as a result of his diabetes.

I must interrupt our story to tell you this. I keep trying to write this story and five different times the story flashed off the screen onto an entirely different computer program. Each time I lost the story and had to start all over again. Then, out of the blue, the printer started printing the story with absolutely no direction from me. It was almost as though two forces were working against each other. One to kill the story and a second to save it. Now, you don’t think…Nah.

Just to be on the safe side, I e-mailed Craig and asked him what he thought. His reply? “Mr Essen seems to like to keep things about his life quiet. My camera batteries failed twice after being fully charged. Stephanie’s [our photographer] did the same I think. Perhaps he is watching over you or wants you to recheck something you’ve written!”

If you dare, let us return to our story.

Craig asked Jim if it was true that William Jr. had a little attitude problem.

“Well,” said Jim, “No. He wasn’t the nicest person.”
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William was quite a wealthy man, but he used up all of the family fortune trying to find a cure for his diabetes. When he died, he left his widow Tryphene penniless. Because William’s father, according to Jim, died without a will in 1900, ownership of the Essen House was shared among William and his four sisters: Caroline, Edith, Bertinia and Della. When William died in 1938 the sisters let Tryphene live in the house and allowed her to collect the rents from the many rental properties the Essens’ owned thus ensuring her financial security.

Tryphene and William had two sons, John and Willis. John died before he was a year old. Willis was killed by a train in Philadelphia in 1907 at the age of 22. Tryphene died in Philadelphia in 1946 at the home of a sister-in-law.

We are sitting around the dining room table on the first floor of the Garden Suite. Jim pulls from his briefcase a chart of the Essen family tree. Because I have THE worst eyes in the western world, I take off my glasses and lean my nose right over the chart. I can’t say for sure but somebody had a lot of kids. Of course, there were four daughters. Jim also has family pictures of the Essens and an incredibly detailed knowledge of the family as well as the house – right down to who got what piece of furniture and where it is now and what happened to the family jewels.

Nah. Forget about it. I can’t tell you what he said because he swore us all to secrecy.

Laura and Jim are fascinated and soak up each piece of information as though they were nuggets of gold.

“One suggestion I have,” said Craig, “Is to hang a picture of William Essen upstairs to appease him. He’s obviously a strong personality and sometimes just talking about him and unearthing the Essens’ story, as we are today, helps.”

jimjimandlauraLaura reminds Craig that Mr. Essen was quite happy until :Mr. Paranormal Man” came along and stirred the pot. She said there have been a couple more incidents of electrical malfunctions. It would appear that the microwave ovens too have been misbehaving.

Electrical malfunctions are a particularly common occurrence in ghostly sightings as the ghosts, according to many experts, including Craig, feed on energy sources to exist.

We move from the Garden Suite over to the Parlor Suite, also on the first floor. The Parlor Suite is a combination of two parlors from the original Essen house. One of the parlors was used as the Death Room which may or may not have served as a dining room in the, shall we say, off season.

lauraLaura informs us that the term “Living Room” came as a result of the Death Room being placed off the Parlor. Parlor then mutated into Living Room. Makes sense, don’t you think?

“Wouldn’t it be fabulous if he [William Essen] were laid out here?” You can only guess who asked this question. Yes. Paranormal Man.

“Don’t start that. And don’t say his name.” That would be Laura, aka, Hysterical Woman.

“I believe he did, yes. He and his father were both living at 26 Ocean Street at the time of their death. Both funerals were held here.” That would be Jim Campbell, aka, Historical Man.

That brings us to another question. How does Cape May rank in terms of hauntings?

craigandjiminparlor“Cape May is, in my opinion,” said Craig, “one of the most ‘concentrated’ areas for hauntings. Certainly Gettysburg and other Civil War battle grounds have more ghosts but, for a resort, Cape May certainly tops the chart on peaceful places that are haunted. I do believe the energy of the place has something to do with it and perhaps that is coupled by the fact that Cape May is surrounded by water. The water may just enhance the energy in some way.”

We are standing in the middle of the front parlor and Craig stops us:

“I just heard a roar of laughter. I think William’s pleased.”

What roar? I don’t hear a roar. I can’t tell if Laura hears a roar because she’s holding her hands over her ears and singing “lalalalalala” to herself.

The two Jims – Jim Campbell and Jim Zeitler – don’t hear any roars. I want to hear roars.

Nothing ever happens to me.

craig2I have to go now because my computer is ………

EPILOGUE: Just so you don’t think I’m making this up. I received the following e-mail from Craig just as I was finishing this story.

“You think you have had problems with the Essen piece! My two hour tape of the event was completely BLANK when I tried to play it back to write the article! The batteries on my digital camera also went dead that day at the house, so I could not take pictures. I think Stephanie also had camera problems in the house. (Yes, she did.) I know the cassette recorder was recording because we stopped and started it and flipped the tape once. This has NEVER happened to me before. Obviously Mr. William G. Essen does not like to be recorded or photographed!”

Does a stay at the Columbia House intrigue you? Please visit www.thecolumbiahouse.com

Would you like to know more about Craig McManus? Please visit www.channelcraig.com


On Assignment: Touring Haunted Cape May

I heard a rumor that this is the 10th anniversary of Cape May’s “Haunted Ghost Tour.” So, I decided to take the tour again and give our friend and co-founder Al Rauber a call, or in this case an e-mail. Well, technically it’s their 10th anniversary but the real 10th anniversary is next year and… You know, let Al explain:

dianealAl Rauber is an investigator of paranormal phenomena. His partner in the tour business is ghost historian Diane Bixler who also owns Boo-Tique, a cute little gift shop located in the lower portion of the Macomber Hotel, which is also where you can go to purchase ghost tour tickets.

Now back to the 10th anniversary thing. Here’s Al,

“…we are going to do an unofficial 10th anniversary. You see, I did a couple of tours 10 years ago but we really didn’t start the business up until the following year. So technically, it has been 10 years of my doing tours; but from our business end, it has only been 9 and next year will be the real 10th year anniversary.”

Whew! Glad we straightened that out.

It’s been a couple of years since I took the Haunted Cape May Tour and guess what? My tour guide is the same person I had in October of 2002 – Desiree.

It is dusk and just beginning to cool. A quiet has settled along the beachfront on this Sunday evening in late September. The throngs of tourists have disappeared but there are still a nice number of people walking about. Halloween and November often suggest an image of a “ghost town” in Cape May. We don’t so much have tumbleweeds rolling down empty streets; it’s more like occasional sand traps brought about by heavy winds whistling long into the night.

Desiree is much more sensitive to ghostly apparitions bothering the tour participants than she was two years ago. She asks the 20 or so people on the tour where they are staying so that she can make a point of discreetly avoiding that hotel or that particular room when the talk of ghosts commences.

As we gather ‘round her, the ocean serves as Desiree’s background and she begins her tales.

capt_kiddHer first is about Captain Kidd…

It seems Edward Teach, AKA, Blackbeard and William Kidd; AKA, Captain Kidd came through Cape May on their travels. Captain Kidd found employment as an English Privateer who found such success in New York and the West Indies that he was called back to serve England. The King’s officers asked Kidd to captain a new powerful ship: the Adventure Galley. The Adventure Galley was equipped with 34 cannons and a crew of 80. Its mission was to capture all French ships, and the pirates of Madagascar. Kidd accepted the proposition. The problem is Kidd decided to man his boat with actual pirates and they didn’t buy into the notion that they could only hold up French ships. They wanted to loot everybody with equal disdain for all. In an attempted mutiny, Kidd ended up killing his first mate.

It would appear that the killing of the first mate turned Kidd into a pirate of the worst sort – or perhaps the best depending on your perspective. Captain Kidd proceeded to plunder all the ships especially the ones from England. When he decided to try and make his way make into the fold – that would be the king of England’s fold, he dropped half of his crew off in Cape May and told them to “blend in.” Supposedly, he also buried half of his treasure in Lake Lily. This, then, would be the local angle.

kiddWell, blending in didn’t work so well for Captain Kidd. The governor of New York dropped the dime on him and he ended up in a London prison being hung by the neck until dead. If this weren’t enough punishment, the king ordered Kidd’s dead body be tarred and feathered and dumped in the Thames as a lesson to future pirates.

No one has yet to find the lost treasure of Captain Kidd, or at least they’re not telling if they did. Lord knows people haven’t given up searching. I heard some locals were still searching for buried treasure this past winter when the dredging of Lake Lily got underway.

Whew! Never knew so much about pirates.

Ah no. We’re not done yet. Blackbeard’s first mate was supposedly Israel Hand (an old Cape May name). I think Hand was sent to Cape May to protect Blackbeard’s treasure map. I could be wrong though, because at this point, I’m getting my pirates mixed up and we’re moving on to Tale #2.

Leave me alone. I can’t write that fast. Especially in the dark.

Esmerelda of Jackson Street.

Desiree informs us that Jackson is the most haunted street in Cape May. She knows this because Al documents all hauntings and doesn’t include them on the tour until they have been thoroughly researched. innat22Eight houses on Jackson are said to be haunted but only four want that fact known. The four are: The Merry Widow, the Inn at 22 Jackson, the Windward and the Saltwood.

The story goes something like this. The innkeeper at 22 Jackson, ca. 1899, opens her door to find a distinguished looking gentleman on the porch. He tells her that he used to live in the house and as a boy played on Jackson Street. While she’s talking to him, she notices that the temperature in the foyer drops suddenly. The man then asks the innkeeper if the house is haunted and if she has met Esmerelda. The woman brushes him off with a curt no and shuts the door. Then, she realizes she should at least get his name. She immediately opens the door, steps out onto the porch but the man is gone without a trace.

Two weeks later a tenant on the first floor asks the innkeeper if the house is haunted. “No.” she says indignantly. But she gets to thinkin’. She can’t stand it anymore and marches up to the third floor – The Turret –the cone-shaped section on top of the roof – and asks the tenant who had been staying there for a while, “Have you seen any ghosts lately,” or something like that.

“Just the woman sitting at the end of the bed,” she says nonchalantly.

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(Just to be clear, we enhanced this image for fun. We haven't caught any ghosts on film yet.)

The innkeeper worried about the ghost who seemed to have no boundaries and fussed about the place as though she owned it. The innkeeper particularly worried about losing customers but the rest of the summer went by without incident.

In October when the inn closed, her curiosity got the best of her. She marches back up to The Turret and is overpowered by the sense of someone in the room with her. She rushes out the room and doesn’t come back for two days. When she does go back, she moves the bed against the wall and finds a small door. Turns out the door was a laundry shoot which ran from the third floor to the first floor. The innkeeper also found out that “way back when” the original owners of the house employed a nanny by the name of Esmerelda.

Desiree is very protective of us and cautions to stop walking in the middle of the street and not to lean against the wrought iron fences along Jackson. Not only could that be hazardous to your health, the innkeepers don’t like it very much. So off we go. Next stop Winterwood Gift Shop on the Washington Street Mall. Desiree also cautions us that the alley way between Winterwood and Gifts Galore, or Draper Walk, has been the sight of a few frights of it’s own.

It seems that on at least two occasions, a woman (why do these things only happen to women?) who was leaning against a stone memorial dedicated to one Edgar Arthur Draper, 1886-1956, a Cape May physician for 40 years, experienced the sensation of her hair being pulled away from her neck. She might have felt a kiss on the back of her neck or I might be making that up. I love a romantic ending.

winterwoodKnerr Sisters…

I remember this one from my last tour. Winterwood is the former site of Keltie’s Newsstand. At one time the Knerr sisters who operated a millinery store also owned the building. After the Knerr sisters a dentist occupied the building. Desiree relates two stories shared by the owners of Keltie’s. The first involves a “residual haunting” in which a man in a lab coat was seen coming toward the proprietor with something in his hand. As he drew near to the woman, he disappeared. It was the same experience every time without deviation.

This is an example of a residual haunting which according to ghost writer and medium Craig McManus is defined as thus: “Energy embedded in the either of the place. The energy creates a movie that plays over and over again in the either.”

The second story associated with 518 Washington Street is an example, Desiree says, of a “true haunting.” This involves the Knerr sisters and was also related by the former owners of Keltie’s but confirmed by the present owners as well. It would appear the Knerr sisters were a bit mischievous and could be heard giggling throughout the building. Then one day, they decided to take their mischief a step further and pushed one book, then two, then three, etc. etc. off the shelves. This happened more than once and the finally one day the proprietor got fed up with them and told them straight out to knock it off. And guess what? They did.

However, Desiree claims things still go bump in the night every once and while when the staff at Winterwood opens up the next morning and Christmas decorations are thrown about the place that were clearly on the shelf the at closing time.

queenshotelQueen’s…

We are now in front of the Queen’s Hotel, ca. 1876 at the corner of Columbia Avenue and Ocean Street. The Great Fire of 1878 stopped just short of this Grande dame then an apothecary, Ware’s Pharmacy. Although Ware’s Pharmacy survived the fire it still suffered damage and underwent a redo in 1879. Ware’s, according to Desiree and most historical accounts, also doubled as a speakeasy, gambling house and brothel.

The ghost of the Queen’s Hotel apparently was a “working girl” in her former life and likes to haunt – yes, by now you should have guessed – the third floor. Reports of the scent of perfume have been reported, cold spots in the rooms and occasionally a woman nudging past one of the guests, usually a woman. The ghost of Queen’s Hotel is a little on the jealous side. Desiree suggests leaving a buck or two on the nightstand so she feels appreciated. She being the ghost not Desiree.

Desiree concludes this tour by sharing with us a few details about the Macomber. Most commonly requested room? Room #10. Even Al Rauber stays in that room once in a while. But don’t be disappointed rooms 19, 29, 41, and 51 are said to be afflicted with shaking bed syndrome. So, there’s something for everyone.

Our virtual ghost tour being over, we strongly recommend that you take the real one!