While there are many people in the world who refuse to accept the existence of ghosts, there are many who firmly believe and are ever-so-curious about the topic. And if you belong to the second lot, the Haunted Shanley Hotel in New York, is the place where you need to be at least once in your lifetime.
To start with, the Haunted Shanley Hotel, located in the city of Napanoch, does not carry the tag ‘Haunted’ for attracting tourists but because it has been the topic of interest among paranormal investigators for quite some time. The structure which was originally constructed by a man named ‘Thomas Rich’ has had a whopping 20 owners in time.
However, the most significant tragedy that took place in the hotel was that of James Louis Shanley and Beatrice Shanley who purchased the hotel in 1906. All of their three children, who were born there, named Kathleen, James, and William died within 9 months of coming to life.
James Shanley took the deaths extremely hard and lost his life in a heart attack a few years later.
The deaths did not stay restricted to the members of the family itself but also the people related to it. In 1911, the daughter of the barber of the hotel fell into a nearby well losing her life. In 1918, Beatrice’s sister, who lived in one of the apartments attached to the hotel, lost her life after giving to her third child.
There are many paranormal activities that are prevalent in the Shanley Hotel. From rocking chairs seen rocking on their own to piano music, from creepy clock bells to the laughter of children, visitors have experienced them all.
People have also claimed to have seen a misty apparition, resembling the look of James Shanley, roaming around the establishment. They have also heard a woman mourning and it is likely that this is Beatrice crying over the loss of her three children and sister. A woman donning a Victorian dress has also been spotted on occasions. You can also smell various scents which do not have an explanation. These scents include those of burning pipe tobacco, perfume, and food.
Expectedly, the hotel is not for everyone but only for the brave hearted who agree to abide by the rules. You must be of at least 16 years of age to book a stay. You will also have to sign a waiver, makes you responsible for what the ‘ghosts’ might do to you.