Friday, May 19, 2006

Where the haunts are, someone waits for me…



From that chamber, and from that mansion, I fled aghast.
The fall of the house of Usher -Edgar Allen Poe

So now that you have your equipment, and you’ve even practiced using it in your basement, attic and even the local graveyard you are ready for the next step; the thrill of the hunt, or as we in the know call it the “Big Magoo”

(I’m full of it…you know that, right?).

So just where do you go to carry on this wonderful new research with these really cool toys? where can I find information on hauntings? I’m delighted you asked.
This is of coarse a matter of personal interest (number one) and (number two) it depends on how comfortable or confident you feel at this point.
You may be the kind of person who likes jumping into the deep end feet first trusting your instincts to keep you afloat, and also you aren’t prone to self consciousness or embarrassment due to your flailing extremities should you start to drown.
Perhaps you’re more the" sensible" type who will stick your big toe in to test the water first in the kiddy-pool.

Either way, this is not meant to be a negative reflection on you.

So whether you’re a known maniac, and you’d thrive upon the adventure of plunging yourself headon into a dark, scary (possibly haunted) house with little or no experience, or you’re a timid, frightened, little mousy, who feels a meek toe wetting is a the more “prudent” method of ghost hunting this artical is designed for you.

And if you're somewhere in the middle that works too...

Where are Haunted places open to the public:
I'll be posting here periodically haunted places open to the public for tours as well as overnight stays. I will also post haunted places owned by the public. On occasion, I may post unknown haunt privately owned, but will only include contact information with the owner's permission, where applicable. Until then...

Myrtles Plantation/St. Francisville Louisiana
Circa 1796
Billed as one up America's most haunted homes, they conduct public tours daily from 9am - 5pm, and special mystery tour on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Also a bed and breakfast, reservations include a complimentary tour. The Inn features a 120 foot veranda, outfitted with giant rockers for you relaxation pleasure.
The home is surrounded by 10 acres of majestic live oaks with pink crepe myrtles in the giant brick Courtyard.
Room rates from $115-230.00 per night.

Myrtles Plantation
St. Francisville, Louisiana
7747 U.S. Highway 61P.O. Box 1100St. Francisville, Louisiana 70775John & Teeta Moss, Proprietors
PHONE 225.635.6277Fax 225.635.5837
Email: myrtles@bsf.net


Brookdale Lodge/ Brookdale California
Circa 1870

Now I gotta’ tell ya', this is one of the saddest experiences I've had on one of my "Haunted Honeymoons". My hubby and I were married on Halloween a few years back (it was only way I knew how to get him into a "Monkey Suit"), and on occasion we will go on a so called haunted honeymoon for our anniversary. Reno, New Orleans, Seattle, Swan Lake Montana etc... yep, there are some outstanding haunted places you can travel to in the world...this was not one of them!

Oh it's haunted to be sure, but the general feeling of malaise is not from the ghosts so much as the depression one feels from the run down look of the poor old thing. The heady glamour of the Marilyn Monroe days is long since past, and we are left with a sad incongruent shell of its former self.

Once a getaway for the mega rich and the super celebs, this hideaway in the redwoods had seen the best and the brightest stars of it’s time and featured the “Brook Room”, a five star restaurant with a natural brook running right down the center of the dinning area! Little Sarah Logan, only six years old drowned in that stream and is one of the spirits purported to haunt the resort to this day.

Built in 1870 it was first the headquarters of the Grover Lumber Mill. In 1900 it was sold to H.J. Logan who converted it into a hotel and campground. It changed hands again and from 1922-45 was run by Dr. F. K. Camp who built the famous Brook Room.

The lodge was once the second most popular resort in California and was indeed the place “were the elite meet”. Some of the most famous people to pass through the doors of the Lodge in its day were President Herbert Hoover, Hedy Lamarr, Mae West, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Tyrone Power and Rita Hayworth to name but a few.

The lodge also featured the best big bands of the day (they still have music every weekend) and there are even a couple of songs from that period written about lodge!

They still feature name acts in their lounge, mostly jazz and rock and roll.

To be fair, it's been 4 years since I've been to the lodge. I hear tell that they are fixing the old girl up and I can only hope this is true. I only live about 45 minutes away and I will go and check it out for myself in the near future.
Until then...
Room rates from $59.-205.00. per night

Brookdale Lodge
11570 Highway 9
P.O. Box 903
Brookdale, California 95007

(831)338-6433


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