Thursday, January 28, 2010
The Tutwiler Hotel
But time takes it's toll on all things and the glory of the beautiful hotel faded as the years pressed down on her. By the 1960's, she was a faded reminder of what she had once been. The owners attempted to give the hotel a facelift, but with skyscrapers and luxury high rises taking over, she seemed like a pale comparison. In 1986, Mr. Tutwiler purchased the building and began a complete renovation of the hotel. He stripped it and rebuilt it. He took the old historic hotel and gave it all the modern conveniences and extras that would bring tourists to visit and stay in the once run down hotel.
It is after these renovations that the ghosts appeared, or maybe that the ghosts were noticed. The story began with the bartender who was in charge of closing up the kitchen every night. Every night he would turn off all the lights before he left. He began to notice that the lights would turn right back on. One night he turned the lights off five times and finally gave up and went home. His supervisor yelled at him the next day for leaving all the lights on and the bartender explained the situation. The supervisor stayed late and found the same things with the lights. Both employees went home and in the morning the lights were all on, the dishes were all out, the stove was on, and food had been prepared. The next night the bar tender tried a new tact. He turned off all the lights and said good night to the ghost and asked it to please leave the lights and stove off and clean up after himself. He never had the problem again.
The bartender wasn't the only one to report odd occurences. Throughout the old hotel there have been reports of lights flickering, tunring off and on, and doors opening and shutting. In my attempt to see as many haunted locations as possible, I have booked a room in this lovely hotel next weekend. I'm taking my boys and we are going to stay in this elegant hotel for one night and see what we can find when the lights go out (or come back on) More to come once I visit the hotel!