The Discovery Channel and the History Channel have both come to the castle to We’re not saying Port Townsend is film footage about the hauntings. haunted, but there are plenty of eerie In downtown, the Water Street Hotel has stories that might be enough to convince had its fair share of haunted activity. anyone that ghosts dwell in the walls of the There have been many cases of people city’s older buildings and businesses. taking pictures of orbs as well as several If you’re looking for a spectral experience, sightings of men in top hats walking the Manresa Castle might be a good place to halls at night only to walk right into and start. through a wall. The castle was completed in 1892 as the Strange sounds in the lobby area at night home of Charles and Kate Eisenbeis. have also been heard by the staff as well as Two ghosts are said to haunt Manresa guests staying at the hotel. Castle. The first is a young woman, who is The Palace Hotel was formerly a brothel. said to have leapt to her death from her It is believed to be haunted by at least 10 room (306) in despair after her lover either spirits, including the former sea captain failed to show up or was killed. who constructed the hotel. The other is the ghost of a monk that The best-known apparition seen in the legend claims hanged himself in the tower hotel is the ghost of a lady in an old-fashabove room 302. ioned blue dress.
She mostly appears in rooms 3 and 4, and her presence is often accompanied by the aroma of perfume. The oldest ghost story recorded here is an account of the ghost of a Chinese man wandering the back alley of the Rothschild & Co. ship brokers back in 1899. According to two apparent eyewitnesses, the ghost’s head had a nasty gash, or “tomahawk scar,” down its face and appeared between the hours of midnight and 1 a.m. Twisted History Tours offers different types of tours for all ages. From family-friendly phantoms to uptown haunts to tarot readings and more, explore the haunted history of Port Townsend. Visit tourporttownsend.com to book your next haunted experience.
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