Haunted castles, ghost tours, haunted restaurants, and haunted hotels, kind of sounds like an "Our Haunted Travels" adventure. Well, that is exactly what we had the weened of September 14, 2019, in Marietta, Ohio.
If you would like to watch instead of read, check out our Vlog about this weekend adventure...
The first thing we did when we arrived in town (and after checking in to our hotel) was to take a ghost tour called the Harmar Ghost Trek by Hidden Marietta. These locations will be added to the PANICd.com database, and will eventually be featured on "Our Haunted Travels" (13 new locations).
We spent Friday (and Saturday) night at the Lafayette Hotel on the bank of the Ohio River, of course, The Lafayette Hotel is haunted. They actually have ghost tours at the hotel; however, they are early on Fridays and we were not able to get down there in time to make the tour. We will have to do that sometime we are off work and get the full tour of the building.
We got up the next morning and met with JoAnn and Mark and went to breakfast at the Busy Bee Restaurant. This was one of the locations on the ghost tour, and they highly recommended the food. Great choice, it was delicious. A little word of caution, the place was very busy and is not very big. You may have a wait to get in, but that is a good sign that tells you it is good food.
Then we drove around a little to revisit some of the places from the ghost tour and get some day shots at some of the buildings and locations. Some of them did not come out at night, and we definitely wanted to get good shots in the day light.
From there, we had an appointment at the Cawley and Peoples Mortuary Museum. This was the actual reason for heading down to Marietta. It was going to be just a day trip to go down and see the museum, since JoAnn found it on the Internet and wanted to have a little adventure before they get married here in a few weeks. I told Marianne, I could really use a little get-a-way, so let's just make a weekend out of it... but back to the museum. Wow, what a find this was and if you didn't search for it, you wouldn't even know these treasurers were there. You have to contact them through their website to setup a private tour of the museum, but it was well worth it (especially since JoAnn already called and made the contact).
A little side note about the museum. If you saw the movie "Get Low" with Bill Murray and Robert Duvall, the car that was used in the movie as the hearse they drove around with actually belongs to Bill Peoples and it is in the museum. Chad, our tour guide (and maintenance man of the funeral home) told us, that during the filming of the movie, they actually ruined the transmission of the car. From that point on, once it was fixed, Bill Peoples was a stand in that drove the car in the movie... basically so that they didn't destroy it anymore. Good call Bill, it is a beautiful vehicle.
Once we told Chad at the museum who we were and what we do, we also told us about the "Parkview House" which is an Air B&B owned by Bill Peoples that is a few houses down from the funeral home. Of course, it's haunted.
Next, we went out to the "Castle". This location was on our list from our summer trip, but we didn't get a chance to head up to Marietta to see the location. We decided to take the tour of the building, but the only drawback was, we were not aloud any photography or video inside the building. We were told that we could use photos from their website in our future video.
The next stop was, the Anchorage. What a wonderfully, creepy, and awesome building. We took the tour through the building and was even able to go up into the lookup at top. What a great view of downtown. So, although we could not take pictures and video in the castle, the Anchorage actually had the same architect. More to come out about that in our future posts and videos.
After running around and taking the tours all day, it was time to get something to eat. We thought, well let's kill 2 birds with one stone and go back to Spagna's, have a late lunch (linner) and see this haunted telephone we heard about. All of us were still a little full from breakfast, so we decided to get pizza. We settled on the Capone, which turned out to be a great choice.
From there we headed down to the old post office to do our live show "Let's Talk Paranormal". It was a great spot, and it was close. We ended up being a few minutes late going live, but it turned out pretty good.
After the live show, we all decided to go back to the hotel and take a little break. JoAnn and Mark have not even checked into their room yet, and we have been running around all day. The tentative plan was to go back and relax a little bit, then hook up again for another ghost tour that night. Well, Shawn and Mark pretty much just fell asleep and crashed for a while. So, we decided to stay in for the rest of the evening. Then, at about 1:30 a.m. The power went out in the hotel.
Marianne got a text form JoAnn asking if the power was out in our room. Well, it was out in the entire building. Marianne woke me up and said, hey, this might be a great time to do an EVP session since there is no electric in the building. So that's what we did. We did about a 30 minute session, then that was it. We were up and awake. Too hard to go back to sleep after that. So, what do you do in a haunted hotel with no electric and you are a YouTuber with a fully charged cell phone? That's right, you go live on YouTube.
Sunday morning, we got up and met JoAnn and Mark down in the "Gun Room" of the hotel for breakfast. We have been trying to get in this room all weekend since there are haunted claims in there and they have had special events going on. This was our opportunity to be in that room, get some food, and take some pictures and video.
We said our good-byes to JoAnn and Mark as they were heading back up for home, and we had a few more places in Marietta to stop before we headed out.
From that point, we took a walk down along the river, then went up to our room, packed up and checked out of the hotel. We stopped at the following places around Marietta before heading up home.
So, after all of that, we heading back up i-77 towards home. It's about a 2.5 drive from Marietta to Youngstown, and we try our best to past the time in the car, in fact that is when we record our vlogs in most cases to kind of document what we did on the trip. We were having some issues recording the vlog this time do to the bumpy road, but we passed a marker on the highway about the John and Annie Glenn. Decided we we take a detour and go and check it out since we were so close. We stopped and recorded our vlog (the one linked above) in the parking lot, then went inside for the tour.
Nope, this place is not haunted (that we know about yet), but it is very historical and has some great artifacts inside. It will wind up in the database just based on the historical aspect and someday will probably find some claims about the location. After the tour, we stopped and had a delicous breakfast at Crackle Barrel, and headed on home.
New Locations Visited
We will have more detailed videos and blog posts in the future about the following (as we get them done, please check back and we will link to them from this list):
Total, 24 new locations and and 2 new review videos.
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