10.14.2014

Haunted Washington - Manresa Castle

Manresa Castle in Port Townsend, WA was featured on a 2010 episode of Travel Channel's Most Terrifying Places in America. The building has served many purposes over the years, but is now a hotel and restaurant.


In the mid-1800s, Charles Eisenbeis emigrated from Prussia to Washington to open a bakery. Since the area was flourishing as a shipping port, he expanded his business to construction, real estate, brewing, and banking and made a ton of money. He got married, became the first mayor of Port Townsend, and built his dream home, Eisenbeis Castle, in 1982. The thirty room home featured artisan woodwork, tiled fireplaces, a slate roof, and brick walls twelve inches thick.

Eisenbeis died in 1902 of kidney disease, five years after his son committed suicide. His widow, Kate, continued to live in the castle until 1905, then remarried and left the empty castle with a local caretaker for nearly twenty years. In 1927 Eisenbeis Castle was sold to a group of Jesuit priests, who used it as a training college. The priests renamed it Manresa Hall, added a chapel, more rooms, and an elevator to house monks in their final year of study. The Jesuits left in 1968 and the building was converted into a hotel and renamed Manresa Castle. 

Two ghosts haunt the castle. The first is a monk who hanged himself in the castle’s attic. Guests in room 302 claim to hear footsteps coming from the ceiling and the occasional sound of a stretched rope. The other ghost is a young woman who had been waiting for her love to return from war. When he didn't, she jumped out of the window of room 306 and fell to her death. Guests of this room say their items are moved around when they're away, the TV and lights flicker on and off, and the sheets are pulled at night. Other hotel guests have noted that glasses would spontaneously break and empty glasses would turn upside down on their own in the cafe, which was once the chapel.










The hotel had ghost logs in some of rooms for guests to share their supernatural experiences, but were removed after a few patrons complained. I've always wanted to stay in the castle, but don't know if I could handle the creepiness. I'm not even talking about the ghosts. Its just a really old, outdated hotel and I'm a germaphobe. Ew. But people say it's a lovely romantic getaway and weddings happen there all the time. I should definitely check it out at some point.

7 comments:

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

It definitely provides a great backdrop for wedding pics.

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

I like anything old, but spending the night there might be a deal breaker...lol I prefer modern, new, and fancy hotels. I am such a princess, aren't I?! hahahaha

Karen M. Peterson said...

It looks beautiful. I wonder if TAPS has ever been there to investigate.

I'd be curious to poke around there and see if I had any weird experiences. Something tells me this place is a lot like the Queen Mary. Lots of rumors, and most of them are just that. But it could be cool.

Jen K said...

I don't think I could step one foot in. I'm such a scaredy cat. It's beautiful though!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I LOVE this kind of stuff! From the outside it looks beautiful! You should totally stay and just take your own blankets and pillows lol.

Tricia Coniglio said...

This place looks amazing! There is a "ghost" town in AZ and just recently I saw a Groupon for some kind of tour where you are shown around to the move commonly haunted areas. I don't particularly enjoy being scared by what I cannot see but I would go in the day time.

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I like the look of the place