The Shanley hotel is said to be the most haunted hotel on the East Coast. There are so many spirits here, it’s hard to keep track of all of them. Read on for more information about this fascinating, creepy place.
The Shanley hotel has a long, tragic history.
The hotel was built in 1895, after a previous hotel burned down. Since its completion, many people (including children) have died there. The hotel is said to be the most haunted on the entire East Coast.
James Louis Shanley purchased the hotel in 1906.
This photo of him and his family was taken on the front porch of the hotel in the 1920s.
In May of 1911, a tragedy struck...the first of many.
The hotel’s barber, Peter Greger, lived with his wife Mary and two daughters, Rosie and Florence, on the second floor of the hotel. Three-year-old Rosie wandered to a nearby farm and fell down a well. She died instantly. Rosie’s happy-go-lucky ghost is said to Haunt the Shanley. Visitors hear her playing and giggling.
James Shanley’s sister-in-law Esther lived at the hotel; she died of influenza in 1918. Her spirit is said to haunt the second floor.
James' brother Andrew died in 1919. He was only 49 years old.
Could this be Andrew?
In the 1920s, the hotel was very popular.
The second floor was converted into a bordello, and bootleg liquor was sold here during Prohibition.
The Shanley was left abandoned in 1992.
The spirits were left to their own devices for many years, until the current owners purchased it in 2005.
The current owner didn't know that the hotel was haunted until after he bought it.
Luckily, the hauntings didn't bother him.
Ghosts fill this hotel.
Many appear in full form to guests - they are dressed in clothing from the 1920s to the 1960s.
The front porch is a wonderful place to sit, but...
Many visitors report cold spots here, and a feeling of uneasiness.
Guests often hear footsteps in the halls.
Some ghosts even poke or prod guests to get their attention.
Eleanor Roosevelt stayed in this room on several occasions...but now there's some paranormal activity here.
Supposedly, a man hung himself in this room. Guests report being touched at night.
The sound of children running up and down the stairs is common.
Sometimes heavier footsteps ascend this staircase, too.
This third-floor hallway is also haunted.
Anna was a popular girl at the bordello. Her room is said to be haunted by her spirit.
Could this be Anna?
Gentleman's Quarters In The Bordello
This is one of the most haunted rooms in the hotel.
Would you dare stay here overnight?
Though the hotel is full of ghosts and paranormal activity, none have ever been violent. Most seem to be having fun - singing, laughing and playing.