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Manresa Castle

Maltby, Washington

Over the years, this beautiful building has served many purposes and remains in use today. It was built as a home for a successful immigrant and his wife, used later as a training college for Jesuit priests, and is now a hotel and restaurant enticing guests with the possibility of supernatural occurrences.

In the mid 1800’s, Charles Eisenbeis emigrated from Prussia to Washington with the intention of setting up a humble bakery. It became successful enough that he started to sell animal feed as well. This was only the beginning, as the area of Port Townsend began to flourish as a shipping port. Eisenbeis recognized this and expanded his business to construction and real estate. He grew very wealthy very quickly, and in the meantime married a woman named Kate.

However, Eisenbeis was far from finished. He was elected as the town’s first mayor, and soon after built an enormous hotel. Unfortunately, this was never opened and later burned down mysteriously. The entrepreneur was not fazed, rather he began construction on his dream home. Eisenbeis Castle, as it came to be called, featured artisan woodwork, thirty rooms, and walls twelve inches thick.

This accomplishment was the last in Eisenbeis’ life, as events took a turn for the worse. His son, also his business partner, committed suicide at their real estate office. The distraught father died five years later of a kidney disease. His widow continued to live in the castle until 1905, when she remarried three years later. With Kate gone, the building was idle in the hands of a local caretaker for nearly 20 years, until an attorney had the idea of turning it into a nuns’ vacation home. This idea failed, and two years later Eisenbeis Castle was sold to a group of Jesuit priests.

Used as a training college, the building became home to monks attending their final year of study. In order to accommodate its new residents, the castle was expanded to hold a chapel, even more rooms, and an elevator. The finishing touch was to rename the building Manresa Hall, after the city in Spain where their order was founded. It was during this period that the most famous death in the building occurred, when one particular monk felt he could no longer go on. He hung himself in the attic, located right above what is now room 302 in the Manresa Castle Hotel. Some guests brave enough to stay there have reported hearing footsteps coming from the ceiling and occasional sounds of a strained rope. One even claimed to have been visited by a black hooded figure.

The second spirit haunting the building belongs to woman also by the name of Kate. She had stayed in room 306 during the 1920’s, though not for very long. Upon hearing the news that her lover had died at sea, she jumped from the window to her death on the ground below. While the stories of why she committed suicide vary, her presence at Manresa Castle seems consistent. Some of the scarier incidents include sightings of a woman standing over beds or looking out the window, but it is more common for just the lights and television to switch on and off at random. In addition to hotel room spooks, glasses in the restaurant and chapel sometimes explode or turn upside down.

Manresa Castle has become famous for its supernatural activity, and was featured on many television shows. To add to the ambience, the rooms even contained a “ghost register” for patrons to record any odd experiences. This seemed like a great idea, until some were upset by reading it and requested to switch rooms.

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Desiree Norris says:

October 14, 2005, 6:20 pm


My grandfather and grandmother, Joshua and Dolly Norris, bought the Manresa Castle in 1968 and turned it into a hotel…
I have excellent stories that have been passed on to me from them and my father who lived in the Castle for several years. It really is a spectacular place, and I try to visit every few months when I visit my old hometown.
I recommend, to everybody, visit the Manresa Castle and the city of Port Townsend, both are full of wonderful history.

Desiree Norris

be bop says:

October 27, 2005, 6:14 pm

like any one is going to go!!!!!!

Paul T. says:

November 2, 2005, 6:48 pm

Ms. Norris,

Andrew says:

November 22, 2005, 3:51 am

Dear Desiree,

My fellow colleage and I feel that there is no way the after life would remain here to haunt the living. To prove this we propose that someone sets us up in a room for a night. Honesty will always remain our true virtrue, however we are very confident that the fear and “supposed hauntings” are self inflicted and that the actual possibility of a ghost sighting happen then we would feel more than happy to report the encounter. Please contact us.

Jesse & Andrew

Chris says:

December 30, 2005, 4:32 pm

My wife and I stayed at Manresa Castle for our honeymoon in 1981. At the time we had no information about any hauntings. We had stayed two nights in the “Honeymoon Suite” (I think it’s room 202) and then one night in 302 to take advantage of the view. I awoke in the middle of the night and investigated sounds in the tower area of the room. It sounded as if there was someone in the room. I found and heard nothing further.

Later, I saw a vignette on a kid’s show about that room being haunted. While I don’t believe that I have experienced a “haunting,” it is enough to be curious about.

sharenna and mellssa says:

January 14, 2006, 2:53 pm

our house is haunted with evil spirts have been botherd for ever so good luk to any ones house is haunted

Angela says:

January 22, 2006, 4:27 am

Hello There Manresa Castle Fan’s,

I don’t intend to hurt your feelings folks but The historic Port Townsends Manresa Castle Is not haunted It is just an old Beautiful landmark to visit and Have the time of your life, Plus the Hotels staff are very friendly people though and I’ve been going to that Manresa place for 12 years now since 1994 august 26th Well I was 16 years old when I first stayed over night at the Castle back then when Roger O’ Connor was the General Manager and Rhonda Myhre Is the head Manager of the Dining room, It is truly Amazing that the Manresa Castle Is soooo HUGE inperson and The NEW owner Is Preston Massey he seems to be doing an Excellent job at keeping the business of his hotel open to the General Public and That place will NEVER be remodelled inside because there Is a lot of original history In the beauitful historical palace.

Love and Light

Shane says:

January 27, 2006, 7:50 pm

hey all,

I used to live about 2 blocks from Manresa Castle, me and my brother used to go over there at night to see if it was hunted. But we never saw or heard anything. It’s used to be a way to scare the little kids at the grade school near there but that is all.

Also I’ve never heard this story about the monks. The Story I’ve always heard is that the Castle was built by a rich man in the 1800s for his wife as a wedding present. The woman didn’t want to marry this man but was forced to and after the marrage she jumped out of one of the towers in the Castle, and that to this day on some night you can see her jump to her death out of the tower.

That is the story I always heard, I know what you think but I don’t belive it.

Belive what you want

tiffany says:

February 15, 2006, 9:53 pm

i have been the Manresa and it s a wonderful place to stay , I believe that it is haunted , when i went to the castle its had a errie feeling to it as a entered the castle. I heard of the stories , i went into the room that the woman who commited sucide from. I seemed normal , not cold or errie, just normal. I went outside in front of the castle and from the tower that she ended her life from , she was supposably standing in that window, as what my twin sister said. Manaresa is a beautiful place to stay, and the staff are very nice people , I hope to go back there soon.


Andie and Sammy says:

February 26, 2006, 3:09 am

Andie:I have been to the castle. My ex told me that it was a haunting experience, so I visited. When I arrived, I saw a boy in burnt clothing looking down at me from the top window. As I walked in I had a bad feeling. I asked the hotel manager if the place was truly haunted. She told me the story of when the castle burned down. I asked her if I could explore the castle and she said yes. As I went to the room which the boy was in, I found out that the room was untouched. Just then I realized that he could have been burned down with Menresa Castle. I have been told that room 202 was the haunted room. That is where someone commited sucide and people have experienced the strangest things such as feeling physical contact with another person when no one was there. Some may say that this castle is not haunted… I believe it is.
Sammy: Trust me when I say that it could very well be haunted. I’ve had my fair share of paranormal experiences. I know you think I’m crazy, but I would not be the person you expect would say this. I’m very scientifical. However, a life time of these experiences have taught me to think otherwise. You may say there is no proof of ghosts and such, but there is also no proof against them. You can’t just say it isn’t real because you can’t see or feel it. Or hear it. Well, yes, sometimes you can. But if that were true, air, love, happiness, and other emotions obviously would not exist. So ha. Take that. Thanks fo reading this. If you disagree… well, that’s your problem, not mine… sucker.
Andie and Sammy

Barbara says:

March 7, 2006, 6:22 pm

My family visited the castle two years ago for my husband’s birthday, and spent the weekend there in room 202. We heard all the haunting stories, have read the book that the castle is featured in, and then were very pleased to find ourselves having experiences as well. When we first arrived to the room, the television would not turn on; and after much fiddling and fussing, no amount of our attempts could get that darn thing to go on. We switched it off, and decided to do some sight-seeing in town, and before we left the room, the TV came on by itself. When we went sight-seeing, we returned to the room to find a very strong, overpowering smell of smoke in the bathroom. There were no windows in the bathroom, and the room’s only windows were closed. After much investigation and discussing with the staff whether that scent could be coming from a smoking guest outside or perhaps smoking in one of the rooms, they assured us that was not the case. They also told us that other guests had reported the same thing in that room. My husband, my mother and I went out again that evening for drinks, and my daughter stayed in the room to shower and get ready for bed. While we were gone, she heard voices out in the main room while she was in the bathroom, as if the television were on or we had returned, but when she came out, no one was there, and the TV was off. Finally, during the night, my husband awoke to a heavy weight sitting directly on his side of the bed, as if someone had sat down next to him and was pulling his covers tightly. When he sat up, the sensation disappeared. I awoke that night to the sound of footsteps and voices in the room. So believe what you want; but we are ALL convinced that Manresa Castle is indeed haunted, and we were thrilled to have been lucky enough to experience it ourselves! We absolutely LOVE the place!

jesse-ann says:

March 8, 2006, 7:06 pm

hey everyone, all this junk about ghost and hauntings is not real!!! you guys are dumb to believe it people are just setting you up!!!

Geeg says:

April 27, 2006, 7:40 pm

hey, i’ve been to the castle like the rest of you and we took pics of my mom in one of the rooms. When we got the pics back we were surprised because one of them came back with something we cant quite explain. My mom works with a lady who used to work at Manresa and she has a really cool/creepy story. It goes kinda like this: “I was cleaning one of the rooms with my co-worker and all of the sudden, this strong, strong lavender smell came. it was so strong it almost made you sick to your stomach. We threw the sheets down the shoot thinking that perfume from the last person was still on them. We went about 2 floors down and cleaned a different bed. The smell was gone for a while, my guess was about a couple minutes. Then all of the sudden it was back.” i dont know about you but that just gives me goosebumps.
believe what you want, but there is deffenatly something up with the castle.

Geeg says:

April 27, 2006, 7:43 pm

OH MY GOSH!!!! for the person who sent the message before me, i just wanted to ask if he/she had ever even been there. just because you dont believe, dont ruin it for the rest of us.

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May 6, 2006, 8:13 pm

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parker says:

May 17, 2006, 2:38 pm

i think u guys that all say that this place is haunted are all high because there is no such thing as ghosts or spirits or floating orbs.

Nick says:

July 17, 2006, 12:07 pm

None actually said that there were spirits or floating orbs or anything dude they just said it was haunted and as a studier of the paranormal there is a big difference in what you have said as to what they all have said.


Emily says:

August 21, 2006, 4:15 pm

Wow this is all soo cool.. I just got home from Port Townsend.. I was over there for about 2 weeks, and yes, I did go and visit the castle I did not go into it but i drove by it.. While I was driving.. I was excited but surprised to see a figure of a boy who looked like he was 10 11 or 12, in one of the windows right above the side entrance on the right side.. he was wearing dark brown and torn clothing, and he looked really serious he watched our car until we turned the block, and something about the boy made me feel really uncomfortable… it just gave me an eerie feeling?… when we went back by the window I exspecially looked for him and he was nowhere to be seen.
I Believe that the castles are haunted, im hopefully waiting to spend the night there!


Laura says:

September 3, 2006, 1:18 am

Hmmm – well in my opinion no one should be closed minded, and you never know what will happen … Jon and I stayed in room 204 of Manresa`s Castle
I do know that our windows were impossible to open and it was dreadfully hot BUT it was an incredible place. I decided to stitch abit then later I put the stitching down on the bench in front of the bed…. I turned and walked away and when I got about 4 steps away all of my stitching made a thud as it hit the floor…. there is no way at all that it should have fallen it was dead center on the bench and heavy enough to have stayed there…. We also passed room 202 in the morning and before even knowing the room was the haunted room we both felt an energy and said to each other that that was the room ….
Try it – it is worth it … and if you dont at all believe in hauntings make your way to the other end of town to Fort Warden and spend the night – now that should send a chill up anyones spine!! Personally even in the day it has its moments!!! Laura in Machias

Faith says:

September 17, 2006, 11:15 am

I would LOVE to visit the castle and see exactly what all the fuss is about. Having already seen a few
‘ghosts’ in my short lifetime, i am always ready to see more… if anyone has information on just how to get a room for a night or two there, i would greatly appreciate it.

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