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Mount Washington Hotel

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
By Shannon Reinbold-Gee

At the base of scenic Mount Washington sits a glorious testament to wealth and love. The Mount Washington Hotel was built in 1902 (after 2 years of construction), a show of the wealth owner Joseph Stickney had amassed through his investments in coal mining and the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Stickney spared no expense on the massive structure, using what was then state-of-the-art construction methods and heating, plumbing and private phones. A staff of 350 people waited on the guestsâ??sometimes outnumbering them. It was truly a wealthy manâ??s paradise. And Joseph Stickneyâ??s wife, Carolyn, loved the hotel nearly as much as she loved her husband.

The hotel served many well-to-do guests, including the Vanderbilt family. And regardless of who attended dinner each night in the hotelâ??s grand dining room, Carolyn Stickney was always the finest dressed attendee. It is rumored that Mrs. Stickney would hide on the balcony and look at the hotelâ??s guests as they filed inâ??carefully contemplating what dress and jewels to wear in order to outshine them all. After playing the nightly â??belle of the ball,â? Carolyn and Joseph would dine privately by candlelight, snatching at romantic moments.

Then, tragically in December 1903, Josephâ??s heart suddenly gave out and he died, leaving his grieving widow to roam a gigantic monument to their love. Carolyn stayed on at the hotel, wandering the well-manicured grounds where she and Joseph shared so much happiness. Carolyn eventually remarried Prince Lucinge of France and moved to France until the prince also passed away. When he died, she again returned to Mount Washington to spend many happy times there. She died many years later, owning the hotel until her death, but rumor is that she still wanders through the elegant hotel and its rambling grounds.

Visitors have reported hearing a ghostly romantic melody playing through the hotel, and some say theyâ??ve glimpsed a woman fitting Carolynâ??s description peeking down from the balcony. Perhaps she still watches the visitors to the hotel, wondering about what it might take to stun them now…

Orbs show up in photos and television channels change themselves in the â??Tower Suitesâ? that Carolyn supposedly frequents. Perfume drifts into rooms and tubs start filling themselves, according to some guests. Mysterious lights are sometimes seen and although the hotel staff has been taught not to tell ghostly tales, some hint at odd occurrences.

In room 314 there supposedly still exists a hand turned and handcrafted four-poster bed that Carolyn shared with her first husband. Some have reported seeing a woman on the bedâ??s edge, slowly brushing her hair. Could it be that Carolyn Stickney still longs for some form of rest, even in spirit form?

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Jason says:

October 5, 2008, 8:50 pm

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Judy says:

October 17, 2008, 5:53 pm

It was really cool to see it on Ghost Hunters.. Feb of 2008

sarah says:

October 20, 2008, 10:35 am

such a scary house.thats so cool.i will go to the hotel tonight and prove that its not scary one bit.

ashleys says:

October 20, 2008, 12:57 pm

damm dis is supper scary n gurl u stupid

kourtney says:

November 23, 2008, 6:45 pm

i spent friday november 21st and saturday november 22nd of 2008 at mount washington when i first walked in nothing seemes strange to me but as soon as i stepped into the elevator i could sense the presence of something as nuts as i amy sound now im being honest i stayed in room 103 and as i was walking down the hall the feeling i got in the elevator was gone but being a teenager later that night i decided to roam the hotel on my own before coming to the mount washington i obvisouly investigated and read the hostory of the hotel and all the supposed hauntings most of them sounded very fake i went down to the lobby and walked into the ballroom which i have read is known for having weird events go on and as soon as i walked in i could sense the presence of at least 2 people the 1st thing i thouht was that an employee was just watching me i am a teenager until i looked over at a chair and saw a man sitting in a chair 1st thing i thoguht was it was just a guest looking 4 some privacy so i waved to him and he didnt eave back so i walked out and went back to my room later that night i went down to the lobby to use the computer still with the memory of the man on my mind i decided to look up who has died in this hotel the one man that i could identify who looked like the gentleman in the ballroom was Daniel Willis James as soon as i saw the picture of him i freaked out and ran away from the computer and toward the stairs to go back up 2 my room i stayed in my room 4 the rest of the night and did not tell n e one about this sunday morning b4 we left we took a tour of the building and as we entered the ballroom the feeling i got just the night b4 was gone the man was no longer in the room

Karina says:

January 2, 2009, 4:29 pm

Omg! A lady seen brushing her hair! Now thats scary! I mean, I love scary stuff … even Haunted Houses! But this one, wow! Scary!

Mindy says:

March 2, 2009, 4:09 pm

My husband and I recently stayed at the Hotel. i had never heard the stories of the hauntings. As soon as we got off the elevator I said “Hell, no this isn’t right>” The hallway was hard t explain. It was freaky. We went to our room 217 and the room was a completely different atmosphere. It was peaceful. But as soon as we stepped out of the room the eerie feeling came over me. Later that day while enjoying a cocktail, the bartender told us the story Mrs. Stickney. I was freaked. As we continued exploring the hotel,we walked down a hallway with a painting of a beautiful young woman looking over a balcony right at us. Until today, I had not heard about her looking over the balcony at the guests, but that nite something about it didn’t feel right and I didn’t go back down that way again. We had a great time but now knowing the stories we will probably not go back. Paranoia will drive me to start seeing things that aren’t there I ‘m sure.

Brittany Bean says:

March 25, 2009, 9:25 pm

What they didnt say, is that the four post bed, which is still there, she actually killed herself on. The hotel itself is not the most haunted part of the hotel, however. The grounds are more spooky. I work in the stables, and the horses are petrified of certain areas, one place that they have gotten use to is the Italian Villa. If you go out there around 5-6pm, multiple people have been hit so hard in the lower back that they fall over and lose their breath!!

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Jack says:

October 29, 2009, 2:08 pm

Hey when i stayed there i had this odd dream: I was alone in this room on this big bed. something bumped into me and a looked up. There was a woman handing from the ceiling from a rope. She was beautiful and dressed in some sort of gown. If anyone either had the same dream or any other experiences id like to know. but the thing was I didn’t feel scared, i felt relieved. this was a while ago but no hearing some of the stories made me wonder.

Lynda says:

November 9, 2009, 6:23 pm

I had an unsettling experience one night while staying in one of the Tower Suites. My family and I have stayed there numerous times before without incident but this particular evening something strange happened. My husband had decided to splurge on a Tower Suite for the July 4th celebration. After an evening of dinner and fireworks we went to bed. My two sons were in one bed, my husband and I beside them in the other. I was one my side, with my back to my sons’ bed when I felt my son sitting on the side of my bed. I was waiting for him to say “Mom”, thinking he wasn’t feeling well, but he never did. After a few moments I turned over and he wasn’t there. I got up, went over to him in his bed and he was sound asleep. He had never gotten up. I felt uneasy and woke my husband up to tell him. I finally fell asleep without further incident. A few years later, while watching Ghost Hunters, discovered people have had similar incidents, feeling a presence sitting on the edge of their bed. I got goose bumps over my entire body. I had no previous knowledge of this.

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December 28, 2009, 8:31 pm

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Audra says:

January 7, 2010, 5:20 pm

I stayed there about a year and 1/2 ago with my parents when I was 21 years old. I also got very earie feelings while walking alone down the long hallways at night. Also, for some odd reason my dad and i were both awakened at the exact same time… a few seconds later the fireplace turned on by itself. my dad and i looked at eachother, i got up to turn it off, but we didn’t say a word until the morning when we told my mom about it. i’d like to go back and stay with my boyfriend to see if anything else happens.

John Andrews says:

April 3, 2010, 5:12 pm

Earlier this week my wife and I stayed overnight at the beautiful and historic Mount Washington hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. I should say that neither my wife or I had ever given any credence to stories of ghosts. And we had absolutely no idea that Mount Washington Hotel was supposed to be haunted. When we were given Room 302, we had no inkling that we were staying just a few doors down the hall from the Princess Suite, Room 314, a room in which paranormal investigators claim to have found evidence of spectral activity.

About 11:30pm we turned out the lights in the room and went to bed At about 12:30am, while we were sleeping, suddenly the ceiling light came on and the ceiling fan began to turn.

I asked my wife â??Why did you turn the light on?â? She said â??I didnâ??t. I havenâ??t been out of bed.â? I got up and went over to the switch. I slid the switch from right to left and the light went out. Being an engineer, I had a technical explanation: â??The fan must have some kind of thermostat that turns it on.â?

The next day I looked at the controls. There was no thermostat. The light was controlled only by a slider switch. Something had pushed the â??fanâ? button and moved the on-off switch to the on position. As I stared at the switch I got to the end of my ability to explain what had happened.

After breakfast we met by the grandfather clock in the lobby for the historic walking tour of the hotel. Someone asked our tour guide, Mr. Charlie Cohn, about ghosts in the hotel. â??Oh, yesâ? he said â??The Princess Suite, Room 314, is said to be frequented by the ghost of Carolyn Foster Stickney, who inherited the hotel from her husband and often stayed in that room. Guests report that ghosts sometimes turn the gas heaters and the lights on and off.â? Gulp! My wife and I locked eyes.

After the tour my wife told Mr. Cohn what had happened. She told him we were in Room 302. â??Yesâ?, he nodded, â??thatâ??s an active room.â?

An active room. When checking out the desk clerk asked if we had a pleasant stay. I told him it was great except that a ghost had turned our lights on in the middle of the night. â??Yeah, that happensâ? he muttered without looking up from his keyboard.

Rebecca says:

August 4, 2010, 11:08 pm

We just stayed at the Mount Washington hotel. I got that same spooky creeped out feeling that others have mentioned. I found this article because I was pretty sure after staying there that it may be haunted. I kept saying the halls remind me of “The Shining” I expected to see ghosts crossing the halls. We stayed in a room in one of the towers. Whenever someone would close the room door, the bathroom door would slam shut. I know it was just some vaccuum, but it was spooky. Then any time someone opened/closed a door near our room it sounded like someone was turning our door knob. The elevator really creeped me out, I would rather use the stairs!

Erica Saccoccio says:

September 26, 2010, 8:40 pm

Ok so I just got back from this hotel about 5 hours and i knew nothing about the ghost stories it was my 40th birthday and my husband and I went to have some relaxing time with out our children. As soon as I enter the first floor and walked down the hall i felt a very creepy feeling I was alone checing into the room my husband was in the resturant down stairs I could not get out of the room fast enough I am not normaly scared but this place there was something different for sure. After lunch I went to check out where th sps area was and the hallway from the main hotle to the spa is haunted no fi an or but about it however the spa was the most beautful soa ever. just dont go alone . when we got up to our room the btteries in the remote died and we call house keeoing for a second romote guess wht that one dies to she brough us a third remnote uit finally worked then my husband went to trun on the light it keept flicking on a off he said it was a loose bulb in any other hotel i wpuld belive it but if you are a women dont walk around this hotle alone the old owenr is watching you for sure. On a good note I do agree with the others that some places in the hotel are wonderful and peacful funny the hotel is scarier during the day then the eveing weird but true.

Meg P says:

October 19, 2010, 7:41 pm

I just got back from a stay at the Mount Washington Hotel. I had stayed there one night a couple years before and heard stories about ghosts but didn’t think anything of it. Well, this time I was there for two nights and the first night I was sooo sick and had a very restless night. The second night I was sleeping soundly when something woke me up – I opened my eyes and the ceiling light in my room was on. I was in room 329. I got up and turned it off and went back to bed. For the next couple of hours I felt very restless and uneasy. A very beautiful hotel and a great room with a beautiful view, but I am in no rush to go back after that experience.

Christina says:

October 25, 2010, 12:53 pm

My husband, 4 year old daughter, and I were at the hotel Oct 13 – Oct 17th of this year and saw and hear NOTHING out of the ordinary. We had a lovely time.

Mary S. says:

January 7, 2011, 10:59 am

I stayed at the hotel, it was for a long weekend at the end of June of 2001. I didn’t know a the time what it was, but I too experienced paranormal activities there. The 3rd day of my stay i found out by asking questions to some of the employees there, that it was hauted. The first day i settled in my room, in mid afternoon i was taking a rest and saw a very warm zone at the edge of my bed….like one of those heat patches on a hot summer road. The same night, a flashing light flew in the middle of the night right across my room…like a lit match that was being waved in the dark. Not to mention all the distant voices i heard, doors closing and opening from a distance, as if the hotel was extremely buzy…and it wasn’t. Not many people in the hotel that weekend.

Anyway, regardless of it all, i have a warm happy feeling of that hotel. I really think the ghost occupying the place (Carolyn) is a nice warm one.

The only feeling i didn`t like was at the front desk area. There was a very cold (frigid) patch of air that persisted there night and day. And it felt spooky…but as for the rest of the premises, i really have a good memory of it, and enjoyed our stay.

I haven`t been back since, and maybe one day will again.

Rodney Allmers says:

November 5, 2011, 6:21 pm

I stayed in room 160 on October 22nd, I felt something watching me and my wife all night. The lights went out (multiple times) without us touching them. When we called the front desk, they said there were no reported electric problems. I talked my wife into staying because I didn’t feel like changing rooms at 1am. We are just a about to nod out and we hear water running in the bathroom. IT WAS THE TUB FILLING UP WITH WATER!!!! I freaked out, ran out of the room with my wife (both barely clothed) and refused to return. Hotel staff had to collect our things for us. Kudos to the staff, they got us a suite for the night and comped us the rest of the week! Thanks everyone! I am too scared to go back.

Rose Overton says:

November 11, 2011, 6:04 pm

My boyfriend and I recently stayed on the 4th floor and while minor, we think there was some activity in our room. One of our first nights there, he said he saw both a green and yellow light flash; I didn’t see anything. The next night though, I was half-asleep when twice I saw a light flash in the room, like someone was taking my picture. The blinds were drawn over the windows so it couldn’t have come from outside. The next and final night, I saw another flash of light; and both my boyfriend and I heard a rustling, like a bag being moved (or, as my boyfriend described it, like someone pouring cereal). It was a bit spooky but I don’t think the spirit, if a spirit was responsible, intended any harm; and I didn’t get any bad vibes.

Marvin says:

January 17, 2013, 9:43 pm

Im going for the second time in years next feb. Last time i went there, the basement looked like the friggin shining

P.s. pasley says:

January 29, 2014, 11:39 am

If you ask the front desk about the ghost evidence, they may show you a picture were all the guest were outside and in the suite were she died there is a silloute of a lady watching over them and they even blew it up! It is freaky!!!!

Kathy says:

February 5, 2014, 8:32 pm

My husband and I splurged for our 10th anniversary and spent a fall weekend in one of the tower rooms on the south side of the building. This was in October 2006 before TAPS did their show. I just read Audra’s previous post and was floored that I had the same exact experience, and haven’t been able to forget it. I woke up quickly but not frantically, don’t know why and looked at the digital clock on the nightstand next to me. It was exactly 3:00am. A few moments later, the gas fireplace turned on by itself! It was freaky and I woke up my husband to share what had just happened. The fireplace had a remote control and it was acting somewhat strange earlier in the day but I had to get up and get the remote from the mantel to turn it off. The rest of the trip was uneventful. People have told me it was probably a thermostat that auto turned the fireplace on at a certain temperature, but I’m not convinced considering how I woke so calmly and at exactly 3am. It was as if some”thing” or some”one” was showing off to me. I never felt in danger, just shocked. I wish I had told the hotel but I never did. Amazing that Audra and her dad say the same thing!

Art says:

October 26, 2014, 6:11 pm

I stay at the Hotel usually about four times a year. I have had my share of experiences. Lights in the room close to where I was standing going on and off when talking about the ghosts stories. Some floors seam to be more active than others. It always feels like and old friend.

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