Joel & Brenda Wollem
We stayed at The Palmer House for the 1st time to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. When we told our friends that we were going to be staying there, the common response that we got was “That place is haunted.” I didn’t mind that too much since I grew up in a home that we considered “haunted” also. Some strange unexplained happenings were experienced there too.
Anyway, we checked in Saturday evening in room 31 and upon entering the hotel we saw the Ghost Stories books on the front table. I told my husband that I would not be looking at those until the morning as I wanted a good night of sleep. We went to go see a movie and after turning in for the night around 10:30 we were awakened at about 12:30 because there was a lot of noise from the room above us. It lasted about ½ hour and sounded like furniture was being moved around or a party was being thrown. Lots of walking around like pacing or lots of footsteps around the bed was what we thought it could be.
In the morning after a pretty good night of sleep, after all of the commotion from above settled down, we got up and my husband went to get his cell phone next to the TV where he had left it along with his keys, checkbook, wallet and sunglasses. It wasn’t there and once we looked around the room we found that it was on the nightstand next to my side of the bed. We brushed this off and really thought nothing of it at the time. We went down and ate a great breakfast in the dining room. During breakfast, we read the ghost stories book that other guests had shared their strange experiences in. After breakfast we went and sat in the front lobby and had a wonderful conversation with Kelley the owner. She shared with us different stories that people had experienced there and some things that she had experienced herself. She said that the latest thing was that men were commenting that their cell phones were being misplaced in their rooms. We found that not too much of a surprise since my husbands also was not where he had left it.
While we were visiting with Kelley, the guests from room #12 checked out which was the room right above ours. We asked them if they had thrown a party in their room the night before and they said that they were out at a Halloween party the night before and didn’t get back until well after 1:00 which was when the loud sounds ended. They wr2e not partying in that room but somebody or something was! My husband and I both heard it!
We decided to go back up to our room and get packed up and ready to check out and while we’re doing this our toilet flushed on its own! We were very glad that this did not happen during the night. Something about the daylight and these occurrences is not quite as scary as the dark!
I did not get any bad feelings about these happenings. I think that these ‘ghosts” are just trying to figure out our world and are intrigued by things such as cell phones.
We would definitely come back to The Palmer House. It is a cozy place to stay and offers something a little different-if you’re up for it!