The Ghosts that inhabit Norwich Inn
The Norwich Inn was the first tavern in Vermont to entertain a President of the United States.
On July 22, 1817, President James Monroe stayed at the hotel.
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Is the Norwich Inn haunted?
The Norwich Inn is a one of a kind, historic Vermont hotel that dates back to 1797, when it was constructed. It was built upon land owned by Colonel Jasper Murdock, a graduate of Dartmouth College, who built his home at what is now the corner of Main Street and Beaver Meadow Road.
It has been said that numerous guests have walked the halls and stayed at the Norwich Inn, but some may have never checked out.
The Inn was purchased by Charles and Mary “Ma” Walker in 1920. According to the local legend, Ma Walker kept up the Inn’s tradition as a tavern throughout the prohibition, by selling bootleg liquor from the basement, even after husband Charles’ death, until the mid-1930s, when her own health concerns forced her to sell and retire from her life as the innkeeper.
After Mary passed away, her spirit was apparently seen gliding along the upper floors. Her spirit can sometimes be seen in the dining room, dressed in a black formal gown. The lady wearing a long black skirt, is said to have been seen wandering through the building’s parlor, eventually disappearing into the adjoining library. She also seems to have a particular fixation on room 20 where many unexplained events take place.
The apparition has also been seen in the guest rooms. Is it Ma Walker or perhaps yet another ghostly resident of the Inn?
Other ghostly phenomenon include toilets flushing themselves, faucets turning off and on, and rocking chairs eerily rocking away with nobody sitting in them. If it’s Mary, she certainly is a bit mischievous type of ghost!