Official History: The Amity Hall hotel was built in the 1800s, but has been abandoned for some time and has fallen into disrepair. Some reports say that the hotel was used as a hospital during the civil war.
Unofficial History: There are various reports of gruesome murders in the inn. Some involve a woman beaten to death in the woods, others report a mysterious explosion with a high death toll. The most popular story involves a resident of the inn going mad, murdering his children and wife, and then hanging himself in the attic. People have reported strange lights and faces in the windows, dark “imp-like” shapes in the surrounding area, blood stains on the floor of the attic, the shape of a woman walking through the nearby woods, a malevolent spirit that tends to act out against male trespassers, “bad vibes”, unexplained drops in temperature and sounds of footsteps or doors slamming inside the building. Also, many reports claim that Amity Hall Hotel drains batteries.
Adventure: Because some reports of the hotel claim that it drains batteries, Lemon and I charged our cell phones right before leaving and I popped a fresh pack of AAs into my camera, just in case. On the way we picked up Scout and Jersey, giving them only the roughest summary of the hotel (creepy haunted hotel, want to come?!). I only snapped a few pics on the way there, wanting to preserve my batteries (although dubious that anything would happen). Although I love my paranormal PA adventures, abandoned hotels just seem to be a very easy target for hoaxes and made up stories about hauntings.
**disclaimer** Amity Hall Hotel is private property!!! At no point did we enter the hotel (which would have been trespassing). I am not looking to get sued, and neither should you, readers. Also, being an abandoned building, it’s sure to be full of unsafe and downright dangerous things (like holes in the attic floor) ((um, so I have been told))(((because I didn’t go in, which is illegal))) so please, stay out unless you get permission from whoever currently owns the hotel. Thanks!!!
Once arriving at the hotel we turned off the car and waited in the dark, since supposedly much of the creepiness of the hotel happens outside. I crawled out of the sunroof and started snapping pictures of the hotel, when suddenly my camera turned off!!! I only got about 4 pics before it died. Nice fresh batteries… dead. I checked my phone… also dead. So was Lemon’s. By the time we left the hotel (less than an hour later) everyone’s phone was either dead or on the last bar. Weird!!! And it got much weirder, within a few minutes of the headlights being off we all noticed strange shadows moving around us and the hotel. I thought I saw one skitter up the side of the hotel (too big to be a squirrel or anything like that). Jersey thought he saw something slide over the hood of the car. We explored the area around the hotel, continuing to see bizarre shapes moving around. No faces or lights in the windows, which were boarded up. Eventually we began to head back, when a startled Scout exclaimed that he had just seen the shape of a woman moving through the woods as our headlights were turning back towards the road. We hadn’t told him about the similar reports of a woman in the woods, he saw her all on his own. While all of our paranormal PA trips are fun and many are very creepy, this is one of the few places I’ve been to that I truly believe may be haunted.