Event Start Time: 8:30pm
Event Finish Time: 10:00am
This is a sleepover event, Guests are advised to bring an air-mattress with them, sleeping bags, blankets and pillows.
Named the 3rd most haunted location in Indiana, it’s no wonder that professional investigators and paranormal celebrities such as TAPS’ Grant Wilson and Chad Lindberg are drawn to the Roads Hotel in Atlanta, Indiana.
Originally built as a hotel in 1893, Newton Roads bought the property and deeded it to his wife Clara. She ran the hotel and boarding house with her daughter Hazel and son Everett until her son succumbed to a battle with tuberculosis at the age of 19. Is Everett the full-bodied apparition of a man they still see lurking in the shadows?
In the era of Prohibition, the Roads Hotel took a seedier path. The speakeasy and brothel still served the community, but it a very different way! One of the spirits that investigators have communicated with is a woman named Sara that they believe is one of the “ladies of the evening” that used to entertain the men of town at the bordello. But she’s not the only spirit from that period that appears and speaks to people. Perhaps you’ll have a chance to speak to John Dillinger or Al Capone who also frequented the Roads Hotel during its darker days.
The evidence gathered and witnessed by guests and investigators leave no room for doubt over the hauntings of the Roads Hotel. Full-bodied apparitions of men, women and children, disembodied voices, moaning, shadow figures, heavy footsteps, lights that turn on and off of their own volition, doors that open, close and slam by themselves even when they’re locked, children giggling and playing – you won’t want to miss out on this hotbed of paranormal activity!
Through EVPs (electronic voice phenomena) and disembodied voices, people have captured names that are eerily associated with the Roads Hotel’s earliest boarders such as the Reverend Lester Poor who is affectionately referred to as “the Preacher.” Other spirits that investigators have captured on film and recordings are the servants, Ida and Minnie. Some people can’t stop working even after they’ve left this mortal coil!
The only real question that remains—will you be brave enough to undergo a lone vigil in the haunted doll room?!?!
The Roads Hotel has stood in Atlanta, Indiana since July 25, 1893 by Abraham Kauffman. Newton Roads, the Hotel’s Namesake, bought the hotel for his wife Clara who ran the hotel with her children Everett and Hazel. Although it was unusual in the latter half of the 19th Century for women to own property, Newton made certain that the Deed was in Clara Road’s name. Although the hotel was designed with the railroad nearby in mind, they also were known to take on borders. A few of their names tend to come up in EVP (electronic voice phenomena) sessions. Perhaps you’ll get to meet the Rev. Lester Poor or maybe your late night conversation will be with one of the servants, Ida or Minnie!
Tragedy is also linked to the hotel. Clara and Newton’s son, John Everett, caught whooping cough when he was 4-years-old. This left his lungs weak and susceptible to many illnesses that effect the respiratory system. He lived with asthma all of his life and the people of the town apparently referred to the young man as “sickly and frail.” Unfortunately, at the age of 19 he was stricken with Tuberculosis. The only treatment that medical professionals knew for this debilitating disease at the time was rest and isolation so Everett was confined within the hotel for both his safety and others. He eventually succumbed to the disease on April 15, 1909 and his funeral was held in the hotel. Newton, Clara, and Newton’s Stepmother Catherine all passed away at the hotel from either the cruelty of age or illness.
This historic landmark has served many different purposes from its humble beginnings as a place for weary railroad travelers to lay their heads for a night. In the early 1900’s the discovery of natural gas wells led to the “Gas Boom,” and soon all sorts of folks flocked to Atlanta and set up shop. During the boom the town went from approximately 80 people to 1200 which means that a more risqué form of entertainment would naturally follow. One of the seedier roles the Roads Hotel is rumored to have played in Hamilton County was the local brothel where you could catch more than a little shut eye. Of course, when sex is involved you know that the patrons were free with their money. Gambling at the local speakeasy during the dry years of Prohibition logically led to a few Big Spenders wanting to dandle a pretty young lass on their knee. And if they had the dime, she had the time!
Not all of the Hotel’s patrons were infamous but there are a few worth note. John Dillinger and Al Capone are both believed to have visited the joint. The question that intrigues both experienced and beginning paranormal investigators alike – Did they ever truly leave?
With the days of illegal drinking behind them, the hotel served the community as a private residence and a bed and breakfast. But perhaps the Roads Hotel’s most noble purpose has just recently been realized. The Lost Limbs Foundation has purchased the location with assistance from two of the charity’s strongest supporters. The proceeds from everything the owners do at the Roads Hotel goes directly into keeping the historic site available to the public and to assist children who have lost limbs. If you’re interested in preserving history, helping children and meeting a few spirits along the way—this is the location for you!
Your ghost hunt at The Roads Hotel includes the following:
- Overnight Accommodation,
- Limited Guests,
- Group Séances,
- Ghost Hunting Vigils,
- Structured Vigils,
- Ghost Hunt with experienced Ghost Hunting Team,
- Use of our equipment which includes, trigger objects and EMF Meters,
- Private time to explore this location and to undertake your very own private vigils,
- Unlimited refreshments available throughout the night including: Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Coca Cola, Diet Coke, and Bottled Water.
- Sleepover Event,
- Selection of snacks.