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While going up the back stairs on the other side of the dining room, one of the guests said she felt someone push her, like she was bumped into.  Right after it happened, a cold rush of air went over her.  Needless to say, she didn't go that way for the rest of her stay.

The Dining Room

Several months ago I was working late in the registration office and around 2:00am got up to lock the doors to the kitchen and outside through the dining room before going to sleep.  All was well.  In the morning, around 6:00am I went through the registration office to go to the kitchen. 
This is the route I always take in the morning as it is the only way to unlock everything.  When I went through the dining room...right in the middle of my path was the Chello, proped up, facing me.   The Chello normally rests off to the side next to the piano about 20 feet on the other side of the room.  No one had unlocked the doors between 2-6 am.  There have been numerous reports of silverware being re-arranged, chairs etc in this room.  This was my first encounter.

Room 20

Took the carpet up off the floor in room 20 and it revealed blood spatter thoughout the room.  There was nothing on the carpet (which must have been there for decades by the look of it).  This is the same room pictured below. 

 

Room 22

The ghost outside of Rm 20This picture was taken by Tony, owner of "Coolterville T-shirts" who was trying to get a picture of room. 22 for shirts he's making for the hotel "I survived room 22".  When he looked at the pictures he took, he saw this image which moved  from picture to picture from room 21 over to 20.  This is not his shadow and there was no one else on the floor.  This was shot with a flash.

ANOTHER INCIDENT:  September, 2012:  a guest went to his room to go to sleep and woke up sometime later feeling that he was being strangled.  This is the same room where, in the 1800s,  a jilted lover (a women)  rented the room and was found the next day hanging from the ceiling.  There have been numerous sightings of her roaming the hallways.

Room 19 

A  month ago, we had several guests stay  that were working on the roads in the area.  One guest stayed in room 19 which has 2 twin beds.  The other 2 people of the work crew stayed in 15 and 16.  Shortly after midnight, the guest in 19 woke up and saw her door was wide open.   She went to close the door and after getting back into bed  her blanket and sheet were pulled away from her.  She phoned her boss in room 15 and asked if she could stay with her because she was to afraid to stay by herself.  As soon as she left and went into room 15, all the doors on the floor slammed shut, one right after another.  In the morning when they were leaving, she (the boss) noticed that all the doors were again wide open.  This was all told to me by the boss as the guest in room 19 was too afraid to talk about it and has refused to stay another night.

Room 6

Not as famous as Room 22, but the activity in this room has steadily increased over the past few months of our restoration.  One of Forrest's brothers (he doesn't want to be named) spent the night in room 6 with his dog and awoke when his dog started frantically barking.  He felt a burn on his face and in the morning he looked like he had been punched on the side of his face.

Another night two other family members spent the night there and one of them claimed to have heard voices "right next to me".  He won't come back.

Other guests prior to our arrival, have claimed to have heard people running down the hall.

Room 8

Shortly after we arrived full time our cats started acting strange. We had been staying in room 8 while our apartment was being redone along the side of the hotel and the cats where living there as well.  One night all three of them, in unison, turned toward the far corner of the room, their fur was upright and they all started growling (not your typical feline behavior).  It also didn't help that I was alone in the hotel that night!  Usually at least once every other night, before they were moved to the apartment, they would do the same thing, although not quite so dramatically.

Room 1

We had the pleasure of meeting a very special guest in January 2012, Robert Hanna, the great grandson of John Muir who stayed in Room 1, which is the same room that Teddy Roosevelt stayed in.  Early the next morning he told us of having a very pleasant nights sleep except for the children who ran up and down the hallway earlier on.  We then explained to him that there were no children staying that night and that there were only 2 other occupants.  It has been reported throughout the years of guests hearing children playing in the hallway of the second floor.

CEDAR ROOM

This room is our upstairs (second floor) event room used for weddings, dances etc.  One night a paranormal group set up their equipment in this room and detected various anomally.  One of the crew actually felt someonesomething scratch his back and there were scratches on his back when they lifted his shirt.

Forrest and I have been in this room late at night and have heard foot steps  as though someone was walking around the room but no one was in there with us or in the hotel at those times.  It sounds like it comes from over head but there is no floor above just a steep pitched roof.  Actually, the room gives me the creeps and I won't go in it by myself if the lights are not on.

Other Stories (last updated 5-06-2012

 A guest wrote the following on TripAdvisor:

Reviewed April 17, 2012

The hotel is a remarkable place! Since we absolutely LOVE history, it was wonderful staying in a place over 150 years old. It was clean, upkept, and the food was delicious! However, I experienced something I've NEVER experienced before...not thinking too much that the hotel could be haunted...because I am very much a skeptic regarding those things. Yet, here is my story...

It was a Thursday evening when my family and I were eating dinner in the saloon. Thunder and lightning began while we were talking with one of the owners, so he gave us 3 little laterns just in case the electricity would be lost. Once in our room we settled to watch a movie. Our room was at the end of the hall (8 & 9) with a sitting room (tv-dvd player) between the rooms. This room is small, so I just laid across the width of my bed in room 8 watching the movie while my husband and children sat on the satee in the small sitting room. While watching the movie, I heard the door handle turn and people talking (murmering) but couldn't make out what was being said--so I looked at the door -- the handle was moving as if someone was outside the door turning it to come in. (They couldn't because our door was locked). I tiptoed to the door to see who might be outside--through the eye piece I saw a woman (over to the left) wearing an 1800's dress with a nursing cap dabbing the forehead of an older man (who looked to be bald with light hair around the edge of his head). Thinking it was a trick--I quickly and quietly got my husband to see this also. As I was quietly approaching the door eye look out again--they were still there. Moving back for my husband to see--he peeked through the door. He didn't see a thing. Again, thinking this was a joke played on us...we opened the door--no one was out in the hall. I cannot explain what I saw--but, am I still a skeptic? Not as much as I was when we first came to the hotel. :)

 

 A paranormal group reports below:

Pictures from the Hotel Jeffrey Scouting Mission
April 21, 2012 Saturday:
http://s970.photobucket.com/albums/ae185/PaulDaleRoberts55/HotelJeffreyScouting%20Mission/


NANCY K. WILLIAMS WRITES:
The Magnolia Saloon ©
"Step through those swinging doors and you’re taking a giant step back through the centuries. Like the smoke that once circled lazily around the grizzled heads of work-weary miners and the fancy curls of the ladies of the evening, memories of long ago linger here. The Magnolia is a venerable old survivor who’s seen the stages, drifters, cowboys, bankers, the rich and resolute and the down at the heels pass through those doors. History has come and gone and the Magnolia has seen it all.

As gnarled and ancient as the wisteria vine wrapped around the building, the Magnolia Saloon is testimony to stubborn durability and man’s need for conviviality and comfort. One of the oldest watering holes in the Gold Country, it’s been in continuous operation since 1899, rebuilt after Coulterville’s last conflagration. Its sturdy plank floor is worn and pitted from miners’ boots, cowboys’ spurs and the stiletto heels of the saloon girls. Many business deals were finalized in this old place with a handshake and a drink. It’s seen its share of brawls and boisterous celebrations and plenty of gold dust and golden coins have slid across its old wooden bar. Towels once hung along the front of this ancient, hand-polished piece of the past so be-whiskered patrons could mop the suds from their handle bar mustaches and long beards.

The Magnolia Saloon is a living museum, full of old photos, relics and mementos of days and folks that are long gone. The photographs are a veritable gallery of “Who’s Who” and “Who Was” in Coulterville. As redolent of the past, it’s no surprise when those who once enjoyed this old place continue to hang around. There are numerous reports of an older man who often stakes out the bar stool on the far end. He has his suds and watches the happenings around him, then suddenly disappears, leaving his empty mug. He’s been occasionally seen in the restaurant just watching and a shadowy figure has been glimpsed in the upstairs hallway. Maybe he’s checking on the younger woman who occasionally bustles through the bar with a stack of towels over her arm.

Paranormal investigators find much to check out in the Magnolia and the hotel. Camera batteries drain quickly, audio recorders are suddenly ‘dead’, compasses behave erratically and mysterious orbs have been photographed. Equipped with EVP and EMF devices, investigators have detected clear evidence of paranormal activity and it’s believed there are several spiritual entities about. Patrons of the Magnolia sometimes detect a whiff of cigar smoke even though no one is smoking and a waft of perfume may drift by borne on some unseen ‘body’. Paranormal experts who have experienced some form of contact with a spirit or ghost report that those who remain on in the Magnolia Saloon and the Jeffery Hotel are fairly content. They have many tasks at which they work hard but the gentlemen don’t forget to take time to enjoy a relaxing ‘Happy Hour’!"

Thank you Nancy, for the nice briefing of the Magnolia Saloon and what a cool saloon it was! I can sit here at Starbucks on my Toshiba laptop and type in the full history of Hotel Jeffrey and Coulterville, but I would think that would be a waste of time as there have been many stories written about the Hotel Jeffrey. You can find out about their history and even some of their paranormal activity right at their website, so stop by here and take a look:
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Before I get into the story of the Hotel Jeffrey, let's do a roll call of HPI Paranormal Investigators/Scouts: Kara Koyasako/Sensitive; Jon Koyasako/Security/Lead Investigator; Deanna Bailey/Lead Investigator; Shari Aresta/Lead Investigator; Tuesday Rubsam; Ivy Rubsam; Capone Bender/Sketch Artist; Patricia Leonard; Tim Hawkins; Wendy Williams- HPI Public Relations Manager, Shannon McCabe - HPI Owner; Paul Dale Roberts, HPI General Manager; Chantal Apodaca - HPI Assistant Manager; Joseph; Cindy Steyn; M.J. Crabbe; Ashlynn Jordan - HPI Junior Scout and Promotions; Jon Rubsam; Patrick Newton and many more (any names I left off, I apologize).

MERISA KEKAHUNA - DISHWASHER INTERVIEW:
The lovely Merisa is a dishwasher at the Hotel Jeffrey and she tells me that one time when she was closing, she reached to turn off the radio and she looked behind her and 3 burners were on, full blast. She tells me that one night her brother was closing and he was sweeping the floors, then all of a sudden he was started to see the swinging saloon doors fly open and a box of cereal flies off the shelves and hits him in the head.

JENNIFER DAVENPORT, HPI SCOUT INTERVIEW:
Jennifer tells me that she has experienced the paranormal all her life and she feels she may have psychic abilities, just recently a demonic presence has came into her life 5 years ago. The demonic presence appears in her dreams, she is very curious on our scouting mission and looks forward to the rest of this evening.

This is a blow-by-blow on how the scouting mission was conducted this evening of fun and adventure!

CHECK IN:
3pm to 6pm - Guests check in. Scouts and Investigators take time to eat at the Magnolia Saloon. Chantal and I order the cheeseburger, fries, to be chased down by a Coke. The cheeseburger teased my tastebuds on every bite! Wow!

HOTEL JEFFREY HISTORY LESSON:
Wendy L. Williams and Shannon McCabe talk about the history of Coulterville and the Hotel Jeffrey. Special Note: Wendy's mother has written numerous accounts about the history of Coulterville and the Hotel Jeffrey. Shannon 'Ms. Macabre' McCabe discovered the Hotel Jeffrey and felt this would be a prime place for an HPI Scouting Mission and she was right!

LOCALS GIVE US TOUR AND TALK ABOUT LEGENDS:
Two of the locals gave us a personal tour and discussed the 17 ghosts that haunt the Hotel Jeffrey, the old man in his 50s that is seen walking along the hallway, or the woman in 1800s garb, in her 30s seen at times along the stairwell. The Red Eyed Roof Crawler that have been seen by locals and they have no explanation for it. The Red Eyed Roof Crawler is a dark figure, it appears to walk on all fours and has glowing red eyes. He loves the roof of the Hotel Jeffrey and some locals say that during a full moon is usually when you can see this cryptid. During my visit to the Hotel Jeffrey, I did not encounter the Red Eyed Roof Crawler. One local talked about how he went into his hardware shop and found his sledgehammer tossed 30 feet.

KARAOKE BY PARTY HOSTESS SHANNON MCCABE:
Yep, Shannon got everyone dancing and people were singing songs like: Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd; Tim Hawkins with I am a Man with Constant Sorrow - The Soggy Bottom Boys; Joseph with Betty Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes; Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd (I sang this song and was joined by Jennifer Davenport); Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr (sang by Joseph and other HPI paranormal investigators) and then Shannon McCabe kills it with All I Wanna Do by Sheryl Crowe. Special Note: Shannon also did a duet with Wendy L. Williams' talented daughter, but for the life of me, I cannot remember the song. It was done very well and they worked good as a duet.

SEANCE:
Many times seances are not successful, but when they are, it's something to remember! A shadow person was observed during the seance. Orbs were seen through my night vision goggles floating in and around seance gatherers. EVP of a male voice is recorded, the voice says about 3 words, but we cannot make out the words, everyone had a chance to hear the EVP. One of the seance participants is actually scratched on his back. He said his back felt like it was on fire. We took pictures of his back and the claw marks that are seen cannot be self inflicted because of the angle. A little paranormal CSI analysis. Chantal Apodaca, Assistant Manager did an incredible job in assisting with the ghost tour, the cemetery walk and getting things started with the Seance. Chantal conducted her own research of the hotel's history and was able to contribute this information with one of the locals. Bravo! Also, bravo to Shannon McCabe for her participation in getting the seance and cemetery walk off-the-ground with Chantal. Of course, I gave my lectures and HPI history lessons about investigating and conducting seances during the seance.

GHOST HUNT AT HOTEL AND CEMETERY:
Some of the scouts were getting EVPs in their rooms. Questions asked...'is there anyone here?' They play back their recorders and the answer they would get is 'yes'. At the cemetery we got about 4 EVPs, one was a distinct whistle done in such a way, that it sounds like it is saying 'hello' in a whistle tone. During the cemetery ghost hunt and tour, we were able to watch the beautiful meteor shower.

This was an exceptional scouting mission and I want to personally thank Shannon McCabe for finding this place, karaoke event, seance & cemetery tour participation, Wendy L. Williams for her promotions and history lessons about this place, Chantal Apodaca for her hard work in getting the ghost tour and seance off the ground! The Demon Warrior was pleased with this scouting mission and can't wait to go back! 

21 Oct, 2009

 

Coulterville Ghost Town’s Hotel Jeffery is Really Haunted

 

Posted by: Beach Reporter In: california| events| travel

 

As Halloween approaches, it’s just another day for the ghosts that share the Hotel Jeffery with guests in the California ghost town of Coulterville. It is located in Sierra foothills of Mariposa County not far from Yosemite National Park. Having stayed there this year in a charming room with a fantastically, firm bed and cute decor (minus a bathroom, sink, TV or clock), though some squirm at the idea of shared facilities, I would go back in a heartbeat! It’s authentic, old-fashioned, extremely clean and the shower works great. This 3-story rambling property where the ghosts seem to burn up vacuum cleaners for some reason (there were 17 vacuums or so in the closet, and none of them worked, when the newest owners took over,) is charged with energy and mostly good vibrations as far as I can tell.

 

Coulterville is the real deal. I had a small experience that I can’t explain. I was trying to be so quiet when I set up my electric espresso machine in my room to make a cup of strong coffee before everyone woke up one morning. I was really careful not to set off the smoke alarm or wake up the dead with my steam machine that tends to make a loud whirring noise.  As I tiptoed over to the dresser to start it up, I heard a “thump”. My backpack square in the center of my bed somehow moved from the middle (while I was walking) and landed on the floor. I can’t explain it and don’t know why it would happen. There was no earthquake, or anything else going on that would make this little black leather bag jump off the middle of the bed. Odd things happen, for sure, but they happen more frequently in Hotel Jeffery, according to the owners, who could go on for hours about sharing space with ghosts in a 158 year-old place built in 1851.

 

If you want a totally cool experience in a little ghost town right out of  the pages of a book, visit Coulterville and stay at Hotel Jeffrey.   See photo of Coulterville and read more about it.

 

They’re having a big Halloween Party at the hotel on Oct. 31. Read about it on hoteljefferygold.com 

 

Tags: 3 story, authentic, coulterville, ghosts, hotel jeffrey, rambling, shared bathroom, visits

 

5 Responses to "Coulterville Ghost Town’s Hotel Jeffery is Really Haunted"

 

1 | jonny borrows

 

October 22nd, 2009 at 12:33 pm

 

 

 

I’ve stayed at the Hotel Jeffery and I had a something strange happen. There’s this decorated, fancy dining area off to the left of the lobby as you enter the hotel. I never ate in there. I had dinner in the saloon. But I wandered around the room to look at the antiques. There’s one big piece with a mirror that I studied. Maybe I’m crazy but I swear I saw the face of young woman looking back at me. I turned around to see who was there. It was totally empty and I was all alone.

 

2 | Peter Schimmelfennig

 

October 22nd, 2009 at 12:59 pm

 

 

 

I am one of the owners and I can a-test to oddities that occur. The spirits seem to have folly or fun, for them, at my expense. When my wife and I were looking for properties some years back we had heard of the ghost factor stories shared by other property owners but we looked at these “people” as slightly short of a full deck, at best. My reality with the lingering deceased or who really knows who/what they are, is that they have the ability to screw with us (they think its fun)in the living world. they have become a some what common occurance in the Hotel Jeffery and our Magnolia Saloon, which a-joins the Hotel.
My dog cannot find a way to relax while in the Saloon or in my office in there. She can however dose off in many of the hotel rooms, when left alone. I think the spirits in the saloon get into her head because from time to time she may lay down but will jump up madly as if she just got kicked.
For me, they enjoy hiding my tools, pens, and most of all causing me to loose my way when in the maintenance room. I have walked in there with purpose while working on a project in the building just to get a screw driver and emerge three quarters of an hour later less the tool and no real way to explain why. I guess i usally decide it time for a cool beer in the saloon and just forget the repair.

 

3 | Beach Reporter

 

October 22nd, 2009 at 3:24 pm

 

 

 

I have spent at least 15 years investigating the unexplained and am constantly looking for logical solutions as to why something happens. Being a researcher and traveling with other journalists, we like to believe we’re a level headed bunch, and we try our best to find logic in situations. That said, I’ve visited some of the “haunted” places in California and have shared and corroborated anomalies with other writers in several spots considered haunted. What surprises me most is that I come with bias against the ghost hypothesis, but then something strange happens that I can’t explain.

 

The beauty of Coulterville and the historic Hotel Jeffery make a stay at the hotel one of the best opportunities in California to step back in time and feel what it must have been like to live 150 years ago.

 

Perhaps the ghosts are telling us they didn’t have all the fancy stuff like electricity, air conditioning, vacuum cleaners, wi-fi and other modern conveniences that have been added to the hotel. It is just a thought.

 

4 | Jan Maier

 

February 7th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

 

 

I stayed at Jeffery Hotel last night as part of CCPI
My room was #22 at the end of the hall on the third floor
I went back up to my room go get something - came out and head down the hall - there was no one in sight - suddenly there was was a woman next next to me headed in the opposite direction - this was just above the back staircase - I turned around and she was gone…..

 Beach Reporter

October 22nd, 2009 at 3:24 pm

 

I have spent at least 15 years investigating the unexplained and am constantly looking for logical solutions as to why something happens. Being a researcher and traveling with other journalists, we like to believe we’re a level headed bunch, and we try our best to find logic in situations. That said, I’ve visited some of the “haunted” places in California and have shared and corroborated anomalies with other writers in several spots considered haunted. What surprises me most is that I come with bias against the ghost hypothesis, but then something strange happens that I can’t explain.

The beauty of Coulterville and the historic Hotel Jeffery make a stay at the hotel one of the best opportunities in California to step back in time and feel what it must have been like to live 150 years ago.

Perhaps the ghosts are telling us they didn’t have all the fancy stuff like electricity, air conditioning, vacuum cleaners, wi-fi and other modern conveniences that have been added to the hotel. It is just a thought.

4 | Jan Maier

February 7th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

 

I stayed at Jeffery Hotel last night as part of CCPI
My room was #22 at the end of the hall on the third floor
I went back up to my room go get something - came out and head down the hall - there was no one in sight - suddenly there was was a woman next next to me headed in the opposite direction - this was just above the back staircase - I turned around and she was gone…..

1 | jonny borrows

October 22nd, 2009 at 12:33 pm

 

I’ve stayed at the Hotel Jeffery and I had a something strange happen. There’s this decorated, fancy dining area off to the left of the lobby as you enter the hotel. I never ate in there. I had dinner in the saloon. But I wandered around the room to look at the antiques. There’s one big piece with a mirror that I studied. Maybe I’m crazy but I swear I saw the face of young woman looking back at me. I turned around to see who was there. It was totally empty and I was all alone.

Jeffrey Hotel – Coulterville - Creature with red eyes is sometimes seen crawling on the rooftop of the hotel. Legendary Ghost: Red Eyed Roof Crawler.

 

Today’s post is shared by Dennis Byron, a friend of mine and  a Broker (and Realtor) of Byron & Associates in Los Gatos, CA.  Over coffee last week, he shared this story with several local agent friends and he kindly agreed to retelling it for my readers here.

In the early eighties I owned, with investors, the Jeffery Hotel, the
Magnolia Saloon and most of the other buildings in Coulterville, California.

The Hotel and Restaurant had been closed for years. I was working on
remodeling the hotel at the time and the restaurant was to be the last of
the items I was going to work on. It still had the chairs and table in the room just as it was after Ed Sacket, the former owner, died. He had owned
it since the 40′s.

 

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I had stayed over in the hotel with one of my investors named Jim. I had
just come down stairs and was walking around the porch, which circles the building, enjoying the morning air, when I saw Jim standing by the front door of the restaurant. He did a double take and asked  “How did you get out here?” I replied, “what do you mean?” Jim informed me that he saw a man sitting in the restaurant and assumed it was me. I told him that I hadn’t been in the restaurant in days. He insisted that he had seen someone sitting in there. We went into the bar, where a picture of Ed Sacket hung and Jim said that’s the guy he saw in the restaurant.

Of course it couldn’t have been, since Ed had been dead for years….or could it have been?

 

Coulterville is the real deal. I had a small experience that I can’t explain. I was trying to be so quiet when I set up my electric espresso machine in my room to make a cup of strong coffee before everyone woke up one morning. I was really careful not to set off the smoke alarm or wake up the dead with my steam machine that tends to make a loud whirring noise.  As I tiptoed over to the dresser to start it up, I heard a “thump”. My backpack square in the center of my bed somehow moved from the middle (while I was walking) and landed on the floor. I can’t explain it and don’t know why it would happen. There was no earthquake, or anything else going on that would make this little black leather bag jump off the middle of the bed. Odd things happen, for sure, but they happen more frequently in Hotel Jeffery, according to the owners, who could go on for hours about sharing space with ghosts in a 158 year-old place built in 1851.

If you want a totally cool experience in a little ghost town right out of  the pages of a book, visit Coulterville and stay at Hotel Jeffrey.

 

Coulterville
~The Hotel Jeffrey is said to be haunted by a man in his fifties who walks the halls, and a woman in her thirties who wears a long grey skirt and a puffy-sleeved blouse. She likes to hang out in the restaurant. There is also a miner who haunts Room 22 and possibly at the bar. According to the waitress at the bar, the ghosts like to rearrange the table settings and put the fresh towels down the center of the beds instead of on top of the dresser, where they belong. None of the ghosts constitute a threat, and the staff seems to be at ease with them. An interesting side-note: One of the ghosts likes to rock in the rocking chair, and leaves a warm sensation on the seat when she or he gets up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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