309 Main St
PO Box 901
Web-Site* 928-634-5094 * 800- 634-5094
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The Inn at Jerome has eight guest
rooms, designed in their original Victorian style popular around 1900.
This Inn has a large parlor with a fireplace. The Inn's restaurant, The
Jerome Grill, offers registered dietician approved American cuisine and
heart healthy cuisine. The breakfasts that come with the guests' stay
are highly rated and recommended.
This building, once known
as the Clinksdale building, was built in 1899, made of poured, reinforced
concrete. The walls were 18 inches thick, with the idea to make it as
fire-proof as possible, as it was being built upon the ashes of a fire-destroyed
building, the victim of the 3rd fire which hit Jerome.
It was once the home of Madam Jennie
Banters' Bordello, a very popular place which earned a pretty penny in
its day. When the ladies of the night were forced off the main street
of town, the building was used as a hardware store on the bottom floor
and the upper bedrooms on the second floor were turned into apartments.
This building has been in continuous use ever since.
The upstairs rooms and hallway have
cold and hot spots, locked doors are opened and closed, as well as other
occurrences often attributed to entities abound in this very haunted building.
1) Madam Jennie Banter - Easily the
wealthiest woman in town in her era, became active in the building after
it was transformed into the Inn at Jerome, probably very pleased with
the renovation efforts.
A) Her favorite room seems to be the
Lariat and Lace Room. She has rearranged the furniture, likes to play
with the ceiling fan, and has been known to move items in the room to
places of her choice, much to the annoyance of the maids, and to the
surprise of the guests. She is kind to the maids by turning on the radio
as they tidy up the room for the next guests.
B) Jennie likes to keep an eye on
the cook in the Grille kitchen, and lets her presence be known. She
has made objects like ice cream scoops fly off their resting place onto
the floor, if not put away properly? She made the cook books move by
themselves until they fell on the floor. Perhaps she was trying to look
up a recipe!
2) Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty! - A
kitty cat from the past still claims the Inn at Jerome as home. It is
thought to be Madam Jennie's pampered pet.
A) Guests, employees and the managers
of the Inn have felt the friendly kitty rub up against their legs.
B) It's plaintive meows have been
heard in various areas of the building.
C) The sound of a cat sharpening
its claws was heard, coming from a shelf, located above the doorway,
as one enters the Inn at Jerome.
D) This kitty is still taking naps
on the beds in the guest rooms. The cat rolls up in a tight ball, making
an indentation on the bed.
E) This kitty appeared in the kitchen
when he ran quickly from under the grill, once around the startled cook's
feet and scampered away, vanishing into thin air.
3) Elderly Male Ghost - A friendly,
gentle spirit, with a sense of humor, who has chosen the Inn at Jerome
as his eternal retirement home.
A) Was seen by the manager as she walked
down the hall past the guest rooms. She saw a hazy, grayish colored
apparition of an elderly man, standing by the window in the room called
Pillow Talk, looking down at the alley below. He was dressed in work
clothes from an earlier time and wore a felt hat.
B) Has been known to laugh at the
maids and the Inn managers, and at some guests as well.
C) After making the bed and straightening
and smoothing the pillows and comforter in the rooms Pillow Talk and
Kiss and Tell, the maid would leave for a moment and when she returned,
she would find the indentation of a human body on the bed. She immediately
redid the bed, only to find the same indentation when she checked the
D) The doors to the armoire in the
Kiss and Tell Room seem to have a mind of their own, and open and close
on their own schedule.
4) The Grumpy Male Ghost - An entity
with some issues. Perhaps he isn't pleased with the renovations of the
building, or that this Inn at Jerome and Grille Restaurant has moved into
the building. There's always a critic! He gets his chuckles by startling
the living, though he never hurts anyone.
He likes to hang out in the upstairs
A) A cold wind blew strongly through
one of the guest rooms, removing the blankets off the startled guests.
The windows were closed, and there was no reasonable explanation.
B) While straightening up in the
Victorian Rose Room, a maid saw a shadowy apparition of a man move across
the room and go behind the door.
C) The smell of roses, and sometimes
of perfume, moves through the Victorian Rose Room, and the water faucets
have been known to turn on and off in the sink at will.
And the Jerome Grill...
D) A waitress on the early morning shift
was alone in the restaurant, when she heard a man's footsteps walking
up behind her. Thinking it was the cook, she turned around to talk to
him. Instead, standing there was the shadowy apparition seen in the
Victorian Room with a bad attitude, starring at her with cold, grumpy
disapproval, with his head cocked to one side. After she screamed, it
E) Whistling has been heard in the
F) In the kitchen, the cook was
reaching down to pick up something off a lower shelf, when two plastic
containers from a high shelf in the preparation area suddenly fell down
and hit him in the head. While it didn't hurt him, it did shake him
up a little.
G) This grumpy ghost likes to eavesdrop
on occasion on conversations in the Grille. When a skeptic verbally
expressed to her group that the hauntings were a bunch of nonsense,
a metal sign sitting up on a ledge above her suddenly flew down with
a bang onto the floor.
Other Jerome Grill Hauntings
... Could be any of the ghostly residents staying in the Inn at Jerome
A) Glasses sitting on tables have been
known to slide off by themselves with a crash.
B) A waitress in the restaurant's
rest room heard a woman singing, followed by a loud bang. No one else
outside the bathroom heard this.
C) Like entities everywhere, the
ghost(s) that haunt the restaurant are fascinated with electric devices,
especially the answering machine. After it was turned off after the
restaurant had opened, the machine turned itself on three different
times, much to the annoyance of the waitress in charge of turning it
off when she arrived at work.
Psychic Research organizations
like the Missouri
Ghost Hunter's Society and Southwest
Ghost Hunter's Association have found that the Inn at Jerome is home
to several ghosts.