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The Hawthorne Hotel –
Haunted Place – Hawthorne
18 Washington Square West
Salem, Massachusetts 01970
Hawthorne Hotel Web Site
The Hawthorne Hotel can be found in the
heart of historic downtown Salem, near the corner of Essex Street and
Hawthorne Boulevard. It is in a great location, within walking distance
of all the attractions of historic Salem. Hawthorne Boulevard, when it
reaches the Hawthorne Hotel block, separates
into two streets, with a divider between east and westbound traffic. Hawthorne Boulevard becomes one-way going west, while the
other side of the street becomes Washington Square West, giving the Hawthorne Hotel its address, as well as its own street,
which merges again into Hawthorne Boulevard.
Google Map * Hotel
Named after the famous Salem author,
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Hawthorne Hotel is a six story, historic
1925 landmark, upscale hotel, featuring lovely brickwork and
granite highlights, with dentils along the top of the building.
This old hotel still has its 1925 charm, but has been nicely
updated for 21st century travelers on holiday or business, who
expect certain amenities. The management tries hard to please its
guests, offering friendly service and accommodations to requests,
which helps to explain why one must make reservations far in
Every room is unique in size and lighting,
as the hotel was renovated throughout the years without a master
plan, giving the rooms a charming quirkiness. The Hawthorne Hotel
states on their website: "Each of our 93 rooms is individually
furnished and tastefully appointed with 18th century-style
reproduction furnishings, reflecting our unique New England charm
and character. Our rates range from $114.00 to $315.00, depending
upon the season and the type of accommodations."
The Hawthorne Hotel also has a charming,
upscale foyer with oriental rugs, and many chairs to sit in and
relax. It has a lovely restaurant, "Nathaniel's", a bar and a
ballroom event center for wedding receptions. The structure on the
top of hotel is called "The Cabin", used only by the Salem Marine
Society for their quarterly meetings.
The city of Salem has been in existence
since the 1600s, formed by a group of fishermen in 1626, at the
strategic spot; the mouth of the Naumkeag River. Salem was
incorporated in 1629.
The land upon which The Hawthorne Hotel
sits once was the site of Bridget Bishop's apple orchard in the
1690s, a lady who was the first to be hung on Salem's Gallows Hill
in 1692, for being convicted of the crime of witchcraft, probably
by a kangaroo court. She was later found to be innocent. It was by
slow strangulation, as they had no idea on how to make it humane by
snapping the neck.
Since 1830, the main headquarters of The
Salem Marine Society, also was located on this spot. This
organization was formed in 1766 by sea captains, due to the high
mortality/injury rate of mariners who met misfortune on the sea.
It was common for sea captains and their men to perish while at
work on their ships (House of the Seven Gables Museum). This
organization provided relief for family members of sea captains,
and support for disabled or elderly former sea captains. Members as
well as shared information about the treacherous waters they all
traveled to promote a better outcome for survival, working at
In 1925, the city fathers decided that
having a central hotel in Salem would be good for economic
development. A deal was struck between the city, the future hotel
owners and The Salem Marine Society, who agreed to let their
building be torn down, if they could always have a place to meet
and conduct the important business of their organization for as
long as they are a group.
On the roof of the hotel, a structure was
built, that mirrored a cabin of a barque, calling it the Taria
Topan, reserved permanently for The Salem Marine Society.
After raising more than five hundred
thousand dollars spending through the sale of stocks, the handsome,
upscale Hawthorne Hotel was built, opening on July 23rd, 2012. The
Hawthorne Hotel has been serving the needs of travelers, and
visitors to Salem, promoting economic benefits and growth to local
businesses ever since.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
When buildings are torn down, or structures
are built upon land where spirits are attached, the spirits
who resided there sometimes decide to haunt the land, and move into
the new structure.
Records Building * Kolb
Ridge Court * Antlers Hilton * James Thurber House )
The Hawthorne Hotel is still the meeting
place of the The Salem Marine Society, made up of present day Salem
mariners and sea captains, as well as descendants of families,
still carrying on the original work of the organization. These two
environmental triggers are thought to draw in entities from the
past, who worked on the sea.
Apparently, this upscale structure also
appeals to the entity of Bridget Bishop.
Entities sometimes can't let go of their
life's passions, and need to visit and supervise the living.
Arts Center * Cabbage
Patch House * Speed
Museum * Presidio
Chapel & Rectory * Monteleone
Hotel * Resort Club )
Spirit people who may be attracted to the
Hawthorne Hotel could be former dedicated employees &
Entities sometimes attach themselves to
objects that they cared about while alive.
( Bliss Mansion * MacArthur
Military Museum * Wood
County Infirmary * Belcourt
Castle * Kalamazoo Civic Center * The
United States Air Force Museum )
The steering wheel in the restaurant may
have a spirit attached to it.
Entities of former guests who had many good
times at the Hawthorne Hotel may have decided to visit or
stay there during their after-life, remembering/watching the
Queen Hotel * Hotel
Del Monte * Roosevelt
Hotel * Jekyll
Island Club Hotel * Biltmore
Incidents on the third floor of the Hawthorne
Hotel suggest that some guests haven't checked out.
Entity of Bridget
Staff and guests have reported the sighting
of a female apparition, just outside the door. This possibly could
be Bridget, though it also could be a former guest.
The strong aroma of baked apples can be
smelled around the hotel, when no such dish is being cooked in the
kitchen, or anywhere near the hotel.
The Hotel's Restaurant
Now called "Nathaniel's", originally was
known as "The Main Brace", that had decor that reflected life at
sea. There was a ship's steering wheel on display, that would turn
by itself, as if an unseen presence was turning it. It was rather
heavy, and wouldn't be moved by vibrations, etc. Even after being
stopped, it would start up again.
Taria Topan Cabin Area
Despite of being locked in a secure
structure, probably an entity of a sea captain who once was active
in this organization, is looking at the The Salem Marine Society's
current charts and journals.
Could be those mentioned above, or perhaps past
guests and/or past staff members or owners.
Doors open and close by themselves.
Objects move by themselves.
In the lower deck library: Perhaps a past
employee stepped in to help!
A staff member had just reorganized the
chairs and tables in the lower deck library. When he returned
moments later, the tables and chairs were moved by unseen hands in
the opposite direction.
Probably Entities of Past Guests
Lights come on and go off by
The water faucets turn on and off by
themselves as well.
The disembodied cries of a child looking
for its mother are heard by guests.
Guests have felt a coldness surround them
while they lay in bed.
Guests of the hotel are touched by
unseen entities while they
A female guest felt a cold unseen hand on
Guests and staff have had many personal
It has been reported that "Researchers have
picked up on energy in the structure with EMF detectors and the KII
Paranormal Research Society caught and felt some interesting
activity in the library. Felt an unseen presence studying them and
followed them around the room. A picture of an orb in the place
where they felt this presence was caught on film.
Ghost Hunters, in 2007, did an
investigation at the Hawthorne Hotel, not really trying to engage
the spirits, just relying on their equipment, which was typical of
their investigation style during their early years, before they
evolved into more effective investigators, and had added some
female investigators. Places that Ghost Hunters investigated, like
the Lizzie Borden House that they thought weren't haunted,
later were found to be so, by other paranormal groups, such as
Ghostlab, and The Dead files.
Not surprisingly, Ghost Hunters in their
investigation didn't catch anything, but the credit card machine in
the restaurant did unexpectedly spit out a paper, with the phrase,
'Good Morning', typed on it. They couldn't explain that occurrence;
neither could the staff of the hotel.
Most probably so! While hard evidence that
has been caught, hasn't been shared much, the hotel has gotten some
compelling reports of personal experiences. I have the feeling that
other investigation groups have come in and done some private
client investigations, like R.T.S. Paranormal, who have found
enough evidence to confidently list The Hawthorne Hotel as being a
haunted site, but don't have permission to share on line what they
have caught there. Or, perhaps they also want to prevent other
paranormal groups from stealing their evidence, as paranormal
investigation is a very competitive field.
The Ghost Hunters Field Guide
by Rich Newman
Haunted Salem and Beyond
by Lynda Lee Macken
Black Cat Press
Hawthorne Hotel page on Trip Advisor * Hawthorne Hotel
Web Site * Salem Marine Society
"The Haunted History of Salem, Massachusetts" on haunted-places-to-go.com *
Hawthorne Hotel page on Tri-County Paranormal Research Society *
"The Hawthorne Hotel Investigation" on RTS Paranormal Investigations