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Catfish Plantation –
Haunted Place — Catfish Plantation
814 Water Street
Waxahchie is 35 miles south of Dallas on
The town of Waxahchie can be seen in such
movies as "Places in the Heart", "Tender Mercies", and "A Trip to
Bountiful" — as well as other TV movies and television
series, because of its historical buildings, houses and
"Catfish Plantation Re-Opening Soon!!!
The Catfish Plantation restaurant has been restored and will
re-open on July 1, 2004 And for those who might be wondering...
yes... the ghosts are still here."
— Tom and Melissa Baker
The Catfish Plantation Restaurant, which
specializes in "Catfish, Cajun, and Down Home Cookin','" is located
in a 1895 "gingerbread" Victorian House, built by a farmer, by the
name of Anderson. Located in the middle of a residential
neighborhood, it was bought by the Bakers in 1984, to be used as a
home and a restaurant location, having no idea that the place had
ghosts. It has a big bay window in the front, that looks down on
the street that goes into the main part of downtown Waxahchie It
has a large, 1895 style front porch, and a big front yard, that is
enclosed by a white picket fence. This 1895 house was used as a
private residence, up to 1970. It was then used as a doctor's
office, and then was the home of several unsuccessful restaurants,
before the Baker family bought it, completely unaware of the
There are three dining rooms with wood
burning fireplaces and each room is attractively decorated with
antiques. The restaurant was temporarily closed due to
restoration/renovation efforts, but is to open again on July 1st,
The Bakers and their patrons have learned
to live with and accept the 3 ghosts/spirits. Much was found out
about them through experiences of the living, and a lot of psychic
research done in the house.
Caroline — is described as a woman who with her husband
and family lived in the house from 1953 until 1970, when Caroline
died, at the age of 80. She doesn't know that she has died.
Elizabeth Anderson, who was the 20 year old daughter of Farmer
Anderson, was strangled on her wedding day by either her
ex-boyfriend, or an old girlfriend of her husband-to-be.
The most quiet ghost is Will, a farmer who lived in the house
during the Depression years.
ACTUAL EXPERIENCES WITH THESE ENTITIES
After first buying this property, Mrs. Baker would commute to
Waxahchie to work on the Restaurant, while Mr. Baker still worked
in Dallas for a while, finishing up some projects, before the
Bakers officially moved in for good. At this time, Mrs. Baker had
the only key to the place, and was the first one there in the
morning, and was the last one to lock up at night.
One morning, as she was unlocking the door, she smelt the aroma
of brewing coffee, and discovered, much to her surprise, that a pot
of fresh coffee awaited her, as she walked into the kitchen.
(Caroline was being hospitable to this new person, Mrs. Baker, in
About three weeks later, Mrs. Baker came in the morning to find
the restaurant's' rather large, stainless steel iced tea urn,
sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor, with all the coffee
cups stacked neatly inside it. (Caroline perhaps was tactfully
giving Mrs. Baker a hint to move the restaurant to another
- Restaurant employees began to tell Mrs. Baker how coffee cups
were flying through the air all by themselves across the rooms, and
how a can of freeze-dried chives suddenly left the kitchen shelf it
was on, and flew across the room, spewing chives all over the room
as it sailed by. Food has also been known to fly out of nowhere,
hitting the employees. (Caroline becomes angry and frustrated
because of all the strangers in HER house, and because her family
no longer comes home for meals. She used to spend a lot of time
preparing meals in the kitchen, to feed her family.)
- Wine glasses are smashed at such a quick rate, that its hard to
keep enough in the restaurant. People can bring in their own wine.
(Caroline doesn't approve of alcohol in HER home).
- Elizabeth made her first appearance during a seance held in the
dining room, led by a woman, Ruth Jones, a local with psychic
talent. There was knocking on the walls, dishes rattled in the
kitchen, and the lighted candle in the middle of the table came up
"like an explosion of light." Then, the kitchen door flew open with
a bang, and a young woman, dressed in an old wedding gown, floated
into the room. Psychics identify her as Elizabeth.
- Her presence is detected by the sweet scent of roses, moving
cold spots, and actually makes appearances. This ghost likes to
materialize by the bay window in the front of the restaurant, and
wistfully looks out toward the direction of downtown, either
standing or sitting at a table near this bay window.
- She also likes to reach out to people, touching them and is
known to follow customers home.
- While Mrs. Baker was doing some paperwork one evening, she felt
a gentle, cold sensation just on her right hand. She thought that
Elizabeth was holding her right hand, for about 15 minutes.
- A Dad, Mom and their baby sat down at a table near the bay
window, and told the waitress that the baby's name was Alicia.
While the Mom was eating her dinner, she happened to look up from
her meal, and saw that the name Alicia had been written in the mist
of the window. This writing was confirmed by the waitress and Mr.
Baker. No one living could have done it, without being physically
- Elizabeth once followed a lady customer home from the
restaurant, for a short visit, perhaps prompted by this lady's
sympathetic thoughts for Elizabeth, felt and expressed during the
lady's meal. Elizabeth appeared to her by her bed at 11:30 pm that
night. This gentle ghost woke her up, and gave her a gift of an old
fashioned powder box, in the shape of a lady. After hearing a kind
voice saying, "Here you are," this startled lady saw a solid
apparition of a 20 year-old woman from the waist up, between the
bed and the bedside clock. The woman's face was seen quite clearly,
and was serene, poised, and calm. She had gentle, "earnest" brown
eyes, straight, fine, light brown hair, which she wore close to her
head. She was wearing an early 1900 afternoon beige frock, that had
a moderately low, round neckline, that was decorated with lace and
- The third ghost, Will, likes to mainly hang around the big
front porch, though he does cause some of the cold spots in the
restaurant, and maybe some of the other unexplained phenomena.
Police, pulling up to the restaurant, have seen a man, dressed in
overalls, standing on the front porch. When they get out of the
car, and walk toward him, he vanishes right in front of them.
- There are also other Psychic Phenomena that happen at the
restaurant, that are general symptoms of hauntings. There are many
cold spots, throughout the restaurant, that move around. Broken
clocks with missing parts chime intermittently. Locked doors unlock
themselves, and unlocked doors lock themselves. Lights go on and
off by themselves, as do the water faucets, and the refrigerator
doors open and close at will.
A lot has been done by various
parapsychologists, psychics, all for free, because the restaurant
is a gold mine of information. Psychic Ruth Jones, and
parapsychologists Dwanna Paul and Carol Williams are some of the
experts that have been able to shed some light on the Baker's
resident ghosts, which has made living with them much easier.
The Bakers have accepted the fact that
their restaurant is haunted, and they take it in stride, and make
it part of their business. They now give out leaflets in their
restaurant, explaining their ghostly housemates, and encourage
their patrons to tell them of any ghostly experiences that the
patrons have in their restaurant. A sign at the entrance of the
restaurant states: "If you have a ghostly experience, please tell