Ghost Stories in Eureka Springs
The Crescent Hotel & Norman Baker have been featured on “How Stuff Works” Pod Cast…
Eureka Springs, Arkansas is home to a beautiful Victorian hotel with a long and winding history. A colorful part of that history involves a man who claimed that doctors couldn’t be trusted, and that he had the cure for cancer. Listen Here.
Spring Break Ghost Hunting at America’s Most Haunted Hotel–
Bring your family and stay at the Crescent Hotel during Spring Break for a fun ghost hunting experience. Many families enjoy staying at the hotel and like knowing their kids are in a safe environment where they can roam the hallways looking for orbs to capture on their phones. You will be amazed how many show up! The Crescent Hotel not only has nightly ghost tours that end in “the morgue”but the hotel also offers Ozark ghost stories told around a campfire with NEW times (Flickering Tales: Tues – Sun.) If you are looking for a little more of a lighthearted take on ghosts, check out the super natural comedy thriller-“Not Really A Door,” offered (Thurs – Sun.)
*Please purchase your tickets in advance as tours do sell out.
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SOLD OUT-Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekends
January 8th-10th & 15th-17th.
We apologize but due to popular demand this event is now Sold Out. Crescent ghost tours for the general public will still be open during these weekends.
ESP weekend at the 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas has grown to become one of the largest ghost hunts in the United States – so popular that we have added a second weekend to accommodate demand while offering our loyal friends and newcomers a choice of dates for their hands-on, independent, nocturnal investigations.
ESP Weekends feature an expertly guided behind the scenes quest for evidence in the famed Crescent Hotel, and also an investigation our of sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park -which will be fully closed off and empty but for event participants.
This is a weekend of serious investigation of “the most haunted hotel in America” on a hilltop overlooking beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and the majestic Basin park Hotel, “the people’s Hotel” just steps from the famous healing spring. The spaces known to be the most active at the Crescent Hotel will be open for investigation from midnight to dawn. On Saturday nights, the ghost hunts will be orchestrated and led by Crescent hotel resident investigator, best selling author of seven books about the supernatural and founder of ARPAST, the awesome Larry Flaxman!
- Crescent Ghost tours – highly recommended before conducting your own investigation – hear the stories of recurrent sightings, identify active locations, learn the fascinating history of the 1886 Crescent Hotel.
- Spirits of the Basin Tour – hear about the spirited people who made Eureka Springs what it is today, the spirits that are said to linger in the halls and ballrooms, and the sample the contraband that was available during the “Chicago years”, when the Basin Park Hotel was a notorious – and very popular – speakeasy!
- ESP testing – expanded in 2016 to include more and longer tests, more hours. Come check out your own psi potential!
- The Psychomanteum – an ancient Greek form of deprivation chamber, where the spirits of the dead were contacted.
- Not Really a Door – a one-hour, two-actress, supernatural-comedy-murder-mystery-thriller, commissioned by the Crescent Hotel for our guests.
- Flickering Tales – a collection of authentic Ozark stories of witches, monsters and of course ghosts, told by our trained team of storytellers in the shadowy barefoot ballroom at the Basin Park Hotel.
- Psychics Salon – our resident mediums will be on hand throughout the events, to divine your future through a variety of means!
Snacks and beverages available in the small hours at both hotels.
Shuttles available certain hours
Discounted rate for ESP participants Mon-Thur Jan 11-14 at both hotels
2016 ESP Packages–Sold Out
Friday & Saturday 2 Night Packages ($439.00) Include :
- 2 Night Stay on the BEST Available Room (based on availability)
- Nightly Reception
- Spirits of the Basin Tour (offered F, Sat, & Sun)
- Saturday Night Ghost Tour & Hunt with Larry Flaxman
- “Active Space” pass to Rooms 218, 419, 3500 and THE MORGUE. (NOTE 101?)
- $30 per day Food Credit
- ESP Weekend t-shirts (2)
- Team review of evidence gathered.
- 2 for 1 tickets to hotel attractions (i.e. Not really a door, Flickering Tales)
Saturday 1 Night Package (1/9 or 1/16) $269.00 Include:
- Premium Guest Room
- Ghost Tour
- “Active Space” pass
- ESP Weekend t-shirts
- Saturday Night Ghost Tour & Hunt with Larry Flaxman
- Team review of evidence gathered.
- 2 for 1 tickets to hotel attractions (i.e. Not really a Door, Flickering Tales)
The Crescent Hotel is featured once again on a National TV Show…
“The Haunting of Harry Lennix”, that was filmed at the hotel this past May, debuted on November 6th 2015. In case you missed it, you can see the full episode by clicking here.
When Marty and Elise Roenigk purchased the Crescent Hotel in 1997, they inherited a confused association with the paranormal and what seemed to be a hundred years worth of ghost stories. At that time, years before the TAPS Team of the popular SyFy Network’s Ghost Hunters program paid a visit to this Historic Hotel of America, many hotel owners might have hesitated to publicize the fact that their establishment was haunted, but the Roegniks were interested and decided to take a different approach.
That path was to restore the hotel as a destination spa resort but also pursue what many had claimed: the 1886 Crescent Hotel was America’s Most Haunted Hotel. A key part of that early pursuit included Mr. Roenigk pursuing and hiring two certified mediums, Ken Fugate and Carroll Heath, both of San Francisco CA natives, to “read” the building. Their findings, plus the startling number of repeated sightings that had been recorded over the decades, became the basis of what has become the nightly Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour. It is only now, however, that one of the most compelling discoveries from that initial reading has become ever so clear.
Jack Moyer, hotel general manager for the Roenigk Era, recounted, “I clearly remember Carroll Heath stating that he had discovered a portal to ‘the other side’ for those who are on the same ‘frequency’.” Moyer, a skeptic at the time, laughed and continued, “I remember asking myself ‘what were we thinking’ trying to explore this unexplained world. But after more than a decade of working around the paranormal, I now assuredly recognize how many people truly connect to the spirits here at the Crescent. And there is a new and specific reason why.”
Moyer’s reason is the fact that after 18 years he has been confronted with the realm of a chilling coincidence that caused the original portal discovery to resurface. It started with dialogue involving Moyer and current hotel ghost tour manager Keith Scales.
“Keith came to me to share a concern about a phenomenon that had been reoccurring on his nightly tours,” Moyer explained. “That phenomenon included multiple guests who had grown faint, with a few passing out briefly, at the same tour stop with no reasonable explanation. Then Scales described the location and it was the area that had been indentified as a portal more than a decade ago by Heath.”
“Scales then took me to the place and pinpointed the portal phenomenon as happening just outside the hotel’s ‘annex’ entrance, exactly where Heath had identified the location of his portal years ago,” Moyer disclosed.
This phenomenon has guests suddenly turning pale, falling against and then sliding down the wall in a faint. Although the loss of consciousness does not last very long and complete recovery is immediate, it tends to further substantiate the hotel’s legendary supernatural connection to the paranormal.
Moyer went on to say, “What made that moment most chilling was when Keith and I realized that this portal was directly above the ‘morgue’ located in the bottom level of the hotel.”
Now in its seventeenth year, the ghost tour of the 1886 Crescent Hotel continues to increase in popularity. Paranormal evidence in the form of personal experiences, orb sightings and other anomalous photography keeps coming in, oftentimes on the tours themselves lending credence to the ghostly legend.
“That legend continues to grow as yet another phenomenon is recognized, one that occurs with uncanny frequency about every couple of weeks or so,” Scales added. “What makes it legendary is that seems to rise up in a vertical plane from the notorious Norman Baker’s morgue.” (It should be noted that Norman Baker from Muscatine IA purchased the hotel in 1937 and operated it as a “cancer curing” hospital until late 1939 when he was arrested for mail fraud.)
Scales was quick to point out the Crescent Hotel is super-cautious about accepting events as supernatural. He stated that 95 percent of reported paranormal phenomena can be explained by normal means but there is always a residue, maybe five percent of experiences, that defy explanation, “We don’t know why some people have a tendency to faint at this particular place, we only know that they do at the place where activity of various kinds has been reported over decades. ”
Both Moyer and Scales agree that the most curious fact is that this event has never been known to occur anywhere else on the tour except at this one, specific location, a location that sits directly above the infamous morgue.
“Whether there are portals to other realities here at the 1886 Crescent Hotel or not, no one can say, confirm, nor deny,” Moyer concluded. “It’s all part of the mysterious, unexplained happenings of America’s Most Haunted Hotel.”
Other paranormal encounters and photographed images may be found at AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com.
Intrigue Theater presents, “Asylum Dolls & Walking through Walls!”
Tickets are selling out-BUY HERE
The Halloween show has been A SELL OUT for the last 3 years! With demand for tickets out-growing the seating capacity of the Crescent Hotel Ballroom, we are moving the 2015 Halloween show to the Eureka Springs City Auditorium in Downtown. 36 S. Main St.
2 New Segments added to the 2015 Halloween Show:
Through the Brick WALL – Ghosts and Spirits have been know to pass through walls effortlessly.
Sean-Paul the Illusionist has been practicing a form of Meditation similar to the trance Shaolin Monks enter when they have been rumored to walk through walls. Using 30 lb Cinder Blocks – the Intrigue Team will Build a structure for Sean-Paul to attempt to PASS THROUGH.
ASYLUM DOLLS – Alice and Ashley were identical twins. As most Twins they were “connected” in unexplained ways. When Ashley died in a car accident with her father, Alice would still talk on behalf of her sister. In the early 1900’s they didn’t know how to deal with that and Alice ended up in the Willard Asylum. Sean-Paul has acquired the DOLLS that belonged to the two little girls. What will happen when Juliana Fay the Medium enters the Spirit Cabinet with these two little dolls?
Tickets are $29.95 for General Seating.
For more information visit www.intriguetheater.com
We recently came upon a video from a couple who had recently stayed in room 318 at the Crescent Hotel and captured something we just couldn’t believe. Please note, the hotel does not have central heat/air but instead has ac window units which are located at the opposite end of this room. Whether this was a hoax or not, you be the judge!
WATCH VIDEO-CLICK HERE
Every October here in Eureka Springs, a historic village of 2,000 in the Arkansas Ozarks, the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa becomes the epicenter of heightened paranormal activity. Even though encounters with hotel “guests who check out but never leave” are experienced the year-round in this mountaintop spa resort, experiences not easily explained in this Historic Hotel of America seem to increase exponentially during the weeks just prior to Halloween.
Empirical experiences disclosed to the hotel’s nightly ghost tour guides might tend to legitimize The Crescent’s claim of being “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”. Here are six of those recently reported experiences in the guide’s own words:
o “Of late, some people on my ghost tours are getting touched, poked, and pinched. Nothing harsh, mind you, just gentle touches and nudges. One of the most extraordinary recent happenings took place when one tour was being seated in the morgue (a leftover from when the hotel was purchased and utilized as an alleged cancer curing hospital by a charlatan named Norman Baker in the late 1930s). We heard a loud squeaking sound and the large, heavy, sliding door behind the seating area moved several inches ‘on its own’ on the rusty track from which it was suspended. We all practically jumped out of our skins! We all wondered which ghost in the morgue did that!”
o “A three-year-old girl who came on the tour with her family started saying, ‘Bye-bye, baby. Bye-bye, baby’ and waving goodbye in one certain direction as we exited the morgue. No one could see to whom she was speaking. She had been silent the entire tour until that point and then she kept looking directly at one ‘empty’ point in the room saying ‘Bye-bye, baby.’ over and over again. Her father, the one carrying her, was impressed since he already believed in ghosts.”
o “Apparently some girls in the morgue during one of my recent tours asked the EMF meter (electromagnetic field reader used by many as a ‘ghost meter’) if Michael (an Irish stonemason who fell to his death during hotel construction) was listening. The meter responded in the affirmative. Their next question involved whether Michael preferred brunettes, blondes or gingers. At the mention of ginger hair the EMF reader went crazy-fast. So, in the minds of those witnesses, it is official that Michael, said to be a well-known ladies’ man even in his ghostly state, likes red heads the best!”
o “My sister-in-law stayed at The Crescent about a year ago and the Jacuzzi and tub water kept turning itself on and off even after getting out of the tub. It happened about three times, coincidentally each and every time she would post ‘This better not happen again’ on her Facebook page. The timing of it was almost comical. She called the bellman and asked him about it and he said it doesn’t usually happen in her room but has happened in several other rooms. She joked that The Crescent must be an ‘equal ghost room visitation opportunity’ hotel since you never know where things will happen when a spirit’s energy starts moving around.”
o “Recently, I got a rather unexpected reaction from a couple on my tour. It was during my explanation of Norman Baker’s suite, the one he used while operating his hospital. I mentioned that he had two giant St. Bernard dogs for protection. The lady next to me snapped her head in my direction with wide and startled eyes. She then looked at her husband pointedly as if in silent communication. I smiled and stopped and asked if she had a question. She said that they stayed in that room the night before and that they kept hearing scratching noises in the stairwell outside the door all night. They kept telling themselves that it was nothing, nothing. But, when she heard about those huge dogs she said that she was afraid to stay in their same room again that evening. I assured her that nothing bad has ever happened to any of our hotel guests, only that they sometimes hear or see odd things.”
o “ “One night, right after our tours had ended, a young woman who had been on one of my tours came running out of the bathroom telling me, ‘I just went in the bathroom and as soon as the door shut behind me I proclaimed out loud that I didn’t believe any of this! And immediately after I had said that water started pouring out of the ceiling! I couldn’t get out of there fast enough!’ I investigated to find the sprinkler head and the floor were both wet but no flowing water. Maintenance could not explain how or why it happened. Needless to say, she had turned from cynic to ghost believer in the space of just a few short moments.”
“October is a wonderful and crazy month for The Crescent,” said Bill Ott, the hotel’s director of communications. “People love the dual reason for a visit at this time: awesome fall color and a chance to have a close encounter with one or more of our previous guests who have ‘crossed over’.”
“Interest around the world in our paranormality seems to grow during October. Numerous international and national radio and television stations call or come by the hotel for an October interview. For that same reason, many of the nationally-released television network programs like ‘Ghost Hunters’ seem to replay their Crescent episodes more often during the tenth month of the year,” Ott concluded.
This may be why the thousands of guests who step inside the 129 year old five-story limestone structure during the 30 days leading up to Halloween will inevitably inquire at check-in, “Is the Crescent really haunted?” Desk clerks reply with, “Please let us know when you check out.”
For more information on the paranormal aspect of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, go to americasmosthauntedhotel.com.
This Fall Season visit America’s Most Haunted Hotel and explore the hallways and experience lights out in the “morgue.” Some venture to this five story historic hotel with eagerness or skepticism, but we’ll let you be the judge of your own experience.
Nightly ghost tours lead groups through the halls and down to the morgue sharing the many stories that have famed why the Crescent has become America’s Most Haunted Hotel. Daily, visitors share their images of orbs or strange reflections in the pictures they take. On numerous accounts a visitor will take a picture of the hallway or staircase, then take another photo directly after which will have something odd that appears in the photo that the visitor can’t explain nor remembers seeing. Others share their stories of feeling some type of energy around them, a poke or feeling light headed. Now its your turn to visit America’s Most Haunted Hotel!
We’ve put together 2 popular ghostly hotel packages that will spark your interest.
*Tip:Weekends in the Fall Season sell out, so book a weekday stay over and actually save money on the pkg.
Stay 2 nights at the Crescent Hotel
2 Tickets to the Crescent Ghost Tour
2 Tickets to the Spirits of the Basin Tour
2 Tickets to Flickering Tales (Available for Friday & Saturday stays.)
$324 plus tax Sunday-Thursday.
$480 plus tax Friday & Saturday. (Includes Flickering Tales)
Spirit of the Crescent
Share a hotel with “guests who checked out but never left.” America’s Most Haunted Hotel is waiting for you.
1 night stay in a Premium Room
Breakfast for 2 in the Crystal Dining Room
2 Tickets to the Ghost Tour
1 Ghost Squeezie
1 Ghost Coffee Mug
2 Ghost T Shirts
$229 plus taxes and fees, Sunday-Thursday
$309 plus taxes and fees, Friday
*Saturday night only is based on availability.
Eureka Springs boasts many historic hotels, two of which dominate the city skyline: the famous 1886 Crescent, “the most haunted hotel in America”; and the 1905 Basin Park, built just steps from the magic healing spring around which Eureka Springs exploded into being. Both hotels offer tours of the premises.
The Crescent offers one of the best-attended ghost tours in the United States. You will start on the top floor and wind down to the notorious Norman Baker’s morgue. On the way, experienced guides in period costume relate events from the hotel’s strange and colorful history, and tell the stories that have come down to us over decades of ghostly sightings and experiences. Few people visit Eureka Springs without taking the ghost tour at the atmospheric Crescent Hotel!
The Spirits of the Basin tour is one of newest attractions in Eureka Springs, and rapidly becoming another “must-do” activity while in town. Guests explore the tallest building in Eureka Springs – “eight stories high and every floor a ground floor” according to Ripley’s Believe it or Not – from the primal underground cave to the specially-built safety deck on the roof, while knowledgeable storytellers evoke the years gone by.
What do we mean by “Spirits?” Firstly, this is a tour about people – the rich parade of fascinating individuals who lived and worked (and perhaps also linger) at “the people’s hotel, the beating heart and soul of Eureka Springs.” Secondly, while nowhere can compare with the Crescent for tales of the supernatural, the Basin Park has its own stories of ghostly Spirits. And since the Basin Park functioned as a popular speakeasy during the “Chicago years” of the 1940s and ‘50s, “Spirits” also refers to contraband liquor… The tour concludes with a complimentary shot of Arkansas rye whisky for interested guests.
Come to Eureka Springs and take both tours. Meet the ghosts who have lingered for decades in the halls of the majestic Crescent Hotel, and delve into the past at the Basin Park to hear the stories of the folks who made Eureka Springs what it is today!
We recommend you book your tours in advance through www.reserveeureka.com.
PS: look for weekly articles about the tours, containing interesting tidbits of information you will not hear from the guides on our Facebook pages!
Americas Most Haunted
Spirits of the Basin Tour