Ghost Stories in Eureka Springs

I was awakened by someone pulling the sheets

We took the ghost tour Thursday evening, which was very interesting!  We also believe we were visited by Breckie.  Ever the skeptic, my husband was awakened by someone pulling on the bed sheets.  He awoke from a sound sleep from the tugging and because of the chill that he felt run up his spine.  This was around 1:00 or 1:30 a.m.  After we had settled down and fallen back asleep, I felt the tugging of the bed sheet at the end of the bed.  The first time it occurred, I thought it was my imagination because my husband had mentioned it.  The second time I thought, ‘now that’s not my imagination’.  The third time, I drew my legs up and drew the covers closer to me and it stopped.  Just as I was falling back asleep, something began pulling on the end of my long hair.  I also then experienced a odd chill up my spine.  It occurred two more times, until I wrapped my hair into a twist and placed it under my neck.  Then it, too, stopped.  An experience we will never forget!


With much thanks and warm regards,
Michelle & Tom Montgomery

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October Ghost Special

Only during the month of October can you stay at 2 Haunted Hotels…

Paranormal Pair Package for a Limited Time!

1 Night Stay at the Crescent and 2 tickets to the Ghost Tour
1 Night Stay at the Basin Park Hotel and 2 tickets to the Spirits of the Basin Tour

$259 plus tax.  Valid Sunday-Friday. (No Saturday)

Call To Book: 877-342-9766

Sleeping with a Ghost…

…is guaranteed during the month of October at America’s Most Haunted Hotel as every room -even Michael’s Room 218 (said to be the most active room in the hotel)- will have a “ghost” on the bed welcoming guests as they enter.

 “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, is giving overnight guests during the month of October a guarantee that they can sleep with a ghost.   The ghost of the guarantee may not be of the paranormal kind but a “ghost” nonetheless.

“When guests check in to the 1886 Crescent Hotel, the question most often asked when handed their key is ‘Is there a ghost in this room?’  Well, during the month of October, Crescent front desk clerks can cheerfully answer ‘Yes!’,” said Jack Moyer, hotel vice president and general manager.

The 1886 Crescent Hotel, a proud member of Historic Hotels of America, has been featured on nearly 10 nationally syndicated paranormal television shows in as many years and is regularly listed at or near the top of all haunted hotel lists found online.  “USA Today has featured our hotel in full-page articles twice and NBC’s Today Show has mentioned our property on numerous Halloween versions of their morning broadcast,” Moyer added.  “However, the best national exposure of our ‘guests who check out but never leave’ was when Syfy’s highly popular Ghost Hunters program captured a full body apparition here on their thermal imaging camera while conducting an on-site investigation.  They called it ‘the holy grail of ghost hunting’.”

Throughout the years, many guests have reported seeing, hearing or feeling an apparition in their room during their overnight stay at the 1886 Crescent.  Some have even described those sensations in or around the bed while sleeping.

“It was the frequency of these random encounters that encouraged us to offer every overnight guest during this October such an experience,” explained Moyer, “even though in a somewhat whimsical manner.  We will be decorating each sleeping room with a cute, cuddly, three-foot by two-foot by one-foot white plush ghost to hang on to during the sleeping hours.  A paranormal security binkie has never taken a more delightful form.”

Moyer concluded, “As an added bonus, if any guest wants to take home one of these snuggly ghosts, they will be available in our hotel gift shop.”  Large Ghost $125.00 (stay the night and the large ghost is only $86.86) Small Ghost $25.00

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October Ghost Tours

Due to the inexhaustible demand for ghost tours in October, Crescent Hotel management is suspending late night theatre performances for the month, and replacing them with special, slightly abbreviated Late, Late ghost tours: “all the stories, none of the stairs.”
The tours will begin in the 4th floor Faculty Lounge, where audiences will hear the classic stories handed down over generations at the “most haunted hotel in America.”  The tour will then proceed to locations where the storytelling will not interrupt guests who are trying to sleep, including the lobby, the outdoor firepit and of course, the Morgue.
The October Special Late, Late Ghost Tours will be offered at 10:00, 10:30 and 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights,  starting September 30th.   The one-hour, two actress supernatural comedy-murder-mystery-thriller, Not Really a Door and Flickering Tales, the program of authentic Ozark tales told around the outdoor fireplace, will be resumed in November.  Flickering Tales will also be offered Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays during October. 
Advance reservations (advisable, the tours sell out fast) for all events may be made at  For group rates call 479-253-9766

Stuff You Missed in History Class

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 Tours

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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ESP Weekend 2016

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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 americas most haunted hoteldemand 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 IMG_1383-editedhilltop 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!

Activities include:

  • 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)



Crescent featured on National TV Show

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.



Unexplained Happenings At America’s Most Haunted Hotel

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 purs442b0ee4afc877c2f630c55ed542b041ue 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.americas most haunted hotel

“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 crescent hotel morguewith 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.”

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