Hello! I stayed at the Crescent for the first time last summer, and will be back in April. I was skeptical of the ghost stories, but let me tell you… My friend, her brother, and I walked the grounds late at night to explore and take pics.
About midnight we were walking down a hallway that I shall leave undisclosed, and noticed a light over the door and heard the distinct sound of tools being dropped on a plywood surface, along with a grumbling male voice. As we reached the door it stopped. Her brother peaked over the door, but saw nothing. We checked the knob and it was not locked. As the door was being opened, I snapped a pic.
There is a large face with a bowler-type hat floating over the person opening the door. It is out of proportion to any person present at the time. I also have a pic of my friend in front of room 218 with a fairly large football-shaped orb present.
We stayed in room 216, and I awoke to the sound of a person in a dress walking through the room very quickly, and the sound of the main door squeaking open and closed. I didn’t realize what the noise was until we opened the door to leave for breakfast, and it was exactly the same.
Also, the most amazing, was when I attempted to take a pic of room 218 with my lens under the door (large enough gap). The camera lens retracted and then shut off by itself not once, not twice, but TWELVE times! It was 1am, and I thought I was doing something wrong or pushing the wrong button, but not twelve times! The history, beauty, charm, and the uncanny events all roll into a very enchanting visit.
We are doing a school project on the Crescent, and this is the best story about the Crescent that I have read.
I can also explain why your camera shut off. Ghosts are known to draw power from electronic devices like cell phones and cameras. Most modern cameras have automatic shutdown functions when the battery is low. When you got the camera close to the door, the camera sensed low power, and shut itself off.