The Glen Tavern Inn in Santa Paula, CA, built in 1911, is fascinating with its deep, dark history with tales of murder and prostitution. After prohibition was in place, the inn suffered. As a result, the 3rd floor became a speakeasy, gambling den, and brothel. The 3rd floor is arguably the most interesting floor because of this history… and not to mention that the third floor is allegedly the most haunted.
Of course, after watching an episode of Ghost Hunters which featured the Glen Tavern Inn – I had to check it out for myself.
Room 307 is said to be the most haunted room of the inn and has two ghosts. One is Calvin, the cowboy shot in an argument over a game of cards. It is said that his apparition is tall and thin, wearing a white shirt and can walk through walls. He has reportedly been captured in pictures.
The other ghost appears as a fine mist, said to be of the prostitute that was beheaded in room 307 and left in the closet for the maid to find.
People have also heard the sound of children running up and down the halls, laughing.
Celebrities such as Harry Houdini, John Wayne, and Clark Gable stopped by the inn in its heyday.
Haunted or not, the inn is a magnificent historical landmark. Although it has undergone a renovation, there are many original pieces in tact. Walking into the lobby gives you the feel of walking back into the whole speakeasy era.
Of course, we stayed on the 3rd floor to see if anything would happen. Aside from the air conditioning coming on at night and causing me to jump out of my skin, nothing was out of the ordinary. We even walked around the property and throughout the interior after midnight, taking photos to try and capture an apparition on film. Nevertheless, we were unsuccessful at capturing any evidence.
Seriously, creeping around trying to catch a ghost! On Ghost Hunters, an apparition was captured in this same mirror.
To be really sure we were covering all our bases, we nervously walked up to the door of room 307. Apparently the maid is even afraid to go in there! I did get an extra-eerie feeling standing outside the door. But alas, nothing paranormal.
So, what’s the verdict?
From my experience, there is nothing paranormal going on here, but it is really interesting anyways and worth checking out!
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