The Hawthorne Hotel in the City of Salem Massachusetts

"Nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvelous tale."
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hauntings of the Hawthorne Hotel

The Hawthorne Hotel is located in the city of Salem, Massachusetts which is also known as the “witch city” due to the infamous Salem witch trials that took place in the year of 1692. The hotel was constructed after over five hundred thousand dollars was raised through the sale of stocks sold to various business men and individuals located in and around the city of Salem to build a “modern hotel for Salem”. The hotel was named after Salem’s famous author Nathaniel Hawthorne who wrote the novels “The Scarlett Letter” and “The House of the Seven Gables”. The hotel officially opened for business on the 23 of July in the year 1925.

In the year of 1830, the site where the hotel stands today became the meeting location for the “Salem Marine Society” which made a deal when the hotel was constructed that their original structure could be torn down and that their meetings would then continue at the location in a new room built on top of the hotel. The Salem Marine Society’s function was to aid the mariners if they became disabled as well as the family members of the mariners such as the widowers of the deceased. The Salem Marine Society also worked to improve the local navigation and safety of the vessels traveling in the New England area. The Salem Marine Society is still active to this very day and still hold their meetings at the top of the hotel; however, this meeting room is not accessible to the public.

The Hawthorne Hotel has had many famous guests and been utilized and seen in numerous television shows including “Bewitched”, and the Sci-Fi (Syfy) channels show “Ghost Hunters”. Over the years, there have been many reports of paranormal activity within the hotel and much of it has been attributed to the now deceased captains who participated in the meetings of the Salem Marine Society. At one time, the restaurant that is now called “Nathaniel’s” was called “The Main Brace” and contained a large ship’s wheel as part of its nautical theme. Numerous individuals have reported seeing this wheel turn on its own with no apparent source behind the movement and have attempted to stop the wheel only for it to resume once again to turning on its own.

In a room of the hotel referred to as the “Lower Deck”, an employee of the hotel who was responsible for setting up the room and arranging the tables was quite startled after performing his duties then leaving the room only to return and find this room “rearranged”. It has been reported that this particular employee then refused to work any night shifts after his experience. Many guests of the hotel have also reported strange occurrences particularly in room 325 and suite 612. In room 325 guests have reported the water and lights turning on by themselves, and wandering in the hallway just outside of room 612 there have been reports of an apparition that appears to be a woman.

It is also thought that the original land beneath the hotel was once an apple orchard that was owned by Bridget Bishop who was the first individual to be hanged at “Gallows Hill” after being convicted of the practice of witchcraft. There have been many reports made that the strong smell of apples are experienced from time to time within the hotel. There are also many reported hauntings in the city of Salem itself including the Danvers State Hospital, Gallows Hill, the Salem Jail, and the Joshua Ward House. If you are looking for a haunted place to stay while exploring the city of Salem, one of the top places on your list should be the Hawthorne Hotel. The Hawthorne Hotel in the City of Salam Massachusetts was officially opened on the 23rd day of July in the year of 1925. Throughout the history of the structure, there have been many stories that surround unexplained phenomenon and apparent paranormal activity. While it has not yet been established that this particular hotel is, in fact, haunted, the individuals that have experienced the unusual events in the building do believe that there is more than meets the eye occurring. In this guide on haunted Salem MA hotels, you will learn many interesting facts pertaining to the Hawthorne Hotel in the City of Salam Massachusetts.

The Hawthorne Hotel Opens For Business

On the 23rd day of July in the year of 1925, the Hawthorne Hotel officially opened to the public. The opening of this hotel was such a grand event that festivities actually started a few days prior. The residents of the region put together a parade that occurred on the 21st day of July in the City of Salem Massachusetts. Immediately following this event, a ceremony which involved raising the United State’s Flag amidst the roof of the business was conducted. The individual that raised the flag was named Frank Poor. He served as the President of the organization known as the “Salem Hotel Corporation”. The individuals in and around Salem were extremely excited about the opening of the hotel and greatly anticipated the day that it was officially opened.

The History of the Name

The Hawthorne Hotel in the City of Salem Massachusetts was named after the famous author, Nathaniel Hawthorne. This came as a suggestion from the man that served as a Chairman in the organization known as the “Hawthorne Memorial Association”. This individual’s name was Judge Alden White. Born on the 4th day of July in the year of 1804 in Salem, Nathaniel Hawthorne is often referred to as the “Son of Salem”. This man lived his life as an American novelist and also wrote quite a few short stories throughout his lifetime. He is best known for his novels “The Scarlett Letter”, which was written in the year of 1850 and the novel he composed the following year, “The House of the Seven Gables”. The night that the establishment opened, Hawthorne’s granddaughter, Hildegarde, spoke and expressed the fact that she could not see a better indication of how much Salem loved her grandfather than the naming of the hotel.

The Salem Marine Society

Many years before the opening of the Hawthorne Hotel in the City of Salem Massachusetts, an organization called the “Salem Marine Society” was established in the year of 1766. This group was made up of several captains that were from the Salem region, as well as the Beverly region. There were several reasons why this particular organization was established. First, it aimed to provide assistance to members that faced challenging situations such as illness and other unforeseen events. Second, it was created to assist the women who lived after their husbands who were members of the organization passed away. Third, the group wanted to improve the local based navigations that occurred in the region.

Starting in the year of 1830, the organization consistently met and held their meetings on the site where the Hawthorne Hotel now stands. This group, which is known as the “Oldest Charitable Organization” in the City of Massachusetts, continued to meet in the location once the Hawthorne Hotel was opened for business. On the roof of this Salem hotel is a room that is designated for the Salem Marine Society. While this is not opened to the general public, it is an important aspect of the hotel that makes it popular and unique among other hotels. The area that the group meets in was created to look exactly like the cabin that was part of the water vessel known as the “Taria Topan”. Interestingly enough, this is not merely a meeting place for the organization, it is also known as the headquarters of the organization.

Bewitched Visits the Hawthorne Hotel

The City of Salem Massachusetts is perhaps most widely known for the Salem Witch Trials that occurred in the year of 1692. These trials focused on prosecuting individuals accused of engaging in Witchcraft from the counties identified as “Middlesex”, “Essex”, as well as “Suffolk” in the State of Massachusetts. The history surrounding witchcraft in the City of Salem Massachusetts attracted the cast and crew of the popular television show “Bewitched” in the year of 1970. The individuals that played on the show, including Elizabeth Montgomery, as well as the crew resided at the Hawthorne Hotel for a little under a month while they filmed in and around the City of Salem. Once this hotel was seen on the popular television series, it developed an immense degree of popularity across the nation.

Potential Paranormal Activity

The Hawthorne Hotel in the City of Salem Massachusetts is rumored to be haunted. There have been many stories surrounding the hotel that seem to indicate that there could be spirits or ghosts lingering in the building. In a room of the hotel referred to as the “Lower Deck” or “The Library” an employee of the hotel who was responsible for setting up the room and arranging the tables was quite startled after performing his duties then leaving the room only to return and find this room “rearranged”. It has been reported that this particular employee then refused to work any night shifts after his experience. Many guests of the hotel have also reported strange occurrences particularly in room 325 and suite 612. In room 325 guests have reported the water and lights turning on by themselves, and wandering in the hallway just outside of room 612 there have been reports of an apparition that appears to be a woman.

The Hawthorne Hotel was featured on the Ghost Hunters TV Show because of the amount of reports that individuals have given claiming that the hotel is haunted. Several guests have visited the hotel and experienced unusual phenomenon. As a result of their experience, many will not return to the hotel. However, those that are interested in the paranormal anticipate visiting the Hawthorn Hotel in the City of Salem Massachusetts so that they may make an attempt to validate the claims that the hotel is haunted. Many guests claim that their toes have been touched in the night, presences have been felt at the end of their bed, and that objects such as keys have been displaced. While the TAPS Team of Ghost Hunters were not able to pick up any evidence that there were ghosts in the Hawthorne Hotel, they did state that it is challenging to get ghosts to act on cue, therefore, as the General Manager Juli Lederhaus states at the end of the show, “The mystery still remains”. Get directions, view photos and read the visitor reviews and traveler tips for the Hawthorne Hotel!

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