After extensive renovations by the current owners, the Magnolia Hotel will soon open its doors for guests who dare to stay overnight at this extremely haunted location. Located in Seguin, Texas, this hotel was first built in 1840 as a two-room log cabin by James Campbell who was the co-founder of the town as well as a Texas Ranger.
After Campbell was brutally murdered by the Comanche’s, his home was purchased by Joseph F. Johnson who turned it into a stagecoach station. He later built three rooms in the back of the building, making it the first ever hotel in the town.
Jeremiah S. Calvert, who was the Chief Justice of the town, bought the building in 1846 and held many weddings at the hotel. Dr. William S. Read then purchased the building in the 1850s and after even more renovations and additions, he turned the place into the largest hotel in Seguin until the mid 1900s.
In more recent times, the hotel was put on the “Texas Most Endangered List”, but the Ghedi family purchased the property in 2013 and decided to restore it back to how it was back in the 1880s. That’s when the paranormal activity ramped up dramatically and even caused several of the contractors to quit. In fact, according to a well-known psychic who visited the location, thirteen ghosts haunt the hotel including a child. The building has such a reputation for being haunted, that many paranormal researchers and television shows have investigated the location.
As for the ghosts, it is said that the original owner, James Campbell, still haunts the hotel. In fact, several people have claimed to have heard his rocking chair rock back and forth, as well as smelled his cigars.
A serial killer named Wilheim Faust is also said to haunt the property. In July of 1874, Faust stayed at the hotel during a trip. While he was there, he accidentally killed a 12-year-old girl named Emma Voelcker, and then brutally attacked his wife with an axe. After Wilheim was caught, he ended up confessing to two other murders that he had committed.
A psychic named Idella Lampkins who used to live in Seguin and conducted readings at the hotel is also said to haunt the location. She has been known to touch people’s hair and hug them, as well as sit at the edge of their bed.
Other ghosts include two male guests who committed suicide while staying at the hotel. There is even a “weeping woman” who has been seen at the hotel and it’s believed that she remains at the location still heartbroken that her lover’s stagecoach failed to show up.
Unexplained figures have been seen in the mirrors, as well as doors slamming, unexplained footsteps, disembodied voices, and furniture moving on its own.
With all of that being said, if guests would like to stay at the extremely haunted Magnolia Hotel, they can do so beginning on August 12, 2019. Since there are only two bedrooms, only four guests will be able to stay there at one time and it’s first come, first serve. They will have access to a living room, bathroom, and non-cooking kitchen. And, of course, they’ll have to share their space with the several ghosts that are said to roam this frightening location.
You can see pictures of the hotel here as well as some eerie-looking photos of unexplained figures that people have caught on camera.