The Harrison Street Inn
The Inn at 835
If you are a visitor to the "prairie" state of Illinois,
plan a unique ghost-hunting adventure and stay at one of Ilinois'
haunted hotels. And if you are a resident of
Illinois, get to know your state's spookier side and embark on an exploration of the
unexplainable and visit
one of Illinois's very own haunted hotels. One of its most haunted hotel
is the historic Inn at 835,
in Springfield, that is
home to a benevolent ghost - its original founder Ms. Miller who has a
penchant for candy.
The Harrison Street Inn
204 E. Harrison Street, Sullivan, Illinois (217) 728-4550
Tucked away in the sleepy town of Sullivan, Illinois is the charming
Harrison Street Inn
which cannot always guarantee its guests a good night’s sleep thanks to its permanent ghostly residents! Before The Harrison Street Inn was turned into an inn, the building served as a boarding house for the majority of its 114 years. As a boarding house, it housed many actors (Alan Alda!) due to its proximity to the famous Little Theater on the Square. About 14 years ago, it was turned into a quaint inn, opening its doors to guests and to the delight of its many ghosts lonely for some companionship!
According to the inn’s owner, Timmy Valentine, The Harrison Street
Inn has been an epicenter of ghostly encounters. The owner himself had experienced a female voice “scolding” him for interrupting a conversation she was having with a friend! Below is a list of some of the paranormal occurrences witnessed by guests:
- doors slamming
- mysterious figures looming about
- water running by itself
- children running and playing
- televisions and lights turning on and off by themselves
Mr. Valentine says that the appearances tend to come and go regularly, days can go by with no activity, then suddenly after some time, an energy will build bringing with it ghostly occurrences in escalation.
Please use the following link for The Harrison Street Inn to learn more about this happily haunted inn:
835 South Second Street, Springfield,
Illinois (217) 523-4466
Located in central Illinois, the historic Inn at 835
is said to be haunted by its founder, Bell Miller - so enchanted with her inn that she never wanted to
leave...even in death. It was designed during the Arts & Crafts movement
by architect George Helmle and completed in 1909. However to this day,
there are guests and staff employees who still seem to spot Ms. Miller
lingering around her "home."
Ms. Miller has been "seen" on several
occasions. The following is a sampling of some of her ghostly
guest and staff have heard a very friendly voice saying "Well, hello
there." when no one was around.
often report that regardless of the button they push for the
elevator, they wind up on a different floor. The elevator has been
inspected and serviced many times with reports that it is in
perfect condition, however, it continues to have a mind of its
own...or of its past owner.
ghostly figure has been seen drifting through doorways.
mysterious book tucked well in the bookcase was repeatedly found in
the middle of the room for no apparent reason.
Strangely, when wallpaper began to peel off the wall, it was found
to be fixed by itself.
Miler must have a sweet tooth because every now and then you can
hear the sound of the crystal lid being removed from a candy dish
and then replaced, with no one around.
The good news is that is seems that
Ms. Miller is a benevolent and even friendly spirit. Just an added perk
during your stay at this beautiful Inn. She is sure to welcome you.
Please use the following link for the
Inn at the 835 to learn more about this historic and
Photo credits: Chicago Skyline by Art Hill