PORT TOWNSEND'S HAUNTED BUILDINGS
Port Townsend is a favorite place for some amateur ghost hunters, and their findings include 3 well known historical buildings. Using film, digital cameras, audio and video recording systems, and computerized surveilance gear they feel they can determine extra paranormal activity. They feel Port Townsend is one of the most haunted communities in the state of Washington.
The "Commander's House" at Fort Worden showed some "orbs" (not visible to the naked eye) in photograpy taken by a team of "ghost hunters" that visited Port Townsend in 2006. Built in the late 1800's and open to the public as a museum, this wonderful home overlooks the Parade Grounds at the fort.
Another rich field was the Manressa Castle (built in 1891) with many local ghost stories, surely embellished over the years, The group found a lot of unexplained activity in the attic and orbs have been photographed there as well. Some hotel guests have reported individual incidences ( a broken grandfather clock in the foyer that chimes, ghostly shapes and cold breezes.) Film crews come regularly to the former Jesuit seminary to photograph in hopes of finding some evidence.
The Palace Hotel (1889) is the favorite place of ghosts in the downtown area of Port Townsend. Average tourists have reported many stories of unusual activity ( a strange presesence) and employees have also seen or felt strange things at the hotel.
Atop the staircase is a large portrait of the Lady in Blue, a mournful, mysterious woman from decades ago whose legend paints her as having ties to a former brothel that operated at the hotel from 1925 to 1933. The spirit of the Lady in Blue is believed to leave the portrait to walk the Palace halls in search of a lost lover.