The ghost tours run nightly starting at 7 p.m. and last 75 minutes in total. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance, as tours regularly sell out.
Experience the supernatural at the Crescent Hotel’s ghost tour
If you’re looking for a spooky adventure, plan a visit to America’s most haunted hotel for a ghost tour. Keith Scales, who manages the tour, said the hotel is full of spirits. The earliest spirits come from the late 1880s, Scales said, when the hotel was being built.
For those who come on a tour, Scales said, he hopes they feel their time is well-spent.
“If they come here with a closed mind, I’d like them to open it up a bit,” Scales said. “When people say there’s absolutely no such thing as ghosts, they’re claiming they know how the universe works. We don’t have any idea how it works.”
Scales continued, “A lot of people are on the fence when they come here, and they’re true believers by the time they leave. We just want to give them an intelligent examination of what could be going on after death.”
“Every towel that falls off a rack or every knock that happens on the wall is not necessarily a supernatural occurrence. There’s lots of sounds in the building, lots of weird electrical patterns. There’s a lot of ghost tours out there run by folks who don’t care and are just trying to tell a story and make a buck. We are trying to give a tour that’s intelligent. If there are ghosts here, we give them their dignity.”
Did you know?
A site containing medical specimens from the Baker era was discovered earlier this year. The artifacts include medical equipment and jars containing what is believed to be Baker's infamous elixir. This is a noteworthy find because it helps prove the stories of the Crescent's past.
Ghosts of the Crescent
The Crescent Hotel has as many ghosts as it does guests, but some of the spirits are better known than others. Here are some of the most popular spirits in the hotel:
- Michael, an Irish stonemason who died while the building was in construction, reportedly fell to his death while flirting with a woman down below. He's still at the hotel and he still flirts with the girls. He's infamous for kicking men out of bed and ripping shower curtains open. Ladies, if you feel like you're being watched the hotel, it's probably Michael!
- "Dr." Norman Baker, a hospital administrator who operated the hotel as a hospital for cancer patients in the 1930s, ironically died of cancer himself. There are lots of misconceptions about Baker –– he was never a doctor and he never called himself a doctor, but he did scam the families of cancer patients while pretending to have medical expertise.
- Theodora, Baker's chief of staff, is known for packing up people's bags, organizing rooms and folding clothes. If she thinks you don't belong in the hotel, Theodora will get your bag ready for you.