Saturday, June 27, 2009

Good Golly, Miss Molly's!

Miss Molly's Bed and Breakfast (the building itself) was constructed in 1910. Over the years it has been home to a boarding house and a bordello in the 1940's. This tidbit would certainly explain why some of the ghosts' have an affinity for the male sex.

Besides prostitutes, there appears to be a tip-giving entity and a young girl who lived at the old hotel are among those who haunt Miss Molly's.

In 2008, the Texas Paranormal Advanced Research Team (TEXPART) investigated reports of the haunting. During their investigation, one team member reported having "a couple of hairs" pulled from the back of his head. Another reported feeling his neck being touched. All investigators had some type of physical contact to report.

Witnesses have reported seeing shadows, lights turning on and off with no explanation, cold spots, full-bodied apparitions, and the smell of perfume. Item's have come up missing only to later reappear and doors left unlocked can't be opened, as if they are being blocked by an unseen force.

Spirits from an intelligent haunting are able to make their presence known in physical ways, whether it be slamming doors, making strange sounds, or being vocal. If it shows itself, it will look the same as it did in life.

Haunted History of Miss Molly's

Located in the middle of the Fort Worth Stockyards, Miss Molly’s is the oldest Bed and Breakfast in Fort Worth. Established as a boarding house in 1910 and called the Palace Rooms, it went through the prohibition period being called The Oasis and later as a Bordello in the 1940’s when it was called the Gayatte Hotel. Miss Molly’s is just old enough to have caught a glimpse of the Wild West and all of the time period of America’s speak-easy and bordello days. Its long history as a boarding house has included a vast number of residents. Apparently, some have decided to extend their stay. Perhaps the large amount of antiques and period pieces in the hotel remind them of the bawdy times that they shared there.

The seven themed rooms in the hotel all share stories of paranormal activity, with the Cattlemen’s and Cowboy rooms having some of the more famous sightings of apparitions. Visitations have also occurred in the current owner’s private room’s number eight and nine of a young girl, who is considered a former tenant of the hotel. Most of the sightings have involved the former working girls from the hotel’s days as a bordello.

The phenomena at Miss Molly’s includes full bodied apparitions, unexplained scents, items disappearing and reappearing, toilets flushing on their own, lights turning on and off, cold spots, unlocked doors refusing to open, and a variety of unidentified but entertaining sounds. According to the current owner, Dawn Street-Boyd, one housekeeper quit because she kept finding coins in rooms even though there had been no guests in that room and she had just finished cleaning only to return and find the coins where she had just cleaned.

Miss Molly’s has been visited by a number of paranormal investigation groups and is listed with Texas Christian University’s paranormal activity class, which makes regular visits to record the phenomena. Copies of unusual photos and tape recordings, as well as statements of the investigators and results are kept prominently in the common living area.

The hotel situated above Fort Worth’s Star CafĂ© takes visitors up a staircase to another era, period furnishings, furniture, and a number of stories about unexplained happenings provided with first hand accounts by the owner. Miss Molly’s is considered one of the most haunted properties in Fort Worth and one of the most active paranormal sites in Texas.

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