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Bentonville- Peel Mansion
The Jist- In 1875, Colonel Samuel West Peel, constructed a grandiose Italian mansion surrounded by 180 acres of apple orchards. Colonel Peel was very much a well-to-do gentleman of his time. The President appointed him to be the legal representative of the five Indian tribes. He and his wife, Mary Emaline, raised their nine children at this beautiful estate. It now is a museum for the public to tour.HGC has not yet verified the paranormal reports of this location.
Directions- 400 S Walton Blvd, Bentonville, AR 72712
The Jist- The hotel was built between 1884 and 1886. This large, gothic hotel is known as the “Grand Old Lady of the Ozarks.” It is said that during construction a worker fell to his death where room 218 is today. Room 218 is the most haunted in the hotel. There are reports of being shaken in bed and doors slamming. Also some reports out of 424. An apparition of a man has been seen in the lobby.
Directions- 75 Prospect Ave, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Tours- Ghost tours are available! 479-283-6800 or 877-342-9766 Tell them HGC sent ya!
The Jist- The site that the current hotel sits on was once where the 4-story Perry house stood. Built in 1881 by Captain Joseph Perry as a grand hotel. Unfortunately, the hotel was lost in a terrible fire in 1890. The Basin Hotel began construction in 1904 and opened in 1905. William M. Duncan and several of his associates built the hotel for roughly $50,000. This hotel is built into the side of a mountain. The fact that all eight levels are considered to be at ground level (with a fire escape from every one), has made this hotel earn a sport in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! During the Prohibition era, the owner was Joe Parkhill. He indulged in several illegal activities and installed slot machines and a bar on the sixth floor. This brought in many gangsters from Chicago. In 1955 a new sheriff caught wind of this fact and did a surprise police raid during one of the Barefoot Balls and arrested Parkhill and several others.
There are several reports of paranormal activity in this hotel. Claims of ghostly apparitions and unexplainable noises are just a few of these haunted reports. Because of the illegal activity that occurred in this hotel during the 1940s and 1950s, and the detrimental fire in 1890, it comes as no surprise that there are hauntings reported. HGC has not yet verified these paranormal claims.
Directions- 12 Spring St., Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Tours- Ghost tours are available! 479-253-7837 Tell them HGC sent ya!
Fort Smith- Clayton House
The Jist- William Henry Harrison Clayton purchased the original house in 1876. After renovating much of the house and building a house fit for himself and his family, they all moved into the home in 1882. The Clayton family lived in this house until 1912. This is pretty much where the history of the home ends; however, there is much to talk about in regards to W. H. H. Clayton’s line of work. Clayton served as the United States Attorney for almost 20 years. During this time he had charged over 10,000 cases and also convicted about 80 men of committing murder. Of those 80 men, 40 were executed. These numbers were greater than any other prosecutor in the United States.
Due to the fact that Clayton was responsible for incarcerating so many criminals and sending 40 men to their death, it comes as no surprise that his home has reports of paranormal activity. Perhaps the disembodied voices, unexplainable footsteps and shadow-like figures are the remains of those whom he “locked up”! HGC has not yet verified the paranormal claims of this location.
Directions- 514 North 6th St., Fort Smith, AR 72901
Tours- ? 479-783-3000
Fort Smith- Fort Smith Museum of History
The Jist- No report yet.
Directions- 320 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72901
Tours- ? 479-783-7841
Van Buren- King Opera House
The Jist- This Victorian style structure was built in the late 19th century. This Opera House has gone through several owners, names as well as renovations since it originally opened its doors in the late 1800s.
There have been numerous reports of paranormal claims. One is of an apparition of a man who was murdered by his girlfriend’s father. The father was the town doctor and this man was an actor of the opera house. The father did not want this man to be dating his daughter, and once he heard that they were trying to run off together he found them and killed the man. Others report of feelings of uneasiness and like the hair on the back of their neck is standing up!
Directions- 427 Main St., Van Buren, AR 72956
Tours- ? 479-474-2426
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