Hotel Lenhart

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Hotel Lenhart, which dates back to 1880s, was rebuilt in 1890 after a fire and partially restored again in 1941, after another fire. An unknown haunt is said to reside in the building, opening and closing doors and tugging at the hair of visitors.

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    Geographic Information

    Address:
    20 Lakeside Dr
    Bemus Point, NY 14712
    United States

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    GPS:
    42.158357, -79.39439700000003
    County:
    Chautauqua County, New York
    Nearest Towns:
    Bemus Point, NY (0.3 mi.)
    Lakewood, NY (4.9 mi.)
    Chautauqua, NY (5.1 mi.)
    Celoron, NY (6.6 mi.)
    Panama, NY (7.3 mi.)
    Jamestown West, NY (7.5 mi.)
    Mayville, NY (8.7 mi.)
    Jamestown, NY (9.2 mi.)
    Busti, NY (10.1 mi.)
    Sinclairville, NY (10.1 mi.)

    Contact Information

    Web:
    http://www.hotellenhart.com/

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    1. A friend, her husband, her son, his wife and their daughter stayed in 2 separate rooms at this hotel and didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary until the next morning when her daughter in law found scribbles on the side of a pair a shorts she had taken off the night before. It looked like someone took a pen and worked on it for hours

      • I have spent many years in this hotel, and i can tell you it is not haunted. This hotel is from the 17th century, when buildings weren’t built that well. Certain areas in the hotel that were restored after the fire have drafts, and I do admit that I’ve felt “hair pulling”. It’s just the down draft from the chimney, and from the building itself.

    2. Britt Anderson  |  

      I worked at the Hotel Lenhart for two years when I was in high school during the summers. There is definitely something – or someone – that exists there. As a housekeeper, I experienced several creepy moments. When cleaning a suite, a door slammed behind me, locking me into a guest’s room. I had to radio the front desk to come upstairs to let me out. While waiting, the faucet in the bathroom turned on, tan for about ten seconds, and then turned off. It was only after asking under my breath of whomever was there would please let me go so I could keep working did he lock on the door unhinge. The catch? The door locks from the inside, like it should, but didn’t budge under ANY of my master keys.

    3. My family and I have gone to the Lenhart every summer for the past 23 years. Although the place definitely has an eerie feel to it do to the fact that the place has maintained its original furnishings since the late 1800’s–which I love about the place–I have never experienced anything out of the ordinary.

      BUT back in the summer of 2014 my family and I were all walking up the flight of stairs to our rooms one evening. Once we got to the second floor landing my daughter stopped in her tracks and said that she felt something brushing up against her ankle. I looked at her when she said this, then a few seconds later I saw the expression on her face drop, her middle lip started quivering, and her eyes grew large as I watched her gaze move from the second floor landing up to the second flight of stairs.

      I asked her what was wrong. She started crying, and asked me if I saw what she saw. I told her no, I was busy watching her shocked face. She said that she saw a woman moving up the stairs wearing a dress that appeared to be black and white. She said that the woman looked as if she was translucent. And in addition to this there was a group of four people who were coming down the stairs at the same time, but my daughter said that the woman moving up the stairs passed right through them.

      That night, she was too scared to sleep alone in her room, and was constantly texting me, wanting me to come down the hall to her room and stay with her.

      To this day, right before our yearly pilgrimage up to the Hotel Lenhart, I remind my daughter of what she saw there that summer. She never wants to talk about it, probably because she is a very practical black and white, rational thinker, and this experience moved her in a way that she can’t explain.

      Once again we are headed up there next week—yet our daughter has refused to join us.

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