Nutt House Historic Hotel

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This 1893 limestone building has housed a hotel since the turn of the twentieth century, and was a home-style restaurant for several decades as well. The building is supposed to be haunted by the apparition of a woman in old-fashioned garb, who many believe is Mary Lou Watkins, a former owner and proprietor. According to guests and staff, she continues to run the business as she did prior to her death, and assumes the housekeeping duties to keep everything in order. The ghost has been known to open and close shutters overlooking the street, turn faucets on and off and slam the rear door of the establishment. If your looking for a haunted room in this old hotel, look no further than Room #004. Aptly named the Mary Lou Watkins Suite, guests staying the night here have reported sharp temperature drops, ghostly hands nudging them awake, strange noises and even the feeling of someone hopping into bed with them. In the upstairs hallway, even more paranormal activity has been reported, with visitors reportedly hearing the jangling of keys, disembodied footsteps, ghostly laughter and smelling pipe smoke. In recent years, recurring reports have suggested that the building is also graced with the spirit of a foreign woman and a ghostly kitten.

(Submitted by Callum Swift)

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Geographic Information

119 East Bridge Street
Granbury, TX
United States

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32.4433443, -97.78662150000002
Hood County, Texas
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  1. January 21, 2017 I stayed in room 5. I was awakened at 2:30am by someone sitting down on the side of the bed, brushing my back as if they were trying to get in bed with me. After I let out a moan (which still don’t know why I did that), the foot of the bed shook. I didn’t go back to sleep for a couple of hours and left the lamp on. I figured the ghost was friendly enough. It’s not the first paranormal experience I’ve ever had so I tend to shake it off pretty fast.

  2. A few different things happened to us girls on our trip , myself mom & aunt. We got locked out of our room for a few minutes and somehow it unlocked itself back up to us after several minutes of us trying. The doors use regular keys so it’s not like other hotels where your key card messes up and won’t open the door . Also the room had a digital clock on bedstand & earlier in the day I remember us checking the time so we could decide on what time for dinner & then later that evening we realized the clock was off and so we checked it and there was no plug for it & there were no batteries in it ! So how was it ever working in the first place ?? && lastly one night we turned off the lights & were being goofy and trying to talk to the spirits and on my phone I took random snap shots in the dark & on two of those we saw random spurted lines of light in them , there was no explanation for those streaks of light !

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