Old Talbott Tavern

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At this 1779 stagecoach stop, now an inn, many famous figures have stayed including Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Boone and Jesse James. Ghostly presences are said to make themselves known in many ways, including orbs, mists and apparitions. Mrs. Talbott may appear as an apparition to guests, or you may see a ghostly young boy and girl.

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    107 W Stephen Foster Ave
    Bardstown, KY 40004
    United States

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    37.80900497502862, -85.46746426824029
    Nelson County, Kentucky
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    1. I have stayed here overnight three times. The first time, I stayed in the Abe Lincoln Suite. I woke up at 3am to what I thought was a spider biting me. I had my arm kind of hung over the side of the bed and I felt a sharp, stinging, almost electrical shock feeling on my wrist. Right after this, I saw a bright white orb shoot across the ceiling to the corner and disappear. I turned on the lamp and looked at my arm. Not even a red mark. Then as I was trying to go back to sleep, someone banged on our door. I ran in there and opened the door and there was no one there. The floors are old and creaky and if there had been anyone there, I’d have heard them running away. The second time, I stayed in the Anton Heinrich Room. My friend and I did a walk around the building around 2AM. I was using an SB7 spirit box. At first nothing came through, but then when I walked into the room where Jesse James used to stay next door to, I asked the question, “How did you die?” The response came through, “Kill.” I then asked, “Who killed you?” Nothing. So I asked again. The answer put chills up my spine….”Jesse James.” Wow. I was freaked out. Then after we went to sleep, I woke up to a bright light shining in my eyes. When I opened them, it was dark. I know it wasn’t a car light through the window because I was facing away from the window. The third time I stayed in the Daniel Boone Room. I had absolutely nothing happen on this visit. I was disappointed to say the least. This is a great place to stay and gather ghost info. Very creepy. And very reasonable. They also include a free home cooked breakfast the next morning.

    2. This occurred in the upstairs sitting room at The Talbott. My husband was filming the interior when his camcorder screen went fuzzy. While he’s inspecting what the problem may be, the door to the balcony slowly opened about 2 feet and then closed all by itself. He was standing about 3 feet away. After the door closed, his camcorder came back on.

    3. My wife and I had dinner in the Inn a about three years ago. I was enjoying my dinner as she complained about hers not being very good. As she said that we both witnessed her drinking glass fly off the table and hit the floor feet away from us. It was as if someone had forcefully knocked it off in response. We both saw it with our own eyes… She vowed to never complain about the food there again. We love the Inn, but you won’t hear any complaints from either of us about the cuisine going forward!

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