Monday, May 23, 2011
Glen Ferris Inn
In 1853, the common room expanded into what is now the Glen Ferris Inn. During the Civil War, soldiers from both sides stayed at the inn, as did two future presidents of the United States. It is rumored that the home even served as a makeshift Civil War hospital between 1863 and 1865.
After the war, aluminum production began in the area, and Union Carbide purchased the inn, expanding it with a 10 room wing in 1929. Additions were built in the 1960s and again in the 1980s, before a local family purchased the inn from Elkem Metals in 1996.
The inn is said to be haunted by the ghost of a Confederate officer dubbed "The Colonel." The ghost is described as being helpful and playful, shutting doors behind people, frothing up the water in the birdbath, and causing disembodied footsteps. The long-bearded Colonel is often only seen from the waist up, and often in the hallway outside the kitchen.
(Photo Property of Theresa Racer)