Sunday, April 27, 2014
Delaware's Haunted Addy-Sea Inn
In the 1920s, the Addy-Sea had to be relocated twice to different lots due to the threat of storm surge damage associated with its beachfront location. Then, it the 1930s, the Depression was hitting the whole country hard. To make ends meet, the Addy family began renting out rooms to church groups. From there, it grew into a bed and breakfast, with the Gravattes taking over the home and the business in the 1970s.
I absolutely love to hear about haunted bed and breakfasts, and this one is definitely not short on its ghost stories. There are three main guest rooms that are said to be haunted, in addition to all the other crazy paranormal things that happen throughout the inn.
Room 1--Room 1 is one of the most interesting of the haunted rooms. Its private bath contains the original copper tub that John Addy brought with him from Pittsburg. Bathers have been more than startled to find the tub start violently shaking with them in it!
Room 6--This room has hauntingly beautiful organ music playing in it. However, there are no organs in this room!
Room 11--If you're looking for a more visual ghostly experience, Room 11 is the one for you. This is the room haunted by Paul Dulaney, a former handyman for the Addy's and local swim star. Although Paul died out of state on a construction job, his spirit has found its way back to the Addy-Sea. His apparition has been seen sitting on the bed or standing by it.
Even if you don't get to book a haunted room, you still have the opportunity to experience the paranormal activity of the Addy-Sea Inn. The Addy's wild son, Kurtz, died in a tragic accident when he fell off the roof of the home. Footsteps emanating from the roof are said to be his, and he also makes his presence known by running through the halls in the evenings. Kurtz also makes his presence known by materializing his obituary out of nowhere, throughout the inn.
Other activity runs the entire gamut of haunting criteria: strange sounds and music, lights flickering on and off, mechanical issues, including an answering machine that turns itself on, and people getting locked in their own closets.