Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pink Lady Ghost of the Grove Park Inn



Being Halloween week, I thought I would share one of the local ghost stories.  The ghost resides at the legendary Grove Park Inn - a very haunting looking building itself, dating from the early 1900's.  The rock building glows at night in stark contrast against the sky. Let's go inside shall we?

 

The main entrance is decorated festively for the season with  huge pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks. Straight ahead is the Great Hall at 120 feet long and 80 feet wide. Anchoring the hall at either end are two massive fireplaces—each large enough to burn 12-foot long logs and each containing an elevator.  These hand-operated wonders run alongside the chimney shafts within the rock work of the great fireplaces and transport guests and luggage to the upper floors.  To our left is the Front Desk where guests register. As you can see, at night the flicker of lights add to the eerie look of the place. People say they have seen the Pink Lady in various places in the hotel. Seems fitting to see a ghost in a place like this.




The Great Hall is always warmly accented with flowers - this week the bouquet is quite fitting for Halloween, don't you think?



Now that we are inside, let me tell you about the Pink Lady, a young lady in a diaphanous pink gown. The story goes that she was having a rendezvous at the hotel during the 1920's with a gentleman, most likely married.  It seems her heart was broken at a debutante ball and she either fell or jumped to her death from the fifth floor of the Palm Court Atrium.  Some say that she was pregnant and her lover found out, pushing her to her death rather than face a scandal.

To get to the Palm Court we go up in the old elevator built inside the rock fireplace to the fifth floor overlooking the atrium.  The room most associated with the Pink Lady is room 545 - probably the room she and her lover stayed in.

Elevator to the Palm Court Atrium.


Room 545.

Palm Court Atrium today. It was one of the first atrium lobbies built in the country in its day.

 In 1996, the Grove Park Inn conducted in-depth research on the Pink Lady phenomenon and the resulting evidence focused on room 545, two stories above the Palm Court atrium floor
A painter from the late 1950s or early 60s and the hotel's current engineering facilities manager have reported strikingly similar tales about room 545. Both got cold chills on their way into the room so severe they never again attempted to enter. Interestingly, neither employee knew of the other's experience, or about room 545's connection to the Pink Lady. Another employee who has seen the Pink Lady several times over the past five years describes the apparition as "a real dense smoke - a pinkish pastel that just flows. It's a real gentle spirit, whatever it is."  Guests who have seen her say she is a beautiful girl with long dark hair.  She is mischievous and turns off lights, opens closet doors, and even pulls the covers off sleeping guests.


Well - I didn't see or feel anything unusual but others say the air feels heavy and their hair stands on end when in the Atrium alone late at night.  I say let's go back down to the lobby, have a drink and watch the sun set!



Hope you enjoy my ghostly post - Happy Halloween!  Since I am having a Give-Away, I am joining with Skywatch Friday, Scenic Sunday, Flowers on Saturday, Today's Flowers, Friday My Town Shoot-out and Photo Hunt this week.   I am having a Give-away (go to page to see more)to celebrate 150 followers - let me know if you want in! Leave your comment here - not on the Give-away page. The gift bag includes a mystery book by local writer, hand made local jam, soap, hand made holiday ornament and more.

34 comments:

Jamiel said...

Nice decoration..
Thanks for sharing the story..

Old Kitty said...

What a spooky story but oh - look where it's set!! Wow!! What an amazing hotel!!! It's very very very pretty and cosy and with such a wonderful atmosphere! I love the discreet lifts by the huge fireplace!! Fantastic!!

I'm glad you didn't see the Pink Lady though or feel the chilly air or be at the receiving end of her mischievious hauntings!!! That would just be too scary for words!

Thanks for an amazing intro to a fabulous inn with a haunted past! The sunset pics just ends this piece beautifully! Take care
x

Tricia said...

Loved it! I love hearing ghost stories!

Thanks for the virtual tour & the sunset looks beautiful!!!

EG Wow said...

Spooky! Perfect story for Halloween.

Ewa said...

that's a great story to go with your photos:)

Ewa said...

I forgot to add , that I would love to enter your give away, but I live in Ireland and you probably won't be able to send here?

Odie Langley said...

A very interesting story for sure. Acutally my boss who usually does something for us each year around Thanksgiving has been talking about paying for us to travel to Asheville and go through the Biltmore House but was thinking that it may be stretching it to think about staying at the Grove Park Inn. Time will tell how it all works out. I didn't see a place to comment at the other page about the give-a-way but I would like to be included. Thanks again for the story.
Odie

Rebecca said...

That is spooky for sure! I skip that room when in town.

SouthernSass said...

I absolutely love the Grove Park! We got to go once on business for my husband's business and it was great! Love the pics too!

Doreen said...

spooky story for Friday My Town Shoot Out! that would be a little scary to be sleeping and have the covers pulled off you! eerie!! thanks for joining us this week.

Pauline said...

A great story and great photos. I thought you had phrased the sentance a bit wonkily when you said each fireplace had an elevator. That's creative architecture! Love the themed floral display. And the last two shots!

A terrific shoot-out!

Donnie said...

That was so cool. I learn more about where we live part of the year from you than anyplace else.

Kerry said...

oooh, a ghost story! You should go back again and see if you can capture her picture b/c maybe she would like to appear for just such an opportunity.

Webster said...

As always, great pictures. I always feel like I'm traveling with you. It's too bad you didn't get a shot of the pink floof or smoke, but oh, well.

That said, I couldn't find your comments on your giveaway page, and I would surely like to be included. Thanks.

Jama said...

I think I'll just skip this hotel!

In the eye of the beholder by Gayla said...

Great story, I love to stay at haunted hotels so fun! This was very good.

Marites said...

the place looks really beautiful even if it has a ghost story. great post!

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

A Haunted Hotel...now that's spooky! Good job on the narration and the photos were perfect for the story! If ever I visit I'll request the room across the hall from 545...might get some good shots of screaming cover snatchers!

GingerV said...

what a great photo essay. if they know what room she was in wouldn't the know who the misterious lover was?
I love it the verf word.... ephEEK...

~JarieLyn~ said...

I have always wanted to stay in a haunted hotel. This post was fascinating. The hotel looks marvelous and your pictures are great.

A Scattering said...

A great story - you've really put me in the mood for Halloween.

psychelyn said...

wow that's pretty spooky story. in Philippines we have a lot of ghost stories about "white ladies" and i was always scared of them even though i haven't seen one.

Denise said...

A spooky ghost story for Halloween, and a lovely series of photos. Thanks for including Today's Flowers in this also. I don't want to forget to say that I think your header photo is great.

wenn said...

lovely series of pics!

cat said...

Thanks for the ghost story and the interesting photos :)

Kim, USA said...

Yay I would never be alone in this place hehe!
Dawn

Vernz said...

lovely country decorations...
Flowers on Saturday here

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous!

My Entry, have a spooky Halloween!

noel said...

aloha,

i like your take on dark, love the story on this historic place

my dark theme is on my sari blog.

spiritsoflena said...

What a great place to visit! Thanks for sharing the ghost story!

eileeninmd said...

Loved the ghost story of the Pink Lady. The inn looks very nice and a great place to stay. Thanks for sharing.

Erika B said...

Scary story! Really lovely decorations.

Erika B

vijay said...

Really the story is so scaring...
Nice post...

from dandeli jungle resort

Mountain mama said...

I know this is an old post, but tonight is the first time I've seen it. In your third photo of the guests around the fire place, it looks like there is a woman in pink among them. Is this another guest, or the Pink Lady herself? Eerie!

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