Contact Us

Is the Jefferson Hotel Really Haunted?

The Jefferson Hotel
Many reports of ghostly happenings shroud the Jefferson Hotel in mystery. (Photo by Jathan Fink/Townsquare Media)

Before I even visited Jefferson, I heard strange reports about what some call the most haunted town in Texas. Many of the ghost stories I heard, however, originate at one of the town’s oldest structures, the Jefferson Hotel.

Built in 1851, the Jefferson Hotel was originally a cotton warehouse back in the time when steamboats voyaged up the Big Cypress River, traveling all the way from New Orleans.

Walking through the hotel today, it is easy to understand why some folks may claim to see apparitions roaming at night because it appears that the place hasn’t changed much over the years.

It didn’t take much imagination to picture Southern belles sashaying down the antique appointed hallways wearing hoop skirts and fluttering fans to stay cool.

But some folks go a step further and claim that they really have had encounters with the supernatural here. According to, seven ghosts occupy the hotel.

Jefferson’s own tourism site,, reports visitors frequently experience “sudden cold chills, odors with no discernible origin, phantom footsteps or voices and strange apparitions.”

Room 19 is particularly shrouded in lore which can neither be proved nor disproved, because records were destroyed in a fire, according to Legend has it that a young prostitute was murdered there, killed in the bathtub, dying days after the fatal wounds were inflicted. reports that maids claim to hear voices coming from within room 19 when it is unoccupied while some occupants get the uneasy feeling that they’re being watched.

In 2004, one woman reported that she and her husband stayed in room 19, only to experience an episode straight out of Stephen King’s The Shining. According to her account, while drawing a bath the mirror began to fog up and “someone” wrote in the steam from the other side of the mirror asking for help!

In 2007, Janna Weiss, a Yahoo! contributor, recounted her own experience with room 19. She states that during a visit in 2005, she couldn’t get any sleep because she kept hearing children running back and forth all night long in the room above her. The next morning she discovered that there were no children in that room.

Even eerier though, is that when Weiss chatted with the other room’s occupants, they said they’d heard the same thing above their room and that they hadn’t gotten much sleep either. When they asked the proprietor if children were staying on the third floor, they were told there wasn’t a third floor!

Stories like these are one of the things that continue to make Jefferson a popular destination for tourists, whether they’re seeking relaxation or a supernatural scare.

But whether you believe in ghosts or not, if you decide to brave a night’s stay at the Jefferson Hotel, you may experience something that scares you out of your wits. Not to worry, perhaps it won’t be a ghost. The most frightening thing of all may be your own imagination.

We Want to Hear From You!

Know a person, place or event we should highlight on our Small Town Tour? Send your suggestions to

Best of Kicker 102.5

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Kicker VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Kicker VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.