Old Point Comfort, Hampton
Built 1890-96; burned 1920
Photograph: Virginia Historical Society
The Chamberlin was one of a series of hotels to grace Old Point Comfort on the peninsula containing Fort Monroe and marking the entrance to Hampton Roads harbor. One was the antebellum Hygeia Hotel, which was razed only six years after the opening of the more modern Chamberlin. The first Hotel Chamberlin, pictured here, was the brainchild of restaurateur and gaming magnate, John Chamberlin. He chose Smithmeyer and Pelz, architects of the Library of Congress, to design the hotel. This massive Queen Anne establishment was to feature the latest in amenities, including an on-site ice plant, laundry, billiard rooms, a bowling alley, an electrical plant, as well as shops and railroad and telegraph offices. The public spaces were impressive. The dining room was given a large gallery to house the dinner orchestra, and large windows affording a view of Hampton Roads. The ballroom was 1,000 square feet in size. The current Georgian style Chamberlin occupies the site. (from VAHistorical)
More than one spirit is said to walk the halls of this large establishment, but the most famous is the ghost of a young woman named Ezmerelda. Her father, a fisherman, went to sea one day and never returned….and she’s still waiting for him to return. Her spirit has been haunting the 8th floor since the 1920s. It was so upsetting for the guests that the 8th floor was closed off for years. She has been quiet in recent years but you find yourself hearing the sound of footsteps or spotting an apparition or a coldness in a room. Maybe you’ll even hear the playing of a piano. ( from allstays.com)
Have a Happy Halloween and a nice weekend!