A Ghostly History

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.ย  It was so upsetting for the guests that the 8th floor was closed off for years.ย  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!


12 responses to this post.

  1. I LOVE ghost stories! Thanks for sharing this one. Have a Happy Halloween too!

    You are quite welcome Nancy. Glad I could share a local ghost story with you today!


  2. What a grand old hotel. Looks a little spooky, though. I love all these ghost stories!

    The grand old hotels have such interesting ghost stories. Glad you enjoyed it!


  3. Happy Halloween Racquel. Great ghost story!

    Thanks Linda, I’m glad I could share a ghost story with you today. Your story was very spooky!


  4. Whoooooo….spooky….I think I hear the piano playing right now……..

    Happy Halloween Racquel!
    Have a great weekend!

    Thanks Linda. lol I’m glad you are in the Halloween Spirit today! ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. I’d love to catch a glimpse of her.

    It would creep me out! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  6. That’s a great story for the weekend Racquel. I must admit I don’t care much for spooks though. Never seen one and hopefully never will. Have a great weekend!

    Thanks Susie. I’m not a spook seeker either Susie. But this story didn’t seem too bad. ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Great ghost story. Happy Halloween.


    Thanks Deb. Happy Halloween to you & your family!


  8. Great story!

    Happy Halloween!

    Thanks Cameron & a Happy Halloween to you too! ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. Perfect story for today Racquel. Happy Halloween!!!!!

    Thank you Kathleen & have a Happy Halloween!


  10. Happy Halloween, Racquel! I love ghost stories and enjoyed reading that!

    Thank you Kanak! I’m glad you enjoyed my ghost story for Halloween. ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. No 8th floor sleeping for anyone. I sure hope she finds her dad:) Happy Halloween to ya!

    I know I wouldn’t be sleeping on that floor Tina, lol. If she does maybe she’ll leave the guests to get a good nights sleep for once. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy Halloween!


  12. Very spooky!!! But what a great building.
    Happy Halloween!

    Thanks DP, and a Happy Halloween to you too! ๐Ÿ™‚


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