MANRESA CASTLE

651 Cleveland Street, Port Townsend, WA

(360) 385-5750

Status: Former Residence; Former Jesuit College; Hotel

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History

This mansion was built in 1892 as the residence of Mr Charles Eisenbeis and his wife, Kate. He designed it to be modeled after castles in his homeland of Prussia (Germany).

Mr Eisenbeis owned a number of businesses in Port Townsend and would become it’s first mayor. At the time it was the largest residence in the town – 30 rooms - and was called the Eisenbeis Castle. In 1902 Charles died and Kate remarried; the house was left abandoned.

In 1925 the home was bought and converted into a vacation home for nuns teaching school in Seattle. This was a very short chapter in the story of the castle and in 1927 the Jesuits bought the building and converted it into a training college for priests even increasing its size in 1928 and adding an elevator.

Priests in their 16th, and final year, of training came to the college. It was Jesuits who first used the name Manresa after a town in Spain where their order was founded. They called it Manresa Hall.

In 1968 the building was sold again and converted into a hotel – which it remains today – and named Manresa Castle. There have been 3 owners and a number of renovations since this conversion.

 

Paranormal Activity

In the past the hotel has been open about its hauntings and paranormal activity experienced by both staff and guests although there is no longer any mention of it on their website so that may have changed.

They even had a logbook of people’s experiences in Room 306 but that has disappeared as people were purposely requesting not to stay in that room.

The are 2 stories regarding the hauntings in the building although neither can be confirmed.

Hotel management is said to deny these stories; saying they were made up by a bartender to romanticize the ghost stories and decades of reported paranormal activity.

1) In 1921 a young woman named Kate ended her own life by jumping out of the window of Room 306. She either did this because she found out her fiancé’s ship had sunk – tragically he was picked up by a ship after her suicide or; she had gotten lonely during the fiancé’s voyage and found herself pregnant and actually killed herself upon finding out he had survived the sinking. Unable to face the shame she jumped.

The timeline certainly doesn’t match as in 1921 the building was not being used at all; let alone as a hotel – not until 1968. The closest use was from 1925-27 when it used by nuns who do not have fiancés and, generally, do not get pregnant.

2) No year given but, assumedly, it was while the Jesuit College was open. A priest was having a crisis of faith and having “unsupervised” visits with a nun living in town. When he was caught, he professed innocence saying they were only talking as friends, but – as these things go – he was accused of having carnal relations with said nun.

He is said to have hung himself in the attic turret right above Room 302.

There is no record of either of these suicides. Of course, suicides would caused a large amount of negative innuendo – especially in a Jesuit College – so they may have been covered up.

In Room 306 the apparition of a young woman with long dark hair in a flowing white dress has been reported. She is most often seen near the window but also is known for sitting on the bed while guests are sleeping. She is also reported as going through your stuff while you’re not in the room; this is evidenced by belongings being moved slightly when guests return.

If she likes you the room is said to filled with phantom pleasant smells; no stories on what happens if she doesn’t like you. She also likes to open the dresser drawers and sing in the bathroom in the middle of the night.

In Room 302 people hear phantom footsteps in the unused attic above them. There a sense of some kind of paranormal energy in the attic and an EVP was recorded in a male voice saying, “I’m not here.”

A photo was taken in the dining room of a woman appearing in a Victorian gown as well another captured EVP. This time a woman speaking German saying, “everything will be alright.” This could be Kate Eisenbeis herself or perhaps a servant or family member.

In the former Chapel – which has been converted into an event hall – glasses have shattered – even when people were holding them. They have also been turned upside on their own when set on tables. Again, large amounts of energy are felt here by sensitives here. There are also numerous reports of feeling of being watched even when alone in the room.

Other Activity: phantom breaths felt on people’s shoulders; doors open and closing on their own; electrical disturbances; light anomalies and feelings of not being alone.