The Emmitt House
123 Market Street Waverly, Ohio 45690
Tel: 1 (740) 947-2181
With the completion of the Erie Canal in 1832, Waverly was the perfect place for the honorable James Emmitt to build a hotel that is now known as the Emmitt House. James was a banker, and in the midst of the Civil War, he built his hotel in 1861. Now, almost a century and a half later, it seems as though the ghost of James Emmitt himself still walks the halls of his hotel.
When you first walk into the restaurant, you get the feeling that you just stepped off a horse and buggy and into late 1800s. The main room is almost as it was back then and retains many of the era-style fixtures, wallpaper, and woodwork. It is hard not to imagine that it is haunted. There seems to be an aura of the people who stopped by there in the early days, where traders, the wealthy, and war soldiers came to eat and sleep.
As you walk from room to room, you get the feeling that someone is behind you, and you catch yourself looking back to see if someone is there. To the employees of the Emmitt House, it is more than just tall tales of footsteps and creaking doors. “I was in the kitchen working,” says an employee, “when an old woman walked by the hall. I told her we were not open yet, and asked if I could help her, and she said, ‘no.’ She walked by a second time, and I knew her clothes were out of place for this time, and when I immediately looked down the hall, she was gone.” This is only one of many sightings and experiences that people have witnessed, which include the smoky smell of the cigars that James enjoyed and the aroma of floral perfume in areas that are off-limits to anyone except staff.
Our team went in to do an overnight investigation, and while there, we witnessed a doorknob turn on its own in the attic. We captured many EVP there, including that of a growling voice upstairs in one of the many guest rooms. The sounds of children’s voices laughing and playing were also recorded. Among the many photographs that were taken by our team, we captured blue mists and red glows, and right above Mr. Emmitt’s portrait, a photo reveals an ectoplasmic mist. Our team psychic reported the presence of a young girl and the smell of bubble gum in the main hallway.
There are many who claim to have seen the ghost of James Emmitt and other visitors from the past, but all agree that whoever or whatever is in the Emmitt House is there to stay. If you happen to drive by and look up in the windows, you may just get a glance of Mr. James Emmitt himself!