Maryland Inn

Maryland Inn Annapolis, MarylandOne of the oldest and most famous hotels in Annapolis is the Maryland Inn. Located right at the beginning of Main Street, it is often a popular venue for weddings. Offering rooms for guests, wedding reception, and being at the center of most of the attractions in Annapolis, it accommodates brides during one of the most stressful events in their life. One bride was accommodated so well at the Maryland Inn, she never left.

History of the Maryland Inn

The property was bought in 1772 by Thomas Hyde to begin construction of the 39 room hotel. Thomas constructed the front part of the Maryland Inn, opening it as the hotel in 1784. In the early 1800s he completed the back part of the hotel. Tunnels that traveled throughout all of Annapolis were also constructed to connect to the basement of the Maryland Inn. It became a popular place for the upper class and political figures to stay at. The only renovation to the hotel was in 1970 by Paul Pearson. The tunnels have since collapsed and one part still standing is used as a wine cellar.

The Bride

Maryland Inn Annapolis, MarylandThe Maryland Inn is considered one of the most haunted places in Annapolis. It is believed that there is a ghost for each room. The most famous ghost is The Bride. She is known for haunting the 4th floor. The Bride was engaged to Captain Charles Campbell. He proposed to her in 1805 and then left for the sea for 12 years, leaving her to wait for him. She was in her late 30s or early 40s which in those times labeled her as almost an old woman. In 1817 she received a letter from him asking her to meet him in Annapolis at the Maryland Inn where he would meet her and they would finally be married. She arrived at the hotel and stayed on the 4th floor where he would stay whenever he was in town. She put on her wedding dress and fixed her hair, ready for her wedding day. She paced back and forth all day in her dress, waiting for her fiancé. Captain Campbell’s ship arrived at dawn and he made it to the Maryland Inn that afternoon. Sadly he would not make it to his wedding, as he crossed the street to the Inn he was hit and killed by a horse and carriage in the road. His bride ran out into the street to him and held his body for awhile then returned to her room where she continued pacing back and forth. She then threw herself out the window, dying a few inches from him in the street.

The bride is still heard to this day pacing back and forth on the 4th floor. She is also known to open and close the windows, tapping her foot and sitting on the bed. One hotel guest in the 1980’s demanded the hotel to find them a room without dead people. The guest was disturbed by the pacing sound of her feet but dealt with it. It was not until the bride sat on the bed the guest had enough declaring they will not share the bed with her!

Starbucks in Maryland Inn Annapolis, MarylandHer fiancé also haunts the Inn and is seen sitting in the Inn’s restaurant sitting by the window drinking or smoking a pipe. He is also been reported to haunt the basement of the hotel, which is now a Starbucks.  The basement seems to have the most activity in the hotel. People report of hearing voices, smelling pipes, objects moving, and seeing the Captain vanish. One constant report is of a cold gust of wind going through the bathroom into a bathroom stall. The stall would close, then after a few minutes opening with the gust leaving the bathroom.

Other spirits in the Maryland Inn

Another spirit seems to haunt the 4th floor of the Maryland Inn. People have been reported seeing a woman in 1920’s clothing walking down the hallway seeming upset. After seeing her there is usually a scream heard and a thud. People usually go over to see if she had fallen down the steps just to find she has vanished. Only the smell of her perfume was left behind. On the 3rd floor a woman in a long nightgown has been reported. She always looks very angry and is reported to be an upset and unpleasant spirit.  The spiral stairs to the 2nd floor also has reports of soldiers are often seen drunkenly singing inappropriately, cold breezes accompanied by the smell of a rose perfume have been reported as well as voices.

Resources

Carter, M. & Dray, J. (2012) Haunted Annapolis: Ghosts of the Capital City. Haunted America. Charleston, SC.

Goldsmith Day, D. (1997). A Guide to Historic B&B in The Free State: Historic Inns & Famous Houses of Maryland. Eastwind Publishing. MD

Haley,A. (2013). The Eerie Tales of a Haunted Annapolis [Electronic Version]. What’s Up Magazine retrieved from http://www.whatsupmag.com/2013/10/04/16572/the-eerie-tales-of-a-haunted-annapolis

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