Woodbine Hotel - Madisonville, TX
Boasting as many as eight entities, the Woodbine Hotel in Madisonville, TX is a hotspot for paranormal activity. No one knows exactly why there may be so many ghosts and/or entities here but it doesn’t take long in the establishment to figure out that something “not-of-this-world” is taking place here!
Current owner Susan has had conversations with other paranormal investigators and says that there are 8 or so spirits which come and go. Each seems to have their own established “stomping ground” and they each seem to stay within their own parts of the hotel.
Most notable of all the ghosts is Claire who was, at one time, a resident in the hotel and likely worked in the kitchen. Photographs of Claire show a vivacious young woman in the 20’s. And, she has a real fondness for men!
The current structure, built in 1904 replaced the old Shapira Hotel which was the original boarding house in town and mysteriously burned to the ground in 1903. The new structure was erected from 2 “kit houses” which were ordered through catalogues of the time. The two kit homes were connected with the upper and lower central parlors. Though deluxe for the time, the Woodbine lacked indoor plumbing for guests. In this bustling and booming cotton and railroad town that didn’t seem to bother patrons.
Today, Madisonville is a sleepy little town in Texas. The Woodbine continues its tradition of incredible food and hospitality, receiving rave reviews. Some visit because of the romantic step back in time the Woodbine provides. Others come for the deluxe dining. Others come for the ghosts. The current owner is not opposed to visits from those interested in the paranormal activity as long as they are respectful, stay in their own rooms and public areas and don’t disturb other guests.
The Woodbine boasts numerous reports of inexplicable footsteps. Video and still cameras have repeatedly caught paranormal phenomena. At least one psychic feels that there is an entity there which is not friendly, may be trapping the other ghosts and may have caused the fire of the original structure in 1903!
Still, there is no doubt that this property has something going on. It is one of “those” properties where you get out of your car, take one look at the spectacularly restored and preserved structure and get immediate chills. Inside, the K2 meters don’t disappoint as one chases EMF spikes through the main level parlor and into the restaurant/bar area only to be startled by the mannequin on the piano! We visited on a warm Spring day, during off-hours, and were stunned by the rapid and massive temperature changes that occurred.
We are looking forward to returning to do a deeper investigation into who haunts the Woodbine and recommend that others who are interested in the paranormal and historical do the same!