SEGUIN, TX (KSAT/WCMH) — Is the oldest hotel in Texas haunted? According to the owners, it definitely is.
Jim and Erin Ghedi purchased the Magnolia Hotel a few years ago. They’ve found many of the original items from when the hotel first opened back in 1840.
When they first acquired the property, the Ghedis say they weren’t told that it might be haunted. On their first night, they say they found out that it was.
“Jim popped the cork and we started to pour the champagne into the class, and when we did, all the doors just slammed closed,” Erin said. “And we got this cold breeze right between us. And he turned to me and he goes, ‘Well, so much for not being haunted.’”
Erin described an encounter with the ghost of William Faust, a murderer who never fully checked out of the Magnolia, to KSAT reporters.
Faust killed a 10-year-old girl by mistake — he reportedly had intended to kill his wife — in the late 1800s.
“He realized the mistake he made, he got back on his horse, he rode it all the way back to Seguin, put the horse in the stable, and then…” Erin paused as a knocking sound came from upstairs. “And he’s knocking!”
Faust isn’t the only ghost that reportedly claims the Magnolia as home. The Ghedis say that a ghost has been seen in almost every room of the hotel, including Charlie, a man who committed suicide and whose ghost likes to whistle at the living.
The Magnolia Hotel is open for tours on the weekend and will offer a haunted house attraction on Halloween.