Longwood Village Inn
Longwood, Florida
3-6-10
Longwood Village Inn Front

History:

In 1887 E. W. Henck commissioned Josiah B. Clauser to build a hotel and it was named the Waltham Hotel. It was truly a grand hotel that had indoor bathrooms and it cost $3.00 a day to stay there. The hotel is one of the few remaining three-story wooden buildings and is listed on the National Registry of Historic places.

In 1895 A freeze stopped the tourist from coming, so E.W. Henck sold the building to C. W. Entzminger. In 1922 Entzminger then sold it to George and Florence Bunker-Clark. The hotel was renovated, re-opened and re-named The St. George Hotel. In April of 1923 the new owner George Clark had a fatal accident in the rear of the hotel while hosting an ice cream social.

In the mid-20s, Fred A. Clark, brother of George, managed the hotel under the name Orange and Black Hotel, which became one of the finest sporting and gambling establishments in Central Florida. Then in 1926 Ed Crocker, the head of a syndicate that included baseball great Joe Tinker, repainted and again renamed it as The Longwood Hotel.
From 1952-1957, George Barr, a Major League Baseball National League umpire for 19 years, conducted the George Barr Umpire School at the hotel. In 1964, the hotel was used as a set for the movie, “Johnny Tiger”.

Grace Bradford purchased the building in 1972 for $85,000 and put $65,000 into major renovations and cleaning. It was in skid-row condition when Mrs. Bradford first saw it, having been used as a flophouse and junk car lot.

In 1973, George and Marian St. Laurent bought the Longwood Village Inn for $225,000.
On July 26, the Bi-Centennial Committee dedicated The Longwood Village Inn as an historical landmark. In 1978, Marian St. Laurent gave the hotel /restaurant to Cornell University in honor of her late husband. Cornell University leased the rooms as offices and restaurant to several different managers. Longwood Village Investors, Ltd. purchased the property from Cornell in 1983 and planned a program of restoration for the grand old inn.

The present owner, Homevest Properties, LLC purchased the Inn from Longwood Village Investors, LTD. Homevest completed another phase of major renovations, and the Inn has now become a successful office complex. Through hurricanes of 2004 took a toll on the old building, it stands proud once again as a testament to the preservation of Longwood’s storied history.

Duration - 3 hours
Present - Scott, Sprout, Lori, Toni, Mikey and Jerry

History of Haunting:

* While we were inside the Longwood Village Inn investigating, a man came into the lobby and told us that he had heard of the paranormal rumors. He said that in the women’s bathroom downstairs, women claimed they felt as if they were being poked with needles. He believes the spirit of George Clark is still there and out of respect, he says hello and goodbye to George whenever he is at the hotel.
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Others say it may be George who shuffles around the third floor at night, turning lights on and off, and operating the elevator without showing himself.
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At 2:30 a.m. one morning, police responded to a possible burglary at the old hotel. The first officer to arrive saw someone in a third floor window. The police set up a perimeter around the building and conducted a room-to-room search, but they found nothing. To this day, many of the Longwood veteran polices officers say the building is haunted.
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There are also numerous accounts of unexplained shadows and voices, doors opening and closing, cold spots and sightings of children.
Personal Experiences:
During our time spent at the Longwood Village Inn, we had an exceptional amount of personal experiences, such as the following:
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2:15pm-Scott got dizzy while walking up the right staircase at approximately the 9th step.
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2:15pm-Lori and Sprout smelled Urine on the second floor.
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2:43pm-On the first floor, to the right of the elevator, several of us smelled a fart like smell.
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3:20 Mikey watched the deadbolt on the backdoor move from the down position to the up position.
Evidence:
* No physical evidence was captured during this investigation.
* We had a very productive preliminary investigation at this location in the hopes of returning. However, during the visit, a tenant, who runs a psychic business there, complained quite loudly and requested that no more investigations be allowed in the building. She claimed all of the spirits were coming to her office to question why we were there. She said this made her so distracted that she couldn’t continue to see her clients for the rest of the day.