Story Inn Brown County Indiana
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dnrseekers
N 39° 05.916 W 086° 12.893
16S E 567890 N 4328011
Quick Description: In a former ghost town now made into a tourist destination, the Blue Lady keeps things on the ghostly side.
Location: Indiana, United States
Date Posted: 9/16/2012 11:07:27 AM
Waymark Code: WMF9TD
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Ddraig Ddu
Views: 4

Long Description:
No one knows why the Blue Lady inhabits the Story Inn. The owner of the Inn is a skeptic, but tracks the ghost and knows there are things going on that cannot be explained in normal circumstances. On the Story Inn website, Richard Hoffstetter, the Inn's owner, he tells of the Blue Lady this way:

"I am a skeptic. As a person trained in the scientific method, I cannot take seriously any assertion that cannot be proved right or wrong. By the same token, I cannot dismiss any phenomenon or subject as being unworthy of scientific study. That is why I am in a quandary about the legend of the Story ghost.

When I first purchased the Story Inn in early 1999, I personally examined the old guest books which were kept in the various rooms. I was flabbergasted to find numerous handwritten stories of ghost sightings, particularly in the rooms above the restaurant. These accounts were signed and dated by Inn guests over the years.

Most remarkably, I found consistent reports of ghost sightings from one guest book to the next. When the books fill up, the Inn retires them to the attic, to join a veritable treasure trove of very dusty Brown County memorabilia. Obviously, the guests writing in subsequent books could not have been influenced by the written accounts of the apparition recorded in earlier books (that is, unless our guests have been habitually skulking through our attic in the dead of night to retrieve, read and replace the old guest books, and then returning to their rooms to plagiarize an account of this strange phenomenon).

I have no reason to doubt the credibility of these persons, and would observe that they had no ulterior motive at work. I have provided just a few excerpts from these guest books below, all of them written before this website came into existence.

Many eyewitnesses believe that the ghost, known locally as the “Blue Lady” because she can supposedly be summoned by turning on a blue light in one of the rooms above the restaurant, is one of the wives of Dr. George Story. I found a peculiar number of reports about her written in the guest books of what was then called the “Garden Room”. This room’s history is so remarkable that we renamed it after the “Blue Lady” in 2001.
Many of the Story Inn’s employees have also had their own encounters, and believe in the ghost. Much to my chagrin, I now find myself nodding in agreement with them, and referring to the “ghost” as if she really exists. I guess that once you’ve seen a ghost, you’re not to be persuaded that they do not exist.

Personally, I still do not believe in the Blue Lady (though I may change my mind if she someday appears to me, and submits to a deposition and blood draw). I will report that in 2006, when we renovated the bathroom of the “Blue Lady” room, we found water inexplicably running as we opened the building on three consecutive days. I was the last one to leave each of the previous evenings, and I am certain that the one valve in question had been turned off each time I locked the building behind me."

(from www.storyinn.com)
Type: Ghost Stories and Local Haunts

Referenced in (list books, websites and other media):
www.storyinn.com; covered in various travel articles and local newspapers


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