Hauntings of French Lick Springs Hotel
The hotel is one of the most haunted hotels in Indiana, as there have been many different kinds of sightings in paranormal nature. There are a few ghosts on the premises, but two specifically are the most sighted.
The most prominent ghost is that of the hotel’s owner, Thomas Taggart. Taggart put a ton of effort into making the hotel a thriving destination for tourists to visit, and it is said that his spirit continues to uphold his high standards.
When Taggart died in 1916, strange things started happening around the hotel that many guests have seen. Guests and staff members eventually pieced together that the hauntings were from none other than Taggart himself as he continued to complete his job from beyond the grave.
Another ghost on the premises is that of a former bell-hop still lingering around the hotel. In fact, many guests have believed the bell-hop to be a current employee of the hotel until they saw very old photographs of him hanging on the walls around the hotel. When guests inquire about the bell-hop during odd hours, they are informed that no bell-hops were on duty at the time of the sighting.
How the Hauntings Manifest
Taggart is said to haunt the hotel’s various spots as if he were continuing on his job as nothing has happened. If you are brave enough to book a room on the sixth floor, Taggart is said to spend tons of time haunting this floor. Guests have heard disembodied voices, and they also smell tobacco around them, although no one is smoking anywhere near them.
Another place Taggart is said to hang out is the service elevator. Again, guests say they hear voices when no one is talking or when they are alone and smell whiffs of tobacco when no one is around smoking. The times Taggart shows up near the service elevator is during the very busy times in the hotel. Many believe he is doing quality checks to see everything is running smoothly. Guests also say that the ghost doesn’t appear to be vengeful or angry, so his presence doesn’t give off a threatening vibe.
Others have claimed they have witnessed Taggart’s spirit riding a horse down various hallways (especially on the sixth floor), and they also tend to hear sounds as if a party is happening inside the ballroom when no one is around. Usually, the noises and the sightings of Taggart do not occur at the same time, however.
As for the unnamed bell-hop, it is said he is seen in various spots of the hotel, and he appears to be carrying out his work like nothing is wrong. Guests have seen him walking as though he has something urgent he must do. There is also word that staff has witnessed phantom phone calls at the front desk—the phone rings, and no one is on the other end multiple times in a row.