Situated in downtown Mineola, the Beckham Hotel has been the source of spooky stories and local folklore, and home to colorful characters for over 100 years. With such a long and colorful history it’s little wonder that the hotel is home to several spirits.
Join the team on a thrilling night of ghost hunting in this beautiful old building, and sleep in the most haunted areas, or continue your investigation on your own into the night!
Book now as tickets are likely to go quickly for this one!
- Introduction to Ghost Hunting and the equipment
Ghost hunting vigils in small groups
Workshop/separate vigils for returning guests
Experiments including glass divination and table tipping etc.
Use of ghost hunting equipment including EMF Meters, K2 Meters etc
- Time to investigate on your own
- Snacks/Drinks throughout the night
- Guests can sleep in the most haunted areas! (Please bring your own sleeping bags/bedding)
Ghosts of the Beckham Hotel
There is reportedly a number of ghosts residing at the Beckham Hotel, but there are three that make themselves known time and again! The first is Elizabeth, who is reported to have died after falling down the hotel staircase. Some people have even reported her apparition, always around 3 am wearing her white flowing wedding dress with her neck clearly broken!
Another of the popular spirits here is that of a 10-year-old girl, she is often seen peering in through the windows of the restaurant. But when you go outside to acknowledge her she instantly disappears. She’s believed to be a trickster, or is she just shy? She’s also been seen looking out of the hotel windows at night.
The third ghost witnessed here is known as the gambler. He’s been reported to wander the upstairs hallway. It’s not known exactly who he is, it could either be the gentleman who committed suicide in the lobby in the 1940’s, or it could be the man killed in the 1930’s during a poker game gone wrong.
The Alley Behind the Beckham
There was a famous murder that took place here. A gentleman named J.B. Christie had his throat slashed after an altercation with Litrisse Jackson, who had owed him money for a car. Christie was known to be a hothead and is believed to have come looking for a fight. After the fight was done, Christie was left with a deep cut from ear to ear with a kitchen knife!
Jackson’s father in law also came to help him and later claimed Jackson was simply acting in self-defense. But they were black and Christie was white, so Jackson was sentenced to 7 years in prison for the murder.
It’s the ghost of J.B. Christie that’s sometimes seen wandering out of the back door of the Beckham with his neck opened up and bleeding heavily!
History of the Beckham Hotel
The building is believed to have been built back in the 1880’s, though records are scarce to confirm this, it is known that Mr. Beckham purchased the property sometime in the 1920’s. Beckham went on the make major renovations to the red-bricked building, with the biggest additions being the ballroom and coffee shop.
In 1993 the building was purchased by John DeFoore, a music teacher. DeFoore used the building to offer his service as a music teacher, using its suites as practice rooms. Several of his students went on to be successful musicians (such as Kasey Musgraves, and Miranda Lambert).
The building wasn’t kept in good condition by DeFoore and he sold the building in 2012 to Connie and Ron Meissner. The goal of the current owners is to lovingly restore the building to retain its historical ambiance, and they continue to do this to this day, making fantastic progress.