When my Sister bought the Downieville River Inn, in Downieville, CA, I had no idea the wealth of paranormal activity that was there. When I took a load of her things there, I couldn’t get her on the cell phone but I drove right up to the front door of the manager’s unit without any directions. The original farmhouse is the main residence, and it ‘broadcasts’ a signal out.
The first few weeks there, my niece, then six years old (very psychic), was being awakened in the middle of the night by lights and sounds in her room. My sister put up heavier drapes on the window, and kept a tape player going with soothing sounds. Still, in the middle of the night, her daughter would crawl into her bed, scared. At first she thought it was just her imagination, being in a new place (she had never moved before). Soon after that, my niece started talking about “things” coming into the room, and a woman, and a little girl. She said the little girl was “wet and cold” and tried to climb into her bed. She refused to sleep in there, and slept with her Mom at night.
Then the entities started coming through the “passage way” between that room and the master bedroom, now my Sister was sharing the experiences. So she called both of her Sisters (both professional Psychics) to work on the space. We asked her to not tell us too much and to let us tell her. We found a spot in room 3 (my Niece’s room) that ran straight up and down, and felt almost like a “teleportation” tube. It later turned out that the room was built over the original well, and that spot was most likely over that well … which comes into play more later on. We cleared, and closed, this unnatural doorway which turned out to be the exact spot my Niece told her Mother ‘things’ appeared. We were able to connect to at least three entities in the Inn that night.
Hot spot number one is room number one. It was the master bedroom of the original farmhouse. The locals say that the Farmer’s wife was a nag, and he was a drunk, and one night he came home to her nagging and tossed her down the well. She didn’t die right away, but he did not send for help until after she did. She’s kinda upset about that still! There is an old antique typewriter in the room, and she will type out a few letters or a partial sentence in the middle of the night. She will lay down on the bed with you and sometimes move your belongings, or the bed covers while you are still in bed! Many stories were told to my Sister in the morning check out process. This is documented, and is one of California’s Certified Haunted Inns, and is in the book, “Haunted California” which was done before our investigations.
The next ‘visitor’ you meet may actually come to see YOU. We found the entity of a young girl, named Penny, who had been drowned in the river and left there under large rocks until she washed away bit by bit in the Spring runoff. She ‘showed’ us she was killed by a ‘slow witted’ cousin who had abused and accidentally killed her, trying to keep her from screaming. She came to us very strongly when we were doing séance work at the Inn. We ‘released’ her from being stuck there, suggesting she go “into the light” only she didn’t want to. She took a liking to our Youngest Sister and went home with her. That night our Sis lay in bed and felt something like a large cat walking up the bed, assuming it was one of her two cats she snuggled down only to feel herself being ‘snuggled’ by a very cold energy. Her eyes flew open as she realized it was Penny, the next day she described it to me, and I thought about Penny all day, and said a prayer for her. That night, I felt my cat getting up on the bed, but the cold, seemingly ‘wet’ touch of the entity UNDER the covers with me, was no cat. For the next two years if anyone heard about Penny and said they wanted to experience that, she would show up at their home within three days time! That next Fall on Dia De Los Muertes we felt her growing ‘thinner’ in strength, and we again offered the light to her. We have none of us felt her since.
Those are my two favorites, there is a dark and rather mischievous entity in the basement, which likes to pull hair, the “honeymoon cottage” has the sound of lovemaking during the night, and there are others that roam between rooms on different nights, all very active during full moons. It was such a pleasure being able to investigate at leisure, and to have the day to day reports from the customers who stayed there. Not all entities there are friendly, but most are pretty harmless, if you go there, tell them Yemaya says “hello!”