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1858 Garnett House Hotel Ghost Hunt | Garnett, Kansas




Are you ready to uncover the secrets that still lurk within the walls of the Garnett House Hotel? Join us in Garnett, Kansas for an intriguing night of investigation in this amazing and historic building.

are unique, structured, small events for the paranormal enthusiast. We have booked highly sought after locations across America, and are making them available to a select few. Each event is limited to only thirteen guests, giving you more time with equipment, with staff and with the venue itself to explore, discover and question.

Event Start Time: 8:30pm

Event Finish Time: 4:00am

Perhaps you’ll encounter the spirit of John Warren – a free African American nan who worked for D. W. Houston, the original builder of the home. Reportedly executed by hanging in front of the entire town in August of 1864, John Warren was accused of, and eventually confessed to, the violent rape and murder of a widow named Adaline Duren. It’s said that Warren returned to his room at the Garnett House Hotel and went to bed after he committed the horrifying act. Maybe he still has something to say? Are you brave enough to venture into the attic to find out?

Or maybe you will communicate with “The Black Widow” – a woman named Sarah Potter Phillips who allegedly poisoned her new husband, Leon Phillips, with arsenic just weeks after they were married. When Leon mysteriously started to become ill, his bride insisted he prepare a will which stated Sarah would acquire half of his wealth and property. After his death, the townspeople became suspicious and Sarah was charged with his murder. Because there were no jails in the vicinity, Sarah was housed at the Garnett House Hotel for three months, leading a relatively normal life. But one night she disappeared, and she was indicted in absentia. However, for some reason, Sarah returned to Kansas in 1862 and she was quickly arrested again for Leon’s murder. Eventually she was brought to trial, but the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict and the case ended in a mistrial. Sarah, who then became free on bail, fled the area and was never seen or heard from again.

Or was she? Maybe she is still residing in the rooms of the Garnett House Hotel, waiting to tell her side of the story. Join us and see…if you dare.

What’s Included?

Your ghost hunt at 1858 Garnett House includes the following:

  • ONLY Thirteen Guests,
  • Dinner (Pizza),
  • 1 Dedicated Team Member,
  • Ghost Hunting Vigils,
  • Lots of Free Time,
  • Ghost Hunt with experienced Ghost Hunting Team,
  • Use of our equipment which includes, trigger objects and EMF Meters,
  • Private time to explore this location and to undertake your very own private vigils,
  • Unlimited refreshments available throughout the night including: Coffee, Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Bottled Water,
  • Selection of snacks.


Location History

Built by D. W. Houston in 1858, the Garnett House was the first hotel in town. Over time, there were several additions to the original building, and it was also known as the Lighthouse Hotel because of a large, bright lantern located on the top floor that could reportedly be seen for miles. Today, the Garnett House Hotel is the sole surviving Antebellum structure in Garnett, Kansas.

During the time it served as an operating hotel, this incredible building was party to quite a bit of history. Accounts suggest that John Brown, a famous abolitionist, helped to hide escaped slaves in the attic around 1859.

In the 1870s, the Garnett House Hotel resembled stories straight out of the Old West – complete with brothels, gun fights, cowboys and settlers heading West to build a new life. Some very famous (and infamous) people are reported to have stayed here, including Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickock, Wyatt Earp, Belle Starr, Bat Masterson and even Jesse James (under one of his assumed names).

Eventually, the hotel was converted into a private residence after larger and more modern hotels were built in town. Dr. Robert Stevens and his wife, Dr. Julius-Stevens purchased the property in the early 1950s and transformed it into doctors’ offices, where they continued to treat patients until the 21st century.

There is plenty to discover about the history of the Garnett House Hotel. And some of it may be darker than you imagine. Come with us and see if you can communicate with the souls of those who may still reside within these walls and find out what secrets they may be ready to tell.

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