Belton is a city found along the I-35 corridor between Waco and Austin. With Stillhouse Hollow Lake nearby, one can enjoy city activities as well as outdoor fun. For this particular weekend, I was in town to visit Miss Hattie's Place. Multiple stories exist about Miss Hattie's......which ones are true is a guess on my part.
Reports are that the property was once a speakeasy, a brothel, and moonshine operation back in the 1920's. The "cribs" are the smaller buildings along side the house that were occupied by the ladies of the night.
My friends and I stayed the weekend in the hopes of meeting some of the spirits that are said to remain there. Among those spirits are a prostitute named Elizabeth, Miss Hattie's young son, a bouncer of the speakeasy, and another gentleman who is said to be attached to the adjacent house. While my friends and I had some experiences, we didn't have enough to determine whether or not the place is truly haunted. We had a great time and hope to return soon.
My recommendation to other teams: this place essentially has no roof. You can go up to the roof from the second floor but there is nothing separating the floors and the attic/roof is wide open in parts. I am not sure how much of risk there really is of contamination (noise) but there was some construction going on in the lot next door and, even with the line of trees in between the lots, we were seeing lights from the security guards/staff at the construction site next door. You can see and hear cars pass by too. We had some interesting EMF play with rempods and stuff so maybe we had a visitor or two.
For a nice meal with a beautiful view, Dead Fish Grill is a great option. They have a decent size menu with lots of options......the Cajun pasta was delish! They offer steaks, chicken, salads, and burgers so don't worry if you aren't a fan of seafood. We had a table with a nice view of the lake and were able to enjoy the beautiful day.
All in all our visit to Belton was a lot of fun and a nice break from our routine. I love checking out the lesser known stories of Texas and this story did not disappoint. If any spirits do reside at Miss Hattie's I can only hope that they weren't bothered by us and won't mind another visit.
Make this beautiful day count!