Recently I made a trip to Arkansas to visit one of my brothers and my 5-year old niece. A few years ago he moved to Fayetteville which now gives me an excuse to spend some time checking out the state's paranormal history (as if I need an excuse). Yeah, I've heard about the historic hotels like The Arlington in Hot Springs and The Crescent in Eureka Springs. I stayed at The Arlington for a few days several years ago and found the hotel enchanting. Those are well known among paranormal enthusiasts and researchers but I am also interested in finding the unknown places on roads less traveled that also have interesting histories. So my search begins in Fayetteville......
Fayetteville is the third largest city in Arkansas with just over 80,000 residents. It is a good 350 miles from DFW so we made a weekend of it. It is just too far to make it an overnight and still have time to check out paranormal hotspots. The city itself is quite pretty and offers a great environment for those who like to spend time outdoors.
Inn at Carnall Hall
Inn at Carnall Hall
One place I read about is the Inn at Carnal Hall. It was built as part of the University of Arkansas campus serving as a women's dorm beginning in 1905. It later became a fraternity house, then was the location of university offices and classrooms, and ultimately opened as the Inn at Carnall Hall in 2003. The story behind the alleged haunting is that a professor by the name of Ella Carnall died of typhoid and she is believed to be the apparition that is seen in the hallways.
The hotel has 50-ish rooms so investigating it would be difficult since it would have many other guests there on any given day. I did stop by and visit the place though and hope to make a trip out with the team sometime in the future.
Next on my run through town was the Confederate Cemetery and Walker Family Cemetery next to it. The Confederate Cemetery contains the remains of those who perished at the Battle of Pea Ridge and the Battle of Prairie Grove. There were many graves that had no name or date so my best guess is that they are unknowns. The cemetery is not in a great part of town and it was not as full as I anticipated it to be considering the remains were moved there from another location. Feelings about the Confederacy aside, it is a beautiful and peaceful place. I heard stories about ghoulish sounds emanating from the cemetery but it is on a street that I observed to have reasonable traffic, and there are residences all around. It would be hard to get a good investigation going with so many sources of contamination around it.
The Walker Family Cemetery
Across the street from the Confederate Cemetery is the Walker Family Cemetery. David Walker and his family are one of the community's founding families after moving into the area in 1830. Mr. Walker was a successful attorney as well as a farmer. He served as a prosecutor, state senator, and Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, and his family are credited with influencing the development of the community. His wife, Jane Washington Walker, was a descendant of George Washington and is also buried there along with several other family members.
I am told that the wooded area behind the Walker Family Cemetery is a source of ghostly sounds and apparitions, one story being of a bride that died tragically on her wedding day. Why she is in the woods is anyone's guess but, after seeing the area, I imagine it is dark and rather spooky at night.
More Road Trips to Come
I had a great time visiting Fayetteville. First I got to see my brother and adorable niece, and I was able to check out some potential places for team. We love a good road trip! I included links to my information sources and I hope you enjoy my photos. There's a bunch of other places around the state so it will take more road trips to check them all out. Hopefully I'll have more to tell you about soon!
April is already have over so don't waste time.....make this beautiful day count!