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Lowe Hotel

Lowe Hotel paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 07/28/2019
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The historic Lowe Hotel is located in the heart of the Point Pleasant Historic District at the corner of Fourth and Main Streets.

401 Main St
Point Pleasant , WV 25550
Phone: (304) 675-2260
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 38.842801
Lon: -82.138824

Database Summary:

Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 1
Claims: 15
Evidence: 0
Resources: 9
Retrievals: 1367
Vistor Rating: 0.0
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History information is some background and history about the location. This is meant to be a basic summary. Below the history records you will find sources in which you can click on to find out more information. There may be multiple history records per location.

The historic Lowe Hotel is located in the heart of the Point Pleasant Historic District at the corner of Fourth and Main Streets. Its grand structure was built in 1901 and originally named the Spencer Hotel in honor of J.S. Spencer. Then operated by two brothers, Homer and Griff Smith, the hotel was purchased by the Lowe family in 1929 after the stock market crash and renamed the Lowe Hotel. The hotel is now owned and managed by Ruth, Rush, and Marcia Finley, who purchased the Lowe in 1990. A visit to the Lowe gives a step back in time with today's conveniences. The Finleys have been continually upgrading the building and adding their personal touch to the business. The friendly atmosphere and hospitality create a very pleasant and restful experience for the traveler.

Added by: sdonley on 08/06/2019 DB#:519


Stories are just that. Stories and personal accounts that have been reported about the location.

The mezzanine on the second floor is said to house one of the most famous of the Lowe's ghosts, a beautiful young woman seen dancing to music only she can hear. She is described as being barefoot, wearing a nightgown and having long, flowing hair. It's rumored she's the ghost of Juliette Smith, the middle child of Homer Smith, the original Lowe Hotel manager. As a young woman, Juliette loved music and dancing and fell in love with a local boy her father did not approve of, so the boy married another. Juliette never married.

Also on the second floor, reports of a young child riding a tricycle down the hallway and for some guests, they've heard the sound of laughter or the squeak of tricycle wheels. Often guests see orbs developed in their photos taken on this floor in the hallway.

The third floor is an active spot for ghost stories with guests and employees sometimes reporting hearing whistling when no one is around or report a sudden chill or sense they're not alone. The transoms over doors are often found in the opposite position than when they were left or cleaning supplies are found lying around where no employee cleaned that day. Some have theorized this could be the spirits of many people who spent part of their lives working in the hotel.

Then there are the stories of seeing a river boat captain, possibly speculated to be Cpt. Jim O'Brien who manned the Homer Smith steamboat in 1915. His picture hangs in the river suite that overlooks the Ohio River.

On the other side of the third floor, many report seeing a man with a beard and wearing 1930's clothing. Often somewhere around rooms 314 and 316, guests feel a person walks nonstop.

Then there is room 309 where guests have said to see a woman kneeling at the edge of the bed. Some have claimed to see a lump in the bed or a small child covered in bed linens. Occasionally the wind can blow in that room because the curtains change directions.

Added by: sdonley on 08/06/2019 DB#:1513

Paranormal Claims

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3124 08/06/2019 sdonley The apparition of a women has been seen dancing alone on the second floor mezzanine.
3125 08/06/2019 sdonley The apparition of a small child riding a tricycle has been see on the second floor.
3126 08/06/2019 sdonley The sound of a child laughing has been heard on the second floor.
3127 08/06/2019 sdonley The sound of a squeaky tricycle has been heard on the second floor.
3128 08/06/2019 sdonley People have taken photos of orbs in the second floor.
3129 08/06/2019 sdonley Whistling has been heard on the third floor.
3130 08/06/2019 sdonley Cold spots have been reported on the third floor.
3131 08/06/2019 sdonley Cleaning supplies have been found laying around on the third floor.
3132 08/06/2019 sdonley Transoms over the doors on the third floor have been found in opposite positions that they have been left.
3133 08/06/2019 sdonley The apparition of Cpt. Jim O'Brien has been seen.
3134 08/06/2019 sdonley The apparition of a man with a beard and wearing 1930's clothing has been reported on the third floor.
3135 08/06/2019 sdonley Phantom footsteps have been reported around room 314 and 316.
3136 08/06/2019 sdonley In room 309 guests have seen the apparition of a woman kneeling at the edge of the bed.
3137 08/06/2019 sdonley In room 309 some have claimed to see a lump or a small child covered in the bed linens.
3138 08/06/2019 sdonley Occasionally the wind will blow in room 309, enough to make the curtains move.

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Trip Advisor
Added: 08/06/2019 By: sdonley
The Lowe Hotel, Point Pleasant: See 144 traveler reviews, 126 candid photos, and great deals for The Lowe Hotel, ranked #1 of 1 hotel in Point Pleasant and rated 4 of 5 at TripAdvisor.
Added: 08/06/2019 By: sdonley
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Added: 08/06/2019 By: sdonley
7 reviews of Lowe Hotel "A very unique hotel, with lots of atmosphere. It feels like you've gone back to a different era - but everything is very clean, comfortable, and charming. Rooms are great and each one is unique. It's no cookie-cutter…
Added: 08/09/2019 By: mdonley
Recently, Jenny and I took a trip to Point Pleasant, West Virginia to not only visit the Mothman Museum, but to also look around the historic little town. We really enjoyed seeing the infamous site where the mysterious and often debated Mothman hysteria occurred.
Lowe Hotel
Added: 08/09/2019 By: mdonley
Lowe Hotel Haunted hotel in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, a focal point of MOTHMAN sightings and activity in the late 1960s. The Lowe—the biggest landmark in downtown Point Pleasant—has a number of invisible residents who like to get the attention of the living.
Historic Lowe Hotel
Added: 08/09/2019 By: mdonley
The hotel was built on land previously owned by Col. Andrew Lewis for a cost of $65,000 with an extra $10,000 used to furnish the hotel. The hotel contains much of the original furniture, in addition to some modern day furniture, and each room is decorated differently.
The Lowe Hotel, Pt. Pleasant
Added: 08/09/2019 By: mdonley
The Lowe Hotel was originally opened between 1901 and 1904 under the name of Spencer Hotel. It was owned and operated by two brothers, Homer and Griff Smith, and was named for J.S. Spencer, a friend of the brothers, financial backer for the hotel, and local lawyer/judge.
An interesting haunt: Lowe Hotel embraces its history and future
Added: 08/09/2019 By: mdonley
Editor’s note: Much of this story was originally published in 2015 and has been updated where applicable for this Halloween edition of the Point Pleasant Register.
National Historical Landmark Application (PDF)
Added: 08/09/2019 By: sdonley
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