Eerie Enchantment: The 'haunted' suite at La Posada de Santa Fe
October 30, 2018 10:51 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – You never know who you’ll find wandering the grounds at the La Posada de Santa Fe. Some say a certain visitor has never checked out.
Marcia Sky says the original Staab home is the resort's centerpiece. It was built by Abraham Staab in 1881 for his wife Julia. Both were German immigrants who came west to capitalize on the trading boom along the Santa Fe Trail.
During the hotel’s construction, the home was enclosed and additions were placed around the mansion.
Sky recalls, “(Julia Staab) was a very elegant hostess in her day, very warm, (even) entertaining President Rutherford B Hayes.”
Her fairytale would be cut short.
Historians say the Stabb’s youngest child died when she was only a few weeks old. Some stories report Julia turned reclusive and no one ever heard from her again.
Sky says some guests have reported seeing Julia in her former room, in the middle of the night.
“At about 3 a.m. (the guest) sensed a presence,” Sky said. “He woke up and walked from the bedroom to the suite and there low and behold was Julia standing there full body apparition solid and Julia looked at him and she dissipated into thin air.”
The hotel staff says interactions with Julia are random, but that doesn’t stop them from making sure she’s taken care of.
“We try very hard to be respectful of her even in her death we don't do psychics or anything like that. We get a lot of requests for it but we won't do it. We want her to still enjoy the home she enjoyed for so many years,” Sky said.
Created: October 30, 2018 10:51 PM
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