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Hay-Adams Hotel

Hay-Adams Hotel

800 16th Street Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia,
20006 USA

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Washington, DC is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Hay-Adams. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.

The History

Centered in downtown Washington, D.C., in Lafayette Square across from the White House, The Hay-Adams is one of the city's most revered landmarks. Named for the distinguished residents who once made a home on the same site, John Hay and Henry Adams, our historic hotel is now a popular destination among visitors and Washingtonians who come here to experience luxury in the nation's capital.

John Hay served as a personal secretary to President Abraham Lincoln, and later as U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, as well as Secretary of State under both William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Henry Adams was a historian and Harvard professor, and the descendant of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Both men were accomplished writers.

In 1884, the architect Henry Hobson Richardson designed elaborate, Romanesque homes at the corner of 16th and H Streets for Hay and Adams.

The site soon became a bustling scene of intellectual activity. Together with their wives, Clara Hay and Marian Adams, as well as noted geologist Clarence King, Hay and Adams formed a close friendship. The group dubbed themselves "Five of Hearts," and even had custom china and a letterhead made to feature the moniker. For years, the homes served as Washington's leading salons, alive with stimulating discussions about literature, art, science, and politics. Famous guests such as Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, Henry James, and the sculptor August Saint-Gaudens stopped in from near and far. Hay died in 1905 and, after Clara died in 1914, ownership of the home was passed to their daughter Alice Wadsworth and her husband, Senator James Wadsworth. After Adams died in 1918, the Wadsworths purchased the property and leased it to the Brazilian Embassy.

The Haunting

The Hay-Adams Hotel is located in the cosmopolitan city of Washington DC.- home to many a politician. But it is not the ghost of a murdered politician that haunts the Hay-Adams. Surprised? No, this hotel’s resident ghost seems to be the spirit of Clover Adams, the wife of original owner Henry Adams.

It is has been reported that the spirit of Mrs. Adams, who committed suicide in 1885, wanders the fourth floor of the hotel. Although she was occasionally depressed and had just lost her father, people whispered that it may have been a murder. She seems a rather sad ghost, and not threatening.

Sounds of a woman crying softly in a room or stairwell have been heard, as well as the voice of a woman asking, "what do you want?" in a room when no one else was around. Some housekeepers even report that when alone, they have been called by their name and received a hug while cleaning the rooms! Other unexplained occurrences include the mysterious opening and closing of locked doors and clock radios turning on and off.

These incidents happen most frequently during the first two weeks of December - around the anniversary of Clover Adam’s death.

Understand This:

This property, as part of our network, has been added for they may have history, validation or folk tales of having spirited activities. Please take caution in approaching and visiting these locations, since courtesy, respect, and caution should be a top priority in every Haunted Investigator's style. Also do realize, some of these places may have permanently closed, changed ownership and/or names, or just are not available for your visits. Please respect this. We are not responsible for the accuracy of the information provided on this listing, but offer it as a first step in finding your next haunted travel destination. Please do confirm with the property before making any plans to visit. If you visit, tour or investigate this property (or any of our properties), we are not responsible or held liable for any outcomes, lack of evidence or injuries associated with your travels. This is only for entertainment purposes, and information provided is only as found in public domains (or as offered by the associated contributor (as a claimed property).

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Date added: Jun/29/2019 | Last time updated: Jan/26/2020
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