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An Americus Horror Story

The doors slowly creak closed on the service elevator inside, where two people died. The doors slowly creak closed on the service elevator inside, where two people died.
A view of downtown Americus. A view of downtown Americus.
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Do you believe in Ghosts?

Some people say there are goblins right here in South Georgia.

As soon as you step through the front doors to the old Windsor Hotel in the heart of downtown Americus, you're transported back through time.

The wood floors creak, the victorian chandeliers give soft light to the vintage furniture, and the old pictures on the walls stare back.

Several employees and visitors have come and gone since the business opened up in 1892, but guests and staff will tell you there's at least three souls that are there to stay.

Two spooky spirits- a housekeeper and her daughter's tragic death in the shaft of an eerie elevator have haunted the halls since the 1920s.

"The housekeeper and her daughter Emily Mae and Emma, they were pushed down an elevator shaft in the early 1900's by the mother's lover," said Tara, who is a Windsor Hotel employee.

Guests also claim throughout the night they can hear little Emma's footsteps running down the hall.

Then a third ghoul, Floyd the old doorman, is said to have helped guests with their luggage.

"We've had people tell us that some gentleman has helped them with their luggage and we don't have a doorman anymore."

Guests regularly tell the hotel staff about their friendly encounters with the ghosts.

"My wedding ring moved from this table to that table or my door was open and now it's shut. The list goes on and on," said Sharad Patel, Owner of Windsor Hotel.

Employees and guests say there's a lot of doubt out there about whether these stories are true. But they say after spending just one night in the haunted rooms of the third floor, you'll change your tune.

Do Americus residents believe it's haunted?

"Yes," said Welcome Center Employee Dianne Bankston. "Especially on Halloween."

"I was a bit of a skeptic until I started working here and I think you kind of just see one too many things you can't explain," said Tara.

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