The Harding Hotel is one of Marion’s more historic buildings, and if one believes the stories of Donna, a woman who works there and who I had the good fortune to interview in late 2010, it’s also a building with a spook or two:
When we got down to the basement, she showed me what used to be a room for dancing and drinking, especially during the Prohibition era. Part of the old bar was even still leaning against the wall. Another room she showed me was full of old pieces left over from when the hotel was renovated back in the ’90s: pieces from the cornice molding, ornate iron railing and light fixtures.
She eventually led me through to the maintenance room. “This is where I’ve had a few weird experiences. One morning when I came in here, I turned on the light and suddenly I felt something move up the back of my neck and through my hair. Not like the wind but like, I don’t know, a presence.” When I asked her how often this has happened, she responded, “All the time.”
It was when we headed up to the third floor, however, that she told me her strangest ghost story.
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