The Haunted Flanders Hotel
The hotel was built in 1923 by the Ocean Front Hotel Corporation. The architect Vivian Smith designed the building in the Spanish Mission Revival style. The building was constructed using steel girders and concrete. Built in 1923, the ritzy hotel was named after the Flanders Field in Belgium made famous by the poem of Canadian Lt. Colonel John McCrae. It was OC's entry into the upper end resort trade, and the building featured speakeasies, grand halls and rooms, and a huge "catacomb" of a basement, all the better to lure some East Coast mob and celeb business from Atlantic City.The hotel was originally managed by J. Howard Slocum until 1932 when Elwood F. Kirkman took over ownership of the hotel. James M. Dwyer purchased the building in 1996. In 2009 the Flanders Hotel by a unanimous vote was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Opened in 1923, the ritzy Flanders should have expected otherworldly guests; after all, it was named for a Belgian cemetery for American soldiers killed during World War I. This renovated Spanish Mission is home to a nubile ghost named Emily. As the story goes, the auburn-tressed Emily (for whom the hotel's restaurant is named) wanders the hotel barefoot, wearing a long flowing white gown. Her identity is a mystery, although one story has it that she was an employee who took her own life and has been unable to rest ever since. Another tale has her mourning her lost love, killed in a battle during the first war. As the story goes, the auburn-tressed Emily, for whom the hotel's restaurant is named, wanders the hotel barefoot, wearing a long flowing white gown. Her identity is a mystery, although one story has it that she was an employee who took her own life and has been unable to rest ever since. Another tale has her mourning her lost love, killed in a battle during the first war.
Hotel employees report that Emily is mischievous, playing with doors and locks, unscrewing light bulbs, rearranging place settings and singing in the halls. There's even a portrait of her on the second floor, her favorite haunt, painted by artist Tony Troy following many eyewitness accounts. And Emily may not be alone. Some guests have also seen a young girl, around 5 years old, who may have drowned in the sea. She may even be Emily's daughter, on a perpetual nocturnal search for ghostly maternal comfort.
The Flanders Hotel
719 East 11th Street
Ocean City, NJ 08226
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