60 West Elm St, Annandale, Minnesota
Beginning life in 1895, Thayer’s was known as a rail road hotel that offered cheap rooms and working girls that would relieve men from the cruelties of life, if only for a few minutes.
Thayer’s was one of the two hotels available in Annandale at the time. The two hotels were located across from each other on the same street; this created a constant thoroughfare of traffic. During this time the hotel was watched over and managed by 'Gus' Thayer and his wife Caroline. Gus and Caroline oversaw some rough times for the town. At times the hotel would become a respite for people to escape the drudgery of life.
In the 1890's Annandale, Minnesota was a bustling town full of travelers in desperate need for a bright future. Aside from providing a place for prostitutes to practice their trade and travelers to rest, locals would congregate in its dining room to gossip and keep an eye on new arrivals.
Today, Thayer's Bed and Breakfast has a place in the National Register of Historic Places and is watched over and lovingly restored by renowned psychic Sharon Gammell.
Thayer's ghosts are welcomed by its owner and guests. Seeing a ghost is a common occurrence at Thayer’s, so much that they offer exclusive packages for the purpose of ghost hunting...they even include a 'Haunted Honeymoon' special.
Among the ghosts that haunt Thayer’s are the ghosts of Gus and Caroline who are known to check up on the guests during the night. The working girls have also returned to Thayer’s. They are sometimes seen leaning over the distinct railings attached to the front of Thayer’s. At other times they are known to investigate a woman’s bag, scattering their clothes and belongings.
Past customers are also known to haunt Thayer’s. Guests have been startled by the sound of disembodied footsteps approaching them in a hallway. Others have seen past customers making their way to the dining room late at night.
Also included in Thayer’s repository of spirits are a collection of cats that had made Thayer's their past home. Guests have witnessed apparitions of the felines quickly darting across a hallway only to disappear into a wall.
Tragically, Sharon's husband, Warren, was killed in a car accident in 1996. Warren, too, has returned to Thayer’s to offer support for Sharon and visit the guests.
Thayer's is known as an award winning bed and breakfast, it's ghosts make it a charming and eccentric place to stay.
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I tried a number of times to reach Thayers and even drove out there. I was very disappointed to learn that it has been closed for business for quite some time now.