West Baden Springs Hotel, located in the gently rolling hills of southern Indiana welcomes guests to mingle with ghosts during its Twilight Tours throughout the summer and fall. Costumed characters bring history to life with this year’s cast featuring two new figures.
The 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking is represented by passenger Margaret (The Unsinkable Molly) Brown, and Caroline Astor. The socialite hid at West Baden’s luxury hotel during the scandal of her divorce from John Jacob Astor, who perished during the ship’s sinking.
Through October, Indiana Landmarks brings the period back to life on guided trips through the hotel where visitors meet costumed characters representing guests and famous people of the time.
Characters from the 1920s include: Col. Bliss, commander of US Army Hospital No. 35 (the Army leased the hotel as a hospital from September 1918 through April 1919); Walter Hagen, PGA winner at French Lick in 1924; Helen Keller, who attended the hotel’s grand opening; author Edna Ferber and Chicago mob boss Big Jim Colosimo.
Visitors also will meet hotel employees and entertainers, such as Mademoiselle Louise, the hotel’s resident palmist/mentalist in the early 20th century.
Tours last 75 minutes and ends before 10 p.m., leaving time for enjoying the moonlit gardens or one of the hotel’s restaurants.
Dates include, May 25, June 30, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 22 and Oct. 13.
To make required reservations and for more information, call 812-936-4034, 866-571-8687.
Photos provided by: Indiana Landmarks
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