Hotel Josephine will be investigated on National Ghost Hunting Day. Here's how you can participate.
HOLTON — What adds to a historic hotel's charm? Ghost stories, of course.
And Holton's Hotel Josephine isn't without its fair share. The small town hotel is known for its spiritual sightings and phenomena.
The hotel will have the chance to further explore its anomalies and ghosts now that it has been selected to participate in National Ghost Hunting Day's worldwide ghost hunt.
The ghost hunt will take place Sept. 25 at participating locations. Each ghost investigation will be live-streamed worldwide.
Hotel Josephine is one of three Kansas sites selected for the ghost hunt. The Rocky Ford Bridge in Emporia and The Temple in Salina will also be investigated.
The public will have the opportunity to participate in the ghost investigation, according to Tracer Fox, co-owner and manager of Hotel Josephine.
Those interested in participating can book one of the hotel's 17 rooms for the night of Sept. 25 and select "world's largest ghost hunt" when making the reservation.
While the national ghost hunt involves an investigation into a location's paranormal activity, the event is also used to bring awareness to historic preservation, para-psychology studies and traditional techniques in evidence collection.
Fox said he applied for the event on behalf of the hotel because historic preservation is important to his family.
In 2020, the Fox family purchased the hotel, which was originally opened in 1890 by A.D. Walker and named after his daughter, Josephine.
The new owners have been renovating the hotel while keeping the building's historical elements intact.
"The Hotel Josephine is considered one of the most haunted hotels in Kansas and we just thought this would be a fun way to get involved," Fox said.
Fox said plans for the ghost hunt are still being finalized, but the investigation will be led by Holton Paranormal.
Since purchasing the hotel, Fox said, there have been several instances of paranormal activity.
"We hear footsteps all the time, we would be the only people in the hotel, and we would hear voices down the hall or we would hear door slams," Fox said.
The owners have brought in psychic mediums who ask about the woman that greets them.
"They describe this woman perfectly to Josephine Walker," Fox said.
The family has used technology meant to capture ghost activity and electromagnetic energy, which has picked up anomalies and figures.
Fox said the hotel is honored to be a participant in the ghost hunt.
"It's great for Hotel Josephine," Fox said, "but I also think it's great for Holton because not only do we get more attention but the community around us gets more attention. Their shops can thrive just as much as Hotel Josephine.
"We believe the community is stronger together."