Is Story Haunted ?

[Tales of the Blue Lady]


I am a skeptic: 

        As a person trained in the scientific method, I cannot take seriously any assertion that cannot be proved right or wrong. By the same token, I cannot dismiss any phenomenon or subject as being unworthy of scientific study. That is why I am in a quandary about the legend of the Story ghost.

        When I first heard of the Story ghost, I was sitting in the dining room of the Story Inn, and the only paranormal force I expected to feel was my leg being pulled from under the table. But no such thing happened. My Story story teller happened to be the previous owner of the establishment, an intelligent and affable woman who had no ax to grind with me, or anyone else. And she was being deadly serious.

        The owner described for me an encounter she had had with the Story ghost: She was standing in the kitchen of the restaurant, and felt a cold whoosh go by. She walked to the top of the stairs leading into the basement wine cellar, and saw a woman in flowing white robes at the bottom of the stairs. The apparition then vanished.

        Hers was no isolated incident. I have since spoken with several employees who have described first hand encounters with the apparition. The accounts are all very similar: glimpses of a female ghost, things appearing without explanation, and things moving inexplicably. One waitress was carrying food to a guest when the plate literally exploded in her hand. There were several witnesses to that incident.

        At any rate, the Story Inn's employees truly believe in the ghost. Much to my chagrin, in my conversations with the Inn's employees I now find myself nodding in agreement and referring to the "ghost" as if she really exists. I guess that once you've seen a ghost, you're not to be persuaded that ghosts do not exist.

        The Story Inn currently has fourteen overnight rooms or cottages, four of which are above the restaurant. For several years, the Inn has kept guest books in each of the rooms, wherein the guests may write about their stay, or record just about anything else that comes to mind.    

        I personally examined these guest books, and was flabbergasted to find numerous handwritten stories of ghost sightings, particularly in the rooms above the restaurant. These accounts were signed and dated by Inn guests over the years.  Most remarkably, I found consistent reports of ghost sightings from one guest book to the next.  When books fill up, the Inn retires them to the attic, to join a veritable treasure trove of very dusty Brown County memorabilia.  Obviously, the guests writing in subsequent books could not have been influenced by the written accounts of the apparition recorded in earlier books (that is, unless our guests have been habitually skulking through our attic in the dead of night to retrieve, read and replace the old guest books, and then returning to their rooms to plagiarize an account of this strange phenomenon).  I have no reason to doubt the credibility of these persons, and  would observe that they have no ulterior motive at work. I have provided just a few excerpts from these guest books below, all of them written before this website came into existence, and before we started supplying our overnight guests with a complementary bottle of wine.

        Many eyewitnesses believe that the ghost, known locally as the "Blue Lady" because she can supposedly be summoned by turning on a blue light in one of the rooms above the restaurant, is one of the wives of Dr. George Story.   This room's history is so remarkable that we renamed it after the "Blue Lady" in 2001.   

        Personally, I still do not believe in the Blue Lady, though I may change my mind if I someday see her for myself. However, I am convinced that this is not your typical urban legend. There are too many first hand reports from credible people. As a lawyer, I have won cases on evidence that was less compelling.

    Richard R. Hofstetter, lawyer.

News Articles, etc:

Hoosier Paranormal investigated Story on December 27, 2005, and concluded that the Story Inn is haunted by Two Ghosts, not one! 

"We [Hoosier Paranormal] had a strange feeling of being followed around the property by something unseen.  That gave us an uneasy feeling at times.  We also smelled baby powder in the Morrison Kelly room that we could not explain.  Hoosier Paranormal believes that based on our evidence, the history and volume of guest accounts and employees accounts that the Story Inn is not only haunted by the Blue Lady ghost but also has a second male spirit that is causing intelligent haunt." [Emphasis added].

Details at Story Investigation. 

"A Room with a Boo," Midwest Living Magazine, September-October, 2004.

Midwest Living visits the mysterious, and widely-believed haunted, Story Inn of rural Brown County, Ind., where cell phones suddenly stop working and the inn's reputed ghost frequents its namesake Blue Lady Room.  A "Room with a Boo." 

Indiana Ghost Trackers. Click here, for more information.

Psychic Visits Story. Click Here for more information.

Tennessee Ghost Readers.

Ghost Busters at Story. Click Here for more information.

Ghost Hunter Magazine.

A Guide to Indiana Folklore Mysteries, Spooky Trails & Ghost Towns by Wanda Lou Willis (2002).  Click here, for an excerpt.


Blue Lady Blue [from A Brown County Christmas, Vol. Two by Slats Klug and the Liar's Bench]:

I saw you, Blue Lady, when I turned on your light. Felt a breeze on my neck, smelled cherry smoke of your pipe.

Does this cold holiday bring a blue memory?
Have you something to say? Will you say it to me?

I've heard that December's when you haunt these old halls. Is it then you remember? Is it a lover who calls?

At the inn out at Story your story's made fame. Flicker the candle. . . whisper your name.

Blue Lady Blue, what happened to you?
. . . Tell me, tell me true

What can I do, just for you? Oh tell me why . . .why so blue, Lady Blue?

Your room by the garden has a sapphire glow. Begging your pardon, have you nowhere to go?

Some they do quiver when the house grows late. But I pray for the shiver and I wait and I wait.

Blue Lady Blue, what happened to you?
. . . Tell me, tell me true

What can I do, just for you?
Oh tell me why . . .why so blue, Lady Blue.

Guest Book Excerpts from the Blue Lady Room:

        "Although the day had begun quite sensibly, we knew by 10:38 p.m. that we had entered another dimension.  After a swell meal downstairs. . .we retired to (the Garden Room) to recall our youth. We had coddled and prepared all the parts of our bodies which, at our ages, require attention each and every night, and . . . turned out the blue light and snuggled under the covers. . .[Just as Carl was making advances and things were getting hot under the sheets, a blue shadow crossed the bed. Our heads whipped around, and any thoughts of romance folded.  The ghost-after glancing at herself in the large mirror-arranged her skirts and plopped on the shelf and dresser and looked us square in the face. Carl pulled the blanket up to his eyes and I sat bolt upright. The ghost began to whistle and fix her nails. After some minutes, she floated to my side of the bed (the window side) and pinched my bottom (which was still encased in a black lace thing I had bought . . .for this special night, our anniversary).  Startled by this display of familiarity from a ghost I had only just seen nine minutes before, I leaped from the bed, ran to the bathroom and into the little toilet closet. No sooner had I turned around than the door slammed back . . . I heard the ghost give a slight whoosh . . . [In the morning] there, on my side of the bed, was a blue hair ribbon and a false fingernail."

    Rosalie and Carl, Noblesville, IN October 25, 1994.


"I met the 'Blue Lady' of Story, IN.  It was Saturday night at 10:10 p.m. and I was sitting in the corner rocking chair gazing out the back door. I kept feeling like somebody was watching me.  The next thing I knew I was staring at the face of the 'Blue Lady' in the glass of the back door. Her deep piercing blue eyes were hypnotic and I felt as if I could not look away. Finally, breaking the spell, I was able to ask her who she was,. That's when I found out her name was 'Allie.' Before I could ask her any more questions, she was gone."

    Mr. and Mrs. B, St. Louis, MO, April 26, 1997.


"I know this place is haunted."

    PLM, May 23, 1997.


"My husband laughed about the legend of the 'Blue Light Ghost' and turned on the light to signal his receptiveness. Grateful for the chance of an uninterrupted night of sleep (were newlyweds), I went to bed.
In the morning, the light was still on, and John was still asleep in the rocker. I woke him to take a shower with me. As he walked by the vanity mirror, we both stared. Long scratches, claw marks really, raked the length of his back. He swears he doesn't remember how they got there. In fact, he had no recollection of last night.  [Later] he stepped on the balcony to smoke a cigarette and damn near choked when a gray tabby cat leaped from nowhere onto the rail and began rubbing all over him. It looked as though the cat knew him in an intimate way."

    John & Sara, Indianapolis, IN May 23, 1997.


"I am visiting the Story Inn for a vacation. I had not heard of the Blue Lady before I came. . . .  At six a.m., from a foggy dream, I was awakened. There were two distinct calls, calling my name. The voice was friendly, but firm. I waited a few seconds and went to the door, opened it and no one was there. I checked later with the staff to see if someone had called me. No one had."

    Barbara, Bloomington, IN June 3, 1997.


"The blue lady ghost permeates this room like the very air. You can't see it, but you know it's there."

    Joan and Carter, Franklin, IN July 31, 1997.


"Although Dee Dee refused to turn on the blue light, I'm sure (the ghost's) presence evoked the passionate love-making. . . I believe the Lady of the Blue Ghost provoked such passionate love, one which we will never forget.
We were brave enough to turn the lamp on during the day. To our surprise, we saw the ghost. [If] you stand at the end of the bed and look out, you will see it during the day."

    Hector & Dee Dee, Chicago, IL September 1, 1997.


"We were hoping for a visit from the Story ghost but, sadly, she didn't let us see her. But, before we got into bed, Digger is certain he smelled her cherry tobacco smoke. He's been a pipe smoker all his life, and has smoked cherry blend and recognized it immediately."

    Kathy & Paul, Cutler, IN December 2, 1995.


"I never saw a bluish ghost
I never hope to see one.
But, if there is a bluish ghost
I'd rather see than be one!"

    Joyce & Bill, April 13, 1997.

Is the Blue Lady real? 

On July 8, 2003 a photographer captured the unmistakable image of a human face peering out of a window above the Inn.  The only problem: the Inn was empty!



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