West Sound Paranormal would like to hear if you’ve had a paranormal experience here, or have any additional information about this location, please leave a comment below.
The Hotel de France was purchased by George Leger in 1853. It was reconstructed as a one-story stone structure after the 1854 fire. Twenty years later in 1874, the current two-story building was built and incorporated the former Courthouse. It has served as the social center of town for over 160 years.
The Hotel is one of the oldest continuously operating hotels in California. The basement of the Hotel Léger was the first meeting place of E Clampus Vitus. Léger bought the court building and incorporated it into his hotel. One reason was that it was made of stone and thus had survived two fires that had ravaged the town previously.
After restoration following another fire in 1874, the hotel became known as the Hotel Léger, and it has been in operation ever since. The bar, which features a stained-glass back bar with the date 1851 in it, reportedly came around Cape Horn and has been in continuous use.
The former courthouse building was also the location of the county jail, and remnants of the jail cells can still be seen in the building’s cellar.
Reported Paranormal Activity:
The hotel has the reputation of being haunted by ghosts. Guests and employees have claimed to see Léger himself as well as other people. “The ghost of George Leger, who was assassinated in the Hotel in 1879, has been seen. Other ghosts in the Hotel include the Lady in White in Room 2 and a young boy in Room 3.”
More recent, and possibly more authentic, claims of ghostly sightings describe George Leger wandering Room 7, a woman crying for her child in Room 2, a child playing by the fireplace in Room 3. A former owner of the Hotel Leger describes seeing smoke and fire in the bar area multiple times when no fire was present upon closer inspection.
Our Paranormal Investigation:
We investigated Hotel Leger back on August 26, 2009, and again on Sept 26, 2013. After two investigations we still believe there is Paranormal activity at this location.
One of our investigators turned white as a ghost just walking into the office to check in. The owners asked us to lock up as they handed us the keys to the front door on their way home for the night. We were the only three guests in the hotel for the entire night. A Paranormal Investigator’s dream come true.
During our investigation, we heard unexplained noises, watched a Pentagon appear on the wall. Heard a door slam shut. The same Investigator who turned white as a ghost just walking in felt her shoulder sink down into the mattress as if someone was sitting on the edge of the bed. That happened twice. All of us feel this place is home to spirits. We will definitely be back.
Be sure to check out the Photo Gallery below for some amazing photos. (Click on Photo to enlarge)