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The 1842 Inn has some glowing descriptions that describe its character, aura and service that is offered living people.

“The 1842 Inn is a symbol of elegance and genteel Southern hospitality which is reflected by everyone,
from the time you walk through the door until you depart.”

“Has an atmosphere straight to of Gone With the Wind.”

“Blends the amenities of a grand hotel with the ambience of a country inn.”

The 1842 Inn is a four-diamond AAA and American Bed & Breakfast Association award winner. One of the finest historic inns in the South, The 1842 Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to be a member of Historic Hotels of America.

WOW! What a glorious mansion!!! This four diamond property;The 1842 INN, is located in a lovely Greek Revival antebellum mansion and an “adjoining” Victorian Cottage, that had originally been built for guests of the Gresham family. Both structures share “a quaint courtyard and gardens.” The verandah in the front of this bigger-than-life mansion has 17 Grecian pillars; most impressive structure that makes a statement about the success and artistic tastes of John Gresham.

The inside is a great blast to the past; from “the foyer, laden with Oriental rugs and fabulous antiques, oil paintings and touches of fine crystal and always fresh flowers on the table as you walk through the door, to all of the exquisitely decorated 21 guest rooms; between the Gresham Mansion and the Victorian Cottage. Each of the rooms at the inn are named for people, places and things that are part of Macon or Georgia history.” (Victoria Forrest)

Guest rooms, the common rooms, such as the hospitality parlors, and the library are a step back in time. The furniture and decor showcase “fine English antiques and paintings, oriental carpets, tapestries and elaborate draperies.”

In the inn, the 19th century decor of the guest rooms, the common rooms like hospitality parlors, and the library are a step back in time. The furniture and decor showcase “fine English antiques and paintings, oriental carpets, tapestries and elaborate draperies.”

Some of the amenities include “meeting space, lounge, handicap accessible, fitness center (off property), non-smoking rooms only, corporate discounts available, full breakfast, coffee in parlor, hairdryers, small pets accepted, fine linens, private baths in each guest room, Plush towels and bathrobes, Complimentary Wireless Internet Access, Fresh flowers and “fine appointments.”

The following rooms are located in the original Gresham Mansion; not the Victorian Cottage.

Dogwood Room, Once called the Dogberry Wood Tree – Located on the mansion’s first floor: Four-poster, Queen-sized bed, Fireplace, whirlpool, private entrance, table/desk/data port.

John Gresham Room – Located on the second floor of the Main House: Four-poster, Queen-sized bed, Fireplace,Table/desk/data ports.

Lyman Hall – Located on the mansion’s first floor on garden porch: Four-poster, Full-sized bed, private entrance by the garden, table/desks/ data’ ports.

Macon Room – Located on the mansion’s second floor: Queen-sized bed, fireplace, 19th century English burned walnut chest, porcelain plates on the walls, table/desks and data port.

Magnolia Room – Located on the mansion’s second floor: Four-poster, King-sized bed, fireplace, Table, desk, and data ports.

Mercer Room – Located on the mansion’s second floor: Four Poster, King-sized bed, fireplace, whirlpool tub, Table/desks/data port.

Nancy Hanks Room – Located on the mansion’s first floor near garden area:Four poster, Queen-sized bed,Private entrance by the garden, table / desks and data port.

Ocmulgee – Located on the mansion’s second floor: Four-poster, queen-sized bed, courtyard view, table/desks/data ports.


Judge John Gresham was a mover and a shaker in Macon, Georgia. John was a prominent Macon leader, two-time Macon mayor and the first president of the Bibb Manufacturing Company. Judge John was appointed Judge of the Interior Court.

After the Civil War, Judge John Gresham was elected to the State Senate. Gresham was a member of the board of trustees of the University of Georgia and a member of the board of directors of the Theological Seminary at Columbia, SC. Judge John was an elder in the Presbyterian Church, and was active in public education.

Judge John wanted to build his forever home, that would showcase his wealth and status; having a WOW factor. To John Gresham, “money was with him a means for gratifying the innocent desires of his loved ones, and for the achievement of noble and beneficial purposes.”

The main portion of the 1842 Inn was built by John Gresham. Gresham married Mary E. Baxter, daughter of Thomas W. Baxter of Athens, GA on 25 May 1843. They had five children, but two sons died in infancy; Edmund (7 months) & Edward (18 months). They had three surviving children: Minnie, Thomas and LeRoy Wiley. LeRoy had some painful health issues, but wrote an extensive diary that is considered to be very valuable, LeRoy died in his teens in 1865.

John and Mary lived a full life, serving others according to their gifts and passions. Mary died in 1889, and John died two years later in 1891 at the home of his daughter, Minnie and Minnie’s husband’s home.

The house was bought by the Ben F. Adams family in 1900. The structure of the Gresham Mansion was “significantly modified and remained a private home until 1930.“ The Gresham Mansion probably needed to be updated and renovated to fit the needs of a 1900 era family. Ben’s family was made up of his second wife L. Elizabeth, his two daughters; Mary and Lula. Ben and Elizabeth’s son, Robert, was born in 1900.

After Ben died in 1911, Elizabeth developed a mental illness, perhaps due to grief of loosing her husband, and was sent to Central State Hospital, where she hung herself in 1912.

From 1930 to 1983, the Gresham Mansion was renovated to be an apartment rental property. Uh oh! Historical rental properties can go down hill structurally. Sometimes the rent money isn’t put back into the structure. This huge mansion must have always needed a boatload of money to maintain and repair.

Sure enough, in 1993, it wound up on the real estate market as a fixer upper opportunity. Two energetic people bought this frumpy yet still beautiful historic property and restored it once more as it was meant to be. It opened as an upscale bed and breakfast until 1999, when it was once again put back on the real estate market. Perhaps, funds from the bed and breakfast didn’t quite financially pan out.

In June of 1999, Mr. Edmund E. Olson and Nazario Filipponi, bought the mansion and the Victorian Cottage and changed the name to The 1842 Inn. The new owners upgraded the rooms in the Victorian Cottage for more guests to stay there. They have maintained the fountains, the gardens, the patio area, and have maintained the mansion and Victorian Cottage in a grand, historic style.

They have broadened their guest possibilities by offering perks that would attract the business class, offering meeting spaces, and have a partnership with an outside fitness center so that their guests can have this amenity. They knew the financial facts that old, expensive-to-maintain historic structures really need to be put to work, in order to maintain and even restore.

After this magnificent structure was restored during its bed and breakfast days, spirits have made themselves known. Why and who are they?



When a historic structure is restored, spirits who loved this place while alive, often become active or are drawn back to this world.

The Amstel House, VA (Members of the original family moved back into this world after it was restored.)

Geiser Grand Hotel, OR (Spirits were a bit too enthusiastic with their encouragement of the restoration workers.)

Pittock House Museum, OR (Oh joy! Someone has restored our dream home and have on display all our precious items!)

1842 Inn in Macon (Former spirits with an attachment have come back into this world after this structure was restored.)


People who adore their forever home, may continue to stick around as a spirit, wanting to make it truly a forever after-life home.

Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum, TX (Spirits are still holding their big parties)

Swenson House Museum and Event Venue, TX (The Lady of the House still enjoys her forever home.)

Temple Heights Mansion, MS (Two former female residents still share their forever home with the living.)

1842 Inn in Macon, GA (Spirit of John Gresham falls in this category. Spirit of female spirit may also fall into this category.)


Children who died from accident, or illness, sometimes like to remain in this world in a familiar structure that they felt love. Sometimes they are searching for a parent, or parent-replacement.

Waverley Plantation House, MS (Two little girl spirits resided here; one died from disease, and one died from a fall down the steep stairs. One sought her mother.)

Placerville Cuppa Coffee & More, CA (A young girl spirit died from disease or accident. She attached herself to one of the owners, a mother figure.)

Centre Hill Museum, VA (A slave child seeks love and attention from the living.)

1842 Inn in Macon (A very little female spirit may belong to folks who worked and were live-ins there from 1912 to 1930, or a family who lived in one of the apartments from 1930-1983.)


Sometimes the family spirits of spirit children decide to reside the same structure that their spirit children reside.

Saint James Hotel, NM (A lively toddler keeps the living and his spirit mother busy.)

Moss Mansion, MT (A young girl who died of disease has other spirit family members to keep her company.)

Mendocini House Bodi, CA (A Spirit of an Italian momma keeps a throng of spirit children company.)

1842 Inn in Macon (The female spirit may be connected to the child spirit. Perhaps she was the little girl’s mom. The toddler probably died during the eras when the mansion was divided into apartments. Neither the Gresham Family or the Adams Family had lost a toddler girl.)


If a person dies from unpleasant circumstances, they are left with a restlessness, and may try to escape from their bad end by trying to relive their positive memories.

Kahler Grand Hotel, MN ( The Hershey Candy Heiress was brutally killed by two mob soldiers and burned in a city incinerator. She still loves her favorite hotel though.)

Kolb Court, GA (A spirit of a Civil War soldier suffered a painful death in a battle on the land where a housing development was built.The living are so much fun to tease!)

Ludwell-Paradise House – Williamsburg, VA (The former mistress of this home died in mental hospital but now she sin the home she loved.)

1842 Inn in Macon GA (The female spirit may be Elizabeth Adams, who died in a State Mental Hospital by hanging herself.



General Paranormal Activity

Mysterious sounds are heard and ghostly apparitions have been seen throughout the stately home.

Spirit of Tall, Blonde Woman

She hasn’t interacted with the living; just shows her presence while going to her favorite rooms.

Her solid form has been seen in one of the bedrooms, in the parlor and in the Victorian Cottage; formerly the mansion’s guesthouse.

Spirit of John Gresham

Has appeared as a semi see-through apparition in places in the mansion; wearing a long dark jacket.

He sees his role to protect the living in his home.

Example: Activity in the Dogwood Room.

A female guest was nervous about staying in the Dogwood Room because there was a door to the outside in this room. She had gotten out of the shower, wrapped in a towel. When she entered the room, she saw a friendly, see-through male apparition sitting probably in a chair; wearing a long dark jacket, that could’ve been his judge’s robe or presbyterian robe.

She could tell by the look on his face that he was communicating. “Don’t worry, I am here to protect you!”

Then she felt a warm feeling around her neck and shoulders; not placed by fingers or hands.

Spirit of little Female Toddler/crawler

Her apparition is a see-through little toddler, and she appears most often on the second floor.

She could be looking for her Daddy. At her age, she may have been a “Daddy’s Girl.”

On the same evening, she appeared in two rooms.

On this evening – In one room, a gentleman saw this little one walk out of the fireplace that was being used. After looking at him briefly, she walked back into the fireplace and the fire went out.

The other room she visited was the John Gresham Room, where a husband and wife were sleeping.

This little child pulled the fingers of the man, (not the woman) until he awoke.

He saw her briefly, and tried to wake his wife, but the little spirit vanished. This little spirit did this all night, and the man was never able to wake his wife so she could confirm the sighting.


Most probably so!

Owners, staff and guests have had the personal experiences listed above.

The spirit of Judge John Gresham is still protecting guests in his forever home, a spirit of a wee child is still looking for her Daddy, and a tall, thin blonde woman is still going about her past life, doing things she has done while alive.

No one knows who this female spirit for certain. She may be Elizabeth Adams trying to find peace in remembering the years here before she had mental issues.

She may be the wee spirit girl’s mother who lived with the child when apartments were here in this structure.

She may be the former maid/housekeeper of one of the families who lived here; who really enjoyed her work experience here.

She could be the landlady of the apartments that existed here: 1930 -1983.

I couldn’t find on line any hard evidence of these hauntings, though The 1842 Inn is on Ghost Tours, and the spirits have been mentioned on the inn’s website.



353 College Street, Macon, GA 31201

The 1842 Inn is plainly seen in Macon because it sits on top of a hill on College Street.


  • The crier.net website: 1842 Inn glorifies Southern Hospitality, By Victoria Forrest, October 26th, 2000
    By Victoria Forrest, October 26th, 2000
  • Explore Georgia (.org) website: 1842 Inn, Jan 22, 2020 2:34PM
  • ghost.hauntedhouses.com
  • Presbyterians of the Past website, BIOGRAPHIES: John J. Gresham, 1812-1891, by B Waugh, 08/o4/2017
  • Macon Georgia (.com) website, Ghosts tours in Macon, GA: Here’s your 2020 spooky Guide, Happy Hunting!, The 1842 Inn (3524)
  • Gateway Macon (.org) (The Locals Guide for Things to do:Top 5 Haunted Places in Macon, Part Two – Post 303, blog
  • The 1842 Inn Website
  • Only in Your State Website, These 9 Haunted Hotels in Georgia Will Make Your Stay A Nightmare, by Amanda Northern, November 24th, 2015, Posted in GA
  • DunWoody Crier website, Article: The 1842 Inn Glories Southern Hospitality, There are times when it is not easy to recreate the past. But, the past is brought to life in Macon, Georgia at the 1842 Inn.

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