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Ghosts at Shawnee Inn? Paranormal experts checking it out


Pike & Monroe Life
As published in the Pocono Record

February 08, 2013—An eerie sound, a strange sighting, a cold chill are things guests and employees at Shawnee Inn have experienced over the years with no reasonable explanation.

A few comments from past guests have suggested the hotel is haunted, and now they'll find out if that is true.

"I don't know if anything is going on. I've been here by myself a lot and haven't seen anything out of the ordinary, but we've had guests who've sent us pictures with orbs," said Rob Howell, general manager of Shawnee Inn. "We're over 100 years old, so there might be something rattling around in these hallways. We've had some night employees say walking through the ballroom and coming back through they see a candle that wasn't lit when they walked through the first time."

Core Phenomena Research, headed by John Hotchkiss of Saylorsburg, will be doing an investigation of Shawnee Inn and Fort Depuy, right down the road. They will start their investigation in a few weeks.

"In early January, Jeromy at Shawnee Inn contacted us to find out if we'd be interested. We are truly honored to be the chosen team for Shawnee Inn," said Hotchkiss. "It's bringing exposure to the paranormal field during the off season."

Jeromy Wo, public relations for Shawnee Inn, said he has read many guest comment cards talking about possible paranormal events. He said having the investigation will make it possible to let guests know what's going on.

"Sometimes we get guest comment cards asking why we didn't tell them the place was haunted," said Wo. "More than anything, it's taking the time to make sure to let our guests know what's happening. If they (Core Phenomena Research) encounter anything, we plan on having an overnight program developed in November for our guests so they can walk through what was done."

Hotchkiss and his team of seven investigators will set up overnight at the hotel and look for any signs of paranormal activity.

"For the investigation, we will use meters in the beginning to see if there are any temperature drops. We'll set up a night cam system," said Hotchkiss. "We're going to start our investigation in the Worthington Ballroom and River Room bar. It is said there have been sightings of a woman walking late at night in the River Room bar, and there are reports of hearing voices and screams."

The investigation is not a one-two-three kind of event. It takes a lot of time to gather any and all evidence and go through it all to determine if anything out of the ordinary is happening.

"We have a lot of work to do. I'm devoting the entire summer to this. I'll be there once or twice a month overnight because it's easier for an entity to manifest when it's darker. Quiet and dark you'll notice more," Hotchkiss said. "We'll do a review of data after. That takes weeks to go through all the audio, pictures and video."

This isn't Core Phenomena Research's first hotel investigation. They have also investigated Skytop, Frogtown Inn and the Sherman Theater.

"I'm confident we will find something," said Hotchkiss. "I want to get more light shed on this as a more serious science. It's not accepted as a mainstream science, because they can't prove it."

The investigation starts in mid-February and will continue through the summer months.


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List of Accolades

The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort would like to thank the all of the organizations that have recognized our efforts towards excellence. We are a proud member of the community and look forward to working together to continue providing outstanding service.


Trip Advisor for Business: Certificate of Excellence

Certificate of Excellence


Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations -National General Manager of the Year, Rob Howell


Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations Chef’s Palate Award for “Best Use of Local and Organic Ingredients”-Chef "G"
Award of Excellence “Most Creative Booth” from the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Expo 2010
Save Our Planet Award, The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association-Rob Howell, General Manager of the Year
Community Service Award, The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau-Jeromy Wo, Public Relations Coordinator, Brand Hero
American Legion Auxiliary-Certificate of Appreciation



The Pocono Business Journals Green List
The Monroe County Historical Associations Historical Preservation Award
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau's Outstanding Tourism Employee - Will Stryeski
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau's Green Award - The Shawnee Inn and Gold Resort
Voted Best Place to Work by Happenings Magazine
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Save Our Planet Award
The Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association's General Manager of the Year Nomination - Rob Howell


Voted Best Place to Work by Happenings Magazine
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerces Save Our Planet Award
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureaus Outstanding Tourism Employee Rob Howell, General Manager
Outstanding Women in Business Monica Startari, Director of Marketing
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerces Chairman of Business Award Charlie Kirkwood, Owner
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations General Manager of the Year Nomination Rob Howell, General Manager


The National Recreation Area of the Delaware Water Gaps Conservation Award
The American Cancer Societys Certificate of Appreciation for being First Property in the Pocono Mountains to go Smoke-Free
Bizzy Awards Best Overall Business