Ghosts of Old Talbott Tavern

These photos were sent by IGHS member Patti Acord, General Manager of Talbott Tavern of Bardstown, KY at

Patti said, "The Talbott Tavern was heavily damaged by fire on March 7, 1998. The inside was completely gutted by fire taking with over 200 years of history. We lost many antique furnishings, pictures, and rugs that dated back to the late 1700's."

"The Talbott Tavern has always been known for the ghostly stories told by the locals and guests. The most famous visitor is supposedly Jesse James. Another is a lady in white. They always appear a apparitions. The other stories include round balls of light (orbs moving around the room in the middle of the night, or flashes of light without any cameras."

"Other stories include movement of objects without cause, Forks on dinning tables moving without anyone touching them and keys disappearing form a desk only to reappear down the hall on the floor. Furniture has been known to start jumping up and down without any visible reason. Some have seen shadows walk out of dark corners into the light before disappearing."

"The sounds that are most heard are music, clocks chiming out the late night hour, doors opening and closing when on one else is in the building, and lots of footsteps all hours of the day. Knocking at doors with on one there when you open to see who is knocking and an old piano heard playing by itself. Voices calling out unfamiliar names and the people that heard them were not able to locate the voices."

"Even now as the construction workers are busy at work on the Talbott Tavern they complain of tools missing and showing up in unusual places. Also seeing someone behind them and then turning around to see the many figure quickly disappear."

Dave's Notes:
Patti said to disregard the red anomaly on the left side of the first photo as it appears on all of her prints. However, the ectoplasmic swirl and orbs should not be discounted simply because of we discard the red anomaly. We would all like to obtain ideal perfect photos of paranormal events without blemish, but this is not always possible.

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