The Top Haunted Attractions in Groveland, CA

The Top Haunted Attractions in Groveland, CA

If you’re looking for some spooky fun and or an adventure with a paranormal flavor this Halloween, head to Groveland, California, a quaint enclave located just outside of Yosemite National Park. With a population in 2010 of about 600 residents, Groveland is a small town by almost everyone’s standards, yet it does not lack in history, charm and wide open spaces. And if you’re a fan of mysterious and unexplained phenomenon, Groveland and the surrounding area should be on the your to-visit list. The following are the most haunted attractions in Groveland and should be essential stops in your paranormal tour of Central California.

Hotel Charlotte

A local landmark, Hotel Charlotte was built in 1921 by Charlotte DeFarrari, a 16-year-old Italian immigrant whose father was killed in a tragic mining accident shortly after the family settled in Groveland. Though Charlotte passed away in 1970, it has been reported that she never left the hotel. According to witnesses, she often roams the hotel’s halls during the night.

The hotel is a classic Old West-style building and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If you’re passing through Groveland and seeking lodgings for the night, request to stay in room No. 6, where Hotel Charlotte guests have reported a large number of ghostly sightings.

Groveland Hotel

Not content to remain only in her namesake hotel, Charlotte DeFarrari is also part of the ghost stories at the Groveland Hotel, located across the street from the Charlotte Hotel on Main Street. Legends say that, sometime in her youth, Charlotte fell in love with a man named Lyle, who worked in the gold mines that once surrounded Groveland.

Lyle was said to be an eccentric who slept with a case of dynamite in his bed. He passed away in his room, No. 15, in 1927 and apparently never left. Guests have complained that he turns the faucets on and off at night, and sometimes items left on dressers or shelves in No. 15 are mysteriously knocked onto the floor. Lyle’s ghost has been known to dim the hotel’s lights on occasion as well.

The historic Groveland Hotel dates to the mid-1800s, and “Lyle’s Room” is the hotel’s most popular.