If I were to ask you about the most haunted place in Arkansas, you’ll probably say the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. And while the legend of this infamous hotel runs deep in the paranormal world, there’s another allegedly haunted B&B in Arkansas that is worthy of a look. Are you brave enough to spend the night at this rumored haunted bed and breakfast?
Welcome to the Hornibrook Mansion Empress of Little Rock, a gorgeous Victorian mansion built in 1888.
Tucked on the corner of West 22nd and South Louisiana Street, this beautiful four-diamond bed and breakfast was named the fourth most romantic B&B in the country.
And of course, you can see why from the spectacular Gothic Queen Ann Victorian architecture. If you think the outside is stunning, the inside will leave you breathless.
The rooms are meticulously decorated with the finest Victorian-style furniture, and the attention to detail is astounding.
Initially, this gorgeous B&B was the residence of James H. Hornibrook, a well-established businessman in Little Rock.
Unfortunately, he passed away at the young age of 49 shortly after the mansion was completed.
Over the years, the residence became a women’s college then a nursing home, as well as a rental property.
Today, this four-diamond mansion is one of the most romantic B&Bs in the country, and with its exquisite and elegant ambiance, it’s no wonder that many people flock to it.
Of course, no mansion built over a hundred years ago is without local folklore. And there is no shortage of them between the walls of the Empress.
It is rumored that guests have experienced paranormal activities inside the mansion. And according to the previous owner, Sharon Welch Blair, the mansion was built with a lot of “love and revenge.”
And with that much passion tied to a space, chances are there will be strong spirits tied to it as well.
In an interview, Blair described one event where a guest reported hearing footsteps coming towards the room. Then something jiggled the door handle, opened the door but no one was in the doorway.
Other legends have described seeing apparitions in the hallways, the ghost of an African American maid as well as a well-dressed man. Could that be Mr. Hornibrook? Nobody really knows.
These tales are just part of the history and charm of this gorgeous Victorian mansion.
And whether you believe in the paranormal or not, it’s a beautiful B&B to spend the night when you’re in Little Rock.
So, are you brave enough to spend the night at this allegedly haunted B&B in Arkansas? If so, visit the website of this four-diamond bed and breakfast to start planning today.
And don’t forget to read our previous article about this gorgeous castle that looks like something from Hogwarts .
Address: The Empress of Little Rock, 2120 S Louisiana St, Little Rock, AR 72206, USA