Haunted by a Doctor, His Wife, and His Patients: The Whitney Restaurant, Detroit
The Whitney Restaurant in Detroit is located at 4421 Woodward Avenue and is reportedly one of the most haunted places in Detroit...
It was built in 1894 as a mansion for local lumber baron David Whitney Jr., the richest man in Detroit at the time. It wasn't his choice, though, as he was a humble man and claimed he'd be happy just living in a log cabin. But it appears his wife was somewhat snobbish and insisted on a lavish home that would exhibit their wealth and show off their status.
Years later, it became a tuberculosis ward; it's said that many TB patients who died within now haunt the building, along with the spirits of Whitney & his wife who also died inside the mansion...nowadays, it's an upscale restaurant that has become very popular. And the staff doesn't pooh-pooh the haunted rumors...their cocktail lounge is even named the "Ghostbar."
A former tour guide, server & host has experienced some paranormal occurrences:
He says a collection of dolls ("grouping" he called them) completely vanished from within one of the rooms. While in an empty section of the building, he heard disembodied voices murmuring his name.
Also, the elevator has been known to travel between floors on it's own with no one inside to operate it. Apparitions - ghosts - have been seen on the upper floors; one staff member saw an older man looking out the window of the second floor. The staffer went inside and approached the man, telling him he needed to leave, as it was after hours...then man then vanished into the floor before the staffer's eyes.
Other reports include noises that sound like silverware and kitchenware being handled and/or stacked and table settings keep getting moved around by some unseen presence.
Again, the address is 4421 Woodward Avenue in case you have a mind to visit for dinner - or if your curiosity gets the better of you.
For an extensive history of the Whitney, check out info on their webpage.
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