The Dorrington Hotel
 
3431 Highway 4
  P.O. Box 4383
  Dorrington, California 95223
  209-795-5800 / 209-795-1140

 


Brief History:

A man by the name of Barnabus Smith was given 160 acres of land in the central Sierra Mountains of California for his service in the military as part of Moore's Company, Massachusetts Militia during the War of 1812. At that time, land was often given to officers and soldiers for their military service.

Around 1850, John Gardner moved from Scotland and purchased the 160 acres of land from Barnabus Smith in order to start a sheep ranch. Because of its ice cold spring, emigrants rested there after a long journey over the Sierra's. From this, John Gardner quickly established his profitable roadside business.

In 1851 Rebecca Dorrington Gardner traveled to join her husband in California. In 1852 they built the hotel which was originally called Cold Spring Ranch, and became known as Gardner's Station. Gardner's Station served as a stage coach stop on the Big Trees Carson Valley Road. The road was operated as a toll road from 1862-1910. In 1902 a post office was established at Gardner's Station, however it requiring renaming the community. John Gardner submitted the name "Dorrington" in honor of his wife Rebecca Dorrington. So, the little town became known as Dorrington, California. Today Big Trees Carson Valley Road is scenic Highway 4 which travels over the central Sierra Mountains into Nevada.

Subsequently, the hotel was renamed Dorrington Hotel. It was used as a meeting place and a summer resort by international visitors to the Sierra Mountains coming to see the Giant Sequoia Redwoods at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

Today the Dorrington Hotel has been completely restored. It's located about 20 miles east of historic Angels Camp, California; 16 miles east of historical Murphys, California; and approximately 20 miles west of Bear Valley, California, a popular ski resort.

The Dorrington Hotel, now a bed and breakfast, is owned and operated by Marc and Dana Lanthier.

The Dorrington Hotel
3431 Highway 4
P.O. Box 4383
Dorrington, California 95223
209-795-5800 / 209-795-1140
info@dorringtonhotel.com
www.dorringtonhotel.com


Paranormal Claims:
  • A female figure seen looking out the attic window
  • Footsteps and noises from the unoccupied attic and second floor
  • Random objects being moved
  • Cold spots
  • Sensation of being watched
  • "As a couple was having an argument, one of the individuals walked out of their room on the second floor, only to have door slam behind them, though neither person did it"
  • "A female guest, after becoming very ill in the bathroom, was helped back to her bed by another woman, who's appearance was that of Rebecca Dorrington Gardner"

Oct. 24th - 26th, 2008
Investigation Team:

Jill Dodsworth   |   Kathy  &  Chuck Thurston   |   Eric  &  Nicole Jorgensen

 

Our group bought the hotel out for the weekend, which only consists of five rooms on the second floor.  This gave us open access to all of the second floor and attic, as well as control of the area.

We used two different multi-infrared-camera DVR systems to record and monitor both floors as well as the first floor lobby.

Digital Voice Recorders were placed in key locations to record all the sounds in that area, as well as those carried with the investigation team during several attempts to verbally dialog with potential spirits (aka. EVP Sessions).

Attic:




Second Floor:

Lobby:


Our Command Center  (Room #5)

 

4 Camera Swann DVR
Monitoring Attic and the downstairs lobby
PC Based 4 Camera Q-See DVR
Monitoring second floor hallways
 

First Night (Oct. 24, 2008)

Around 11 PM, with all the cameras in place, we where in the attic placing the audio recorders for the night and doing an EVP session.  We were asking the usual questions, i.e.. your name etc., as well as specific questions dealing with the history of the hotel and some of the more notable guests in its past.  Here's the EVP results from this session.

Please Note:  As with any Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP), what we hear may radically differ from what you may hear, if anything.  When hearing EVP's, no two people seem to hear the same thing.  That's part of the mystery concerning them.  When listening to EVPs, it's best to use headphones, and repeat the file several times turning up the volume as required.  Some voices are barely a whisper, while some are loud, and many have a static hiss or popping characteristic to them.

Location:  Attic Entry

File

Description

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After Chuck and Nicole say goodnight to 'Rebecca', there's a voice that seems to say "But I didn't say anything", followed by the sound of our footsteps

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Location: 
Attic Bedroom

As we were walking into the attic bedroom for an EVP session, this was recorded on the camcorder:

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Chuck: "Oh, cables"
Voice: "Get out of the way, Reb' "
Nicole: "OK"

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A side note here: We were told Rebecca Gardner had a granddaughter named Reba.

Now as we were starting the EVP Session, we captured this EVP:

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Description

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Nicole: "...at"
Voice: "Keep away from this..."
Kathy: "Late"
Chuck: "Well ya" and he giggles
Nicole: "11:05 PM"

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As the EVP Session continued, we also captured the following EVPs"

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Description

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Kathy says "And if you can tell us your name, that would be nice", followed by a male voice saying "I don't think we are dead"

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Description

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Just after Nicole gets through asking about whether John Muir had stayed in the inn, there's what sounds like a female voice saying "We may be".

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After we had concluded the formal EVP Session, Chuck went back up into the attic alone to secure an IR camera with Velcro straps.  Again he had the camcorder going and recorded these EVPs.  All the commotion you will hear in the background is him trying to loop a Velcro strap over a beam in the rafters.

File

Description

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"Hey Chuck"

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"F__king idiot"

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"Just leave it alone"

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"Quit following people"

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Chuck's comment:  "Yep, I think I looked pretty stupid at that point, fighting the strap for all that time.  So I hope the ghost got a good laugh out of it."

Early the next morning, before anyone of our team had gotten out of bed and nobody in the attic, we captured this:

File

Description

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A male voice saying "Nice camera"

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Location:  Room #5

Time was 11:38 PM.  As Chuck was finishing up for the night in Room #5, and everyone else had gone to bed, he was placing a voice recorder in the room to monitor it for the night as well.  This is the resulting EVP:

File

Description

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Chuck: "OK this is on medium sensitivity...."
Male Voice: "...you talked to anyone...yet?"
Chuck: "Leave it over here on the table" and sets down the recorder
Chuck: "You can talk to that"

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Second Day & Night (Oct. 25-26, 2008)

The next day we finished setting up the second surveillance system and moved one camera down to monitor the hotel lobby.  The only thing that appeared to be odd was the video capturing the attic door opening a few times "on its own", but that was later established to be a result of the changing draft of air in and out of the attic as the heater cycled on and off.

Location:  Attic (during the day)

Chuck was alone for much of the day, monitoring things, setting up the extra cameras and cleaning up cable runs.  He was carrying around a digital voice recorder just in case something interesting happened.  That's how the following EVP was recorded from the attic area:

File

Description

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This is a very static low quality EVP, but interesting in what we hear, which is a conversation between two individuals:
Voice 1: "Don't talk"
Voice 2: "Why?"
Voice 1: "Don't talk to him"
Voice 2: "OK, I won't"
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Description

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Among the sounds of Chuck moving around in the attic, there's this:
Voice 1:
"Don't tell him.. our name"
Voice 2:
"What's his name?"
Voice 1:
"Chuck"
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Again in the late evening we moved about the hotel placing digital voice recorders and performing EVP sessions in the hopes of capturing something.  Here's the resulting EVPs from those sessions:

Location:  Attic Bedroom

Chuck was alone up in the attic bedroom, changing out the batteries in the digital voice recorder, when the following two EVPs were captured:

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Description

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While Chuck is fighting with opening a stubborn battery package, a male voice says "Hey Chuck"
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Yep, still fighting with the battery package, and a male voice says "OK Chuck, you're a pest"
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Description

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Finally got the batteries changed out and started a new file, saying "um, If you want to let us know who you are" followed by a voice saying "It's us", then Chuck starts talking again
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Location: 
Attic Entry

Captured around 8:55 PM from the entry way into the attic, at a time when no one was in the attic:

File

Description

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"My dad is innkeeper"

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We later checked with Marc, the owner of the Hotel, and confirmed this couldn't have been his son, for two reasons  1) he didn't arrive at the hotel until much later  2) He would never refer to his father as the "Innkeeper", which is a rather old fashion and little used term these days.

Location:  Hotel Lobby

We had placed the voice recorder on the table next to the IR camera and were standing around the entryway to the room taking EMF readings when this was recorder:

File

Description

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sounds like a male voice saying "I'm watching you... asshole"

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We had a night vision camcorder going through the night in Room #2, Chuck & Kathy's room, but nothing paranormal was captured. However, we did record proof of how much Chuck snores.  ha ha

IR Camcorder monitoring Room #2 through the night


Another Interesting Item:

One very odd personal experience occurred around 3:30 AM, when Eric & Nicole heard the following event from Room #3:

  • Another bedroom door open (Room #1 they believe)
  • Sound of people stomping down the stairs
  • Sound of someone going out front door
  • Eric heard a male voice outside swearing
  • Two car doors slam one after the other, the car start up & leave

This is interesting for one very good reason - it wasn't recorded by any of the surveillance cameras or audio recording equipment at the time.  There wasn't any holes in our area coverage to allow any of this to happen without our knowledge.  It also wasn't experienced by anyone else on our team, all of whom were staying in separate rooms on the same floor.  Therefore we can only guess it to be a possible residual event that only they experienced from Room #3.

Residual events are a paranormal anomaly not yet understood, but are in effect a play back of an event which occurred at some time in the past.  These events can be visual, audio or both.


Conclusion:

From the recorded EVPs, the fact that many appear to be interactive and aware of our presence, we conclude the place to be Haunted by one, if not more, Intelligent Spirits (i.e. Ghosts).

We will happily be returning to this location in the future to try and obtain more evidence.

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