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It's been called “the grandest bon–bon of them all,” but Ann Starrett simply called this glorious Queen Ann mansion home. Sublimely situated on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound, the Ann Starrett Mansion was built by wealthy contractor George E. Starrett in 1899 for his bride, Ann. Not only was the house built in Queen Anne style, but George was so besotted with his new wife that he hired a New York artist George Chapman to create a solar calendar for the rare, eight–sided dome tower, using Ann's likeness for each of the Four Seasons and Four Virtues depicted there. Ruby–colored glass was installed in each of the tower's small dormer windows. Now, when the sun shines on the first day of each season, a ruby red light shines toward the angelic maiden that represents that season, recalling George's passion for Ann, the woman he loved.

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744 Clay Street
Port Townsend, Washington, 98368

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HISTORY: IN 1893, a very successful contractor, George Starrett found the love of his life, Ann, fell deeply in love with her, and was inspired to build a glorious Queen Ann Mansion for his own beloved queen Ann, in 1899! No expense was spared, as he built this mansion as a monument, expressing his love for her, that is made evident in a very special way. The crowning tribute to Ann can be seen through the decor of the mansion's unique, eight-sided dome tower! George Starrett hired the very creative New York artist George Chapman to design and implement a solar calendar for this inside space, using "Ann's likeness" to depict "The Four Seasons," and "Four Virtues," in this solar calendar. George Chapman created "Frescoes of angelic maidens painted in Ann's image," to represent each of the four seasons and the virtues. George Chapman also "installed Ruby–colored glass in each of the tower's small dormer windows. When the sunlight shines through the ruby red glass, on the first day of each of the four seasons, a ruby red light shines directly on George Starrett's image of his angelic beloved, Ann, that so beautifully represents each season, "recalling George's passion for Ann, the woman he loved." George Starrett spent 6,000 dollars in building this much adored mansion; quite a chunk of change in 1899! George and Ann Starrett fully enjoyed their beautiful new mansion, and lived there all their lives. Their one son, Edward Morris Starrett (1894-1981), and his no-nonsense nanny also lived there. Throughout the years, descendants lived at this family home, until it was decided to put the mansion on the real estate market. A motivated couple, Bob and Edil Sokol bought this grand old Queen Anne home, and with a boatload of investment money turned the mansion into an upscale, 1889 Victorian boutique bed and breakfast hotel, "The Ann Starrett Mansion," adding bathrooms and fireplaces that came from homes of the same era. With the help of area Starrett family member, they even restored the original type of wall paper. Moving onto the Carriage House, they added bedrooms there for their guests as well. They also bought the home across the street and expanded their establishment, adding hot tubs to the rooms offered there. Around 2005, Bob and Edil Sokol temporarily closed their bed and breakfast. When they reopened, they had stopped serving breakfast, but still ran the Ann Starrett Mansion as a boutique hotel. At some point, they needed to retire, so they put their property on the market, while hiring two people to be the day and night Innkeeper to continue on with the hotel business. Today, as of 2013, this magnificent home is still for sale, waiting for just the right owner to buy this property. It is being sold as a family residential home, not a commercial property, probably without the antiques as they are the personal property of the Sokol family. What a family home this glorious 4 story mansion would be. Perhaps it could also be reopened as a commercial property of some sort, depending on the imagination and determination of the future new owners. Historic mansions have been transformed into art galleries, a rental space for events, restaurants, hotels and bed and breakfast establishments, while allowing the owners to live upstairs, depending on local zoning laws. HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS: People who truly loved their home while alive, like to visit and stay in the structure in their afterlife. ( Loveland Castle * Kelton House * William Kehoe House * LeDuc Mansion * Frick Mansion * Ernest Hemingway House * Belmont Mansion ) The entities of George and Ann Starrett and /or perhaps their descendants or others who lived here love to visit their former mansion, reliving all their great memories in their home. People who really loved their job, and received a lot of fulfillment from their duties, often don't want to let the fact that they are dead and in spirit form stop them from continuing on, by helping the living, or reliving their work responsibilities; becoming an unseen staff member to the living owners, willing to volunteer their services – or opinions – to the living! ( Little White House * Brumder Mansion * John Hunt Morgan House Museum * Liberty Hall * The Stanley Hotel ) Female entity of the Starrett's Nanny - Is still on the payroll it seems! While alive, she took pride in helping to raise young Edward, making things as positive as possible, perhaps not afraid to confront negative thinking, snarky comments, bringing her values into her work. She probably was a staunch defender of Mr. and Mrs. Starrett, and was a loyal, appreciated servant. MANIFESTATIONS: Female Entity with red hair - Thought perhaps to be Ann Starrett herself or another female descendant, as the Starrett family lived here for many years and several generations. This female entity is described as having red hair, and being a very peaceful, welcoming spirit who likes to just enjoy the mansion, perhaps acting like a hostess to the living, wanting all to be warm and cozy, and welcomed. The living have felt a welcoming, warm aura and feeling when entering the mansion, and throughout the structure. Her female form has been seen by guests and staff. Probably, she quietly floats around the home, as well as perhaps stopping to admire the solar calendar, a testimony to love. One of the Ann Starrett Mansion's two Innkeepers was outside of the mansion, walking toward the locked up, an empty mansion, or so she thought. Looking up, she suddenly, she saw a red-haired woman, from the waist up, standing on the free-standing stairway, admiring the solar calendar. Interestingly, the Innkeeper saw only 1/2 of a person, though the windows on the stairs would've shown any real person head to toe, as the windows are full length windows. Of course, when the concerned Innkeeper rushed inside, no one living was seen there; though an unseen presence may well of been. Male Entity - Thought to be George Starrett - It is commonly thought that in eternity, George and Ann are together most of the time. If she is visiting, he may come with her. Or it could be someone else who loved the mansion too. Not much is reported about him, just that a male presence is sensed, and that he enjoys visiting his home with his beloved. He seems to be at peace, and a very mellow person in spirit form. Female entity of the Nanny - Deemed to be the "Most interactive spirit." She is the only spirit that interacts with the staff and guests, especially in her old bedroom on the second floor. Described as an older, austere, dignified, but well-mannered woman with some gray hair. In her old bedroom, a built-in armoire with a gilded mirror, has shown a partial reflection of this Nanny, to both staff and guests who stay there. Staff working late-nights have seen a shadow of a female form in a Victorian attire glide up the stairs to the second floor. The Nanny still loves her job, continuing on in her old duties: She turns lights off when the living leave the lights on after leaving the room. She still likes to stay in her old bedroom. She watches the late-night staff as they work. The Nanny also has assigned herself some duties in the era as well. She keeps a close eye on visitors and guests, as they are strangers to her; not family descendants. It is thought that it is she who lets visitors know that she is present in the grand parlor by gently tinkling the fine crystal on display, though it could also be any of the others as well. She has created an "atmosphere of displeasure," when the living break the "house rules." She sometimes causes physical events that the living can experience. Folks who are not neat, and stay in her old room, may feel this displeasure, or experience other physical occurrences to get their attention to reform! Pictures have been lifted off their posts, so that they fall to the ground. She has thumped some visitors on the head for negative verbal offenses, such as: Criticism of the bed and breakfast, or the owners or Innkeeper; It is best not to whine while still inside the mansion about anything concerning the accommodations, the service or anything else. Criticism of The Starrett family, or of the city of Port Townsend has also earned a thump as well. Perhaps, the Nanny may take a dim view on occasion of unmarried people sleeping together! Or Perhaps the Starretts do as well. However, the Starretts when they visit seem to leave the living alone, and just enjoy their house and each other. One lucky, unmarried couple of a man and a woman, spending the night in the master bedroom, in the off-season, and nearly got the full sports package. Upon entering the Ann Starrett Mansion, the young woman, perhaps a sensitive, sensed the observation of an unseen presence. This could've been any of the spirits, but she felt some disapproval as well, which would point to the Nanny. When they were discussing where to go that evening in their room, the lights mysteriously flickered, which could've been faulty wiring, or some other entity perhaps saying, "Hello!" Perhaps, someone was letting them know that they had unseen company; a chaperon of sorts! Despite the fact that the windows were still sealed, and closed tight, and the heat had not yet been turned on for the cooler seasons, the young couple both felt chills and goose bumps whenever they went near the fainting couch. There was a Bible that was sitting on the table by the fainting couch in the room, opened. Suddenly, a page turned by itself. No drafts or wind was felt in the room, as it was still. During the night, the young man experienced "an eerie cold chill." The canopy curtain began to shake violently for a moment. He loved the experiences, calling them, "experiences of a lifetime," and hoped to return again. PARANORMAL FINDINGS: While there have been many personal experiences reported and shared, no hard evidence from any investigation has been shared either publicly or on-line. It may be that no one has been allowed in for an investigation because they didn't want to upset the spirits. A private investigation may have taken place though when the new owners first discovered that they had unseen visitors and a live-in helper in spirit form. The Ann Starrett Mansion made it into Jeff Dwyer's book, Ghost Hunter's Guide to Seattle and Puget Sound, as a place with these spirits as residents/visitors. STILL HAUNTED? Perhaps so. While there is no hard evidence that has been recorded and shared with the public, there have been a lot of personal experiences reported, ever since Bob and Edil Sokol, the first owners who were outside the family descendants, bought the property until the present time.

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Why take a tour when you can stay the night and your very own haunted hotel. Are you brave enough to try? Here are what one guest who recently stayed at the Ann Starrett Mansion said. "My boyfriend and I stayed at the Ann Starrett Mansion last December for New Years. I have never been so scared in my life. We stayed in the Master's Suite on the second floor of the mansion. The first night that we stayed there we went to bed around midnight. I had an uneasy felling about the place so I left the lamp on the bedside table on all night. At 3:15 I woke up completely drenched in sweat. There was no heat on in the room and my boyfriend was a normal temperature. I am not prone to sweating a lot so this was very odd to me. I could not fall back asleep until about 7am. The next evening, New Year's Eve, I had the brilliant plan to drink more champagne than normal so I would go right to sleep and not wake up in the middle of the night. We went to bed arould 1am and again, at 3:15 I awoke drenched in sweat. I was up for about 2 hours listening to the wind and noises in the house when suddenly the armoire across the room from the bed began to shake and rattle violently. I screamed and my boyfriend woke up just in time to witness the armoire door opening on its own. The armoire door had a handle and was not the type of door that could just swing open. It had to be "opened". Needless to say I had another sleepless night. It is a beautiful mansion but I would never stay there again."

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When you arrive in Port Townsend, take the following route: From the Port Townsend ferry dock: 1. Take a RIGHT on Water Street. 2. Take a LEFT on Monroe Street. 3. Take a LEFT on Clay Street. Go up three blocks. 4. Ann Starrett Mansion will be on your right on the corner of Clay and Adams. From the Hwy 20/Sims Way: 1. Take a LEFT on Kearny Street. 2. Take a RIGHT on Lawrence Street. 3. Take a RIGHT on Adams Street. 4. Ann Starrett Mansion will be on your left on the corner of Clay and Adams.



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