The Ghosts of the Fort Conde Inn
Eventually, even the prostitutes and drug dealers abandoned the corner of Mobile and just let it fall to ruin. But thankfully, it was purchased and re purposed and is now an Inn with cabins and a venue for weddings. The cobblestone streets and gas streetlights give the entire area a feeling of other worldliness. Ghost stories abound on these cobblestone streets and everyone tells them a bit differently. The internet speaks of clawing and disembodied voices, but those that work there say that they can't imagine any bad spirits in the Fort Conde Inn. One employee spoke of an old civil war soldier who liked to sit on the front porch of one of the old houses and watch the Inn. She spoke of the ghost of a prostitute who could be seen through one of the windows. The ghost tour guide didn't say much about specific ghosts but said that bad things must have happened in the old red light district. She said ghost stories where prolific, but was oddly reluctant to tell them, perhaps because I was staying there.
I didn't see any ghosts while I was there. I enjoyed a brilliant breakfast and pet the cats that wandered in and out of the courtyard. I sat on the porch at night and listened to the eerie silence in such a busy downtown area, but I didn't see anything creepy. I hope the ghost stories are true, however, because The Fort Conde Inn feels so haunting it should be haunted.