The Tale of the Female Stranger
One of the most infamous stories surrounding the Gadsby Tavern is the female stranger. The story starts when an older couple arrives in Old Town, coming from somewhere in the Caribbean. The woman was wearing a dark black dress and appeared incredibly sick.
The couple eventually checked into the City Hotel. Based on their appearance, the couple seemed to have some wealth. Although the woman came across as severely ill, she was quite beautiful.
The two checked into room 8. However, the man shoved the doorframe so hard, the number 8 on the sign turned sideways into the infinity symbol (a well-known bad omen at the time).
After checking in, the man’s behavior became increasingly unsettling. He never told any employee of the hotel his or his wife’s names. It was incredibly odd behavior, especially considering those who did learn the couple’s identity were sworn to secrecy.
Two doctors arrived to try and treat the sick wife but failed. She passed away a few weeks after checking in. Her husband organized a tombstone that contained beautiful carvings and a poem for her burial. However, even her tombstone didn’t contain her official name, only referring to her as “The Female Stranger.”
For many years after her death, there were reports of her still residing in the hotel above the tavern. However, she’s not known to be a sinister spirit.
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