Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hauntings: Moss Beach Distillery


Moss Beach Distillery (California)

The Moss Beach Distillery (Moss Beach, CA) first opened in 1927 as "Frank's Place"      a speakeasy frequented by movie stars, politicians, and gangsters.
 

Although the property has changed hands many times, the ghostly presence of the “Lady in Blue”persists.  Legend has it that in the 1930s, a beautiful, local housewife who loved to wear blue dresses had an affair with a piano player and often met him on a nearby beach.  Later, she was murdered on the beach, and her spirit has been glimpsed wandering the beach and the cliffs above, some say still searching for her lover.

The Lady in Blue also appears in the Distillery (now a restaurant). She's a melancholy and gentle spirit, more given to playing tricks than scaring people. Some of her more playful acts have been:

~  In the mid 80s, the Distillery’s wine storage was in a room with one door and no windows. One night, a waiter looking for wine couldn’t push the door open. After calling others to help, their combined weight managed to get the door far enough for one man to slip through the gap. He found all the wine crates in the room had been stacked up against the door. But no one could have done it and then gotten out through the door—the only exit.
~  The Lady is fond of locking and unlocking doors, turning on faucets and showers, and moving furniture around in the middle of the night. After hours, her footsteps were so often heard walking around the dining room that the owners finally carpeted the floor.
~  Children have reportedly been warned away from the edges of cliffs by a lady dressed in blue.
~  The oddest incident happened when the restaurant’s computer system began showing all dates as 1927 no matter how many times the software was re-booted or the date was changed manually. It was 1927 when the business first opened as "Frank's Place."





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37 comments:

D.G. Hudson said...

Very interesting, and a little creepy. Lady in blue is a little different, isn't she usually in white?

Leslie S. Rose said...

ROAD TRIP! I sooooo want to go see this one.

Lynda Dietz said...

I love the resetting of dates to 1927. That would creep me out more than sighting the ghosts.

Sophie Duncan said...

She sounds like a helpful ghost, keeping children away from the cliffs, but stacking the wine up like that she must have wanted some attention.
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Medeia Sharif said...

Just looking at that date and place, I imagine a lot went on.

Eerie stuff.

Linda King said...

I love a good ghost story! Great post :-)

Vikki T said...

OOOOOOOO! I LOVE your theme :)

Good luck with the rest of the challenge honey xx

D Biswas said...

Wow. And still people say they don't believe in ghosts.

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JeffO said...

Bizarre stuff. I bet you had fun researching this A-Z challenge!

Rhonda Albom said...

Talk about a small world, I used to live walking distance from the Moss Beach Distillery (from 1997 to 2003 when we moved to NZ). The stories you wrote are all true (or legend), but at some point when we were there some marketing guy thought there should be more hauntings so he computer generated the lady in blue to appear in the ladies room on a much more frequent basis hoping more people would hear about the haunting and visit. It failed as the local newspaper reported it, locals complained (and probably the lady in blue didn't like it very much) so he took it all out.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

The lady in blue may have been a weight lifter in life.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The wine storage story is very creepy.

Nana Prah said...

Not that I like ghosts, but she she sounds like a nice one, warning the children from the edge of the cliffs like that.

TBM said...

how delightfully creepy! The computer bit is quite intriguing.

Al Diaz said...

Nice ghost that looks for children's safety. Totally different from madam LaLaurie. Still I wouldn't like to hear ghostly steps after hours. Interrupted sleep gets me really grumpy.

Mere Joyce said...

I really love that bit about the computer. That's actually rather neat!

Julie Flanders said...

Oh the story about the computer dates is the best! Love it.

Jennifer Hawes said...

Made me shiver!.Sounds like a great premise for a mystery novel!

Stephen Hayes said...

So many unexplained happenings keep life interesting.

RAJIV SANKARAPILLAI said...

Scary !

Robin said...

I like this one a lot. The computer system story... so cool. I want to go there now.

DMS said...

This place does have a lot of mystery to it! The computer dates and the wine barrels! What a great setting for a book or movie. :)
~Jess

Ava Quinn said...

Ooooh, I love this one!

messymimi said...

Considering all that went on in those Prohibition years, i'm not surprised there's some places where the violence left its mark.

Steven said...

The wine storage story reminds me of stories of an old-school blacksmith shop at an historic park by my house. The door was locked from the inside and all the windows were shuttered. Crazy!

Crystal Collier said...

Interesting. It makes you wonder how she lost her life and why she chose to stick around. I'm guessing she went over the cliff or grown in a vat.

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cleemckenzie said...

The Distillery isn't too far from where I live. I've never seen the Lady in Blue on that beach, but from now on I'm keeping my eyeballs peeled!

Kate Larkindale said...

Freaky.... But how could a ghost from 1927 know how to use a computer???

PlanetKimberly said...

I love the stories on your blog! I'm glad to have read about the distillery because I'm from CA and I've never heard of it before.

Tammy Theriault said...

I love a good ghost story and the picture is even creepy!!

Magaly Guerrero said...

The "1927 computer accident" is quite intriguing. I love it when the spooky catches up with the technological. ;-)

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

Its is interesting that the ghost is dressed in blue as I always thought they were mostly in white, but that could just be hollywood too. I was just a few miles from this place a few years ago. I find the story about the wine up against the door to be quite interesting as well.

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Winter Moon said...

Deliciously creepy!
I think I may have missed a few of your posts so I'm going to backtrack.
Looking forward to the next one :)

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Mischievous ghosts are so much fun, much nicer than evil ghosts. I like this one.

ninidee said...

I love hearing about hauntings. Ghost hunters should pay this location a visit.

Kim Graff said...

Sounds like the ghost really wanted to kill that poor waiter.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lexa - fascinating to read and to see Rhonda's comments here and at your A-Z theme follow-up this week ..

Cheers Hilary

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