Built in 1890, the lodge peaked in the 40s and 50s, when visitors included Marilyn Monroe and President Herbert Hoover. It was notable primarily for the stream running through its main restaurant, known as the Brook Room.
According to legend, Sarah Logan, the niece of the lodge's owner, died in the building in 1892. Some say she drowned, but that can't be verified. There are also stories of a girl drowning in this pool, which also can't be verified.
The pool was visible from the bar. People have reported seeing a young girl floating in the pool through this window in the bar:
The death of a Sarah Logan was recorded in that county in 1892. A ghost hunter obtained a copy of that girl's death certificate, which lists the cause of death as "paralysis of the lungs."
In the years that followed, little Sarah's ghost was reported numerous times. She was often described as wearing a white and blue dress, walking through the lobby or playing on a balcony.
In addition to Sarah's ghost, guests of the Mermaid Room in the restaurant reported hearing voices, the clinking of glasses, and soft music.
Other visitors say they've seen the ghost of a woman walking across the brook as though there is a bridge above it. Some say it's the ghost of Sarah's mother, searching for her long-lost daughter.
In 2009, a fire destroyed part of the lodge and its owner was indicted on insurance fraud in connection with that fire.
However, don't give up hope on being able to visit this landmark someday. Plans are currently underway to reopen the lodge, although they can't legally call it the Brookdale Lodge. If plans work out, it will reopen as Brookdale Inn & Spa.
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Check out last week's post on the Lizzie Borden House. And be sure to come back next week for the final stop on my annual ghost tour: