ACTUAL EXPERIENCES AT THE CATFISH PLANTATION
After first buying this property, Mrs. Baker would commute to
Waxahachie to work on the Restaurant, while Mr. Baker still worked in Dallas
for a while, finishing up some projects, before the Bakers officially moved
in for good. At this time, Mrs. Baker had the only key to the place, and was
the first one there in the morning, and was the last one to lock up at
One morning, as she was unlocking the door, she smelt the aroma
of brewing coffee, and discovered, much to her surprise, that a pot of fresh
coffee awaited her, as she walked into the kitchen. (Caroline was being
hospitable to this new person, Mrs. Baker, in HER house.) About three weeks later, Mrs. Baker came in the morning to find
the restaurant's' rather large, stainless steel iced tea urn, sitting in the
middle of the kitchen floor, with all the coffee cups stacked neatly inside
it. ( Caroline perhaps was tactfully giving Mrs. Baker a hint to move the
restaurant to another site.)
Restaurant employess began to tell Mrs. Baker how coffee cups were flying through the air all by themselves across the rooms, and how a can of freeze-dried chives suddenly left the kitchen shelf it was on, and flew across the room, spewing chives all over the room as it sailed by. Food has also been known to fly out of nowhere, hitting the employees. (Caroline becomes angry and frustrated because of all the strangers in HER house, and
because her family no longer comes home for meals. She used to spend a lot of time preparing meals in the kitchen, to feed her family.)
Wine glasses are smashed at such a quick rate, that it's hard to keep enough in the restaurant. People can bring in their own wine. (Caroline doesn't approve of alcohol in HER home).
Elizabeth made her first appearance during a seance held in the dining room, led by , a local Woman with psychic talent. There
was knocking on the walls, dishes rattled in the kitchen, and the lighted candle in the middle of the table came up "like an explosion of light." Then, the kitchen door flew open with a bang, and a young woman, dressed in an old wedding gown, floated into the room. Psychics identify her as Elizabeth.
Her presence is detected by the sweet scent of roses, moving cold spots, and she actually makes appearances. This ghost likes to materialize by the bay window in the front of the restaurant, and wistfully looks out toward the direction of downtown, either standing or sitting at a table near this bay window.
She also likes to reach out to people, touching them and is known to follow customers home.
While Mrs. Baker was doing some paperwork one evening, she felt a gentle, cold sensation just on her right hand. She thought that Elizabeth was holding her right hand, for about 15 minutes.
A Dad, Mom and their baby sat down at a table near the bay window, and told the waittress that the baby's name was Alicia.While the Mom was eating her dinner, she happened to look up from her meal, and saw that the name Alicia had been written in the mist of the window. This writing was confirmed by the waittress and Mr. Baker. No one living could have done it, without being physically seen.
Elizabeth once followed a lady customer home from the restaurant, for a short visit, perhaps prompted by this lady's sympathetic thoughts for Elizabeth, felt and expressed during the lady's meal. Elizabeth appeared to her by her bed at 11:30 pm that night. This gentle ghost woke her up, and gave her a gift of an old fashioned powderbox, in the shape of a lady. After hearing a kind voice saying, "Here you are," this startled lady saw a solid apparition of a 20 yr. old woman from the waist up, between the bed and the bedside clock. The woman's face was seen quite clearly, and was serene, poised, and calm. She had gentle, "earnest" brown eyes, straight, fine, light brown hair, which she wore close to her head. She was wearing an early
1900 afternoon beige frock, that had a moderately low, round neckline, that was decorated with lace and embroidery.
The third ghost, Will, likes to mainly hang around the big front porch, though he does cause some of the cold spots in the restaurant, and maybe some of the other unexplained phenomena. Police, pulling up to the restaurant, have seen a man, dressed in overalls, standing on the front porch. When they get out of the car, and walk toward him, he vanishes right in front of them.
There are also other Psychic Phenomena that happen at the restaurant, that are general symptoms of hauntings. There are many cold spots, throughout the restaurant, that move around. Broken clocks with missing parts chime intermittently. Locked doors unlock themselves, and unlocked doors lock themselves. Lights go on and off by themselves, as do the water
faucets, and the refridgerator doors open and close at will.
A lot has been done by various parapsychologists, psychics, all for free, because the restaurant is a gold mine of information. Psychic Ruth Jones,
and parapsychologists Dwanna Paul and Carol Williams are some of the experts
that have been able to shed some light on the Baker's resident ghosts, which
has made living with them much easier.
Still Haunted?? Yes.
The Bakers have accepted the fact that their restaurant is haunted, and they
take it in stride, and make it part of their business. They now give out
leaflets in their restaurant, explaining their ghostly housemates, and
encourage their patrons to tell them of any ghostly experiences that the
patrons have in their restaurant. A sign at the entrance of the restaurant
"If you have a ghostly experience, please tell us!"
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