By DAVID MAY
Different people over time have seen her, each describing her in the same way, or least very similarly. She is not supposed to be there yet, apparently, she is.
It does not seem her intent to scare people off, yet she has. By accounts she is friendly in her ghostly presence.
Who she is and the reason for her presence are the questions for which there are no answers, for now. It is the mystery of the haunted house on the hill, known today as Angel’s Nest Bed & Breakfast at 1105 Palo Pinto St. on Weatherford’s west end.
Former Weatherford bank president and wholesale food distributor C.D. Hartnett built the Queen Anne-style mansion in 1896. The 10,000-square-foot, four-story home has 29 rooms and is distinctive for its three-story turret. It features a wine cellar/basement and classic high ceilings throughout. Some of the rooms are separated by 10-foot-tall pocket doors, and stained glass windows cast a cascade of daytime colors on the first-floor’s dining and living areas. The house became known as “Denver” to the locals, a place invited guests could escape to in the hot summers, as its perch atop the hill made for cooling breezes throughout the massive residence.
Present-day owner Candice Dyer said she was never one to believe in ghosts, spirits, the paranormal. But that has changed, based on what she has heard and what guests have told her. Dyer was reluctant to publicize the presence of a spirit in what is both her home and business. She was worried the stories would scare off future guests and make her way of earning a living disappear.
She feared, “People are going to call me looney tunes and label the house haunted and it’s going to cost me business.”