Julia Staab and La Posada
Born in 1844, Julia was the wife of Abraham Staab, an affluent Santa Fe businessman, who built the three-story brick mansion in the 1880s. Julia loved her magnificent home, and enjoyed giving splendid parties in the third-floor ball room to show off her house. President Rutherford Hayes often stayed at the mansion when he was in the area.
The Staabs had seven children, and by all accounts, they were a happy family. In 1883, Julia gave birth to an eighth child, Named Henriette, who died two days shortly after she was born. There is some speculation that the child’s father was in some way responsible for his death.
After the death of her baby, Julia is said to have lost her mind. She stopped eating and sleeping, and her hair was said to turn completely white in very short period of time (some reports say overnight).
By the mid-1890s, Julia never left her room. Her husband, Abraham, had allegedly begun to see another woman. Julia passed away in 1896, only 52 years of age. There was speculation that Abraham murdered her “so he could resume his powerful position and social standing in the community.”
The third floor of the mansion burned a few decades later, and Abraham passed away in 1913.
R.H. and Eulalia Nason bought the mansion in the 1930s, built a few “Pueblo Revival-style adobe casitas on the property,” and turned the place into an inn.
Since the 1930s, many visitors, including famous writers and artists, have stayed at La Posada, often reporting seeing the apparition of Julia Staab.
Evidently, Julia didn’t make her presence known until the 1970s. A cleaning woman was working late at night, and saw Julia, dressed beautifully, standing by a fireplace. A security guard also saw the female entity, which scared him off the property. Another hotel employee saw Julia comfortably sitting in an armchair. Usually she appears as a middle-aged woman, in her late 40’s, with her prematurely white hair.
Recently, Julia has taken to visiting the lounge in the inn, causing glasses to fly around the room and crash to the floor, the fireplace to turn on and off, and one of the waitress’s serving trays to be pushed from underneath. Julia has appeared in the mirror of her old bedroom dresser. Sometimes the lights in her old bedroom turn off and on, and the floor seems to creak for no apparent reason.
The inn has been featured on Unsolved Mysteries and Weird Travels. For more information about how to visit La Posada, check out: http://laposada.rockresorts.com/
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