Magnolia Hotel Hauntings

Brief History

Located in Seguin, Texas the Magnolia Hotel is considered an historic building with haunting encounters. The Magnolia was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. It began operating as a hotel in 1844 and has had a series of owners throughout the years. There are claims that the hotel is haunted. Paranormal teams and media have visited the location and there are many you tube videos available. The Magnolia Hotel even has it’s own Facebook page and ghost tours are in the area if you are interested in joining in on some fun.

A Texas Ranger and co-founder of Seguin by the name of Lt. James Campbell was the first owner of the Magnolia Hotel. It is rumored that his spirit remains in the smoker room of the hotel. There are reports of his name heard on digital recordings along with other evidence by various people. He was savagely murdered by Indians right after departing the Magnolia on a business trip.

The Magnolia Hotel is haunted and has a very interesting history.

Magnolia Flower


The owners of the Magnolia Hotel over the past 150 years:

  • James Campbell
  • Joseph F. Johnson
  • Michael Erskine
  • Jeremiah Calvert
  • Dr William Reid, 1850
  • Thomas Dickey Johnson, 1860 to 1900
  • Hilmar Weinert, 1911
  • Herman Herzog and Eddie Wahl, 1916
  • C.H. Trott/Mattie Dalchau, 1925
  • Sons of Hermann of San Antonio, 1932
  • Edgar and Virginia Lannom, 1934
  • Lannom Estate, 1994
  • Erin O. Wallace and Jim Ghedi, 2013

William Faust

Another resident of the hotel was a druggist by the name of William Faust who traveled from the Magnolia and committed a brutal murder and then returned to the hotel later that night as a way of avoiding a connection to the crime. His ploy failed miserably.

The Murder Victim

Emma Voelcker was an innocent murder victim

Emma Voelcker

Emma Voelcker, age 12, was murdered in 1874 by William Faust a man who was infatuated with his sister-in-law and eventually decided to murder his wife to be with the woman he loved.

He did not reside in Seguin but his work brought him there frequently. His wife was afraid to be alone during his absences so he recommended that she stay with family friends in an area called New Braunfels.

She agreed and stayed there often where she shared a bedroom with the Voelcker’s daughter, Emma. Emma usually slept in the bed and Mrs. Faust on the floor. On the night of the ax murder, Emma and Mrs. Faust switched sleeping locations.

William Faust quietly walked into the bedroom and hit Emma with his ax numerous times, killing her. He then realized he had killed the girl instead of his intended victim and went after his wife. He permanently blinded her and fortunately, did not kill her because a sound scared him off. His wife maintained his innocence after he was apprehended because she claimed that she did not see anything.

Since Faust quickly fell under suspicion, in part, due to a total lack of caring about who attacked his wife and never participating in any of the search efforts for the perpetrator. Faust thought that he had gotten away with murder but was caught in the fall of 1875, convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in San Antonio. The locals were outraged by the sentence so he was moved back to the original jailhouse in Comal County. It was at this location that a mob tried to lynch him. Faust was shot and killed while incarcerated here by a lone gunman who shot him directly through the bars of his jail cell.

Emma-Gravestone, innocent child.


 Haunting Reports in the Magnolia

So, what exactly are people reporting? The list includes:

  • Strange smells
  • Figure standing in one of the windows
  • Ghost of a young girl that roams the hotel
  • Strange sounds
  • Various EVPs and digital recordings

This hotel ended up in a dilapidated condition for a number of years after being turned into apartments and then totally let go. In the 1990’s it was a drug and prostitute infested dwelling. A famous prostitute named Pink Rosebud lived across the street from the hotel but brought her business to the Magnolia.

Pink Rosebuds are also associate with the hotel stories.

Pink Rosebuds







Short Video of the Magnolia Hotel

Thanks for stopping by and please leave comments or questions below.




  1. Meika

    Is this place open now to Vist

    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Give them a call to double check. I am not aware of their current status. Thanks.

  2. Barbara Short

    Does anyone know where Emma was killed in New Braunfels? I cant find any info on the location.

  3. Sandra Thompson

    I love this hotel Erin and Jim are two of the nicest people you will ever meat. I help out Erin all the time I have heard things and I have pictures that can’t be explained.even my grandkids had seen things happen. So yes it is haunted and the history is awsome. If you get a chance to visit the magnolia hotel you will fall in love with it.

    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Thank you for sharing this information. I do hope to visit within the next year!

  4. Stacey Smith

    As indicated by the headstone you published, young Emma was 12, not 10.

    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Corrected. Interesting that numerous articles have her being murdered at 10 years old. Headstones don’t lie!

  5. Jc

    I think Mr Faust was wictim of a demonic possession .

    1. Donna L (Post author)

      That’s definitely a possibility!

  6. Paula Robbins

    I live in Marion. I have never heard of this. Would we be able to go through there?
    It would be a shame to keep this from everyone.
    Anyway please let me know if there are times we could visit.
    Thank you

    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Hi Paula,

      Here is additional information for you.


    Sittin watchin when Ghosts attack an just thought id google it an wow it is an amazing lookin place, can i ask what is the building used fir now is it still vacant? im not a sceptic had experiances threw my childhood but would love to find my own answers to see if it is real or my imagination playing tricks on me? away back to watch the rest of when ghost attack

    1. Donna L (Post author)

      The hotel was being restore in 2013 as a private residence. Plenty of other places in the U.S. to investigate. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Christina Solis

    Do you offer tours of the mansion? I would love to walk through it.

    1. Donna L (Post author)

      No I do not. You would need to go there yourself to look around. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Samantha

    I myself am a medium. Looking into these so called hauntings I am quite skeptical of these hauntings at first glance however looking deeper inti this I find the details of these hauntings rather intricate needless to say these restorations can and will awaken spirits. I wish you the best of luck but these hauntings were expected.

    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Hi–Your comment is a bit confusing. You are skeptical about “these so-called hauntings” but “theses hauntings were expected”? Thanks for stopping by.

  10. randall

    I was recently in seguin and stopped to take a picture of the magnolia. I think I got the old man in the hotel. And the figure of a woman in a dress in the adjoining house.

    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Wow, Randall. Would love to see that photo!! I’ve got to take a ride there and check that place out personally. I really appreciate your taking the time to leave a comment.

  11. Grace


    1. Donna

      Hello Grace–Thanks for checking out my website and leaving your comment. Don’t be a stranger here!

  12. Jeremy

    Hey Donna.
    Another great haunting story! I love coming to your site and checking out your latest posts.
    Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work.
    See you soon. ~Jeremy

    1. Donna

      Thank you for your continued support Jeremy! Much appreciated!

  13. Cat

    Interesting and kind of sad story. It’s never nice to hear about people being murdered. Personally I don’t think any “reports” of so-called strange happenings in places like these would hold water under closer scrutiny. Call me a skeptic 😉

    1. Donna

      Yes, we all were skeptics until we had our first experience. Thanks for your feedback Cat.

  14. Sylvie

    Never knew about this place. Great story.

    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Thanks Sylvie and I appreciate your support.


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