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By Ric Blackwell email
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CLEWISTON, FL (WFLX) - People have enjoyed staying in the rooms of the Clewiston Inn for the last 82 years, but sometimes, they get some company.

Recently Ric Blackwell had a chance to become part of the 'Inn' crowd.

Clewiston, Florida, called the sweetest town in America, is located on the southwest side of Lake Okeechobee. Home of U.S. Sugar: Population 7,173.

But at the Clewiston Inn, they say, the number is actually 7,177. "We have had a number of paranormal investigations. We found four different energies and four different spirits," said Christa Hill, GM of Clewiston Inn.

A spirit felt in room 255. Anita Conklin lived at the Clewiston Inn. She died in 1994. "People say she's grab their hair while in that room to keep them outside. She's looking to maintain ownership of that room," explained Floyd Salkey, Co-Owner of the Clewiston Inn.

Guests also talk about ghosts in room 118. "They're have been reports of a woman in the window," Christa claimed.

And don't expect the Inn staff to walk into the kitchen late at night. "You have pots clanging and banging. The kitchen scares me at night; it scares most of us."

Thankfully, guests and ghosts go together. In fact, people want to stay at the Clewiston Inn because of the spirit of the place. "I have known about it for years, something you didn't talk about, because people thought you were crazy. But now it's more accepted."

Of course, co-owner Floyd Salkey says the Inn provides more than just an out of this world experience. "What we're really known for is our southern hospitality making people feel at home from the time they walk in the front door."

And walking into the Clewiston Inn is like walking back in time. "They just don't make buildings like this anymore."

The Inn has been renovated several times since it opened in 1926. But the owners have kept a lot of the original furniture and wood paneling. "It's a historical landmark."

A history that includes artist Clinton Shephard. His 1945 mural can still be seen on the walls today of the Everglades Cocktail Lounge. "Quite a sight to see."

From the artwork to atmosphere, the Clewiston Inn gets a lot of yeas and a few boos. The Clewiston Inn is the oldest hotel around Lake Okeechobee.

To find out more about the Inn, visit their Web site, ClewistonInn.com.

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